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Moms Talk: Choosing a Preschool

Trade advice with other local parents on picking the right preschool in town.

Each week in Moms Talk, our Moms Council of experts and smart moms take your questions, give advice and share solutions. Join along in the discussion with the Moms Council in the comments section below

Moms, dads, grandparents and the diverse families who make up our community will have a new resource for questions about local neighborhood schools, the best pediatricians, 24-hour pharmacies and the thousands of other issues that arise while raising children.

Moms Talk will also be the place to drop in for a talk about the latest parenting hot topic. Do you know of local moms raising their children in the  and is it the best way? Where can we get information on  for children? How do we talk to our children about the Tucson shootings? How can we help our children's schools weather their budget cutbacks?

So grab a cup of coffee and settle in as we start the conversation today with a question from Mom Council member and Brookfield Patch columnist Amy Landisman:

Choosing a preschool in Brookfield: What questions should a first time mom ask when visiting? Do you have a recommendation for a favorite preschool in town? How do you know if a program will work for your child?

Get involved in the discussion through the comments section below.

Mary Anne Robinson March 09, 2011 at 07:19 PM
We LOVE St. Joseph'sSchool and the pre-k is fantastic!! Both of our children attended the pre-k and are still there now in kindergarten & 3rd grade. The teachers are caring, attentive & just wonderful all around. They learned so many different things in the pre-k such as Spanish, Religion and computers. I love when my children come home excited about their day... I would highly recomend St. Joseph's School to anyone looking for a great school experience and a great education from Pre-K and beyond.
Kelly March 12, 2011 at 03:00 PM
Kelly O'Rourke We have three children that attend St. Joseph School in Brookfield. Mackenzie, who is in 3rd grade now, was fortunate to enroll in the PreK3 program for their start up year. My three year old twins are currently in PreK3 and will go next year into the 5 full day PreK4 program. I cannot say enough about this program and the entire school. PreK offers a very nurturing, loving, and safe environment. There is the perfect balance of fun and learning. The PreK and kindergarten have their own newly designated area of the shool but the younger ones still get to interact with the older children which is great! The "buddy" system which pairs up an older grade with the little ones is something Mackenzie loved and the twins are so looking forward to next year. The PreK has access to all the school facilities which have been improved and upgraded every year since Mackenzie started. Michele Bader has done an amazing job as the PreK director - Julie Lewis, Laurie Barrett, Amy McGinniss, Monica Harron , (Judy Fredette & Nadine Shephard) are the best. Not only is SJS the best choice academically, but also because the entire school reinforces the core values we are trying to instill in our children - faith, love, respect, consideration, etc. My kids look forward to going to school !!! They come home excited about their day and want to share what they've learned - that says alot. I highly recommend the PreK program and K thru 8.
Susan July 13, 2011 at 10:37 PM
The things I would look for are experienced, warm, child focused teachers. By child focused I mean: talking to them with respect and at their eye level. I also look for an environment where the children have things at their eye level, natural beautiful materials to use and where it doesn't feel like a "facility" but a comfortable place to hang out. The Montessori Community School at Brookfield is our choice by far. It is small (max 30 children in the school with 3 teachers and a spanish teacher, as well as Music Together teacher) and my child loves feeling like that is her place - that's why Maria Montessori called them Childrens House.
Kay Jean Hardin March 26, 2012 at 05:02 PM
I was looking for a pre-school that fit with our family and multiple needs. I agree with the "go with your gut" advice. I chose Goddard School, and I looked at a large number of pre schools. The teacher's are experienced, caring and wonderful people. The children feel a sense of belonging. I would reccomend The Goddard School highly.
Jo Jo June 19, 2013 at 10:47 PM
Hi. My 2-1/2 was diagnosed with ASD. Highly functional & very charming. He needs a very structured, nurturing, engaging, fun, environment & clean. I am looking for a pre-K school and I wonder if you can recommend me one. I read above posts and although helpful I need an advise on which ones are highly structured in their activities & routines. Greatly appreciated.

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