Two years ago, I went on a rant about the cost of preschool in my local area. As a two parent working household, we still struggled to add the nearly $400 a month onto our plate while juggling a new baby and our monthly obligations.
Of course there are options for free programs, none of which our children qualified for. Nor did we win one of the thirty-something lottery slots. Leaving us two options. Pay or simply not send our oldest child to preschool; the latter wasn’t a real option.
Now we are on to our second child in the same program, our oldest in public school and another child soon entering the preschool her older brothers have benefited from.
During the State of the Union address, I jumped for joy with excitement when President Obama even uttered the words free preschool in his speech. See:
Seriously. It was a big deal. But it isn’t just a big deal to me, it is a huge deal to so many American parents across the country. No one should have to wonder if they can afford to keep their child in preschool for the month, or if you are going to have to pay the power bill instead.
But no matter how much we want to ignore this, these are real life dilemmas for working parents.
Once again my excitement was peaked when I came across this infographic I had to share with our readers. I knew you guys would really enjoy the extremely helpful information from The Nation.
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