What's the difference between preschool and day care?
Preschool isn't considered formal education, so the definition is flexible. But it generally refers to the one to three years of schooling before kindergarten. Day care typically provides child care for infants and kids up to age 5. That said, if your kid is over 2 or 3 and is placed in a day-care classroom with other preschool-age kids and has a teacher who follows a set curriculum with structured learning activities, he's basically in preschool.