Preschool/Preescolar

So, apparently my daughter speaks Spanish now.  Yesterday, when I walked in to the nanny-share house to pick up Olive, the nanny asked her, “Donde esta Mama?” and Olive shouted “Alli esta!” and pointed to me from across the room.  I was totally shocked that she was not just mimicking something Brenda said, she was actually answering a question correctly!  She’s not even a year old, and she can speak in 2 languages?  I can barely speak one, and I’m in my 3rd decade.  I’m really going to have my hands full with this one.

This has got me thinking that I am going to have to start her in school sooner rather than later.  Moms of other Bay Area kids have been telling me, “She’s turning one soon, start looking for preschools now!”  So, I have begun, and… yikes.  Questions are being raised.

1. Why are the co-op schools, which require parents to do a ton of work, also more expensive?  Shouldn’t the work you do cancel out some of that tuition?  It’s obnoxious.

2. Many of the schools start at 2 3/4 years or 2.9 years old.  This is a really odd age to begin — why not just plain 2 or 3?  Is it a developmental thing?

3. Is it going to be possible for me to find a school that is both a) suitably weird enough to satisfy my off-beat parenting philosophies, b) bilingual, as I’m thinking I need to capitalize on her aptitude for language and c) affordable?

I guess I’m going to find out.  In the meantime, if anyone knows the answers to any of the above questions, or has suggestions for the preschool search process, please let me know in the comments.  I’ll need all the help I can get!

Olive also jumps up and down for beans & rice… Dios Mio, she’s really representing the Mission hardcore.

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3 thoughts on “Preschool/Preescolar

  1. Hi Julian’s wife!

    I think the preschools start at that age because so children will be appropriately aged for kindergarten when they finish. there have been some changes in the age that the state recommends (or allows?) kids to start kindergarten; I think it moves back by one month every year for the next four years? something. Anyway they don’t want kids to do preschool and then be too young to start kindergarten when they are done. There are a lot of things around kindergarten readiness that kids below a certain age will just not be able to do (like sit still for 15 minutes).

    We did a co-op preschool in Berkeley (Children’s Community Center) and it was probably half of what other private preschools cost. I don’t know about SF though. Also, they offered financial aid, which I was too stupid to apply for the first year thinking I was surely highly paid; then we started and I realized we were in like, the bottom 20% income-wise. In other words: it doesn’t hurt to ask about it.

    Kyle (from Carta)

  2. I love that photo of Olive: “Dios Mio!”. My answer to #3 is: No, you will unfortunately compromise. Probably on #1 and #2, but possibly on all three. I’m learning that as a parent I have to fit my own vision into what exists in my reality, and every situation (daycare, preschool) that I’ve put Liam in has had wildly differing advantages/disadvantages. There have been trade-offs I’ve made at each one as far as cost, flexibility with pickup/dropoff time, food provided, level of education provided, how much free play the kids get, personal attention, discipline, etc. Knowing your ability to navigate SF though, you’ll find the perfect place for little Olive “a aprender”.

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