Frequently Asked Questions


What ages do you serve?

Children need to be 2 1/2 to begin at Children’s House, so children born in May can begin in November the year they turn 2.  Children as old as 6 can attend our regular classes.

Do children need to be potty trained?

No. We will work with whatever stage your child is at from diapers through potty training.

Do children need to speak English?

No. We have had over 30 different home languages attend our school, many coming to our school with no English.  In the past few years our non-English speakers have spoken: Italian, French, German, Mandarin, Hebrew, Marathi, Tulu, Urdu, Arabic, Farsi and Spanish.

Are full days available, is there a nap time?

We do have full day (8:00 – 3:00) available for children who are no longer napping.  We have a quiet time from 12:00 – 12:30 in-between the morning and afternoon sessions, but it is not suitable for children under 3, or those still needing a daily nap.

Do you work with children who have special needs?

Yes, we have had a strong history of working with all different physical and cognitive/developmental abilities.  We also welcome therapists into our classroom to work with children.

What is the ratio of staff to children?

At most times of the day, we have one teacher for every 6-7 children.  Our business director is also a fully qualified teacher for when we need extra support.  Every child receives one on one instruction on a weekly basis.

Do you offer lunch?

Children who stay for lunch are required to bring their own food.  We do provide healthy snacks for all the children both in the morning and the afternoon.  We cater for all dietary restrictions and food preferences.

Are you open year round?

No. We follow the Boulder Valley School District calendar, generally starting the Tuesday after Labor Day, and going until the Friday before Memorial Day.

What schedules are offered?

Our schedules range from 5 hours a week (2 days of 2.5 hour days) to 29.5 hours a week.  See our registration form for more details.

Is there before or after school programs?

Currently we don’t offer any care before 8:30 am or after 3:00 pm.

How much is tuition?

Tuition depends on the schedule and can be seen on the registration form, over the year the hourly amount averages approximately $14.00 an hour.

Do you offer a sliding scale?

We offer scholarship assistance to any family that finds tuition expense a barrier to sending their child to our preschool.  Scholarships range from 5% to 60% depending on circumstances.

Do you accept Colorado Preschool Program (CPP) or Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) families?

Yes, we accept both of these programs, but we have limited availability depending on the schedules required.

What is you discipline policy?

Children are viewed as coming to us as a blank slate with no prior experience in solving conflicts and frustrations. Teachers model, model, model how to get all needs met – physical, social, emotional, and cognitive, with language or body language signs (depending on ability or language proficiency). We describe to children how to recognize the nuances of people’s tone of voice, facial expression, and body language. All teachers and children are viewed as responsible and cooperate in making our preschool a peaceful, loving place. Peers are encouraged to offer advice to any other children who may be struggling to maintain a peaceful environment.

We do not use “time outs”.  Conflict resolution and problem solving begin as teacher mediated for children that need assistance, and then develop into child initiated negotiations. Our goal is to give every child the tools required to independently resolve conflicts and frustrations. Read More…