2022-23 Preschool Year
Thank you for your interest in Hartley Nature Preschool for fall 2022! Applications for the 2022-23 preschool year enrollment lottery will be posted soon.
2021-22 Preschool Year
The enrollment period is closed for the 2021-22 preschool year. Submit this waiting list application and a $25 application fee to be on the waiting list in case of openings for the 2021-22 preschool year. The 2021-22 waiting list application does not carry over to fall 2022 or any other future fall. Children who are on the 2021-22 waiting list do not receive waiting list status for any future fall, including fall 2022.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What changes has HNP made in response to COVID-19?
While adults will notice many changes to HNP in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, preschool probably feels pretty normal to the preschoolers. We are very lucky to have the abundant outdoor space of Hartley Park for our outdoor classroom during the pandemic. Fall 2021 COVI-19 policies and procedures can be found here: COVID-19 Policies and Procedures. COVID-19 guidance is changing rapidly and we are not able to share specific policies for fall 2022 at this time.
T/TH AM Class Offering
The T/TH AM class is for three year olds and young four year olds who have just had a birthday in June, July, or August. We’re happy to chat about your child’s specific situation if you would prefer the T/TH AM class even though your child is a bit older.
Full Day Offerings 8:30-4:30
We offer M/W and T/TH full day classes. Please note that our program is not designed for a child to attend both the M/W and the T/TH full day classes. We do not offer a Monday-Thursday or Monday-Friday full day offering at this time. The full day goes from 8:30-4:30. We do not offer early or after care at this time. Please know as you consider applying for the full day classes that returning children have priority for enrollment for the full day classes, which generally leaves very few spots for new children. Please consider indicating half day classes that would work for your family’s schedule on your child’s application so that we have the best possible chance of getting your child into our program.
Forest Fridays 8:30-12:30
Looking for more time at HNP? We have an extended Friday morning class called Forest Fridays that runs from 8:30-12:30! Priority for registration is given to full day children, though the class is open to both full and half day children. Children bring a morning snack and lunch and will be picked up by 12:30 pm (before rest time). Forest Fridays are a chance for a good dose of outdoor play as well as extended learning opportunities beyond what is covered in the child’s regular class. Signing up for Forest Fridays is a school year commitment, just like our other classes, and enrollment is limited to 16 children. Forest Fridays are only offered in combination with other HNP classes; children cannot attend the Forest Friday class only.
Financial Help for Preschool
Scholarships are available to help families pay for preschool. Please see our scholarship page for more information on applying for a scholarship.
Can I get on a waiting list for a future school year?
No, we are no longer accepting waiting list applications for future school years. Families will still be able to submit a waiting list application for a current school year, but that application will only be for a mid-year start of the current school year and will not carry over to the next school year. All families will still need to submit an application for enrollment every year.
The lottery systems makes enrollment more fair and simple for all families. Please let preschool director Kaitlin know if you have questions, comments, or concerns about the waiting list or a future fall at email@example.com or 218-724-6735.
My child is already on the waiting list. Do I still need to submit an application for enrollment for the fall of my choice?
Yes, ALL children, including returning and waiting list children, must submit an application for enrollment and the $25 application fee each year. Only children who have submitted an application for enrollment are considered for the lottery for each fall’s enrollment.
Immunization Requirements for Preschool
According to MN state law, a child cannot enroll in child care until they have received the minimum shots required by law or filed a medical or non-medical exemption. Children who have not had all their shots are at risk of serious illness and also pose a risk to the health of other children in our care and their families.
HNP must have records on file showing that each preschooler has been immunized against the following diseases or has a notorized medical or non-medical exemption: diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, Hib (Haemophilus influenzae type b), hepatitis A and B, chickenpox (varicella), and pneumococcal disease. Rotavirus and flu vaccines are recommended for all infants and young children, but are not required.
Learn more about each vaccine and why it is important: https://www.chop.edu/centers-programs/vaccine-education-center
MN Department of Health Immunization Information Page for Parents: https://www.health.state.mn.us/people/immunize/basics/healthykidspar.html