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As much as you love your child, nothing that you can do for him can substitute for the excitement he gets from being with other children. If he isn't already in preschool or day care, now is the time to find a way for him to interact regularly with children near his age. Try a play group or other planned activity. It's in your interest to keep your child busy and occupied. When children this age get bored, behavior problems often follow, since they'll do anything to liven things up.

If you're choosing between two or three full days of preschool and five half-days — either now or when your child turns 3 — pick the latter. For most kids, the shorter day is easier. Plus, having the same schedule every weekday is often less hassle for the whole family. But many youngsters do cope well with the full-day schedule, so keep checking in to see how your child is doing as he makes the transition to day care or preschool.

When it comes to picking a preschool, plan ahead. Many good programs have waiting lists, and it takes time to find the right setting for your child. Visit each possibility, spending enough time there to be sure the school will work for you and your child.

See if your child is ready for preschool and find out how to choose the right program for him.


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