Just like elementary schools, preschools vary widely in their educational philosophies, classroom environments, and community cultures. Some are more project and play-based, and some follow pre-planned curriculums. Factors like class size, daily activities, and time spent indoors vs. outdoors can greatly impact a child's experience in a given program. The open house tour will likely cover all the basics: nap time, potty training requirements, and how literacy and math fit into the picture.
And then there are the less obvious but equally important considerations. What is the school's attitude about conflict resolution, and how is it specifically taught and practiced? How do teachers and administrators partner with parents if a child needs extra support? If it's going to be your second home for the next 2-3 years, it needs to feel like one.
Here's the scoop:
The preschool years are instrumental in equipping your child with a strong toolbox. It's also a precious time for you as a family to experience the first chapter of school,
IN A CITY WITH DOZENS TO CHOOSE FROM, WHICH PRESCHOOL IS RIGHT FOR YOU?
"My kid is so young. Don't I have a few more years until I need to worry about school placement? Does starting off at the right preschool matter that much?"
Technically, yes. You have a couple years to spare until the mad rush of applying to Kindergarten in L.A. starts (more on that here). However, here's what I can definitively tell you after a decade of working with young children and their families: early childhood is a brief but critical window to make sound educational choices. The toolbox a child leaves preschool with is one they will carry forever.
And when it comes to next steps after preschool, I have seen firsthand how parents who put in the work at the beginning to choose the right pre-K environment are significantly better positioned to go into the Kindergarten Admissions process with a clearer focus and streamlined plan. Moreover, if you invest care and time in the beginning to take stock of long-term educational goals, you are building a bridge for your child to transition seamlessly to a well-matched Kindergarten.
90-minute in-depth consultation
Let's find your preschool.
This 90-minute consultation is designed to give you a tailored overview of the L.A. preschool landscape, as well as a personalized list of preschool recommendations based on your educational goals and neighborhoods of interest. We'll discuss various educational models to choose from in both preschool and Kindergarten, as it's beneficial to consider them together. I'll also familiarize you with the timeline and process of Kindergarten Admissions, so you can know what to expect in a few short years. Finally, I'll give you key advice and pointers to help you maximize your preschool search and ensure you're choosing the right fit for your family.
CLICK TO SCHEDULE
but how can you ensure that you're choosing the right program?