Is The Mulberry Tree right for my family?

What are the days and hours ?

Our core program runs Monday – Thursday from 9AM to 1:30PM, the hours at which children learn best. When they are healthy, we expect children to be present during these hours. Most families choose this Four-day plan. Two-day plans are also available.

If your family requires more coverage, we offer hourly early/late care as early as 7AM and as late as 7PM.

Fridays are not a part of our core program. We are currently negotiating with a field trip provider for Friday preschool age events in the larger Santa Monica community including  museum and nature learning experiences.

What are the tuition plans ?

At The Mulberry Tree, we are committed to premium programming and premium materials at a moderate and transparent price. We do not disguise part of our tuition in surprise fees (Registration/Enrollment, New Student, Materials, Enrichment, mandatory special events).

Our Enrichment classes, including daily Music and Movement, Tinkering, Sports, Realistic Drawing, and Handwriting (optional, for older children) are included with tuition.

What ages do you serve ?

Our curriculum and materials are appropriate to  preschool children. Children are ready to thrive in our program when they have the capacity to explore independently and to cooperate with other children. Most children transition to this stage at about 2.5 years of age.

Self-care is a part our preschool curriculum: hand-washing, hair brushing, oral hygiene, knots and buttons. Children who are not yet potty trained are welcome and we help with potty training as part of the self-care curriculum.

What is your child/staff ratio ?

4:1, trained Mulberry Tree staff. Children have abundant opportunities to work independently, in peer groups, and individually with teachers. All teachers work outside of classroom hours in planning, reflection, documentation, and communicating with parents.

As part of our commitment  to the next generation of Early Childhood teachers, we sometimes mentor background-checked teaching interns. Teaching interns are not counted in staffing ratios. They add to our community without taking resources from your child.

Is food included ?

Wholesome, organic snacks are included. We consider food to be part of an Early Childhood curriculum. Children learn about organic gardening, food preparation, and healthy choices. There is an optional Organic meal plan, served family style. Teachers model healthy eating every day.

What about children with special needs ?

The Mulberry Tree believes in the potential of all children. We welcome every child we can serve in a safe and loving environment. We believe our combination of high standards, flexible programming, and teacher accountability is especially beneficial to Double-Exceptional (2E) children.