FAQ

What is a parent cooperative?
A parent cooperative preschool is organized by a group of families with similar philosophies who work together with trained teachers to provide their children with a quality preschool experience. Our preschool is administered and maintained by the parents on a non-profit, non- sectarian basis. Parents assist the professional teachers in the classroom on a rotating basis and participate in the educational program of all the children. Each family shares in the business operation of the school, thus making it truly a cooperative venture. Teachers, parents, and children share the experience of learning together.
 
What is play-based learning?
Our philosophy and belief is that children learn best through play. Play is the essence of creativity! At Kiddie Kampus your child will have time to experiment and explore with other children in a positive, safe, and nurturing environment. Under the caring guidance of our teachers our children make decisions, solve problems, and build friendships which, in turn, stimulate growth in all areas. Influential mentors of our play-based curriculum include preschool educators such as Bev Boss, Lisa Murphy, and Tom Hobson.
 
What is the Kiddie Kampus approach to discipline?
We will be using positive reinforcement that focuses on teaching children appropriate social behavior and encourages a positive sense of self. We define “appropriate behavior” as behavior that is safe to ourselves and others, behavior that is respectful to one and others and actions, which create positive results. We convey this to the children with these 4 simple rules: You must be SAFE, KIND, CLEAN & FLEXIBLE.
 
What is the schedule of a typical day at Kiddie Kampus?

8:45am Working Parents Arrive
9:00am Circle Time
9:15am     Inside Activity Play Time
10:15am   Cleanup
10:20am   Second Circle Time/Hand washing
10:30am   Snack Time
10:45am Table Story Time
11:00am Outside time
11:45am Closing Circle
12:30pm   Working Parents Dismissed  

What is the student to teacher ratio?
There are typically 21 students attending on any given day with 2 teachers and 5 or 6 parents working. The child to adult ratio breaks down to 1:3 or 1:4.
 
How many days can my child attend?
First year students under 4 years old are eligible to attend only 3 days a week. 4-5 years olds have the option of attending 3 or 4 days depending on availability.
 
Is the class separated by age?
There is only one, mixed age classroom.
 
What are the parent requirements?
All participating parents must:
  • Attend orientation at the beginning of the year
  • Work at the school one day a week
  • Attend a monthly school-wide meeting
  • Volunteer for at least 25 hours in a board position or helper position
  • Volunteer for at least 5 hours at fundraising and social events during the school year
  • Volunteer 3 hours on a school maintenance day
  • Purchase 1 family ticket to annual Spaghetti Feed
  • 3-5 on call duties per semester
  • Families also do weekend cleaning on a rotating basis; weekend cleans take about 2 hours and each family cleans about 4-5 times during the school year
 
What are the age requirements?
A child must be 3 years old by his/her first day of school.
 
What other requirements are there?
The child must be fully potty trained by the start of the school year (no Pull-Up diapers). Of course, we do understand accidents happen.
 
What is the application process?
The first step is to arrange to attend a tour, followed by attendance at our Information night in January. Applications will be available in January and the deadline to return them along with the application fee is in late February.
 
When will we hear if we were accepted?
Families will be notified in mid to late-March of their acceptance.
 
Do you have a wait list?
We have a waiting pool divided by age and gender to keep a balanced classroom.
 
When do we get our schedule of attending days and work day?
Once accepted, families will receive their attending and workday schedules in late July.
 
When do you start in the fall and what days do you have off?
Kiddie Kampus tries to closely follow the Alameda Unified School District calendar with the exception of our Parent/Teacher Kindergarten conference day in the spring. The first day of school is typically the day after Labor Day.
 
What holidays do you celebrate?
At Kiddie Kampus, we believe that a school community rich in diversity provides the greatest opportunity for students to grow, learn and explore. Holidays can be an exciting opportunity to learn more about the diversity in our school community; however, they can also be a busy time for children and their families. In an attempt to find a balance between these extremes, Kiddie Kampus has decided to explore the following holidays in the form of a weekly thematic unit: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Lunar New Year, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, and Mother’s Day.
 
What do you serve for snack?
Our snack menu is a rotation of organic fruits and vegetables, a carbohydrate (pita, bagels, crackers, etc.), and a dairy item (cheese, yogurt, or milk). Filtered water is also served each day.
 
Is there before or after school care?
We do not have before-school care; however, we do offer extended care for to up to 5 children 1 day a week on Fridays from 12p-2p. Children enjoy supervised lunch and free play with the teacher.
 
Do you have a Pre-K program?
Yes, Kiddie Kampus does offer a Pre-K program on Tuesday and Thursday from 12:00p-2:15p and a one day Pre-K program on Wednesdays. Students who are planning to attend Kindergarten are given first priority for admission into the program followed by students who are at least 4 years old. Current tuition rates are available on the Participation/Tuition page.

What enrichment programs do you have?
In 2016/2017, we offered a yoga, Lego and French class. 
 
What is the monthly tuition structure?
Please visit the Participation/Tuition page for current tuition rates.
 
Do you have a summer program?
Yes, we have multiple 1 and 2-week summer sessions. Enrollment forms for summer will be available in May 2017.
 
What are the school hours?

Monday  
Preschool: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Enrichment: 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Tuesday
Preschool: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Pre-K: 12:00pm - 2:15pm

Wednesday
Preschool 9:00am - 12:00pm
Pre-K: 12:00pm - 2:15pm

Thursday
Preschool: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Pre-K: 12:00pm - 2:15pm

Friday
Preschool: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Extended Care: 12:00pm - 2:00pm
   
What are your main fundraisers?
At Kiddie Kampus, we are able to keep our tuition low by asking our parents to participate in fundraisers to raise money for things that tuition does not cover. Some of our fundraising events include a Trike-a-Thon, Halloween Carnival, and our main event, a Spaghetti Feed with silent auction which will be held in February 2018.