I have two daughters. Gracie will turn three on October 29. She and I would like her to go to preschool.
Please, I know this is long, so I will put my question up front: does anyone have any ideas for persuading this preschool to take my daughter, even if it means bending their rules for her?
I have looked closely at about half a dozen preschools, but found the perfect one in my own neighborhood.
The perfect preschool is around the corner from our house, barely two blocks away. The school is small, follows the Emlio Reggio approach, has a five to one student teacher ratio, and even parents who plan to homeschool send their children there for preschool. It is a cooperative with lots of AP parents, some who go miles out of their way to attend this school. We even know and socialize with some of them already. The kids go to school twice a week for three hours and, according to the kids and their parents, have lots of fun and enriching experiences. Parents can stay the entire time if they want to. And it's cheap, only $150 a month!
Unfortunately, when everyone was telling me to put Gracie on the waiting list shortly after she was born, I refused, planning to never let my precious little angel out of my sight. I waited a while, and now the classes for this fall are filled and she is number five on the waiting list.
I want to cry.
I have found that the school occasionally bends the rules for exceptional circumstances, like identical twins, etc. Also, they occasionally put a younger or older child in the next class in order to fill a class a certain way. This is all the information I have. They have a three year waiting list. I put Rosie on the waiting list the week after she was born and she's still not guaranteed a slot, but they said her name is high on the list and she has a good shot at getting in!!!
I feel like this is an exceptional circumstance -- my dd and this school are a perfect fit in every possible way, and the others I looked at didn't even come close. Either the ratio, the religion, the weird obedience things they had going, or the fact that they would not allow parents to even so much as set foot in the classroom ever, not even to drop off or pick up, made the highly rated alternatives unacceptable to me.
As far as I am concerned, it is either this school or homeschool. And I am a mama who is desperate for a break for a few hours a week so I can have some one on one time with the younger daughter.
Does anyone have any ideas? One of Gracie's best friends is six months older than Gracie, and that friend goes to this school, btw.