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Unread 04-16-2009, 05:16 AM
 
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Default Gold Coast Daycare or schools

Hi there,
We are relocating to Chicago (want to live in the city) and just spent a week visiting and looking for full time daycare/scool for a 3 year old as well as a nice rental.

We saw a lot but not that much great that would work with commuting, etc.
One of the places we fell in love with is in the Gold Coast.

Is there good full time daycare in that area? Both my husband and I work full time.
Does anyone have any experience with Lincoln Park Prep?

Thanks
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Unread 04-16-2009, 09:35 AM
 
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I don't know if you'll get much from this forum. Lots of Gold Coast/Lincoln Park haters here. I have never dealt with daycare (ah, the joys of being laid off) but I can tell you that good schooling is VERY competitive here, especially in the pricier neighborhoods like where you are looking. There are very few good public schools so the ones there are are in high demand. In LP, both Newberry and Oscar Meyer offer competitive pre-schools. Mayer is free and Newberry is about 10-12,000 annually. If you are willing to part with that kind of money I would suggest British School for a 3 year old. They have an accelerated British style of education and the kids I've met coming out of there seem to get a great early education.

It is located on Halsted just south of North ave so the commute would be maybe 10-15 minutes by car. It's just off the Clybourn red line stop too.
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Unread 04-16-2009, 09:45 AM
 
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I don't know if you'll get much from this forum. Lots of Gold Coast/Lincoln Park haters here. I have never dealt with daycare (ah, the joys of being laid off) but I can tell you that good schooling is VERY competitive here, especially in the pricier neighborhoods like where you are looking. There are very few good public schools so the ones there are are in high demand. In LP, both Newberry and Oscar Meyer offer competitive pre-schools. Mayer is free and Newberry is about 10-12,000 annually. If you are willing to part with that kind of money I would suggest British School for a 3 year old. They have an accelerated British style of education and the kids I've met coming out of there seem to get a great early education.

It is located on Halsted just south of North ave so the commute would be maybe 10-15 minutes by car. It's just off the Clybourn red line stop too.
There are many great daycare and school options in and around the Gold Coast. Cost is the major issue. I used to send my daughter to a cheaper daycare in Lake View, and even that was $1400/month. I'd expect to pay more than that in the Gold Coast. When I looked for daycare options downtown, $1800/month seemed pretty average. Nannies get about $13/hour for one kid in that area--though it can vary widely depending on who you hire. I've seen two kids for $17/hour.

Many of the premier private schools are located in the Gold Coast and Lincoln Park. The Latin School, Frances Parker, and the aforementioned British School are all nearby--and tend to cost more than $20,000 per year. Another option just south of the Gold Coast is Frances Xavier, the Catholic School associated with Holy Name Cathedral and Old St. Patricks (they split it up at both campuses by age). There are some decent public schools in the area, but you really need to research those carefully. What age are your kids?
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Unread 04-16-2009, 09:53 AM
 
Location: Logan Square
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What age are your kids?
Were you directing this to me or the OP? She has a 3 year old.

I am way too broke to even worry about pre-school until it becomes free. I am also districted to Lincoln Elementary so if my magnet lottery options, (I'm considering Lasalle -because it is two blocks away-, Newberry and Franklin) do not work out then my home school is by no means crap. The quality of my home public schools are basically the only reason I am in this neighborhood. Believe me, I do not fit in with the typical LP mom so I am just biding my time.
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Unread 04-16-2009, 10:33 PM
 
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Were you directing this to me or the OP? She has a 3 year old.
The OP. I should have picked that up.
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Unread 04-17-2009, 03:14 PM
 
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There are many daycare options available in the Gold Coast. The easiest way to get current info is to ask your realtor for a list. Most good realtors will have this at their office. I had neighbors that sent their kids ot loval daycare programs, but my info would be outdated. It is there though.
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Unread 04-19-2009, 01:13 PM
 
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There are many daycare options available in the Gold Coast. The easiest way to get current info is to ask your realtor for a list. Most good realtors will have this at their office. I had neighbors that sent their kids ot loval daycare programs, but my info would be outdated. It is there though.
Most of the home daycare or nanny options are unknown by realtors, however. I just wanted to point that out.
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