Dandelion is a play based co-operative preschool in which parents and teachers share in the operation of the school and are actively involved together in the classroom.
- Ages: 3 to 5 Years Old
- Hours: Monday through Friday from 9am to 12:30pm
- Extended Care: 8:30am – 9 am and 12:30pm – 2pm
- Class Size: 24 children to 6 adults (2 teachers and 4 participating parents)
Parents commit to regular classroom participation as well as other operational responsibilities. Parent participation involves:
- Regular classroom participation
- Monthly evening parent meetings
- Ongoing family job
- Two Saturday work parties
- Fundraising events
- Grocery or e-scrip
The level of weekly classroom participation depends on the number of days the child attends:
- 3 days per week requires ~3 participation days / month
- 4 days per week requires ~4 participation days / month
- 5 days per week requires 1 participation day / week
- 3 days/wk $327/mo
- 4 days/wk $435/mo
- 5 days/wk $544/mo
NOTE: These tuition figures are for the 2018-2019 school year, during which the daily program hours end at noon. Tuition rates for 2019-2020 have not yet been set but at the beginning of that school year, the daily program hours will be extended by a half hour, so tuition is likely to rise by around 16 percent.
Financial aid is available to qualifying families.