Time and Money

Finding the best preschools in the communities of Livingston, Maplewood, Millburn, Short Hills, South Orange, and West Orange, NJ

The variety of options for childcare and preschools in these areas can be overwhelming, especially coming from extreme populations on both ends of the spectrum.  This is a good thing and a bad thing.  There are endless possibilities regarding how to piece together childcare for your children, but which route is the best for you?  And do you have time to spare researching these possibilities?  Here are a couple questions to consider when looking for the ideal situation for your family.

  • How many hours of care do you need each day?  This will narrow your search immediately.  Some preschools and daycares operate the full workday with options for early drop-off and extended care in the late afternoon/early evening.  The preschools with half-day programs will require the presence of a parent or guardian.  Do you work from home?  Would you like for your child or children to receive individualized care from a childcare professional for the hours they are not in school?  Something to think about.
  • What is your budget for childcare?  Most tuition rates are based on the academic year, from September thru June.  Do you prefer to pay for childcare monthly or quarterly?  While there are a few preschools with sliding scale tuition fees based on a family’s income, this is rare.  There are also scholarships available in some preschool programs.  The tuition expenses for preschools run the gamut based on your need and ability, and if you prefer to add individual childcare to the equation, that must be factored in as well.