Sarah Williamsabout 1 year ago
Those small, private, paid preschools are businesses in this country, and many struggle to get by every year as it is. Here is a case in point:
My mother, at 60 years old, co-owns a private preschool in a community of small towns; there are 4 or 5 competitors, but her school has a great reputation. She makes $26,000 per year. She hasn't given herself a raise in 10 years, and she has actually dropped her own salary to pay the salaries of her teachers. Her two classrooms are full with 17 kids each; this year, her 3-year-olds classroom had 4 kids. She had to lay off one of the two teachers she had, and the remaining teacher makes more than either my mother or the other owner.
Last year, the town's public elementary school won a grant to open a preschool. The population of the town is 2300; the surrounding area is probably 10,000. How many 3-4 year olds could there be? The public school program hired a teacher with a year of experience. She cannot even operate the classroom without some sort of help, so the school librarian has to step in to help her. But the program is free, so people sign up. It's really crap education, but it's free.
In fact, my mother told me that one child left her school's program to attend the free one and came back two months later with serious behavioral problems - hitting, sneaking, etc. Every year since the economy crashed, my mother's school barely makes enrollment. And it's always down to the wire whether or not they know if there will be enough students. There is a significant cost in the business world for programs like this and there should also be a serious look at the quality of the education that these kids are getting. Because I think this is another case of something looking good on paper and not being studied in the real world.