Early Childhood Development

4 Signs of a Quality Childcare Program

Early Childhood Development | October 9, 2017

Especially for working parents, finding quality childcare or a great daycare program is a top priority. From a convenient location to home or work to properly-trained childcare staff, there are several important factors for parents to consider when making the decision on where to enroll a child. The Gardner School takes on an intentional approach to childcare as an award-winning, academically-focused preschool.

The Gardner School provides children with a consistent daily schedule, curriculum-based learning, creative free play, and the opportunity to participate in focused enrichment classes. The Gardner School’s teachers encourage an emerging sense of self, while nurturing intellectual growth, exploration, and socialization in a safe, supportive environment for children 6 weeks to Pre-K.

For moms and dads who are looking for a great place for their children to learn and thrive, here are four signs of a quality childcare program that goes beyond just daily care.


Because The Gardner School is focused on academics, we point our students toward success in kindergarten and beyond. Our kindergarten readiness approach and early childhood development curriculum allows our four-year degreed lead teachers to teach students sign language, fine and gross motor skills, handwriting, manners, and more. We also make learning fun and balanced through STEAM-focused activities, so that kids will want to continue their learning and discovery.


For today’s preschoolers, technology is just a natural part of their day. At The Gardner School, we are intentional about incorporating technology into the learning environment. Through the use of our PreciouStatus application on iPads in each classroom, parents can follow along with their child’s daily activities and also receive up-to-the-minute information such as school closings due to inclement weather and other important daily activities. Teachers use computers and iPads for resource material, reinforcing learning objectives, and to evaluate student’s strengths and areas that may need support. As we help your preschooler prepare for kindergarten, technology is a key piece of the learning puzzle.

Enrichment Activities

To take learning a step further than the normal classroom environment, The Gardner School offers a full suite of supplemental enrichment classes and activities, which allow students to be creative and put into practice their natural gifts, talents, and passions. These supplemental classes and activities consist of various subjects, such as foreign languages, sports, visual arts, performing arts, computer-based learning, and even cooking classes, which help students learn about health, nutrition, and fun ways to cook. These optional enrichment activities help your child have easy access to fun subjects and building skills during the regular school day, without having to add more stress to parents’ already busy schedules outside of work.

Safe and Secure

Since we know that children need to feel safe during the school day, and parents need the peace of mind in knowing that their children are under excellent supervision, The Gardner School goes the extra mile toward ensuring parents that their children are safe and secure. From building security features to timely communication to certified safety training for staff members, The Gardner School maintains the highest standards when it comes to facilitating a safe and secure environment each day.

To learn more about The Gardner School’s quality childcare program, visit our website, or see it for yourself by scheduling a tour.