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Old 01-03-2012, 07:47 PM
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We are currently based in Chicago and will be moving to LA (location tbd) in June 2012. Our daughter will be 4 and we would like to have her in a preschool in the fall.

However, I'm completely intimidated about the "wait lists" and tuition costs.

I'm looking for a preschool (1/2 day ideally), not a daycare.

Any suggestions? For neighborhoods? For schools?

Where we end up living will probably be determined by the school situation. We will be renting, probably a 2 bedroom, ideally under $2000 a month, just to give you an idea of our level of expectations.

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Old 01-04-2012, 04:17 PM
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I think the South Bay would fit your needs depending on where your work will be... The commute is a BIG consideration around here (my hubby works 20 miles from here and his commute is nearly an hour).

If Torrance is within your commute, I'd recommend it. My boys went to Seaside cooperative preschool (coop is a nice way to go to keep costs down). We rented a 3br house for $2600/mo that was less than a mile to the beach!

Definitely look into school districts, since that's not far down the road for your little one. LA unified is not the greatest. The south bay cities have their own districts and they're faring much better.

Where will work be?
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Old 04-10-2012, 03:43 PM
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School is a huge factor in the South Bay since LAUSD is in the mix. There are also a few private schools that are excellent if you don't want to pay crazy amounts for the housing in Torrance or the Beach cities. However, Old Torrance (near the Civic Center) and North Torrance can be pretty reasonable. There is a Preschool that my children went to in Gardena, very close to North Torrance, that has an excellent staff and is reasonably priced. They more than prepared my kids for Kindergarten - CrossRoad Learning Center. They have a website, but it does not really do it justice.
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