- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 2, 2003

Books

•"Preschool for Parents: What Every Parent Needs to Know About Preschool," by Diane Trister Dodge and Toni S. Bickart, Sourcebooks, 1998. This book, by two former preschool teachers who run an educational consulting company, is a good guide to explain what children will learn at preschool, what parents should expect and what questions to ask prospective teachers and administrators.

•"The Educated Child: A Parent's Guide From Preschool Through Eighth Grade," by William J. Bennett, Touchstone Books, 2000. The former secretary of education outlines what children should be learning as they grow.

• "The Montessori Method," by Maria Montessori, Schocken Books, 1989. This reprint of Maria Montessori's principles will help parents understand the method.

Associations

• National Association for the Education of Young Children, 1509 16th St. NW, Washington, DC 20036. Phone: 800/424-2460. Web site: www.naeyc.org. This nonprofit professional organization accredits more than 8,000 programs nationally. It has tips on looking for a preschool, as well as an online search engine for finding an accredited preschool.

Online

• Parent Soup's Education Central page (www.parentsoup.com/edcentral) offers tips on finding the right preschool. Parent Soup, a division of IVillage, also has bulletin boards where parents can discuss preschool choices with other parents.

• The National Child Care Information Center, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has tips on finding a preschool or child care program and also has educational readings on its Web site (http://nccic.org).

• KidSource Inc. (www.kidsource.com) offers information for parents of preschoolers.

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