McHenry County Preschool Parent ToolKit

Researching preschools can be a stressful and daunting task. If you are a parent of a two or three year-old January is filled with the decision of if they should go to preschool and where. Everyone you talk to will have an opinion and it feels like your options are endless!

Little McHenry County is here to help with our Preschool Parent ToolKit, all the information, and resources you need to choose a preschool that is the best fit for your family and where your child will flourish.

The first and most important decision to make is what kind of preschool you are looking for your child, and it can be more than one type! The most common in our area are:

  • Play-based
  • Co-op
  • Montessori
  • Faith-based
  • Waldorf
  • Reggio Emilia
  • Community

You will also need to know if you are looking for a full- or half-day program. It makes no sense to fall in love with a school if you need full-day and they only offer half-day.  Don’t know the answers to those important questions? Heather, a former teacher, breaks down the different types of preschools and how to tell if it’s right for your family, we highlight the local ones in the video below:

After you have narrowed down the type of school you are looking for you will need to find one that is in your area. Look no further than the brand new McHenry County Preschool Guide.

We’ve been creating a guide for Lake County for 5 years and brought all that expertise over to the McHenry County Guide. The Little McHenry County Preschool Guide provides you with preschool listings in the McHenry County area sorted by city, so you can find the one near home or work. Each listing is formatted the same so you can easily and quickly compare:

  • Type of school
  • Ages offered
  • Full-Day or Half-Day

In addition we have a an interactive map that places all the preschools in our guide on a map so you can follow your route to work or explore your neighborhood to find your school.

Once you have your list of school you will want to contact them and set up visits to tour the facilities and meet the teachers. Many schools will let you do this at any time; I recommend bringing the preschooler when you can, as seeing how they handle and interact with the facility can help you make a decision. You may have had your heart set on one style of school, but it just didn’t work for your child. 

Finally, talk to parents in your circles. Getting advice from the parents you know and trust about types and personal experiences with preschools is invaluable. 

Choosing a preschool doesn’t have to be daunting when you have the tools and resources you need.

How did you find your preschool?


Little McHenry County is not associated with any one preschool or school philosophy, partnerships and event listings are not an endorsement of a particular school or curriculum but are provided to give the community more in-depth information about options available.

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