Apr 20, 2011 11:18 PM by Maddie Garrett

Pre-K Tuition Increases

Lafayette parents could be paying more to keep their kids in Pre-K classes. The Lafayette Parish School Board introduced the tuition increase at Wednesday's meeting.

Currently parents pay $330 a month for Pre-K classes. But the Early Childhood Programs department is asking board members to raise tuition to a minimum of $375 a month.

That's still lower than monthly costs of most day cares, according to Early Childhood Programs Director Christine Duay. She said the department surveyed 50 day cares in the Lafayette and the average cost was $422 a month, with the least expensive at $350 a month.

But raising Pre-K tuition doesn't solve the program's budget woes. Duay said the school board will discuss possible adjustments at the next budget meeting, such as reducing the number of classes, or only having classes for 4 year olds.

Still, Duay said parents will still strive to get their children in Pre-K, because unlike day cares, there are certified teachers and curriculum standards.

"We have some parents that say if you can get me in, tell me what I need to pay. The parents do understand though right now we're below the average cost of daycare and we're below the lowest day care," said Duay.

The LPSB will vote on increasing Pre-K tuition at the next school board meeting in two weeks.



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