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Samantha - posted on 03/10/2015 ( 13 moms have responded )

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How Do I Go About Trying To Get My Daughter In School Early If Her Birthday Is Not Until December??

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Chana - posted on 03/12/2015

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Sarah that is funny that you said raising a child is expensive because my husband and I have 2 girls. They oldest will start Pre-K in the fall and we just had this conversation about how much it is going to cost because we were so excited when they both got out of diapers/pull-ups(except the youngest at night) only to realize that it is just going to get worse.

Sarah - posted on 03/12/2015

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Preschool is a great and something I would recommend for ALL 3 and 4 yr olds as it prepares them for school. That being said your cost may not go down much. Raising a child is expensive. My oldest is 17 yrs old and I will tell you you will be paying that day care fee in one way or another throughout the next 18 plus yrs. It may not be for daycare but in school registration, school lunches, school field trips, school athletics, school music programs, etc. Then you have added costs as your child grows. Clothes and shoes become more expensive. I can no longer find shoes for my 17 yr old that are under $100 and we are lucky if they last 6 months before he has out grown that size. Clothes are no better. So my advise to you is to figure out how to budget that expense into your normal budget as that amount is not going away just because you no longer need full time day care.....if anything that expense is going to increase.

Sarah - posted on 03/12/2015

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Illinois has a September 1st, cutoff in every distract as far as I know, but lots of schools do offer preschool or pre-K with full day aftercare programs. My son missed the date by 4 days and I was frustrated initially. However, now that he is a teen I am so glad he has that extra year.

Jodi - posted on 03/10/2015

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Not at all Chana :) My post agrees with the pre school programs. Just not regular school.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 03/10/2015

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Nah, Chana, it looked to me like you were recommending preK or preschool as well! No worries!

Chana - posted on 03/10/2015

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I don't want anyone to think that I was encouraging Samantha to push her daughter into school too early. I was just offering suggestions on what she was asking. I know that there are great Pre-school programs available and that most, if not all, states offer a Pre-K or K4 program that is usually offered at the schools. Sometimes you just need to know how to get the information.

Jodi - posted on 03/10/2015

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Please don't push your child into school younger than the cutoff dates. As Shawnn said, there are reasons for these dates, and while a child may be "really smart", sending them to school just because childcare is too expensive may end up being a HUGE and VERY expensive mistake in the long term. That age difference will make a BIG difference later when they are in high school and could end up with you regretting the decision. If you can find pre school programs, great, but please don't ignore those cutoff dates.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 03/10/2015

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Preschool. There's a valid reason for the cutoff dates.

If you push, your child will be behind her peers, both in age, and social skills.

Chana - posted on 03/10/2015

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Call the school district you are in if there is a program they should be able to tell you and they should be able to tell you how to get her enrolled. I know in our district, in PA, my daughter will be 4 on the 21st of this month, our cut off is Aug 31and I have to enroll her in the Pre-K program on March 26th.

Samantha - posted on 03/10/2015

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She Is 4 She Will Be 5 In December. I Live In Glendale heights Il. I Just Moved here in September I'm not familiar With any programs That They Have This Way. I'm Gonna Start Looking Into It Tho. I Kinda Just Dont Know Where To Start.

Chana - posted on 03/10/2015

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How old is she? If she is 4 it could be possible to get her into a K4 or Pre-K program. The names vary depending on location but to the best of my knowledge they do basically the same things. You are right child care is very expensive are there any pre-school programs near you that might be a little cheaper. Just a couple suggestions.

Samantha - posted on 03/10/2015

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Thank You Soo Much I Kinda Figured That. I Just Thought I Asked. She Is Really Smart &,Chil Care Is Very Expensive For Her To Keep Going To Daycare I Just Wish She Could Go To Big Girl School...😭

Chana - posted on 03/10/2015

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I am not sure there is away around this. I think you would have to go directly to the Board of Education but I am not sure they will make an exception. I know in PA anyone I know of that has tried to get a child in school early has not been successful. My niece missed it by 1 day and technically if you looked at her birth certificate it was only a few hours. Good Luck

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