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October 02, 2008


Michele M

I moved to Far North Dallas last fall. I looked at a preschool in our neighborhood & did not send send my 4 year old there. Why? The requirement was an option of 4 or 4 1/2 days a week. I think that was a bit much. I was told I was doing my child a disservice if I didn't have her in preschool by the preschool director. She did eventually go to a Parent's Day Out program 3 days a week 9am - noon. I do feel that it helped her socialize more and get used to not being with me all the time. She made friends with children that now go to her elementary school.

Now that my daughter is in Kindergarten, I am seeing what she is learning. What is your left & right? Can you write your abc's? All of these things she already knows, but has to go over again. So no, I don't think preschool is neccessary.

I also joined a group that helped me meet other parents w/ preschool aged children called Far North Dallas Early Childhood PTA. http://fndecpta.txpta.org/ or http://moms.meetup.com/2625/

Kris Scott

Thanks for your comments, Michele. I guess it's the director's job to put on the hard sell, huh? Even though it's not technically a pre-school, I feel like my son's daycare is giving him all the things other kids are getting at said pre-schools: socialization and the basics that you mentioned. I also think it's incumbent upon parents to reinforce those basics at home, and I really enjoy doing that. I'm glad you mentioned the Early Childhood PTA — those are all over Dallas and are invaluable groups as far as I can tell. I should be looking into one near me. Thanks!

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