Peeved NYC mom sues, says preschool's 'a playroom'

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Posted: Mar 14, 2011 8:21 PM
Peeved NYC mom sues, says preschool's 'a playroom'

A New York City mother who says her daughter's private preschool promised top-notch education but turned out to be "just one big playroom" is suing to get the $19,000-a-year tuition back.

Nicole Imprescia's lawsuit says Manhattan's York Avenue Preschool pledged to prepare her 4-year-old daughter to take tests for elite elementary schools and provide a curriculum tailored by age. But she says her daughter was "dumped with 2-year-olds" and still learning about shapes and colors rather than the more advanced skills she expected. She sued on Friday.

A school lawyer said Monday it was the first such complaint in the school's roughly 20-year history and parents sign contracts saying tuition is nonrefundable.

Some Manhattanites' high expectations of preschool are the stuff of urbane legend. Imprescia's lawsuit even cites newspaper stories about the competitiveness of admissions.