Nov 13, 2013
commented on The First Tests
Thanks Goldy for this column. From my experience on the board of a parent-run early childhood education center it's virtually impossible to build a facility in Seattle. When we got kicked out of the church that housed our program for over 30 years, we found a house in Wedgewood to convert but couldn't because the city required 10 parking spaces for the teachers in addition to 5 parking slots for parents, or about $250,000 worth of parking. We tried for 2 years to get a variance promising to NEVER to pay our teachers enough to own a car, but no luck. We found another church basement to serve 45 kids.
And as for educational requirements for teachers, I've encountered very talented teachers with no advance degrees. Not everyone needs a degree for a high-quality program. Most important is to have a director with education to establish the curriculum and then have enough time to training teachers.
Thanks again for covering this important issue.