Choosing a Preschool in Central New York

After years of living in Central New York, we are prepared for snowy winters and the change of seasons.  With each fall comes the transition to preschool for many 3 year olds and 4 year olds in Syracuse and Oswego area.  As you consider preschool options, keep these 6 tips in mind.


1.     Take a tour of each center during the preschool session.  You want to see the classroom in action, have a chance to see learning centers, a calendar circle, and other activities. Observe how each adult interacts with the preschool children.  Meet the teachers, ask questions of the TA’s and support staff. 

2.     Consider location and commute times.  Many parents have a 25 to 40 minute commute in Central New York, so consider a preschool program that is convenient for your drive to work.  Having easy access to 481, 81 or 690 in Syracuse and Oswego area is a priority for many working parents when choosing a preschool.  Little Lukes full time preschool & childcare is available in Fulton, Oswego, Pulaski, Radisson and Dewitt – all locations are convenient to 481, 81 or 690.

3.     Look at both indoor and outdoor preschool spaces.  Having a fenced play area with age appropriate playground equipment in good repair is important for preschool children.  Their bodies need to move after sitting in circle and centers, so ensure the preschool program includes playtime for gross motor skills.  Children learn sharing and taking turns, and how to interact with each other during indoor and outdoor free play time.

4.     Look at program options that include full day care.  Many centers have options for 2 hour preschool, half day preschool, or full day preschool that totals 5 hours.  Working parents often prefer a preschool and childcare option that allows for an 8-hour work day plus travel time.  As you tour preschools and consider the options, take a look at center-based preschool programs that include care that fits your work schedule.  Little Lukes Preschool & Childcare Centers are open 6:30-6:30 Monday through Friday to meet this daycare need in Oswego and Syracuse area.

5.     Ask about preschool curriculum. Great preschools invest in curriculums that are proven to build life long learning skills for preschool children.  Research if the curriculum meets New York State Prekindergarten Standards and Common Core Foundations. In Oswego and Syracuse area, the Little Lukes rigorous preschool curriculum has a focus on school readiness, pre-reading, pre-writing, and math skills.

6.     Ask about the teaching certification of the preschool educators.  Choosing a preschool is similar to a job interview, it’s ok to ask how long they have worked in early childhood education and about their college training.  Ask if the preschool teacher has New York State teaching certification.  Ask if the TA’s have NY State Teacher’s Assistant certification.  Find out if they participate in continuing education and their expertise in early childhood development.  


In the time we typically spend researching snow tires or shopping for a minivan, you can tour a few preschools in Central New York and make the best choice for your family.  For a personal tour of any Little Lukes Preschool and Childcare Center, contact us today!  Schedule a Tour online

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