In San Francisco, picking the perfect preschool is a piece of cake. Getting into it is a different ball game. With stiff competition and high prices, it's enough to make you want to start your own school.
That's exactly what celebrated A.P.C. designer Jean Touitou did in Paris. Unwilling to enroll his daughter, Lily, 3, into the state–run preschools, he was also opposed to Catholic or Jewish schools as he and his wife have varying religions. So to solve the dilemma. he opened a new nursery school called Ateliers de la Petite Enfance (A.P.E.)
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Accustomed to the finer things in life, Touitou is applying the same standard of living to his school environment. The tots are offered cashmere blankets at nap time and surrounded by fancy, but functional Aalto chairs. In addition to offering the children an aesthetically pleasing school, the tots are encouraged to appreciate the differences in each other while discovering their own uniqueness.
In the French state schools, the teacher to student ratio is one to 30 where A.P.E. prides itself on a one to five or eight ratio. With only 25 slots available, some might be surprised that parents are more than willing to pay the $16,000 tuition for the commodities versus free schooling at state schools.