Is there a fee to put my son in preschool? I am not employed.


Will Carington, works for Noodle

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Some preschools charge fees, but others are free or offer assistance for income-eligible families.

If you're looking for a free preschool program, my advice would be to start by seeing what preschool programs, if any, are offered by your local public school district. Some public school districts do not offer preschool, but others offer pre-k at no charge or offer tuition assistance for income-eligible families. If you're not sure what your local public school district is, contact your local city or county government.

I would also recommend that you look into Head Start, a national program which provides free early childhood education services to income-eligible families. You can find programs near you using the Head Start Program Locator.

While private preschool programs require tuition, many also offer scholarships and financial aid. If you find a private preschool program that interests you, it's worth reaching out to see what financial aid opportunities might be available.

To get a sense of what preschool programs exist in your area, try using Noodle's preschool search. You might also find it helpful to browse Noodle's articles and advice about preschool. Hope this helps, and best of luck!

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