Tips for preschool admission

Joanna Port, MEd Educational Specialist, shares advice for parents on the best methods for helping your child get into your first choice of Preschool
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Tips for preschool admission

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There are some things you can do to get into your first choice of Preschool. One thing you can do is write a letter, or an email communicating to that school that this is your first choice. You really want to be there and it's the right place for your family and toddler. In that letter, it's not a bad idea to include a photo. You can also have friends or staff or alumni of that school to write letters of recommendation to get into that school. It cannot hurt. Usually, these schools make a file, and they put all these things in a file. When it comes to admissions time, they go back and look at all that stuff. You can also go on another tour of the school. You can go on as many tours as you want. That way you show a face to a name and also your level of interest and how interested you are. You also might want to tell the school what you can contribute to that Preschool, whether it's a talent or a culture or a talent that you can share with the school. You also might want to include how much parent participation you have to offer and how that's important to you, to be a part of the school as a parent.

Joanna Port, MEd Educational Specialist, shares advice for parents on the best methods for helping your child get into your first choice of Preschool

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Educational Specialist & Executive Director of PEL

Joanna Port is Executive Director of the Parents Education League (PEL) of Los Angeles. She holds a master's degree in Education from Pepperdine University and a master's degree in Social Work from University of Southern California. Before having four children of her own, she worked as a social worker with families and children in residential treatment. After she obtained her teaching credential, she worked as a teacher for four years. Coming back to work as PEL's Executive Director, she is able to combine her degrees and interest in education and children's mental health in her hometown, Los Angeles.

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