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It's That Time
Anne Leyon Kilkenny, M. Ed.
Early Childhood Services Coordinator
This is the first time in over a decade that February has come and I have not been entrenched in registering bright new preschoolers for their first school experience.* Yes, that's right, preschools begin registering for the upcoming September in February! If this is your first child, you may not realize that the process begins so early in the year and that you can miss out on options if you do not jump on the bandwagon.
Many people have questions about how to go about choosing the right preschool for their child. The answer starts and ends with your child, but in between there are some guidelines to follow, questions to ask and considerations to contemplate. My friend and colleague, Gayle Justynski,M. Ed, has been working with young children for over 20 years. She recently wrote an article for kidoinfo.org in which she discusses what parents should consider when choosing a preschool for their child. Things like licensing qualifications, teacher qualifications, parent involvement, and environment and curriculum are key components to your child's experience. In the end, however, parents should trust their instincts. You know your child better than anyone and will be able to decide which school will best fit your child's needs.
Take time to make a careful decision and you will open the door to a lifetime of learning.
(*Prior to coming to the library in July 2010, I was the owner/head teacher of Slatersville Preschool, North Smithfield for 12 years. Anne)