Carolina, Nostalgia, Parenting

The Magic List

“Did you get your name on the list?”  They ask.

“What list?”  I reply.

“You know, THE list.” They respond.

That pretty much is how a couple of my conversations begin when I meet a new mom.  I had no idea that I was going to have to start worrying about what pre-school my baby was going to attend for another few years.  When she was born I was already told, you better call and get your baby’s name on the list.  I know education is important, but the fact that some parents put their name on the pre-school list even before they have confirmed that they have conceived is truly amazing.

When I started to call around Hilo, I found that there are some preschools that have a set academic curriculum.  I thought pre-school was about socializing and having fun.  I look back at the photos of when I attended pre-school and they are of me and the other kids visiting the community, such as Life Care Center, or making crafts.  But, I guess in order to get a leg up in this world maybe it is important to start academics as early as three-years old?

Preschool 1

Life Care Center visit with preschool (1979)

There are a few pre-schools that are about interactive play.  I did find one that accepts babies as early as two-years old, and without being potty trained!  The prices of pre-school are not cheap.  They range from as low as $525 to $600 a month.  This also depends if you plan to have them attend half day or pick them up at the end of a business day.  I guess this is the law of supply and demand at its best.  Population of Hilo grows, but the options of pre-schools have not changed.

Well, I hope my baby gets a shot at attending preschool, as I did not get the memo early enough to have our name be on the top of the list.

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2 Comments

  1. Live Hilo says

    Gah! Gotta get my kid on some lists! Thanks for the reminder.

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