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Can you believe preschool registration for this upcoming Fall has already started?  If you have any preschool aged children or have put your children through preschool in years past, then you know how crazy and even scary this time of year can be for moms.  Especially for moms that are sending their child to preschool for the very first time.

I remember when the time came to send my oldest, Isaac, to preschool, and the wave of emotions I went through.  But sadness and stress definitely seemed to be the constant dominating emotions.  Mostly because this was my first baby that would no longer be under my watchful eye 24/7 and it was completely my responsibility to make sure I sent them to best preschool I could find.  To say I was a complete internal mess would be the understatement of the year.  Ha ha!  

Well, I'm proud to say that I survived that motherhood milestone.  And found the process to be easier with each kid that I sent.  So, if any of you mamas reading this are just about to send your first baby off to preschool...I completely know how you feel and am here to help you navigate through this and learn how to choose the best preschool for your child.

How to Choose the Best Preschool for your Child

1) Think about the basics.
When it comes to your child's preschool, thinking about what's most important to you can help you from becoming overwhelmed.  So when deciding how to choose the best preschool for your child, make sure to ask yourself the following questions...

+ Do you want the preschool close to you home? 
+ Do you want the preschool to offer childcare services?
+ Do you want the preschool close to your work?
+ Do you want your preschool to provide certain educational services?
+ Do you want your child to go to preschool with their friends?

2) Do your research!
Now-a-days, there are a ton of different preschool options out there for moms to choose from.  So make sure you take the time to research the preschools in your area and even talk to other moms to get their opinions on the best preschools they know about.

One amazing preschool option you will want to look into is KinderCare.  Founded in 1969, KinderCare opened it's doors to the public as an amazing childcare and schooling option.  Since then, KinderCare now has 1,400 centers in 38 states and is devoted to providing outstanding services, confidence and comfort in families.  Using their longstanding dedication and experiences to create environments for parents and their children that are energized by incredible educators, responsive to the community, and enriched by by an amazing network of leading childhood experts.  

3) Make sure to cover your basics.
Once you've narrowed down your search and have found some preschools you are interested in, it's important to call up or send an e-mail to each facility and ask them these basic questions listed below to help you gain a better understanding of each facility and it's staff.

+ What is the staff turnover rate.
+ How many staff members hold degrees in early childhood development.
+ What safety procedures do they follow for drop-offs, pick-ups, and any kind of emergency.
+ What are their payment procedures.
+ Do they do field trips.
+ What is the layout of a basic school day.
+ Is the building up to code.
+ What types of teaching resources, methods, and materials do they use.
+ Are meals and snacks provided.
+ Are children required to be potty trained.
+ How is discipline handled.

4) Stop by for a visit.
A great way to decide if a certain preschool is a good fit for you and your child, is to reach out to the ones you are interested in and schedule a time when you and your child can stop by for a visit; making to sure to notice when you're there if you feel welcomed, your child is interested in what's going on, the children already attending there are happy, the educators/caregivers are engaging with the children, and the facility is clean and safe.  By noticing these things, you will better be able to decide if it's a right fit for you and your child.

5)  Go with your gut.
As a mom we are blessed with the ability to be deeply in tune with what each of our children need.  So along with all of the research you've done, don't forget to go with your gut!

Choosing a preschool for your child can be a hard and emotional task for us moms, but it doesn't have to be complicated and overwhelming.  So if you follow these five steps on how to choose the best preschool for your child, I promise you will end up putting your child in a preschool that both of you love!   

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