Some of you may know that I’ve been on maternity leave for the last three months, after the birth of my first child.
In fact, anyone listening to Rhode Island Public Radio on July 4th might have even heard a news item announcing the birth of Luna Charlotte Smick earlier that morning.
So, now I’m back in the office, and I’ve been thinking a lot about this experience and how it’s already changed my life. Of course there’s the adjustment to the new role of being a mom, and the wondering about whether I will ever again get eight hours of uninterrupted sleep. But there’s also the question of education.
It will probably come as no surprise that I have already fielded questions about what preschool I plan to send my daughter to (that started just six months into my pregnancy), and whether I plan to move away from Providence because of the public schools (I have no idea, I thought I had a few years before I had to start worrying about that!).
Is this a common experience for Rhode Islanders? When did you choose a preschool? Was it hard to get into the school of your choice? What about Kindergarten? Did you move from one community to another to find better schools?