We know Moms & Dads are BUSY! We also know that questions like…"Is my child ready for Preschool? How do I choose a Kindergarten? What philosophy works for my family?"…can make the decision seem OVERWHELMING!
As a trusted resource to Napa Valley families, NAPA MOMS is here to help. We host the Annual Preschool & Kindergarten Expo every year to make sure parents have the opportunity to get their questions answered.
The Napa Moms Expo is FREE and open to the public, but you must register to reserve your place! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-napa-moms-preschool-kindergarten-expo-tickets-50595692077
Contrary to what you might have heard, choosing the right school for your child is not as difficult as applying for an advanced degree.
The key to choosing the right school is going into the process prepared. Prepared? Yes, prepared with a solid idea of what you want your child to gain from his or her school experience. The Napa Moms Expo is your opportunity to research the options.
See below for some helpful suggestions for choosing a school that is a good match for your child and your family, as well as information on some of the most popular types of school educational philosophies.
This one-of-a-kind event is where you will meet directors, teachers and administrators from Preschools & Kindergartens (public and private) all in one day.
We also invite local businesses and service organizations that are focused on families in Napa Valley – dance and music classes, childcare, college planning, health & wellness, and much more.
Alta Heights Elementary School
A Place of My Own
Bel Aire Elementary School
Blue Oak School
Bricks of Napa
Browns Valley Preschool
Camp Ursa Major
Circle of Learning, Inc.
Community Resources for Children
Coombs & Dunlap Law Firm
Cope Family Center
Discoveryland Children’s Center – St. Helena
Eye Spy Vision Care
First 5 Napa County – Talk Read Sing
First Christian School
Footsteps 2 Brilliance – Napa County Office of Education
Hopper Creek Montessori School
Kolbe Academy & Trinity Prep
In Harmony Music
Le Petit Elephant Nursery & Preschool
Little Ladies Tea Parties
Little Oak Nursery School
Little Rascals Preschool
Lori Paladino Photography
Luxmore Real Estate
Makai Swim School
Mt. George International Elementary School
My Bubs Books (Usborne)
Napa Fit Body Bootcamp
Napa Junction Elementary School
Napa Parks & Recreation
Napa Pediatric Dentistry
Napa Valley College Child Development Center
Napa Valley Kid
Napa Valley Nursery School
Napa Valley Speech Therapy, Inc.
Napa Valley Unified School District
Nature’s Way Montessori
Presbyterian Day School
The Presentation School
Pueblo Vista Elementary School
Salvador/El Centro Elementary School
Sidekicks Martial Arts
Solano Dermatology Associates
St. Apollinaris Catholic School
St. John’s Lutheran School
St. Helena Cooperative Nursery School
St. John the Baptist Catholic School
Starlight Montessori Preschool
Sunrise Montessori Preschool
Sun and Stars Montessori School
Wine Country Day Preschool
Young World of Learning
At the Expo, each school will have a station to interact with prospective families and provide information. Participants should plan to have 2 representatives at the Expo to greet parents/caregivers and answer questions, along with any written information, brochures, enrollment forms that pertain to your program. Please have enough material for at least 200 families. We will be providing tables and chairs.
STEP 1: THINK ABOUT THE BASICS
The best way to keep from becoming overwhelmed by the process of choosing a school is to think about how the school will fit into your daily life. Here are some questions parents should consider:
Answering each of these questions will help you narrow down the general location and type of setting you should research. Narrowing down your choices will make the process of comparing settings easier to manage.
STEP 2: BECOME FAMILIAR WITH COMMON TERMS
For many parents, the most confusing part about choosing schools is trying to make sense of terms such as, "Montessori Approach," "child-centered," "Waldorf Approach" and "faith-based." What do these terms mean and how can these terms help you choose a school? Oftentimes, the key difference between settings is connected to the school's "educational philosophy." While educational philosophies are numerous and their definitions are not set in stone, we have provided you with definitions for some of the most popular philosophies.
Outside of the formal educational philosophies, knowing the difference between other common early childhood terms will help you make informed decisions regarding your child's education. Below is a list of some common terms used to describe school settings. It should be noted that these terms may be used alone or in combination with one another (i.e. a "child-centered, faith-based" setting).
STEP 3: THE RESEARCH
Once you have identified the general area you are interested in researching and have a good idea of what type of philosophy would best suit your child, here are a few things you can do to help narrow down your options:
STEP 4: THE VISIT
Now that you have narrowed down your choices and come up with two or three settings you are interested in, schedule a time to visit each setting. You can learn a lot about a setting by the way staff approach introductory visits with you and your child. During your visit ask yourself the following questions:
You should also come to the visit prepared with questions. Some of the basic questions parents ask are: