Santo Domingo - Post Report Question and Answers

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?

There are some preschools that people seemed to like. Many people have nannies. - Jan 2021

Not sure. - Jan 2019

. - Nov 2016

Yes, many options and price ranges. - Apr 2016

Yes. We pay something like US$2,000 a year for preschool, which seems reasonable. - Jan 2016

Several available and new ones seem to be popping up. Costs similar to the states. - Jan 2016

I believe so. - Aug 2015

Preschools vary greatly, and run from US$200-500 a month. - Aug 2015

Yes, they are plentiful. - Aug 2014

We sent our daughter to a Montessori, Spanish-only preschool. We had a wonderful experience there and she really bonded with her teachers. Her Spanish is great, too. Most people seem happy with the preschools here and moderately pleased with the other schools. - Jul 2013

There are a variety of options. Most people seem pretty happy with the choices. - Apr 2013

Lots of options. - Jan 2013

Many options. Parents seem pleased. - Jun 2012

As stated above, our local Montessori has been amazing. Our son was 2 1/2 when he started, with no Spanish.2 of his teachers spoke Spanish and English, and he adjusted relatively quickly. This year he's in an all-Spanish environment, and thriving. Many different members of the Embassy community have differing opinions, my suggestion is to ask around and take all advice with a grain of salt. - Mar 2012

Good, inexpensive, and readily available. We have our kids in a bilingual preschool, and they love it! - Feb 2012

yes - Feb 2012

New Horizons, is good. - Oct 2011

There are many preschool options that range from the traditional style with rote learning and worksheets to Reggio Emilio, Multiple Intelligence, and "montessori" based schools. We love the school our child attends. After age 2 though it is difficult to find a quality preschool that teaches in Spanish - they are all English speaking. - May 2011

My 3-year-old attends a preschool (about 5 minutes from our home) which speaks primarily English. We are switching him to another school next year that will teach him more Spanish. The problem is that the bigger, nicer facilities have families there with parents who can afford it.....for those parents it is very important that their kids learn English. This is great for them, but not so great for our English-speaking kids. So it has been a struggle to find good quality schools that will still give them some Spanish language. - Jun 2010

Stay with a local provider. There are great daycare facilities, particulalry without the low quality of teacher that staffs this area at CMS. Plus, you have a real chance for your son or daughter to learn Spanish at a local daycare. - May 2009

The school starts at Pre-K, daycare is available and decent if you're selective. - Nov 2008

Yes--it seems to be very available and I've known people who seem to have had good experiences with it. - Oct 2008

Some good programs here. Very reliable, inexpensive childcare available. - Aug 2008

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