In France, 3 year olds attend school all day and take naps in dorm beds. They learn to recite poems, perform songs in concerts, and attend art museums. The focus is not on reading and writing, but in learning who they are and how to get along with each other. Because of the fact that both parents usually work and need child care for long hours, President Obama wants the US to provide free preschool for our preschoolers, also. Currently Headstart provides for low income families. (Source, NPR news).
Having a 3 yr old grandson in daycare, I think this is a great idea, however, I do hope it does not become mandatory! This is wonderful in some respects; I like the emphasis on the arts. Here is a paper that I wrote in graduate school, “Music and Intelligence in the Early Years.”