Are preschools available? Day care? Are these expensive? What has been your experience with them, if any? Do the schools provide before- and/or after-school care?

Tons of preschools are available. The Embassy has two favorites mainly because of their proximity, both of which get rave reviews from parents. There are daycares as well with similarly happy parents. Imagine, a bilingual program, is on the same campus as Academia Cotopaxi and is the most expensive. I think it is around $300/child for the month. You can also pay more for before- and after-care as well as transportation. Paraiso Infantil is a couple blocks from the Embassy and is Spanish only. It is a little less expensive than Imagine and also a wonderful environment. - Jul 2019

Lots of preschool options in English and Spanish. Preschool parents seem very happy with their schools. - Jul 2018

AC offers an amazing preschool but there are several around the city. They are all expensive. Day care isn't common as people hire help. There are after-school programs at both AC and AAI but late bus transportation isn't always available. - Sep 2016

Nannies are inexpensive, and there are lots of decent preschools. We considered sending our daughter to Ki Kiri Kids, a farm in Cumbaya that doubles as a preschool. - Aug 2015

Many embassy families have a spouse who stays at home or works part time, with a nanny. - Jan 2009

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