Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Nursery University...A scary look at NYC Preschool Admissions
My husband and I had a chance to watch a frighteningly fascinating documentary film last night about the process of getting your 2 and 3 year olds into preschool in NYC. The film, Nursery University, chronicles five families as they negotiate the outlandish process of gaining admission to NYC's top private nursery schools. Any of you who live in NYC have heard the horror stories about this process, and this film confirms many of them. What's more shocking are some of the statistics about how many available nursery school openings there are compared to the number of families who apply and the price people are willing to pay for those spots. Some schools cost as much as $15,000 to $20,000 per year. What's more, there are no public nursery schools so if you want your child in preschool at all you have to play the game. Think you've got plenty of time to worry about this? The trend in NYC preschools is to start preschool with 2 year olds, and the admissions process begins the day after Labor Day a year before you plan on enrolling your child. Pooka isn't even 4 months old yet, but if we wanted to send her to an NYC preschool we would need to start researching schools this winter. Yikes! This film was an eye-opening learning experience and highly recommended for every NYC or urban mama. It's available on NetFlix.