We hope that enrolling families are confident that this will be the best place for their family until their child is ready to go to Kindergarten. This is a big commitment! While we understand that unforeseeable life changes affect the future, we strongly encourage each family to perform enough research to make an intentional and informed choice that will contribute to the quality, consistency, and sense of community of our programs.
Here are some tips:
Create a family plan for beginning out-of-home care
Helpful topics to consider:
What is our flexibility for starting care?
What do we hope this new community will offer our child, us as parents, and our family?
What are factors that will affect our choice?
Some examples include:
- Location, Cost, Size, Setting, Age Ranges
- Philosophical/Pedagogical Approach, Outdoor Space/Time, Art and Science Opportunities
- Reputation, Community Involvement
- Extra Curricular opportunities (such as movement, music, and language exposure),
- Teacher Support: Training Procedures, Ratios, On-going Training opportunities, whether breaks are covered, health insurance, paid vacation/holiday time, livable wages, professional development funds, sense of ownership over the classroom.
Review the website and blog (tumbleweedinfanthouse.blogspot.com).
Questions to think about:
Do our days, tuition rate, hours, and location work for you?
Do the program goals align with your goals for your child and family?
Are you interested in an eco-healthy, low-ratio, in-home, and center-influenced environment?
Fill Out Our Contact Form To find out more about availability. We are available for all of your initial questions, requests for clarifications, thoughts, or wonderings. Please include your child's date of birth or due date, your ideal days/start date (and any flexibility), and how you heard about us.
Schedule a Tour
Our visits are available after school hours at both schools and in the mornings on Fridays for the Infant House. In your email, please include a few dates that work for you. After you've attended this after-hours visit, you may schedule an observation visit during business hours.
Knowing what your options are can help you feel most confident about your final choice.
Bringing questions that will help you discover whether each program fits your family plan for care can be extremely helpful.
Talk to current families.
We have a a variety of families who are happy and to discuss their experience here! Do you want to talk to someone who has been here since we opened? Someone who enrolled more recently? Someone with siblings here?