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2021 Puget Sound Preschool Preview

Shop dozens of local preschool options virtually + chat with child development expert Dr. Harvey Karp

Preschool Preview 2020

Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021

There are so many great preschools in our region that it can be overwhelming to choose one, even in “normal” times. But with many brick-and-mortar buildings closed and families quarantining at home, it’s harder than ever to make an informed decision about the best preschool for your child. We've got you covered! Join ParentMap for its FREE Preschool Preview virtual event. Discover dozens of early learning options and community programs across the Greater Seattle region on one convenient platform. Ask questions, get resources and find the best fit for your child — all from the comfort of home.

Missed it? No problem, you can still access the event, including recorded sessions and resource fair booths here!

  • Research and connect with Puget Sound-area preschool, Montessori and child-care programs.
  • Get your questions answered via live school info sessions, and chat with vendors and experts.
  • Access tools and resources to help prioritize your search.
  • Enjoy a special ParentEd Talk by award-winning pediatrician Dr. Harvey Karp
  • Engage in topical conversations with dozens of preschools and enrichment experts in your area while the kids are entertained with fun activities.
  • Enter fun contests for a chance to win prizes.

►Watch this video to learn more about the event!

Event schedule

Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021
10 a.m.–1 p.m.

All sessions will be virtual and can be accessed through our exclusive online platform or mobile app.

  • 10–11 a.m. — ParentEd Talk with Dr. Harvey Karp
  • 11 a.m.–1 p.m. — Preschool Resource Fair + Breakout Sessions

Dr. Harvey Karp headshotThe Happiest Kids on the Block: Parenting Toddlers and Preschoolers in a Pandemic

A ParentEd Talk by Dr. Harvey Karp

Helping your toddler feel safe and secure is especially challenging right now, when the routines of this new “normal” are anything but. Join us as we chat with pediatrician and best-selling author Dr. Harvey Karp as he shares his “5 S’s” approach to parenting toddlers with simple yet soothing strategies that will help keep preschoolers (and parents!) happier and healthier (especially now).

Learn how to:

  • Stay calm in frustrating interactions with your toddler
  • Use your child’s primal instincts to work with and not against them
  • Encourage sleep and the importance of white noise
  • Incorporate rhythms and routines that make daily life easier for them (and you!)

About the speaker

Dr. Harvey Karp is one of America's most trusted pediatricians and child development experts. He is also the founder and CEO of Happiest Baby, a smart-tech and parenting solutions company. He is the creator of the award-winning SNOO, the responsive and safe baby bassinet that boosts a baby’s sleep by combining gentle rocking with soothing white noise and snug, safe swaddling. Dr. Karp practiced pediatrics in Los Angeles for over 25 years. He is on the faculty of the USC School of Medicine and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. His landmark discoveries and unique ability to translate complex science into effective techniques to empower parents have revolutionized our understanding of the needs of young children. Dr. Karp has devoted his life to helping families raise healthy and happy children.

ParentMap Live Mobile App ScreenshotPreschool resource fair

Event registrants will have access to our FREE online resource fair to explore at their convenience.* Discover preschool, Montessori and child-care programs and resources from across the greater Puget Sound area to find the best options for your child. Visit 70+ virtual booths and ask questions through live chats with organization representatives to learn more about program offerings. Whether you are looking for a preschool for the upcoming school year or are ready to start exploring options for the future, this is a great opportunity to start your research!

View the list of participating organizations. We'll keep adding more as the date gets closer!

*The resource fair will be available to browse starting the morning of Jan. 21. Vendors will be available to chat live 11 a.m.–1 p.m. on Jan. 23. Attendees can continue to explore the resource fair using the event app after the main event concludes.

Breakout sessions

Throughout the live event, join special breakout sessions with schools and speakers to inform your preschool search. Plus, enjoy free kids’ activities! You can even build a personalized event agenda with reminders through the event app so you don’t miss your favorites.

There are three types of sessions and each one will last approximately 15–30 minutes.

  • School Info Sessions: Schools will host 15-minute orientation sessions to allow you to learn more about their education programs, registration information and philosophy.
  • Pint-Sized Pointers: Enjoy free topic-focused discussions featuring useful tips from a preschool expert’s bag of tricks! Topics include “The Importance of Purposeful Play,” “The 411 on Social-Emotional Learning,” “Preschool Shopping 101,” “Getting School-Ready: Life Skills for Preschoolers” and more.
  • Play Time: Keep your kids entertained with 20–30 minute activity sessions, led by local preschool instructors. Sessions include story time, dance, music, art and more.

Many sessions will be recorded and available for event registrants to watch at their convenience after the main event concludes.

Learn more about the event

Thanks to our event sponsors and partners!

Gold sponsors

Annie Wright Schools Eastside Community School


The Little School WA 529 logo
Kiddie Academy


Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning


St. Alphonsus Parish School


Lake and Park School


Silver sponsors

Charles Wright Academy Eastside Pediatric Dental Group


North Seattle Cooperative Preschools St. Louise Parish School
Swedish Medical Center


Woodinville Montessori School


French Immersion School of Washington


Eton School


Holy Rosary Bilingual Academy


Bellevue Montessori School


Bertschi School


Bright Horizons




Epiphany School


Primrose School of West Bellevue


Pacific Northwest Montessori Association


Northwest Center



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