If you have a child who might be ready for preschool next fall, now is the time to look into your options. The Go West Preschool and Daycare Guide is a great place to start. But you'll want to meet preschool owners and staff in person, and for that reason, area Preschool Fairs are a good next step. Plus, you'll likely learn about some upcoming open houses where you can visit and tour the preschool, often with your little one in hand.
Here are a few upcoming Preschool Fairs. If you know of more, please include in the comments section!
The annual Preschool Fair at the Batavia Public Library is an opportunity for parents and caregivers to drop-in and speak with representatives of preschools in both Batavia and Geneva. It will be held Wednesday, Nov. 7, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. You can drop in anytime during those hours; no registration is required. (Note: I attended this fair two years ago, and it was very helpful. Plenty of parents do bring their kids, although if you really want to focus, it's best to leave them at home or bring another caregiver to help keep track of them.)
THURSDAY, NOV. 8:
The St. Charles Public Library's Preschool Forum will feature representatives from St. Charles preschools speaking about the unique qualities of their school. After the presentation, each preschool will be availble to answer questions. This event will be held on Thursday, Nov. 8, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. It is an adults-only event; no children please. Also, you MUST register in advance for this event by noon on Thursday. Call 630-584-9390 for details.
The Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin will host its annual Preschool & Childcare Information Fair on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, from 10 a.m. to noon. Drop-in to speak with representatives from area preschool and daycare centers.
The West Chicago Public Library held a Preschool/Day Camp Open House in the spring of 2012. I'll add it to the Go West Calendar and share details here once they are finalized for next year.