Albany TK or Private Preschool?

I am currently in a dilemma as to whether to send our son to Albany TK next year or keep him at his current preschool. We toured the TK program and liked it, but the main concern is that there is 1 teacher for about 24 kids (like Kindergarten). My son is on the shyer side, which is making us wonder if he would do better with one more year in preschool where he can get more attention. Also, if he goes to TK, there will be two transitions for him in the next two years. Has anyone decided one vs. the other? If you decided for TK, was it an easier transition to Kindergarten? Were you satisfied with the program?

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We were in the exact dilemma as you are: to continue a year in preK or move to Albany TK. We are extremely happy to move our child to Albany TK. Firstly, the class size is 22 and is similar to any of the K-class in their 3 schools so if you do plan to move to public school system, TK is a great platform to get your child accustomed to it. The chances of finding some or many of the TK classmates in any of the 3 schools that you pick in future are higher so  helps ease transition into a new K-class. Secondly, in my view, the empathy factor of the teacher matters much more than the number of kids in the class. i have seen shy  kids in this class year overcome their inhibitions and shyness under the care of both the teachers  who are great in their own unique way. I am observing the current staff of teachers, and other administration and support staff daily - and I couldn’t be happier with the balanced and fun environment they are preparing so diligently for the children. Thirdly, along the lines of public education system where kids start learning to write in K, they start getting the TK kids into the process of writing and learning alphabets, the good bit is K-class becomes a cakewalk, the downside is for parents like me who agree with European learning philosophy of postponing the writing bit until 6-8years of age for a better mental development. Lastly, the program includes reading alphabet, beginning to write, counting, art and culture, physical education, music and dance parties. Hope you find this helpful and good luck with your decision! 

Happy Albany TK parent :)