Waitlisted for preschool

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Waitlisted for preschool

If you are wait listed at your favorite Preschool, there are a couple of things you can do. First of all, communicate to that school that you really want to be there. You can write letters, emails, or phone calls. Never feel like you are bothering the school or the admissions person. Because they only want people there that really want to be there, and if you communicate that, they will take that into account. Another thing you can do is go on another tour. Go on as many tours as you want. If you show your face, again, you are communicating, "I really want to be here. This is the best place for my child." When you do communicate to the school, focus on your child and why it's good for your family. They want to know why this is a good place for your child. The other thing you can do is tell them that you will go there, at that school, at any point. If they call you at the end of August or beginning September. If you put a deposit down somewhere else, you will forego that. You will still go there. You can communicate that in a letter and that goes a long way. These are some of the things you can do if you are on a wait list.

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Joanna Port

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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