“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?
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.