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post #21 of 61


IDiazci, I am in San Diego too and sent you a private message about possibilities in our area.
 

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Hi Bokonon,

 

I'm in San Diego and have been looking into preschool for my 4 year old twins. My husband has been laid off for about 8 months now. We have been turned away from the preschool programs based on our income. According to them we make too much to qualify for any program. With my income alone we are barely are able to cover our monthly bills let alone pay for preschool. Do you fall under the the SDUSD? Could you give me more information on the preschool program through the district you came across? I just want to make sure I explore every option possible. My kids won't be able to start K until Sep 2012 and I just think that is way too long for them to not be learning everything they should. We have bought some learning materials at home and work with them on the material, but my husband and I feel they are capable of learning at a faster pace and more effiecient way in a preschool setting. Any information you could give me would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

 

 



 

post #22 of 61

I live in the  midwest. Both of my daughters attended a co-op preschool. They had a Parent/Tot class that was 2 hours once a week and that was $45 a month. They have a 2 day option for young 3 yr olds/4 yr olds, and a 3 day and PreK program. Also a PDO.

 

for the 3 day program which is 90% play, it was abour $100 a month. PreK which is 80% play and getting ready for kindy was about $125 a month.

 

We had  to do a houseekeeping day once a year, help in the class about 4 times a year and serve on a  committee. I loved helping in the class and DH would do it occasionally as well. After 7 years, we are now aged out. Writing out that last check was bittersweet.

post #23 of 61

We did a co-op preschool that was under $1000 a year when my middle son was in preschool (2 half-days at 3, 3 half-days at 4).

We're thinking of sending our toddler to a mother's day out program this fall, at about $200 a month (for 2 half-days).

We also spend several thousand dollars a year to send our middle son to private elementary school, which is a big stretch for us financially but we feel that it's necessary. 

post #24 of 61

Brisbane Australia here... and my 5yo's last day of preschool is next week for this reason.  We get a child care benefit from the govt (most aussies do if they earn under ... about 100k I think) and ours has just changed considerably and for a 3 day preschool week, we were looking at about 550 dollars a month.  Financially just not doable, since we were paying about half of that a month ago.   I'm in the process of finding some playgroups for preschoolers in the area, and will find things like library story time etc to make up some of that lost social time between now and Prep (kindergarten) in Feb :)

post #25 of 61

So, usually we paid full fee because we both work. But one horriable year my DH was injured. We were in Jewish Community Center Preshool. We applied for a sholarship even thought I was pessimistic. They gave us %50 off.   So, I would actually look around for JCC, YMCA and private preshools that have fin. aid

 

post #26 of 61

We use a preschool through our city's rec program, its $75/month for preschool and $96/month for pre-k and there are scholarships available. Its 2 days a week for 2- 2 1/2 hours.

 

 We also have CA's First Five preschool available, if you qualify its free. Its 5 days a week.

post #27 of 61
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Brisbane Australia here... and my 5yo's last day of preschool is next week for this reason.  We get a child care benefit from the govt (most aussies do if they earn under ... about 100k I think) and ours has just changed considerably and for a 3 day preschool week, we were looking at about 550 dollars a month.  Financially just not doable, since we were paying about half of that a month ago.   I'm in the process of finding some playgroups for preschoolers in the area, and will find things like library story time etc to make up some of that lost social time between now and Prep (kindergarten) in Feb :)



Quoting myself, because I had to share this bit of irony.  I just logged onto my boys' school webpage to find out that they will be opening a preschool onsite through an early childhood ed organization.  It's 3days one week, 2 days the next... and a whopping 25bucks a day *SIGH*   Not till next year, BUT it's good that there are affordable options upcoming for mum's like myself who don't NEED preschool to be able to work, but would like their kid to have that experience!

 

post #28 of 61

Hi! I know this hasn't been commented on in a while, but I am in San Diego as well and would love info about Pre-Schools! I am trying to figure out how to make it work financially.

post #29 of 61
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Hi! I know this hasn't been commented on in a while, but I am in San Diego as well and would love info about Pre-Schools! I am trying to figure out how to make it work financially.

 

Are you in the San Diego Unified School District?  I'm in the Poway Unified School District and there are district preschools at many of the elementary schools, at a reduced cost if a parent participates at least twice a month, and some are free with income restrictions.  I think SDUSD has a similar program, so check with your local school district.  :)

post #30 of 61

I don't get it either.. hence why my kids will be homeschooled for pre-k lol. I guess we ARE eligible for Head Start, but I'm a SAHM with no plans of seeking employment, so I'd feel sh*tty taking a spot from someone else who really does need it.

post #31 of 61

We had several issues with preschool, first among them being that I didn't really think it was necessary.  I don't think it's harmful, just not important.  We couldn't find a part time preschool in our are and our daughter has a movement disorder that no preschool in our area really wanted to deal with.  She didn't start school till kindergarten.  She did fine.  She was one of the few kids in her class who didn't go to preschool and she was still somewhat ahead of her peers.  We didn't do tons of work at home or flashcards or anything, but if she expressed an interest in something (letters, numbers, art) I made materials available and helped when she asked.

 

I don't think kids miss anything vital by skipping preschool so if it's not in your financial reach, enjoy having them home a few more years.  They will be FINE.
 

post #32 of 61

In my area (Madison, WI) half-day preschools that are 2-4 days a week range from about $250-600 a month. We went with a coop preschool and our cost was around $300 a month. Now when my then 3 yr old was in full-time daycare (called preschool but different) it was around $1000 a month and that was average to low for the area. Expensive!

post #33 of 61

DD2 goes to a church preschool.  They charge $25 per day.  Its pretty affordable for us. She goes either 3 or 4 days per week (all day).  Its mostly play-based, though they do have circle time in the morning where they say the Pledge of Alligance, sing preschool songs, listen to a story and say a prayer.  She likes it, and LOVES her friends and teachers. 

post #34 of 61

DD goes to preschool 2 mornings a week (for a total of 7 hours a week), and we pay $230 per month, which works out to $2300 per year, $28.75 per day, or $8.21 per hour. It doesn't sound like much when you see the hourly rate, but honestly it's a stretch for us. Next year when she joins her older brother in public school, we'll have a lot more funds freed up for classes/activities that the kids want to do, and little weekend trips, which I'm looking forward to. 

post #35 of 61

Here in Chicago if you're low income you can get into a government funded headstart or public preschool which is done by lottery.  If you're rich you can pay for your own private schooling.  If you're middle class.. you're SOL.  

 

We homeschool.  I'm not too keen on public schooling...

post #36 of 61

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Here in Chicago if you're low income you can get into a government funded headstart or public preschool which is done by lottery.  If you're rich you can pay for your own private schooling.  If you're middle class.. you're SOL.  

 

We homeschool.  I'm not too keen on public schooling...

 

With DD, she went to a church preschool, which was, IIRC, $60/month, for... 3 days/week, 2 hours/day.

 

With DS, he was in First Steps, a program for children under 3 that have some sort of disability/delay. When he turned three, they helped us enroll him in a special-ed type preschool, through the public school. I guess his preschool is funded by school funds? Not sure, but we don't have to pay anything for it.

post #37 of 61
I'm looking into preschool for my soon-to-be 3yo and I'm not seeing how we will ever afford it. Plus every time I talk to DD about this awesome co-op school we toured she gets bright eyed. Then I say "mama will go work and you'll stay and play" and she starts pouting and say "no no mama I love you!" Yikes. I freelance so I'm trying to put in my hours working and want DD to do something other then hang out around the house! I know there is gonna be some tears and its going to be so hard. Plus the cost is $60 a week and required parent maintenance time, fundraising. So yeah I don't get how it's going to be affordable!
post #38 of 61

Sorry, no real advice. But for me, we did what we had to do, and somehow things worked out. I'm not sure quite how! I look back at how much we spent on daycare (and later, after-school care and summer camps) and I'm amazed. My son is now 13. Dh and I combined earn about the same now as when DS was little. But we sure don't have the extra $1,000 a month that we paid for daycare.

post #39 of 61

Around here half day preschool isn't that much but they are all mostly through churches and they don't charge a lot. I think it's around 175-350 per month depending on the days you choose. I checked in to it for my now 3 year old when she was 18 months old. She is currently in a full-time daycare and I get assistance with that through the state since I'm a single mom that has to work :(  I pay 295/month now for my 3 yr old (full time care) and 10 yr old (before/after school care). Maybe it's my area, but I thought we were expensive til I saw some of the prices on this thread. lol.

post #40 of 61

I'm green with envy of most of you, $4k a year.. I wish. 

 

Like everything else on this small, crowded island preschool/daycare is cost prohibitive. My son alone is $1000 and after dd comes it'll be more than a mortgage payment for preschool/daycare respectively. The only light at the end of the tunnel is dh is unemployed at this point and we will fall into an income bracket at my new (knock on wood) agency in April which qualifies us for a 45%  childcare subsidy. That will at least allow dh to return to school full-time and complete the required lab time. There are some state benefits out here but at the same time there are a lot of lower income folks surviving on public funds that will have first right to those benefits and of course the Native Hawaiian preference to subsidies and specific schools that we do not receive. We had considered going back to Kauai for this year and were going to go through Hongwanji mission for daycare, a less expensive option akin to mainland church preschools, but here that is not a real option either. Also there is no respite when you reach the "regular" school years; public school is less productive than daycare. I was baffled tutoring at a local school. The sheer ratio of children to teachers prohibits real interaction and a learning discourse, not to mention the lack of funding which means a lack of learning resources and ambivalence of teaching staff. The school my nephew went to and my niece is going to is $18k a year, which is about the median for private here, for all 13 years. That's a house on the mainland when it is all said and done. Hawaii is just tough. That's all there is to it.

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