So today was probably my worst "mommy day" ever!!!! My little girl, 2 years & 8 months, started pre-school today. She is an only child and I was very clear with the school (run by a local husband & wife) that my daughter had never been in a daycare or pre-school setting before. I explained that she would probably have a hard time the first few days and would need a lot of attention until she trusted them and felt comfortable. They said they were fine with this, had been taking care of children for 25 years, and were sure she would be fine. I took her there last week to meet them and play for a while and she was okay. I know she is a little young for pre-school but I really wanted to find somewhere she was comfortable and would not have to move her in six months. Anyway, today was her first day, was supposed to be there from 9am - 1pm. Well, she cried when I said good-bye (which I totally expected & I cried all the way to work). I held out as long as I could and finally called around 11am to check on her and could hear her crying in the background. The husband told me that they did not feel she was emotionally ready and that I should come and get her. He said that she had been throwing herself on the floor and crying uncontrollably since I left. I truly have never seen her that upset and raced to go pick her up. I cried all day, mad at myself for putting her in a situation that she was not ready for. I feel like an epic failure as a mom right now. I am also panicked as I am planning to start working full-time in the next few weeks. I am annoyed that they let her get so upset, I am confident that if they had seriously tried to console her, they could have. I am not blaming them (although as the day goes on my anger is increasing, a truly emotinal day but I feel as though I need to sleep on it) but could they could have done a little more to help her adjust?. If they do not have the patience to deal with her integration I DEFINITELY do not want her there but I need to find another solution. My next step is a daycare facility that I already toured & liked but now I am in a total panic that she will freak out again & they will not be patient with her.