Preschools in this country are segregated. The segregation is based not on race, but on class.
No one sat down and made a plan for segregated preschools. It just kind of happened.
You can trace it back to 1965, with the launch of Head Start. It was created to help kids in poverty. Public dollars were set aside to make sure that these three and four year-olds could get an early education. For kids from the middle class and above, there was private preschool, paid for by parents.
Nearly 48 years after Head Start launched, that's the way it is today — separate preschools for separate income levels.
But there are some exceptions, like the preschool at the YWCA in Kalamazoo. Some of the kids here come from families who spend as much as 400 dollars a month for full-time preschool. Some come from families that are homeless.