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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is a co-op Preschool?
A co-op preschool is a parent-participation preschool where parents can interact directly with their children, other parents and professional staff. Parents help out in the classroom on a rotating basis, usually once every two weeks, heading up different stations in the classroom (such as Kitchen duty, Science, Art Assistant, Fine Motor, etc.)

2. How old does my child need to be to attend?
Pied Piper Preschool has two classes, A Session for the younger children and B Session for the older children.

  • In order for your child to attend A Session, they must be 2 years 6 months by September 1st.
  • In order for your child to attend B Session, they must be 3 years 9 months by September 1st.


3. What days/hours would my child attend?

  • If your child is eligible for A Session, he/she would attend Tuesday/Thursday from 9:00am - 11:30am
  • If your child is eligible for B Session, he/she would attend Monday/Wednesday/Friday from 9:00am - 11:30am
  • Optional Enrichment hours run Monday through Thursday, 11:30am to 2:30pm


4. I need my child to attend school longer. Do you offer any extended after-school care?
Pied Piper offers an OPTIONAL extended after school program called Enrichment. Enrichment begins directly after school ends and runs from 11:30am until 2:30pm. Class size is limited to 12 children in A Session and 15 children in B Session.  Two teachers are present and parents do not work/stay. Enrichment is an exciting part of Pied Piper because it offers the children new activities and different toys that they normally don't get to use during regular school hours. Children must bring a lunch, and the fee for attending Enrichment is $25.00 and is charged on a "per-day" basis depending on how many days the child is signed up for.

5. How much is tuition?

  • A Session (2y 6m by Sept. 1st) Tuesday/Thursday 9-11:30am $145/mo from Sept. to June
  • B Session (3y 9m by Sept. 1st) Monday/Wednesday/Friday 9-11:30am $208/mo from Sept. to June


6. Is there an application fee?
Yes, there is a one-time non-refundable application processing fee of $45.

7. Does my child need to be potty trained?
Potty training is NOT a requirement. We have bins for each child to keep an extra change of clothes, underwear/diaper at school. Teachers are the only ones who help with potty needs.

8. What is your discipline policy?
At Pied Piper, our goal is to allow children to grow and develop at their own rate in a comfortable and nurturing environment. Most forms of "discipline" are served in the form of redirection. Adults help the children learn to negotiate and use their words, not physical contact. The idea is to help the child learn how to work things out on their own, with assistance from the adults. This is a skill we nurture because it is an important skill, especially for those moving on to Kindergarten.

9. What are the other requirements/responsibilities of a co-op?
Along with working in the classroom several times a month, there are other requirements families are responsible for fulfilling.

  • You must hold a COMMITTEE POSITION or a BOARD POSITION. Some examples of committee positions could be things like Gardening, Costco Purchaser, or Outside Toy Maintenance. Some examples of a board position could include Parent Representative, Collections, or Membership.
  • You must complete 8 hours of Maintenance. The first Saturday of the month is reserved for all maintenance days, 4 hours each. You will sign up at the beginning of the year and complete two days (buyout option available)
  • You must complete 6 units of Fundraising. You will be on the committee of ONE of our school's 5 fundraisers. You can also earn more units by attending the other fundraisers or participating in the Dine and Donate days at local restaurants (buyout option also available)
  • You are required to attend the monthly meetings (2 absences are allowed each school year and there is typically no monthly meeting in December and February).


10. Can I take a tour of your school?
Yes! Please click this link to schedule a tour. Please note; you must tour the school prior to filling out an application.

11. What is the school's peanut/allergy policy?
We are a nut-free school. Any allergies that children may have are posted for teachers and parents to reference at all times.

12. Can I bring younger siblings when I co-op?
Pied Piper encourages you to consider finding childcare for younger siblings on your co-op day because it allows you to be fully present in the classroom. In some situations though, a parent may bring their unenrolled child to school when co-oping if the child is 2 years, 6 months up to Kindergarten entrance age. (Parents must first verify with the Substitute Coordinator that space is available in their co-oping session.) For the unenrolled child, appropriate release forms must be on file.         

13. Are there non co-op positions available?
We encourage families to be a part of their child's early education but understand that not every family may be able to participate in the classroom Therefore, we do offer a limited number of non co-op positions each year. Please note that you will still be responsible for fulfilling the other requirements such as attending monthly meetings, holding a committee or board position, and meeting the requirements for both maintenance and fundraising.