How Much Does Montessori Cost vs. Preschool vs. Daycare?


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.)

According to a 2013 report by Child Care Aware of Minnesota, an advocacy group based in Washington, D.C, Minnesota was the nation’s third costliest state for center-based child care last year, relative to the state’s median income. One year of infant care in a center cost $13,876 in Minnesota, while one year for a preschooler cost $10,664. Although White Bear Montessori School doesn’t have an infant program, some Montessori schools do. And our Toddler tuition starts at $7,100 and goes to $9,500 for full-day, 5 days a week (see our full 2014-2015 Tuition and Fees here). Although our programs run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., we also offer before and after-school care for $7.50 - $8.50/hour. Tuition assistance is available to all eligible families to the extent that funds are available.

As a parent, you want to find a childcare option for your child where they love to go, where you feel good about sending them, and that fits in your family budget. Finding the right place for you is hard enough – the last thing you want to do is limit your choices by not knowing all the facts.

Would you like to learn more about tuition costs at White Bear Montessori?

Contact us if you have any specific questions.  Please don't assume you can't afford a Montessori education.  We would be happy to help you determine if Montessori is an option for your family.

Danielle Cloe