In the very beginning of this year, I enrolled my daughter in what I thought was preschool and I think I didn't understand what preschool was. It seemed daycare-ish to me. Anyway, the first day was my daughter's birthday. They made a big, big deal of it. Decorated crown, games, I guess I could have brought frosted cupcakes, the works. I switched her to State UPK and it's a bit different. Mum can bring a treat but no cupcakes. Brownies or cookies I guess. And they sing but I don't know of anything else they do. But it isn't unstructured, no. Everything happens by the clock.
Ultimately I'd be sad if a happy fun place that didn't focus on schooling couldn't muster enough enthusiasm to stay on task with a kid's birthday. Every child should have a special day.
Danielle, Nick, Gigi ('08) and William ('11)