Manhattan Mom Sues Pricey Preschool for Spending Too Much Time on Play
A Manhattan mom who has big plans for her daughter’s future education is so disappointed in the preschool she selected that she has filed a lawsuit against the $19,000-a-year institution.
The suit filed by Nicole Imprescia claims the York Avenue Preschool failed to prepare her 4-year-old daughter for entrance exams to elite elementary schools, according to the New York Post and the New York Times. The suit quotes news articles about the importance of a good early start. “It is no secret that getting a child into the Ivy League starts in nursery school,” the suit says, quoting one article.
The suit alleges Imprescia’s daughter was “dumped” into a class with 2-year-olds who were learning about shapes and colors. The school had touted its test preparation, but instead “the school proved not to be a school at all but just one big playroom,” the suit claims. Imprescia wants a refund of the tuition that she paid up front.
A school lawyer said the suit is the first of its kind against the institution in its roughly 20-year history, and parents contractually agree that tuition is nonrefundable, the Associated Press reports.