Early Childhood Education Costs $16,000 A Year. Parents Say Distance Learning Doesn’t Work For Two’s And Three’s, Demand Credit or Refund.
[Ed. Note: A B’Nai Israel representative responded to BocaNewsNow.com more than 48 hours after our initial request for comment. The latest update is here].
[Ed. Note: We’ve updated “daycare” references for 2 and 3 year olds at B’Nai Israel to “early childhood education.” We regret the error].
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — Boca Raton’s “Congregation B’Nai Israel” is refusing to refund — or even credit — thousands of dollars worth of “early childhood education” funds to parents of 2 and 3 year old children enrolled in the school’s early learning center.
The center, like other institutions, closed as a result of COVID-19.
Parents contacting BocaNewsNow.com are outraged that the Temple is keeping a large percentage of the more than $16,000/year tuition, yet only offering “distance learning” via computer.
“It’s totally inappropriate to think or even suggest that 2 and 3 year olds are supposed to sit in front of a computer screen all day or watch videos on YouTube of someone reading a story,” said a parent who asked to be remain unidentified.
BocaNewsNow.com obtained a letter sent from Congregation B’Nai Israel to parents in March when the COVID-19 closures began. The letter suggests that funds are needed to pay the teachers who are attempting to continue education from home.
Parents say they support teachers, but to suggest daycare can take place remotely is a non-starter.
“That may be possible with older students,” said another angry parent. “It’s absurd when you’re talking about children who were in daycare.”
BocaNewsNow.com reached out to several senior administrators at Congregation B’Nai Israel, and the Temple’s PR/Marketing representative. No one emailed or called back over nearly 24 hours. We will update this if they do. While the contract calls for no refunds in the event of interruption, legal experts suggest that applies to a day or two closure for issues like a gas main leak or hurricane preparation, not months for a plague.
B’Nai Israel, in the letter, tells parents they can apply for financial aid if they can’t make payments.
“I’m not looking for charity,” said a parent. “I’m looking to carry over the unused funds to next year, or to receive a refund. It’s insulting to suggest we should apply for charitable donations because we don’t want to pay for services not being provided.”
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