Don't jump on pre-kindergarten bandwagon

Published: Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 - 2:02 pm

Re "Pre-kindergarten for all 4-year-olds makes good sense" (Editorials, Feb. 16): Pre-school for 4-year-olds makes good sense. But placing them in a pre-kindergarten setting does not.

The current pre-kindergarten program is designed to prepare young 5-year-olds with September, October and November birthdays for kindergarten.

Preparing students for the rigors of kindergarten requires a different environment, curriculum and ability level than traditional pre-school.

If the authors of Senate Bill 837 truly are concerned about educating and preparing our early-childhood learners, there needs to be a distinction between the ages best served by each program. Instead of jumping on the band wagon and calling something good, take a close look at what is developmentally appropriate for children at ages 4 and 5.

As a pre-kindergarten-kindergarten teacher, I see the difference and am concerned about combining children whose needs and abilities can vary greatly.

-- Carole Chivaro, Sacramento

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