PA son starting preschool

Posted on: Sun, 01/26/2003 - 5:36am
Jodi2boys's picture
Joined: 01/23/2003 - 09:00

Hi everyone! I'll start with...I'm SO overwhelmed and really need some help!! My PA son will be starting preschool in September and I don't know what steps I need to take, where to start, what to do, ETC. All I know is that I'm petrified to send him and need all the info. I can get to start preparing for this. I appreciate any help/advice. THANKS! -Jodi

Posted on: Sun, 01/26/2003 - 9:21am
cynde's picture
Joined: 12/10/2002 - 09:00

I would start by reading some of the school posts, especially the pre-school ones. Think about your comfor zone, and what you are going to want from the pre-school. Do a lot of interviewing to find one that will accomodate your sons needs. Good luck.

Posted on: Sun, 01/26/2003 - 11:27am
Dawn's picture
Joined: 02/22/1999 - 09:00

My son just started preschool, and I was petrified, too. I asked around (among my friends) to find a place with which most seemed happy. When I found it(they'd had a pa child there a couple of years ago), I asked questions at registration (can I meet the teacher, I hope we can work together, I don't want to make this difficult for anyone...all my questions or statements were answered with assurances that they were up to the task.) Then, during the summer, I called to get an appointment with the director and hopefully the teacher. They told me that I would need to wait until closer to school time, as they were unavailable. (1st clue) I called and called and called and called and finally, my neighbor (who knew the teacher well) called the teacher at home to find out why no one would return my calls ("Oh my! I had no idea she was trying to reach me!"...2nd clue) When I was finally able to talk to her, she was very unwilling to work with me. I posted the whole sordid story someowhere in the school forum, if you wanted the details. Anyway, what I'm taking a really long time to say is, don't take anyone at their word if you get a lot of head-nodding and yes-yessing and are not given a chance to sit down and explain your situation and your needs. I've always thought that the most dangerous people are the ones who [i]think[/i] they get it but don't really. They think they don't need to hear what you have to say because they think they already know how to handle it. Once you think you may have found a school, ask about training the staff about food allergies and using the epi-pen (when to and how). Think about how you want snack time handled...will you supply snack daily or will your child eat what the other parents or school supplies? Oh yeah- you can use a sample 504 plan as a sort of checklist to make sure you haven't forgotten anything (like arts & crafts in the classoom). I will try to post a link to it. Good Luck. It can be scary, but it is possible to find a good place!
Also, if you do a search in the school forum for "504", you will find a lot of great information!
Try this link [url=""][/url]
Be safe,
[This message has been edited by Dawn (edited January 26, 2003).]
[This message has been edited by Dawn (edited January 26, 2003).]

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