HI - Just looking for some thoughts on those that have been there. My 4 year old is currently in an excellent PreK program through the public school. This is a full day, 5 day a week program. This is very much a kindergarten readiness program and not a preschool and I can already see how much my DD has learned since she started the week before Labor Day. Some back history - my DD was born with a brain injury but has no issues that we notice other than a major speech delay. She is in therapy through the school (also had it last winter). She is having a hard time making new friends since the kids are having a hard time understanding her - she is slowing making a few friends and the kids are great with her - one of the boys that she is there with in the morning before the other kids arrive always looks after her (at a party this weekend he kept coming and checking on her - he was held back and is a year and a half older than my DD). She often prefers to play alone though her teachers have told me she is starting to play with the kids more often but mostly inside, not when on the playground. She is a June birthday and the 3rd youngest child in class.
She is doing great educationally, socially I am still a little worried (she has been in daycare/preschool since 12 weeks so the only difference is the location - she is used to this type of setting). I know it is way to early to decide but a few of the parents have asked us if we will hold her back for Kindergarten or start her on time next fall. As of now, we are planning on starting her in the fall unless her teachers feel she would benefit by waiting an extra year and doing the PreK program again.
What did you look for in deciding when to start Kindergarten. In my state, you need to be 5 by Sept 1 and DD will turn 5 in Mid June.
Thanks (sorry, this got long)