What Age to Start Preschool

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Carrie Solomon, Parents League School Advisor

Many preschools enroll children at 2.0 years of age (by September 1st of the fall your child begins). A few preschools enroll as young as 1.6 or as old as 3.0.

You can check out Parents League Guide to NYC Preschools to familiarize yourself with the options in your neighborhood. Use our Age Calculator to verify how old your child will be in September. We recommend doing this prior to beginning the admissions process.

In reality, there is no exact age that all children should begin preschool. A lot is dependent on what works for your family; some families need the childcare and like the idea of their child being in a preschool setting early on.

Others are at home with their child and hesitant to begin the process right away. In general, two year olds benefit from age appropriate opportunities to develop new language and social skills and will begin to feel comfortable in a community outside of their home.

Now more than ever, parents have options for programs for children under three. There are preschool alternatives, classes, preschool based toddler programs or full time childcare which are all designed to provide your child with the needed opportunities for social and emotional growth. Do what works best for your family and don’t stress!

If you’re not sure if it’s the right time, call and talk it through with one of our Preschool Admissions Advisors.   

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Here are some tips for beginning the preschool application process.:

1.    Join Parents League. Sign up for membership online or call our office at 212-737-7385.

2.    Attend a Preschool Workshop (included with membership).

Led by one of our experienced School Advisors, this 90-minute workshop is offered at our office and at other locations throughout the city during the spring and summer. The workshops are limited in number of participants, and will give you the opportunity to learn about the process and have all your questions answered

3.    Develop your list of schools, and then call one of our preschool advisors to review your list. (included with membership)

4.   Request and file applications in September. Stay in touch with your School Advisor as you go through the process. (unlimited calls with a School Advisor included in your membership)

Resources:

Age Calculator

Preschool Admissions Timeline

List of Member Schools