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    Waitlists & Cost

    Most quality childcare in my area has a wait list a mile long (6 months - a year - 2 years). And if it is great, it's expensive. Therefore, I have chosen to stay home and care for my infant, now a toddler. It was a bit of a financial burden and restructuring of our routine, but we have made it work. I am not trained in early childhood education, and my daughter, who is an only child, has not come with an instruction manual. Thank goodness for co-op preschool. We were involved, for the first year, last year, in toddler class. Not only was it a safe learning environment and wonderful socialization for my daughter, it was an invaluable learning experience for me (and my husband) as far as parenting goes. And that we have learned mountains of information to be quality parents, hopefully we are raising an A+ citizen who will be ready for kindergarten when the time comes, but who will also be equipped for life. We are now in the 2's class. I love that we have a child teacher and a parent educator, but also that the school is also run by the will and enthusiasm of the parents. We are a huge part of the school.
    —ChristaWashington
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