Preschool FAQs

How is your preschool handling the COVID-19 pandemic?

We decided that keeping the school closed was the safest path for our teachers and the students. Instead we are offering a 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.

For the 2020/21 school year, we will evaluate the ongoing vaccination progress and we hope to open for in-person classes in Fall 2021. Safety is our primary goal, so we will make that decision as the time comes. For virtual tours and open houses for the 2021/22 Preschool year, please click here to learn more.

How do I start the process of enrolling my child?

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

Then email 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. 

Do you have an outdoor space?

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

How many kids are in a class?

The most students we can have is 12 students. We like to keep our classes small because we are a language based program and because our space is small. Currently we have 9 students on Thursdays and 8 students on Tuesday (updated January 2020).

What is the cost?

The program is $11 an hour for a four hour day, which equals to $44 a day. There is a $150 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).*

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.

We currently have no exemptions for vaccines in our current class (updated December 2019).

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.