Where should you send your child to kindergarten? You want them to start their education in the best possible environment. As you research your options, you may decide that private kindergarten is the best choice for your family.
Once you make that determination, you have several important choices to make. One of these is deciding how you will pay for any educational experiences.
In some cases, families who are interested in enrolling their children in private schools may be eligible for a voucher program. If so, you would be eligible for financial assistance to help pay for Montessori kindergarten tuition and other fees.
What Are School Vouchers?
School vouchers are a tool that gives parents additional choices when it comes to their child’s education.
Parents who choose to send their children to a private school may receive, in the form of a voucher, all or a portion of the funds that the local public school district would spend on their child’s education. That voucher may then be used for private school tuition.
School voucher programs are created at the state level but may be administered at the county or district level. Because of this, the specifics of voucher programs may vary widely.
Do I Qualify for School Vouchers?
If you are interested in using school vouchers to help fund your child’s Montessori kindergarten expenses, you’ll want to start researching early. Find the answers to these questions first:
Are Vouchers Available in My State?
Not every state offers vouchers or school choice programs. If yours does not, you’ll need to explore other options for paying your child’s educational expenses.
Does My Child Qualify?
Some school voucher programs have additional qualifications. They may be limited to special needs students or children living in districts that have failed to meet certain standards. You may need to gather documents that prove your child meets that criteria.
Is Montessori Kindergarten a Qualifying School?
Every private school must meet certain criteria before they are eligible for state voucher programs. Speak with the admissions staff at your school of choice to determine whether that school can accept vouchers. If they do qualify, they may be able to walk you through the application process.
Alternatives to School Vouchers
You may find that school vouchers are not available for you or your child. If that happens, don’t hesitate to explore other options. Some schools may offer scholarship programs, sliding scale fees, or payment plans. There may also be educational grants.
You should also research programs that may exist at the county or school district level. It is still possible that your child can attend the school you choose for them.
Also, if you believe your child is being excluded from a school voucher program unfairly, there may be an appeal process. That is something you would have to explore with your local school district.
The Montessori Children’s House offers preschool and kindergarten programs that inspire children to love learning. Our preschool and kindergarten programs are best suited for children aged 18 months to 6 years. It is our aim to help your child reach their greatest potential. Reach out today to begin your journey with The Montessori Children’s House.