- Chickadees (Twos) will attend from 8:45 AM to 12:00 PM.
- Hummingbirds (Threes), Robins (Threes and Fours), Woodpeckers (Fours), and Falcons (Fives) will attend from 8:45 AM to 1:00 PM and children will eat lunch in class.
- Full-Time Program (12 months): Children who stay from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM will be in their age-appropriate class until 1:00 PM and then have an appropriate rest/quiet time followed by a snack, outdoor play, and enrichment activities until 6:00 PM.
- Chickadees may sign up for the lunch club until 1:00 pm. Chickadees are not eligible for per diem Early Drop-Off or Extended Day.
- Hummingbirds, Robins, Woodpeckers, and Falcons are eligible to sign up for per diem Early Drop-Off and Extended Day until 3:00 PM or 6:00 PM on a flexible basis.
Earthplace Preschool Policies and Procedures
Enrollment priority is given to currently enrolled students and siblings of children currently attending the school. Open enrollment for students not presently attending the school for the following year begins in December. To attend our Chickadees classes, children must be two years of age by the end of that September. To enter the Hummingbirds class the child must be three by December 31st. The Robins class is designed for older three-year-olds and younger four-year-olds. The Woodpeckers class is for four-year-olds, and the Falcons class is designed for older four-year-olds and younger five-year-olds.
Earthplace Preschool welcomes students without regard to their race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, ability, gender, or family structure.
Application for enrollment begins by filling out the Interest Form
Once we have received the interest form we will contact you to make an appointment for a tour of the school. This is a great opportunity to see the classrooms and students while in action as well as a time to ask any questions you may have regarding our philosophy, procedures, and curriculum.
Within a week of your tour of the school, we ask that you please email firstname.lastname@example.org to inform us of your decision.
Contract and Student Record Form
A contract and a Student Record Form is sent after we have been informed that you have chosen to have your child attend our preschool. Included in this contract will be a response date; at that time we ask for a non-refundable $300 registration fee, $700 contract deposit, and an Earthplace family membership, which starts at $90 for the year. The Earthplace family membership benefits include free or discounted program fees, newsletters, and access to Natureplace, Animal Hall and the 62-acre open space wildlife sanctuary.
Please send back the Student Record Form at the same time. The information included in this form is important for record-keeping, for helping the teachers to get to know your child in advance, and obtaining state-required information.
Tuition, Positive Guidance Policy, and Early Childhood Health Assessment Record
Tuition is paid in two installments: Half in July and half the following January. Payment options and scholarships are available.
In June a tuition bill is sent along with a Positive Guidance Policy and Early Childhood Health Assessment Record.
We ask that you respond with the tuition and a signed Positive Guidance Policy and Early Childhood Health Assessment Record so that we can properly maintain our records. Your child will not be able to attend school until we have received all the necessary forms.
Provisional enrollment period and withdrawal
We do not have a set provisional period. We work with families to help make the transition a positive individual experience. We try a variety of techniques including our usual home visits, parent and child orientation, adding a teacher for an introductory period, and additionally having the parent stay. If after these and other possible techniques are used, and the family and teachers come to a mutual decision that the child is not benefitting from being in school, the child may then withdraw without owing for the upcoming year.
Another reason that a child may withdraw is because they have been accepted into a preschool for special needs. Usually this has been done as a part of a process that involved a referral by the school. In this case the families are also not expected to be liable for the yearly tuition.
Withdrawal and expulsion
When children have challenging behaviors, the school and the families work together to design a plan that can support the needs of the child and the classroom. Some of these solutions may be referral to the public school, working with professionals that the family has chosen, referral to Birth to Three, use of the Early Childhood Consultation Project (for us this is Mid-Fairfield Child Guidance), and use of our social service consultant and/or our early childhood consultant. If after trying a variety of techniques, we find that our school cannot appropriately support and manage the child within the classroom setting, we will ask that the child be withdrawn from the school. The families will not be expected to be liable for the yearly tuition.