In my experience (my daughter is now 5), you have many options in Oakland County. For a variety of reasons, I conducted a very thorough search for a pre-school for my daughter and learned that options range from 2-3 half or full days to 5 full days. The flexibility, though, did differ among providers. Most pre-schools also offer “nap” or rest time although how this happens does vary. Depending on the importance of a real nap time for your child (it still is important for my daughter), this could influence your decision. Enrolling my daughter in the right pre-school was the best decision I ever made. We had a bad experience at one pre-school/day care and I learned a hard lesson and was extremely careful in the next choice.
By the way, my daughter attends ECHO PARK, a private, non-profit preschool located in Farmington Hills. They have many half and full day options and understand the importance of social and emotional development as well as academic. It has a fabulous reputation in Oakland County and has existed for over 45 years! Families from many surrounding communities take their small ones there – from West Bloomfield, Bloomfield Hills, Fanklin, Birmingham, Novi, Northville, Ann Arbor, Beverly Hills, Southfield, etc. They built a new building around 2001 that is designed specifically for little ones. They focus on providing an amazing school experience for children from Tot through Kindergarten. They also offer summer camp which is a fun way to start a child prior to the school year to get them comfortable with being there. You can learn more about them at www.echopark.org or ###-###-####. I'd especially encourage you to visit the school. If your child attends Echo Park, he will have a great start for sure! They are experts at it and it is worth every penny! Hope this is helpful.