Our goal is to admit like-minded families into our programs. Playmates is a school that values parent participation, parent education, and an adherence to the values and philosophies of our programming. We are a school that values the importance of play, the expression of feelings, and a social culture that benefits the children, families and staff, with children always being our number one priority.
Each year in August, Playmates welcomes our families to their new school year. Our children range in age from 2 1/2 years old to just under 6 years of age. Our trained staff members approach each day from a lens of free play, exploration, and discovery that guides each child on their individual path to school success. We admit children at the beginning of the school year in August, as well as in January. Please note that enrollment start dates outside of these time frames are unlikely and require the approval of the Executive Director.
Admissions Process & Timeline
Step 1: Tour the School
All families are required to attend a tour of the school as part of our enrollment process. Tours are offered 2-3 times monthly beginning in October and ending in April. During your tour, you will have the opportunity to see our program(s) in action, speak with parents in our community, and interact with our Executive Director and/or teachers. Families will have ample time to view our facilities, including both indoor and outdoor spaces. Tours are an opportunity to ask any and all questions, so please don’t hesitate to ask about any item that will help you gauge if we are the right fit for your family.
Step 2: Apply
Families may apply for enrollment online through our Registration Portal. Families are also responsible for a non-refundable $50 application fee. Our application is an opportunity to express your desired enrollment days, your interest in teaching with us, as well as any extended care you may require outside of our regular programming hours.
Step 3: Meet & Greet
Families who attend a tour and complete an application will be invited for a Meet & Greet with the Executive and Administrative Directors. All primary caregivers, as well as the child the family wishes to enroll, must attend this meeting. While the child explores our space, potential members will have the opportunity to review any questions and concerns they may have. The Executive Director will answer questions related to school philosophies and general aspects of day to day programming for the children, while our Administrative Director will field questions related to the potential member’s desired schedule, member responsibilities, and general cooperative life at Playmates. This is also an opportunity to tell us why you want to join a parent cooperative, as well as what you hope to gain from this experience, learning alongside your child.
Step 4: Acceptance
Letters of acceptance will be distributed on Friday, March 1, 2019 for the 2019-2020 school year. In order to secure your space with us, families must accept their offer no later than end of business on Friday, March 8, 2019. Upon acceptance, families are required to pay a non-refundable registration fee of $175. Enrollment offers for Wait Pool families will be made after the March 8 Registration due date. Any families who are not initially accepted should feel free to contact us with any questions or follow up items.
Step 5: Enjoy!
Cooperative life is a rewarding experience for families, who are given the gift of becoming integral components of their child’s schooling and everyday life. While we all take our roles and responsibilities very seriously on campus, we still want all members to enjoy themselves, and have fun. We hope you do as well!