In DC there is a shortage of daycare/preschool facilities. Mothers search frantically for a spot for their little ones and pay upwards of $200 to be placed on wait lists 1-2 years before they actually need them. This child business is a racket...they have us by the balls...well, I don't have any of those but you get the point! They know we are going to pay...it's the basic principal of supply vs. demand.
Today, I was at my local CVS and passed one of the preschools (Takoma Children's School) I really like and thought I would stop by to hear what their advice was to me with my pending adoption. It was pretty simple: "get on the list, we have a wait list of over 100 parents and we even have mothers trying to conceive now that are on the list for two years from now." Wow...I think I'll fill out my application soon to make sure I get my daughter a spot! The daycare center is only five minutes from my home. It's very diverse and I have always been impressed with the way the children interact. Of course it is DC and nothing is inexpensive here but what do you do? The school costs $936/$1198/$1242 for 3/4/5 full days respectively. How much does preschool cost in your neck of the woods? Whew...Thinking of all of the expenses reminds me of how I felt when I singed the papers for my house...SCARED!!!!!!!