Portland Preschool Scene & NE Preschool Recommendations
Anjani is beging to think about starting her son in preschool, come fall and beyond. What have other urbanMamas experienced in terms of "getting into" preschools? Have you seen waiting lists reams long? Has it been easy-peasy and openings abundant? Finally, does anyone have experience with cooperative preschools in Northeast Portland?
I've really enjoyed staying home with my 2-year-old son but comments from friends already agonizing over the preschool decision made me realize that perhaps it's time to look into this! We just moved to Portland from a city where you often have to get on preschool waiting lists years in advance. Is it the same in Portland? (And if so, have I already missed the boat, if he's likely to start preschool in fall 2008 (he'll be 3.5 then)? Hope not!) Coops seem like the most affordable way to "do" preschool, esp, as I'm not working right now and don't mind being involved; does anyone have any input on coop vs non-coop schools? Also, we live in NE PDX, near Hollywood/Grant Park and see that there are three coop preschools nearby. Does anyone have experience with either Tillamook Preschool, Hancock Preschool or Lee Owen Stone Preschool? Are there other ones you'd recommend?