We have been having a very hard transition into kindergarten. We didnt do pre-K, and dd is a young 5 yo. Her class is a combined K-1 in a "good" public school and full day. Starting the first week they were expected to copy lower case from the board, which rapidly led to copying entire words off the board. Dd is totally stressed by it.
Example- she woke up saturday night coughing, saying her throat hurt and she couldn't breath and she wanted to go to the ER. She said she was going to die.
The friendships are hard for her, the full day is hard for her, and she is very stressed out by what she perceives as all the demands. I did talk to her teacher about bringing her half day. The teacher was initially reluctant as she worried my dd would "fall behind", but when I threatened to pull her out of the school and cited the fact that the public school cannot make her stay full day, she backed down.
I am torn because I don't want to pull her out and keep her back a year- but this is not kindergarten, this is first grade. We have a few other options of private schools- but they are mostly full day as well, but maybe if she was in a developmentally appropriate full day program it wouldn't be so bad.
I don't know of any pre-K openings.
Then, of course, my dd doesn't want to change schools because she's attached to her friends. Of course, she also does not want to go to school often.