When Should I Enroll My Child for Preschool?

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When Should I Enroll My Child for Preschool?

Preschool, Pre K and early learning, in general, are vital to brain development in young children. But when and how do you enroll your child in preschool? 

Before your child turns 3, they should be enrolled in preschool. Attending preschool is an essential step in your child’s brain development because your child’s brain develops rapidly during the first five years of life. The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard says that the brain’s architecture is naturally robust and, like a house, the critical foundation is formed first between birth and age 5.

What is the Best Age to Enroll My Child in Preschool? 

Between the ages of 2 and 3 is the best time to enroll your child in preschool. Most children in a preschool classroom are age 3. The year before Kindergarten, when a child is 4, they attend Pre K. All the learning at this early stage of life is preparation for Kindergarten, which students attend when they are 5 years old. All kindergarten classrooms in our area require that students be 5 years old by the first day of September to enroll in Kindergarten. 

We recommend touring and enrolling your child for preschool between the time they turn 2 and 3. This way, you can see exactly where your child will be spending their time. You’ll meet the employees and see what toys, books, and other learning materials your child will have access to at preschool. You might even meet a few other preschool families.

Make a list of the preschools you are interested in visiting. Schedule your tours. Here’s a list of things to look for in a good preschool.

What’s the Best Time of Year to Enroll My Child in Preschool?

A popular time to enroll children in preschool is spring. Springtime is typically when you start to see school districts publicize Kindergarten enrollment. Preschool enrollment is often associated with springtime because of Kindergarten enrollment. That said, there’s no right or wrong time of the year to enroll your child. 

If you’re thinking about preschool and your child is 3 years old, you should enroll them today. 

There are many benefits of preschool, including:

  • Socialization
  • Age-appropriate learning
  • Good behaviors
  • Learning to self regulate emotions
  • Fun

Most private early learning centers allow parents to enroll their children at any time of year. But spring is an excellent time to enroll to make sure your child secures their preschool spot. 

Enroll Your Child in Our Preschool

Preschool and Pre K classroom spots are in demand in our area. We have an easy-to-navigate multi-step process for preschool enrollment. It can take up to two weeks to complete. Enrolling in preschool starts with contacting us to schedule your tour. You can call us in New Prague at 952-758-5437 or in Belle Plaine at 952-873-3331. If you prefer, you can complete this online form. Once your child is enrolled in preschool at Memories & Milestones Academy, you’re automatically guaranteed a Pre K spot.

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