*Do the children appear to be happy?
*Are the teachers talking with the children? Is the tone of the conversation polite & respectful?
*Are there enough toys for the children? Are they in good repair? Are there enough books?
*What is the daily schedule?
*Do the children have access to various activities throughout the day?
Look for building blocks/construction toys, pretend play toys, books, paints & other arts materials, table toys (puzzles, pegs, matching games, etc..)
*Is the classroom clean and well maintained?
*Do the children spend most of their time playing and working with materials or other children?
*Are the children expected to sit for long periods of time?
*Do children learn numbers and the alphabet in the context of their everyday experiences?
*Do the children have to opportunity to play outside or have a large motor time everyday?
*Are the classrooms decorated with the children's original artwork? Does the artwork look the same? Children should be allowed to be creative with their artwork.
*How do the teachers deal with discipline?
*How does the preschool ensure safety?
*How does drop off and pick up work?
*Is the preschool licensed by the state?
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