Helpful Tips for Parents… Making the Right Choice for Your Child

10 Tips for Choosing a Quality Program

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) has developed standards for quality programs for children. This list, based on the NAEYC standards, can be a starting point as you evaluate local programs. For more information, please visit

Positive Relationships

  • Teachers make children feel welcome
  • Teachers help children learn to resolve conflicts in positive way

All of Over The Rainbow staff are trained in family friendly expectations and a curriculum called “Adventures in Peacemaking”. Children will learn how to resolve conflict peaceably.


  • The program addresses children’s social, emotional, physical, language and cognitive development and builds foundations for school success in reading, math, science and the arts

Effective Teaching

  • Teachers carefully supervise all children
  • Children’s work is displayed in the classroom
  • Teachers provide time for group and individual attention

Health, Nutrition and Safety

  • Children have regular opportunities to run and play
  • Nutritious food is prepared, served and stored safely

Qualified Teaching Staff

  • Teachers have necessary qualifications
  • Teachers complete an orientation program before working with children
  • The program provides continuing education opportunities for teachers