Frequently asked questions

How do I enroll my child in the program?
Learn more about how to apply by visiting our Getting started page. We enroll children throughout the year on a first-come, first-served basis. Spaces are limited and are not guaranteed.

Is Options For Learning's Full-day Preschool program right for my family?
To qualify for Full-day Preschool, families must meet state and/or federal income guidelines and meet requirements to demonstrate that they qualify for full-day care. A few examples of meeting the requirements for full-day care include employment, attending school/training, being incapacitated, or looking for work. If a family does not meet state or federal income guidelines, there is a limited number of spaces available for full-cost families. Full-day Preschool offers priority to children who are in foster care or are homeless.

Is this program going to prepare my child for kindergarten?
Yes! The teaching staff at Full-day Preschool are highly skilled and trained educators. We believe that each child learns at his or her own rate, so we are prepared to help your child gain all the skills necessary to be successful when entering kindergarten. Teachers plan daily lessons to facilitate growth in physical development and health, social and emotional development, creative arts expression, language development, literacy knowledge and skills, logic and reasoning, mathematics, science, and social studies.

What are the program hours?
The majority of our classrooms are open from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. A few classes are open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Our program is in operation the entire year, and we only close on federal holidays and a handful of days for staff training. Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our hours have been modified to 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to allow for enhanced cleaning and sanitizing protocols.

How much does the program cost?
Subsidized monthly family fees range from $34 to $583 and are based on family size and average monthly income. The full-cost family fee is available upon request. Family fees can be paid online.

Are meals provided for my child?
Yes, we provide breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack each day for our children. Meals are provided to all enrolled children at no cost to parents through our participation in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). Our program also makes accommodations for children with special dietary needs.

How long can my child stay in Full-day Preschool?
Upon certification, all children enrolled in our full-day CSPP (preschool) program are certified for no less than 24 months for preschool. Families who enroll in our CCTR (toddler child care) program are certified for no less than 12 months.

My child has special needs, can you help?
We welcome children with special needs. Our federally funded programs offer additional resources and services for children with special needs. Our disabilities coordinator will be happy to meet you and your child to see if our full-day program is the appropriate fit for your child’s needs. 

How will you teach and care for my child?
Our teachers educate and care for your child using the HighScope curriculum. As described on the HighScope website: “In HighScope programs, there is a consistent framework for the day that provides a balanced variety of experiences and learning opportunities. Children engage in both individual and social play, participate in small- and large-group activities, assist with cleanup, socialize during meals, develop self-care skills, and exercise their small and large muscles.”