July 22, 2008,
M.K. asks from Murfreesboro, TN on July 20, 2008
Looking for Reasonably Priced, Good Pre-k Program That Meets 3 Times a Week
I am new to the Murfreesboro area and I am looking for a reasonably priced but good pre-k program for my four year old. I know there are tons of private schools in the area, but I'm not working and don't feel that my daughter needs a five day a week, full cirriculum. Don't get me wrong, I want her to get a good education, but, she is only four and I really wanted to use the time she's not in school to do fun things like exploring our new area. Can anyone help me?
So What Happened?™
I just wanted to thank all of you for your wonderful responses. I got so much feedback in such a short amount of time and all the suggestions were wonderful. Thank you all again for all your help! Now, does anyone know where I can find a really good farmer's market?
T.C. answers from Nashville on July 21, 2008
a lot of the churches have Mothers' Day out which is really great. I took my oldest daughter to Southeast Baptist on Minerva and they actually had the best prices!
M.T. answers from Honolulu on July 21, 2008
Welcome to the area. I would love to have a good pre school program also in the next year or so, however, that is not the reason that I am writing. I read your profile and you said that you are a writer. I am working on a book at the moment. Actually I have so many books in my head it isn't funny, but my downfall is that my writing skills are not that great. You wouldn't happen to want to be a ghost writer would you? The thing about it is that I can't really pay for services at the moment (unless it is super cheap and can pay as I go) but would gladly share the glory with someone that helped me write a book. I plan to research and figure out on my own how to get it published and marketed. (I have a nephew that is in college right now and he is going into the publishing business and a sister who has a made a killing in marketing, who is now retired and doing freelance marketing out of her home.) Oprah Winfrey's dad lives in Murfreesboro and has a little barber shop and when my book is finished, I plan to go to him and get a little help to get Oprah to read it and help me get started that way.
I just saw your profile and couldn't help but wonder if you would be interested in something like that or if you even have the time. I know everyone's lives are so busy with family and jobs that I hate to ask but I looked at your profile and thought that it wouldn't hurt to ask and if I did't ask, it could have turned out to be something. This book is about something that is so relevent and everytime you turn on the tv you hear something about it. I believe that I will do good and now is the time. I believe that God is calling me to do this.
Thanks for reading this and if I am over stepping my boundaries, I am truly sorry.
W.M. answers from Nashville on July 21, 2008
I agree with you, 3 days is plenty, next year they will be gone everyday! My son only went to a 2 day a week preschool but some friends sent their children to St Marks or Belle Aire for the 3 day program and loved it. They are both located on Rutherford Blvd. Northfield turns into Rutherford if you go towards the college. Good luck! W.
J.S. answers from Atlanta on July 21, 2008
I never found anything well priced WITH great standards. In Smyrna there is the Creative Learning Center with 2 & 4 day programs. Sign up asap. They have a $90 reg. fee. Two days a week is $150 per month and four days is $250. They are cleans and have high standards. Check it out very quickly, everything in Rutherford county fill up quickly if its good.
If you have any questions message me.
K.C. answers from Nashville on July 21, 2008
Try "Salem Academy" it is where my 4 yr old goes now and he loves it!! It is a new facility next to Scales Elementary on the South side of Murfreesboro. I have only been here for one year since relocating from Michigan---I love it here, now. You can access the website for this pre-school at www.thesalemacademy.com. I know the owner/director well and she is great (Jocelyn Hodge) will give you a tour of the place anytime if you wish. Call for more information. Small class sizes and fun activities for the kids and the teachers are great---especially Stacey who is the preschool teacher and getting her Master's Degree at the moment too. Tell them I referred you and they will set you up. This is a State Licensed Facility----not religious based and good price for part-time. Good luck and welcome to TN!!---
T.B. answers from Nashville on July 22, 2008
We moved here last year from Bloomington Il and I was looking for the same thing. Pre-school here is so much different than it is back home. We ended up going with a Mother's Day Out program. Most only meet 2 days a week but they go from like 9:00 until 2:00 so it was comprable to our 3 day programs that only went from 9:00 -12:00 back home. Good luck to you!
S.E. answers from Nashville on July 21, 2008
Rutherford County Schools have pre-k programs in several of their schools in Murfreesboro and Smyrna at no cost to you. They are all under the guidelines of Gov. Bredesen's new "No Child Left Behind" in TN. There are guidelines that you have to meet though, such as how much you make a year, etc. Anyway, it is five days a week and you don't have to be zoned for the school that she will attend. It is a very good program. My grandaughters attended last year and really enjoyed themselves and learned a lot. One attended at Smyrna Primary and the other at Smyrna Elem. The RCS Board of Ed. phone no. is ###-###-#### for more info. or here are a list of schools where Pre-K is taught in Rutherford Co.
Cedar Grove School
354 Chaney Road
Smyrna, TN 37167
500 Highway 99
Eagleville, TN 37060
220 Stones River Road
LaVergne, TN 37086
Rock Springs Elementary
1000 Waldron Road
LaVergne, TN 37086
1001 Sam Davis Road
Smyrna, TN 37167
200 Walnut Street
Smyrna, TN 37167
10479 Old Nashville Hwy. Smyrna 37167
Walter Hill School
6309 Lebanon Pike
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
The sooner you apply the better chance you have at getting her in the program for the year. If they are full, you will be put on a waiting list until a spot opens up, but sometimes that wait isn't very long at all. Matter of fact when one of my grandaughters applied last year, we were told that she would be added to the waiting list, and within the same day my daughter got a call that she would be able to start that following Monday. Apparently several students had moved opening up a position for her.
Hope this helps and best of luck.