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?

Yes, there are many to choose from. Our son attends daycare half day (Parque Encantado in Lago Sul). We are extremely pleased with it. Daycare is very affordable here in comparison to the U.S. - May 2017


Yes--lots. I don't know the costs. - May 2016


Yes, there are great preschools around the area - the teachers are very patient with the children and we really feel like they care for the kids. Full-time daycare or preschool is not as common, but it also depends on how far you're willing to drive (5-15 mins vs. 20-25 mins). The cost depends on the preschool and the length of time they are in school. Half day preschool ranges from R$850 - R$1200, while full day (those up to 3pm or 5pm) ranges from R$1,000 - R$3500. - Aug 2015


Yes, but I don't know the cost. EAB and EDN have preschool for sure, as well as some music school, I can't think of the name...no idea about costs. - Aug 2015


Lots of good options here. Costs can be high for both pre-schools and nannies. - Jun 2014


No experience, although many colleagues hired full-time nannies (but probably paid prices that would be on the high-end relative to other Latin American countries). - Sep 2012


Yes, people seem happy with the preschools here. - Dec 2011


Montessori-type facilities or nannies, take your pick. There are enough options here that everyone should be delighted. - Aug 2011


There are several preschool options. Full-day daycare is usually at home with a 'baba'. Our kids attended a preschool, Centro Recreativo Infantil do Lago, CRIL. I can't say enough great things about this place. The teachers are just so caring, and the entire staff knows you and your kids as if you were part of the family. We paid around US$200 per kid (attending M-F 8 to noon). There are other great preschools, such as Maple Bear and Affinity Arts, and a Montessori preschool. - Dec 2009


The preschool we used was all Portuguese and only half a day. The American school accept kids 3 years and up. - Jun 2009


Yes, but not much savings over U.S. prices with this exchange rate. - Aug 2008


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