A Five-Star Preschool!
We are pleased and proud to say that Meredith Drive Preschool has achieved the highest level of quality - Five Stars - on Iowa's Quality Rating Scale! To earn a five-start rating, an early childhood program must demonstrate levels of excellence in: 
star_PNG1580 Staff educational credentials, experience, continuing education
star_PNG1580 Heath and safety practices
star_PNG1580 Curriculum, materials, daily schedule, observation/assessment/conferences
star_PNG1580 Interactions and relationships with children and their families
star_PNG1580 Leadership and Administration

10 Signs of a Great Preschool

It’s important to visit and observe a preschool before choosing. If you would like to see our program in action, we encourage you to do so: please contact us and we would be glad to arrange that!

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) suggests parents look for these features in a high quality preschool:


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1.  Children spend most of their time playing and working with materials or other children and are not expected to sit quietly for long periods.

2.  Children have access to activities. Look for a variety of toys and art materials and children who are busy doing different activities.

3.  Teachers work with individual children, small groups, and the whole group at different times.

4.  The classroom is decorated with children’s artwork, their own writing with invented spelling and stories dictated by children.

5.  Children learn numbers and alphabets in the context of their everyday experiences.

6.  Children have long periods of time to play and explore. Worksheets are used little or not at all.

7.  Children have a chance for large motor play outside (or inside if inclement weather) every day. Large motor is never sacrificed for more instructional time.

8.  Teachers read to children individually or in small groups throughout the day.

9.  Curriculum is adapted for those who are ahead as well as those who need more help. Teachers recognize children learn in different ways and paces. 

10.Children and their parents look forward to school. Children are happy to attend and parents feel secure about sending their child to the program. 


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Last Published: November 29, 2016 4:45 PM