Joy - posted on 01/31/2011 ( 16 moms have responded )
So my son will be old enough and eligible to start pre-school in the fall. I called today and found out some interesting information about the school in this tiny little village I now call home. Apparently, there are 64 slots available. 33 are on site (at the elementary) and the rest are off site. I don't mind that part. The part I mind is that they actually do a lottery drawing to determine who gets these spots. For two nights in May, parents can come to open house and register their children for pre-school. Over the summer, they do a lottery drawing and 64 lucky students get to go to pre-school. The rest are either put on a waiting list or are basically screwed out of pre-school. Anyone ever heard of this? I think it's ridiculous. If pre-school is a free program offered by the elementary, and if my son is elegible, and if my husband works and pays his taxes (some of which goes to the school), then I feel like my son (and anyone else's child) should be able to attend school. I was told that some kids whose names don't get drawn for a spot in pre-school, skip it and go straight to kindergarten.