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Growth Puts Squeeze on Wake County Preschools

Posted September 13, 2007

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— Growth is taking its toll on school systems across the Triangle. Parents of the youngest children are feeling the pinch.

Waiting lists at preschools are so long, couples are signing up before they even get pregnant.

Charlie and Christine Adair knew finding the perfect preschool for their two small children would be hard when they moved from Maryland to Wake Forest.

"(It was) very difficult. We checked with at least seven different preschools and this was the only one that had openings actually," said Charlie Adair.

The Goddard School is one of just a few preschools in Wake Forest without a waiting list. At the Hope Lutheran Church Preschool, afternoon programs were recently added to help meet the growing demand.

"Right now, there are 150 [children] on the waiting list," said Regina Fisher, Hope Lutheran Preschool.

There is such a big demand at Hope Lutheran Preschool that when they have open enrollment, parents camp out overnight just to get a spot.

"I can't believe that they are going to just sit out here and wait to get a spot and some of them don't even get a spot, especially if they have a 2-year-old. The 2-year-olds are very hard to find spaces for anywhere," said Fisher.

The Goddard School has several new preschools being built in the Triangle.

"It takes about a year to two years to get one of these schools up and running, so we are growing very rapidly trying to keep up with the demand," said Tom Carver, spokesman for The Goddard School.

The price of preschool is a big reason certain schools may have openings. Private preschools often charge double what church based preschools cost.

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  • wcnc Sep 13, 2007

    jason- I agree with you on some of the parents these days- I do not like parents who don't discipline their kids and who give the kids whatever they want, but little of what they need (character wise, at least).

    Since my husband works, I stay home and our kids are homeschooled, do I get your approval- we don't drain too many resources..... (I did not say that sarcastically....)

  • jasonicholas Sep 13, 2007

    my dad left so i guess he hated me, and my mother paid for my private education... i don't hate kids, i hate parents, sickening the way they are these days, give them everything, no discipline, etc...

  • jasonicholas Sep 13, 2007

    guess I was talking about the public school system, not private day care or whatever this article is about; didn't read it, just looked at all of you guys ridiculous, childish posts, and the banter back and forth, just trying to get a rise out of you. i guess there's no drain, unless you send to public school, make me pay for new schools, school bonds, school this and school that; makes me nauseated... that's all, no disrespect intended...

  • jasonicholas Sep 13, 2007

    I know it's off topic, but so are half of the posts on here. Just an opinion... and 1 kid per couple seems fair.

  • wcnc Sep 13, 2007

    "if you can't take care of them yourself, don't pawn them off on the taxpayers, or the generosity of private institutions.."

    This article doesn't address the issue of taxpayer funded preschool/day care, only private, whether a business or through a church. So how are any of those parents pawning their kids off on taxpayers?? Why would you say a parent, whether working or at home, is not taking care of their children just because they are in day care or preschool?? And those "private institutions" are not being generous, they are running a business.... So, I'm guessing no one should have children- that seems to be your logic.

  • wcnc Sep 13, 2007

    jason- if a husband has a job and a wife stays home with their kids (no matter how many), how are they a "drain" on you?? If you are talking about taxes, then the people who receive welfare are a drain on the above described family.

    Good thing your parents didn't hate kids as much as you do.

  • jasonicholas Sep 13, 2007

    What a crazy statement to call my statement crazy. Perhaps you have 3+ children and are draining our resources, maybe not... I don't have children (obviously from my "crazy" statement), and if you can't take care of them yourself, don't pawn them off on the taxpayers, or the generosity of private institutions. How's this for crazy: hispanic catholics must be sterilized after 3 kids since they obviously don't use birth control and they are the cause for overcrowding and a good portion of the uninsured; "soccer mom" homemakers must take care of their own, not pawn them off on others; and if you DON'T have children then you're the ones that get the tax breaks for not draining all of our public resources. Crazy enough for you?

  • the alliance Sep 13, 2007

    Registering before couples were even pregnant, that was funny.

  • wcnc Sep 13, 2007

    jason....what a crazy statement. While I am not fond of my tax dollars going to welfare programs, I can assure you that most of the people on here who have children care for them themselves, financially speaking. Whether they work or stay home, parents can do either and still have full financial care for their children. Once again, you made a crazy statement....

  • QT3.14 Sep 13, 2007

    How interesting people will camp out to put their kids in a church preschool but don't even go to church. In the preschool at my church, 95% of the kids have never come to services or Sunday school even once.

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