Should I send my 2-year-old to preschool?

Whether or not to send a child to preschool at any age is a personal family decision. Many preschools with two year old programs are similar to daycares with a few more formal educational activities. To determine if your child is ready for preschool, consider whether or not he or she can comfortably separate from you for several hours, sit still for 20 minutes of circle time, follow simple directions, play nicely with other children. Also ask yourself if your child shows interest in learning. Some schools require potty training although many that accept 2 year olds do not. If you do not feel your child is ready for preschool, there is no need to enroll in one.

Candace Lindemann

Children's Author & Education Consultant

Candace Lindemann is a published children’s writer and educational consultant. She holds a B.A. from Yale University and an M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. You can also find Candace blogging at While Candace’s degrees prepared her for a career in education, she’s found that the best preparation for parenting is on-the-job training.