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the Cost of Preschool at a Public School

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Sep 2006
Oakland, CA
public preschool
Public preschool had dedicated teachers  more... close row
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Aug 2007
Boulder, CO
Daughter loved free public preschool  more... close row
$ 75
Aug 2007
Prairie City, IA
public elementary school
Higher educational level than the private preschool  more... close row
$ 170
Jun 2008
Loxahatchee, FL
Public Preschool
Price per week for public preschool  more... close row
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Aug 2006
Richmond, Va
Local preschool was good and free  more... close row
$ 120
Mar 2008
Milford, MA
public school
Preschool at a local public school  more... close row
$ 100
Sep 2007
San Diego, CA
1/2 day pre-school
Price per month for half day preschool  more... close row
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Aug 2006
salina, kansas
elementary school
Preschool for child with IEP  more... close row
$ 0
Aug 2007
Bexley, Ohio
Free preschool serves breakfast  more... close row
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Aug 2007
Austin, Texas
School very welcoming to son  more... close row
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Apr 2008
Ashland, KY
Preschool program prepares children for kindergarten  more... close row
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Jun 2008
Bushwood, MD
Public Preschool free except for expenses  more... close row

Description of service

Public Preschool was a lot less expensive than a private preschool, but for the working poor it was still expensive. The cost of school supplies was $65, then school dues came throughout the year and totaled $25, school pictures were $45 and also the cost of buying appropriate clothing throughout the year totaled $265. Also, there is the cost of field trips, school lunches (even if you brown bag it), snacks had to be provided by parents, and lets not forget the cost of gas when transporting them to school!!

Review of Service

My daughter enjoyed preschool very much but i was not pleased with how much she learned, i feel they could have worked with her more one-on-one and been more successful. By the time the year ended, I was left wishing i had put her in a private school. I will likely enroll her in private school for Kindergarten.


Be sure to look at both public and private schools to see which one has a smaller class size. The one with the smaller class is most likely to work more one-on-one. I would recommend public school for those who cannot afford private schools, just be sure to be an active parent at the school.