Enrollment and Tuition
How can I enroll my child into MindBloom Preschool?
Enrollment at MindBloom Preschool is simple and is on a first come, first served basis. If there are seats available, parents will be able to enroll their child. We do not hold lotteries, keep wait lists (this may change at any time), nor do we charge fees associated with "holding" spaces (this may change at any time).
Contact us to schedule a time for you and your child to visit our school. We will be happy to answer any questions that you may have. During your visit, you will have the opportunity to meet us and learn more about what we have to offer. This time spent gives all involved an opportunity to get to know one another and to make sure that all personalities mix well, which is important and helps to ensure that all parties are comfortable with their surroundings and expectations.
After an onsite visit, the registration process may begin. There are various forms to be read and completed. Once forms are read, completed, signed, and the deposit has been paid, your child's space has been reserved and the final step is to decide on a start date.
How large are classes at MindBloom Preschool?
Our program accepts only small groups of children into each class, which allots for smaller teacher-child ratios of 1:3/1:4.
How are classes taught at MindBloom Preschool?
The program uses a rotating schedule with transitions between the blackboard, tables, and floor to teach all the daily routines and children are taught together. We do not separate children into age groups, as we have found that children learn best from each other when they are of varied age and classroom leadership naturally blossoms when all the students are not the same age.
The target languages are spoken 100% of the children's learning time.
We only speak English at home. Will learning another language hurt my child or prevent my child from communicating in English?
This concern is common among most families that are English speaking, but rest assured that children who are from English-speaking households or households where at least one parent speaks a language other than English, typically learn more vocabulary and perform better in school when exposed to at least one other language at an early age. This can even be true for children who have a language delay.
Via the Internet, there is much scientific research supporting children's language acquisition at an early age and the gains we have seen in our program are real proof that this research is correct. If you would like to learn more about this topic, you are encouraged to reach out to us, so that we can tell you more and invite you to a tour of our program!
Is STEM apart of your program?
Yes, indeed! MindBloom Preschool will support the childrens' quantitative reasoning with technology, math, and science-related activities where they will experience learning with diverse mediums. We use MacMillan Science Early Activities as the basis for our curriculum.
What are qualifications for staff?
Though MindBloom Preschool is small, we have BIG requirements for ALL of our staff, which are:
·An Early Childhood Education/Psychology/Teaching/Music background that includes, but is not limited to working towards or having acquired a college or graduate level degree
·A clean health AND criminal background, which includes FBI fingerprinting
·Current CPR and First Aid training and willingness to engage in other professional training
·Leadership and ability to engage in both academic and play activities with the children at all times
·A love and respect for children and adults from all backgrounds and walks of life
What calendar does MindBloom Preschool operate on?
We are open year-round, but we close on traditional school/federal holidays. We do not follow the DC Public School schedule, as we are an independent program. We may be open on days when other school programs are not.
What fees and costs are associated with MindBloom Preschool?
One affordable monthly tuition is assessed every four weeks, regardless of the day a child is enrolled. Tuition is not pro-rated at any time. The tuition covers primarily everything we offer at MindBloom Preschool--so families get even more benefits by enrolling with us! Please ask about current tuition during your visit.
Do you offer financial aid?
MindBloom Preschool is an independent and private program that does not offer any financial assistance.
We are not affiliated with public or charter schools or with any federal or state aid programs.
Does my child have to be potty-trained to be enrolled at MindBloom Preschool?
No, but we understand that "accidents” do happen J Let’s work together to build your child’s toileting independence in a manner that would be less frustrating to your child.
How diverse is MindBloom Preschool?
Here, our team make up shows that we are inclusive of EVERYBODY and encourage families from all regions, walks of life, and backgrounds to join us! MindBloom Preschool is an equal opportunity employer and educational program.
The number of boys and girls in attendance or who are enrolled is also very diverse, but is confidential information and we do not report on racial and other social demographics of our students/families because we feel they are not important--all children from all backgrounds need to learn and are welcomed here. We encourage invited prospective families to tour our program!
Is MindBloom Preschool equipped to work with exceptional children?
Though our staff has a desire to work with all children, at this time, we can best serve as a resource to assist you in finding a program that can best suit the needs of children who require more individualized attention.
What if my child has allergies?
No problem! We at MindBloom Preschool will ask you to note all known allergies on the appropriate enrollment forms and we will work with you and your child to ensure they are safe from things that can make them ill.
How often is cleaning done?
MindBloom Preschool is thoroughly cleaned throughout the day every day, which includes cleaning and sanitizing all materials and toys the children handle. Rugs and furniture are cleaned regularly and after spills and messes. Our cleaning products are effective in reducing the spread of germs and illnesses.
How does MindBloom Preschool deal with child discipline and guidance?
Here, we re-direct undesirable behavior, engage in positive modeling, and always speak with the children about what is acceptable and not acceptable ways to behave. Much of our daily curriculum will reinforce these habits, so that the children will have constant reminders of how they can positively get along with others. We believe in healthy conflict resolution with positive encouragement and parental involvement in this area is always key in how to handle behavior.