Is preschool the right choice for most children? Are there some kids who would benefit more from waiting until kindergarten to begin school?

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Amanda Uhry, Founder and owner, Manhattan Private School Advisors (New York City)

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Almost all children benefit tremendously from the preschool experience because preschool today, especially for the older 3s and 4s, encompasses a lot of what kindergarten did forty or fifty tears --academically and in term of curriculum. Preschool as its name suggests teaches young children how to attend school; how to work within the classroom and the peer group. There are many "alternative" preschool programs if you prefer to send a child to them instead of formal preschool and all work towards the same goal: seperation and independences. So, yes, preschool is an excellent choice for almost every child -- and there are so many types of preschool programs and options in terms of days, length or time, etc. That said, this is an individual parental choice. A good suggestion is to enroll a child in toddler classes the year before preschool and judge his or her developing independence and participation.

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