Picking a School: Tips for Finding the Right Fit


Hey mamas! It is already upon us, fall, school year, lunches, back packs, schedules, car pooling….I digress. If you are like me and have a young kiddo you are panicking! Should he be in school full time?!?! Am I screwing him up long term by not letting him socialize? Would he nap there? Eat there? Would he be super sad and miss us, and is that actually more detrimental to him? How do you decide what is right for your lo?

Ask Friends. Where do their kids go? Do they like it? What was important to them when choosing. Why do their kids go? Do they have to work? Did they want their children to have more of a routine or more socializing time? What are the pros and the cons for their schools?

What is important to you. Proximity. Prestige. Cost. The number of kids. The number of teachers. Lessons. Toys. Time playing. Time learning. 

Become familiar with the different types of schools. There are DOZENS! Accredited, Non-accredited, Licensed, In-home, Montessori, Waldorf, Curriculum based, Play based, Sensory based, Faith-based, Child centered, Child led, Co-operative, others, and Regular day care. 

Visit. Get a list and go tour! Check them out, meet the employees and teachers. How do you feel, are you comfortable. Does it seem welcoming? How do they handle discipline? Walk around and visit the play and learning areas. Check out the playground (but be invited in please, do not creep by the fence and then get me into trouble, “well, Kendra told me to look at playgrounds”). Observe out the nap area, be real – could your kid sleep there? Check out the bathrooms, the kitchen area. Watch the kiddos, do they seem happy. Take notes and check out the next one. 

GOOD LUCK! Even if you don’t decide what you want today at least you can feel empowered by educating yourself on what is available when they are ready, or more likely, when you are ready 🙂 

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Kendra Franchi
Kendra Franchi is an Arizona Native, born and raised in Tucson. She moved to Flagstaff at 17 to attend NAU and decided instantly Flagstaff was her forever home. She completed an undergraduate degree in psychology, criminal justice and Spanish. With the support of her husband she continued on to obtain two graduate degrees in counseling and psychology. She went into private practice specializing in clinical health diagnoses as well as developmental disabilities and delays in adults and children. Kendra was an avid blogger for the community with Gluten Intolerance when she was originally diagnosed with Celiac. As life happens, many things changed when she had her (now) two year old son Oliver. She currently stays home and works as a licensed mortgage officer so she can raise/play and explore life with her little guy! You’ll see her around town, maybe reading some books to kiddos at a local story time and trying every new restaurant that opens. She is excited to get back into blogging and share with you new things to explore and love about our tiny town.