If you thought college applications were rough, you haven't seen the current state of competitive preschool admissions. I understand that parents want to give their kid a head start and the best education possible, but when people are hiring consultants to coach them into getting their 3-year-old accepted at the most exclusive, best program, you know something has gone terribly awry. I looked at dozens of online applications and read numerous articles for "savvy" parents looking to get their little Einstein into the premier preschool, and I was astonished by these ridiculous questions from real preschool applications.
I looked at a total of two preschools. I wanted my child in a bilingual program, and there were only two options. I ended up going with the cheaper, closer option. The classrooms were clean and bright, the playground safe but not too safe, and the teachers warm and welcoming. I must say when I was relieved that all they asked for were basic permissions, emergency contacts, and statement of health from our pediatrician. We made a deposit, reserved our spot, and that was that. My daughter started Spanish immersion preschool at 18 months of age, and we never looked back.
It's important that the place your child spends the most time away from home be a good fit for them, but I don't think it makes or breaks their future. Personally, I think the whole preschool application process has gotten out of hand, and I don't know how these places expect parents to seriously answer any of the following: