|I just wanted to say I too feel pressure for "the best," and dismay that we can't afford it. I think the blame properly belongs on the paucity of quality choices out there. We need to demand more, even at public expense. If well-researched MDC moms can't "win the race," what about the fate of children born to less engaged parents? This is just wrong.|
A friend of mine who I met in a bf group more than 2 years ago took it upon herself to start a high-quality preschool and I recently, after helping her for a while, became a board member and we're actually building a new place as a preschool. It will be a Mandarin-Immersion program, based on Reggio principles. We are finding many obstacles and many great new challenges, but it's happening!
In the mean time my dd was on the waiting list for a German Preschool and we got a spot. It seems worth the 15-20 min drive, so we said yes for the fall. It's just 2x a week (and neither elitist nor expensive!!!) and the rest of the time she will be with me and her new little sister. My dh is very much against sending our dd to a public school, and optimally prefers a homeschool idea, so we'll see how things develop in the future. In the meantime I'm excited for her to have gotten into the German preschool, since she already speaks German fluently and it will help her to solidify her language and make new friends. I just can barely wait for her to choose her first real friend (on her own without me saying "Let's go over to soandso's house") and have him/her over for a playdate!
Oh, btw, Mothering is publishing my birth story as a web exclusive! It will be out probably early next year on the online subscription. I'm so excited. I didn't even write the story for publication, mostly just for myself and my friends.