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Daycares are the Ticket to Education

Getting in the Door One Tiny Foot at a Time

Does quality childcare set kids on the collegial path? It used to seem like Ivy League Universities looked to creme de la creme high schools for applicants. But, before that the students had to attend elite grade schools. As the public school system continues to flounder in certain states, the competition to get into esteemed schools has elevated and leaves parents vetting for openings which are few and far between. Some moms and pops set up a plan before their child leaves the cradle or even takes his first breath!

To see what parents are doing to get on the fast track,


In certain metropolitan cities, pregnant women put their fetus's last name (first one pending) on preschool wait lists and the application process in New York and San Francisco has become more like college admissions except the pupils can't write their essays because they don't recognize their alphabets yet!

Parents trying to get precious into the top preschools are now turning to elite day-cares and playgroups to get the extra edge on competition. Often times, those running the groups have connections that will benefit families in the preschool pursuit. So even though baby can barely walk or talk, the wheels are set in motion for a lifetime of privileged education.

At the rate things are going, a babe's future is going to depend on the hospital in which they were born. If mama labors in the right maternity ward, perhaps she will have access to the best lactation consultant who will refer her to a particular mommy group. The mother's group will then direct her to the popular music and yoga classes that will get her the in to the "it" daycare. From there, it's a breeze. Preschool, grade school, high school and college are just hurdles to be had.

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care0531 care0531 7 years
I was like many of you. I didn't know it was something I needed to sign up for ahead of time. I was concerned about getting through the pregnancy and didn't really want to plan much until she arrived. I was about a month away from going back to work and I researched all the daycares in the area and found the best one and went to tour it. They looked at me shocked that I was just now looking- but i really didn't know! I ended up breaking down and crying and they told me they just had a cancellation and could get my daughter in- I was so lucky!
Moms Moms 7 years
My daughter was three-months-old when someone asked which preschools I had waitlisted her at and I thought they were joking. Needless to say, they weren't and now that that hurdle is over we are currently in the kindergarten one which is 1000 times worse! At this point high school looks like it will be a breeze.
HTCmom HTCmom 7 years
With triplets you don't get that lucky. You just hope that they will accept all three into the same program.
ginns ginns 7 years
when I contacted the preschool at University of Pennsylvania, 6 months pregnant, I was told that people typically put their names on the list before getting pregnant as the wait is up to 24 months in some cases.
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