Children’s Center (Infants/Toddler) Tuition Schedule and Policies 2020-2021

redMonthly Tuition – The non-refundable tuition is payable on the first of the month in advance of service.  These rates are subject to change with or without notice. Hours given are per day. Daily hours that fall between those in the schedule are rounded up to the next given hours.   Full day hours are 8AM to 5PM.

Teddy Bear Program - Infants (8AM-5PM)

Number of Days

9-Hour

5 days

$2,149

4 days

$2,118

3 days

$1,713

2 days

$1,237

Penguin Program – Young Toddlers (8AM-5PM)

Number of Days

9-Hour

5 days

$2,007

4 days

$1,980

3 days

$1,593

2 days

$ 1,154

Ladybug Program – Older Toddlers

Number of Days

9-Hour

5 days

$1,864

4 days

$1,838

3 days

$1,474

2 days

$ 1,070

Ladybug Program – Jr. Preschoolers approx. 2 yrs. to Preschool Age

Registration Fee – An initial registration fee of $100 per child is required at the time a registration form is submitted.  An annual re-registration fee of $100 per child is due by August 3rd to secure the child’s place for the following September if the child remains registered through the summer. All outstanding fees and deposits must be paid in full prior to registration.  Registration fees for the Children’s Center and Preschool are non-refundable and are limited to a maximum of $200 per family per year.

Pandemic Supplemental Fee – CoF will charge a monthly pandemic supplemental fee. This fee will be used to cover the extra cost of supplies for classrooms, cleaning, and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as well as extra staffing required by EEC’s Minimum Requirements for Health and Safety. The fee is $125 per child per month with a $200 cap per family. This fee is due as part of your monthly tuition on the 1st of each month. This will not be charged should there be a required closure.

Tuition Payments in the case of a building shutdown due to a natural disaster, pandemic or building emergency – Should a state mandatory shut down require childcare facilities to close for a period of time due to a state of emergency, an outbreak of COVID-19, inclement weather or any type of emergency, tuition that was paid in the month of the closure will not be refunded. For any closure lasting more than a week daily virtual curriculum/classes/connections would be offered during the time of the closure.  Should a state mandatory shut down last for at least 2 months, tuition will be billed at 50% with a guarantee of holding your child’s spot.  Should a state mandated closure extend longer than 3 months, CoF will reassess tuition payments.

Deposit – If Circle of Friends is able to accommodate your child a tuition deposit in the amount of the child’s monthly tuition is due at the time of registration. This deposit will hold the child’s place in the program. The deposit less any outstanding charges will be returned following the child’s departure from school, assuming conditions for return of deposit are met (see Withdrawal). The tuition deposit is forfeited if the child does not start the program for which they are registered.

Withdrawal during an extended shut down will result in the loss of your tuition deposit and your child’s spot when we reopen. If you wish to return, your child will be put on a waiting list; re-enrollment is not guaranteed.

Delay of Enrollment –  If a child does not start at the Center on the starting date specified on the registration form, the full tuition is assessed from this date in order to hold the child’s place. Full tuition is also due in the case where a parent chooses to start with a reduced schedule.

Sibling Discount – A sibling discount of 5% is applied to the least expensive regular tuition charge. Sibling discounts do not apply to additional hours or special programs.

Additional Hours – Space permitting, temporary additional hours can be arranged by contacting the Assistant Director. Your child’s regular set hours, however, can not fluctuate to accommodate temporary changes.  Charges, assessed in half-hour increments, are due on the day of service. Please check with office regarding hourly rates.

Change of Program – Space permitting, permanent increases in a child’s regular schedule may be made immediately by completing a Change of Program form. Tuition rates will be prorated for the effective date of the change. Permanent reductions in a registered program may be approved with one month’s notice and will only take effect at the start of a month, except during a shutdown. Temporary schedule changes cannot be accommodated, except through the use of additional floating hours and if a child reduces their program mid year, Circle of Friends cannot accept a deposit (or reserve a spot) for re-enrollment in advance.

Holidays – Holidays are taken into account when setting the yearly tuition. Tuition for those months containing holidays is charged at the regular rate and is not reduced. The Children’s Center will be closed on the following days during the school year: See school calendar for actual dates

Labor Day                                      Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Columbus Day                               President’s Day
Thanksgiving Day                          2 Prof. Development Days (usually in March/August)
Day after Thanksgiving                  Patriots Day
Christmas Eve and Day                 Memorial Day
New Years Eve and Day                Independence Day

Illness and other Absences – Because of staff scheduling requirements, credit or refunds are not given for illness or other absences, including vacations.

Emergency Conditions – Circle of Friends will be open unless there is severe inclement weather, a state of emergency, a natural disaster or a pandemic occurs.  Closing of the school is at the discretion of the Director.  In case of a closure a detailed message will be left on the school answering machine by 6AM (508)-877-2593 and an email will be sent to parents no later than 6:30 AM. A building emergency may require the school to close early due to safety concerns.  The Program Director will e-mail parents with details under these circumstances.  Full tuition is due for months in which emergency conditions require the Center to close.

Late Pick-up Fee – Unless a Change of Registration form is submitted, or arrangements for temporary additional hours have been made, parents will be expected to drop-off and pick-up children at the time specified on their registration form. If a parent is late in picking up a child a late charge of $2.00 per minute late will be charged to their account.

Late Payment and Returned Check Fees – Monthly tuition payments are due on or before the first day of the month in advance of service. A late payment fee of $20 will be assessed for each month in which the payment is more than 10 days overdue. A fee of $20 will also apply for returned checks. Tuition checks can be mailed or dropped off in the office by the first day of the month.

Withdrawal –Notification of withdrawal must be in writing and received at least 30 days prior to a child’s withdrawal from the program. Withdrawal will be effective the last day of the month for accounting purposes. (Tuition will not be prorated for withdrawal mid-month). If these conditions are met, the deposit less any outstanding charges will be returned following the child’s last day.  Once a child withdraws or reduces their program mid year, Circle of Friends cannot accept a deposit (or reserve a spot) for re-enrollment in advance.  Withdrawal during an extended shut down will result in the loss of your tuition deposit and your child’s spot when we reopen. If you wish to return, your child will be put on a waiting list; re-enrollment is not guaranteed.

Circle of Friends does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, disability, cultural heritage, political belief, marital status, gender, or sexual orientation.

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