Where should transitional kindegarten happen?

Published: Friday, Apr. 18, 2014 - 4:04 pm
Last Modified: Tuesday, Apr. 22, 2014 - 6:20 pm

Re "AM Alert: Californians support transitional kindergarten proposal" (Capital & California, April 18): I agree with the majority opinion expressed in the field poll that transitional kindergarten for 4-year-olds is a good thing. However, the question should be "Where should these TKs be housed?"

If only public schools offer TKs, the majority of private preschools that now serve 70 percent of 4-year-olds will lose those children. If this happens, many private preschools will close. Working parents of toddlers, twos and threes will find their favorite preschools are no longer available.

Shouldn't parents be able to choose public or private TK and have the money follow the child? Then private preschools would have a chance to continue giving high quality care and education.

-- Dorothy Stewart, Lafayette

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