Our options are the following:
- Part day, couple days a week on post = $98 to $150 a month depending on how many days a week
- A couple other part days and some full days for well over $200 a month
- County offers a free service, but you have to be screened and qualify
On post does not have a set date for when they are registering for the fall just a first come basis and the others are out of my price range and or more of a daycare which we don't need. I inquired about the screening and went ahead and gave it a try.
They tested Addy on several things ranging from standing on one foot unassisted to writing and knowing her full name giving her a developmental age rating for each item. She was at a four year old all the way to a six year old level in fourteen areas (identifies letters, colors, counts, shapes, skips, etc). On the downside she received the rating of a two year old and a three year old for eight different things. She has never used scissors, besides playing with a vanity, nor does she know her last name or how to write her name at this point. Add in that she just turned four a month ago, she of course would not be at a four year old level or above in every single area. I do not know how many children were allowed into the program nor how many children were screened. On the day and time Addy was screened there was only a couple of other children there and the parents all wanted their children to be chosen for the program, not because they were concerned, but because they wanted their child to be in some sort of educational program without having to pay their right arm to do so.
The phone call came yesterday with our answer. Addy was selected and will be starting this fall.
It has left me feeling uneasy and jittery.....
I feel as if I have not done enough for Addy educationally. I should have been doing more crafts, more structured learning, simply more.
And of course I am already dreading dropping her off for her first day of school this fall. I am not ready for her to be leaving me, I am just not.