How to Find the Right PreK School

You can't understate the importance of early education. Actually, a recent study by The Perry Preschool Project found that preschool graduates are more likely to complete high school, commit less crimes, and hold higher earning jobs. There are lots of advantages to preschools, including critical knowledge and social interaction. For most parents, the question isn't whether or not they should enroll their child in a pre-K program. It's which is the right preschool for them?

Families that live in bigger cities have many preschool choices. Finding the best preschool is no easy selection. Here are three effective tips that can help make this choice easier:

Get Referrals

Do you have any friends or family members who have been through this process already? If so, talk to them. These people will have valuable insight into the program that they used (and maybe those that they didn't. This is the perfect starting point for limiting your search to a few choices.

Read Rating Websites

Do a search for "best preschools in (your area)" and you will likely find two types of results: brick-and-mortar preschools and ranking websites. These websites will include reviews and rankings for a number of different preschools in your local area. You don't need to select the preschool with top ranking immediately, but these sites will help make your choice easier.

Visit Preschools

Once you have finally trimmed your list down to a few choices, tour your preferred preschools. This will give you an opportunity to talk to teachers and find out if it fits your criteria. Call ahead to find out when these preschools allow visitors.

Following these three steps will ideally lead you to selecting the best preschool for your child to get their early education.

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