Admissions Policy and Enrollment Process


Admissions Policy

Membership in Youngset Cooperative Preschool is available without regard to race, color, religion, or national origin.

Youngset maintains a waitlist for each school year. Parents may place a child on a waitlist from birth up to the time a child is age eligible for enrollment. The waitlist is kept in the following order:

  1. returning students

  2. siblings of Youngset alumni*

  3. children of Youngset alumni*

  4. children from the waitlist by order of inquiry.

*Youngset alumni families qualify for priority registration provided they place the prospective student on the waiting list within: 18 months from date of birth, 18 months from date of adoption or 6 months of older sibling entering into Youngset’s Preschool program.

During the time that a family is on the waitlist, the position may change as families drop off the list, returning families add younger siblings to the list, or an alumni of Youngset returns with his/her child.

Every year, two groups of children are enrolled: Juniors (3 year-olds as of September 1st) and Seniors (4 year-olds as of September 1st). There is a maximum enrollment of 16 children per day in the Junior class and 18 children per day in the Senior class. Children may attend 2, 3, 4, or 5 days a week. Children entering both the junior and senior classes need to be out of diapers and pull-ups.

If the Junior class has not reached maximum enrollment by June 1st, students born after the September 1st cut-off may be added at the teacher’s discretion. The Registrar will contact interested families at that time.

The Enrollment Process

Prior to Enrollment - In order to register your child, please complete the waitlist application as it determines placement. You may fill out the waitlist application as early as date of birth. Your waitlist application will be processed in the order it is received (see Admissions Policy above). No money is necessary to be placed on the waiting list.

Fall - Registrar emails families on the waitlists to confirm who is still interested for the upcoming school year.

Early January - Registrar will request open house RSVPs along with providing tuition details to all families on the waitlists and enrollment forms to those at the top of the waitlists.

Mid January - Families may attend one or both open houses (optional). They are a great opportunity to meet our outstanding teachers, ask questions, visit classrooms and become acquainted with other prospective families.

January 30th, 2019* - Enrollment forms and initial deposits are due for families at the top of the waitlist. If the registrar has not received an enrollment form and payment for a top family by this date, they will lose their place and the next family on the waitlist will be contacted.

February 13th, 2019* - Confirmed schedules will be sent to initial families enrolled.

*These dates will be updated each October for the upcoming school year.

After the initial enrollment period, the registrar will work down the waitlist and contact families as necessary to fill the classes. There can be quite a bit of movement on the waitlists. When a space becomes available, the Registrar will contact the next family on the waitlist and let them know what days are available. The new family will have 24 hours to tell the Registrar whether they would like the spot.