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Should I Send my 2 Year Old to Preschool?

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I'm serious!  It sounds ridiculous to me, until I know the facts.  Tell me what you think.  We are moving in June.  Our new home is across the street from a preschool.  DH sent me a link to their website when we found the house.  I looked through it.  It seemed nice, but I thought she is way too young to consider it.  I was thinking about sending her to preschool when she's 4, and I had been playing with the idea of not sending her at all, and just sending her to kindergarden.  Then we met the realtor at the house last month and she mentioned the preschool.  She said they have an excellent reputation, like the best in the city, but she thought they had a waitlist.  The next day I went to interview the pediatrician we would be using.  He's wonderful, and we will definitely be using him.  He asked me where we were moving to.  When I told him, he started telling me about the preschool.  He said he HIGHLY recommends it.  He said they do amazing things with the 2-3 year old classes, and gave me a bunch of examples.

So of course I came home and told DH, "We gotta get her in that school"!  LOL!  I did call and talk to the director.  She said they do have a wait list but we would be at the top of it, and most likely get a spot when they start in September.  DD will be over 2 1/2.  Her birthday is in January.  DH took a tour, and was impressed.  I'm hoping to take a tour after she calls and offers a spot.  The times would be Tues. and Thur. from 9-12.  And it's literally across the street.  I will walk her over and walk over to get her everyday.  I was excited at first because I am a SAHM and I thought she would like the interaction with the other kids.  But now I'm starting to back-peddle.  She seems so little, and I'm kinda going back to my original thought of waiting until she's 4, if at all.  Whatch think?

by on Apr. 17, 2012 at 1:47 PM
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by on Apr. 17, 2012 at 3:00 PM
My sons both started in preschool when they were 2 turning 3. They loved it and it was a great starter class for when they entered kindergarten.
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by on Apr. 17, 2012 at 3:03 PM

Quoting DACIA79:

Do you have a medical diagnosis if so you can get additional help and stay in headdtart until 5 or stop at 3 in find a preschool threw the school district . My son was nonverbal at 2 . Once he started headstart in addition to speech Therapy he hasn't stop talking since he's 9 now so good luck.

Quoting mariesmama:

we just signed my nonverbal 2 and a half yr old up for headstart she will be 3 on august 30th shes working with some programs to try to get her to talk early acess is only available till shes 3

shes just delayed right now no diagnosis but theyre thinking borderline autism she passed the test but barely

by on Apr. 17, 2012 at 3:04 PM

I would do it - considering the fact that it's across the street from your home and you liked the school.  She's gonna love it!   Give it a shot! Worst comes to worst you can just hold off until she's 3.

by Bronze Member on Apr. 17, 2012 at 3:05 PM
IMO I see no point. But then again I will be homeschooling ds when he is older. Ds is going to be 2 this month I am a sahm we count every day do colors and his name and that. I say go with your gut feeling. Go check out the school if ya like it and it feels right send her there. For socialization we do little gym with ds he loves it.
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by on Apr. 17, 2012 at 3:09 PM
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 I have mixed feelings about sending kids to school so early. I think it is great for them socially but then you count up the years of being in school. In total, this is counting if they go to college, they will be in school for 20+ years. No wonder a lot of our kids are so stressed and the drop out rate is so high.

by on Apr. 17, 2012 at 3:35 PM

 Child needs to be potty trained. mine started going in october 2011 at age 3 1/2

by on Apr. 17, 2012 at 4:16 PM

We have a head start program here where starting at 2, she can go to a sort of preschool. Just gives her a chance to intereact with other kids and to start learning things ahead of time. I think it is a great program and great for any toddler to have that experience. The plus here is that the program is free so that makes it a lot easier.
by Member on Apr. 17, 2012 at 4:18 PM
I say go for it. Nothing wrong with letting her learn its ok to be away from you. She will learn to be more independent and she will also learn social skills.
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by on Apr. 17, 2012 at 5:27 PM
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I wouldn't do it, but that's just me personally. Our son is 3 1/2 and will be starting preschool June 1st when I go back to work (I lost my job in July of last year and it's been SUCH a blessing to be home with him this last year!) Our original intentions were for me to stay home for as long as I could to be with our son. Our thoughts on the matter are like this: Once your child is in school, they will be in school until they are 18 years old or older, depending on if they go to college or not. We believe that as young children, that is when you have the most valuable time with your little ones, so why rush them off to school? If you want to teach your child things to be ready for preschool, that's all good and dandy! I bought some posters that hang in our son's play room that show him numbers and the alphabet, and recently we joined a website called "" and it teaches a WHOLE BUNCH of neat stuff to toddlers. Our son knows the different numbers, letters, shapes, colors, and even different names of farm animals and dinosaurs from this website. Either myself or my hubby, or sometimes both of us, sit down with our son while he's on my laptop doing the and we love watching his mind at work!! It's all great and dandy that you're across the street from a preschool, but if I were you, I'd do some serious thinking and praying about that one first. Our son turns 4 in August and in June he'll be in preschool. I believe we are doing the right thing at the right age for him....2 years old, 2 1/2 years old is still just too young. You should do play dates with other moms to get her socialized right now and worry about preschool when she's closer to 4 years old. Spend the mommy/daughter bonding time with her now, because just remember, when they get a certain age, they don't want any involvement with us parents at all. Take advantage of this beautiful time with your little one...ENJOY IT!!!!!!!!!!!!   :)

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by on Apr. 18, 2012 at 6:59 AM
I didn't know Headstart accept 2 yrs old? In my city at 2 early headstart teachers come into home. But I think the earlier a kid can learn, the better to prepare them for grade school.
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