It was two years ago when my older son was in the Kindergarten in Training program, K.I.T. for short, that's run by the City of Arroyo Grande but I hadn't had the chance to write a review here about my thoughts of the program until now. More things in San Luis Obispo County is starting to open up, including preschools, so I thought it would be helpful for other parents out there if they are looking for a review on preschools.

When I had enrolled my son in the K.I.T. program, he was turning 5 years old and we had just moved here from the East Coast. I was hunting around for a preschool program for a few hours a day for a few days a week and found this program by the City of Arroyo Grande. It's an afternoon program for Mondays, Wednesdays & Friday from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and it was exactly what I was looking for.

We went on a tour to make sure he liked it and I enrolled him in February. I think because he was starting after Spring semester had already started, there were hurdles already lined up for him. Not only had we just moved here from the East Coast just a month before, he was also the "new kid" for the program. Whereas, maybe some of the kids in the class have been friends from the semester(s) before, he was the stranger there in more ways than one. However, I knew that keeping him at home would cause him to feel more alienated and may cause him to have a harder time to adjust to kindergarten the following semester after that. I had to brave it, and so did he. Well, on the first day, he did great! Then, the second day, not so great. There were tears, probably from feeling like an outsider while some kids group up during play time. 

In all honesty, if it were me, I would have a hard time even if I try to not show it. Cliques start so early and being that new kid in a classroom full of unfamiliar kids who are not starting on the same foot, is scary. Although there were many bad days, to the point where I feel like they rather not have my kid there because he was crying so much, we made it to the end and he went to his K.I.T graduation! It was a lesson to learn but I was so proud of him. And now, two years later as a first grader, he doesn't remember ever going to the K.I.T. program by the City of Arroyo Grande so that confirms to me that it didn't traumatize him going there as the new kid from a different coast. Furthermore, he passed everything during his tests at kindergarten round-up, something that many school districts in SLO county have for incoming kindergarteners to test their academic level, and I attribute a lot of it to us having him go to the K.I.T. program there.

If you're interested in the City of Arroyo Grande's K.I.T. program, I'd recommend it, even if my son didn't have a perfect time. Academic-wise, he had something to show for it. 

Read my other preschool reviews for San Luis Obispo County.

Not ready for your little one go to preschool? See a list of Mommy and Me type programs in San Luis Obispo County.