Ultimate Guide to Preschools & Daycares in the New York Suburbs

Are you looking for a preschool or daycare for your child in the New York suburbs?

Choosing the right preschool or daycare can be overwhelming!

There are so many preschools and daycares in the New York suburbs of Fairfield County, Connecticut, and Westchester County, New York, it can be challenging to make a decision! 

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We hope to simplify the process with our guide to preschools and daycares in the New York suburbs. 

We’ve compiled a comprehensive directory of preschools and daycares in both Fairfield and Westchester counties. 

From small, intimate settings to larger, more structured environments, our list of preschools and daycares is designed to help you explore and discover the perfect fit for your family’s needs.

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We understand that choosing the right preschool and daycare involves more than just location and availability.

To help you, we’ve compiled key questions to ask and things to look for when touring potential preschools or daycares in the New York suburbs. 

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What to Look for in Preschools & Daycares in the New York Suburbs

When to Apply to Preschools and Daycares in the New York Suburbs? 

Typically, you start the application process in the fall or winter of the year before you want your child to attend. 

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However, the application deadline can vary from one preschool or daycare. Some preschools or daycares might have rolling admissions, while others have set deadlines. 

Some preschools have a lottery system while some daycares have waitlists. Some parents get their child on the waitlist the moment the baby is born! (remember this is the New York suburbs- there are a lot of type-A New Yorker transplants!)

It’s often a good idea to ask! Start early! At least one year before you plan to enroll your child!

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Find out if there is an Enrollment Priority at the Preschool or Daycare

Enrollment priority policies differ between preschools and daycares, especially in the New York suburbs where many preschools and daycares are small and spots are limited. 

Waitlists are common, especially for preschool morning sessions (since morning sessions don’t interfere with afternoon nap schedules!) 

To manage demand, some preschools give enrollment priority to siblings of current or past students, and to children whose families are members of their affiliated church or congregation. 

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In fact, some forward-thinking parents have joined these congregations specifically to secure priority enrollment!

It’s important for you to find out and ask the preschool or daycare about their enrollment priority policies so you can gauge your likelihood of obtaining a spot! 

Planning ahead can help you better strategize your preschool or daycare application process so you get into your first choice preschool or daycare! 

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Find out about Potty Training Requirements

Many preschools have potty training requirements and understanding this is crucial when choosing the right school for your child. 

Potty training requirements typically apply to preschools only since almost all daycares will accept children that are not potty trained. 

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Some preschools will only accept children who are potty trained while other preschools will help your child with the potty training process. 

If your child is not yet potty trained, it’s important to ask about the preschool potty training policy. 

Find out early! You want to plan ahead so you can start potty training your child the summer before preschool starts. 

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You don’t want your child not to get into your first choice preschool simply because they’re not yet potty trained.

Finding out early can eliminate any last-minute disappointments! 

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Find out the Preschool and Daycare Extended Day Options

It’s important to find out about the preschool or daycare’s extended day options. Do they have early morning drop-offs? What about late pickup? ​​

Understanding a preschool or daycare’s extended day options is important, especially for working parents commuting to NYC for work. 

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Many preschools in the New York suburbs offer short school days, typically just three hours, either in the morning or the afternoon. 

The preschool schedule may not work with the schedules of working parents unless there’s a babysitter available during the day.

Some preschools in the New York suburbs do offer extended hours, with pickups as late as 3:30 pm, but this might still be too early for working parents. 

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Daycares in the New York suburbs typically offer longer hours, with full-day options extending to a 6 or 7 pm pickup. However, each daycare varies, and a 6 pm pickup might still be difficult for parents taking the train back from their office in NYC! 

You should also think about early morning drop-offs, especially if you’re trying to catch an express train to NYC and need to drop your child off an hour early. 

Do know that these extended day options will have additional costs, so it’s important to find out the details. 

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That way, you can be sure your child’s preschool or daycare will work with your schedule and budget.

Connecticut Preschools and Daycares (Fairfield County)

Preschools and Daycares in Darien, CT

Check out our Insider’s Guide to Preschools in Darien, CT: What to Look For

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Preschools and Daycares in Fairfield, CT

Preschools and Daycares in Greenwich, CT

Check out our Insider’s Guide to Preschools in Greenwich CT (written by a Greenwich mom of two kids!)

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Preschools and Daycares in New Canaan, CT

Check out our Ultimate Guide to Preschools in New Canaan, CT

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Preschools and Daycares in Norwalk, CT

  • Beth-El Norwalk Nitzan Nursery School
  • United Church Nursery School
  • ELLI Lab School at Stepping Stones Museum for Children
  • Bright Beginnings Early Childhood Program in Norwalk
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Preschools and Daycares in Rowayton, CT

Preschools and Daycares in Stamford, CT

Preschools and Daycares in Westport, CT

  • Earthplace Preschool
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New York Preschools and Daycares (Westchester County)

Preschools and Daycares in Armonk, NY

Preschools and Daycares in Bedford, NY

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Preschools and Daycares in Bedford Hills, NY

  • Bedford Discovery Early Childhood Center

Preschools and Daycares in Briarcliff Manor, NY

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Preschools and Daycares in Chappaqua, NY

Preschools and Daycares in Dobbs Ferry, NY

  • Alcott School Dobbs Ferry

Preschools and Daycares in Harrison, NY

Check out our Guide to Preschools and Daycares in Harrison, NY

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Preschools and Daycares in Hawthorne, NY

Preschools and Daycares in Katonah, NY

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Preschools and Daycares in Larchmont, NY

Check out our Guide to Preschools in Larchmont, NY

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Preschools and Daycares in Mamaroneck, NY

Preschools and Daycares in Mount Kisco, NY

  • A Kid’s World Preschool
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Preschools and Daycares in Port Chester, NY

Preschools and Daycares in Purchase, NY

Check out our Guide to Preschools and Daycares in Purchase, NY

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Preschools and Daycares in Rye, NY

Check out our Guide to Preschools in Rye, NY

Preschools and Daycares in Rye Brook, NY

Check out our Guide to Preschools and Daycares in Rye Brook, NY

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Preschools and Daycares in Scarsdale, NY

Check out our Guide to Preschools in Scarsdale, NY

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Preschools and Daycares in White Plains, NY

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