Our “Kinder” group is a maximum of fourteen children ages 4 1/2 to 7.  It is a mixed group of  Pre-K, Kindergarten and 1st grade students with two teachers, for a student to teacher ratio of seven to one.  Kinder students may attend half-days or full-days, with a minimum of two days, and parents have the option of adding before or after school care.  The Kinder program often combines with the Preschool program in the afternoons for an opportunity to work with an even wider age-range of peers.

Why Consider Patchwork for Kindergarten?

  • Does your child just miss the cutoff for public school kindergarten and you want to offer them an enriching year prior to their Kindergarten year?
  • Do you want to offer your child another year or two in a play-based enrivonment before they transition into a more traditional school?
  • Are you considering homeschooling and would like some support and community while you get started?

Did you know that in many other countries, such as Finland (who has some of the highest test scores internationally), students don’t start school until age 7?

We create opportunities in this program for students to be exposed to math & literacy concepts that help them feel confident going into grades K-2, while continuing to focus on Social/Emotional well-being, play, hands-on experiential learning, creativity, and community collaboration!

Kinder Environment

The main Kinder space is in its own building near the back of the property, with a large wrap-around outdoor space. It also includes a separate art studio full of beautiful windows and bright light.

The Kinder loft is a favorite spot!
The outdoor space is full of natural materials, climbing spaces, edible plants, and more!
Two children work on a project in the Kinder Art Studio.

I can’t even express in words our gratitude, and am extremely thankful that you decided to open such an amazing school. It has truly been a life changing experience to be part of this community. My only wish is that I could be there more. I know that [my son] will look back at these years and feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to have this type of education.  [The teachers] have been pivotal in his transformation.

Parent, 2013

Tuition Rates

Kinder 2019–2020 Tuition Rates

Registration Fee $225 per year. Siblings $200. Pro-rated for mid-year start.

By choosing the Quarterly Payment option, you can save an additional 2.5% by paying on time with cash or check

Quarterly Payments
(once every three months)
Monthly Payments
2 Full Days1790
2 Half Days$1,050$350
3 Full Days$2,685$895
3 Half Days$1,575$525
4 Full Days$3,580$1,193
4 Half Days$2,100$700
5 Full Days$4,475$1,492
5 Half Days$2,625$875
Each Hour Aftercare$153$51
Payment Due Dates Quarterly Payments Monthly Payments
Fall Quarter Aug 20th – Nov 9th 6/10/19 6/10/19 7/10/19 8/10/19
Winter Quarter Nov 13th – Feb 22nd 9/10/19 9/10/19 10/10/19 11/10/19
Spring Quarter Feb 25th – May 23rd 12/10/19 12/10/19 1/10/20 2/10/20
Summer Quarter June 3rd – August 9th 3/10/20 3/10/20 4/10/20 5/10/20

Note: Each quarter is 12 weeks long, except for Summer, which is 10 weeks + 2 weeks of free drop-ins

Drop-in Rate: $13.25 per hour