Home Preschool?

I’ve been thinking about starting my own home preschool with some other moms in the neighborhood. How can we get started?
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ByCindy H. Liu, PhD, clinical and developmental psychologist, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, Massachusetts
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In some cities, preschools can cost upwards of $18,000 a year, so it’s no surprise that more and more parents are opting to join or start an at-home preschool program. There are many curriculum kits available that you can order online, which may provide daily lesson plans including crafts and activity ideas, as well as instructions for teaching numbers, letters, colors, shapes, and other basics.

In addition to basic academics, preschools play an important role in  helping to socialize young children and get them ready for the bigger challenges they will face in kindergarten. If you’re the one teaching your child, it’s also important for him to play and socialize with other kids his age, so consider signing up for individual classes like music, art, or dance.

If you’re welcoming other kids into your home, keep in mind that many states require a license or registration certificate if you serve three or more children for more than three hours a day on a regular basis.

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