Applying to Preschool

One of the key steps along the learning pathway is the preschool experience.

Why should I send my child to preschool?

Children who attend a quality preschool, nursery, childcare center or family childcare before starting kindergarten, enter school with a head start. Preschool offers children practice in becoming a group member, getting along with others and learning through planned activities that are age appropriate and fun.

When should I apply?

You can begin looking at programs in the fall but most programs start enrollment (for their September programs) in January. In most schools children must be 3 years old by December 31 to be eligible for the program. All children must be potty trained prior to the start of school to comply with state health regulations.

Important Details to Consider

Choosing a Quality Early Care Program

Choosing a quality early childcare program can make a big difference in the future of your child, your community and even the world. Choosing quality early childhood care is important as it can help build a child’s confidence, curiosity and language skills. Quality childcare can nurture a child’s ability to share and develop a love of learning.

When choosing a childcare provider, there are several items to consider— location, convenience, referrals from friends, family and community. There are many websites and resources available to help you choose quality childcare. Here are a few tips as you begin your selection process:

Questions to Ask the Childcare or Preschool Provider:

Signs of a Quality Early Childhood Program

If your child is between the ages of 3 and 6 and attends a childcare center, preschool or kindergarten program, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) suggests you look for the following signs of a quality early childhood program:

Can I Get Financial Aid for Preschool?

Preschool scholarships and other financial assistance is available for Wethersfield residents. Learn more here.