Preschool for middle-class

My name is Jenifer Stevens. I am a working mother of 2 and recently my husband was laid off work. I do make a fairly decent income, but now being the sole provider it has become tough! Especially house payments, electricity and not to mention the ever rising gas prices. I have now taken as much overtime that is offered to make ends meet. Well recently I tried to enroll my son in preschool, it did wonders for my daughter years back and I wanted him to be prepared for kindergarten. To my surprised I was told my income was too high, and therefore wouldn't qualify for state funded programs, fine my only alternative would be to pay for preschool. This is not a child care issue for me, with my husband now being home there's no problem there, and even if he wasn't my mother has always been a huge help and willing to watch both my kids anytime! This was purely for his education and readiness for kindergarten, so if I have to pay for it, then I have to pay for it. Well as I called around to numerous preschools I found that they were all upwards of $300-$400 a month for HALF days! There is no way on earth that I can afford this with only one income. The more and more I think of this the angrier I get! When I was turned down because my income was too high, I saw several parents enrolling multiple kids ranging from ages 2-4 with multiple other kids in tow and some with more on the way! But because I don't have a large family OR live off assistance, my son doesn't get a chance at an early start on his education? I feel that alot of these other families are using this system as "day care" I'm not! I was reading on the "First 5" website and it has a section on the "Power of Preschool" and in this section it states, "One of First 5 California's priorities is making quality preschool available to every 4 year-old in California." Does this not include middle class? Obviously low income is covered, and upperclass can afford to pay for preschool, meanwhile, my son and other middle-class kids are not receiving any benefits!! I am sure you have plenty of other viewers that would agree with me, that something needs to be done about this!

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Jo says ... on Saturday, Jan 25 at 6:41 PM

Others. I recommend "The. Reading. Lesson". Did it with my 4 year old and he reads fluently. Also, the Core Curriculum series.

Jo says ... on Saturday, Jan 25 at 6:40 PM

How the academic advantages wear out and those who attended preK and K often have bigger long-term social and behavioral problems, especially boys. Just teach him the basics at home. You can find national standards online. He'll be ahead of the oth.

Jo says ... on Saturday, Jan 25 at 6:35 PM

If he can stay home with family then that is better anyway. I am a teacher and preschool mom. So many would kill to be able to keep their kids with family. Those preschool studies are exaggerated and don't include the conflicting information about

Rebecca says ... on Tuesday, Dec 15 at 9:45 AM

Join or start a local co-op. Its run and funded by the parents. It can be simple(people on the same street meeting, teaching, and possibly rotating houses so you pay only for teaching materials-great idea for stay-at-homers) or more complex.

Martha says ... on Thursday, Sep 24 at 11:13 AM

I have the same feeling about this. I tried to enroll my child and I was told I made too much. I too am a sole provider of my household. Anybody have any ideas on what can be done?

Lisa says ... on Tuesday, Oct 14 at 3:16 PM

I feel the same way. And I hate to feel guilty about my 4 year old not having the same education. She is so smart and I teach her stuff myself at home but there definately has to be something done. Let's just hope it's sooner than later.

Jennifer says ... on Wednesday, Oct 1 at 11:04 AM

Anymore the middle class lives the lower class life while the lower class seems to have the perks we work so hard for. I enrolled part time at Taft college and meet the same problem there not to metion having to also pay for all my class' and books.

carmen says ... on Tuesday, Sep 16 at 2:04 PM

I work at a preschool and it does upset me to see families that might 'not' really need the care but have there children here all day because they can provide proof. But meanwhile I have a hard time looking for a place for my 2 year-due to my income

Samantha Cain says ... on Wednesday, Sep 10 at 9:12 AM

I have been in the same boat, if you work hard and keep your job seems like your punished. I have seen friends of mine that are sitting back letting the state pay for everything. Seems there's more chances for your kids educationaly if you don't work

Laura says ... on Friday, Aug 29 at 8:28 PM

I am a preschool teacher who understands your frustration. CA voters voted down a "Preschool For All" measure that would of provided funding for middle class families. The preschool community is trying, let your voices be heard by the politicians!

VERONICA says ... on Saturday, Aug 23 at 12:52 PM


S.H says ... on Tuesday, Aug 19 at 12:51 PM

I just enrolled my 4 year old in pre school. Two full days a week and that alone is $400 a month. Not to mention that I will be providing all of his meals due to food allergies. However, child care exp. are tax deductible ( % that is).

Charlie Wynn says ... on Saturday, Aug 16 at 2:58 PM

Yes, this is true I've been there but unfortunatly thats our system . It definately needs some working on . I'm can not send my son for the same reason so hopfully he can catch up when the time comes. GOOD LUCK.

Angela says ... on Friday, Aug 15 at 6:27 PM

Yes I do agree with you to the fullest!!!! I too am in the same position! I am having the biggest problem to get my daughter in to pre school! I am a single parent, this whole situation angers me! I thought i was the only one!

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