Waiting List for Fall 2019

HNP is full for the 2019-20 preschool year. If you would like to get on the waiting list in case of an opening during the 2019-20 preschool year, please fill out the application below. This application is NOT a waiting list application for any future falls.

2019-20 Application for Enrollment

How to Enroll For Fall 2019

Application Calendar

  • January 31, 2019: Applications for enrollment due. Applications received after Jan. 31 will be placed on a waiting list in case of mid-year openings during the 2019-20 preschool year only.
  • February 22, 2019: Class placement notification
  • March 1, 2019: Non-refundable deposit due to reserve your child’s spot (applied to May 2020 tuition payment)

The order for priority of enrollment is: 1) currently enrolled and returning children, 2) siblings of currently enrolled/alumni children who are on the waiting list, 3) children on the waiting list, 4) siblings not on the waiting list, 5) general public.

In order to apply for enrollment for half or full day classes fall 2019, you must submit an Application for Enrollment by January 31, 2019, with the non-refundable $25 application fee. You will be notified on or before February 22nd of your child’s placement. A deposit equal to one month’s tuition is due by March 1, 2019, to hold your child’s place. If we do not receive the deposit by March 1st, we will offer that spot to another child. The deposit will be applied to the May 2020 tuition and is non-refundable.

Once your child’s place is reserved with the deposit, you do not need to do anything until you receive the enrollment packet in May with the forms that you need to return to Hartley by August 1st. The September 2019 tuition payment is due by your child’s first day of preschool.

Thank you for considering Hartley Nature Preschool for your child’s preschool experience. Please feel free to contact Preschool Director Kaitlin with questions about the application process or about our preschool or to schedule a visit to see our preschool in action.


My child is already on the waiting list. Do I still need to submit an application for enrollment?

Yes, ALL children, including returning and waiting list children, must submit an application for enrollment and the $25 application fee. Children are not enrolled straight from the waiting list into a fall 2019 class.

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.

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 are unable to 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 before 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 most years 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.

Friday Morning Care 8:30-1:00

Looking for more time at HNP? We have an extended Friday morning class from 8:30-1:00! The Friday morning class is open to both full and half day children (except those already here for our M/W/F AM class). All children will bring a morning snack and lunch and will be picked up by 1:00 pm (before rest time). Friday mornings will be 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. Sign up for the Friday care option is a school year commitment, just like our other classes, and enrollment is limited to 16 children. The Friday morning class is only offered in combination with other HNP classes; children cannot enroll in only the Friday morning class.

Financial Help for Preschool

Yes, we happily accept county child care assistance and state Early Learning Scholarships. We also have a limited Hartley scholarship fund to help families that don’t qualify for county or state assistance, but still need help to pay for preschool. Please see our scholarship page for more information on applying for a scholarship to help you pay for preschool.

Can I get on a waiting list for future falls?

No, we are no longer accepting waiting list applications for future falls. We will be phasing out the waiting list starting after enrollment for fall 2019 is complete. We will honor the waiting list applications we have already received (for falls up to fall 2022!) with priority registration above the general public, but we will not accept any new waiting list applications for future falls. The waiting list has been useful in the past, but is now so large that it no longer fits our needs. Starting with enrollment for fall 2020, all applications received during the enrollment period will be randomly numbered and placed in a lottery.  Returning/alumni families will have priority for registration. Returning children and HNP staff children will be placed into classes first, followed by siblings of returning/alumni families, followed by all other applications. Placements will continue to be made in consideration of optimal learning environments, i.e.  balance of age, gender, and diversity.

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.

We feel that a switch to a lottery system will make enrollment more fair and clear for all families. Please let preschool director Kaitlin know if you have questions, comments, or concerns about phasing out the waiting list at or 218-724-6735.