It may only be December, but if you've got a tot who'll be ready for preschool next Fall, it's time to get the ball rolling! Depending on where you live, the process can run from being easy and breezy to overwhelmingly stressful. While we don't have an in with the admissions office (sorry!), we do have some experience in finding a school that suits your needs. Keep reading to learn what to look for in determining the right destination for your child's foray into the wonderful world of education.
1. Determine Your Priorities
First and foremost, have a conversation with your partner about what you're looking to get out of your child's preschool experience. Are you simply hoping for a spot where you can drop them for a few hours a week to get some time for yourself; is socialization your priority; or are you looking for your 2- or 3-year-old to learn some basic skills? Most likely, the end goal will be a combination of elements. Once you know what you're looking for, do some research and identify a few solid options in your area.
2. Observe a Class in Session
Plan to visit the schools on your list during the week so that you can observe kids interacting with their teachers and one another. While it's easy to be dazzled by a neat and tidy empty classroom, it's more important to see what an actual school day would look like.