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Old 01-30-2013, 02:00 PM
 
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Hi, I work in downtown NYC, and live in Hudson County, NJ. Since it's time for my 4 year old to go to preschool, I was wondering if there are public schools in Nassau county that offer full day program. We prefer to stay close to Queens border, so Floral Park, New Hyde Park, Great Neck, Mineola are just fine. Do any of these town's public schools offer full-day kindergarten?
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Old 01-30-2013, 02:18 PM
 
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psssst....Kindergarten
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Old 01-30-2013, 03:42 PM
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Most public schools offer full day kindy these days. Since you know how to use the internet why not log into the school district's websites and see?
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Old 01-31-2013, 06:40 PM
 
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Are you asking about kindergarten or pre-kindergarten? Most LI kindergartens are full-day. There are some public school districts that offer pre-k, not necessarily full day. Of the districts you mentioned, Mineola and Great Neck offer pre-k. Hewlett is close to the border and also has a pre-k. But neither the pre-k or kindergarten hours are going to be long enough to act as a babysitter while you work full time in Manhattan.
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Old 01-31-2013, 08:33 PM
 
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pre-k schools which a 4-year old are going to are not "public schools" in the same sense. You are paying for it like a daycare, and for a real full day (you're gonna need more than 8 hrs), some offer extended hours at a price. Someone familiar with the areas will have to chime in on specific schools. I know they do exist here in east Nassau, so they will elsewhere.
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Old 02-06-2013, 12:04 PM
 
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Floral park-bellerose school district does not offer full day kindergarten or Pre-k just half day
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Old 02-08-2013, 06:07 PM
 
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Most public schools offer full day kindy these days. Since you know how to use the internet why not log into the school district's websites and see?
Twingles wow. How about cutting the OP a little slack. If it's your first kid it can be a bit confusing. If you moved from the city and heard pre k you would think universal pre K then to find out it's different and and a lot of districts offer different flavors of pre K or K so maybe the OP is here just asking for help trying to make sense of what's what.
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Old 02-11-2013, 08:38 AM
 
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I believe all the school districts you listed offer full day kindergarten. In addition, they may or may not have before/after schools care. A lot of school districts don't provide it directly, but use SCOPE which has an additional fee and must be signed up for separately from kindergarten.

In terms of Pre-K, I know that Great Neck School District offers a free, halfday program at the Parkville School. You can choose to pay to extend the day in their "Fun for 4s" program which ends around 3ish.

Other than that, you have to look for private nursery/pre-K programs. Pre-K/nursery programs are different from traditional daycares in that they generally have much shorter hours and have the option of signing up for less than 5 days a week. What type of setting are you looking for?
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