I took my first preschool tour last week. The parents were like piranhas introducing themselves to the director, inquiring about the "secrets" to admission, pointing out the wonderful qualities of their children. All of this for admissions in September of 2009, more than a year and a half from now! Think that sounds bad? I called to inquire at another local preschool and was told that they were already full for 2009, so I would be talking to them about entering in 2010, more than two and a half years from now!!
Apparently, it is not uncommon for parents to start inquiring about these programs as soon as they find out they're pregnant!
My goodness, this seems crazy, doesn't it? Are there just not enough preschools out there? Or are parents simply increasingly anxious to give their little ones a leg up? And what of the families who skip preschool altogether?
So, I ask...is it like this everywhere??