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How Do You Find the Right Preschool?

What are the most important factors in finding the right school for your child?

There is a lot of information out there about preschools. How do you go about choosing the best fit for your child? Patch File Photo
There is a lot of information out there about preschools. How do you go about choosing the best fit for your child? Patch File Photo

I promised myself I would be way ahead of the game when it came to finding the right preschool for my son for the fall of 2014. I also promised myself I would be ready to make a decision when the time came, armed with all the information I needed.

Well, the time is now and I’m ill-prepared. And I didn’t even realize it until I received a text from my neighbor the other day telling me it’s that time of year to register for preschool and I’m left feeling confused and caught very off guard.

Over the years I’ve been collecting information (in my head) about preschools in the area my friends and neighbors have held in high regard. But with so many choices and specifics to look for, I’m looking for more guidance.

What is most important when looking for a preschool? A question with so many answers that translate in a variety of ways depending on situation. The teacher-to-child ratio is one. Location and facilities are another, not to mention flexibility in days and hours. Add to that a plethora of recommendations for places throughout the area.

So once again I’m coming to our Patch readers for some guidance.

What have you looked for in a preschool? Where did you send your child if you are living in the Wilmington, Tewksbury, North Reading and Woburn areas? Why did you choose where you sent your children? I’m collecting all the information I can hold onto to make an educated decision.

Then onto the next step - visiting the three I narrow my choices down to and making a final decision in the first of many choices with regard to my child’s educational development.

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Katy Allen January 18, 2014 at 08:07 AM
Twenty + years of experience in ECE at Children's Corner on Aldrich Road in Wilmington. Class structure, but small enough to give each kid individualized attention and guidance. My two very different children thrived and were/are on track to be ready for kindergarten. And they both love/d it!
Liz Taurasi January 23, 2014 at 04:32 PM
Katy, thank you! It's so close to my house and I've heard so many great things I'm definitely going to check it out!

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