Another Conversation Snippet

Last week I was making dinner and commenting to my husband about preschool tuition costs. The conversation went like this:

Me: “I was reading in some blog about someone paying $7K per year for 3-K”

Him: “Wow, that’s a lot of money”

Me: “I know, I don’t think I could bring myself to pay that much for pre-K”

Him: “We can’t even bring ourselves to pay the $35 for ten weeks of Gym class for son #1” hahaha!

Just to clarify, our son is involved in three weekly activities that keep him busy in the mornings, so he’s not hurting for social interaction.

But since I touched on the pre-K subject, I just wanted to say this. I get it that some people think that this is important to send your child to 3-K for child development. However, going from my own experience. I went to pre-K when I was three years old and I am sure I had lots of fun. However, I always thought about how by the time I was 27 years old and finishing my second masters degree I had been studying most of my life. To put it in numbers, I had been “in school” for 22 out of those 27 years. I was feeling a little burnt out.
Is 3-K going to determine how well my son does academically in his future? I certainly think not. Actually I feel that my son would be better off if I put that $7K in a 529 for the one year and send him to 4-K instead. I feel it is smarter to invest in my son’s college education than in a year of pre-K.

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  • Kim

    I’ve read about people paying more than that for preK. My parents taught me how to read, when I was little preK was a time to eat paper and glue lol

  • MoneyCommonSense

    Yeah, I know people pay more than that for Pre-k and to be honest I payed more than that for daycare when my son was in it. So I guess to some people the math works.

  • Andrea

    AMEN! I’m already hearing about how I have to put Liam in “tot time” when he turns 2. Hello….I stay at home with him. What makes people think a 2 year old needs to be away from mom all day for “tot time”?

    I guess if it was an hour or two, and it was relatively inexpensive, then I *might* send him to some type of school as I’m finishing my masters’ degree up in 2010. But just for the sake of being able to say, “I sent Liam to XYZ school”? No way.

    I’d rather invest the money in a cd right now, the way the economy is. What little money we do have to invest, I want to KEEP it. 😉