At my preschool, it is $89 a month for 2 half-days. Keep in mind that is in a small town, at a church-run preschool. DD goes 3 mornings a week, and we pay $105 a month.
ETA: That is per month, not week
at dcs' school 2 half days (5hrs a week) from mid Sept to mid May is $2200/yr, or $245/mo.. they follow the school year, have a spring break and winter break and a few days off for holidays here and there.
where we lived prior, dd went to a mother's morning out. in the 18m-2 y/o class , it was drop in only. so we could drop her off whenever we wanted during those open hours (M-F 8:30-12:00noon). they charged a little more than $5 / hr. we got a bill monthly, I usually sent her 2 mornings a week for 2 or 3 hours. avg bill was around $65/month. they were great.. had music days and art projects and just played. they were too cute.
We pay $140 per month (9 months per year), and it's one of the least expensive options. Others are as much as $180 for the same time frame, and also 10 months out of the year.
DS goes 2 days a week for 5 hrs in a 3 year old program. It's $75/month with breakfast (cereal) served. I know it costs more if the child isn't potty trained, maybe $100/month.
Right now DS mostly goes to get social interaction. Next year we'll probably switch him to a 3 day morning program to get him used to going more often.
There is a HUGE variation in my area. We're looking at 2-3 days a week, and most places are 2.5 hours.
The cheapest I've found is $75 per month through our local parks and rec department. Most are more like $175-$250/month.
If you're talking Montessori or schools that consider themselves "prep" or exclusive/have an academic brand, then you're talking anywhere from $300-$400 a month or more. Way more.
DD1, Kathleen 9/15/2007
At our preschool, the "intro" program (2.5-3YO) is 2 half days per week (5 hours) and is $340/month.
DS goes full time and we pay $655 per month with extended care so he goes 815-530.
But the offer just preschool 830- 11:15.
M-F is $410.
MWF is $275
TTh is $235.
Seems a little pricey to me for not full time care. But is school is just amazing. If I were looking for part time care I would pay that price because I love the program.