Then suddenly you start seeing ads for preschool fairs, and lectures on choosing a preschool, your parent educator tells you the discussion topic is preschool, and other parents ask you if you’ve decided what you’re doing next year, and tell you that you need to think about it NOW before all the best places fill up.
It can be very stressful.
If your child will be 3 or older on September 1, then it could be a good year for you to start preschool. (But you don’t necessarily have to.) And January and February are prime time for preschool open houses, and for enrollment to begin, so now is a good time to think about it. (Though if you don’t think about it till August, you’ll still have good options.)
If your child is younger than 3 this September, you don’t have to make any decisions yet about their future preschool. But now is a good time to check out some of those preschool fairs, just to get some sense of what options are available in your area.
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First decide: Is preschool necessary? Is it something you want for your child?
If you decide you’re looking, the first thing to think about is logistics: What do you need in a preschool in terms of location, schedule, cost, and so on.
Then, research your options.
Then visit, or attend an open house, and ask these questions to learn more.