Most cities and towns advertise their schools in the local listings and pamphlets. You can find these publications at realtors’ offices and grocery stores. Online searches will also provide lots of information, especially if a school has its own website. Also check the online phone listings yellowpages.com.
Day Care — Day Care is generally for children ages six weeks to five years. Programs can run all day to accommodate a standard workday, but parents might have the option to opt for full or partial days, depending on their needs.
Preschool — Preschool can start at age 2 or 2 ½ and usually lasts until age 4. The school day can run anywhere from two to four hours, but some programs offer early care or aftercare for an additional fee.
Pre-K — This is mostly for children a year away from enrolling in kindergarten. Hours vary program to program, and some are similar to preschool. Some offer a full day, which, for children who are mature enough, helps prepare the students for a full day of kindergarten.
Whereas day care programs run year-round, preschools and pre-K generally adhere to a local public school’s calendar. If you have older children already in school, check their calendars before making a decision.
Preschools and pre-K classes are usually closed during summer, but some offer summer camp, a good option for kids who have trouble making transitions.