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At $50,000 a Year, the Road to Yale Starts at Age 5


The words are whispered under a cone of silence in moneyed Manhattan: cutthroat, ruthless, Darwinian, cruel.

Whispered, too, are the shimmering prizes: the future keys, it’s said, to Harvard, Princeton or Yale.

Welcome to the quest to win a spot at New York’s Baby Ivies, the private preschools and kindergartens where big money and bigger egos clash over whose three- or five-year-old will gain the first edge.

The recent college-admissions scandal has only confirmed what the Baby Ivy crowd has long known: Some wealthy parents will do just about anything to get their kids into the "right" school.

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