With only days until The Grove School welcomes its charter families in Plano and Cary, I’m reminded of the first time my wife and I dropped off our daughter at preschool. Hannah was about as old as the youngest children at The Grove School, and that first day was a profoundly emotional one for Stacey and me.
We were living thousands of miles from our families and, as a result, the three of us were a particularly tight-knit unit. I don’t think Stacey and I even went to dinner or a movie more than once or twice in Hannah’s first two years. So, to show up one day for the purposes of leaving her in the care of someone else, was beyond overwhelming. Luckily, Hannah had a wonderful teacher who helped us get through those first trying days. For us, the fundamental concern was that our daughter was safe and happy every day; we were relieved upon seeing the way Hannah’s teacher interacted with her and the other children.
I know that very concern will be on the minds of parents next week. What we hope to do at The Grove School, next week and every day after, is make drop-off a happy time for your entire family. Children will be eager to see friends and teachers, and excited about the fun and exciting things they will do and learn during the day. Parents will be happy knowing their children will be in a safe, nurturing environment where they are engaged by caring and expert teaching staff, and where all children have access to wonderful experiences throughout each day.
For those of you who are taking your child to preschool for the first time next week: We are honored that you have chosen us, we know how anxious you might be, and we are confident that you will soon consider The Grove School to be a positive and essential part of your community and your family’s life.