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Hauppauge Preschool Offers Help to Parents Displaced by Closed Montessori

Owner says she's been fielding calls from upset parents for two days, will offer free registration to affected.

As parents are left scrambling after the , a nearby preschool is trying to help any way they can.

"I was up all night over this," said Jackie Krumm, owner of of Hauppauge. "It's just awful."

Krumm said she's been flooded by phone calls from parents, especially those who were supposed to see their kids take part in moving up ceremonies in two weeks, marking the end of preschool for those who will start kindergarten in the fall.

"At this point I'm offering to waive the registration fee for parents who want to sign up," she said, but she really hoped to invite those displaced children to her school's moving up ceremony. Unfortunately her venue, the Hauppauge Library, is just too small.

Krumm said her sister school, the Children's Montessori Center in Ronkonkoma, is extending the invite to parents to join their moving up ceremony. And Smithtown School District Superintendent Edward Ehmann told told News 12 that a local parent teacher association will host a moving up ceremony for affected parents on June 13.

Krumm hopes waiving her fees will give parents who are stuck trying to find a pre-school on short notice a bit of a break.

"I think one of the parents had just paid registration [at First Discovery] in May," she said.

Krumm asks that any parents who may still be in a bind to call her at 631-780-5650.

j June 01, 2012 at 04:30 PM
I went to drop ly son off Tuesday only to find school closed. My poor son started crying cause he couldn't go in. I just gave her money the week before. Vdoes anyone know the truth behind the closing without notice. There has to be more to the story
Smithtown Mom Esq. June 01, 2012 at 06:00 PM
That is so disgusting, but NOT a surprise - my 2 oldest children went there, and about 2 years ago, they started firing the great teachers, and hiring temps and students to "save money". I never knew who my son's teacher was, and could never talk to anyone who knew. I wisely enrolled my 3rd son (3 year old) in another pre-school this year. It's so sad, and I feel SO bad for those parents!
A Whalen June 01, 2012 at 08:24 PM
The only thing I can tell people is that the owner has been trying to sell her "business" for a while. I saw a real estate add. I feel terrible for all the families this has affected.
One Opinion June 01, 2012 at 08:42 PM
The population in Smithtown is declining. The student enrollment projections for the school district are on a decline. It seems every year more pre-school are opening. With more competition between pre-schools and less children to enroll I can see how tough this business can be. It's not easy for young families to move into a town with property taxes at $12,000. Maybe in a few years when the district cuts full day kindergarten the independant schools will be able to fill the void.
J. Ruby June 02, 2012 at 12:57 AM
If anyone is still looking for a Montessori School, Kiddie Care Early Learning Center in Commack offers a full day Montessori program for 3-5 year olds. You can contact our Montessori specialist and arrange for a tour at 631-543-4949. We would love to help ease this very difficult time for you and your children.
esoteric714 June 03, 2012 at 03:40 PM
I blame Barak Obama.

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