Preschool Fair helps parents decide: Event allows new families to interview schools

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Selecting a preschool can be a daunting task for families. In order to help facilitate the process, MOMS club of Cedar Park (Moms Offering Moms Support), is hosting a preschool fair that allows parents to explore preschools located in Cedar Park, Leander and the northwest Austin area. 

This free event brings local preschools and kid-friendly businesses together under one roof, creating an environment where families can easily navigate and discover the many opportunities that the community offers them. 

“Getting them all in one place, in one setting, this makes it easier for parents,” Jenny Guttormson, president of MOMS Club of Cedar Park, said.

Melanie Galloway, vice president of membership, said it was tough for her to locate preschools when she was looking for one for her child.

“When I went online and typed it in it was tricky to search through and pick one,” Galloway

said.

Both women said that many qualified preschools were not showing up at the top of the search engine results. 

Kelly Green, vice president of service for the organization, said that it was overwhelming sifting through the Internet to choose a preschool along with having to tour several of them at different locations. 

“We have seen this is successful at other places and this is a good way to start the process,” Guttormson said.

About two dozen preschools are participating in the fair, which takes place Saturday, Jan. 14 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hill Country Bible Church in Austin. Attendees can speak with preschools and extracurricular groups for toddlers and school-aged children. Entertainment and activities available will be available for children and concessions will be available for purchase. 

“The first 200 families to arrive get a swag bag,” Galloway said. “It has goodies from local businesses, coupons, water bottles, mini flashlights, coupons for haircuts inside a really nice canvas tote bag.”

Guttormson recommends that parents ask the schools about their teacher-to-child ratios, their hours and how they deal with things such as behavioral problems. 

“It all comes down to comfort,” she said. “You have to feel comfortable that they have what you want.”

 

 

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