When we began looking for preschools for our two daughters twelve years ago, my husband and I didn't take our search too seriously. And, to be honest, I was looking at preschool as a way for me to have a few hours of time away from our twin toddlers to recharge.
I wish the New York Times article linked to below had existed back then, as the author does an excellent job articulating the importance of early child education and play.
I now tour preschools on a regular basis for and with my clients and continue to be impressed with the strength of these programs and the committed teachers and support staff. I find that more and more schools are incorporating play-based learning into their curriculum, whether it is a small at-home program or in a larger school setting.