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Children's Center Preschool Los Altos, California

frequently asked questions

Please view the enrollment page for specific registration dates, information and forms.

All of our Pre-K children are fully screened by their teachers in the late fall/winter. We then set up a conference with you to discuss where we think your child should be placed the following fall. This is a wonderful opportunity to ask questions.

Registration deposits and application fees are nonrefundable and nontransferable. Tuition is refundable in case of withdrawal, with 30 days’ notice in writing and up until May 1st, for the school year your child is registered. Tuition will be pro-rated and will be charged for that period, regardless of attendance. In the case of a school wide shut down, due to property damage, a public health emergency, or a natural disaster, tuition is not refundable or transferable.

All of our teachers and many of our assistants are credentialed teachers, or have the ECE units required by Licensing. We are very proud of our talented and dedicated staff and feel that they are one of the most important reasons the Children's Center is so special. Over half of the staff members have been with us 10 or more years. Several staff have been with us since we opened in 1998!

Tuition fees are set by the year. Please view the tuition page for specific amounts and payment dates.

No, we have chosen not to do that thus far.

No, we do not require that children be potty-trained. If your child is "training" or has occasional accidents we ask that you bring a change of clothes (clearly labeled) to school.

We are dedicated to the premise that one does not need to feel worse in order to behave better. Behavior improves as discouragement lessens. Teachers use "I" messages: "I can't let you...," and "I can see that you are very angry." No discipline that shames or belittles a child will be employed.

No. The Children's Center provides fresh fruit, various crackers, goldfish or pretzels, and purified water during each class time. Every month a snack schedule is posted at the Children’s Center. If your child has allergies please speak with the Director.

The Children's Center provides a snack during each class time. If your child wishes to stay for lunch (or come in early in the case of our afternoon students), then they bring their lunch from home — clearly labeled with their name and classroom. We are a peanut free school. Get more information about lunch

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