Preschool FAQs

How is your preschool handling the COVID-19 pandemic?

For the 2021/22 school year, we plan to reopen for part-time, in person classes. This is an evolving situation, so we will make changes as necessary for the safety of our staff and families. We will follow all of the Early Learning Divisions (ELD) guidelines for safe reopening.

For virtual tours and open houses for the 2021/22 Preschool year, please click here to learn more.

We are offering virtual preschool package for the remainder of the 2020/21 school year (through May 2021). You can learn all the details about our Virtual Preschool Experience here.

How do I start the process of enrolling my child?

For the Fall 2021-22 program, you can take the following steps to register:

Complete the form here to sign up for Fall 2021-22 classes and pay the $75 here registration fee here. *the registration fee is refundable if we change the preschool due to COVID and you decide to withdraw.

Check out our main preschool page for availability, open house dates, and tour dates:

If you have any questions, please email This is another way to get the process started. Typically, we like to have the parent tour/observe the school, then complete the application paperwork, and pay the registration fee to secure the students spot in class. We are a small and flexible non-profit program, so we try to accommodate parents and students where they are.

For the 2020/21 school year, we are doing a Virtual Preschool Experience.

For the 2021/22 school year, we are hosting virtual Open Houses/Tours.

Does my child need to speak any Italian?

No! We have kids with all levels of Italian – from none at all to fluent. It makes for an excellent mix of levels and learning. Our program is deeply child centered, so we work with the children where they are to immerse them in the language in a way that makes them comfortable.

What are the requirements for admission?

The child must be 3 years of age and potty trained. 

*for the Virtual Preschool Experience, the child must be at least two and have access to a computer with video and sound.

Do you provide food or snacks?

No, we do not provide food at the school. We ask that parents include a healthy lunch and snacks for their children, along with a bottle of water. 

*For Fall 2021-22, as we get closer to the new school year, we may change the policy regarding eating food in the school space, as that may be a safety issue.

Do you have an outdoor space?

Yes, the Ramona has a playground in the center of the building for outdoor play. 

*Depending on the COVID guidelines, we may or may not use this shared outdoor space for the 2021-22 school year. We will make this decision as we get closer to school reopening.

How many kids are in a class?

The most students we can have is 10 students, based on current COVID guidelines. Normally, the limit would be 12. We aim to keep our classes small because we are a language based program which benefits from smaller sizes.

What is the cost?

The program is $11 an hour for a four hour day, which equals to $44 a day. There is a $75 registration fee that holds your child’s place in class (this fee is prorated for mid-year enrollments). $75 of that registration fee will go to your first month of classes (also prorated for mid-year enrollments).

*For Fall 2021-22, this registration fee is refundable if we make changes to the currently described programming that would cause a parent to want to withdraw.

What are the payment options?

We calculate payments by day either on a monthly basis or paid in full at the beginning of the child’s enrollment. If you pay up front, you receive a 5% discount. 

*beginning 2020/21 school year, we will divide the annual cost equally across the year, prorating for mid-year enrollments.

Is there a scholarship program?

Yes, as a non-profit, we want people of all economic levels to be able to attend our school. Please email to learn more about scholarship options.

Is there a vaccination requirement?

Yes. We do require that parents provide evidence of vaccinations, following the Multnomah County guidelines for vaccinations here: Email for any questions or concerns.

What style of learning does the school use?

Look at our page on What is an Italian Preschool Like and What Does a Day Look Like to learn more. You can also schedule a tour of the school or come to one of our upcoming Open House events.