Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Preschool

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I really want to enroll Alex into preschool next year.  I think its really important that she is in a classroom setting and gets used to having to take direction from someone other then me ( most days ).  I also want her there to learn and build relationships and make friends. 

I take Parker to preschool on Mondays and Wednesdays and would love to take Alex to the same one he goes to.  I have gotten to know the teachers and they all seem super nice, friendly and most important Parker seems to enjoy it. 

I went to the preschool office today and asked for more information about it.  I was blown away by the prices, I guess I didn’t expect it to be this much. Alex would go two days a week, in the mornings and spend about 2.5 hours there.  They have one payment or 8 payments and the payment would be: $1896.00 or 8 payments of $237.00.  When breaking it down I believe it is around $30.00 a day.  When you look at it that way it doesn’t seem that expensive.  But when I look at the entire price I want to cry. 

I am going to do some more research and see if there are other schools around here that are a little less expensive.  Is that price range normal?  Do your children go to preschool and did you start them at the age of 3? 

She can most definitely  wait another year but I would really like to get her in there as soon as possible ( and that is next year ).  I really think she would grow and benefit from this classroom setting and preschool all together. 

 

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11 comments:

Krystyn said...

Preschool is great. My girls love it and they learn so much!

And, I spend about $1600/month!!!!

Susie said...

the one we are looking at is
2x/wk $235/mo $2115/yr

Meant to be a mom said...

Wow that's so expensive but like you said its good for them to go. I better start to save up right now huh.

Jessica said...

I am just loving that sassy little pose she's got going on! What a cutie!

Anonymous said...

Out in California, it is a little over $500 per month for full time. I think part time is something like $300 a month.

Candice said...

Wow, I also wanted to send Graham next year, but boy is that expensive! Yikes!!

The Neffs said...

I taught preschool prior to staying home. I think every child is different and parent and the right time to start. I hope you can figure out what works best for you and your family. If for some reason it is not in your budget right now don't fret she can still get interaction with others by going to playgroups and others things that are in your community. And honestly as much as I loved teaching preschool of course it can all be taught at home too. Good luck with your decision. Have a great day!

Anna said...

I would think the public preschools would obviously be cheaper than the private ones. Because of Ally's hearing loss, we would have qualified to send her to the preschool at Handke Elementary in Elk River for free, but of course she goes to Northern Voices (oral school for deaf/hard of hearing kids), so we have to pay for that. We do get financial aid, but we still pay $500/mo. Otherwise, the regular tuition without any financial aid is around $27,000/year. Yep, I know. It's soooo worth every single penny we've spent though. She'll mainstream from there to either public or private Kindergarten (whichever we decide to send her to). Good luck!

Emily said...

My kids love preschool. They both started in the 2 year old program. That price is about what I paid for Jack in the 3 year old class. It is expensive though...

dawn said...

preschool is expensive. i have found that smaller preschools, like small church run ones can be somewhat cheaper. it depends on what you are looking for!

we don't do preschool until our kids are four years old. we keep them busy socializing and structure in other ways before then. this year bc i started the year homeschooling, i did not send our third, who is four to preschool. i have thought about sending him in january. honestly, the money is hard to chalk up. i really enjoy my time with him. preschool is good for kids, it is! i used to be a preschool teacher, but i also believe that if it is going to break your budget, kids being with their mommies is just as good, probably better. the way i look at it is once they start school they will be in it for many many years, having them at home, is for such a short time. you just have to be intentional about socializing them and structure at home, but i bet you have that and you don't even realize it! alex looks/sounds like a very well rounded and bright little girl, she will not be harmed if she doesn't go to preschool this year!! do what is best for your family all around!

how are you feeling these days????
i've been praying for you!!

Lexie Loo & Dylan Too said...

Preschool is VERY expensive! We paid the year in full at the beginning of the year, and got a $400 discount!
We didn't start Dylan until he was 4. We made the decision that it was more important for him to spend the first few years with me. We arranged many playgroups, went to story hour at the library, and did hands on learning with him (zoo, museums, workshops). He had no problem fitting in with his class this year, because he's very social and outgoing, and he loves it. We're planning on doing the same with Lexie. She will go when she's 4, to the same school D is now going to..I can't say enough good things about it, and it wasn't as pricey as the national chain preschools. There is a huge waiting list, but she will get first round registration because we'll be a returning family.
Try going with a private preschool. Schools like Kindercare tend to be more expensive.