Here are the answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions! Still need more info? Contact us.
Can my child attend only 2 days week?
We get this question from time to time. We know balancing time with your little one at home and school is important. We’re built to provide a structured learning program, which is different from the flexibility of daycare programs. Why? Daycares who allow parents to drop-off and pick-up as needed, but our day focuses around supporting your child’s essential development. Having a routine and consistency to the week allows your little one to grow in ways we can track and support. We have goal assessments (you’ll see on Parent Night! 🙂 ) that ensure your child develops important literacy, math, social and life skills for kindergarten and beyond. Our 4- or 5-day enrollment options allow us this time together, so we encourage that.
How do you set your tuition rates?
90% of brain development occurs by age 5*. The impact of our choices on kids between 3-5 is immeasurable, however, many parents do not understand what kind of services they pay for when choosing a preschool. The right program** builds confidence, bolsters independence, instills a love for learning, and fosters a sense of purpose and important skills. A daycare offers very different learning experiences from a preschool (less skill-building for kindergarten and beyond). Research shows that early childhood learning correlates to later happiness and success, even into college, career, and marriage. Many daycares in Arizona use the term “preschool,” but we pride ourselves on offering education over just childcare.
Our tuition fees are competitive with area programs (check this the median cost in Arizona for preschool, which we meet). Here’s how we compare with a popular local daycare:
* from “Early childhood brain development has lifelong impact” https://azpbs.org/2017/11/early-childhood-brain-development-lifelong-impact/
** learn more on preschool guidelines from the Arizona Department of Education: https://cms.azed.gov/home/GetDocumentFile?id=54f0de92aadebe0a3cd50b23
I heard about your Scholarship Program. How can I get financial aid?
Unlike many preschools, we offer a scholarship program. Why? Some families can’t afford quality education, and a core part of our mission is that good education should be accessible to all who seek it. Scholarships are a form of financial aid available on a first-come, first-serve basis by need to lower your overall tuition cost.
We have a pool of funds set aside for anyone seeking financial aid. The amount and duration vary case by case. The best way to apply for funding is to reach us directly to determine the amount you’ll pledge to pay monthly against what funds are currently available. We’re here to help, so please contact us.
Childcare centers are profitable businesses. Why are you fundraising?
Typically, childcare centers are profitable businesses, yes. However, we aren’t a childcare center: we’re a school owned and operated as a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization. We exist as a contribution to the long-term health and vitality of the Verde Valley. Our cashflow goes straight back into the business to expand and support the growth of our school to fulfill our mission.
Non-profits are also fully functional businesses with a budget, however: if we don’t cover costs, we close our doors. Our expenses include highly qualified teachers, curriculum subscriptions, exceptional learning materials, and professional development. Daycares don’t have these expenses, but do have insurance, rent, utilities, snacks, supplies, etc. We pay for these expenses too while also meeting state safety standards for our space, playground, materials and activities, which isn’t free – or cheap.
We’re able to succeed in our mission by the significant scholarship and grant programs for which we fundraise and apply. We’ve met our goals due to the generous support of individuals, foundations and area organizations.
How can I support you?
Let’s all be grateful for so much love and support from the community for this school to be a reality. If you want to join as a volunteer, or to donate and offer support for our scholarship program,