Mom Sues Preschool, Claiming it Promised Education, Delivered Shapes and Colors

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Should preschool be about finger painting or Ivy League prep? Credit: Getty

Lucia Imprescia may know her shapes and colors, but will that help her get into an Ivy League school?

Her mother, Nicole Imprescia, is suing the York Avenue Preschool in Manhattan, claiming 4-year-old Lucia received a substandard education before being pulled from the preschool last fall.

But don't worry.

"Lucia Imprescia, for the record, will get into an Ivy League school, York Avenue Preschool notwithstanding," Mathew Paulose, Imprescia's lawyer, tells the New York Daily News.

Phew.

Still, Paulose tells the newspaper Imprescia chose the school expressly to enhance little Lucia's Ivy League chances. The York Avenue Preschool charges parents $19,000 a year and promises to prepare kiddies for the ERB (Educational Records Bureau) test -- a standardized exam necessary for admittance to Manhattan's hoity-toity (not to mention ritzy-snitzy) elite private elementary schools.

Instead, Imprescia charges teachers threw her daughter in with younger kids where she was learning shapes and colors rather than boning up on math and science.

"This is about a theft where a business advertises as one thing and is actually another," Paulose tells the Daily News. "They're nabbing $19,000 and making a run for it."

Imprescia yanked Lucia out of class just two months after enrolling her.

"Indeed, the school proved not to be a school at all, but just one big playroom," the Daily News quotes from her lawsuit.

The newspaper reports few other parents wanted to talk to the press, fearful their children might lose their slot at the elite preschool.

But it's not that elite, Paulose tells the Daily News. It just charges elite prices.

"They put a bunch of kids of different ages together and gave her some excuse about construction," Paulose tells the newspaper.

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