Q: What are your Parent / Co-op Requirements?

UMCPB offers 2 levels of parent participation; or optimal flexibility to meet your family’s needs. Tuition is adjusted based on the level of participation:


Full Co-op

– Assist in the classroom approximately 1 day/week

– Assume a school job

– Participate in two school maintenance days/year (buyout is available)

– Attend 2 parent meetings per year (buyout is available)


Non Co-op

– No classroom or school job requirements

– Participate in two school maintenance days/year (buyout is available)

– Attend 2 parent meetings per year (buyout is available)


Q: What ages can my child attend UMCPB

Children ages 24 months to 5 years, as of September 1st of each school year, are eligible to attend UMC.


Q: I am unsure of our plans for next fall, can I still hold a spot?

Application acceptance packets will be sent mid-March 2021.  To secure your space for Fall 2021, UMCPB must receive your Enrollment Agreement and Tuition Deposit within 2 weeks of acceptance packet sent date.  Once received, your child will have a confirmed space in the specified program.  Tuition Deposits are non-refundable.   If you choose not to pay the Tuition Deposit within the 2 week time frame, we will release the spot for another child.  We will continue to welcome and enroll students as space and safety allow on a first come, first served basis.  


Q: I am interested in the Mixed Ages class… but how do you challenge children at different developmental stages in one class? 

Children of all ages will learn and be intrigued in our mixed ages class!  We start by offering materials and projects that interest children with various difficulty levels; allowing them to self-select their skill level and choose to challenge at their own pace. We encourage Peer Learning where children help one another, teach and learn from  each other which fosters leadership, empathy, patience, and flexibility skill sets.  Additionally, we will work with children in small groups to hone in on gross and fine motor skills as developmentally appropriate.  


Q: How much does it cost to ‘buy out’ of a Maintenance Day or Parent Meeting?

As a Co-op school, we help to keep tuition costs low by asking one parent/guardian per family to participate in Maintenance Days, giving their time and talents back to help improve the school grounds.  We require each family (regardless of Participation Status) to complete 2 School Maintenance Days per year, one in the fall semester and one in the spring semester. Families can ‘buy out’ of Maintenance Days for $125 per Maintenance Day.  


Part of our ongoing commitment to UMC families is to offer continuing education on relevant topics.  We require each family (regardless of participation status) to attend 2 School Meetings per year, at least one in the fall semester and one in the spring semester.  Families can ‘buy out’ of Parent Meetings for $75 per Parent Meeting.


This commitment is at the family level.  If you have multiple children enrolled in the school, you will only be required to participate as 1 family (i.e. not duplicate effort).


Q: Will there be snacks provided by the school? 

Not at this time. All food and/or snacks must be brought from home.


Q: Does my child need to be potty trained?

Your child does not need to be potty trained, but we ask that you bring diapers and an extra set of clothes for your child to be kept at the school.


Q: What happens if I have twins or two children enrolled at UMCPB?  Do I have double jobs/co-op commitments? 

Parents/guardians with more than one child have a choice.  Full Co-op status would mean taking one job but working two different days (1 day in each class or 2 days in the same class).   If Non-Co-op, then parent/guardian need only fulfill one community level commitment to the school.   You may combine (Full and Non Co-op) to work 1 day in class and have 1 school job.


Q: What are my chances of getting in?

Enrollment is processed on a first-come, first-served basis via the date/time that your online registration form is submitted. New families and alumni must tour the school before submitting the online registration.  Application acceptance packets will be sent out on March 12, 2021.  After March 12, 2021, we continue to accept applications on a rolling basis.


Q: What is the cost of attending UMCPB?

 See the Program Fees and Information on the first page of this document for specific information on your desired program(s).  UMCPB charges a $100 non-refundable registration fee upon processing your application.  Once accepted to the program, we require a tuition deposit (equal to 1/10 the annual tuition or the monthly tuition associated with your program(s)) be returned within 2 weeks of application acceptance being sent.  If this is not received by that date, UMCPB will release the spot to another child.

UMCPB has a limited amount of financial assistance available to families who demonstrate a need.  Please email president@umcpreschool.org for more information on our confidential process.