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Why Would Yeshivas Reject Pre-K Program Designed for Them?
Because whoever “designed” the program for yeshivas had no clue. The program requires 6 hours per day for pre-K (that is four year olds). First of all, that is too long for most four year olds. Second, that can be used ONLY for secular studies. So when are the children supposed to learn religious studies? (Our local yeshiva has a program for 4 year olds, 3 1/2 hours of religious studies, and then an optional three hours more of secular. Of course it is pretty basic, but the point is that you want your child to start being exposed to school in a religious context — learning the Alef Beis, about the holidays, middos tovos, etc.)
Perhaps such a program is not doable given the Constitutional restraints, but whoever thought this would work for Orthodox families seems not to have bothered consulting Orthodox educators about what would be needed.