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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Preschool Nightmare

Just when I thought we had it all figured out.

All the issues with Bear like this or that.

And now we are MOVING.

Far, far away.

Even I can't justify a 12 hour drive to get my kids to their perfect-fit preschools.

So, I've been calling preschools near our new home to try to find spots for them.

Concerned about Monkey, who will start kindergarten next year.

Concerned about Bear, who needs a little extra help.

They need a freaking preschool.

All you preschool admissions/directors/teachers/gatekeepers-who-won't-let-anyone-in, let me clue you in.

The following phrases are NOT helpful:

Our registration took place in January/February. (thanks, so did the registration for the preschools my boys currently attend)

Preschools around here fill up fast. (They do up here, too. I was on top of things up here and didn't expect this crazy move)

There are 5(6, 7, 8, 9, 10+) children ahead of yours on our waiting list, would you care to add them to it? (What would be the f'in point in that?)

But, the one that really sent me over the edge, that I have heard from the TWELVE schools I have called, with some variation in the wording, but none in the meaning:

You do realize how important it is to have your child in preschool, don't you? Especially your child who will be in kindergarten next year. You don't want him to be behind.

Yes, thank you! I f'in realize that. This is why I am trying to find somewhere for them to go. Don't you understand that sometimes people have to move? That even though I was responsible and signed my kids up in January for the preschools they attend now, we have to move. And they need a preschool.

I know they can't magically find spots for my children.

I'm just frustrated, getting turned away so many times, for something that I think my kids need.

Editing to say: I have found a preschool that will take both children. It sounds fabulous. Monkey would attend 3 days a week and Bear 2. But, I have to drive them about a half hour away and it costs $310/month total. Yikes. I value education, but we are currently paying a whopping total of $110/month.

I still have a few more on my list to call. Wish me luck!



Blogger Evonne said...

There are parents who wait until the last minute to try and enroll their kid(s), but you are obviously not being one of them. Well, not on purpose anyway. You would think preschools would be a little more understanding.

Good luck! I hope you find another perfect fit!

October 15, 2009 at 8:47 AM  
Blogger Raising Z said...

Wow....that is a tough one. It still baffles me that preschool registration is a lot like college admissions!!! It is only preschool after all. We too had to register back in January (tour in November)....so silly. I am glad to see in your note that you did find a good school.

October 15, 2009 at 9:42 AM  
Blogger Swoozie said...

Glad you found a preschool for your kids! It's crazy out there sometimes. People try to be so darned RIGID on their policies but, hey I'm a firm believer in Life Happening and these administrators have got to realize this!

First time to your blog and I LOVE your idea of having your own "secret" Things I Can't Say blog! It's perfect for blowing off steam without ticking off people in your life! Love it love it love it!

October 15, 2009 at 10:28 AM  
Blogger Poolside with the Girls said...

I think they should stop with the speeches when they hear that you are moving in from out of town. Right there it should stop. It's not like you are clueless. Unfortunately this is the society in which we live. Sad.

October 15, 2009 at 12:51 PM  
Blogger Shell said...

The oddest part about this is that the area that we are moving to has a lot of military families- so they should be used to people moving mid-year.

I still have a few more left to try.

Swoozie- thanks! The first time I put anything on my family blog that wasn't just pics or a cute story about my boys, it was more of a headache than it was worth, so now I have this as my outlet!

October 15, 2009 at 2:45 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

WOW Thats a lot of $$. I hope you find something closer and cheaper.

Also if your calling about getting them in preschool...why the lecture on them needing to be in preschool. You would think they would realize that!

October 15, 2009 at 5:20 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

I hope you find something closer and cheaper too. Good luck if you continue searching. Love those lectures. Like you didn't already know that info yourself without them telling you. I think those preschools were not very understanding of your situation!

October 15, 2009 at 7:13 PM  
Blogger kyslp said...

I'm glad you found one. It sounds like a very stressful ordeal.

October 15, 2009 at 8:14 PM  
Blogger Shell said...

I did find one other one that will take them, but it's still $280/month. I know there are people that pay more than that for just one child, but wow.

October 15, 2009 at 9:24 PM  
Blogger Foursons said...

Wow- $310 is cheap compared to the prices where I live. I pay $380 for one child. Every month.

And put them on the waiting list. Chances are if there is an opening all those 10 kids in front of yours already found another place for their child. They will go down the list quickly.

Good luck!

October 16, 2009 at 8:10 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

Ugh, we almost moved a few years ago and I was frantic about losing our current preschool and having to find another one. Thankfully we decided to stay. I hope it all gets worked out for you.

October 17, 2009 at 7:20 PM  
Blogger Shell said...

Wow, that's a lot for preschool, Foursons! Is it all day or 5 days at least?

This is just for 2 days/week, 3 hours/day.

I'm still looking.

October 18, 2009 at 7:54 PM  

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