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Old 06-29-2011, 11:46 PM
 
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I've been reading the archives, but haven't found exactly what I'm looking for. We're moving up to Bellevue (my husband accepted a job there) at the end of July, have found a house to rent, and are now searching for a preschool for my 4.5 year old daughter. (She turns 5 in November, so isn't ready for K this year.)

I'm convinced her lovely preschool here in Berkeley, CA isn't all that singular, so I'm hoping someone can steer me through the masses of preschools. Here's what I'm hoping for:
1. Play-based. (Don't get me wrong, every preschool has some play, but my goal is less that my kid know how to read before K than that she has learned how to figure out how to get into play with other kids. I'm not anti-academic, but it isn't at all my priority for this age group.)
2. Open-ended play. (Optional art or play that has a variety of options.)
3. Ideally, access to inside/outside at will as opposed to a 20 min. period during the day.
4. Co-op. (She's in a co-op I adore now, but I'm willing to sacrifice this for the overall school philosophy.) I visited one of the BC co-ops last month and wasn't as impressed as I wanted to be (dark space, teacher saying that her school didn't have conflict, etc).
5. Added bonus if they have a program for her younger brother (2.5 years.)--This is *not* a priority, just a "would be nice".

Most places will be full at this point, I know. Just give me some ideas and I'll put her on waitlists and pray....I'm willing to drive to make this work; if they had openings, I'd (crazily) consider driving to the Woodland Park co-op in the city.

This may not be as clear as I'm hoping to be, so feel free to ask questions. I so appreciate this forum...found our realtor through here and have learned a ton. Thanks in advance!
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