Preschool Open Houses and Referrals

If your child is going to be starting preschool in the fall, it is the time of year to start your school search.

If your child has a fall birthday, you should consider the changes in the age requirement for entering kindergarten that are being phased in over the next few years. In the past, the age requirement for kindergarten was turning 5 by December 1st and many preschool programs used the same standard. The state is changing the age requirement to turning 5 by September 1st of Kindergarten by moving the age requirement forward 1 month.. For the 2013-2014 school year, the deadline for starting Kindergarten is turning 5 by November 1, 2013. For the 2014-2015 year, the deadline for starting kindergarten will be turning 5 by October 1, 2014. After that it will be September 1 of the current school year. All Kindergarten programs in the Ann Arbor school district became full day for the 2012-2013 school year (in prior years selected schools had free full-day classes and others offered a full-day option at an additional cost).

When visiting preschools, it is important to consider what type of program you are looking for – parental involvement, class length, class frequency, curriculum, and other factors. Also, if you are planning to send your child to more than one year of preschool, it is a good idea to make sure that your needs are met for successive years as well so that you do not have to change schools.

My daughter attended Stone School Cooperative Nursery. I wanted a school that encouraged and welcomed parental involvement, one where my daughter’s class would be the same each day (ie all children attended on the same schedule), and one where we both felt comfortable. We loved her preschool and definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a preschool.

There are two ways to visit a school, through open houses or through tours during class time. While an open house is a good way to speak to the teachers and other parents, classroom tours allow you to have a feel for how the class is run and how the facility looks with an actual class in it instead of a classroom full of adults and potentially more people than kids in a class. If possible, I encourage you to visit both an open house and arrange for a classroom tour.


In past years I have published the following preschool reviews:

Stone School Cooperative Nursery Review – 2012
Stone School Cooperative Nursery Review – 2011
HighScope Demonstration Review – 2012
Dexter Cooperative Preschool – 2012
Sunshine Special Children’s Studio – 2012
Saline Cooperative Preschool Review – 2011

If you wish to submit a review for the preschool your child currently attends or previously attended, please e-mail me.

I have been provided with or found open house dates for the following schools:


Saturday, February 2

Thursday, February 7

Saturday, February 9

Friday, February 15

Saturday, February 16

Wednesday, February 27
Friday, April 12
Friday, May 17
Other preschoolers that readers recommended – no open house information available:
Pooh Corner in Saline

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Anna Mae owns & operates Ann Arbor with Kids, a website dedicated to Family Activities in Ann Arbor. My husband and I moved to Ann Arbor in 2003 and our daughter joined the family in 2006.

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