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Notchcliff Forest Preschool

For children ages 3-5 years old

Notchcliff Forest Preschool is a joyful way for young children to play and explore in nature. This is a drop-off program led by two caring adult guides with a maximum of 12 children.

2021-2022 Class Options:
Monday/Wednesday: The Chickadees
Tuesday/Thursday: The Spotted Fawns
Friday: The Earth Worms

All classes meet from 9:30-12:30 p.m.

Priority enrollment is open for returning families annually from Jan. 1 - Jan. 31. Open enrollment for new families is first come, first serve starting Feb. 1st. Learn more about the enrollment process here. You can join our Interest List for Fall 2022 to be notified when open registration begins.

Ready to register? Schedule your tour and sign up now!

Outdoor Learning

Classes take place 100% outdoors. We gear up and enjoy the weather, rain or shine, in all seasons! In extreme circumstances or emergency situations, we have access to a classroom in the main building of Glen Meadows Retirement Community.

Family Involvement
Families actively participate in our learning adventures! We welcome you into the forest to play during select Family Forest Days. We also offer monthly opportunities for families to attend a local outing at a nearby wild space for field trips. These outings allow families to develop kinship while we discover many more gems in our community. We also use this time to plan special activities with our 'grand friends' at the retirement community. (Calendar with details will be sent upon enrollment.)

Tuition and Payments
Tuition is based on what you might otherwise pay a sitter! Please note that enrollment is for the full program year (September - May). If space is available, some sessions may be prorated for Jan. - May.

The initial payment is due when you enroll and is non-refundable. The second payment is due Nov. 1, third payment due Feb. 1, and final payment due Apr. 1. Reminders with individual balances will be sent approximately two weeks before payments are due.  If you join partway through the year, we will prorate your tuition. See tuition rates here.

If you need financial assistance, limited funding is available. We never want funding to be a barrier to our program, but please know that assistance is limited and designed for families with significant financial need. Please contact us to learn more.

Enrollment Requirements
Your child must be three years old by Sept. 1 of the program year s/he begins. Toilet-training is not required, but please let us know about this sensitive topic in advance so we can best support your child's needs.

Family Agreement & Handbook
Immersive outdoor learning means just that - we are outdoors in all kinds of weather! Please read and sign the handbook and Family Agreement to acknowledge important policies that guide our program.

Our calendar, gear guide, and other helpful details are provided in your confirmation email. We look forward to amazing adventures with you and your child!