Reading this blog post really resonated with me. Though I am so thankful that preschool admission in Berkeley is nowhere near as insane as I’ve heard it can be in NYC or San Francisco, sometimes I wish I had fewer choices like my friends in the suburbs who tell me they just pick the closest one!
My boys will be 2 1/2 this fall and ideally, they won’t start preschool until next fall when they’re 3 1/2. This is mostly to save money, but we’ve decided that if our top choice preschool calls us and says they have two spots for this fall, we’ll take them even though it would about a 50% monthly increase over what we pay for daycare. The problem/anxiety-promoter is what if we don’t get our top choice preschool for next fall? We have a second choice that we’re happy with, but it’s also really popular and we don’t really have a great third choice!
I initially loved a very play-based school that wasn’t that hard to get into when I visited on a sunny day, but when I went again on a drearier day, several things made me reconsider, including some offputting comments by a teacher. Having grown up on the east coast attending fairly rigid schools, I guess I’m not as play-based as I might wish, but I am definitely not into “work” at preschool either, though I had initially been very drawn to how “cute” orderly children could be before I realized it was a bit creepy and unnatural to me.
So where does that leave us? A bit burnt out on visiting preschools, sort of hoping we’ll get a spot in our top choice school for this fall so we don’t have to worry about it, and dreading finding a 3rd choice if we don’t!