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    What Playgroup Morahs Really Do

    From the COLlive inbox: While some think they are "rolling in dough," Crown Heights Playgroup Morahs explain what they do. Full Story

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    Cash business
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    Cash business

    Pay taxes

    Out of town mommy
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    Out of town mommy

    Reading this letter makes me realize how fortunate CH families are to have even one Jewish option of daycare for their children. Living out of town has its perks, thank Gd, but we have no Jewish playgroup or daycare and this becomes a huge strain on parents who either work or simply need a break. Hope this sheds light on how fortunate you are in this area BH

    Impressive
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    Impressive

    Very well written. Much of this can work for preschools as well.

    Mother
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    Mother

    So so true! Every word of it! I hope people read this and take it to heart! The playgroup Morah’s really are a fill in “mother” for the child! Let’s have some more mentshlechkeit!

    higher prices lead to more absences
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    higher prices lead to more absences

    It goes both ways. If prices increase every year, then more and more parents will think twice for every extra week they pay for. With tuition at about 165 per week now (6500+ for ten months) with no tuition breaks, you can better believe that I will not want to pay those last 4 days. Parents are also not rolling the dough. Bring tuition down to 125, dont make such fancy arts and crafts that get thrown out anyways and the kids will be more than happy to go the park instead of watching a clown show. And make a… Read more »

    another teacher trying to work together
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    another teacher trying to work together

    For the most part, this article is well written. There is one area which I will discuss that each playgroup can work together with. Many of us have had children leave without notice. As a fellow teacher I never accepted a child coming from another playgroup without discussing it with the playgroup the child was coming from. I never got any calls from other teachers and children were accepted just because other teachers wanted to fill spots. So it’s not only parents, but fellow teachers have to be considerate also. Sometimes it’s not a good shidduch between a parent and… Read more »

    Thank you for this artical
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    Thank you for this artical

    Teachers are the least appreciated in the world . Let’s change that as a community . Make sure to do something special for your child teacher. Everyone had the ability to give. Make your child teacher feel their hard work is appreciated . Chanukah and end of the year appreciation. Teachers work so hard. In school and out to make your child days as good as they can be .

    SHOW YOUR TEACHERS APPRECIATION
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    SHOW YOUR TEACHERS APPRECIATION

    I can not agree more with the author and comments from teachers who knows what it’s like to be in this work force. Bh I am happy and love my job as a teacher. I have to say however how much this position is undermined and looked passed. Your child spends most his day with us, 8:30 to 3, and teachers aren’t appreciated. I understand mothers are busy, but a thank you card or text here and there would be so nice. Not even asking for money

    Playgroup = Group babysitting
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    Playgroup = Group babysitting

    Let`s call it what it is.

    Contract!
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    Contract!

    All these issues could be solved if you provide parents with a contract with the rules you expect them to follow… what you expect from families when they want to switch, taking days off etc. How long in advance they need to let you know, how much they need to pay if they leave before that day…All of it! Have it in writing and parents sign it before bringing the first day of school. 🙂 That’s how it works in other preschools. Good luck!

    Playgroup Morah here
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    Playgroup Morah here

    Couldn’t have expressed it better . I’ve seen a huge decline is basic mentshlichkeit as well. It’s sad when a parent drops off and doesnt even bother to say good morning or thank you etc etc. “Here” as they plop their kid on you. Everyone is busy but saying Hi takes a half a second

    #9 you are categorically incorrect
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    #9 you are categorically incorrect

    You obviously haven’t had a child in playgroup in a very long time. Or if you have then you sent to a very old school style. Young parents with children nowadays expect and want a lot more then just a dingy babysitting group that colors on a paper.
    Many Playgroups are very very far from babysitting
    . They cultivate and nurture and teach children through play
    The year of growth is absolutely tremendous

    Mixed feelings
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    Mixed feelings

    Respecting the people who watch, nurture, and care for our children is VITAL. There is though a BIG issue that’s being swept under the rug- its a business that pays absolutely NO TAXES. I send to a loving, amaZing playgroup where I have so much respect and hakaras hatov to the Morah’s, but I do have resentment that my gross vs net income is a 30% Dip, while I can “only” pay the Morah in cash (not even cash app). . If you want to be treated legitimately, then you need to be a legitimate business.

    show appreciation
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    show appreciation

    number 13..thats a disgusting comment to say.playgroup teachers work tirelessly and love your kids and yes you can respect them nicely!!my tuition and Camps have gone up like crazy and morahs just go up with the flow.nobody is sucking your money!!!

    To number 13
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    To number 13

    if you wanto be treated legitimate then you need to be a legitmate buisness . How do you treat your cleaning help . How you treat others is a reflection of you . Your children will watch you . And copy you . That comment was. So wrong on so many levels . Thank you to morahs . And to local preschools who bring so much love . So much learning and so much fun to our children . This article was written for people like you who needs to hear this. I hope local preschool work together to stop… Read more »

    #13 is absolutely right
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    #13 is absolutely right

    It’s not about the taxes, most of the play groups are not legally qualified to take care of your child. When they make the effort to go legal, the cost is crazy that few parents are willing to go there further raising the cost on those that would like a legal playgroup. Bottom line, you can talk a nice game and it is true that people have to be mentchlich but if you’re not going about your own business on the up and up, then people look at you the same way as the cleaning lady, etc. The playgroup that… Read more »

    Honestly #13 is quite correct
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    Honestly #13 is quite correct

    100% Except for the last line. The comment is written with respect. She appreciates the teachers and work they do. HOWEVER, she’d like to be able to legitimately deduct the child care expense. It is a huge expense and parents should be able to report child care on their tax returns. If these Morahs truly feel that mentchlichkeit is going down, I’d be less concerned with the 4 days off than the fact that some upset parent could one day report your loving and excellent (honestly!) but at the same time illegal playgroup. My children are grown and BH had… Read more »

    To number 17
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    To number 17

    Are you suggesting that perhaps maybe people should report and maaser on another Jew ? Do you know there is no place in Olam Haba for people who’do those vile acts to cause pain to another Jew. Thank you to the amazing playgroups who give incredible options for our children . And for those who want warm and a loving place . Seeing my child happy to go to school daily is a blessing . And cleaning help should be treated. With the respect as you respect others .

    Bubbie
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    Bubbie

    I would prefer a legal and insured school than someones basement or living room. If you want to take a legal child care deduction only a licensed school will.work. Most but not all of these playgroups are illegal. Chas v Shalom if a child gets hurt and they are not cheap

    A contract
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    A contract

    I once contacted a playgroup for my son and the owner sent me a pdf file that layed out her terms and conditions. She left no stone unturned . Every possible situation was written out . For example if you picked up more than 10 minutes late you were charged for a half hour. What if she provided diapers or if your child wasn’t there the entire week etc. This way her boundaries were set and there weren’t any surprises. I think it was an excellent idea.

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