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I agree with Kirsten, the teachers are the most important part, but to get through NAEYC accredidation you'd have to be pretty sharp and have great practices. I have been in so many preschool settings though, where the teachers didn't even seem to like kids!
It might make sense to talk to the school you plan to send your child to for k-garten, to find out what their expectations are for k-garten readiness. Some schools are more demanding than others on this, and the school will already know (roughly) how many kids are going to be in your child's k-garten class, by town records. I think there is a lot of value in a structured preschool if the k-garten expects kids to come in with those experiences in place. If the k-garten plans to teach those skills (I'm thinking more of the social ones-- how to sit in circle time, how to wait in line, how to lose a game gracefully, how to clean up cooperatively), then the informal preschool would probably be fine.
I was a little concerned about your partner's motive just to have your son "get away from" you more. Can you say more about that?
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