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Preparing for Preschool: Avoiding Transportation Troubles

Mar 24, 2016 10:55AM ● By Hood Magazine
By Allison Sanderson, Childcare Services Director, EmBe

The perception of preschool is a half-day program and parents are left trying to figure out how to transport their child to and from and where to take them after. Many programs realize this burden and have created different options for families. There are preschool programs that offer an all-day everyday option; these programs can benefit the children adjusting to the feeling of school and the all-day learning environment. Some preschools offer what is called ‘extended care.’ This is a place where the children can go before and after preschool. It’s a great option when a family is only looking for half day curriculum or just starting in the preschool adventure with a 3 or 4 year old.

A family can also find preschool programs, which will transport children to another childcare setting; this way the parents don’t have leave work.  There may be an added cost with these options, but the benefits of knowing your child is safe, having fun and continuing to learn can be worth it.

Knowing the right questions to ask and what to look for is important with any decision a family makes regarding their children and childcare/preschool options. Making a phone call to each center the family is interested in and setting up a tour is important; finding out curriculum being used and the options for care will narrow the choices for what works. The centers with flexible options seem to be the centers that fill up the quickest. It’s important to know what your child is ready for and decide the best fit.