The answer to this questions depends on where you live, and what you want out of your kid's education. Nowadays, you pretty much have to get the kid into a PreK if you don't want them falling behind. When the kiddo was in that age range, we lived in a place where there wasn't a public preK option. Most preKs won't even consider you unless you are on their waiting list a year prior to the starting preK date, and you aren't getting on that without having been enrolled in their daycare program.Lol. So yeah, $1000 a month is pretty much a necessity.