Preschool & Pre-K

For preschool and pre-kindergarten, we have full- and part-time options for children ages two and a half through five. There is a maximum student to teacher ratio of 7 to 1, offering individualized attention daily.  See below for more details, check out the Philosophy Overview page, and attend one of our Informational Tours to get additional questions answered.

 

Age Groupings Flow of the Day Tuition Rates
Registration Paperwork Calendar & Handbook Tuition Assistance

 

Environment & Materials in the Preschool

 

Age Groupings
Each year children will be divided into two or three groups, roughly according to age. However, the groupings may change from year to year depending on the make-up of the ages overall and on individual children's needs. The children will spend morning meeting time in their groups, but for the rest of the day will be interacting with children from all groups.  This mixed-age environment allows children to have opportunities to learn from older children and mentor younger children, creating a family-like atmosphere.

 

Each group is assigned one or two advisor teachers. The advisor teacher will be the parents' first point of contact for questions and concerns about their child. However, we do have a co-teaching environment which allows all teachers and children to get to know one another. Again this helps us to feel much like a family, where teachers constantly model cooperative communication.

 

Children in any age group may attend half-days or full-days for any consistent number of days each week, with a minimum of 2 half-days. Parents may select their days at registration time. Please note that children must be 2 1/2 on the day that they start, and we do NOT require that they be potty-trained.

 

Flow of the Day

These times are flexible and change as needed, depending on the group’s interests and the flow of the particular day, but this can give you an idea of what a day is like:

 

~8:00 (about 1 hour) Free Play - For those children arriving early, this is a time for free play with others or individually or small group work with a teacher.

 

~8:50-9:20 (about 30 minutes) Children Arrive and We Greet Each Other - We offer a fairly long drop-off window because we understand that it is very difficult to arrive exactly on time with small children.  We also want to have ample opportunity to welcome each child individually and ensure a smooth transition.  We will work with you to find a consistent drop-off routine that works for you and your child.

 

~9:20-10:10 (about 30 minutes) Free Play - Once the children are settled in to the day, we like to offer them plenty of time to fully enjoy whichever activity they have chosen to participate in.  Then, once they start feeling hungry, there is a natural transition point for cleaning up and starting our meeting time.

 

~10:10 (10-30 minutes) Morning Meeting and  Snack - This is a special time of day where we gather in small groups to have a chance to talk and listen to one another.  We often sing songs, read books, share about our weekends, discuss ideas for the day, or just chat about an interesting topic.  We ask that parents make every effort to arrive prior to meeting, as it can feel awkward for children to try to say goodbye mid-meeting.  While meeting, we provide a healthy snack, usually fruits or vegetables and a grain, which we try to rotate.  The teachers and children enjoy coming together to chat with one another as we continue to further our plans for the day.

 

~10:30 (about 1 hour) Unscheduled Time - The greatest gift we can give the children is this large block of unscheduled time, during which anything can happen.  Teachers set out provocations, children and teachers host offerings, children create their own activities using the rich materials in the environment, visitors and community members share their talents and expertise, and spontaneous events occur (from caterpillar sightings to dance parties).  Because we do not have a rigid structure, we are able to thoroughly enjoy this time and delve deeply into whatever we may be doing in that moment.

 

~11:35 (5-10 minutes) Clean Up - We work together as a community clean up from our morning activities.  Children are expected to help, but the focus is on participating in some way so that everyone feels involved rather than overwhelmed.

 

~11:45 (5-30 minutes) Lunch Time - This is one of the children's favorite times of day as they at last get to crack open their beloved lunch boxes to see what treasures have been packed inside.  We all enjoy sitting down together as a community to enjoy a meal.

 

~12:30 (5-45 minutes) Quiet or Outside Time - We all generally go outside after lunch, which is where you will usually find your child for half-day pick-up. This is a great time to do a quick check-in with a teacher about the day, to spend a moment playing with your child in the sandbox, or to catch up with another parent. 

 

~1:00 (1-3 hours) Nap or Still Time - Children that stay all day will either take a nap or have Still Time, depending on their needs.  We like to work with parents to determine if the child still seems to require a nap or is ready to be awake all day.  Those children that do not nap can choose a quiet activity for a period of Still Time.  This allows us all to take a moment to slow down and relax after a busy morning.

 

~2:30 (10-30 minutes) Snack Time - As children wake up from nap or wrap up their afternoon work they will have the opportunity to reconvene for an afternoon snack.

 

~3:00 (1 hour) Free Play & Cleanup - Most children will leave at this time, but those who remain will be able to play freely and will have opportunities to help teachers clean up for the day.

 

Tuition & Paperwork for 2014-2015


Registration Fee

For 2014-2015 there is a $190 registration fee for new families (this also covers a required parent orientation class) or a $165 registration fee per child per year for returning families.  Fees will be pro-rated for students entering mid-year.  There is also a one-time $200 Parent Education Fee for each new family, which includes a Communication Skills Workshop.

 

 

Regular Tuition
Tuition is calculated for the entire year and is divided into three equal trimester payments. The tuition rates are as follows:

 

Trimester Price 2014-2015

2 Days

3 Days

4 Days

5 Days

Half Days

9am-12:30pm

$850

$1,275

$1,700

$2,125

Full Days

9am-3pm

$1,454

$2,181

$2,908

$3,635

 

 

Add-On Hours
The payment for Add-On Hours works exactly as the tuition does – it will need to be pre-paid in three equal trimester payments. The Add-On rates are as follows:

 

Trimester Price 2014-2015

1 Day

2 Days

3 Days

4 Days

5 Days

8am-9am

$122

$244

$366

$488

$610

3pm-4pm

$122

$244

$366

$488

$610

 

Sibling Discounts
Any siblings (after the first child is enrolled) will receive a 5% discount on Tuition and Add-On Hours.

 

Drop-In
The rate for drop-ins (days or times other than your regular schedule) is hourly, at $9.75/hour, and payment will be required ahead of time or on the day of. Families that are not already registered will need to allow for extra time on the first visit to fill out the required paperwork (health status forms must be filled out prior to first visit).

 

Registration Paperwork 2014-2015


Reservations
After attending an information session, and upon receiving an offer to enroll, you may reserve a space for your child by filling out our Payment Contract for 2014-2015 and providing us with the registration fee and the first trimester's payment.

 

Registration Paperwork
In addition to the payment contract (above), you will need to fill out the following paperwork prior to their start date in order to complete your child's registration:

School Calendar & Family Handbook

 

2014-2015 School Calendar

 

2014-2015 Family Handbook

 

Tuition Assistance

We are excited to be able to accept a limited number of CCAP students in the preschool, so please let us know if this is something you are interested in.

 

 

 

Why is this school so different?  It has lots of places instead of just one room.  I think it's good.

-Sadie, age 3