CASTLE Preschool & Child Care

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Enrollment

ADMISSION
Admission into our program is open to three to five-year-old children living in the Sebastopol Union School District. CASTLE Preschool often has a waiting list. You must first contact the preschool to be certain that space is available when you wish to enroll. Call Rebecca Rose at 707-829-4578, email rrose@sebusd.org or castle@sebusd.org. If CASTLE is not full, out-of-district children will be accepted as well. We accept applications throughout the year. Applications may be picked up on-site at the preschool or downloaded from this website. A non-refundable registration fee of $25.00 per family and a materials fee of $50.00 per child will be collected at the time of registration to guarantee your child’s spot.

REGISTRATION
Packets consist of the following:
the Admission Agreement
the CASTLE Child Care Enrollment Form
the CASTLE Monthly Fee Schedule with your child’s schedule
the Parent Authorization for Medical Treatment
the Parent Handbook
Licensing forms including: Notification of Parents’ Rights, Child’s Preadmission Health History, Personal Rights, and a Physician’s Report including immunization records.  Also included is our Incidental Medical Services plan.
The registration packet including the Admission Agreement must be completed prior to the first day of attendance. Immunization records must be on file before a child may attend preschool. An initial registration orientation is required to check the appropriate forms, discuss policies and procedures of the center, and fully answer any questions you may have about the program. This orientation must be scheduled in advance with the director. If the program fills and is not accepting new registrations, a waiting list will be kept and you will be notified immediately when there is an opening. Your child’s first month’s tuition will be due and payable on or before the first day of attendance.

TUITION
The Monthly Fee Schedule is included with your registration packet. On your Monthly Fee Schedule, you will contract for the amount of time you expect your child to be attending. You may choose either Full Days, Preschool Only (9:00 am – 12:00 noon), or School Hours (8:30 – 2:30). You may choose anywhere from two days to five days per week. Tuition is established prior to admission according to your child’s schedule. Your contracted rate will be charged regardless of time utilized. Tuition is due on the 1st day of each month prior to your child’s attendance. A statement will be placed on your child’s sign-in and out page. Please make checks out to CASTLE. Payments may be dropped in the mailbox near the entrance of Rooms 26 or 28. CASTLE SCHOOL AGE PROGRAM Children who have attended CASTLE’s Preschool program will be given priority for registration into our school age program at Park Side or Brook Haven Elementary School.

VACATION
If a child is going on vacation, and the director is given a written notice at least two weeks in advance, tuition is pro-rated when the vacation lasts a full calendar week, up to a maximum of three weeks vacation in a school year.

EXTRA HOURS/DAYS
Additional hours or days beyond those contracted will be charged at $7.00/hour and will appear on the following month’s statement. Any portion of an hour over 15 minutes will be billed as a full hour. Extra hours or days should be prearranged and will be granted only if space is available.

TUITION ADJUSTMENTS, SCHEDULE CHANGES, TERMINATION OF CONTRACT
If you have any fee schedule changes or a termination of services, you must notify the director or the business office, in writing, two weeks in advance. Schedule changes will be applied to your account on the first of the following month. If no payment is made for the current month and your child does not attend for two weeks without notification, we will consider your child dropped from the program and may schedule another child into that spot.

SIBLING DISCOUNTS
There is a 10 percent discount for families enrolling two or more children. The 10% is taken off the tuition of the sibling(s) with the lower tuition.

ALTERNATIVE PAYMENT PROGRAMS CASTLE accepts many forms of tuition assistance, including River Child Care Services, PACE APP, Sonoma Works, 4C’s, and InterTribal Council. Parents/guardians are responsible for contacting supporting agencies and completing the required paperwork for approval. Once approval is given to our agency, parents/guardians are responsible to complete the required paperwork for tuition reimbursement daily. If the proper forms are not completed by the set deadlines, the parent/guardian will be responsible to CASTLE for the contracted tuition fee, in full.