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When & Where to Apply to Preschool: A Seaport’s Guide | By Maya Michalewicz

Choosing the right time to apply and enroll your child in a Seaport Boston preschool is a significant decision. While there is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, one of the primary considerations when deciding when to enroll your child in a Boston preschool is their age along with your interest in how your child will learn and grow at the earliest of life stages. Based on your child’s age and aptitude consider all your options before enrollment: 

  • Nanny: A nanny offers the most personalized experience. One on one care with a trusted provider is exceptional and can be extremely convenient for busy families. Think: no pick ups and drop offs. Plus, a proficient nanny is capable of handling some chores, errands, and ensuring that a mother feels supported while helping with the kids. However, this can also be the most costly option.. Not to mention, the one that can put you in a bind if circumstances change quickly – which they can and do!. 
  • Daycare: Some daycares open to children at ages as young as 6 weeks… They generally cater to children between 6 months to just before 3 years old. This care is typically offered year-round, Monday through Friday to accommodate parents’ work schedules. They typically don’t tie in with the academic calendar like pre-schools.
  • Preschool: Intended for children between the ages of 2 years, 9 months and 5 years old, preschool is designed for socialization and slightly more structured learning… with plenty of activities focusing on play as well.
  • Pre-K: This year is based on school readiness, with the goal of preparing children for Kindergarten, the first mandatory year of schooling. This is typically for children between 4 – 5 years old. 

The Boston Public Schools preschool program is one of the strongest in the nation, and there are more than 2,400 Universal Public Pre-K seats available for children who are four years old on or before September 1 of the school year they are registering for. If attempting to secure one of these public spots we encourage families to register in the first round for this grade, starting in January of the year they would be eligible to enroll.

If you’re interested in a private approach to early education there are no shortage of options in that realm as well. Most private preschools in Seaport Boston admit children between the ages of 2.9 and 5 years old. This moment marks the beginning of your child’s educational journey and lays the foundation for their future learning experiences. Children develop at different rates, so it’s essential to assess your child’s readiness for a structured learning environment. When you are ready to enroll, here is a list of the private schools in Seaport you may want to check out: 

Bright Horizons

With locations both at Fan Pier and at Seaport, nationally known Bright Horizons child care centers serve children ages six weeks to six years. The Fan Pier location has programs for infants, toddlers/twos, preschool, kindergarten prep, kindergarten, as well as summer programs. The Seaport location offers all ages except for kindergarten. 

Center Seaport KinderCare

Located right off of Seaport Boulevard, KinderCare offers programs for children 6 weeks old to 5 years old. They also offer several small-group enrichment programs in phonics, music, cooking, and STEM to expand their interests and curiosities. 

Sunrise Learning Academy

Located in Fort Point, the Sunrise Learning Academy offers programs for infants, ages 8 weeks – 15 months; toddlers ages 15 months – 2 years 9 months; and preschool for children ages 2 years 9 months – 5 years. Both structured and unstructured learning encourage continuous learning and growth.

After exploring some of Seaport’s highly rated preschools, if you haven’t found the right place for your child, explore more options in Back Bay or South End

Schooling is a major aspect in the home buying experience from pre-K through high school, and definitely should be discussed with your real estate agent when setting criteria for your home purchase. Whether you’re moving to Boston for the first time, or looking for advice, Jeff Hamilton can provide you with expert knowledge. Having navigated the Boston pre-school scene with three kids of his own, Jeff knows the area’s school scene first-hand.