Moms Talk: How to Pick the Perfect Preschool?

Leave a comment letting us know what you think parents should think about before enrolling their little ones.

Moms Talk is Lake Forest Patch’s newest feature in an ongoing effort to connect with local moms and families. We encourage you and your local circle of friends to come together and build an online community of support here at the Patch.

Every week, a member of our Moms Council will pose a question for us all to discuss in an effort to give one another advice and share solutions with regards to the issues that Lake Forest parents are facing. If you have a question or topic that you would like to discuss, we would love to hear your ideas.

So without further ado, we give you the very first Lake Forest Moms Talk:

This time last year, I was nothing but a big ball of stress.  I spent hours researching schools, trying to figure out which offered my daughter the best education, while racking my brain trying to figure out how on earth we were going to afford tuition.

No, Mari was not applying to college; she was going to preschool!

This year, when I received the e-mail regarding priority re-enrollment for Mari’s second year of preschool, my heart couldn’t help but ache for those moms who are now in the position I was in a year ago.  Moms and dads are trying to make the first big academic decision for their children and are probably feeling just as overwhelmed by the process as I was. In an effort to help parents in the midst of preschool selection hell, I would love to dedicate the very first Moms Talk to the subject.

To get the discussion going, I pose this question: What do you look for when searching for your child's perfect preschool?

Heather Birdsell February 23, 2011 at 10:13 PM
There are a billion things I'm looking for. At the top of the list are curriculum and cost. I really want my little guy to get great instruction from someone other than his parents, but also learn things that we don't necessarily touch on at home. Something with some structure would be good to get him started in his academic career, vs. something more laid back and free form. Who knew that waiting lists could be up to 2 years long! I didn't! My son will be 2 next month and I'm already behind, when I thought I was ahead of the game.
Kelly St. John February 24, 2011 at 05:22 AM
We're so fortunate to have so many great choices for preschools in our community. I remember agonizing about choosing a preschool for my oldest, but when she got to kindergarten, she and the rest of her classmates have done just fine, whether they were in Montessori or a religious preschool or Saddleback Valley Unified's Preschool Connection program. So if I had any advice for parents trying to choose a preschool for the first time, it's relax! Visit the schools you are thinking about and listen to your gut about whether it is a place you find welcoming and consistent with the way you want to raise your child.
Sharlene Earnshaw February 24, 2011 at 07:17 PM
The number one thing I looked for when searching for a preschool was that it was age appropriate. Children at 3 and 4 should be engaging in play based learning and I think sometimes the competitive spirit of parents tempts them to push their children a bit harder than they need to. I decided on a faith based school that had chapel daily because a religious base is important to my family. I loved the focus on fine and gross motor skills and the encouragement of creativity. My kids have their whole lives to focus on hardcore academics and they only get to be a little kid once.


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »