Childhood experts agree: Attending a high-quality preschool program prepares kids for kindergarten and beyond. Preschool refers to educational classes for 3- and 4-year-olds. Some pre-schools offer a part-time schedule (a few hours a day, two to five times a week), while others are full time. At preschool, children learn how to be students and become exposed to numbers, letters, and shapes. And, more important, they learn how to socialize — be respectful of others, take turns, and share the teacher's attention.
KidGooRoo provides the most comprehensive listing of preschool programs available online, with ratings and reviews from parents like you. If you live in a big city, where competition for spots can be fierce, we recommend that you apply at least a year in advance and apply to more than one preschool.