Originally published four years ago, this popular article is being brought back during the Season of Preschool Hunting as it includes over 100 comments (from 2012 through the end of 2015) from parents just like you. Read through them for firsthand accounts of schools in the area; add your own comments to help grow this source of first-hand information!
This time last year, I started the Great Scottsdale Preschool Search. Here’s what I found out: Google will get you nowhere. Here’s what else I found out: it’s so valuable to have mom friends whose kids are all the same age as yours – that is, until you all have the same question and no one knows the answer! I have an incredible circle of mom-friends … but when it came to looking for preschools we were all in the same boat!
The two things I really valued during my search were: mom-to-mom input from the few women I know whose kids are a little older than my own and had some preschool experience, AND the fact that most local preschools put out big banners this time of year announcing their enrollment and a phone number or website to call (at least that way I knew what school to Google when I got home!).
What I really could have used, though, was some firsthand information on a variety of schools from a variety of local moms. So this year we thought that Scottsdale Moms Blog could start that conversation and YOU, our readers, could help continue it.
Here’s how it works. If you’re a local mom who has experience with one or more preschools in the area, we’d love you to comment below. Just imagine you’re at the playground and a sweet mama with a 2.5 year old has just asked you where your kids go to school – tell us what you’d tell her. If you’re a mom on the hunt for local preschools, feel free to add your specific questions in the comments.
This year, when your average Scottsdale mom sits down and starts Googling, maybe this post will show up and actually be of some help!
Oh! Another thing I wish I’d known last year: Raising Arizona Kids magazine puts out THE definitive schools guide each year. 2016 Schools, Etc. is available now for under $9 (costs less than two lattes at the drive-through!) and has a good section on preschools. I’d highly recommend using it to accompany the mom-to-mom insight you gain here on the blog.