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$36,600 For Preschool Tuition

November 8th, 2006 at 10:03 am

I was running some number for my niece who is 16 months old and what her college is going to cost when I came across the LAUMC Children's Center in the area where I live. These parents must be the super obsessed types that you read about in the newspapers (or those in Japan) because they are paying $2,700 a year for a 2 year old's education (talk about starting them young) and $6,500 for a 5 year old's education. For the entire preschool (remember, the child hasn't even hit kindergarten yet) you're looking at tuition costs of $16,800 (better start saving the second the kid is conceived)

Of course, I did a bit more research and found that those numbers weren't anything. The Third Street Music School in New York charges $9,150 for 5 morning classes a week for a total of $36,600 for those 3 - 6 years old. I don't think my college education cost that much and there are certainly a lot of colleges where you could get a degree for less than that.

I'm thinking that maybe I should get into the prestigious preschool business...

9 Responses to “$36,600 For Preschool Tuition”

  1. Carolina Bound Says:

    That's what you got me thinking, too!

  2. mjrube94 Says:

    In Northern NJ where I live, preschool costs are through the roof! I paid $655/month ($6550 per year) for my son to go 3 days per week from 9-3. And that wasn't even the most expensive place around! Thank goodness for Flexible Spending Accounts...

  3. miclason Says:

    I'm paying about $2,000/ year for Ale this year...previous years were about $1,000 each...but then, in ES, for a bilingual education, that's nothing!

  4. monkeymama Says:

    Oh my - I am not surprised in the least. Around here everyone is paying BIG BUCKS for preschool. My son on the other hand could read at 2 - no preschool here. I look at it as a pretty worthless waste. But I Feel the same about private schools overall. This just takes it to a whole new level at such a young age though. My son is in preschool now at a whopping $300/month, but it is just for a lot of reasons besides schooling. It is really just an in-home daycare, but the best for us. Actually that $300/month is killer if you ask me. But as cheap as it gets in the area.

    I had a friend who can not pay her bills but was paying the BIG BUCKS to put her child in a fancy preschool - felt guilty because she works I guess. For the most part I did not *get it* in the least, but after raving on and on about my son's daycare, she ended up switching over. She said she now pays 1/2 as much for FT care as she used to pay for PT care. I never thought she would switch gears, she was so set on the fancy education, but I guess it is a good example of just setting an example and people will see that you don't have to pay big bucks for quality. & yes her child is thriving way more at discount care...

    Go for it - it is a GOOD business - LOL. You just tell the parents their kids will amount to nothing unless they go to a $36k preschool. They believe it!

  5. monkeymama Says:

    I just have to clarify - Big Bucks here is like $15k - $25k/year. For PRESCHOOL!!!!! I know a lot of people unable to pay their bills but willing to pay that! Though daycare is not much cheaper and is often why parents are willing to pay more.

    $36,600 for an entire preschool education sounds like a bargain. Wink

  6. tinapbeana Says:

    dare i say this out loud? i went to emory university and my tuition was 'only' 22-25k per year for college. 25k/yr for PRESCHOOL?!? i don't @#$&!@ think so!!!

  7. LuckyRobin Says:

    There is a big difference between a fancy (read expensive) education and a good education. All a good education depends on is the quality of the teacher, whether that teacher is Mom or a doting in their own home care person, or a child educator. Personally, I'm not much into early child hood education as a structured learning environement, I'm much more into child led, interest based learning. My kids are clever, bright, get good report cards and can read like the dickens. The only thing my daughter cannot do is spell properly, but she sure knows how to use a dictionary. Not going to preschool didn't hurt them. They went to dance at 3 and did tae kwon do but no preschool. Not that I'm anti-preschool. I went and I was reading at barely 4, but I don't think its a needed expense. Child care for working parents is needed, but preschool, I don't know.

  8. phoenix Says:

    Yes, childcare is very expensive. But does anyone know how much is a preschool's pay? $1600 to $2500 per month, and care for 6 to 8 children everyday. Early childhood education is very importmant for children, because kids learn differently from adult. Good education make big different in a child's life. So good luck for those parents still searching for great preschool program!

  9. phoenix Says:

    Yes, childcare is very expensive. But does anyone know how much is a preschool teacher's pay? $1600 to $2500 per month, and care for 6 to 8 children everyday. Early childhood education is very importmant for children, because kids learn differently from adult. Good education make big different in a child's life. So good luck for those parents still searching for great preschool program!

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