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Old 03-31-2011, 12:58 PM
 
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Default Pre k schools

I am looking for Pre k schools for my 3 year old son. Any public or free schools?
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Old 03-31-2011, 01:03 PM
 
Location: city-suburbia west...Houston, TX
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In what area of Houston?
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Old 03-31-2011, 02:13 PM
 
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As far as I know there are no free or public preschools unless your child is developmentally delayed. If they test delayed, most schools have free PPCD classes for 3 year olds and PreK for 4 year olds.

If you qualify by income, you can look into Headstart.
http://www.neighborhood-centers.org/...spx?pageid=313
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Old 03-31-2011, 02:16 PM
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As far as I know there are no free or public preschools unless your child is developmentally delayed. If they test delayed, most schools have free PPCD classes for 3 year olds and PreK for 4 year olds.
That is correct. The last time I was in Houston, I checked with the Fort bend School District and this is exactly what they told me.
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Old 05-16-2011, 08:33 PM
 
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They have a number of schools that accepts prek-3,The majority of them are Charter schools
The Varnett Charter school
Houston Heights Learning Academy

GreatSchools.org Search: 77042
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Old 05-17-2011, 09:12 AM
 
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In Clear Creek ISD, they have free public pre-K (3s and 4s) if you meet one of the following criteria:
- Income
- Developmental delay
- Limited English (they will test the child)
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Old 05-27-2011, 04:57 PM
 
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I too am looking for a pre-k program; however, my little one is 4. I'm actually looking for a program with a strong curriculum and one that will also have her reading by the end of the school year. Anyone know of any such program, private, charter or otherwise? We live downtown but wouldn't mind commuting for the right academic program for our little one.
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Old 05-27-2011, 11:48 PM
 
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I too am looking for a pre-k program; however, my little one is 4. I'm actually looking for a program with a strong curriculum and one that will also have her reading by the end of the school year. Anyone know of any such program, private, charter or otherwise? We live downtown but wouldn't mind commuting for the right academic program for our little one.
mommanash, please do NOT push your 4 year old into a curriculum that is too academic in nature.

Note that in countries where literacy is high, like Sweden, Switzerland and Germany, PreK is play based, not academic. Children are not taught to read until first grade, just as we used to do here in the US. Children who are ready will learn to read early without teaching or pushing. Children who are not ready and who are pushed will learn to hate reading. We have a crisis in the US because we are pushing the curriculum onto younger and younger children.

A good hands on play based curriculum will teach your dd to love learning. She may learn to read by the end of the year, but she may not depending on her interests and abilities. There is NO reason to insist a child reads by the time they are 5. No university, no employer will care. What they will care about is can the student problem solve, read well enough to take her courses or do her job. Who cares if she learns to read at 4 or at 7 or even 8?
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Old 05-28-2011, 08:05 AM
 
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My NYC early childhood teacher daughter has all kinds of letters after her name and 2 masters degrees. I have picked up a little from her along the way. Your child is +/- 48 months old. There are many things she is learning now. Nana is correct. You can worry about her SAT's when she is older.
Some of my children taught themselves to read at 4. One of my children hated anything to do with school until she got to Rice. She is the most academic and a high school teacher. One of them wanted no part of any kind of schooling. He earned the highest prize given to folks in his field.
Expose your child to all that is around her. You can spend hours learning about her world just looking out of your window. There is a lot to learn at 4 besides reading. If you read to the child and for yourself, the child will want to do it, too. My grandson taught himself at 3 just by watching our mouths as we read to him. He soon started running our fingers under the words. Cracked the code. Another did not learn until he was in the 6th grade. Dyslexic. He goes to school in Syracuse. Early reading is no indicator of academic success.
Just my 2 cents.
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Old 05-28-2011, 11:39 AM
 
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i think if an school has a pre-k program you have toqulif financially. i'm not too sure though... this is my first child and i've just started the process of looking into pre-k.
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