Sleepy Time: Why Your Child Should Be Getting a Full Night of Sleep

Getting enough sleep is essential for everyone, especially children. Numerous studies have discovered the benefits of getting a full night of sleep every evening, as well as the consequences of being sleep-deprived. In our fast-paced world, making sure your child gets enough sleep is more important than ever. Here’s why:

Health Benefits of Sleep

  • Prevents Illnesses: While we sleep, our bodies flush out disease-causing toxins and repair cells. If we are not getting enough sleep, our body is not able to fully complete this process, putting our immune system at risk. For this reason, people are more likely to get sick when they haven’t been sleeping well. Since a child’s immune system is still developing, getting a full night of sleep is crucial to staying healthy.
  • Fosters Physical Growth: Sleep is also essential to childhood growth. Growth hormone is typically secreted the most during a deep slumber. This is one of the reasons why children need to get more sleep than adults. Studies have shown that children who sleep less than the average child tested for lower levels of growth hormone.

Learning Benefits

Adequate amounts of sleep for children enhances cognitive performance and improves the following:

  • Brain function
  • Concentration
  • Memory
  • Academic performance
  • Overall mood

Children who receive adequate amounts of sleep also experience:

  • Less irritability and crankiness
  • Fewer temper tantrums

Getting enough sleep has been shown to improve a child’s memory. Consolidation, or the process in which a memory becomes stable in the brain, occurs during sleep. It is during sleep that the neural connections that form our memories are strengthened, and special brainwaves are activated to assist with the memory formation.

Tips to Improve Sleep

  1. Set a Routine – One of the best ways to make sure that your child is getting a full night of sleep is by creating a consistent bedtime routine. It’s important to make sure that your child is going to bed at around the same time every night. Your child’s body will learn to anticipate this bedtime and sleep will come more naturally as a result.
  2. Unplug – Studies have also shown that by turning off electronics two hours before bed, children have a much easier time falling asleep. This is because the light generated by computer and TV screens reduces melatonin (sleep hormone) production.
  3. Create a Relaxing Environment – If your child is still having difficulties falling asleep, there are several different techniques you can try.
  • Read them a bedtime story
  • Have them take a warm bath
  • Play white noise or calming music on a sound machine or phone application

At Prep Academy Schools, we recognize the importance of making sure that your child is healthy and getting enough sleep. For each student to excel both inside and outside of the classroom, we understand that getting a full night of sleep is essential.  We understand that healthy habits at home and school are essential in raising healthy kids and developing strong learning and concentration skills. Working together with families, we can ensure each child reaches his or her full potential.

More in the Sleepy Time Series: The Importance of Napping and Dealing with Nightmares

How to Improve the ‘Stranger Danger’ Discussion

Usually when kids hear the word “stranger,” they automatically think of someone creepy or scary. However, this is usually not the case. Strangers can look like normal people and it’s important that we get this message across to our kids. You can better protect your children from dangerous situations simply by teaching them about who strangers really are, and how to react to people who act suspiciously.

Here are some questions to consider before you start the ‘stranger danger’ conversation:

Who is a stranger?                                 

To put it simply, tell your child that a stranger is anyone that your family doesn’t know well. Make sure your child knows that even people who seem nice or look pretty are still strangers. Remind them that even if they don’t look mean or ugly, strangers can still be dangerous.

What is a dangerous situation?

Help your child recognize the warning signs of suspicious behavior or “stranger danger.” For instance, a grown-up asking a child for help or asking them to keep a secret are both tell-tale signs of stranger danger. More obvious signs include an adult that they don’t know asking them to disobey their parents or do something without their parents’ permission.

How should your child react to a dangerous situation?

Experts recommend showing your children how to say “No,” yell “Help” as loud as they can, and run away as fast as they can if a stranger does something that makes them feel uncomfortable. Teach them to go to a trusted adult right away and tell them what happened.

Who are safe strangers?

Safe strangers are trusted adults who are often easily recognizable, like a police officer or a firefighter. Other safe strangers include teachers, principals, and librarians. Emphasize that they should go to these people for help if they ever find themselves in a “stranger danger” situation.

Things you can do to help:

Know where your child is at all times, and make it a rule that they ask for your permission before they go anywhere. Identify safe places in your community where your children can go if they run into trouble. Teach your child to be assertive and reassure them that it’s okay to say no to an adult and run away in dangerous situations.

You also want to ensure that your child is safe while at school.  At Prep Academy Schools, the safety of our students is a top priority. We have partnered with Secure Education Consultants (SEC), a team of highly trained former US Secret Service agents, to examine our facilities and design and train our staff on an emergency and critical incident response plan.  In addition, our campus features secure monitored entry with biometric technology and PIN for each parent and member of staff to ensure your child’s safety. We also perform instant checks on each visitor, via driver’s license and provide a name badge good only for the duration of their visit at Prep Academy Schools.

By educating our children about dangerous situations and strangers, parents and schools can work together to ensure their safety from stranger danger.

7 Tips to Raising Happier Children

We all want to give our children the best: love, happiness, and success. However, according to child development experts, happiness isn’t something that you can “give” young children. In most cases, happy children have learned to be happy. Here are some great tips that you can use to teach your child to be happy:

Be Happy Yourself                                             

Children are like sponges and they absorb everything from us; so naturally, our moods matter. Happy parents are likely to have happy children. To nurture your own happiness, make time for yourself. Since, your child’s emotional well-being is dependent on yours, it’s important to make sure that you are well-rested and relaxed.

Learn to Read Their Emotions

Identifying the signals that young children use to communicate their feelings can also be useful when trying to minimize unhappiness. For instance, negative signals such as distress, anger, and fear add up to an unhappy child. These feelings can result in children being more withdrawn, quiet, not playing, and not eating very much. Having insight into your child’s temperament can lead you to know when you should really start focusing on unlocking key aspects of their happiness.

Help Them Build Relationships

Forming relationships with others – family members, friends, caregivers, and even pets – is the surest way to promote a child’s emotional wellbeing. Deep-rooted connections, which produce feelings of being loved, understood, wanted, and acknowledged are the biggest protector against emotional distress. Encourage your children to perform small acts of kindness to strengthen empathy.

Praise the Right Things

Research consistently shows that parents should praise effort, not natural ability. Praising the effort rather than the result fosters a growth mindset, or the belief that they can accomplish something through persistence and practice, as opposed to something they are born with. This causes the child to worry less about failing and also raises their self-esteem when they achieve something through hard work and are praised for it.

Teach Optimism

Optimism is linked hand in hand with happiness, and children who are taught to be optimistic at an early age, are less likely to deal with depression and anxiety as they get older. To encourage optimism, tell your child to focus on the bright side and then point out all the good things in their life.

Form Habits of Gratitude

Research has shown that feelings of gratitude are linked to emotional well-being. To instill gratitude in your children, make it a point for each member of the family to name aloud something they are grateful for during dinner each day. This type of routine habit fosters all kinds of positive emotions and can create long-lasting happiness.

Have fun!

Playtime is necessary for a child’s growth and development and is especially effective if you’re having fun with them. If you enjoy yourself, your children will enjoy themselves. Additionally, allowing your children to have unstructured play is important so that they can discover what they love to do. Cultivating your child’s interests can lead to a lifetime of inner happiness.

 

At Prep Academy, we strive to create a culture of happiness for our students, parents, and faculty! We believe that happy children are more likely to reach their full potential, and work hard to create a nurturing, positive learning environment! Our fully certified and professional teachers and staff present a well-rounded program that brings out the happiness in each student.  With positive role models at school and home, children have a head start to a happier future!

How to Throw the Best Birthday Party Ever!

Do your children’s birthdays always tend to sneak up on you? You are not alone! You probably never have enough time to prepare mentally or emotionally for that one day that makes your child another year older. Not only is your baby growing up way too fast, but you have so little time to create fun birthday memories while they’re still kids. Here are some ways to make sure your kids will say they had the ‘best party ever!’:

Plan Ahead

  • Choose a location. The party doesn’t have to be held at some extravagant venue (unless you want it to be). Your child and his friends can have just as much fun goofing around at your house or a park as they will anywhere else… and your wallet will thank you!
  • Search for inspiration on the web. Pinterest will probably be your best friend when it comes to party planning. There are so many cool ideas for themes, party favors, and food on this website that you may not need to look anywhere else!
  • Send invitations early. You’ll want to know a head count at least a week before the party to prepare for how much food you’ll have to buy/make/order. A good way to do this is to send out the invitations at least four weeks in advance and have each family or invitee RSVP at least 10 days prior to the party. If you want to save some time and money, you can send them electronically through websites like Evite and Paperless Post instead of handwriting them all one by one.

The Size Matters

  • Know your child. Some children simply aren’t as social and prefer smaller gatherings to huge parties. If this is the case, you can choose to keep it within the family, or you can invite just a few friends and do something more intimate, like a sleepover or tea party. If your child is a social butterfly, and you can handle a lot of people, you can invite your child’s whole class, soccer team, neighborhood friends and more to the party!
  • Know who’s coming. If you plan on inviting children who are not in the family, be prepared for their parents to come as well. Sometimes it’s a good idea to have a separate area for the grown-up crowd inside where it’s quieter, so parents can mingle over adult food while the kids play outside.

The Specifics

  • Cater to your child. If your child is obsessed with trains, throw him a train-themed party! You want your child to enjoy their special day as much as possible.  As silly as their ideas may sound, there are simple ways to make any theme look great with a little creativity and fun activities for everyone.
  • Set up games. Kids usually know how to have fun on their own, but having a few games out and ready to go is a great way to keep children highly entertained. Pinterest is one of the most popular resources for game ideas that you can make yourself!

At Prep Academy, we know that each child is unique.  We strive to make each child feel special, not only on their birthday but every day! Birthday parties are a great way to bring out the best in each student both artistically and creatively, and to interact with other children of their age. A social gathering or party is also a great way for children to develop socially and emotionally outside of the classroom. Creating memories while celebrating a birthday is just one way to show a child that he or she is special!

 

 

Exercising with Your Child

Does going to the gym often rank somewhere on the bottom on your long list of daily tasks? Squeezing in time for an exercise routine can often be difficult when your life is swamped with work and daily activities, especially if you have a child (or two) to take care of. Working out doesn’t have to be hard, though!

Here are some ways that you can exercise right within the comfort of your own home and with the company of your entire family.

Tips to Sneak in a Workout with your Kids

  • Teaching opportunities. While your child is eating his snack, take advantage of the free time by doing some reverse lunges or push-ups. If your child has never seen you do this before, take the opportunity to explain what you’re doing and why it’s important to stay fit and healthy.
  • Make a game. Create a game where you and your child can be active together. One way to do this is to put a twist on the popular game Twister. Designate a workout to each color on the spinner. For example, yellow could be labeled as squats and green could be labeled as jumping jacks. Whoever lands on yellow has to do squats on the yellow colored circles, and whoever lands on green has to do jumping jacks on the green colored circles.
  • Bathtub basics. While your little one is taking a bath, you can do some triceps dips on the edge of the tub. Entertain your child by making funny faces each time you dip down.

Fun Fitness for the whole family

  • Go on walks. Incorporating walks into your daily schedule is a great way to get the family to go outside and get a breath of fresh air. A good time for this is before or after dinner when there is still daylight but it’s not too hot outside. If you plan on going on a longer walk, make sure to take the stroller in case your little one gets tired.
  • Have a dance party. Dancing is a great way to burn calories and just enjoy good music with your family. Most kids never want to stop dancing once they start, so this is a great way to improve your stamina too.
  • Have a sports night. Once a week, you can make it part of your schedule to head to the park with your family and play a sport together. Maybe one night you decide on basketball and the next week you decide on tennis. By introducing your child to different sports, you will help them figure out which sport they might want to play on a team in the future.

These are just a few ideas that you can use to improve your family’s physical well-being. At Prep Academy, we believe in staying healthy together as a family. By starting these healthy habits now when your child is young, you can instill the practice of leading an active lifestyle which can last a lifetime!

Five Ways to Enjoy the Great Outdoors

In the age of technology, it can be difficult to get your kids to go play outside. With so many entertaining devices at their fingertips, they are often content with staying indoors all day long. Sometimes it’s best to get rid of their gadgets for a while and go outside for a breath of fresh air and wholesome fun.

Top 5 Ways to Enjoy the Great Outdoors

  1. Gardening. If you already have a garden, give your child their own patch and let her select a flower, herb, or vegetable of her choice to plant. If your backyard is small or you live in an apartment, you can do the same thing but instead have her plant it in a pot. Teach her how to dig a hole, plant the seeds, and water her plant regularly.
  2. Sunset/Sunrise Picnic. Dusk and dawn are some of the most beautiful times of the day, but few of us take advantage of the beauty that they offer. With all of the vibrant colors in the sky and the cooler temperatures of fall, sunrise and sunset can be the perfect time for a family picnic.
  3. Walking/Hiking. Going for a short walk or hike in your neighborhood or the nearest state park can be a good way to experience the outdoors. Teach your kids to appreciate nature by using their eyes, ears, nose, and fingers. Ask them to describe what they see or what they hear. A great idea is to bring a pair of binoculars or a magnifying glass so they can get a heightened sense of the world around them.
  4. Star Gazing. Do some simple online research on astronomy and find out what the constellations and planets look like so you can point them out and teach your child their names. Have him use binoculars or a telescope to get a better look at Orion’s Belt or the Big Dipper. Pay attention to when lunar eclipses or meteor showers are happening, so you can be sure to step outside that night.  If you’re lucky, you might even see a shooting star!
  5. Camping. Having your children help you pick the camping spot will make them more enthusiastic about going on the trip. Another way to get them excited is to have them help you set everything up and have a competition to see who could do their tasks the fastest.

 

There are so many ways to experience the natural world. You can use these all as opportunities to teach your child the value of nature. At Prep Academy, we recognize the importance of the great outdoors and believe that teaching our kids to appreciate it helps them in their development. Learning about nature also helps them become more environmentally responsible. Most importantly, spending time together as a family outside helps build stronger bonds and motivates your child to reach their full potential.

 

Travelling with Toddlers

Traveling alone can be stressful enough, but traveling with toddlers is a whole other ball game. The best way to get through the trip, with as little hassle as possible, is to plan ahead.  Here are some simple tips to help you do just that!

Before you go:

  • Give yourself extra time. Leaving your house hours in advance will be your biggest advantage. Toddlers don’t understand the time constraints of travel and will want to stall, go to the potty, or eat a snack at the most inconvenient moments.
  • Check their passports. Children’s passports expire every five years, so you should make sure your child’s passport is still valid before taking a trip outside of the country.
  • Print your boarding passes at home. This will save you time when you get to the airport and you won’t have to worry about entertaining your child while you wait in line to get the boarding passes.
  • Pack smart:
    • Pull-ups. Long travels can be a nightmare during the potty training days, and public transportation can sometimes offer less than desirable bathroom situations. Although potty training experts may advise against it, having your child wear a pull-up on public transportation could save you a lot of time and frustration if an accident does occur. Make sure to pack wipes as well!
    • Snacks. The wait at the gate can be a long one, especially if your flight gets delayed. Your child will most likely get hungry. You won’t want to wait to feed him until you get on the airplane. Many airlines no longer provide in-flight food services. Go prepared with a variety of your child’s favorite snacks.
    • Entertainment. Take a few books, a coloring book, a magic marker (crayons might end up rolling off the tray unless they are the triangular ones), a sticker book, a toy (that does not have pieces), and a cellphone or tablet with apps and games already downloaded on it.
    • Medicine. Remember to bring a first aid kit and motion sickness medication if you are traveling by plane or boat. A child’s immune system is often weakened during the hustle and bustle of travels, so bringing over the counter cold and flu medicine would be a safe choice, too.
    • Change of clothes. You never know what may happen on the trip! There’s nothing worse than having to clean vomit off your child’s shirt mid-flight. Make sure you pack a plastic baggie in addition to the change of clothes, so you can store the soiled clothing inside to contain the smell.

Things to avoid:

  • Big coats. Extra layers of clothing can be a burden to take off your kid when going through airport security. It’s easier to pack large coats inside your checked luggage instead.
  • Sweets. Giving your child sweets before a long journey can be a bad idea. Make sure the snacks you pack aren’t too sugary so you avoid a sugar rush when they’re forced to stay still and seated.
  • Connecting flights. Getting off of one flight and rushing through the airport with a child and bags of belongings to catch your next flight can be a hassle. If possible, try to book only nonstop flights.

At Prep Academy, we believe that traveling with your children is a great way to spark their curiosity and grab their interest in exploring the world around them. Traveling with toddlers can be fun and exciting as long as you go prepared!

 

10 Tips to Having Them Mind Their Manners

It may seem like manners have become a thing of the past, but teaching your kids how to be polite and courteous should not become a forgotten art. Manners will almost always be appreciated even though they are so often neglected in today’s society and a child who shows social grace will make a good impression right away. Learning manners will not only aid your child in their social development now but will stick with them throughout their future as a teen and eventually into adulthood.

You should begin teaching your children these 10 manners when they are around the daycare or preschool age.

  1. Please and Thank You. This is one of the first courtesies your toddler should learn. When they need something you should tell them that the proper way to ask for it is with a “please.” When they are given something, whether it is a gift or treat, you should tell them to accept it with a “thank-you.” Practice this with your child until it becomes a habit.
  2. Sharing. You’ve heard the age-old saying “sharing is caring,” make sure your child hears it too. You can encourage sharing by giving him two toys that are similar and then having him offer one to his friend during their playtime.
  3. Apologizing. If your child does something that injures another person, either physically or emotionally, teach them that it’s necessary to apologize. Tell them that the action they did hurt the person and that they should say they’re sorry.
  4. Conversation. Young children often don’t realize that it’s rude to interrupt someone when they are talking. A fun way to teach them how to wait for someone to finish talking is to use a toy ball that you pass back and forth throughout a conversation. Tell them that they can talk once they have the ball in their hand and when they are done speaking, they can pass it back to you.
  5. Eye contact. An important part of having a polite conversation is making eye contact. Teach your child to make eye contact with a person by asking them to notice the color of a person’s eyes and to report it to you after the conversation.
  6. Questions. Tell them that they should always answer questions when they are asked. Even if they don’t have an answer, teach them that it’s better to say “I don’t know” then to say nothing at all.
  7. Handshaking. When greeting a person for the first time, instruct your child to shake his hand. You can teach them how to shake hands at home by using this little trick: show them the web of your hand (the area between your thumb and pointer finger) and tell them that when shaking a hand, they should touch their web to yours. Practice this a few times until they get the hang of it.
  8. Eating properly. Table manners are important, especially if you want to take your child to a restaurant without having to worry about any yelling or incidents. Teach your toddler how to use a fork and spoon and how to wipe their own mouth with a napkin. Make sure they know that its not acceptable to talk with a mouth full of food or to walk around the house while eating.  By age 3, they should be able to sit at the table for at least 15 minutes. Do not let them throw food at home. If they throw their food, you should discourage them by saying, “If you don’t want your food, then I’ll take it away but we don’t throw our food on the floor.”
  9. Formalities. When introducing other adults to your child, introduce them as “Mr.” or “Mrs.” followed by their last name. If the person being introduced prefers to be referred to on a first-name basis, they will tell the child, “Please call me Ana,” and let your child know that it’s okay to call her that from now on.
  10. Getting attention. Make sure they know that interrupting is rude in almost all cases unless it’s an emergency. For example, if they need to use the restroom or if they are feeling sick, tell them that they can interrupt by saying “Excuse me.”

At Prep Academy, we believe that manners are a good indicator of a child’s gratitude as opposed to the entitlement that a child is naturally inclined to feel. Practicing gracious behavior is a great way to build character development, which we believe is necessary in order to support the growth of a well-rounded child. We make it a point to include character education as a part of our curriculum here at Prep Academy and we believe that positive discipline techniques are the key to nurturing life-long skills.

10 Tips on Taming Tantrums

It can be inconvenient, frustrating, and downright embarrassing when your child decides to throw a tantrum out in public. You’ll want to defuse the outburst right away or, better yet, prevent the tantrum from occurring in the first place. Here are some ways that you can keep those tantrums controlled and to a minimum.

How to defuse a tantrum

  1. Communicate. Young children, between the ages of one and four, often have a hard time expressing their needs because they have not yet learned the language skills to do it. When they don’t get what they need, they throw a tantrum because they have not yet developed the coping skills to deal with it.

However, if you tell your child that you know they want something and you acknowledge that he is upset, then you are letting them know that you understand them. Being able to empathize with your child is one way to help him feel better during a tantrum and ease the situation.

  1. Create a distraction. You can give your child a toy, a book, or some snacks to take their mind off whatever was upsetting them. You can even try changing the subject by asking a question that you know will engage their interest. This is also a good way to get them out of the public eye during the tantrum. For instance, if you want to leave a location you can ask her, “How many birds do you think we’ll see on the ride home?”
  2. Be funny. We’ve all heard that laughter is the best medicine. This rule of thumb is no different when it comes to taming tantrums. If you make a joke when your child starts throwing a tantrum, he will start laughing and his mood will improve.
  3. Stay calm. Kids often throw tantrums because they want something and they think that by screaming loud enough, they’ll get your attention and you’ll get angry enough to give in to their demands. But if you don’t react to their tantrum, they might realize that their efforts are pointless and they’ll give up testing your limits.
  4. Leave. Sometimes the best thing you can do when your child is having a particularly loud and prolonged tantrum out in public is to leave. This will also show your child that you are the one in control.

How to prevent a tantrum

The key to avoiding a tantrum is to understand what triggers your child’s tantrums in the first place. Sometimes tantrums can be the result of a lack of sleep or too much stress. Situations that involve change may provoke tantrums as well.

  1. Avoid provoking situations. By keeping your daily routine consistent and giving your child a warning five minutes before changing an activity or switching locations, you can avoid any surprise situations that might trigger a tantrum.
  2. Communicate. Again, communication is a key tactic in preventing tantrums from occurring. If you tell your little one your plans for the day and you stick with them, it will reduce the chances of your child being caught off guard by any changes in your routine.
  3. Meet her basic needs. Making sure your child is well-rested and fed before going out in public will put her in better spirits and reduce the chances of any outbursts due to hunger or tiredness.
  4. Hide temptations. Things like candy bars and other off-limit items that may spark a tantrum should be kept out of sight and out of mind, so they don’t result in battles between you and your child.
  5. Teach coping methods. You can teach your child to deal with frustration by telling them to try focusing on their breathing or on something else that is around them at times when they get angry.

At Prep Academy, our experienced faculty knows how to handle kids when they are being fussy. Our staff, 84% of which have college degrees, are highly trained in early childcare education and are prepared to deal with tantrums in the best ways possible for each child. With a little practice, you too will be taming tantrums with ease!

 

Finding the Right Preschool

We know you want the best for your little one and sticking them in any old daycare simply won’t cut it. After all, the foundation for a bright academic future for your child starts now. Finding the right preschool for your child can be a long process, sometimes even a year prior to enrolling your child in any school.

Tips to consider before choosing a preschool:

  • Start early. Give yourself enough time to research all the preschools in your area. Starting early gives you the upper hand in applying to the ones that you think have the most potential and allows you to enroll before those slots fill up!
  • Know the difference between daycare and preschool. While a daycare provides supervision and makes sure that your child’s basic needs are met, a preschool usually offers a curriculum and has a specific learning approach.
  • Pinpoint your priorities. It’s easier to select a preschool when you have specific things that you are looking for. For instance, you might have certain enrichments, learning philosophies, and curriculum in mind that you believe would make up an ideal preschool for your child.
  • Research. Ask your friends and family to give you the names of reputable preschools that they’ve had experience with. Word of mouth can be a huge help here as personal references can be used as an asset. Another option is to ask each preschool to give you a list of parents whose children have attended the school, which you can then call to find out what they like and dislike about the school.
  • Find out potty training policies. Part of your research should include finding out whether or not potty training is a requirement. Some schools will agree to help you in the potty training process while others make it a requirement that your child must be fully potty trained before beginning at the preschool.
  • Schedule tours. You should visit each school while classes are in session to get a feel of how the preschool is run. This is also a good opportunity see how low student-to-teacher ratios in the classroom compare with high student-to-teacher ratios.
  • Observe the signs. A well-run preschool will have high-quality relationships between students and teachers, high parent involvement, follow a consistent education philosophy, and emphasize positive discipline policies. If a preschool displays these signs, you will most likely be checking off many items that you put on your list of priorities.
  • Interview. During the tour, you’ll want to ask the administrators and teachers a series of questions. Make a note of the way each director or staff member handles the questions.

At Prep Academy, we’ve created an engaging classroom environment with a colorful and well-designed layout that makes children eager to learn. Our tech-savvy staff helps each young learner gain early exposure to technology by using cutting-edge educational technology that includes Smart Boards, iPads, and computer labs.

We offer a high-end curriculum designed so that students are educated at least one grade level beyond their chronological age and peer group. Our programs are advanced, proven, tailored, exciting, and accelerated. If you want your child to gain life-long learning advantages, have fun, and receive character education, Prep Academy is the preschool for you and your child.