I know all the wonderful things about Montessori, and I am for sure enrolling my daughter once she is Kindergarten-age because she will then be eligible for free tuition through a charter school.
My question though is that next fall, she will be eligible for head start. I know that head start has very high standards compared to a lot of early-childhood programs. And of course, it's free to me and I am a full-time student and low-income mother.
The 5 full-day program (which is the only thing I could do being a full time student and working) is $500 a month. I know that Montessori is worth that, but that would be a very hefty price for me.
Does anyone have experience with state Head Start programs? 1) Would there be any issues transitioning from two years of "traditional" schooling to Montessori? 2) Is Head Start adequate since it would probably be 1/4 of my weekly income to put her in Montessori?