The Earth Tortoise School partners with several programs that support families with the cost of child care.
Based on family income and other circumstances, families can access the following programs:
* We gladly accept Employment Related Day Care (ERDC) payments through the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS)
For more information, visit https://www.oregon.gov/dhs/assistance/child-care .
* The Community Child Care Initiative (CCI) programs subsidizes ERDC payments and/or can assistant families who
do not qualify for ERDC payments but need support for child care costs. More information cane be found at https://ccrr-mc.org/cci/ .
* Child Care of Aware serves active military members and their families, including with child care costs. More information can be found at https://www.childcareaware.org/ .
The Earth Tortoise School is also actively working towards participation in the Preschool for All program.
Within a community of children and families, consistency is key to everyone's success. We assume families are enrolling for a calendar year and, therefore, monthly tuition has been assessed on an annual basis and dividied into 12 equal payments.
Application Fee: A one time application fee of $200 is due with the enrollment paperwork. This fee is to either enroll for an upcoming guaranteed start date or to be placed on the wait list for any potential future availability. This enrollment fee is non-refundable.
Last Month's Tuition: Last month's tuition is due at the time of enrollment. This payment is based on your desired schedule. This pre-payment will be applied towards your child's last month with The Earth Tortoise School with a written 60 day notice. Payment plans can be arranged. This prepaid last month's tuition is non-refundable. If you decide to not pursue enrollment with the Earth Tortoise School after you have committed to a space by pre-paying the last months tuition, you will forfeit this tuition.
Monthly tuition: Tuition is due on the 20th of each month for the upcoming month. Tuition is considered late if it is paid after the 25th and a $25 late fee will be applied. Children may become ineligible to attend until balances due are cleared.
Annual Materials Fee: An annual materials fee is assessed each September. The materials fee is applied towards the cost of on-site laundry, classroom materials, snack, and facility upkeep.