4 Things to Look for in a PreK Program

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The United States currently trails behind many developed countries, ranking 26th in the world for the percentage of 4-year-olds enrolled in PreK. Yet, there's a strong case to be made for pre-kindergarten education: 

  • Students who enroll in high-quality programs can eventually earn as much as 23% higher incomes than if they'd foregone PreK.1
  • Researchers have discovered that participating in PreK makes a difference in reading, writing, and arithmetic with long-term impact through eighth grade and perhaps beyond.2 


4 Things to Look for in a PreK Program That Supports Student Success

Parents are faced with many options for PreK and author Suzanne Bouffard recommends four things to look for, among others, when identifying a successful program for their child:

  1. Spaces that encourage children to learn to be learners, how to be curious, about how things work and find answers to problems. 
  2. Hands-on experiences and opportunities for children to learn about things that apply to their lives. 
  3. Teachers engaging children in rich conversations, asking them open-ended questions, what they think and what they want to know. 
  4. Classrooms with an appropriate focus on self-control and behavior in class, where students learn how to wait their turn, how to share, how to deal with frustration, and how to solve conflicts.3


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How is Aspen Academy's PreK Unique and Successful?

At Aspen Academy, we're committed to creating an education of consequence for PreK students:

1. Our Program intentionally combines exploration, creativity, challenge, and curiosity. Students gain the confidence and skills to problem-solve, work independently and maintain positive social relationships. 

2. Our number one rule at Aspen is “Be Kind.” We teach kindness in very intentional ways, and each of our PreK students learn how to lead themselves and others with their heart. 

3. Our engaging full day programming is personalized, beneficial to each child’s development, and focuses on the whole child. Our unique PreK program is a balance of center time, art activities, intentional play, outside time, rest time and what we call “essentials” -- Spanish, drama, fitness and dance. 

4. Our passionate and committed faculty bring years of experience in early education and enthusiasm for education and teaching. Their love for early learners shines through their patience, teaching strategies, and classroom differentiation. 



1. Wong, Alia. “The Case Against Universal Preschool.” The Atlantic, Atlantic Media Company, 26 Apr. 2018, www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2014/11/the-case-against-universal-preschool/382853/.

2. “New Study Finds Pre-k Benefits Endure through Eighth Grade.” NBCNews.com, NBCUniversal News Group, 20 Jan. 2019, www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/video/new-study-finds-pre-k-benefits-endure-through-eighth-grade-1429204547632.

3. Bouffard, Suzanne. “The Most Important Year: Pre-Kindergarten and the Future of Our Children.” Amazon, Amazon, 5 Sept. 2017.