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Frequently Asked Questions

What are your program hours?

First year children (3 year olds): Monday - Thursday, 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM Second year children (4 year olds): Monday - Thursday 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM Extended Care is available 5 days a week until 5:30PM, including all day Friday

How much is tuition and extended care?

Preschool program tuition is annualized. Extended Care is billed monthly. Since family needs can change throughout the year, Extended Care is adjustable depending on the child's age and number of days attending. SAN FRANCISCO 2024-25 Annual Tuition: - First year (3 year olds) $22,120 - Second year (4 year olds) $24,230 Monthly Extended Care Rates: - First year (3 year olds) (Monday-Thursday): $590 - First year (3 year olds) (Monday-Friday): $890 - Second year (4 year olds) (Monday-Thursday): $350 - Second year (4 year olds) (Monday-Friday): $650 OAKLAND 2024-25 Annual Tuition: - First year (3 year olds) $20,375 - Second year (4 year olds) $22,145 Monthly Extended Care Rates: - First year (3 year olds) (Monday-Thursday): $590 - First year (3 year olds) (Monday-Friday): $890 - Second year (4 year olds) (Monday-Thursday): $350 - Second year (4 year olds) (Monday-Friday): $650

What is your enrollment process?

First, register and join us for a Saturday morning, hour-long open house and enrollment learning tour. You can find currently available open house dates and register by selecting your location using the menu above. We understand that child care can be a challenge, but this open house is for parents only. We will share details about our school philosophy, values, and culture. Our goal is to address your questions and concerns, helping you find a school that is aligned with your family's unique needs and expectations. Shortly after, families will receive an online application. Families who apply will be invited to observe a typical weekday morning. We have a second open house just before we offer enrollment, where the whole family is welcome to explore, play, and react to the space. We want to meet your child, and we want you to be able to see the school from their perspective. Enrollment offers will be made on the common notification date in mid-March 2024. We invite families who accept enrollment to join us on designated Friday mornings during summer for "playdates". The currently enrolled children are excited to welcome new friends and show them around the school. This shared experience gives you, and your child, concrete experiences that you can refer to as you prepare them for their first day of school.

Do you accept mid-year enrollment?

Mid-year enrollments are accommodated on an availability basis. Tours and playdate visits will be scheduled according to your family's needs ahead of your start date. If your child is at least 3 years old and you're considering a mid-year enrollment, please visit our Contact page to get in touch. We are glad to chat with you about your family's needs!

What kind of child does well at The Room To Grow?

Choosing a first school for your child is a very personal experience. We believe that because we are a responsive, emergent program we are a good place for most children, but it is equally important that we are the right place for you as a parent. Our values need to be aligned with yours, as do our expectations for young children. We will help the most reticent child find their voice while at the same time guiding the most boisterous and extroverted child to notice and listen to that voice. They learn from one another and the personal and social development emphasized at this age is what we believe prepares children to be ready to navigate the expectations of Kindergarten and beyond.

What does Reggio-inspired mean?

In Reggio Emilia, children attend schools that recognize them as citizens of the World, view teachers and children as co-learners and co-researchers and the environment (indoors and out) as the third teachers. We are informed and inspired by their practice, making it unique to our setting and social culture. We emphasize competence and confidence by working alongside children and making time for practicing, noticing and struggling with materials, skills and conflicts. You can read more about the Reggio Emilia approach under the About Us section of this site.

How will I know what my child is doing and learning?

At TRTG you have a teacher-advocate who makes sure the teaching team knows about family changes, needs and questions while gathering and communicating the observations and documentation of your child's experience at school with you. We have a private online group where teachers document various projects and areas of the school in real time. This allows you to comment, ask questions and to look at the photos and videos with your child to prompt a meaningful and substantive conversation about their day.

Can I come visit the school?

Our Saturday open houses are when we open the school for interested families. It's a big deal to have strangers watching you, so we only do that in February for families who have submitted applications and are moving through the enrollment process. That way, we get to talk about having "a whole bunch of visitors for a few weeks" with the kids and they are ready to welcome you! The rest of the year, the school is theirs. To view currently available open houses, please visit your preferred location using the menu above.

Are you open year-round?

We follow the calendar for the public school district. We are off two weeks at Winter Break, one week at Spring and with a short summer break in August. Besides those, we take the major Federal holidays and three to four professional development days throughout the year.

Can I enroll my child for a couple days a week to start?

Our school is about building community, learning to navigate complex social skills and doing long-term inquiry based projects. For those reasons, it is important that all community members are there consecutive days. We find this really helps build engagement and quality relationships, and eases separation much sooner. Our younger students have a shorter day (8:00 AM - 1:00 PM), and Fridays are optional for everyone.

What is a commercialized childhood?

In a commercialized childhood: - Play is driven by branded toys, media, and storylines. - Kids interact with peers and adults mostly via commercial technology or screen-based play. - Children are seen as a mass market, and valued for what they can spend (or nag their parents to spend). - Toys, clothes, and other products are hyper-gendered and gender-segregated, because more products means more profits. - Kids' media is designed first-and-foremost to build brand loyalty, sell licensed products, and capture children's attention for advertisers. - Children's values are shaped by marketing messages. Thanks to the important work of

Why are licensed characters not allowed at The Room To Grow?

What we're focused on at our preschool is the impact the licensed products have on three distinct areas of a child's development and sense of themselves: - Positive and successful social interactions. - Creative and imaginative play. - Minimizing family stress. When children play with one another in an environment that is rich in materials that lend themselves to unlimited imaginative uses, the children are encouraged to think independently and creatively, then collaboratively. They use materials to create scenarios, tools, garb, and props that advance and enhance the play experience by employing the neutral objects around them in specific and assigned ways. There are also more available and better opportunities for all children to contribute to the narrative in a meaningful way, rather than just the one or two children who either possess the licensed signifier toy, or are most expert at the predetermined storylines of licensed children's content and characters.

What is The Room To Grow's approach to communicating with children?

One of the things we all struggle with at one time or another is being able to communicate with the children in our lives in positive, productive and respectful language once things get frustrating, heated or hurried. Most of us have also been exposed to methods of engaging with kids that are focused on getting a quick result rather than on building a vocabulary of navigation, self-awareness, dignity and respect. Several years ago, we came across the work of Tom Drummond, a professor emeritus who has generously shared his teaching portfolio with the rest of us, now that he is retired. His teachings on effective, respectful, and joyful communication, titled Enterprise Talk, has been revolutionary. He first offers, rather provocatively, three prohibitions when engaging with children: - No directions (nobody likes being told what to do all the time, including children ... furthermore, they learn little about self-management or constructive decision making when not given the space to practice either.) - No questions (for the sake of getting kids to perform or that are really directions repackaged into questions. For example, "What are you supposed to be doing right now?" isn't so much a question as it is a message of manipulation and disapproval.) - No praise (again, no empty-calorie praise...things like "cool" or "awesome" or "good job" usually have little depth or sincerity.) He replaces them with the following guides: - Description (Giving information about what is happening or what needs to happen casts the child as a participant rather than a subject. "I'm almost done making dinner, and we'll be eating soon. In a few minutes we will need to set up the table for dinner.") - Narration ("You have been really busy making a big block city on the table for your panda bears to explore. I'm going to get the napkins and silverware while you are finishing up their adventure.") - Subjective talk (Modeling with the bonus of appropriate observational vocabulary for future use "I'm going to start picking up the blocks that fell down here on the floor because we have to put away these toys before we can set the table for dinner.") - Non-verbal recognition (A smile, a wink, a high-five, giving one of the toy pandas a kiss good night as you place it on the storage bin. Sharing a moment of gratitude, companionship and collaborative success.) - Intrinsically phrased recognition (Noticing, out loud, the naturally occurring feelings that come with perseverance and constructive behavior.) - Enjoyment "Racing to sort all those blocks was fun wasn't it?" - Competence "You didn't drop a single one." - Cleverness "You had a great idea." - Growth and Change "You're sure getting strong!"

What is your COVID-19 Response?

The Room To Grow is open for business and continuing to play our crucial role in your child's development. We have taken numerous steps to protect our employees, students, and parents from the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19). We are actively tracking the pandemic and are making decisions based on guidance from health authorities.

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