How Much Should You Pay For Preschool?

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You are looking to enroll your child in preschool. You have looked around a bit and are shocked at the cost. Now you are wondering whether this is normal.

Preschool education programs offer a lot of benefits to children including higher academic success later in life.  Socially, they learn how to relate and to concentrate. However, the cost of preschool can be shockingly expensive, in certain cases even more than college fees! There are no nationwide figures but preschool fees can range from absolutely free to about tens of thousands a year. The cost of preschool depends on certain factors.


Preschool fees vary from location to location. Some states offer free preschool programs under the public school system. If your state is one of them, you can count yourself lucky. In California, for example, the state offers a free preschool year for children born in September, October, and November. Metropolitan areas also tend to be more expensive than rural or suburban areas.

Payment Plan

Most preschool education programs offer discounts depending on the payment plan you opt for. You are likely to get a discount if you pay in fewer installments and an even better deal if you pay upfront.

Type of school

Cooperative schools are cheaper if you have the time as they require parental involvement. Montessori schools, on the other hand, can be quite pricey. This is due to the specialized training that the teachers have to undergo and the expensive materials required.

Part-Time or Full Time

Many preschools offer the option of bringing in your child on a full-time or part-time basis. Alternatively, you can have your child come in 3 or 4 times a week; or just a few hours a day. A full-time option is naturally more expensive. Look at the school program to ensure your child does not miss out on the most important activities.

What is Covered

The fees may or may not cover extra activities and this will have a bearing on the cost. Find out if snacks, some activities, and trips are included in the cost.

The cost of preschool varies greatly; across states and across schools. You can take advantage of free offers, co-op schools and part-time schooling. On the other hand, you can go full-throttle for full-time schooling in a Montessori set-up.

No matter the cost, the good news is that you can still find an arrangement that suits your lifestyle and pocket.



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