I need a reality check. My daughter Sarah takes my grand baby Lennon to a local daycare. She pays $160 a week for 11 week old Lennon’s care (which I understand is fairly reasonable for infant care in this area). Daycare sure has gone up over the years. I cannot imagine how some parents can afford to go back to work.
But that is not the topic I am checking reality on. The shout out for a reality check comes from the fact that the daycare Lennon goes to is doing a fundraiser. The fundraiser is ostensibly for supplies for the daycare. Every daycare family (on behalf of their child) is asked to sell at least five $20 coupon books (from which the daycare makes $8 each). Oh yes, Lennon is now officially fundraising at 11 weeks old.
I ask you readers of The New Forty blog – did I miss the memo on this type of activity? Do daycare facilities regularly do fundraisers now? Is this a touch of insanity or a sign of the times?
I acknowledge that I may be out of touch with current trends in this arena, however I can’t help but feel that at 11 weeks old Lennon is too young to part of a fundraising effort. I do believe Lennon is likely the littlest fundraiser in town at this point.
Yes, I will buy at least one of the coupon books because that is what we do in our family – we support each others’ efforts; but, please tell me readers – is the reality of today, daycare fundraising? It seems to me that the daycare would be better off just charging each family an annual supply fee if they cannot absorb the costs of the supplies into the $16o a week they charge. But then again, that assumes that each child/family would only sell the required five and as I understand it there is a prize for the child/family who sells the most books. Oh yes, nothing like bumping up the competitive stakes for Lennon and his parents - do people seek to teach kids these lessons earlier and earlier as well? I just don’t know about this practice…it certainly isn’t the reality that I would choose.
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