The college where I teach has a number of vocational and technical programs. One of which is an Early Childhood Education program designed to lead to various levels of certification for early childhood caregivers – childcare workers, directors, etc. As part of that program, they have a laboratory preschool run by the faculty of the program and staffed by some of the students as coursework for the program. There was a similar program at the college where I previously worked (and for a short time, that program was in the division I chaired, so I learned much more about accreditation of early childhood programs than I ever wanted to know – at that time.)
What that means is … THERE IS A PRESCHOOL WHERE I WORK.
A new building has opened on campus, and with it, the shuffling of a number of programs into different, bigger spaces. The childcare program is moving to a different space, and (here’s irony for ya) they are renovating that space for Biology labs for *guess who* to teach labs in. But because of that moving and renovating, for about a year, the childcare program will be RIGHT DOWNSTAIRS from the lab and classroom where I currently teach.
Also? It will cost me about $300 less a month than what I pay now for daycare.
The only downside to all this is that, since they are NAEYC accredited, they do not accept children until they are two-and-a-half. Which means we have about a year to go.
But, a year from now, there will be a preschool right downstairs from where I teach. The Wee One and I can walk into our school together.
I can’t wait.
I was at a work event a few weeks ago with a colleague whose son attends the preschool program. I was asking how she liked it, and indicated that I’d like to send the Wee One when she is old enough. She recommended that I call immediately to get on the wait list. I had assumed that they give faculty and staff of the college some consideration in placement, but they don’t really do that.
So I called today, and she’s on the wait list. For preschool. Yay!
And did I mention that it will be right downstairs from where I teach?