Full-day kindergarten costs parents $3,200

There are 20 comments on the Apr 17, 2010, Lowell Sun story titled Full-day kindergarten costs parents $3,200. In it, Lowell Sun reports that:

Dracut kids will soon be able to attend full-day kindergarten, but the class will cost their parents $3,200 for the year.

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Concerned Mom

Dracut, MA

#23 May 24, 2010
"How about local preschools offering supplemental Kindergarten enrichment programs"

Unfortunatly Dracut only accepts certain schools as approved Kindergarten Programs...such as St. Michaels, St. Francis, Sunny Skies and Rainbows....Kids and Cribs and Little Angels, offer Kindergarten programs, but Dracut Public do not recognize them as kindergarten programs! Kindergarten is such an important step in childhood learning, it is their first experiance in a "real" school, intergrating and becoming a part of something for the next 5 years, it is sad that the higer ups are forgettting about our poor children....I think they forget who they are representing and advocating for...so sad to be so out of touch!
local guy

Lowell, MA

#24 May 24, 2010
why are you people so desparate to send your babies to dracut public kindergarden ? go stand outside the middle school around closing time and observe the behavior and language these punks get in dracut .....

Then RUN to register your child for private school ...
Wondering

Tyngsboro, MA

#25 May 24, 2010
Dracut Resident wrote:
Fee-based Public School education programs are a gross perversion of the accessibility intended in the very founding of such systems.
Mandatory programs will not be fee based. My guess is that full day kindergarten isn't mandatory. It should be fee based. Most who use it will just be looking for someone else to pay for their daycare.
Cost

Braintree, MA

#26 May 24, 2010
I think $3200 is alot to pay for public school tuition. St. Michaels in lowell is $3100. I think I'll be sending my son there. If I'm going to pay tuition anyway, it might as well be for a private school...
justme

Redwood City, CA

#27 May 24, 2010
Barbara wrote:
I live in Dracut and I home schooled my children until they went to first grade. They were the smartest kids in their class.
Save your money if you can and teach them at home. I enjoyed every minute teaching them and they loved learning.
I just love the smug "I home-schooled my children" moms.

Nice that it worked out for you but that's not an answer for many/most people. Parents ARE the first teachers, but not in the literal sense. Just another form of guilt to put on families that they are somehow "failing" their children and are not "doing enough".

Since you are so talented and love it so much, perhaps you should open a charter kindergarten and spread your talents around!
justme

Redwood City, CA

#28 May 24, 2010
local guy wrote:
why are you people so desparate to send your babies to dracut public kindergarden ? go stand outside the middle school around closing time and observe the behavior and language these punks get in dracut .....
Then RUN to register your child for private school ...
and here we have the equally smug "send your kids to private schools" Dad. So many things wrong with your solution.

School isn't the only place where kids pick up bad language, etc. Kids are also wired to push the envelope anyway, esp. at the pre-teen age. Private schools can also cherry pick which kids are accepted, which leaves out the kids who don't make the cut.
justme

Redwood City, CA

#29 May 24, 2010
Dracut Resident wrote:
Taxes aren't the issue. Dracut needs Grant Writers tapping into Grant Monies, Public and Private, its eligible for so its already cash-strapped families aren't expected to shoulder the program's financial burden (MANY cities/towns have fully-funded full-day K programs). Grant Writers are paid a percentage of monies drawn into their Districts -- if they don't produce, they don't get paid -- an excellent motivator!
(snipped)

This was something that the Elaine Espindle administration excelled at and the new administration should get her help with this. Obama is throwing our taxpayer money around like it was confetti, so why not get a cut for our kids?
Thank you Jesus

Milton, MA

#30 May 24, 2010
justme wrote:
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I just love the smug "I home-schooled my children" moms.
Nice that it worked out for you but that's not an answer for many/most people. Parents ARE the first teachers, but not in the literal sense. Just another form of guilt to put on families that they are somehow "failing" their children and are not "doing enough".
Since you are so talented and love it so much, perhaps you should open a charter kindergarten and spread your talents around!
Thank you for saying what I was thinking... I would love to home school my children, but reality is both my husband and I have to work.. We stay involved and do what we have to do, but we certainly can not afford the luxury of home schooling...
Wondering

Tyngsboro, MA

#31 May 24, 2010
Cost wrote:
I think $3200 is alot to pay for public school tuition. St. Michaels in lowell is $3100. I think I'll be sending my son there. If I'm going to pay tuition anyway, it might as well be for a private school...
Don't forget to add the $3,100 to your property tax bill.
Does St. Michaels have a free full day kindergarten?
Wondering

Tyngsboro, MA

#32 May 24, 2010
I checked their website. St. M's charges $3,400 for pre-school and $3,100 for kindergarten. $100 for registration. he pastoir's name is Al Capone, no joke.
Undocumented Alien

Westford, MA

#33 May 24, 2010
Mi keds go fur fre.
citizen

Lowell, MA

#34 May 24, 2010
justme wrote:
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I just love the smug "I home-schooled my children" moms.
Nice that it worked out for you but that's not an answer for many/most people. Parents ARE the first teachers, but not in the literal sense. Just another form of guilt to put on families that they are somehow "failing" their children and are not "doing enough".
Since you are so talented and love it so much, perhaps you should open a charter kindergarten and spread your talents around!
I didn't read any smugness in her post, you seem a bit defensive. It's just kindergarden, any parent can teach their child all they need to know to prepare for first grade. If you can't afford to send them full time, teach them yourself, don't expect others to pay higher taxes for your kids when it really isn't needed. I know a few area towns that don't offer full time kindergarden and the kids in those towns are doing fine.
Wondering

Tyngsboro, MA

#35 May 24, 2010
citizen wrote:
<quoted text>
I didn't read any smugness in her post, you seem a bit defensive. It's just kindergarden, any parent can teach their child all they need to know to prepare for first grade. If you can't afford to send them full time, teach them yourself, don't expect others to pay higher taxes for your kids when it really isn't needed. I know a few area towns that don't offer full time kindergarden and the kids in those towns are doing fine.
It's all about free daycare.
kevin

United States

#36 May 24, 2010
Education Reform wrote:
<quoted text>
Then pay an extra .13 per year in taxes.
Actually if the teachers would pay a $20.00 copay everytime they went to the doctor, like everyone else, they could have free all day kinder.
kevin

United States

#37 May 24, 2010
The town should "rebate' the amount they would spend per child to parents who would like to homeschool.
We are all paying into the system, why shouldn't homeschool kids get some of that money?
Oh yeah, greedy teachers union SIEU
Wondering

Tyngsboro, MA

#38 May 24, 2010
kevin wrote:
The town should "rebate' the amount they would spend per child to parents who would like to homeschool.
We are all paying into the system, why shouldn't homeschool kids get some of that money?
Oh yeah, greedy teachers union SIEU
Don't forget to include couples without kids and the seniors.
Question

Westford, MA

#39 May 24, 2010
If parents/caregivers are being charged something like $3400 a yr. for a child to go to school,and the general taxpaying population are paying taxes into the school system,then where is all this money going considering the low academic scores in the school system?

Smells like another Dracut con job coming up.
Brandi

Buzzards Bay, MA

#40 Jul 27, 2010
I just moved here from New Jersey, my husband is in the military and I am in shock over the taxes and fees of this state. Public school should be free and if that means more taxes I'm for it as long as it's for the education of our future generations!
Just sayin

Tyngsboro, MA

#41 Jul 27, 2010
WOW, that's too bad. Most of my friends kids who had full day kindergarten didnt have to pay. What a shame!!
Professor

Windsor, CT

#42 Jul 28, 2010
If you have to spend that kind of money. I will send my kid to Saint Margarets where I know she will get a good strong foundation.

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