Frequently asked questions
What is the philosophy of Tillamook Preschool?
Tillamook offers a play-based, child-led,
anti-bias 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 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 19 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, in addition to our teacher, there are at least three parent helpers present for the duration of the class day. This results in an approximate ratio of 1:4 adults to children.
What class options do you offer?
Morning classes meet Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 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. On parent helping days, you should plan to be at the school to help from 8:30 a.m. - approximately 12:45 p.m.
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. Tillamook is supportive of new moms, but 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 within our community trade childcare during parent helper shifts.
What is the school’s philosophy on discipline?
It is paramount for Tillamook Preschool to be a physically and emotionally safe environment for preschoolers and their families. Our behavior policy focuses on peaceful conflict resolution skills as opposed to punitive actions such as time-outs. 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 one parent helper is designated to bring a snack for the class. Healthy, nut-free vegetarian snacks and water are offered and children may join the snack table anytime they are hungry, up until "last call" for snack, typically around 11:00 a.m. Tillamook takes food allergies seriously and will restrict certain foods based on allergies in the current class.
Who can apply to Tillamook Preschool?
We accept applications for children ages 2 2/3 to 5 years old. Your child needs to 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 typically due the week after our annual open house in order to be included in the lottery. Applications received after that date will be added to the end of the wait list in the order received. Please view our
enrollment page for additional information and specific deadlines.
Do you hold a lottery?
If we receive more applications than spots available, we will hold a lottery to determine who will be offered a place in the class.
When will I know if we have a spot?
Notifications will be sent by email within 3 days of the application deadline.
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 the #10 applicant on the wait list in order to find an older girl if that is what will result in balanced classroom ratios.
If you are waitlisted initially, please keep in mind that not everyone who is offered a spot after the lottery chooses to enroll.
If we are offered a spot, what fees and tuition can we expect to pay?
In order to reserve your spot in class, a non-refundable registration/start-up fee will be due one week following an offer of class placement. Current tuition and fees are listed
here. Normally there is a slight increase in tuition from year to year, to be finalized by the board in April.
Can we tour the classroom?
We invite prospective families to view our classroom, outdoor play space and the indoor gym during our annual
open house. If you were not able to attend the open house and your child is offered a place at Tillamook, you can coordinate with our membership chair to tour the space.
What are Tillamook Preschool's vaccination rates?
Our class vaccination rates vary from year to year. Rates for the 2019-20 school year can be viewed
here. The vaccination rates for Multnomah County can be viewed
Will Tillamook reopen in fall 2020?
Tillamook Preschool will not resume normal preschool operation in fall 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, Tillamook will offer the opportunity to join our co-op on a monthly basis. Tillamook will offer a variety of benefits, and families can choose the ones that work for them. One of the benefits offered will be weekly “outdoor school,” led by Teacher Anette in the school yard with small, stable groups. See Our Latest News on the Homepage for more details.