U.S. Costs for Private Preschool • According to the NACCRRA, the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies, the U.S. preschool costs range from $3,794 to $10,668, depending on the state. • The average U.S. cost is $6,582. • Mississippi sits at the bottom of this range while Massachusetts is the leader.
Wisconsin Costs (Private) • Wisconsin sits near the top of the average costs at $8,424/year . • Interesting to compare to Wisconsin’s Average Annual Cost paid for a 4-year State College: $6,800. • Preschool more valuable?
U.S. and Wisconsin Numbers • There are about 1,705,200 3-5 year olds in private preschools across the U.S. • There are about 25,700 3-5 year olds in Wisconsin private preschools.
U.S. & WI Head Start • According to NIEER, The National Institute for Early Education Research: • The U.S. costs are $8,637 per child • Wisconsin’s costs are $8,304 per child. • There are roughly 719,487 3-5 year olds in the head start program across the U.S. • There are about 12,024 3-5 year olds in the head start program across Wisconsin.
Comparisons • The U.S. average cost for private preschool is actually less than the federal head start program: $6,582 vs. $8,637. • Wisconsin’s average cost for private preschool is right around the federal head start program: $8,424 vs. $8,304.
U.S. Costs to Provide Preschool to All Children • According to NIEER, the cost of providing preschool education to every 3-5 year old in the nation would be just under $70 billion. • The annual cost per child would be around $8800.
Resources: • http://www.naccrra.org/randd/data/docs/WI.pdf • http://nieer.org/yearbook/pdf/appendices.pdf#page=88 • http://www.cbcse.org/media