Hawthorne Family Playschool Enrollment Application
Hawthorne Family Playschool is a mixed-age, play-based cooperative preschool fostering self-awareness, relationships with others, and connections to the natural world. Our teacher/director, Susan Eisman, has more than 28 years of experience with young children and families. She draws from the practices of Reggio Emilia, Waldorf, Re-evaluation Counseling, and peace activism. She partners with deeply invested parents to provide a nurturing learning community in which children and families thrive.

The HFP community welcomes families who are eager to roll up their sleeves and share their interests, passions, and skills to help enrich a learning environment worthy of our children. We embrace diversity, welcoming families of any race, color, sexual orientation, ability, and national or ethnic origin. We encourage our families to share ideas and resources, reach out to each other for play dates, arrange childcare swaps, and generally just tap into the positive energy that comes from connecting with each other around the children we love.

At HFP we value the intimate connections that are made through family participation. We value parent contributions and share a sense of ownership over their collaborative efforts, our program and community thrive. Our outstanding preschool program and vibrant community would not flourish without the conscientious participation of all our families. Please take a moment to review the Family Commitments outlined below before filling out the application.


Classroom Shifts - In a 6 -7 week period, each family is scheduled at least once in each of these roles: Classroom Helper,
Snack Parent, and Alternate/Lunch Bunch. Every 12-14 weeks, 2-day families should plan on working about 6 shifts and 3-day families should plan on about 8-9. (Or you may pay for the Opt Out Program).

Jobs - In addition to parent helping in the classroom, each family must hold a job or board position that contributes to running our school.

Work Parties - Families are required to participate in an outdoor work party to maintain our natural playscape.

Community Meetings - We meet one evening a month at the school. Meeting regularly allows us to support our program and connect as a community. All families are expected to send at least one representative to these monthly meetings.

Tuition - HFP is pleased to offer a sliding scale tuition. Families may also apply for tuition assistance to offset the cost of our program.

Fundraising- Tuition alone does not cover compensation of our teacher and the operating costs of our school. Fundraising is HFP’s other source of income, and each family must contribute to achieving our fundraising goals.

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