UPDATE: This post was made as Shinn Shots Photography and does not represent the style or goals of Blue Space Photography. Because I believe in knowing where you’ve come from, I’ve left this here as a reminder of the journey that led me to where I am today. I now only shoot storytelling sessions, so be sure to check out my current work in more recent posts! – Lauren
For all my clients with young children – don’t forget that preschool registration time is upon us! Most local preschools have a deadline on or before February 1st. I know the first year I registered my kiddo, I was completely unaware that preschool registration happened so early!
Still looking for the right preschool? Google Maps is a great resource for finding local preschools. Just type in “preschools, ZIP CODE”
So now you have options, but how do you choose?
Asking around is always a wonderful place to start. No one knows a preschool like the teachers, the parents, and the kids.
If you’re looking for a more concrete way to choose a school, I have something that may help. In my “previous life” as a grad student at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, several of my friends worked with the Star Rated License program. Their job was to evaluate childcare centers using rigorous methodology and ultimately assign the center a star rating. This rating helps parents effectively choose a childcare program, and it gives centers concrete things to work toward in order to improve their rating.
To my knowledge, Georgia doesn’t have such a rating system. If you’re in need of some direction as you try to sift through the preschool options, you can use the NC Division of Child Development checklist to help you decide. The checklist is pretty extensive, so you may want to just look it over and get a feel for what they’re evaluating. Otherwise you could be making check marks all day!
That being said, there are a lot of great preschools out there. As long as it checks out OK, I’m a firm believer in following your gut. If it feels right to you, and it feels right to your baby (who is growing up all too fast!), then it’s the place to be.