FAQ

What is the philosophy of Tillamook Preschool?
Tillamook offers a play-based curriculum where children can explore, discover and learn through play. Through a variety of active and quiet activities, children foster positive self-concepts and strong socialization between other children and adults. Through play, children learn about the world outside their own family, have positive separation from their families for a short time, and become excited about school and learning. In a play-based environment, with the support of our teacher, Anette, and parent helpers, the children build self-esteem, learn to make choices, negotiate conflicts and be respectful of others.,

How many kids are in a class?
We enroll up to 18 children in a class. Each day’s class is carefully balanced by age and gender. For the purposes of the enrollment process we divide the children into groups based on their birth year. Each class is formed with a maximum 60/40 ratio of both age and gender.

What is the ratio of adults to children?
Each day, there are three parent helpers in the classroom in addition to our teacher, Anette. So this means approximately a ratio of 1:4.

What class options do you offer?
Morning classes meet Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

With the multi-age program, families choose between two attendance options:
Two Day (Tuesday, Thursday) or Three Day (Monday, Wednesday, Friday).

What are the parent helping requirements?
• Families in the 2-day class will parent help about 1-2 times per month.
• Families in the 3-day class will parent help about 2-3 times per month.

Can I bring my younger child to school when I parent help?
If you are able to "wear" your baby, you are more than welcome to bring him/her while you parent help. While Tillamook is supportive of new moms, once the baby is mobile it is safer for your focus to be on the preschoolers and we ask that you not bring the younger child. Many families trade childcare for parent helper shifts.

What is the school's philosophy on discipline?
It is paramount for Portland Tillamook Preschool to be a physically and emotionally safe environment for preschoolers and their families. Therefore our behavior policy focuses on peaceful conflict resolutions skills as opposed to punitive actions such as time-outs and spanking. Our goal is to empower children to be problem solvers, to take responsibility for their actions, and to show empathy towards others.

How does snack time work?
Each day there is one parent helper designated to bring a snack for the class. Healthy, varied snacks and water are offered. Tillamook takes food allergies seriously and restricts certain foods based on allergies in the current class.

Who can apply to Tillamook Preschool?
We accept applications for children ages 2 ¾ to 5 years old. Your child needs turn 3 on or before December 31st and not turn 6 during the school year.

Does my child need to be potty trained?
Children do not need to be potty trained to attend school.

When are applications due?
Applications are due in our P.O. Box by Saturday, March 7, 2016 in order to be included in the lottery. Applications received after March 7th will be added to the end of the wait list in the order received.

Do you hold a lottery?
If we have more applications than spots available, we will hold a lottery. This year the lottery will be held on March 7, 2016.

When will I know if we have a spot?
Notifications will be sent by email no later than March 16, 2016.

What are my chances of getting a spot?
We will not know the number of applicants until the application deadline. Things do change throughout the summer and school year and since we have a multi-age classroom, placement on the wait list is not as critical as meeting the specifics of the position to be filled. For example, we might select #10 on the wait list to find a year older girl if that is what we need to fill to keep our classroom ratios.
Also, keep in mind that not everyone who receives a spot in the lottery chooses to enroll.

If we are offered a spot, what fees and tuition can we expect to pay?
A non-refundable registration/start-up fee of $100 is due two weeks following notification of class placement to reserve a spot in class. Tuition for the 2015-2016 school year is $106 per month for the two-day option, $148.50 per month for the three-day option. Normally there is a slight increase in tuition from year to year, to be finalized by the board in April. There is also a materials fee of $30.

Can we tour the classroom during a school day?
If you are offered a space in the lottery, we will have a short in class visitation for parents only.