Doesn't matter what kind, as long as we are talking a preschool with adults actively involved in children's learning and a little bit of structure that prepares them for kindy at least.
If you have done preschool with one and gone on to NOT do it with other children, especially, I'd like to hear what you thought was good and bad about each.
My DS1, now 6, started preschool a few months after his 3rd birthday. He tested as dev. delayed, and I wasn't sure if he might need speech services. He never did have that, but I think he did benefit greatly from being in a good program. He's now in K and loves it, does VERY well academically, and has a few particular friends. (that's his personality)
My DD just turned 4 and has one more school year before K. She tests "above average" on the same test DS1 did. I have NO concerns about her academic abilities, social skills, or ability to separate from me.
The thing I regret is school was 4 half days a week from the time DS1 started, no shorter week for 3's or anything.
Now that I have had DD home with DS2 (age 2) and I see how adorable they are playing together and how well they get along, I really feel DS1 missed out on something important there. Until recently, he didn't get along with DD at all (2 year age difference) but little brother is a 'baby' and so he's always been really kind to him. (there's also the youngest baby, now 2 months)
So....I am trying to decide about preschool for DD. My concerns about transitioning to kindergarten are basically that I think it would be a huge adjustment to go from full-time days at home straight to full days at school, also, school would be *very* structured compared to home.
Do I just suck it up and realize that it'll be an easier transition for ME too (on missing her, and her siblings later!) if I send them to the same half-day 4 day a week deal for one year?
I think that's part of it, DS had 2 full years--the years he turned 4 and 5 plus that half year when he was 3. That *is* a long time. I DID give up a LOT of his early years...and honestly, I think he would've gotten to the same point with time to grow and one year of school...as far as kindergarten success.
Tell me about your experiences!