How to Choose the Best Preschool for Your Child | Book Review

There are a lot of things I didn’t know before becoming a mother. Heck, there are a lot of things I didn’t know AFTER I became a mother. And for that matter, I’ll never know it all. But one thing I didn’t know about was the fact that getting into the preschool of your choice can be challenging. Many people even put their children on wait lists a year or two in advance. I never went to preschool, so I never really gave it much thought until I started hearing other moms talk about it.

How to Choose the Best Preschool for Your Child by Jennifer Wana is a great resource for parents of toddlers. It’s a comprehensive guide to learning about the choices you have in a preschool search. She provides information on different types of programs, including Montessori, Waldorf, play based, and cooperative schools and what criteria you should consider when trying to decide.

A huge factor in choosing a school for many parents is the cost. She provides information on how to pay for the program you choose and outlines the tax benefits as well as how to apply for and receive financial aid.

The book helps you to write a strong application for the programs of your choice so that you will be looked at favorably during a review. Since programs are so competitive in many areas, it’s important to present your child as strongly (and honestly, of course) as possible.

The book explains why it is so important to visit the different schools you are considering, and what to look for during your visits. It also takes the child into consideration and offers different tips on how to know if your child is ready for preschool, how to prepare your child for preschool, and how to work with your child once they have enrolled and are attending.

This book is a great resource for any parent of a toddler getting ready to embark on the road to preschool. It has been great for me to learn more about different programs and how to prepare our family financially. The book retails for $14.99. You can also find more information about the author and the book at Preschool Primer.

I received a copy of this book for the purpose of the review. The opinions in this review are mine alone.


  1. Childcare in Eastbourne says:

    Sounds to me like a great guide! I know a number of people who are due to be parents in the very near future. As a result they could find this guide to be very helpful. Preschool is a very important point in any child’s life so picking the right one is going to be crucial.

  2. EdH says:

    Are there any similar books to compare and contrast this to? How does it stack up to it’s competition? I have seen very few other similar books, and wonder if you have seen some. Thx…

    • Katie says:

      I have not, unfortunately. I think it’s a pretty personal decision for every family – at the end when it came time to choose for us I knew that I wanted a Montessori program and I researched the local ones.

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