Suit: $19K/year NYC preschool not prep-oriented enough

“A Manhattan mom is suing a $19,000-a-year preschool, claiming it jeopardized her daughter’s chances of getting into an elite private school because she had to slum with younger kids.” [NY Daily News]


  • This is not a new attitude. About, oh, must be a third of a century ago I was riding the Long Island Rail Road into Manhattan and listening to the conversation between my seatmates. A very pregnant young woman was complaining she couldn’t get her embryo on the list for a good Montesorri school. Apparently this was the beginning of a line of failures that would end with the fetus not being able to get into a good college. I thought about suggesting abortion, but it looked about twent-five years too late.


  • Bob,

    LOL. I must remember not to read your comments while drinking coffee. It almost ruined my keyboard!

  • @ Richard –Well you could always sue. There is the direct cause (Bob) and then the keyboard manufacturer who could clearly anticipate spilled coffee yet did not spend the extra money for a keyboard membrane to prevent such disasters. And the computer manufacturer who incorporated a substandard keyboard in the first place. And of course the consequential damages of not immediately being able to access the contents of your computer which caused you to miss bidding on the BIG contract that would have made you millions, etc.

  • Don’t forget to add Walter to that lawsuit.


  • Was it coffee from McDonald’s or Starbucks? 🙂

  • Don’t forget to include J. J. Thomson in the target list. If he hadn’t discovered the electron, that keyboard never would have existed upon which to spew/spill coffee. Effecting service may be a little difficult, though.

  • If she paid 19K for her 4-year-old for pre-school, and the kid was placed with 2-year-olds, then it sounds like she has a fine breach of contract suit.

    Whether the kid ends out screwed up or not due to an overbearing mom is a different issue. Kids have survived a lot worse.

  • Thanks for the suggestions. I didn’t know it was so easy to get rich. Does anyone know a good trial lawyer without any scruples (or is that being redundant?) to take my case? The disheartening thing is that such a lawsuit would be less ridiculous that the actual lawsuit instituted by this woman.

    Imprescia’s court papers suggest the school may have damaged Lucia’s chances of getting into a top college, citing an article that identifies preschools as the first step to “the Ivy League.”

    However, I think her lawyer just blew her case.

    “Lucia Imprescia, for the record, will get into an Ivy League school, York Avenue Preschool notwithstanding,” said Paulose, of Koehler & Isaacs.
    “The child is very smart and will do well in life.”

    He should have said that the poor child would end of homeless and on drugs because she was rejected by an Ivy league school. I guess she will have to now sue her lawyer for incompetence.

  • The preschool should ask the judge to hold the case until the colleges send out their acceptance or rejection letters.

  • These schools actually exist (test-prep schools for 4-year-olds), so the woman likely was promised, and relied reasonably on the promise, that her kid would have been enrolled in such a program. If she was not, she has a valid breach of contract suit.

    Which doesn’t change the fact that she and the operators of the school she wanted are both barking insane.

  • Hey. lots of people have spilled liquids on their keyboard and ruined it. Obviously we have grounds for a class action suit here! We can arrange a settlement where all class members get a coupon for an up-rated keyboard (with water proof membrane) the next time they buy a computer. Oh, that lets Walter off the hooks unless this blog is a lot more popular then we think it is. 🙂

  • The real question is not how popular Walter’s blog is, but how much money he has.

  • I wanna new laptop too. Where do I go to sign up for one. Does Walter have a phone number or something like that?

  • Who the hell sends their kid to a 19K a year preschool??