Just when I thought we had it all figured out.
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!