preschool http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/17224/all en-US 7 Times You Should Choose Private School Over Public http://www.wisebread.com/7-times-you-should-choose-private-school-over-public <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-times-you-should-choose-private-school-over-public" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000047632946_XXXLarge.jpg" alt="boy private school" title="boy private school" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Private school can be expensive, but it can also be well worth the cost, depending on your family situation. Some circumstances really do make private schooling more financially practical &mdash; and necessary &mdash; than you might think. Here are seven times you might choose private school over public school.</p> <h2>1. When Your Child Has a Special Gift</h2> <p>Some children are truly gifted in a particular area, and often, public schools can't foster that child's talents to their full potential. For example, some kids are unbelievable musicians, others have genius IQs, or excel at certain sports. If this is the case with your child, a private school that specializes in a particular area might be a better fit.</p> <h2>2. When Your Child Has a Special Need</h2> <p>Your child may have a special need that isn't accommodated as well in a public school. This may be anything from a learning disability, to behavioral challenges, being a pregnant teenager, or recovering from substance abuse.</p> <h2>3. When Your Child Is Too Young</h2> <p>States dictate the age at which kids can start public school. Some do offer free public preschool, but others don't start public school until kindergarten. It's generally best to start kids in preschool by the time they are three, and especially if you need full-time child-care for your child, an all day private preschool may be your only option.</p> <h2>4. When You Aren't in a Good School District (and You Don't Want to Move)</h2> <p>A major factor in our family's recent decision to move was the school district. Our elementary school district simply wasn't as good as we wanted. If you aren't in a good school district and either can't afford to or don't want to move, private school may be the best option.</p> <h2>5. When Vouchers Will Pay</h2> <p>School vouchers make private schooling possible for a lot of families that might not be otherwise able to pay for it. This chart provides a state by state <a href="http://www.ncsl.org/research/education/voucher-law-comparison.aspx">comparison of school vouchers</a>. If you're in a situation where vouchers (or a school scholarship) will pay for private school, this is a good reason to choose it over public.</p> <h2>6. When Your Family Has Strong Beliefs</h2> <p>If your family has strong beliefs &mdash; maybe you are particularly religious, or care exceptionally for the environment, or believe a different style of teaching is better &mdash; then you may want your child to be raised around others with similar beliefs. In this case, private school is going to be a better fit.</p> <h2>7. When You Want Your Child to Learn Something Specific</h2> <p>Every family is different, and you may want your child to learn something taught in a private school, even if your beliefs aren't strong or your child isn't the most gifted in that area. As a parent, you have the right to make decisions about what you think is best for your child. So maybe you want your kids to learn more about music, art, or a foreign language than you would get in a public school. If that's the case, consider private schooling &mdash; if it's within your means, of course.</p> <p><em>Did you go to private school or public school? Which do you (or will you) send your child to and why?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/elizabeth-lang">Elizabeth Lang</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-times-you-should-choose-private-school-over-public">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/my-2016-budget-challenge-affording-education">My 2016 Budget Challenge: Affording Education</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-ways-to-get-a-legit-business-education-online">3 Ways to Get a Legit Business Education Online</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-masters-degrees-that-will-drastically-increase-your-earning-power">5 Master&#039;s Degrees That Will Drastically Increase Your Earning Power</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-didn-t-learn-in-college-but-you-should-have">10 Things You Didn’t Learn in College (but You Should Have)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/learning-without-the-high-cost-of-higher-education">Learning Without the High Cost of Higher Education</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Education & Training Personal Development education preschool private school public school Mon, 02 Feb 2015 18:00:11 +0000 Elizabeth Lang 1284259 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Ways to Save Money on Preschool Enrollment http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-save-money-on-preschool-enrollment <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-ways-to-save-money-on-preschool-enrollment" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/4119293402_73610cce35_z.jpg" alt="preschool kid" title="preschool kid" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you have a preschool-aged child, you know that paying for preschool can be expensive. While there are a wide variety of prices and preschool philosophies out there, looking at the bill almost always feels like a shock to the system. There are, however, a few ways to save some money and still get your child the jump start on their education that you&rsquo;ve been hoping for. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-important-lessons-frugal-parents-teach-their-children">7 Important Lessons Frugal Parents Teach Their Children</a>)</p> <h2>1. Shop Around</h2> <p>Look at more than one preschool before you sign up.</p> <p>In our area, some preschools are five to six times more expensive than others. Are they better? That&rsquo;s up to each parent to decide. The point is, you need to know what is available how schools differ from each other.</p> <p>Remember that sometimes it&rsquo;s worthwhile to spend more to send your child to a school that fits their personality. But if the schools are mostly the same, you don&rsquo;t need to break the bank on the most expensive one. You won&rsquo;t know which one that is, though, unless you look at several of them.</p> <h2>2. Talk to Parents</h2> <p>Other parents are your best resource for finding a good deal on a preschool. They&rsquo;ve been where you are, and they may be able to tell you where you&rsquo;ll get the best deal, where you&rsquo;ll spend more but it will be worth every penny, or where your money will be wasted.</p> <p>If you belong to any sort of parents&rsquo; group, ask everyone you can. Sure, some people will insist you go one place and others will send you another direction, but at least you&rsquo;ll have more information. If you&rsquo;re looking for something specific in a preschool, ask questions that will help you narrow your choices to those that will serve your child&rsquo;s needs well.</p> <h2>3. Volunteer</h2> <p>Many preschools will allow you to volunteer and reduce your bill. While you&rsquo;ll still have to pay (and sometimes the reduction isn&rsquo;t very much), you&rsquo;ll offset at least a bit of your child&rsquo;s education. As an added bonus, you&rsquo;ll get to be in and around the environment of the preschool, so you&rsquo;ll have a better feel for what goes on there and what your child is learning.</p> <h2>4. Look for Aid</h2> <p>Some preschools offer financial aid. While these can be few and far between, it&rsquo;s worth at least asking about, especially if you want to send your child somewhere you can&rsquo;t afford.</p> <p>You can also look into state and federal aid, although with the economy in its current state, these offers have gotten pretty sparse over the last few years. If you&rsquo;re truly working on a low income, there should be some sort of free or subsidized preschool available for your child. If you make a bit more money, you may be out of luck.</p> <h2>5. Do It Yourself (or Join a Co-op)</h2> <p>If paying for preschool really grates on you or just isn&rsquo;t in the budget, you can always choose to do it yourself.</p> <p>There are a million different resources available online, from <a href="http://www.tlsbooks.com/preschoolworksheets.htm" target="_blank">free, printable worksheets</a> to <a href="http://www.preschoolpalace.org/" target="_blank">entire curriculums</a>. You&rsquo;ll want to evaluate everything based on what you know about your child&rsquo;s needs, strengths, and weaknesses, but most adults feel competent enough to teach things like shapes, sounds, colors, numbers, etc.</p> <p>Some children don&rsquo;t do well with preschool at home, either because they want to get out or because they don&rsquo;t like to work with their parents that way. In that case, some areas have co-operative preschools. You&rsquo;re still likely to pay a fee, but most of the classes are parent-led, and you&rsquo;ll take your turn every so often. Or, you can get together with some parents of like-aged kids and make your own co-op.</p> <h2>6. Supplement With Freebies</h2> <p>Whether your child is in preschool or <a href="http://parentingsquad.com/at-home-preschool-tips">you&rsquo;re doing it at home</a>, take advantage of free options around your city. Many <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-visit-museums-for-free">museums offer free days</a> and, while it will be busy, it&rsquo;s a great chance to expose your child to something they wouldn&rsquo;t have seen otherwise.</p> <p>While there are certain skills that kids need to learn before kindergarten, they&rsquo;ll be in a better position to learn if they&rsquo;ve used their brains in a lot of different ways. Giving them the opportunity to see many different things will help them develop the ability to learn. And there&rsquo;s no need to pay for this exposure if you&rsquo;re willing to do your homework and battle a few crowds.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s no need to feel overwhelmed at the cost of preschool. Instead, take your time, look at the options available to you, and then choose what&rsquo;s best for your child and your budget. Give yourself as much time as you need to make the decision, so you can be sure it is one both you and your child will be happy with.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Were you able to save money on your child's preschool? Please share your experience in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-save-money-on-preschool-enrollment">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/24-tips-for-having-a-baby-without-going-broke">24 Tips for Having a Baby Without Going Broke</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-ways-to-celebrate-mothers-day">Free Ways to Celebrate Mother&#039;s Day</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-investing-lessons-you-must-teach-your-kids">10 Investing Lessons You Must Teach Your Kids</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-the-sandwich-generation-can-get-ahead">6 Ways the Sandwich Generation Can Get Ahead</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-things-that-money-just-cant-buy">The things that money just can&#039;t buy</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Family Lifestyle children's education financial aid preschool Thu, 31 Jan 2013 10:48:35 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 967422 at http://www.wisebread.com