When should a kid go to preschool?

K writes,

“I wanted to ask you – or perhaps your readers, about their opinion on preschool and preschool timing/age. My son is turning two at the end of July. I quit my FT job to freelance and be home with him – which with all of its ups and downs, is finally beginning to feel normal and perhaps even (gasp) lovely. Of course there are days when I want to call my old boss back and beg for forgiveness, but more often than not I feel like our current situation is working. 

I live in a neighborhood where parenting can feel very competitive. At the moment, it seems like everyone I meet with kids my sons age is sending theirs to preschool. When applications were due, last winter, I did not apply. For one thing, I felt like my son would still be a bit young for ‘school’, for another, the cost in my neighborhood is a little crazy (part time, at the lowest I have found, is around $7500) and on top of it all, I had quit my job to be home with my son, not indefinitely, but for right now I don’t foresee going back to FT work anytime in the near-future.

I felt confident about my choice, but now that school time is almost here and my son’s friends are running around with backpacks and their moms are going on about the amazing Montessori educations their children will receive, I started panicking that I had made the wrong choice for my son – a social, funny and strong-willed little guy. I called around and found only one option with one spot still available that is remotely affordable, except that they don’t offer half-days, only three full days per week (9-2). I have to make a decisions soon, but I can’t for the life of me figure out if I am doing this for my son, for myself and having a little break, or because of what I am hearing from other parents and feeling like I am not giving my son an opportunity to socialize and learn in a way he wouldn’t at home (because I selfishly want to be with him). I should note that we have a babysitter a few hours a week while I work, and attend several music and movement classes every week. My son has friends he sees at a playgroup weekly, but they will all be attending different preschools in the Fall.

If you have a moment and have gone through this much too-lengthy email, I would love to hear your prospective on a good age for toddlers to attend preschool and if full days aren’t too much (or perhaps are even better?) for young toddlers.

Thanks so much!”

Personally, I think that this is one of those questions that you can’t choose a wrong answer to. If you send him now (assuming you can afford it), you’ll be happy you sent him now, and he’ll love it. (Also, 9-2 as “full day” is hilarious, no? Once again, what are FT WOH parents supposed to do?) If you don’t send him now, you’ll put together some classes for fun and trips to the library and other stuff to do that organizes your week and it’ll be fine, too.

Back when I was making this decision it was about money, and my kids went when they were 3, not 2. And it was fine, and they both loved preschool and we’re still friends with their teachers and the other families they went to school with. If they’d gone a year earlier we’d still be friends with those people.

I do think there are kids who are very shy who take months to warm up to a group setting, but who knows if that’s easier at 2 than at 3? And there are children who are strong introverts who find it enervating to have to deal with so much stimulus from other people, so if you have a strong introvert kid I’d consider waiting. But for kids who aren’t strong introverts, preschool is largely cultural, in that parents send them when all the other parents send them, and it’s fine. The idea that we should only make decisions about our kids “for them” and not for us is a little ridiculous, since we’re the ones caring for them, so our needs (and wants) ought to be prioritized, too.

Readers? Did you send your kids to preschool? When did you send your kids to preschool, and would you have done it differently?

28 thoughts on “When should a kid go to preschool?”

  1. My son will be 4 in October and has been in full-time daycare (for the most part) since he was 3mos (I’m a FTWOM, thanks for the shoutout in regards to "full day" so true). My opinion has been for a long time, delay "school" as long as possible. This may not be a popular opinion, but it is how I feel. I don’t want my son to feel pressured to read, write, etc. Just like I didn’t want to pressure him to wean from bfing, STTN, etc. because frankly I tried and it didn’t change anything. My son will probably be reading soon, just cuz his grasp of language is great. We talk about abc’s and numbers and read stories at night and tell each other stories. I think there are many many things we probably already do as parents that will be just as good, if not better, than preschool in terms of "education".

  2. We live in a small city, and preschool is pretty low-key here. Most children do two mornings a week when they’re 3 (and we are talking about 2.5 hr) and then three mornings a week when they’re 4, and then they either go off to pre-k (every morning, run by the public school system) or to kindergarten, depending on where their birthday falls. Or else they are in daycare while their parents work, and that is structured as a learning environment too. There are also a couple of "mother’s day out" programs for 1 and 2 year olds…these are like a pre-preschool…just a couple hours once a week, so the mom can get a break and the child can practice separating from her. I did that with my younger child–really pretty selfishly, I was desperate–but not my older child. Also, most preschools around here are run so that parents take turns helping out with crafts, etc., in the classroom, which I love.

    What I am getting from your letter is that you really don’t think your 2-year-old needs to be going to preschool yet, and can’t really afford it anyway, but you’re feeling self-doubt because of what other people are doing. Don’t question yourself. In my experience, neither of my kids was ready for "school" school at 2. They didn’t start blossoming and really being ready for a classroom until more like 3 1/2. And I think at that young age, there is very little that a kid can’t learn more easily one-on-one, anyway.

  3. Oh my gosh, I can’t believe this is even a thing. At two? Seriously?

    At two here’s what they will get from ‘preschool’ (which shouldn’t even be allowed to call itself that because: daycare): some structure to their day, a cool playground, lots of germs, maybe some crafts and a few new songs.

    Sorry, I guess I didn’t answer the question Moxie asked: I had to work outside the home, so I had care for my kids, but they had a nanny until my oldest was 3 1/2 and middle was not quite 2. My youngest has gone to daycare/’preschool’ since he was 18 months.

    I think it’s best for kids if they’ve experience some sort of structured preschool before they start kindergarten, because somebody has to teach them how to stand in line and sit in a circle with their hands to themselves and to be quiet when someone else is speaking and how to take turns with the good crayons and that sort of stuff and heaven knows kindergarten teachers don’t have time any more (remember the good ol’ days when that’s what kindergarten was about?) In our (suburban) district, kindergarteners are pretty much expected to be able to recognize their own names, hold and write with a pencil/crayon, and get themselves to the bathroom in a timely manner on their own (in addition to the aforementioned social skills).

    If there’s something about sending him to a ‘school’ that appeals to you, I’m sure it won’t hurt him, but I think he will be absolutely fine without it, too. I’d personally put the $7500 in a college fund instead and teach him his ABCs at home in a year when he’s ready and let him continue washing Tupperware in the sink while he’s still toddler.

  4. TWO! Ha ha ha ha ha. Seriously, I think this kid will be fine. It sounds like he interacts with other adults and other children on a regular basis, and he’s so young still! Also that is one of the more ludicrous prices I have heard for preschool.

    I live in a relatively expensive small town (hothouse effect due to 600 well-off professors’ families) and I am sending my almost-3-year-old two mornings a week and it will run me $150 a month. I’m sending him because I need a break to get haircuts, go to the DMV, or just not have kids around, and this year I’ll be working part-time while he’s in school. Did I mention it’s cheaper than babysitting? The little one will end up going for three years, because he has an October birthday. He’s also very verbal and sociable, and if it wasn’t convenient and affordable for me, he wouldn’t be going this year. I sent the older kid when he was 3, solely because the school system offered a FREE four-morning program. Then this year because he’s going to kindergarten next year, and also we moved/ had a crazy year and the structure was really good for him. (5 mornings a week was $210, by the way, which is pretty cheap for high-quality preschool, but still.) I think having some preschool before kindergarten was good for the teaching-structure aspects but one year would have been plenty.

    I did NOT send either of my children to the lovely, amazing Montessori preschools, because although they were fun, the preschool they both will have attended is also really nice, not too-too structured, and affordable (Montessori is literally twice as expensive) and, as Jan says, we put the money in their college funds instead.

  5. In Massachusetts where I live, a pre-school that is recognized by the state and adheres to the state’s preschool learning standards can’t admit any kids under 2 years, 9 months (random, I know). Anything younger, and you need to be licensed as a daycare. I mention that because I think it’s a telling recognition on the state’s part – any younger than 2.5 and how can you really label yourself a formal "school"? Which is all to say – I don’t think you should feel bad about not sending him if you don’t want to. Like another commenter mentioned, he’l get some structure and some new songs but you can provide him with plenty of stimulation and education experiences at home. I’m of the opinion that kids need more unstructured time at home, not less, so I guess that’s my bias, but I’d say definitely don’t feel guilty regardless of what you decide. Play is the best, most educational thing for kids and their little bodies and brains! And they can play anywhere 🙂

  6. I have no rational response to this – only emotion – so read accordingly. Don’t send him, stay with him, cuddle him, take naps with him, watch him watch the clouds – its the point of it all and if you can afford it do it! Not for him – he’ll be fine either way (though my heart also says that he’d be happier and more peaceful with you – not a ton – but some) – but for you – for fun – for joy!

    (different people are different yada yada yada)

  7. I agree with Moxie- it will be just fine either way. And, he’s two! Just 2! If it feels good to you, keep him in the sweet circle of your arms for just a bit longer. You can keep up with your Mommy and me classes, and find new playgroups. He will be ensconced in public school so soon. The other mama’s in your town will find their own way, and it doesn’t need to dictate yours. You know what’s best for you and your family. I applaud you for reaching out for help and getting clear about what you need.

  8. You are not alone, K! I am struggling with these same feelings. My son is also 2, and he is an extremely introverted but highly motivated learner. The advice we’ve received has been really divided. He is socially "behind" according to some (just shy, in my opinion), but academically motivated (he taught himself to read by 23 months), so I feel like I’m bound to make the wrong decision, no matter what. I am leaning toward keeping him with me for selfish and financial reasons, but the mom-guilt is intense. Thank you for sharing, and good luck going forward. Looking forward to reading the replies here.

  9. It will be fine no matter what you decide: I sent my 2 younger kids to daycare from the time they were able to go (my daughter at 3mo, my youngest son at 7 mo) because I live in an expensive area to live and we had spots in a great daycare. I wanted to spend as much time with my eldest (who seems to be turning out to be the most strongly introverted of the 3), so I only sent him to daycare at 1 year. Eldest is now 7.5 yo and still introverted but doing well socially (ie: at his own pace and learning skills to make friends slowly but surely–he’s happy). I can’t say that some of those years in daycare weren’t a bit of a struggle–he cried at drop off during his second year there because he was one of the younger kids in a less than optimal class, and there were many years he would claim that no one wanted to play with him (up until mid-kindergarten) despite teachers telling me otherwise (he’s always been slow to warm up to new situations and he finds it hard to insert himself into a group of kids who are in mid-play–hey, just like mom!). It was heartbreaking at times, but to reiterate, no permanent damage. All my kids love school and I feel as if they get so much more stimulation there than I would be able to provide at home. But this is me personally–you sound like you’re enjoying your time with your son, which is great. I wish I could do what you’re doing, but I think I made the best decision for me and my family.

  10. And thanks for the "full-day" mention, Moxie! And thanks for mentioning the needs of parents in this equation–I needed that, especially since the 2 yo is going through some very difficult separation anxiety now (which manifests itself as major clinginess when I’m around, especially at night–I can barely get anything done).

    But seriously, for introverts, being left at school isn’t easy at any age, not at 2, 3, 4, or even 5.

  11. I really think it depends on your dynamic with your son at home together. For us, it was the right choice to start our daughter in preschool 2 mornings (anywhere from 7-1pm, so it could be a long morning if needed) a week shortly after she turned 2. Even as a SAHM, I needed time to get things done and recharge as an introvert, plus felt like she needed more social interaction and learning than I could or was willing to provide. We had moved to a new community between birthday and start so it also became a way to ease into a new local social network. She switched to 3 mornings a week at 2.5 and has had that schedule for the past year and a half, which has worked really well for both of us – M/W/F she gets to do fun stuff and learn things at school while I get my own stuff done, and then Tu/Th we do things together. The together stuff varies from day to day, sometimes we run errands to stores I know she likes, sometimes we just stay home and veg. I’m not sure what we’ll do this fall when pre-K starts, even as much as she is currently all about the drama, if we go to 5 mornings a week I’m going to miss the flexibility of what she calls our "stay-at-home days."

    I guess what I’m saying is, if you still enjoy having your son home with you and he’s enjoying being home and the activities you currently have in place also, then you probably don’t need to make any changes. If it stops working for either of you, then you can reassess at that time.

  12. Original poster, K, here – I just wanted to thank you all for the kind and supportive comments. I was a bit nervous asking for help with this, and the community here is unbelievably thoughtful. Thank you all so much for sharing your experiences, it really means a lot.

  13. I agree with Moxie’s "it’ll be fine" in general. I’d add that it will be more fine if you like the program and feel comfortable with the teacher(s) and other families. If you don’t trust and respect the teacher/other grownups in the classroom, don’t do it. If it’s a program or an approach you’re not really into, you’re going to spend even more time second guessing your choice. If it’s a program you love, you may want to start him now because it’ll be harder to get him in next year (probably, assuming that everyone from this year comes back). Be prepared to question your decision–transitions are challenging and it’s difficult to know if the behaviors/emotions you see when he starts are because of his age, because it’s not a great fit, or because he’s just getting used to it.

    Longer comments below…

    I started my 2.5 year old in cooperative preschool almost entirely because of peer pressure from my mom friends. I hated it the first year. I’m not a co-op person. It was a LOT of work with no childcare return–I literally had to pay a babysitter/trade childcare to accomplish my parent job at the preschool. She liked it, but had some regressions: she’d been potty trained since before 2 and peed on the floor almost every day in preschool. She cried when I dropped her off. By the end of the year, she clearly really enjoyed it but I think we both would have enjoyed those 9 months together more if she hadn’t been in "school". (It was only two mornings/week.)

    We came back last year because I like the teacher and the approach. We were in with a different group of kids/grownups and I had a different parent job. I didn’t hate it; I kind of enjoyed it. She LOVED it. Great social-emotional focus, amazing teacher, she’s learning a ton of play-based skills. It’s not academic focused, but being with older kids motivated her and they taught/she taught herself all her letters and numbers and how to write them. She was so sad and so confused when the school year ended and cannot wait for September. (Even so, she had a rough transition: peed on the floor at least twice/week the first six months of school. That part SUCKED.)

    I’m looking for FT work this year. She’ll go back to co-op, but I’m going to hire a nanny to work in the classroom and do the smallest parent job possible. I’ve made a couple of great friends and she’s made a ton of friends. I’m ready to move into something different, but I want her to have the stability of the same preschool before she goes to K.

  14. [I can’t see how to login here but this is Alexicographer, a reasonably regular commenter here] Just to chime in, I WOH and my DH WOHd until our son was 3, and we used paid daycare/preschool as well as extended family help from the time our son was 2 months until he started (public) kindergarten. And now are using it again because OMG we have access to wonderful summer programs that he loves (and can afford them), and indeed he’ll be in afterschool this year because he’s asked to be (many of his friends are there).

    When he was little, he went to very small (<=5 kids, 1 adult) daycares/preschools until he was 4 (2 different places, one for 0-3 and a different one for 3-4), at which point we enrolled him in a larger/more structured preschool for one year prior to starting K because we felt he needed more experience with larger groups, etc. And until 4, it was 16 hours/week (either 4 4-hour days or 2 8-hour days). And it was great for us to have some paid care, and good for him to be with other kids and other adults, including adults trained in early childhood development, which DH and I are not. For us the 2 8/hour days thing was easier as 4 hours is practically drop-off-turn-around-and-pickup-again but for him the 4 4-hour days were better (better balance/routine of some, but not tons, of time with others). And throughout all that (including the larger preschool that he started at 4) really our only focus was, would he have a good chance to play with other kids in a safe, not-too-structured environment with trustworthy adults (well, and, was the commute/schedule tolerable for us). I can’t say how that’s affected his cognitive development because I have no counterfactual, but in K he was academically average, solidly at the middle of the bell curve for what they expected, and now at the end of 1st grade he’s marginally "above average" in reading and maybe a bit more in math.

    In short: preschool was great for us (indeed, if anything, I wish we’d used a bit more of it, mostly because DS enjoyed it and it made our lives easier) but was never a big deal or a major focus of our attention. We are fortunate to live in an area with lots of good options (that we can afford), and I don’t mean to downplay that, but with that info. as background, we just found stuff that seemed nice and went with it.

  15. In Australia "preschool" starts at 3 (but places are only guaranteed for 4 year olds). Before that, whatever it is is not preschool. Montessori is very much a 3+ thing (Maria Montessori was all about 3-6 year olds) so you can feel all snooty and smug that anyone preaching Montessori education of a 2 year old is not something Montessori would approve of. That’s still the sensory phase! If it’s any consolation my 2 year old really hated daycare but all of my 3 year olds have liked preschool. It might have just been my firstborn and daycare though – my #2 and 3 were home with daddy not at daycare. they’ve been happier than she was but again, maybe that’s just the different kid factor.

  16. My twins went to pre-school at 3.5 and to be honest, if our nanny hadn’t been pregnant and want to leave, we would have kept them out til at least 4.

    I have "problems" letting go and I like kids to be kids (free) as long as possible.

    If I were you, I’d keep him out at least another year – enjoy the time with him and don’t concern yourself with the other mothers. Do have a sentence ready though "we decided that this is best for our family right now" so that you’re not caught unawares when the questions start. This is what I did because here I am seeing as very "granola" because ALL kids are in a daycare/ preschool situation at 18 months if not sooner!

  17. Cat again,

    I am having trouble understanding this discussion poss. b/c I am from a different country (Canada) and maybe b/c I’m from a small town? No one here would think that there was an actual benefit to going to preschool OVER staying home with a parent who wanted to be home. It just wouldn’t even come up. We assume that if kids are in preschool its b/c

    a) the parents need to work for money for subsistence or
    b) b/c parents really want to go back to work (which btw I did at 18 months with both girls – but not b/c I thought preschool was GOOD for them – I just thought it was a sacrifice they needed to make b/c I wanted to work at my job that I like – not a huge sacrifice for them – but a real one – and they owed me)

    Anyone who tells you that pre-school is better than staying at home with a happy parent is full of bologna. Also there’s a world full of parents out there working hard jobs, working two jobs who would give anything to be at home with their kids (not ALL of them – not ME for example) they would think that sending your kid to preschool just b/c the folks you happen to be surrounded by have convinced themselves themselves preschool is better is a waste of a great opportunity that life has handed you.

    I think that folks have convinced themselves that pre-school is better than home b/c otherwise they would feel guilty about going back to work when they don’t absolutely have to. I think its b/c mothers who love their jobs can’t brook the possibility that the children should sacrifice something for them, or even if the mothers can handle that their community’s can’t. My husband used to say to sad little ones who didn’t want to go to day care "you got to do this for the family" by which he meant "you got to do this for mummy" but that seemed a bit on the nose.

    Whenever I feel the pressure to parent like the neighbours I try to widen my perspective geographically and historically, is the thing that seems right to me, but that doesn’t fit in with this particular group of folks (who are my friends and reasonable people who I genuinely like) really unusual in the world, or in history? If no – I feel freer to do it.

  18. OK one final comment.

    I know nothing about environments where kids have to get on waiting lists, and the absolute most you can pay for day care where I live (other than having a nanny) is $45 a day (which gets you unbelievably good care). So maybe that’s why there’s pressure to get them in early – to set them up for getting a space later???

  19. Are there co-op preschools available in your area? The co-op format uses parents to volunteer under the supervision of licensed teachers, so you are still with your child for some of the preschool days (and the tuition is MUCH less expensive, since you are essentially paying with your own labor) but your child also gets the socialization of being with other kids. My family did it with both our kids (now teens) and I felt like my parenting skills also benefited, since I got to see the wonderful teachers interacting with all of the children. (And, now looking back ten years (!), I am happy I didn’t put my young children in a very academic/structured preschool, since they all get that soon enough with elementary school and after.)

  20. I would look most of all at the personality of your child. We put our son (at almost 2.5) into a nursery school 3 days per week (9:00-3:30 p.m.) last September. He is (as this past year as shown us) one of those strong introverts Moxie mentioned. He never, ever, properly transitioned to nursery school- the tears never stopped. Although he would have fun and participate while he was there, what he said to me at home about how he felt about being there was heartbreaking. It was a warm, loving, supportive environment with a small number of children, and it was just too much for him. But I needed him to be there so I could finish my PhD dissertation. I was wracked with guilt pretty much the entire year.

    This year he is going back only for three mornings a week, just so that we don’t have an even bigger crisis in 2015 when he is meant to start junior kindergarten (which is full day 9:00 to 3:00, five days a week).

    Do what you think is best for him and for you, but two is still very very little. Please don’t feel forced into it by competitive parenting.

  21. Your son will be fine either way.
    We didn’t send my son to any sort of preschool. I work outside the home full-time, and he went to a play-based home day care with a wonderful provider. Some of the parents would pick up their preschool-aged kids and bring them to and from half-day preschool locations nearby, but I never wanted to worry about doing all that kid chauffeuring two or three days a week. He acclimated just fine without having any actual school experience before kindergarten. In fact, his kindergarten teacher mentioned during fall conferences that she was surprised he hadn’t been in any formal preschool program.
    My daughter is almost 3. She’s at a different home day care with a provider that used to be a preschool teacher, so she runs her day care like a preschool. Best of both worlds, I think!

  22. Our daughter had been attending preschool 3 mornings/week for the past two years (starting at 2.5 yrs), but basically came unglued when she started again last September. We pulled her out (my husband is an at-home parent, with a son two years younger than our daughter), which was a hugely difficult decision because preschool=future educational success (right?? aren’t we all led to believe that?), and basically because all our friends looked at us with pity because our daughter was basically "failing" preschool. However, the value of preschool is limited for kids in homes with attentive, caring adults (i.e. parent at home and actively interacting) and can actually be detrimental. Our daughter turned 5 and our son turned 3 in March, and we don’t do anything formal school-wise, but she is reading, doing math (subtraction and addition…starting to get multiplication and division), knows a ton about animals, etc. Our son has never been to preschool and has all the skills on the “kindergarten readiness” chart we have from the school district. If preschool is going to be a financial stretch or you just don’t want to send him, I think you can take comfort in the fact that him being at home with you is almost certainly better than sending him to preschool. Good luck….I know that this is so stressful (although want to shake my last fall self and tell me to get a grip….its preschool!!).

    http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB121936615766562189

    http://www.berkeley.edu/news/media/releases/2005/11/01_pre.shtml

    http://www.stanford.edu/~sloeb/papers/How%20Much%20Too%20Much.pdf

    http://www.cdhowe.org/pdf/commentary237english.pdf

  23. Like a few others, I’m fairly floored by the idea of "pre-school" for a 2-year-old. In my small city (a university town), no one goes until 3 or later. In fact, most of the true pre-schools won’t take anyone under 3. I’m a SAHM, with a few hours of work per week teaching a college class online. I love the various activities I can do with my kids before they begin kindergarten–library, swimming, little gym, music class, children’s museum, reading stories, hiking, building bear dens with pillows and blankets…. There’s just not enough time. That said, having set hours for my sons to socialize without my presence, as well as hours when I can get work done, recharge, and get my hair cut (etc.) have been essential. Older son, now 9, went to pre-school for two years: first Tu/Th afternoons, then M/W/F all day. It would have been less, except that his little brother came along and it seemed prudent to up the pre-school hours. Younger son, 5 and entering kindergarten this fall, has had a set-up that I found perfect. When he was 2, I found a babysitter for one morning a week, 9-12. At 3 1/2, he had Tu/Th morning preschool, and then this year did M/W/F mornings. It’s been a good balance of autonomy for him with plenty of "Mom and Neil time," as he calls it. I share your concern that playmates may fade away as they are more heavily scheduled. That was one of the main reasons I sent my older son to his first year of pre-school. But you know, kids are always going to have different schedules, whether it’s naptimes when they’re young or pre-school when they’re older. Kids adapt, and if you keep him out of pre-school now and are out and about doing other activities, you’ll meet other parents and kids–possibly ones who are more in synch with your own situation.

  24. We just started our daughter in full time (full 8-5 day 5 days a week) at 2yrs 9 months. We did this for her (activities, more kids her own age) and for us (I returned to full-time work after being home with her since birth part-time). We felt she had outgrown her family day care and she’s thriving in school. She probably would have been fine waiting till she turns 3 in September. It is expensive and it is a change that took some adjustment. I know plenty of folks who think it is too soon and others who send their kids "early" too. She’s going to be in pre-K an extra year as it is bc she missing the Kindergarten cutoff by 5 days. We’ll cross that bridge later and for now "school" is a fun place where is has made friends, plays all day, and is enjoying herself. That’s a win for us.

  25. I am a SAHM to two boys, and made different choices for each of them. The eldest started going to a Montessori school three mornings a week at 2.5 because I needed him to go. He had a need for learning that was intense, and beyond what I could provide without going crazy. My second is much less intense, and very social. He went to a play based program two mornings a week when he was 3.5. He’ll do a year of Montessori this year, five mornings a week, to get ready for kindergarten.

    Needless to say, I don’t think there’s a right answer, just a right for you answer.

  26. Both my boys (w/ July b-days) went to preschool at age 2. It was one morning a week and especially my younger guy loved it–met his best friend in that class. I think it was worth it and honestly I would have liked a 2-day a week program, but our co-op preschool (super cheap, but not a lot of scheduling choices) didn’t have it. Good luck whatever you end up doing!

  27. We sent ours to pre-school at 3. My youngest turned 3 in October and she wasn’t quite ready. By January I could tell that she was ready to get out into the world. She had been in daycare up until then.

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