Admissions:

Admissions Policy: Playgroup in the Park, is an independent school that welcomes students and faculty of all backgrounds, values diversity, and is committed to providing a dynamic, safe, and respectful learning environment for all and using the Reggio Emilia model for its inspiration.

Program Ages:

Playgroup: Children must be between 6 months and 2.5 years old as of September 1st of the year they are enrolling for. Exceptions will be made on a case by case basis.

Infants Playgroup: Designed for children between 0-6 months of age at the time of their first session.

Community Playgroup: Designed for children 5 years old or younger at the time of their first session.

Little Echoes Drop Off Program: Children must be at least 3 years old and fully potty trained prior to September 1st of the year they are enrolling for.

Registration will begin March 15th at 2pm.  Registration is first come first served.  All Registrants are required to attend an Open House/Information meeting prior to registering.

Playgroup Tuition:

Public registration is first come first served and opens 2pm March 15, 2016. To register, visit our website www.pgip.org.

We require a minimum of 15 students to run each section.

A NONREFUNDABLE $650 deposit and $95 registration/ application fee is due upon registration.  The balance of:

$2,260 is due by 6/30/16 for three day a week group

$4,570 is due by 6/30/16 for five day a week group

Costs include program tuition, artist quality materials fee, field trip fees/tickets, all parent and school programs, and all weekly outing tickets/admissions fees 

* note five day option carries a $600 tuition discount!

A nonrefundable deposit and registration fee is due upon registration to secure your spot with the remaining balance due by 12pm June 30, 2016.  Failure to pay in full by June 30, 2016 is considered an automatic forfeiture of your class slot and the registrant’s deposit and registration fee.  Registration is not complete until confirmed by Playgroup in the Park.

Refund Policy:

Summer Programs, Infant Playgroup, and Community Playgroup tuition is NONREFUNDABLE. Full tuition is due upon registration. There is no deposit.

Playgroup and Little Echoes Refund Policy:   Class deposit and registration fee is due upon registration and is NONREFUNDABLE.  Tuition balance is due by June 30, 2016 by noon.  Any intent to withdraw from the class should be indicated in writing and will result in forfeiture of deposit and registration fee.  Withdrawal after June 30, 2016 at noon will result in an additional fee of $150 and is conditional based upon a suitable replacement being found to fill the open slot.  Withdrawal after August 15, 2016 will result in full forfeiture of deposit, application fee and full tuition.  The Board of Directors of PGiP reserves the right to withdraw any family from the program.

Wait List Policy: PGiP admits students on a first come first served basis for all programs. Students who register for the program after all the spaces have been filled will automatically be admitted to the wait list.  If a space becomes available Playgroup will attempt to contact the next family on the wait list over a 48 hour time period.  If PGiP receives no response the family will be removed from the wait list and PGiP will move onto the next wait list family.

School Closings: PGiP follows Montgomery County Public Schools for holidays and weather related school closings.  PGiP has a 2-week winter break, is closed the week of Thanksgiving and has a 2 week spring break.  Specific dates to be announced in your welcome packet.

Parent Policy: Playgroup in the Park is designed for parents and children to attend together. By enrolling in this program, parents are solely responsible for their children at all times and are committing to attending and participating in the program with their child. Babysitters and nannies are not permitted to attend in place of a parent in the parent playgroups (morning classes for 2016/17 playgroup). For some extenuating circumstances such as grave illness or birth, exceptions may be made at the discretion of the Founder or Board of Directors . With prior written permission a grandparent or relative may be given permission to attend for a short, defined period of time. In addition to daily classroom attendance, parents are required to attend all Playgroups at Night. Parents are expected to come once a semester to help maintain the classroom either prior to or after scheduled class time. Parents are expected to come consistently and on time, in play clothes ready to play.

Late arrival/ Early Dismissal Policy: An accurate accounting of program participants must be maintained at all times for emergency preparedness procedures. Upon arrival parents and children are expected to hang their belongings up in the tearoom and wash their hands prior to entering the classroom. Arrival anytime after the class has begun is considered late. In the event of a late arrival, parents are expected to proceed with putting belongings away and the hand washing procedure. Parents are then expected to wait until after welcome meeting has completed, proceed directly to the facilitator/teacher for the class and notify him/ her that they have arrived and may then proceed to begin play with their child. Repeated late arrival is considered disruptive for the child and class and may result in action by the Founder. Departure from class prior to to conclusion of stories and songs is considered early dismissal. If for any reason a parent must leave early they must notify the facilitator/teacher prior to departure.