FAQs

Willow Oak Children's House Preschool will begin enrolling new families on Feb. 15, 2022


Q: What ages are eligible to attend the Children's House?

A: Once your child is 3 years old, they meet the minimum age that is required to attend our preschool. We are required to follow the NC kindergarten cut-off for the eldest in our program as they are part of the Charter School. This means that if your child turns 5 on or before August 31st, 2022 they must apply to our charter school's admissions lottery to be eligible to attend our kindergarten program.


Q: How many classrooms are at the Children’s House?

A: We have three multi-age classrooms of preschool & public kindergarten-aged children. Each class serves 25 children, students ranging in age from 3 to 6 years old. A fourth classroom serves our full-day preschoolers in the afternoons. Our student-teacher ratio is approximately 13:1.


Q: What time is drop off & pick up?

A: All Children's House students are dropped off between 8:10 - 8:30am. Half-day preschoolers are picked up between 11:45-noon and full-day students are picked up between 3:00-3:20pm. Before- and after-school care is also available for an additional fee for those who need it.


Q: Are you open year-round?

A: No. The Children's House preschool follows the same calendar as the public Charter school. We operate from late August until early June, with breaks in the Fall, Winter, and Spring, as well as occasional other days off for teacher workdays or holidays. Our current school calendar can be viewed here.


Q: Do students have outdoor time?

A: Yes! Weather permitting, preschoolers spend time on the playground at the beginning, middle, and end of each day. Each class also has its own outdoor learning environment that is an extension of the classroom where students currently eat daily snack and lunch, weather permitting.


Q: Do children need to be fully out of diapers in order to be eligible to attend the Children’s House?

A: Yes. Children need to be able to take care of their toileting needs with minimal to no assistance.


Q: Do you offer an extended day?

A: Yes! Families can add on before- and/or after-school care for an additional fee. Before-school care begins at 7:30am and after school runs until 6:00pm


Q: Do students that attend Willow Oak Montessori Children’s House preschool receive priority in the Willow Oak Montessori Charter School lottery?

A: As required by law, no priority is given to Children’s House students in the K-8 Charter School lottery.


If you have any additional questions, please contact us at observations@willowoakmontessori.org