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Old 04-13-2005, 08:26 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I was thinking of putting dd in a part time preschool after the baby is a little older. I'm not sure how we could afford it though.
We do live on a budget and make all our choices accordingly. I'm sure if we took out all the fun stuff we could put together enough money to get her into school. But that doesn't seem logical as I know many people who's kids are in preschool that seem to be on the same restricted budget that we are.

Did you just find a great deal or do you have family that helps with expenses? Do some schools offer reduced or free tuition?

Mom of a 7 yr old, 4 yr old, and 1 yr old. Wow. How did that happen?
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We do co-op preschool. It is one, two hour session a week for 1-2.5ers, $40 a month. After 2.5, it ups to two, two hour sessions a week for $80 a month. You have to come to the weekly sessions up to 2.5 age, then you only have to come to one weekly session with your child. Some moms bring little babes in arms with them. Others find babysitting for that period of time. What about a babysitting swap with another mom in the same boat?

There are definitely preschools out there that offer reduced tuition. There are also preschools through the head start program for low income families. I would do a preschool search in your city on the internet and just call and ask them about cost. Or, ask around when you are at local parks.
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Billy goes to Head Start so it is free. There are income guidelines though.
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We also do a co-op.

Next year DS will go to the "3s" which is two days a week, 2.5 hours each time for $62 a month (I go once a week). We did the same w/DD

 

 

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i thought the Shrub killed Head Start? No? Why did I think that?
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i thought the Shrub killed Head Start? No? Why did I think that?
i *believe at one point he was talking about implementing the same standards-based accountability on HeadStart as are on the elementary schools with NCLB. i should know this.
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Our public schools have an integrated preschool- 1/2 delayed kids, 1/2 typical kids. It's free for the delayed kids starting at 3yo. For typical kids, they can enroll at 4yo and its 150/mo for 3 - 2.5hr days or 260/mo for 5 days. I didn't realize it was there until it was past the enrollment date for dd- so it was already full. Ds1 is in the autism preschool, though, which is separate from the integrated preschool.

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