How early do you start looking at preschools? Are they like daycares where you need to start as early as possible, or is there a general time when everyone is shopping around and you're more or less likely to get into the one you want?

I know most preschools run on a school-year basis, so if the school year starts in September, do you start looking the spring before? My LO turns 2 at the end of July, so we've still got a while to go, but I overheard some coworkers talking about not getting into their first choices for this fall and now I'm nervous!