Last year I wrote a blog post comparing the cost of Montessori to traditional preschools and daycare. A lot of readers clicked on that blog, so I figured the topic of childcare costs was worth revisiting. When I went to update my statistics from ChildCare Aware of America, I ended up reading the entire 2014 Parents and the High Cost of Child Care Report because of the wealth of information it included. You can download the full report but if you’re like me and feel like there’s never enough time to read all the things you want to, I’m going to summarize a few of the main points that spoke to me.
A group of fellow WBMS parents and I were recently talking about our early experiences with WBMS and Montessori in general. Several of us admitted to each other that the first few months of our child’s time at WMBS was a bit rough, not with our child, but with our spouse, who originally had not been as committed as we were to the Montessori approach. I don't know about you, but my husband questioned whether Montessori was worth the money we spent on tuition for the most of our son's first year in Children's House.
If you’re like me, when you started looking at daycare options, you had a list of important criteria: well-trained, caring teachers; a warm, loving environment; a schedule and activities that would fit your child’s personality; and, of course, affordable. With my circle of friends, the cost of one facility vs. another was rarely the deciding factor in which one to choose; however, the perception of how much different options cost occasionally was a limiting factor in which daycare to consider.
More specifically, when I mentioned that we were considering a Montessori preschool, one friend commented that we must be making more money than she thought. Another asked why we would “waste” our money on Montessori when all kids needed at this age was a good place to nap. Both friends were surprised when I told them that a Montessori preschool was not that much more expensive than the childcare center they were considering (I decided to wait to tackle the value of a Montessori preschool another time.)