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HI! my name is Jenna and I could REALLY use some advice on what do to about preschool for my daughter. Evelyn is currently 3.4 and due to start preschool this fall. Currently she has a 504 for speech therapy as she uses a LOT of jargon and has trouble with communication. (LONG rant on why it is not an IEP...) Anyway she goes to speech once a week now and will continue into preschool. I also have a 19 month old and expecting our 3rd in August. We decided to keep her preschool with the same school district that does her speech. Originally I was told 3 afternoons a week was all they had available. This timeing stunk for us because being a one car family I would have to drive someone to work and drop off, come home, drive to preschool, come home, drive back to preschool, come home, and drive to pick up said person from work, and come home. Then I thought well maybe we could just do extracurriculars dance/gymnastics preschool mornings so we're not going out any extra days. Also doc appointments etc in mornings of school days too to utilize the most of our time. Then I get a call today that the AM is open for just 2 days a week. So now I'm torn. I want to do what is best for Evelyn but at the same time not overwhelm her. Baby will be here just a few weeks before school starts!! If I go with the AM program I am cutting out one day a week from 3-2days. Since her primary delay is with conversation I know socialization is huge. I'm trying to make the best decision for Evelyn's education and at the same time balance that with the needs of a 22 month old and newborn. WWYD??
Honestly, I'd do the 3 days a week. Both of my children dealt with speech delays (9y/o graduated out of speech therapy & 4y/o still in it). I know it's less convenient (we also only have one vehicle) but it would be to her benefit.
Is riding the bus an option for her so that you do not have to drive to and from preschool? Or maybe talk to other parents to see if anyone in your area would be interested in car pooling. One could drive to school the other after school.