Quoting ~~My Pet Wussy~~:" Check the local church mother morning out preschool programs, they are significantly cheaper and generally offer 2,3,5 day schedules and are only half day"
important to remember though... daycare is a tax deduction, preschool is not.
call around. Every area has differnet costs. There is part time, wiht a set number of hours/cost.. or there is drop in. usually more per hour.. but no set hours you have to pay.
If you know you want LO in say.. mon wed friday for 3 hours each day... you find one that has openings for that... they schedule part time people for the other hours...
also.. check what their schedule is. I did part time daycare for social interraction with my twins when they were 3. I checked their schedule.. so I knew not to waste money dropping them off during naptime.