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Are Competitive Preschool Admissions in Houston Out of Control?

To some, it’s laughable – the concept of a private, preparatory preschool, as the first step on the inside track to an Ivy League education. To others, it’s a serious matter. Perhaps you’ve heard about the ultra-competitive nursery school system in Manhattan. According toGabriella Rowe, head of The Village School here in Houston, and the […]

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To some, it’s laughable – the concept of a private, preparatory preschool, as the first step on the inside track to an Ivy League education. To others, it’s a serious matter. Perhaps you’ve heard about the ultra-competitive nursery school system in Manhattan. According toGabriella Rowe, head of The Village School here in Houston, and the former head of New York's Mandell School, some elements of that hyper-competitiveness may be beginning to crop up here in Greater Houston. She has, for instance, noticed more preschool and Kindergarten admissions counselors and consultants popping up here.

We talk with Rowe about our community's early education landscape, and the lengths some parents will go to get their child into a so-called “feeder” preschool or kindergarten program. We also talk withKeryth Hauch, a mother of two who exploredthe admissions process and private preschool for one of herkids, but ended up going with a public school instead. Then we welcome your questions about early childhood education forDr. April Crawford, Director of the Texas School Ready! Project at the Children's Learning Institute.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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