When to Enroll Your Child in Preschool: Navigating Your Child's Early Education

Determining when your child is ready to start preschool is an important and incredibly personal decision. Before taking the next step, there are some developmental milestones and additional factors to ponder. Wonderschool is here to help guide you along the way as you decide when to enroll in preschool.

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Understanding Early Childhood Education

Early childhood education (ECE) is for children from infancy to 8 years old. Many people think of preschool when they hear ECE, though, which is for children between ages 3 and 5. Preschool aims to support developmental milestones, such as social and emotional skills, cognitive skills, classroom life, fine motor skills, and the basics of reading comprehension.

Familiarity With a School Setting

Preschool or ECE helps your child get comfortable in an educational environment where they can adjust to new routines.

Good Social Skills

Interacting with other children helps your child develop important social skills, setting them up for success when they get to elementary school.

How to Care for Themselves

This might be your child's first time in a supportive setting where they can practice independence and personal hygiene basics like hand washing.


What to Consider Before Enrolling Your Child in Preschool

When to enroll in preschool depends on your child and their unique needs. These are the most important factors to consider when deciding whether your child is ready for preschool.


The Best Time to Enroll: Timing and Application Deadlines


How Wonderschool Helps Parents Navigate the Enrollment Process

Navigating the enrollment process can be a lot to manage. Here are some resources to make the task a little easier.

Enrollment Process Resources

Wonderschool is your neighborly support system, providing you with resources to find and compare preschool programs. With Wonderschool’s child care finder, you can search for preschools in your area. You can filter your search and customize it to your child’s needs, schedule, and budget.

Community Resources

The Parenthoods community allows you to speak with other parents who have gone through the preschool enrollment process. Feel free to ask specific questions or just overall experiences. This is a space to receive advice — after all, it takes a village.

Access to Quality Programs

When using Wonderschool’s child care finder and other resources, you’ll find peace of mind. That’s because we implement a strict vetting process for preschools, thanks to a deep commitment to quality early education. All programs are registered or licensed according to state requirements and follow state health and safety regulations.


Steps to Take Right Now

There are steps you can take before your child attends preschool. With support and resources, your child’s path becomes quite clear.

Preliminary Research

If you’re thinking about preschool, chances are your child is close to enrollment. It’s a good idea to start researching early education options in your area, which you can do with Wonderschool’s child care finder. In your research, you’ll learn what documents and information to have prepped for enrollment, making the process as smooth as possible.

Visit and Engage with Schools

Visit and Engage with SchoolsOnce you find preschools that pique your interest, it’s time to visit the programs in person. This way, you can engage with educators, ask questions, and see the facilities. It also allows you to involve your child in the experience of touring their potential learning environments. Some schools have private tours, while others have open houses.

Consult with Wonderschool Experts

You can consult with fellow parents and guardians at Wonderschool’s Parenthoods online community. You can also take advantage of all Wonderschool resources, like program resources, the Wonderschool podcast, and much more.  


The Perfect Preschool is Closer Than You Think

With Wonderschool, your friendly neighborhood child care resource, you have a community at your fingertips. Find the perfect preschool in your area with our child care finder tool, which streamlines the search process and helps you narrow down top picks in a few clicks.

Simplify child care and ECE, connect with like-minded parents, and when it’s time to enroll, find trusted and quality care.

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