Starting Preschool

Early education starts with choosing the right preschool. Here you'll learn how to do that. Plus, we'll teach you how to prepare your child for preschool, how to ease her transition, encourage friendships, make the most of play and learning time, and more.

Before Starting Preschool: What Your Kids Should Know

Potty training isn't the only skill your child may need to know before heading to preschool. Here are a few important things you should consider before committing to a preschool.

8 Questions to Ask When Looking at Preschools

Selecting a preschool that is a good fit for your child can be exciting as well as overwhelming. As a parent, you want to be confident that you decide on the right program, but how do you make the best choice? Here are some specific questions that parents should ask at any type of preschool.

What Your Kid Will Learn in Preschool

Find out the key learning milestones of the preschool years and how you can help your child achieve them outside of pre-K.

Goodbye Without Tears

If your child is starting preschool and having difficulty with the new routine, follow these strategies for saying goodbye without tears.

Should Your Child Repeat Kindergarten?

More and more students are being held back, but experts warn that the risks may outweigh the benefits.

4 Little Lessons Kids Need Before Starting School

Before your child starts preschool or kindergarten, be sure he's schooled in these basics.

Handwriting: Lower-Case Letters k through o

The proper technique for teaching the lower-case letters k through o.

Must-Have Supplies for the First Day of School

We asked Jan Harp Domene, national president of the PTA, to explain what stuff your little student really needs to bring on the first day of school.

Handwriting: Capital Letters F through J

Handwriting expert Lauren Stern explains the proper way to write the capital letters F through J.

How to Prepare Your Child for Preschool

Starting preschool is a big step for a child, and parents can play an essential role in preparing their little one for this new experience. Here are a few simple strategies to ensure a smooth transition.

Dealing With Separation Anxiety

Does your little one cry or cling to you or both as you're leaving the room or heading out the door? Your toddler may be experiencing separation anxiety. At this age, your child doesn't have a strong sense of time, so he doesn't know when you'll return. Learn how to identify signs of toddler separation anxiety in order to soothe away the tears.

Why Preschool Matters

Childhood experts agree: Attending a high-quality program prepares kids for kindergarten and beyond. But finding the best option for your child takes time and research. To get you started, we've answered your biggest questions.

6 Types of Preschool Programs

Reggio Emilia, Montessori, Waldorf -- the preschool options seem endless. How will you ever be able to choose a program that is a good match for your child? Read on for information about a broad range of preschool philosophies and programs.

School Anxiety

Learn why so many children are nervous about going to school -- and what you can do to help.

The Cling Thing: How to Ease Separation Anxiety

It's normal for young kids to experience separation anxiety, but you can make your little one feel comfortable without you.

Tips for Teaching Math to Pre-K Kids

Your adorable preschooler is just starting to learn about math. Watch how to help her learn the basics.

Handwriting: Lower-Case Letters p through t

The correct way to teach your child to write the lower-case letters p through t.

The Coolest Preschool Supplies

The best back-to-school gear and clothing for little learners.

Overcoming Separation Anxiety on the First Day of School

Entering a new environment can cause anxiety for children--and their parents. Find out how to overcome separation anxiety for a happier first day of school.

Your Child from 34 to 36 months: Learning & Feeling

Your 3-year-old is facing new challenges at preschool -- and creating new ones at home. Here's what's going on in her young mind.

Topics in Starting Preschool