Y.R. asks from Frisco, TX on October 01, 2009
I'm trying to find a good private school for my daughter who just turned 4 yrs old on Sept 23. She isnt qualified to start public school til next year. She is moving up from Jamaica so everything will be a new process for her. Any recommendations is greatly appreciated. Thanks
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Thanks everyone for the input. I will definitely look into those options.
M.H. answers from Dallas on October 02, 2009
Just to give you a heads-up, unless she qualifies for a special needs sort of program, she won't be eligible for public school next year either. She has to be 5 years old by September 1 to go to kindergarten. -- As far as preschools, I would look into the church preschools in your area. They are generally 9:00-2:00 and for a 4 year old would be 3 days a week. This perfect to give her an activity, ger her socialized, and get her in a school routine, and introduced to school concepts. I'd push the preschool to consider letting her in their 4-year-old program (even though she misses the cut-off)and then you could put her in their pre-K program next year, which is generally 4 days a week. Then she will be one of the oldest in public school (like my daughter who has a 9/7 Bday) and will be prepared, mature, and hopefully a leader of her peers. :)
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K.D. answers from Dallas on October 02, 2009
I recommend Primrose. They have a private pre-school and kindergarten. They have several locations all over the metroplex. They had my middle child reading by kindergarten. I also have one that just turned 5 on Sept 15 so she missed the deadline for school. I"ve always kept her home with me but decided it was time so she now goes to Primrose 3 days a week.
There is just something about them that make the kids want to learn, they dont push and they dont force but yet they are firm. There class rooms are small so the kids get a little more attention. My daughters class only has 12 kids with 2 teachers. Also the teachers for the pre-K and kindergarten are certified teachers. Not just kids a daycare hires to babysit.
A.C. answers from Dallas on October 05, 2009
I don't know you or your daughter or what you want to accomplish, but I'm wondering if a good quality Mother's Day Out program would be sufficient. A MDO usually meets just 2 or 3 days a week and not all day.
It seems like she's pretty young to be away from Mom all day if you don't have to do that. Especially right after a move. Of course, if you work, then you don't have the option of having her home with you.
My sister always advises people to wait to start formal education with their kids until 6 or 7. She has a child development degree and keeps up with the research.
Hope you find what you're looking for.
K. answers from Dallas on October 15, 2009
I recommend Primrose Schools. I had my children in one and just fell in love with the curriculum and the way they teach children. I believed in it so much I ventured out and invested into one location 6 years ago and my second 3 years ago. They are both located in Plano. One is off of Hedgcoxe and Coit and the other is Hedgcoxe and Spring Creek. We run lower than state ratios, allowing for more one on one time with the teacher and child. Our curriculum is written just for Primrose. It is taught at a pace so your child does not get bored nor over whelmed. Our schools across the metroplex have had outstanding success with our way of teaching. I have interviewed many public and private school Kindergarten and 1st grade teachers. Almost all of them could tell what pre-school a child attended before entering their classrooms. Hands down they recommended Primrose. Our secret to our success is consistency, consistency, consistency. I would love to give you a tour of one of my two facilities or both! I am so proud of what we have been able to accomplish and how many families we have been able to serve.
Kristie and Good Luck!
K.H. answers from Dallas on October 02, 2009
i'm very happy with Creme de la Creme. Wonderful program.
L.S. answers from Dallas on October 02, 2009
It really depends on where you live. Take a look at http://www.savvysource.com/ and you can research preschools in your area. It's a pretty good starting point. Good luck!
H.B. answers from Dallas on October 02, 2009
I have both of my boys at Campbell Christian Academy. They love it there. The classes are small so each child gets a lot of personal attention. Plus, they work at the childs level and speed. They don't move them on just because the class is moving on. They really make sure that a child has mastered the skill. Both of my boys are at least a grade ahead of public school children there same age. You can check out there website if you want more info.
M.H. answers from Dallas on October 02, 2009
DKH Academy has Jr.Kindergarten for just that reason. They also have private Kindergarten.
Best of luck to you and your daughter.