At what age did your child start preschool?

My son is almost 2, and people (my neighbor, friends, and my therapist) are pushing me to enroll him in preschool next year for the 09-10 year because I am a sahm and he doesn't get a whole lot of socalization with other kids (he's an only child). I take to a play area once a week or so so pllay with other toddlers, but there isn't a group of kids he sees regularly so he can get to know them. But I am just really unsure about starting preschool yet. He barely talks, he's not even close to potty training, and he just seems too young. Isn't 2 too young to start preschool? Don't most kids start at 3?

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Asked by Anonymous at 8:28 AM on Feb. 23, 2009 in Preschoolers (3-4)

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  • I thought 3 too. Mama if your not comfortable putting him in school yet then don't. Thats your baby don't let ppl pressure you into doing something you don't want. besides I thought in order to start preschool they have to be potty trained?!?!
    My son didn't start school until he was 4. and is doing fine. He'll be six July 26
    kyheavensmom

    Answer by kyheavensmom at 8:50 AM on Feb. 23, 2009

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  • mine started at three.
    jodi205

    Answer by jodi205 at 8:43 AM on Feb. 23, 2009

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  • my little guy started the fall after he turned 3. He goes two days a week for three hours and he loves it. It is enough time for him to play and learn but he's not gone all the time. I think 3 is a great age to start and they are really just learning to play with each other instead of by each other.
    nudge08

    Answer by nudge08 at 8:47 AM on Feb. 23, 2009

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  • Mine didn't go to any kind of school unitl he was going to kindergarten,lol He did great, knew how to write his name, knew all the letters, numbers, how to tie his shoes, did awesome, and he's 12 now has a ton of friends... Hmmm and to think he was at home with me for the first 5 almost 6 years.... A friend of mine insisted on preschool and her daughter started school w/ my son and she was terrified, wanted to stay in the classroom, wouldn't eat lunch, my son would come home and tell me he was worried because she was crying everyday... So you decide, don't let anyone else do it for you.... It's a huge cost, money wise and not having your child with you at home, safe, and they will be gone with school soon enough, cherish the time you have now... GL
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:56 AM on Feb. 23, 2009

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  • OP here... There are preschools here that accept 2-year old who aren't potty trained... They only go for 90 minutes twice a week, so diapers don't pose much of a problem I guess. I think a lot of moms around here start their kids at 2. But then again a lot of the moms around here are functioning on an entirely different plane of existence than me... lol...
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:56 AM on Feb. 23, 2009

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  • I am starting my son in the fall, he will be 3. He will go 2 days a week, (Tuesday and Thursday) from 9-11:30. I do not think that he would have been ready this past year, and he wasn't potty trained, most 3 year old programs require them to be trained.
    If you do decide to send him to a 2 y/o preschool, make sure you see how it is run, a lot of them that accept 2 year olds seem more like daycare centers to me. As a SAHM, I did not see the need to send them to a daycare, I spend plenty of time with them there. There are probably a lot of free activities that you can do in the summer in your area to get him better acquainted with other kids. I wouldn't worry too much!
    NewMommyin06

    Answer by NewMommyin06 at 9:04 AM on Feb. 23, 2009

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  • Previous Anon Post here.... I'm not one to keep up with everyone else... If it's for interaction and you want some time to yourself 90 minutes a couple times a week probably isn't too bad... If you feel in your heart that it's gonna benefit your child then go for it.. Try it, if you or your child doesn't like it then you can always keep your child home.... I guess I'm old fashioned, I never wanted anyone else raising my children, but that was a fulltime daycare situation, yours isn't...
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:06 AM on Feb. 23, 2009

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  • Little ones usually can start Preschool in the fall at age 3...
    For Pre-K its normally 4...
    My daughter is 2 and she is starting a children's day program this summer....it is once a day for 4 hours...She will do the same in the fall and she will do a 2 or 3 day week preschool when she is 3...
    Briyawna

    Answer by Briyawna at 9:47 AM on Feb. 23, 2009

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  • You do what you feel is best for your child. Noone knows him better than you! If you think he will enjoy preschool, give it a shot. If you think he needs more time a home with mama, don't be afraid to tell others to mind their own damn business!
    TanyaR1024

    Answer by TanyaR1024 at 10:21 AM on Feb. 23, 2009

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  • I say 3.
    Lucky1963

    Answer by Lucky1963 at 10:34 AM on Feb. 23, 2009

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