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    Default When did your child start attending preschool programs?

    Just curious to know for the future. Did your child start by attending each day for a short period of time or go for full day a few days each week? And how did you find a program that you liked?

    Lucia
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    Default RE: When did your child start attending preschool programs?

    I started taking DD to Parent/Child preschool shortly after she turned 2. We wen to the school run through our local Park & Rec. It was 2 days a week, 3 hours a day but since I was with her this wasn't too much.

    She started attending all by herself when she turned 3 and was potty trained. She now goes for 2 hours, 45 minutes twice a week, and is going to move up to 4 hours, 15 minutes twice a week (over lunch!) for pre-K in the Fall.

    If you're nervous, definitely try a Parent/Child class first.

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    Default RE: When did your child start attending preschool programs?

    Every area is different - around here, I can't find anything (that isn't daycare) for a child under 2.5 years old (and that is scarce). Almost all of our local classes require the child to be 3 years old AND potty trained (or in pull-ups, but they won't change the diapers).

    So, next spring we're going to try to get into the preschool for 2.5 year olds through the park district (the only one around for kids under 3 years old); it is 2 or 3 days a week for 2-3 hours at a time.
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    Default RE: When did your child start attending preschool programs?

    I started sending DD when she was 2. She was in a "Younger 2's Class" this year, which meant the kids were 18-26 months by September 30th. Kids 27-36 months were in an "Older 2's class". The preschool had options of 2, 3 or 5 days a week for 2 year olds, but I only sent DD for two mornings a week. The preschool hours are from 9-1 and does not require potty training at any age.

    Next year, she will go three days a week (still 9-1) and be in a 3 year old class.

    I have been told (don't know if its actually true or not), that places that are not also licensed for child care usually require potty training, since that is a different licensing requirement. In the case of DD's preschool, I would say about 1/3 of her class is there for all day child care, where preschool is part of their day. The other 2/3 of the kids are just there for the preschool hours of 9-1. The preschool is taught by a teacher who has a degree in early childhood education and is not responsible for the child care portion of the day.

    And around here, preschool for children age 2 and up seems to be readily available. But most people I know did not send their kids to preschool until they were 3.

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    Beth, mom to older DD (8/01) and younger DD (10/06) and always missing Leah (4/22 - 5/1/05)

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    Default RE: When did your child start attending preschool programs?

    I began taking Arielle to Parent/Toddler programs when she was 14 months old (January of 2003). I took her to one at the our town's recreational center once a week for 45 minutes, and one at a preschool once a week. The first one at the preschool that I did was more of a music class with a bit of story time and snack at the end since it was for younger toddlers (14-28 months). Last summer she was old enough to go to the regular Parent/Toddler class, that runs for 1.5 hours and is an abridged form of the school's preschool day. It's for 16-34 month olds, and I did it all this year as well. This summer and fall I'll send her to her first seperated preschool program, which will be 5 days a week from 9-1.

    As for how I found these programs, I basically just asked around. There are a lot of preschools in my area but the one I chose is actually across the street so that made it a bit easier for me. :) I briefly considered sending Arielle to a seperated program this spring (she'd have been in the younger 2s) but for some odd reason it's only in the afternoon, and it would run into her naptime. But most of the parents around here send their kids to some seperated program for a few hours once they turn two.

    Hope this helps!
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    Default RE: When did your child start attending preschool programs?

    Actually mine never have, my girls started into senior Kindergarten when they were 5 1/2yrs and 4 1/2yrs...different birthday months so different ages for meeting the 5yo by december cut-off.

    Our local school does offer a junior kindergarten but not till a child is 4yrs either or will be at the lastest by december..ds won't be 4 till Jan next year so he misses the cut-off for JK this fall but i will just wait like i did with the girls till the following year so September 06 is when he'll go to school :)

    Oh and our school system offers full day kindergarten every other day and alternate fridays.


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    Default RE: When did your child start attending preschool programs?

    We're starting this September with my daughter. It's an intown preschool program. It's for 2 hours a day, 5 days a week. Since kindergarden is 5 days a week here, I thought this would get her used to not being at home every day.

    While my daughter will be 4, I think that this program can be used for 3 and 4 year olds.

    Only thing I wasn't prepared for is that you need to get in these programs up to a year in advance. I started looking in January and almost missed the cut off time to sign up :(. So it's never too early to start looking around and think about what you want to do.

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    Default RE: When did your child start attending preschool programs?

    There are a couple of nursery schools in my town that start at 2 years old. They are classes with a parent/caregiver. I have my DS on the waiting list for next year. It is a couple days a week for less than 2 hours per session.

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    Default RE: When did your child start attending preschool programs?

    Hi Lucia,

    I started my son when he was 3. It was a 3 day am class. He went for almost 2 months and then we decided to take him out. He didn't actually have trouble physically seperating from us but he just wasn't quite ready for the social demands. There was so much going on there and he prefers things to be quiet.

    This year he was 4 and we tried again. He LOVES it. It is a 3 day AM class as well.


    My DD will be 2 in August and she is going to go to a 2 day AM class. I do not forsee and problems with her. She is just so different from her brother.

    Besides talking to other Moms go check out the programs and think about the temperment of your child. For me it was hard b/c I had my fav but knew it was not the best place for my ds.
    Molly
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    Default RE: When did your child start attending preschool programs?

    "I have been told (don't know if its actually true or not), that places that are not also licensed for child care usually require potty training, since that is a different licensing requirement."

    I heard one preschool here, say that. However another said it's illegal to say that b/c of Disabilities laws and they do, do diapers. Neither are daycare-type schools.

    I'm pondering Ds going to preschool this fall. He turns 3 in November. He's on the list if I should decide, but I can't. We've never been separated and there is no way I'm leaving him bawling for me. So, we'll see. He's on another list for next Fall, too. I guess for us, it boils down to the school I *really* want him to go to we can't afford, so I am hesitant for him to go to others knowing they aren't what the one I want, is. In the meantime, we are still going to parent & me classes.


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