Is Montessori Preschool Expensive?

02, Oct 2023

A Montessori program can give your preschooler so many fun, hands-on experiences that can enhance their enjoyment of school. But as you search for the right Montessori school for your child, you may be wondering how expensive a program may be at a Montessori preschool, especially when compared to other types of preschools in the area. While the Montessori method is a great way to get your child excited about learning, the tuition for the preschool must also fit into your budget. 

Tuition costs

While there are many different factors that can go into the cost of preschool, such as how many days a week your child will attend, do they go all day or just in the morning, and are they enrolled in additional programs, there are average costs of preschool regardless of what type of program it is.

In states like California, the average cost for child care for infants to 2 years of age is just under $2,000 a month, or about $23,000 a year. While 3-5 year old child care is a little bit less, the state’s average costs are just under $1,500 a month, or about $17,500 per year.

Many Montessori programs are inline with these averages for children who attend both morning and afternoon programs, five days a week. As you are considering what type of preschool to choose, while the cost is significant, Montessori schools are not necessarily more expensive than other preschool programs in your area. But instead of just paying for child care, your child will be introduced to new concepts and skills that will make their day at preschool fun and engaging while truly preparing them for kindergarten.

Benefits of a Montessori education

Upon entering a Montessori classroom, your eye may pick up on several positive aspects to this philosophy even though you may not know the actual method at work behind the scenes. A Montessori classroom is colorful, inviting, and orderly. This is because some of the pillars of the Montessori method rely on interest-led learning and organization.

Students choose what toy or station catches their eye and holds their interest. They can practice the skill the station or toy introduces to them for as long as they want.

Once the student is ready to move on to something else, they must put the station back together in perfect order so that it is ready for the next student to come and play with it. The different stations throughout the classroom are introducing subjects such as:

  • Fine motor skills

  • Science

  • Math

  • Practical life skills

  • Language arts

If you are in Danville, CA, and are looking for a Montessori program that fits your budget, give our Fountainhead Montessori School’s admissions office a call today.

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