The preschool wars have adopted the weapons and lingo of the college wars: consultants, rÃ©sumÃ©s, essays, safety schools, and early decision($). This year, a film crew is coming to New York to document the preschool version of Survivor.
Bazelon, who’s been there with her own sons, urges parents to chill out.
In most cities, the demand for good â€” or good enough â€” preschools doesn’t far outstrip the supply for people who can afford the tuition, at least for 3- and 4-year-olds. There’s an “it” choice, but if you rationally compare it with the less “it” alternatives, you’ll usually find they’re on par. And the main thing those less “it” schools want from you is not a perfect child or a secret handshake but a $500 deposit.
Parents can trade preschool tips at Savvy Source, which bills itself as “a combination of Zagat’s and Craigslist” for parents of young kids.