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[UPDATE] Readers' Choice: Wrapping Up Cheshire Preschool Poll

Tight, three-way challenge. Voting ends 9 a.m. Friday morning, March 23.

It's one of the first choices that parents make that involves education and separation for an extended period of time: Preschool.

We understand that practical considerations of availability, money and location figure largely into decisions about which preschool parents choose for their children.

Since so much careful research—in person, online and through word of mouth—goes into the preschool decision, we want to poll our Cheshire parents, not just on what they feel is the best preschool for their child, but also why.

Below is a list of preschools we have registered in our continuously updated Cheshire Patch Places directory. Click on any of them to get to a page dedicated to that preschool and to rate and review it.

Please also tell us in the comment thread which preschools are missing from the list and why they're the best—we'll add them to the poll and create a new Patch Places listing for them. If you're a preschool operator who doesn't see your listing on Cheshire Patch, email me at leslie.hutchison@patch.com  or if you want to.

Here's our starter list:

Cheshire Nursery School

Voting in the poll below is open until 9 a.m. Friday. We will announce the winner at 12 p.m. Friday. The poll part isn't scientific so it's not the sole determinant of a Readers' Choice winner. We will determine winner based on a point system in which poll results and ratings are considered equally. Only the top 3 finishers will receive points. In the event of a tie, we will determine the winner based on which business has the highest combined number of positive comments and positive reviews on its directory listings.

Mama Kin March 23, 2012 at 12:08 PM
We love Scooter School. We looked at a variety of preschools in town. For us, we knew instantly that Scooter School was the right choice for our son. The staff are warm and loving and the curriculum is age appropriate. Also knowing that Cheshire residents who attended Scooter School themselves now send their Children there says a lot.
Natalya Frenkel March 23, 2012 at 12:27 PM
1st Church Preschool hands down!!! Families there are always happy! I have worked there for only three years, and have been to a few others since, and nothing beats 1st Church! If I lived a little bit closer to Cheshire I would definitely send my child to 1st Church Preschool, because it is #1!!!!!!!!
Mona March 23, 2012 at 01:01 PM
It is evident that there are some parents who are quite passionate about their preschools and have placed MANY votes in favor of their school. I hope the excitement about education continues throughout their children's life.
Alan Houle March 23, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Let's face it folks. Cheshire is blessed with a pack of great preschools. This poll is really designed to attract people to this web domain so they can sell advertising. That said, any repectable parent is going to personally visit all of these places to choose the one that best meets their family's needs. For my family, 1st Church preschool has no equal. It has an unparalleled staff, close-knit family feel and incredibly flexible schedule. Despite the name, it also has no religious affiliation, so no worries about that. Bottom line: you can't beat 1st church preschool in Cheshire, or anywhere. Do your self a favor and see all the schools but you'll be thrilled if you end up at 1st church!
Jada March 23, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Nothing better than CNS. You pay for it though, 7300 a year is high, but worth every cent. Comparatively, you cant do better

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