Officials from 20 preschools set up tables with informational brochures about their schools and talked to parents who were looking for preschools for their children.
The MOMS club started the expo last year to give parents in La Crescenta, Montrose, Sparr Heights, Sunland, Kagel Canyon and Tujunga a chance to learn about the numerous preschools and their different programs, club co-president Annmarie Pesa said.
Parents often start looking for preschools early, Pesa said.
“Sometimes parents are told they should put their children on waiting lists for preschools even before the child is born,” she said.
Parents at Saturday’s expo had the opportunity to inquire about schools’ waiting lists, said Jenny Wilson, the club’s co-president.
Several parents asked Stephanie McReynolds, who founded the Montrose Christian Montessori School, about the school’s waiting list, she said. The school begins putting children on waiting lists as early as 2 years old, McReynolds said.
“It’s difficult to get a 4-year-old into any school,” she said.
The expo allowed parents to connect with preschools’ representatives and ask tough questions about school costs and educational programs, McReynolds said.
“The idea of this is seeing that there are a lot of choices and to see what best fits your family,” she said.
Atwater Village resident Ruth Perez heard about the expo during a parent education course at Glendale Community College.
Perez was considering enrolling her 3-year-old daughter in preschool because she was the oldest child at day care. Perez said she liked Montessori preschools best.