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Making Sense of the Preschool Search

preschool search

Your child is one or two and you’re starting to think about preschools. (Ack! But they were just a tiny infant!! )

While we can’t stop time, we can help you get started in the search to find a preschool that matches your priorities.

Here’s one way to get a handle on the options and develop your plan.

  1. Explore the app, Winnie.

  2. Go to Preschool Preview Night (9/19)

  3. Attend Starting the Preschool Search (an online workshop) (9/24)

  4. Revisit Winnie.

It’s worth taking a look at the app, Winnie, before you head to Preschool Preview Night, so you know which tables you’d like to visit at the event. Without a mental roadmap, the preschool preview night event can feel a little overwhelming.

Once you have your list of 5-10 schools, jot down the application process. Every school is different. Some require you to attend an overview, some ask for an interview first, and others lead group tours. Almost all of them start in September/October. Generally speaking, applications tend to be due in December/January and letters go out in April/May.

Best of luck!

Preschool Preview Night - Sept 19, 6:30pm

 

Attend Preschool Preview Night 2019, an all-in-one evening for parents of upcoming preschoolers and kindergarteners, hosted by Golden Gate Mothers Group.

  • Meet and talk with representatives from 70+ local preschools and kindergartens.

  • Get the answers you need to questions about philosophies, costs, schedules, pre-admissions visits and more.

  • Meet representatives from a diverse group of family-focused organizations and learn about their services, and products.

  • Babysitting available onsite! Babysitting will be limited to children who are walking AND at least 1 year old.

Starting The Preschool Search (online workshop) - Sept 24, 7:30pm

 

Got preschool on the brain? Many parents are baffled when faced with the search for the perfect preschool. Play based or academic? Montessori, Reggio, or Waldorf? Does getting into the "right" preschool really guarantee a spot in the "right" kindergarten, ensuring a straight path to an ivy league education? What's the difference between a preschool and a daycare and is one better than the other? Whoo! No pressure!

Join Aki Raymer, MA (www.parentingpaths.com) to explore all of these questions and more. Expect to walk away from the class with a clearer understanding of different educational philosophies, what to look for when touring schools, and what to expect once you begin the application process.

All proceeds go to support the Recess collective. Suggested donation $25-50. Add on any amount to the base rate below.

Use Winnie

 

Enter your zip code and watch the map populate with all of the preschools in your area. Once you narrow down your preschool criteria, you can use Winnie to identify the schools that match what you’re looking for. This app will allow you to search by philosophy, location, price, schedule and so much more. Visit the site.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions, or if you’d like more info. hello@recesscollective.org