If you had told me ten years ago that I would have a child but that I might not send him to preschool, I would have laughed in disbelief. For several reasons. Now I have two children and my oldest is approaching, but is not registered for, preschool.
As an educator with an addtional degree in early childhood intervention, I know that Henry doesn't need preschool the way some kids need that early classroom experience. But it would be a wonderful, enriching experience nonetheless. Logistically, I don't know how to give that to him. Our community preschool programs for three year olds meet twice per week for 2.5 hours.
Currently Henry and his brother are at an in-home daycare for eight and a half hours per day. He is one of three children attending and receives nurturing care of the highest quality. He is the oldest child in that setting and turning three makes him eligible for preschool. However, he is not potty-trained. Not even close. So I can't sign him up for the remaining months of this school year anyway.
Yet the questions linger. Should I secure him a spot for the fall? Will he be completely potty-trained by then? How will I get him to and from the twice weekly sessions? My current provider may or may not be able to drive him. There is always the option of moving him to a daycare center that provides a preschool program for some part of the day. However, this would increase my childcare costs greatly and/or force me to separate the boys. I really don't like the idea of having the three of us in three different locations all day, everyday.
Depending on potty training progress, I am hoping to sign H up for some day camp experiences this summer. Next month, I'll tour some preschools and register him for a standard five hour per week fall placement. If I cannot arrange the transportation or if he is not potty trained by then, I'll forfeit the start-up fees. Meanwhile I'm off to replenish our crayon, glue stick, stamp, scissors and paper supplies!