Originally Posted by myKroom
How long is your day? Do you have AM and PM?
What kinds of activities/academics do you do?
Roughly how many kids do you have?
Do you do home visits...if so what do you do??
How much paper work to fill out?
I love teaching pre-k. I teach full-day public pre-k in TX. I have taught public pre-k for 11 years and Head Start for 3. It really depends on your state, their guidelines or standards for pre-k (can find them on-line), and your district.
I was hired and am paid by my school district, the same salary as every other K-12 teacher in the district, same number of contract days etc. i.e. I am not a Head Start teacher.
Our day begins at 7:50 and ends at 3:10. We used to be half-day but we recently transitioned to full-day pre-k- it's much better- love it.
To read about the academics in my public pre-k program you can go to my website
for pre-k teachers and visit the Teachers Page
for all the academics/activities.
I have 22 students. You might want to check with your district or state to see what the rules are about class sizes in pre-k. Because we are a public school we do not fall under daycare regs and we can have 22 kids with only one teacher. I have a half-time assistant that is with me for 2 1/2 hours per day, 30 minutes at a time.
No home visits for me- those are for Head Start- been there done that- never again.
My paperwork is the same as any other grade level K-2.
In my district teaching pre-k is no different than teaching kindergarten. We have tons and tons of testing, we do literacy assessments on the palm pilot, math testing, report card testing-it's ridiculous. We do reading workshop, writing workshop, we have report cards 4 times a year, guided reading etc. My point is that every situation is different and where I work pre-k teachers certainly do not escape the academic pressures of older grades and there is not any more freedom. However, since your state is new to the whole pre-k thing you might escape it for a while before they realize it.
good luck with your decision!