Admissions & Classes

Normally speaking, our preschool program accepts children 19 months through five years of age.  However, due to our shift to a completely OUTDOOR program, we have changed admission age requirements and class structure to support the children in the best possible way.  As always, the primary criterion of eligibility is the child’s emotional readiness to be separated from his/her parents.

Admission to The Children’s Garden Preschool is open to children regardless of race, creed, color or national origin.

All information on admissions, age requirements and class cohort groupings are updated as a result of Covid-19 for the 2020-2021 year:

For the 2020-2021 year, Outdoor Cohort Classes as Small “Pods

Due to Covid-19, we shifted and restructured class groupings, reduced our already low child:teacher ratios and designed a cohort system.  As of August/September, 2020, we have only ONE mixed-age cohort made up of: 2 Starlings who come Tuesday-Thursday mornings from 9:15-12:30 and 8 Robins and Owls who come Monday-Friday mornings from 8:55-12:40. 

These two age groups would split into two separate cohorts if/when we have enough children to form the two age groups described below (with two dedicated teachers to each cohort or “pods”). Please see age names and groupings below, going forward for this year:

1. TWO YEAR-OLDS  (Starlings)

  • Children must be 2 years of age by September 1, 2020. 
  • Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday mornings each week, 9:15am to 12:30pm
  • Child-teacher ratio is 4:1 (maximum)                                                                     

2. THREE YEAR-OLDS (Robins) combined with FOUR & FIVE YEAR-OLDS (Owls)

  • Children must be 3 years of age or older by September 1, 2020. (Robins)
  • Pre-K Children who are 4 years old or more by November 30, 2020. (Owls)
  • Monday-Friday mornings each week, 8:55am to 12:40pm for Robins & Owls
  • Child-teacher ratio is 6:1 (maximum) 

All placement decisions for admissions are determined by The Children’s Garden teaching staff based on a child’s age and development, previous preschool experience and personality. When forming our classes, careful thought is given to the class make-up as a whole, striving for a healthy balance of gender, age and temperaments.