Getting Ready for Preschool

About this resource
Reviewed: 2017

IEL Resource(s)

Online Resource(s)

Preschool Prep: How to Prepare Your Toddler for Preschool
In this resource provided by Zero to Three, parents can find information on ways to get ready, respond to a child’s worries, and say goodbye that first day.

Helping Your Child Adjust to Preschool
This article advises parents to make a careful decision in choosing a preschool for their child and familiarize the child with the setting ahead of time to minimize problems. (Also in Spanish)

Preparing Your Child for Preschool
This Kids Health article lists steps to take to make the adjustment to school easier for children.

Easing Into Preschool
This article by Colorin Colorado provides parent tips to help a child get a good start in preschool. (Also available in Spanish.)

Helping Your Preschool Child
This online booklet from the U.S. Department of Education includes suggested learning activities for children from birth through age five. (Also available in Spanish.)

Additional Resource(s)

Preschool and School Readiness: Experiences of Children with Non-English Speaking Parents
Jill S. Cannon, Alison Jacknowitz and Lynn A. Karoly
Public Policy Institute of California, 2012

Children’s Books

Rosie Goes to Preschool
Karen Katz
Schwartz & Wade, 2015

My Preschool
Anne Rockwell
Henry Holt & Company, 2008

David Goes to School
David Shannon
Blue Sky Press, 1999

Splat the Cat: Back to School, Splat
Rob Scotton
Harper Festival, 2011

The Kissing Hand
Audrey Penn
Tanglewood, 2007