What is the adult-to-student ratio?
Roughly 1:3. On a typical day there are 2 teachers, 5 parents, and at most 21-22 students in the classroom.
Is food provided?
What is a cooperative preschool?
At Kiddie Kampus, families contribute a combination of tuition and volunteer time to meet the needs of the school. We are able to provide so many fun, enriching experiences for the kids thanks to the support and hard work from our community. Parents work with the teachers to do everything from coordinating field trips and fundraisers to stocking the kitchen. Participating in a co-op preschool can be very rewarding for students and parents alike. Learn more about why families choose our co-op preschool here.
What does the co-op time commitment look like?
Kiddie Kampus parents spend one day per week supporting the teachers in the classroom during the Morning Program. On a parent's designated work day, they arrive by 8:45 am to help set up and stay until around 12:30 pm to clean up and debrief. Additionally, families take on a Helper Position (event planner, art docent, snack shopper, gardener, etc.), participate at Kiddie Kampus events, assist with school maintenance, contribute one Parent Participation Project of their choice, and attend a monthly school-wide meeting. Please visit Tuition & Participation for more information.
Can more than one parent share a family's classroom volunteering responsibilities?
Yes, as long as they have attended a Kiddie Kampus orientation session and submitted the immunizations and TB clearance required by the State of California.
Does Kiddie Kampus run through the summer?
Kiddie Kampus runs August-June, closely following the Alameda Unified School District's school calendar for start, end, and holiday dates. We do not offer summer programs at this time.
How many days per week would my child attend the Morning Program?
At Kiddie Kampus, children who are 3 years old by September 1 attend 3 days per week, and children who are 4 by September 1 have the option to attend 4 days per week. Sometimes we are able to offer 5 attending days per week to older students but it varies year to year and is not guaranteed.
Is there an option to attend full-time?
We do not currently offer a full-time option. Learn more about our weekly schedule here.
Is my child eligible to attend Kiddie Kampus?
Children must turn 3 years old by September 1 of the school year that they will attend, and be potty-trained and immunized by the first day of school. Kiddie Kampus families must also be able to fulfill the tuition & participation requirements.
When can I apply?
The earliest families can apply is during the application period preceding the first school year their child is eligible for. The application period begins in late January following Info Night, and closes about a month later. After the application period, families are welcome to apply to join the Wait Pool. We are often able to offer spots to people in the Wait Pool over the summer and even during the school year.
If your child is too young to apply but you are interested in the school you are welcome to join us on a tour.