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Hi BPN! My 2.5yr old is currently in preschool but i'm ready to find another one for her. I feel like her current school is too too play based. I don't believe she is learning all that she should/could be learning. However the plus is that she loves the kids and teachers and the tuition is affordable for me. so where can i go? I want her to be happy, yet i want to make sure she is learning and prepared for kindergarten (i know its a few years away) My other issue is my daughter is mixed (black & mexican) and i'm having a hard time finding a school with a diverse atmospher. lastly i work full time so i will also need a program from 7 - 5;30/6pm. Lindsay
Second, I want to throw out Lakeshore Children's Center (LCC) as a possibility. While it is definitely play-based, my daughter was right on the edge of reading by the time she started K--she knew all her letters, all their sounds, etc., etc.
Anyway, LCC is geared toward working parents. It is very diverse, with a high proportion of mixed race kids (black/white and other combinations). The teachers are black, white, hispanic, Asian and Moroccan. And it is pretty affordable. Carrie
I've researched fairly thoroughly the postings on the site for preschools and it appears they don't go beyond 2000. I'd like to know what experiences people have had with preschools over the last year or so. I'm looking for a place for my child that emphasizes art and movement as well as respect and cooperation. Also a site that is not small and crowded. Cultural diversity would be a big plus as well as bilingualism, but not a must. Thankyou, MB
Can anyone recommend a pre-school with an understanding of what it means to affirm cultural identity in young children, and addresses issues of cultural diversity in deeeper and more thoughtful ways than celebration of holidays. I'm a single Jewish mom of an adopted daughter from China and am looking to enroll my daughter in a pre-school by January when she'll be 2.6. (I'm open to September 2000) We live in El Cerrito so programs in our area, Albany, Berkely, Richmond would be possible but I have yet to find anything even close. Are my expectations realistic? If I hear one more instructor respond to my concerns saying 'Well we celebrate Chinese New Year, Cino De Mayo, Chanukah.....' I think I'll scream or cry. While it is important to me that the kids in the pre-school come from diverse racial,cultural AND class backgrounds, (something that is also hard to find in these geographic areas) it is also important to me that the books, visual images, music and styles of teaching also reflect that diversity in a CENTRAL way. As a parent and an educator myself I bring this into my child's life and have seen the positive impact it has on my daughter in many ways, and would like to see this as part of her pre-school experience as well. The closest thing I know of is HEADSTART which while our economic situation is not pretty,we don't qualify for. I do see pre-school as a time for her to play, create, explore, develop and strengthen social skills and am less interested in an academic emphasis. Any recommendations/ suggestions would be much appreciated.
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