Preschool costs vary TREMENDOUSLY depending on where you live; if the program is public, private and/or government subsidized; number of days per week (typically 2-3); if free transportation is available; the number of hours (usually 2-4); if extended daycare is available before/after school; whether or not snacks are provided as well as pull-ups/diapers!
That said, in PA, Preschools here can be anywhere from FREE (after income credit) to over $800 per MONTH (private academies)!
The best thing to do is ask other moms in your area (word of mouth is always best!), check with local community centers, churches (all faiths), and then go through your local phone book. Ask to speak with program director, request a brochure, then schedule a visit (without your child the first time so you can really pay attention to the details).
Most preschools offer an orientation day for the children before the school year begins!
at 4:47 PM on Feb. 9, 2009