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Yesterday I drove away from the public grade school in our neighborhood without registering our daughter for kindergarten.  I did that because I was shocked to learn the choices-or lack there of-available to us as working parents with a kindergarten student. 

No full-day kindergarten (despite legislative guidance two years ago for all Washington State school districts).  No options of choosing morning or afternoon class.  No before- or after-school care options. No other grade schools in our district offer choices either.

Our district doesn't have a learning strategy for its youngest students whose parents work, but it seems to us that the first few years are the most important time to set them up for success.  Yes, Mike and I both work, but we still want the best-possible situation for our daughter Monday-Friday. To us, that would mean minimizing the number of transitions during her day.  In our opinion a five-year-old shouldn't have to adhere to a tight schedule-she has her entire life to do that.  Yet, if we register her for this school she will be assigned to the afternoon class (because of our home address), which means she would attend kindergarten 12:30-3:15 each day. Her days would be chopped up:  Dropped off at a daycare at 7:45, transported to school at noon (when is she supposed to eat lunch?!) transported back to childcare at 3:15 and picked up by us at 5:30.  We would prefer to have a situation where she goes to childcare either in the morning or the afternoon, and then to be at school. For example, once she goes to school at noon then she would go to class and then remain at school in an after-school play environment until we pick her up-that's one less transition and allows her more time to get involved in a project or enjoy play time with friends. 

Let me be really clear-we do not want her to be at school as long as we're at work, that's just too long- but we would like there to be some on-site options at our school so we could make the choice that we feel is best.  Also, we're willing to pay for the care; we just don't want her to have to get on the bus back and forth at such a young age.

As I drove away from the school yesterday it hit me why private school options are more popular than ever before, in addition to other differences-they "get it."  According to the 2000 census more families have two working parents than those who do not--we're now the majority and private schools have figured out if they work in coordination with families to create solutions they have a real advantage. 

We know two families who send their kids to private daycare and next year their children will walk down the hall to kindergarten and then walk back to their daycare room, all without leaving the building.  The benefits of this program are really hitting home to us right now.  So with everything we've learned in the last two days the question now is...public or private school?  And once we make a selection we're not likely to change next year or the following years because we want Macy to have consistency year-over year and to create friendships she will have throughout her school years.

This is a big decision and we've decided we want to do more research before we choose...

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