Tuition

Thank you for your interest in Little Star School! We strive to be accessible to all children and families. We recognize that early childhood education and child care are major family expenses, so we maintain a robust financial aid program and set tuition rates below true costs to make it as affordable as possible. Our tuition income only covers 80 percent of our operating costs. The remaining 20 percent is covered by the fundraising efforts of our board, parents and community. If you would like to support our mission with a financial contribution, please visit our giving page or contact us.

Financial aid and discounts
Financial aid and DSHS payments are accepted. Please contact the associate director for more information and to apply to our financial aid program.

We offer a second child tuition discount of 10 percent, applied to the younger child’s rate. Little Star’s Kindergarten rates are offered at a 20 percent discount from normal Early Childhood Program rates.

Payment schedule
All tuition is figured on an annual basis and then broken down into monthly payments (12 for Twisp students, 10 for Winthrop), due on the 15th of each month. Please note that while monthly rates are the same for 10 and 12 month programs, average hourly rates are slightly lower in the 12 month programs.

Make-up days
All children receive a set number of make-up days for the year (to be determined when the school year calendar is finalized). Families enrolled on a Monday and/or Friday receive additional make-up days for the national holidays that fall on those days. For families with Monday through Friday enrollment, a discount equivalent to four make-up days is incorporated into tuition rates.

For more information about change fees, sick days, volunteer hour requirements and more, please see the Parent Handbook.

Early drop-off
Early drop-off is available from 7:45-8:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. Pre-registration required. The cost is $5.15 per day, billed monthly at a set rate.


2019–2020 MONTHLY TUITION


Twisp Infant Program

Pickup 1:00 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 5:15 p.m.
One Day $150 $237 $281
Two Days $310 $475 $561
Three Days $451 $712 $843
Four Days $602 $948 $1123
Five Days $732 $1159 $1372

Two days per week minimum; three days per week recommended.

12 month program, rates average $9.15 per hour.

 

Twisp Toddler Program

Pickup 1:00 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 5:15 p.m.
One Day $148 $233 $275
Two Days $295 $466 $551
Three Days $443 $698 $826
Four Days $590 $931 $1101
Five Days $723 $1137 $1346

Two days per week minimum; three days per week recommended.

12 month program, rates average $9 per hour.

 

Winthrop Infant Program

Pickup 1:00 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 5:15 p.m.
One Day $150 $237 $281
Two Days $301 $475 $561
Three Days $451 $712 $843
Four Days $602 $948 $1123
Five Days $732 $1159 $1372

Two days per week minimum; three days per week recommended.

10 month program, rates average $9.50 per hour.

 

Winthrop Toddler Program

Pickup 1:00 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 5:15 p.m.
One Day $148 $233 $275
Two Days $295 $466 $551
Three Days $443 $698 $826
Four Days $590 $931 $1101
Five Days $723 $1137 $1346

Two days per week minimum; three days per week recommended.

10 month program, rates average $9.30 per hour.

 

Early Childhood

Pickup 1:00 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 5:15 p.m.
One Day $144 $201 $235
Two Days $287 $402 $469
Three Days $430 $604 $703
Four Days $574 $805 $936
Five Days $703 $985 $1145

Three days per week minimum.

10 month program, rates average $8 per hour.

 

Kindergarten

Pickup 3:30 p.m. 5:15 p.m.
Four Days $644 $749
Five Days $788 $916

Kindergartners are an integral part of the Early Childhood program and multi-age classroom. We recognize the commitment families make to finish the Early Childhood Program and Kindergarten year at Little Star. With that in mind, Little Star’s Kindergarten rates are offered at a 20 percent discount from normal Early Childhood Program rates.

Four days per week minimum.

10 month program, rates average $6.40 per hour.

 

Why does Little Star charge tuition?

For most families throughout the US, childcare and early learning programs are a major monthly expense. Why do programs like Little Star need to charge tuition when there are free public schools for kindergarten through 12th grade? It’s an important conversation to have in our community. Please consider the following:

  • Public funding for childcare and early childhood education is extremely limited, and while our legislators are working on new ideas to change this dynamic, there is still no public option for preschool like there is for K-12 education.

  • There are very few private grants available for infant, toddler and preschool programming.

  • Tuition covers only 80 percent of Little Star’s operating costs. Together with you, our parents and our broader community, we fundraise the rest.

  • Through our Financial Aid Program, Little Star strives to create equitable access to childcare and early learning programs for families in the Methow Valley.

Research continues to demonstrate that high quality infant through early childhood education programs produce profound developmental, health and economic benefits for children and their families. With this in mind, early childhood education is clearly a sound investment in our children’s future. If you agree, join us as we strive to build a community where childcare is affordable and available for all.

How can I help?

  1. Call your state representatives and let them know you want to see more public funding for early childhood education.

  2. Help make childcare accessible in our Valley today. Little Star School is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, donations are tax deductible. Contact dani@littlestarschool.org or visit our giving page for more information.

 

Thank you for your support!