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New service provides information on nearly 100,000 preschools throughout the country

SAN FRANCISCO, CA USA - November 12, 2008 - GreatSchools, an independent nonprofit that empowers parents to support their children's educational success, today announced the launch of its national preschool finder service.

Building on its decade-long service of enabling parents to find the right K-12 schools for their children, GreatSchools now gives parents the power to start their children off on the right path sooner by finding the right preschool.

"Finding the right preschool is one of the most daunting tasks for a new parent - GreatSchools is here to help," said former teacher and GreatSchools' Founder and President Bill Jackson. "GreatSchools is proud to empower parents with the resources to support their children's educational success at the earliest and most critical stage."

With GreatSchools, parents can now find information on nearly 100,000 preschools throughout the country, expert information about how to choose a preschool and in-depth information about particular preschools at Parents can go online and search for preschools near their address or in their city. They can then find out basic information including how big the school is, what ages it serves, if it has any special emphasis or particular teaching philosophy and more information about each school.


GreatSchools also offers parents powerful Web 2.0 features to rate and review preschools throughout the country and to connect and share stories with other families. As part of the preschools launch, GreatSchools is mobilizing its entire member base to rate and review their children's preschools so that other parents can benefit from the in-depth information.

Said Jackson, "We are fully leveraging the technology of our times to empower parents to connect with each other and find the right preschool for their child."

This Preschool Finder is the latest in a line of efforts to support GreatSchools' overall mission: to inspire and empower parents to participate in their children's development and educational success. GreatSchools recently announced $20M in funding from major foundations to support the goal of preparing children to succeed in college and beyond.


About GreatSchools
GreatSchools is an independent, nonprofit organization that improves education by inspiring parents to get involved. It empowers parents with information and tools so they can choose the best school for their children, support their children's education, and improve schools in their communities. Parents choose GreatSchools to connect with each other - to find the right schools, to share stories and advice, and to get their parenting questions answered. In the past year alone, more than 35 million people visited GreatSchools ( With hundreds of thousands of ratings and parent reviews about schools across the country, GreatSchools is the paramount parent-to-parent education community. A Webby award-winning site, GreatSchools is supported by foundations and corporations, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Robertson Foundation, and the Walton Family Foundation. GreatSchools - Involved parents. Successful kids.


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