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Annual Preschool Fair Approaching

by and on January 06, 2015 3:45 PM

When children reach preschool age, many parents begin looking for an institution to prepare them for their elementary and high school years.

Sending a child to school for the first time can be both an exciting and nerve-wracking experience.

For those who don't know where to start looking, or who might want to find a new school for their little one to attend, the annual State College Area Preschool Fair might be a good place to begin.

This year's annual preschool fair will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 10, in the State College Area High School south building cafeteria on Westerly Parkway.

This free community event will preview all the local preschools in State College, which is handy for parents who are getting ready to send a young one for the first time or who are looking for a change of scenery for their school-aged children.

In conjunction with the State College Area School District, the fair is sponsored by Mothers and More, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of mothers.

In addition to getting an abundance of area preschools all in the same place, Mothers and More will provide a guide for parents with questions they should ask and other things to look for when touring preschools after the fair.

"It'll help parents narrow down their selections," says Mothers and More member Melissa MacNeely.

If parents are unsure of the type of preschool they want to send their children to, a variety of institutions with diverse offerings, such as faith-based and a Montessori philosophy, will be on hand. And if parents only needs to find before- and after-school care for their children, they can look for options there, too.

"It's such a time saver," MacNeely says. "It gives families a chance to interview and narrow down their selection of programs prior to going to open houses."

With activities available for the little ones at the fair, MacNeely suggests bringing them along.

"The entire event will be family-friendly," she says. "Some preschools will do activities with the kids while the parents are talking to the directors."

Other activities include demonstration sessions by Soccer Shots at 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. and a yoga demonstration by Taking Flight Studio at 11:30 a.m. Millbrook Marsh Nature Center, Bricks 4 Kidz and Betha's Musik will be at the fair as well.

Preschool officials will also be on hand to answer questions about the State High expansion project for those who are interested in learning more, MacNeely said.

For more information about the Preschool Fair, visit


WHAT: State College Area Preschool Fair

WHEN: 10 a.m. to noon, Jan. 10

WHERE: State College Area High School south building cafeteria, Westerly Parkway

This story was produced by the staff at the Centre County Gazette. It was re-published with permission. The Centre County Gazette is a weekly publication, available at many locations around Centre County every Thursday morning.

Brittany is the staff writer for The Centre County Gazette.
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