Online preschool or local preschool… that is the question… let’s explore the differences between both so you can finally decide, once and for all, which preschool to start first so you don’t mess up! It is not as tough a decision as you might think. And we are here to help you every step of the way.
How Did Online Preschool Get Started?
You’ve probably heard of a local preschool. Maybe you attended one as a child, maybe you sent your own children to one, maybe your children attend one now. Or at least they may have been attending one several months ago, pre-COVID-19.
These preschools were thriving, until they had to close their doors in the spring of 2020. Suddenly there were a lot of children without a preschool to attend and a lot of preschool owners with no income. And online preschool was born.
What Is The Difference Between Online Preschool and Local Preschool?
The major difference is obvious—local preschool meets in person at a certain location and online preschool meets virtually via the internet. The other main differences are class times, class sizes, and tuition prices.
Which Preschool Is Faster To Start?
Both models can be started in about 30 days. However many of the barriers that stopped women from starting a local preschool in the past are no longer applicable with an online preschool. (Things such as getting approval from your local planning and zoning or getting licensed in your state.) So even though both can be started in 30 days, many women are finding they can get an online preschool up and running faster, with less stress.
What Is The Difference Between Class Times For Each Kind Of Preschool?
The class times in a local preschool are about 2 ½ hours in either the morning or afternoon, and between 2-5 days a week. An online preschool class has two parts, Teaching Time and Preschool Pals. Each part is 30 minutes long and is also between 2-5 days a week.
Which Business Model Has Higher Tuition Prices?
Local preschool tuition prices vary widely depending on where in the country you live, from around $120 to around $250 per month, per child, and even higher than that in some larger urban areas. Online preschool tuition is usually around $70-$150 per month, per child.
But, If Tuition Is Less For Online Preschool How Can I Make A Full Time Income?
With an online preschool you can teach up to 100 students at a time in your teaching Time classes and then a smaller number of 5-10 students at a time in your Preschool Pals classes so you have the opportunity to make quite a bit of money with the online preschool model.
While there are some major differences and major similarities in both models, both can be quite profitable. Whether you want to start an online preschool or a local preschool, the resources found on PRESCHOOL.ORG can help you get started and support you every step of the way.