Parents pay an average of $7,000 a year for preschool education, a pricetag that leaves some parents reeling in uncertain economic times. ”This is blocks and Play-Doh, essentially. What are we doing?” Elizabeth Henderson, a mother of three in Tustin, Calif., tells Smart Money. She pays $500 a month to send her youngest to a nearby preschool for three half-days a week.
Forced to choose between paying for preschool and saving for college, the magazine notes, parents are increasingly looking at three options: Parent co-op preschools, where parents take turns working in the classroom with the kids and teacher; at-home day care with an educational bent; and homeschooling.
You can always try this too. Play-doh not included.