Should preschool be a part of public school?

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yes because you learn the

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yes because you learn the basics in pree school. you also learn your people skills and lear who you want to be. you also make your friends in pree school weather it is lifelong or till next week.

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yes because pree school is mainly where you learn the basics and your people skills. you also find your friends in pree school weather they are life long or til next weeek.

Tina (not verified)

I hope people know what could happen

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I hope people know what could happen if they let the government raise their children practically from birth.

Tracey Sittig (not verified)

Pre-school

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I happily join with the "neithers." I think pre-school should be available to all, with both public and private choices. I'm resoundingly against vouchers, but at the same time, our church
(St. Basil Greek Orthodox) runs the best accredited and the most desired pre-school in our community. No matter where a child attends pre-school, it should be focused on developmentally appropriate activity, especially developing appropriate social and friendship skills, school behaviors (like lining up and waiting our turn), gross and fine motor skills, the arts, and learning to love literature. We've got to start letting kids be kids!

Marcie (not verified)

Preschool Education and Public Schools

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I voted neither because I believe that all should have access to high quality preschool BUT it should be a parent's choice not mandated and I am not completely sure public schools should be the only venue that can offer quality early childhood education.

I am a former preschool teacher and center director. I have worked in many state and federal subsidized centers which offered "high-quality" preschool with out the oversight of the public schools. The preschool teachers I have worked with are wonderful and do amazing things with children on very small budgets. I have observed public school preschools and I can easily say I was not very impressed by what I saw. I think the there are many private and head-start centers that have mastered the true art of early childhood education while the public schools seem to have a long way to go.

Unfortunately, we find ourselves in hard economic times and in the state of CT we have seen subsidies for daycare and preschool shrink for parents who meet the economic requirements and funding to subsidized centers shrink, but many of our school budgets have shrunk as well and teachers have been let go. If preschool education full fell into the hands of public schools, I could see it easily being one of the first programs to be cut in a budget crisis.

I can speak from personal experience that I never attended preschool as a child and my sister did. We both were highly successful in school and went on to higher education. Now I attribute our success to my parents who worked full-time jobs yet found the time to interact with my sister and I and promoted our learning by taking us to museums and through simple gestures like reading to us at bed time.

High quality early childhood education for all – YES! Public schools the only ones to provide this education – NO! More funding to support pre-existing quality programs, both private and public, and preschool subsidies for parents – YES!

teacher_n_mom (not verified)

Both sides of the coin

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I am a mother of two preschoolers in public school and I am also a teacher of private preschool. My sons both had EI (Early Intervention) services and transitioned into public preschool on their 3rd birthdays. This was a blessing for my boys. Although they had several developmental delays, my oldest son in his 3rd (school year) of preschool is now caught up with his classmates and when he attends Kindergarten next year at age 5 he will be on target with his other classmates. My youngest son transitioned to public preschool last month. He turned 3 at the end of June so he wasn't able to start until last month. He has made so many gains just in the past month. Both my sons attend public preschool 4 days a week 1/2 day. They then return to my class in the afternoon and on Fridays. The consistency is key for any child.

The public preschool teacher has been my inspiration for becoming a private preschool teacher. I see how my children have thrived! I wanted to offer that to other children. My daughter has ADHD/Asthma. She wasn't in EI so she had to wait until she was 4 to attend. Even though she started later she is now in 2nd grade and reads at a 5th grade level. I see the benefits of public preschool and in my opinion, public and private preschool help ALL children, regaurdless of age or ability. I see both sisdes of the coin, I feel it is important to have a public preschool system in place and a private preschool so that children have a chance to thrive.

Ada (not verified)

I think is really stupid to

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I think is really stupid to decide if a child attends to preschool or not basing on the income, and also the fact that they have to turn 4 by a certain time, that just leaves some kids be really behind on their early learning someone should really do something about it.

Mark Younghans (not verified)

Pre- school mandatory

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Research has given weight to the one on one nuturing of a mother or father in early childhood. Entrance even into 2nd grade from a home that has significant nuturing by caring parents has found students quickly reach grade level. In general because of the state of the family having 2 income earners parents have lost sight of how important their influence is compared to professional educators. Necessarily single parent households should have the opportunity to resonable care in a loving learning environment and not just dressed up babysitting providing low paying jobs for individuals.

Lin Savory (not verified)

Pre K

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Yes, all children should be allowed to go to Pre K, because there is too much to learn in twelve years now and until we get laptops in the hands of all children, our US children are going to continue to be way behind India and China school children.

Children learn easier and faster at the age of 3, 4 and 5 than they do at the age of 6, 7 and 8, so if we start early and give them some technology training they are better prepared to meet the 21st century and support themselves.

We need Scientist and engineer more than ever and they need to start early. Children love to learn, they are hungry to learn and they are happier if they are learning. They get to play in school, and they love the social time with their peers, much more than being stuck at home with mom and having to watch tv all day and no one to play with.

It gives the parent a chance to work or go to college, something they realize they need now that they have a child or children. All day is not too long, because they can take a nap at school. They get breakfast and lunches and afterschool programs if the parents need it and it's so much fun to play with little children and it keeps the teachers young. Happy kids are educated kids. Educated kids have more power and can make their own choices and are ultimately more joyous adults. Joy is what life schould be about, no struggling to read in third grade, because they did not get the benefit of Pre K and K.

I'm a technology Professor so I know the importance of every child having their very own laptop. Especially for special education children that need a boost to keep up.

I appreciate all of your responses.

Colleen Charlton (not verified)

I didn't say it should be

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I didn't say it should be mandantory, but all the students should be able to go. As it is now, only low income or "minority" children are elligible for preschool.

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