I know Wisconsin is a lovely place, but I’ve never felt compelled to relocate there. I would have moved though when my son was 4 if it meant kindergarten a whole year early. The Johnson Creek school district voted this week to offer 4-year-old kindergarten to district residents. According to the school board president over 250 districts in Wisconsin offer the program. The half day program will be tuition free with transportation provided. I’m starting to feel light headed. Wisconsin, you and I were meant to be together.
My son was ready for a five day a week program by the time he was four, but our budget was only ready to pay for a three day a week program which lasted just 2.5 hours. When my kids were little and moms with older kids lamented the brief time frame of preschool I imagined shoving them into oncoming traffic. Back then 2.5 hours of freedom was unimaginable to me. 8 years later and I’m those mothers, lamenting how short 2.5 hours of freedom is.
On a less selfish note the district hopes this program will equally prepare children for kindergarten because some children don’t have the opportunity to attend tuition based preschool programs. After seeing the array of skill levels in my son’s kindergarten, I can imagine this would help put more kids on a similar level.