Frequently Asked Questions
How do I schedule a Tour?
Tours can be scheduled by calling (206) 547-1433 extension 101 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org . Tours are offered on Thursday of each week at 9:30 am.
When did Our Beginning open?
Our Beginning opened Monday, January 4, 2010.
How can we enroll our children?
Information about Our Beginning's enrollment process can be found under the "Enrollment Process" tab.
Is there a registration fee?
A registration of one hundred and fifty dollars ($150.00) per child is required with each admissions application to secure a space or be placed on Our Beginning's waiting list if a space is not immediately available.
How does Our Beginning assign children to age groups?
|Infant:||6 weeks - 11 months|
|Early Toddler:||12 months - 24 months|
|Older Toddler:||24 months - 29/36 months|
|Preschool:||30/36 months - 5 years|
|Bilingual Spanish:||30/36 months - 5 years|
|Pre-K:||4 years - 5 years|
What are the Our Beginning's faculty/child ratios?
|Infant:||1 faculty for every 3 children|
|Early Toddlers:||1 faculty for every 6 children (12 - 24 months)|
|Older Toddlers:||1 faculty for every 6 children (24 - 36 months)|
|Preschool:||1 faculty for every 9 children|
|Bilingual Spanish:||1 faculty for every 9 children|
|Pre-K:||1 faculty for every 9 children|
- Special Note: The above staff/child ratios are below the required WAC regulation. However, at times Our Beginning may revert to WAC staff/child ratios.
Does Our Beginning provide part-time childcare?
Part-time care begins in our Older Toddler Program, for children who are 24 to 36 months, and continues into our Preschool Program. Our Beginning's Infant and Early Toddler programs are both exclusively full-time care only. Part-time enrollments are limited.
Will Our Beginning provide meals for the children?
Our Beginning is the first children's school in the nation to serve a menu of all USDA-certified organic meals to children. Our Beginning employs a full-time Chef and Chef's Assistant who plan and prepare homemade meals for the children. Meals served included breakfast, lunch and two afternoon snacks.
Is there a playground on-site?
Yes, Our Beginning has an on-site, outdoor playground and a dedicated indoor play area.
What security measures will be in place?
All staff members undergo background checks with the Department of Early Learning. In addition, Our Beginning has exterior lighting, a security-locked entry door, and a parking lot to ensure safe drop-off and pick-up of children.
Note: Our Beginning reserves the right to change and/or amend information at any time.