2-3 Years

AT THIS AGE

HEALTH

SERVICES & RESOURCES

CLASSES & EVENTS

ARE WE READY FOR PRESCHOOL?

 

At this age

Health

Vaccines

  • Children caught up on immunizations from 18 months to four years only need yearly flu shots.

Physicals

  • Kan-Be-Healthy physicals can be completed at 24, 27, 30, 33 and 36 months of age.  

  • Medicaid is the insurance that pays for Kan-Be-Healthy’s.  

  • For families with commercial insurance, physicals can be completed at 2 years and 3 years.

 

Services & Resources

 
 

Featured Classes and Events

Classes

Hutch Rec Enrichment Activities

start for 2 and up

Storytime

Hutchinson Public Library

Bluebird Books storytime

10:30am on Saturdays

Hutch Rec Swim Lessons

Salt City Splash for 6+ mo

 

YMCA Swim Lessons

6+ mo

Week of the Young Child events

annually in April

YMCA gymnastics

Starting when child can walk

Events

Toy Depot on Main Street

Local Parks

Reno County Museum

Hutchinson Zoo

Hutch Rec

Sand Hills State Park

Blue Bird Books

Third Thursday Events

Family Children's Theatre

Hutchinson Splash Pads

Salt City Splash

Dolly Parton Imagination Library

Are we ready for preschool?

For many parents, deciding where to send your child to preschool is the first big education decision. You may be wondering if you should send your child at age 2, or wait until age 3 or 4. Or what kind of program may be best for both your child and your family situation.

Reno County has a diverse set of options that cover many ages, full-time and part-time, and different times of day.

We are often asked what the difference is between preschool and Pre-K. Preschool is a term generally used to refer to children's programs prior to Kindergarten. Pre-K usually, but not always, refers to the year immediately before Kindergarten.  However both terms are used interchangeably so it is important for parents to ask what ages are served in the program that they are choosing for their child.

How do we know which preschool is right for us?

Parents should decide what factors are most important to them as they choose a preschool or pre-kindergarten program for their child.  These factors will vary considerably from family to family but it is a good idea to have a list of questions available as families start looking for preschool.  Families should always visit a program that they are interested in before they enroll a child. Some suggested questions:

  • Is the facility licensed by the appropriate state agency?

  • What are the qualifications of the teachers?

  • What is the adult to child ratio in each room?

  • What options do I as a parent have for choosing my child's attendance schedule at preschool?

  • What curriculum is used and what areas of development are emphasized? (motor, cognitive, language, social/emotional, etc.)

  • Is the primary purpose of your program child care or education?  How much experience do your caregivers have (in child care programs).

  • Do you have a school safety/emergency plan?

  • How are behavior issues handled in your school?

  • May I visit my child while he is attending?  May I visit unannounced?

  • How may I, as a parent, be involved in the education of my child?  What opportunities are there for me to be involved at school?

  • How do the classroom teachers monitor progress?  How is progress reported to the parents?

  • Do the programs priorities match your priorities for your child?

The above questions are suggestions.  They should be tailored to the priorities of the family.  But don't be afraid to bring any questions or concerns to the attention of your child's teacher or the program administrators.  As a parent you are your child's first and best teacher and your involvement in his/her education throughout his early childhood years is key to a successful preschool/pre-kindergarten experience.

 
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