Preschool Tuition 2020-2021

greenTuition in preschool programs is based on a child to teacher ratio of 6:1 for children 2.9 through 4 and 7:1 for Pre-Kindergarten. Please note that our prices in the 9 Month Morning Program reflect a 3.25 hour school day. Children are grouped in classes according to age. Tuition is non-refundable and rates are subject to change with or without notice.

9 Month Morning Program

(Morning Program 9:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.)

Program

10 Monthly Payments (9/1-6/1)

5 Day AM (M-F)

$683

3 Day AM (M/W/F)

$426

12 Month and 10 Month Program

(Available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

12 Month Program- Monthly Tuition

10 Month Program- Monthly Tuition

Up to 9 hours

Up to 9 hours

5 Day (M-F)

$1,590

$1,749

3 Day (M/W/F)

$1,229

$1,351

Registration Fee – An initial non-refundable registration fee of $100 per child is required at the time a registration form is submitted. Students must register for each school year and all outstanding fees and deposits must be paid in full prior to registration. Annual registration fees for the Children’s Center and Preschool are limited to a maximum of $200 per family per year.

Pandemic Supplemental Fee –  For the 2020-2021 school year families will be required to pay an additional fee for the cost of personal protective equipment (PPE), additional cleaning and cleaning supplies, and extra staffing needed to limit children’s exposure as 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.

Programming Options, Tuition Deposits and Payments

9 Month Morning ProgramThis program runs on a 9 month school year calendar from 9 AM-12:15 PM with vacations similar to the Framingham Public Schools. A copy of the preschool calendar is distributed during the summer and is available on request. A deposit equivalent to one tuition payment is due on or before June 1st. This deposit holds the child’s place in the program for the school year from early September through early June. Tuition payments are then due by the first of the month from September through June. This program is a 9 month commitment. Tuition is broken into 10 equal payments, September – June.  This program includes care on all days except for the days the center is closed as well as Winter break, February Break, April Break.

Extended Day ProgramThis program is only for children enrolled in the 9 Month Morning Program. This program is for families that would like to lengthen their child’s day on the 9 month schedule. Students enrolled in the 9 Month Morning Program can register for extended hours for the school year. This program starts on the first day of preschool and ends on the last day of preschool. Rates are on the backside of the preschool registration form. Drop in extended hours are also possible on an occasional basis as space is available. The Extended Day Program is closed when the morning preschool program is closed. See school calendar for details.

The 12 Month ProgramThis program operates on a year round calendar from 9/1-8/31. The 12 Month Program is closed on the following holidays: Labor Day, Columbus Day, Day before Thanksgiving (close at 1:00), Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day, Patriots’ Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, and two professional days, one in March and one in August. When preschool is not in session, children in the 12 Month Program participate in our vacation and summer programs at no additional cost. A deposit equivalent to one month’s tuition is due on or before August 10. This deposit holds the child’s place in the program for the full year from September 8th through August 31st of the following year. Tuition is due the first of each month beginning in September. A 12 month commitment is necessary for this program. This program includes care every day that a child is scheduled to attend and the center is open.

The 10 Month ProgramThis program operates from 9/9-6/30. Great Program for Educators! The 10 Month Program is closed on the following holidays: Labor Day, Columbus Day, Day before Thanksgiving (close at 1:00), Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day, Patriots’ Day, Memorial Day and one professional day, in March. When preschool is not in session, children in the 10 Month Program participate in our vacation program at no additional cost. A deposit equivalent to one month’s tuition is due on or before August 10th. This deposit holds the child’s place in the program for the school year from September 8th through June 30th. Tuition payments are then due by the first of the month from September through June. This program is a 10 month commitment. Families have the option of a 9 hour day schedule. This program includes care on days that the Morning Preschool Program is closed e.g. (Winter break, February Break, April Break).

Tuition Deposits: All deposits are adjusted annually. For those students who will not return the next year, the deposit, less any outstanding fees, is returned at the end of the program. As preschool places are extremely difficult to fill in the summer or mid-year, deposits and tuition payments are forfeited for students who do not begin or complete the school year for which they registered. If you choose to withdraw or make changes to your registered program, permanently or temporarily, before the end of the year, all or a portion of your deposit will be forfeited. See the Deposit Policy for more detailed information.

Summer Program – This program complements the school year. Children enrolled in the 12 Month Program are automatically enrolled in our Summer Program for their regular hours. Other students may attend all or some days with regular hours from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Extended hours are available. Information and sign-up sheets for the Summer Program are distributed in the children’s backpacks in February. See the Summer Program brochure for additional information.

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.

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.

Illness and other Absences – Because of staff scheduling requirements, credit or refunds are not given for illness or other absences. Please call the office (508-877-2593) whenever your child will not attend school.

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 Payment and Returned Check Fees – Monthly tuition payments are due on or before the first day of the month. A late payment fee of $20.00 will be assessed for each month in which the payment is more than 10 days overdue. Failure to pay the full balance by the 15th of the month following the month in which payment was overdue will result in immediate disenrollment from Circle of Friends. A fee of $20.00 will apply for returned checks.

Late Pickup – If a parent is late in picking up a child or drops off earlier than their scheduled program hours, a fee of $2.00 per minute will be charged to their account

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