Academic preparedness vs. play based model in preschool

My 4.5 year old son is currently at a play based preschool in Berkeley. He has a February 2018 birthday and unfortunately because dog his birthday does not qualify for pre k. I am concerned that the purely play based model will not have him academically prepared for Kindergarten in the fall of 2023. 

I would love to hear your insight on this. Also do any of you know of preschools in the Berkeley/Albany area that offer a balance of academics and play? 

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