How Do I Apply?

All of our classrooms are currently full and the waiting list is closed.  Please fill out the form on the Contact Us page to learn about unlikely openings, Open House, news from OPFS, and ECE news from the area.  Our next enrollment period will be in February 2018.

Enrollment Process

Current families and families currently on the wait list receive priority enrollment in January.  

There will be a parents-only Open House on February 15th for new and interested families.  The application link will be posted on our website on February 16th at 7 am.  The application link will be available on our website for 10 days.  After this period, we no longer accept applications or add families to the waiting list.  Interested families may still join the contact list.  You must apply separately for each child in your family.  There is a $25 application fee per child for new families.

After the application period closes, spots will be filled with new students based on a lottery system.  Families will be notified by mid-March whether your child has received a spot or been placed on the waiting list. Families will remain on the waiting list until given a spot or they asked to be removed.  You do not need to reapply each year.  As your child ages, they move up the classroom waiting lists.  

Once it is determined that there is a space for your child or children, we will call or email you to offer you the spot.  Please respond ASAP.  Once you have accepted the spot, you will receive a welcome letter confirming the specifics of your enrollment.  

Please note that we cannot predict when your child will have a spot, nor can we provide you with any information on what space your child currently is in due to the many variables that determine a child’s spot on the list.

What is different for Summer Camp?

There will be one link for Summer Camp and one link to apply for all other programs.  If you are applying for both summer camp and school year care, please use both links. Once we receive both your application and fee, your name will be entered into the lottery. 

There is not a lottery for summer camp.  Spots are filled on a first come, first serve basis.  There are several weeks near capacity with current families. You will receive a confirmation by mid-March along with a link to pay the $50 summer camp registration fee. Once we receive that fee and the confirmation back from you, you will be considered registered.  You do not need to pay the fee until you are invoiced.

How do you fill any open spots?

We look at the waiting list for that age group and go down the list, beginning with current families first.  Even if the days or schedule do not match what you have asked for, we will offer it to you when your name comes up.

A few things to know:

  • You will have 3 days to respond to any spots offered
  • Half a months’ tuition will be due to secure your spot
  • You can turn down a spot 3 times without having to reapply for the waiting list

Any waiting list tips?

If you have more than one child we highly suggest accepting the first spot that becomes available.  Then you are considered a current family and will be higher on the waiting list for the other children.
Pay attention to email.  We will contact you a few times a year, and again in January of 2018 to confirm if you would like to stay on our waiting list.   If we do not hear back from you, you will lose your spot on the waiting list.

What if I just want to stay connected and not apply?

If you would rather not apply or be on the waiting list, but want to hear about potential openings and happenings at OPFS, feel free to fill out our contact form on the website.