When to start looking?

Nashville, TN
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When to start looking?

In a previous post, parents were talking about their children starting school at 3 years old. My son is 17.5 months old, but before I know it, he’ll be 2 years old and then comes 3! I currently keep him at home with me (I work from home), so when do I need to start really researching and preparing for school? I would love to homeschool, but I really don’t think I can handle that on top of my workload.

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  1. I think it’s up to your individual situation. If you are considering sending your son to preschool at age 3, some parents will start looking a year ahead of time if schools tend to fill up fast in their areas. For other locations that really isn’t an issue. But not everyone sends their kids at that age so you may just want to at least start thinking in general what your plans might be. Then you can see what the local options are and start putting an ear out.

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    1. Great point! Here in South Florida, good preschools fill up a year in advance.

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  2. I would start asking around now and develop a short list. Call a few to see what the waiting lists and costs look like, so you can get prepared. I had no idea how quickly they fill up (here some people add their kids to a list at birth!) and how expensive they are. This may not be the case where you live, but best to know what the situation is before you get there. And if you decide to homeschool, you could still look into other classes and activities to help your son develop social skills.

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  3. I will definitely start doing some research now (if only just to get recommendations from friends), but fortunately, I don’t think it’s that competitive in my area. I just can’t fathom that it’s already time to start seriously thinking about this mess! Haha!

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