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How to Choose the Best Preschool for Your Child The Ultimate Guide to Finding, Getting into, and Preparing for Nursery School

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ISBN-10: 1402242085

ISBN-13: 9781402242083

Edition: 2010

Authors: Jenifer Wana

List price: $24.99
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With very few resources available to help parents navigate the preschool process, How to Choose the Best Preschool for Your Child fills the void with this excellent one-stop resource. Whether the preschools near you enroll every child, or they're so competitive that they only accept a few applicants, this book offers tools to find, research, and choose the best program for every child. It includes how to find great schools in the local area, discussions of popular programs (Montessori, play-based, Reggio-Emilia), criteria to consider, advice to help your child get ready, and charts and worksheets to make the decision easier, plus advice on essays, interviews, and wait lists for those…    
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Book details

List price: $24.99
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/10/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Jenifer Wana conceived the idea for How to Choose the Best Preschool for Your Child after going through the process of researching and applying to preschools for her son and while doing a pro bono consulting project for GreatSchools, a nonprofit education organization that helps parents find and evaluate preschools and K12 schools.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Preschool Primer
What Is Preschool?
Do I Have to Send My Child to Preschool?
What Are the Benefits of Preschool?
Is Private Preschool My Only Option? Is There Public Preschool?
Getting Organized
It's Never Too Early
Preschool Search Time Line
Tips for Keeping Organized
Choosing a Preschool: The Basics
Know Your Child and Your Family
At What Age Do I Want My Child to Start Preschool?
What's the Best Location?
What Schedule Works Best For Our Family?
How Much Can We Afford to Pay for Preschool?
What to Look for in a Preschool
What Is the Classroom Like?
What Are the Teachers Like?
How Is the School Run?
What Is the Community Like?
Dedicated Preschool or Ongoing School?
What Does the Admissions Process Tell You?
What Are the School Policies?
What Matters Most?
Types of Preschool Programs
Child Centered versus Teacher Directed
Play Based
Montessori
Reggio Emilia
Waldorf
Academic
Preschool Settings
How Much Does It Matter?
Researching Preschools
How to Find Preschools
Narrowing Down Your List of Preschools
How Many Preschools Should You Apply To?
Visiting Preschools
Deciding Which Preschools to Visit
Opportunities to Visit
Arranging the Visit
Preparing for Your Visit
During Your Visit
After Your Visit
The Preschool Admissions Process
Open Enrollment
The Waiting List
Regular Admissions
Lottery System
How Do Preschools Decide Who Gets In?
Dos and Don'ts of Applying
Submitting a Strong Application
General Information Section
Application Questions
Tips for Writing
Common Application Questions
Sample Essays
Recommendation Letters
Child and Parent Interviews
Child Interviews
Parent Interviews
Making the Final Decision
But We Still Haven't Heard
We've Been Wait-Listed-What Now?
Our Favorite Preschool Turned Us Down-What Now?
Our Child Didn't Get a Spot at Any Preschool-What are Our Options?
Accepting an Offer
Paying for Preschool
Determine Your Budget
Keeping Preschool Costs Down
Financial Aid
Dependent-Care Flexible Spending Account
Child Care Tax Credit
Child Care Subsidies
Preschool Readiness Skills
Social and Emotional Skills
Cognitive Skills
Physical Skills
Separating from Parents
Potty Training
Countdown to the First Day of Preschool
During the Summer
Three to Four Weeks before Preschool Starts
One to Two Weeks before Preschool Starts
The Day before Preschool Starts
The First Day of Preschool
Supporting Your Child Throughout Preschool
Be Patient-There's an Adjustment Period
Communicate with Your Child and the Teacher
Be an Involved Parent
About the Author