All right, you guys have convinced us not to subject ourselves and our child to the 1.5-hour daily commute . If the daycare/school were closer to our jobs/home, it would be a no-brainer. We could move closer to the school, but then we would have a longer commute to work. None of that is ideal and would certainly lead to a decrease in happiness. Instead, we are going to search for a Mandarin-speaking nanny and look more closely at the Spanish/French magnet program at the local public elementary school.
Thanks to everyone for your comments!
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