Is it ok to send 3 1/2 year old to Pre-K 2-3 times a week?

I’m having quite a dilemma when it comes to sending my lo to pre k. We didn’t get into our desired public school pre k program but instead got into another that just doesn’t rate all that well among parents, ratings etc apart from being understaffed. Instead I’m debating on whether it would be better to send lo to a private pre k program 2-3 times a week. (5 days is too pricey budget wise) However, I worry if my lo would be getting enough school time only going for the 2-3 days? Anyone else had to deal with a similar situation? TIA

  • Holly Garnett-Pedreira
    Jun 24, 2019

    Why don't you see how the "bad rated" pre k is? People have all different situations. You never know if the kid was acting up or whatever it may be. I feel you should atleast give it a chance and see for yourself

  • Anonymous
    Jun 24, 2019

    Will they be going to kindergarten at 4? They don't NEED schooling at 3.5. They will have 13+ years of sitting and learning. Playing and social interaction is the most important learning for them now. However structure is good, my son does great having a set schedule a few days a week

  • Anne
    Jun 25, 2019

    I’ve talked to a few different preschool directors about this and they have all agreed 3 days/week is when you start to see benefits of going to a school program. My son went 3 days/week for half days and he did very well and had a great kindergarten year!

  • Sara
    Jun 26, 2019

    I think 3 days per week is good, especially if they are consecutive. If it's only 2 days it might be tough to find a rhythm, but I still think it's much better than nothing. Personally I'd go with fewer days in a better, more highly recommended program.

  • Ambry
    Jun 27, 2019

    As a K teacher, I think the 3 days will benefit your lo. It sets a school routine slowly only being 3 days, but they get social interactions all kids need and the exposure of school subjects without getting burnt out or overwhelmed. Even a little exposure beforehand will help your lo in K. I think it’s the best intro for your lo!

  • Brandy
    Jun 27, 2019

    I started my son at 2 half days a week at 28 months, but will up it to 3 half days at 3 years old. I think 3 half days at 3 1/2 is totally fine if that’s all you can afford. Preschool is expensive! My preschool is on the cheap side, from what I understand, and I still think $581 for two half days is a lot.

  • Jennifer
    Jun 28, 2019

    3 days/week is good and I would suggest to teach your little one at home some school work if you have time. Basically having your little one practice writing the Alphabets, numbers, spelling out and writing their names. Also to enforce learning on counting. That is what my little one learned in Pre-K this year to prepare her for Kindergarten in the upcoming August. Another good thing I would suggest is, I go to Costco or Target to buy these workbooks called Brainquest or something similar. They are these thick workbooks that you can buy by the grade. They have ones starting at Pre-K. However, I usually buy the ones a grade ahead so I can prepare my kids to learn ahead. Example, my older kid (Son 8yr old) is going to 3rd this upcoming August. So in the summer I will buy the 3rd grade workbook and have him do during the summer. That way when school starts, he has learned at least half the stuff they cover in class. This makes his learning easier. I like to have my kids learn ahead so it makes it easier for them. I think the workbook method really helps as my son has receive Math, English Language Arts awards in class every year since TK. I've also just brought this game that I can teach my 4 1/2yr old daughter (turning 5 during end of July) to learn how to spell.

  • Nancy L.
    check_circleChild Care Provider Sep 26, 2019

    ABSOLUTELY... and you don’t “need” to send them at all. Two days is great as well - I don’t recommend sending them until age 4. If you are working w/ them at home - in a learn through play manner w/ shapes, letters, numbers, counting... getting them out for peer interactions - PS will be a great introduction into a bit more structured environment, taking direction from someone other than you. Sitting, “learning” in a sedentary, academic environment is not developmentally appropriate for pre-schooler. Having a bit of reading time, coloring, projects, is great but a full on sedentary, academic environment is not what is needed at this age. A good pre-school will not have that type of environment either. Pre-school is a great opportunity - but not “necessary”. Lots of children never to go PS and w/ a good learn through play environment at home - they do great in school. Children have many, many years in school - they have only a few short years at home. Some families don’t have a choice to limit their time in child care or a PS setting, if you do - I would take full advantage of it and keep them w/ you - in a great, at home - learn though play environment. Get out, go to story time, play groups, walks, parks... cook, bake, provide lots of pre-math, pre-reading opportunities. If you want - take advantage of a good PS setting a couple mornings a week when the year b/f they begin school. If you want to send them at age 3, I’d do two mornings and increase - if you can afford to - to 3 mornings at age 4 (depending on when their birthday falls). But again, it’s truly not necessary if you cannot afford it.