Preschool Perspectives

"As the school year approaches, many parents of 5-year-olds wrestle with the kindergarten question. At what age should your child first enter the school system?  "I would bet you money
that most people think kindergarten is mandatory," said Barbara Bowman,
co-founder of the Erikson Institute and head of early childhood
education for Chicago Public Schools. But it isn't."  From the Sun-Times:  Ready or not? Should kids be in school at 5?

Thus far, at least, it seems like Illinois' preschool expansion over the past few years hasn't really hit the rest of the K-12 system.  PK classrooms are often tucked into the corners of buildings -- or in community centers -- and I hardly ever hear about PK teachers or issues when I'm visiting schools.  But that could change soon. 

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