Professor Amanda Moreno spoke to The Stir about the “dos and don’ts” of when to start children in preschool.

Although daycare is often a necessity for families, Moreno recommends waiting until a child is two years old if possible.

Beginning at that age, “good preschools can provide things that parents cannot, such as a large community of same-age peers,” Moreno says.

Parents should also remember that the transition is more difficult for them than for their children. “This is always much harder for the parents,” Moreno says. “It may seem like your child is getting their arm sawed off, but in truth, they are okay.”

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