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Opinion Wanted - preschool / ride on bus

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We currently have our 4yr old in a great full day preschool/daycare program. They offer a great reading program, swim lessons, breakfast, lunch and snacks and field trips at no additional cost. We are very happy with them overall. (not to mention they are very reasonably priced)

Our district offers a 1/2 day pre-k program. Naturally, we jumped on this thinking it was a great way to get her used to the bus, the school and meet some more of her potential classmates. (we have since decided that we will not be staying in the district)

She was accepted into the pre-k program and the plan was for her to go to daycare/preschool then eat lunch, hop on the bus and go to the pre-k program and then the bus would take her back to daycare/preschool and we would pick her up around 5pm.

The Pre-K program is free if you live in the assigned school. (we do) The program would mean she would ride a bus with older elementary kids. My daughter is only 4 yrs old and this worries my husband. She will also be giving up her nap. Right now she usually sleeps for about 30 to 40 minutes.

I spoke with daycare/preschool and she stated that the decision is ultimately mine to make. She stated if cost is the issue the rate would be the same either way.

She stated that she will be scheduling swim lessons in the mornings for my daughter's group to make sure that kidos still get their lessons in for those parents who chose to still do the district Pre-K program.

My daughter is born end of August (she just turned 4yrs) so we were planning on holding her back a year anyway.  The school district is strict about the age requirements for pre-k (not the case for kindergarten).  Thus, she would either go to the pre-k program this year or not go at all.

So essentially a year of pre-k this year, daycare/preshool next year and then kindergarten.

Thoughts? Opinions?



Re: Opinion Wanted - preschool / ride on bus

  • I'm a little surprised to hear that they are strict about being 4 before Sept 1 for the 4k program and not kindergarten (our district is strict about the cut off for kindergarten and offers a few different options for preschool/4k that are not as driven by the Sept 1 cut off).  Anyway- I think it is a great opportunity, but what will you do for next year if you are not having her start kindergarten?  Is there the option to "repeat" 4k?  Or another option somewhere else for her to be in a similar program?  My feeling is that the continuity from year to year with the school routine is important so going this year and then not being back in a similar program next year wouldn't be ideal. Does your daycare do a preschool curriculum? 
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  • IMO, I wouldn't do the jiggling around here there and yonder. The 4K program really isn't going to do/teach anything different than what your LO is getting where they're presently at. I'm also a big advocate of napping until absolutely necessary to remove it.

    Unless there are other extenuating factors, I'd opt out of the 4K and all the bussing, it just seems unnecessary.  If your DCP is GREAT, leave things well enough alone, there'll be plenty of time for school busses later!!

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