Need to Find a New pre-school

My little girl goes to head start. It was a difficult thing for me to be okay with. She’s my little girl, and the idea of dropping her off with strangers for three hours a day while she’s just three years old just didn’t sit well with me. But our neighborhood is a bunch of geriatrics, and we don’t exactly know a lot of people in town, so her being able to go and be around kids was a big deal.

It turned out to be a wonderful place. My daughter loves the teachers, she is enthusiastic about going to “school,” it’s been incredibly rewarding.

Yesterday we found out that they are closing the school after this year and we’ll have to find a new pre-k/head start program for next year. Little girl, of course, has no idea. But it’s really angered and upset me. Partly at the folks who run the school, refusing to find a new place to run their program. They used to share the building with another program, but that other program left to partner with a local hospital. Now the building is up for sale and Head Start is essentially being kicked out.

Mostly, I’m angry at my community. It’s a small community with a lot of folks who seem to be doing pretty well. But they are also older. As our boy has started high school we have seen how the community doesn’t exactly throw money at its schools.  We don’t have bus service for the high schoolers because of the cost. The school invested in chrome books and what not because their long term cost was cheaper than text books and more instruction could be shifted to digital.

Our community is a bunch of cheap old people who don’t want to pay any more in their taxes to support the folks in their community who are actually young and productive enough to keep the town going. I see more evidence of this whenever I go to drop off and pick up our son from the school, where I see a bunch of retirees queuing up in the parking lot. Folks are incredibly reliant on their extended family here to make these policies work. I also see a bunch of kids walking home in the middle of winter, and our home is a good two or three miles, and on a very busy road, from all of the schools. So if you don’t have that extended family, your kids are just sort of screwed unless you can make it work with your own employment.

While it might not be fair  I see Head Start leaving as just another indicator that my community doesn’t give a damn. The wife and I are essentially preparing ourselves to leave, to move…somewhere. She’s pushing for Cornwall (yes, in England). I don’t know what I’m pushing for exactly, just that I worry about my mom.

Regardless, in the end I have to find a new place for my little girl in the fall, and I’m not happy about it. I like the people she’s with now, and changing that…I don’t like it.

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