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Frequently Asked Questions

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Do you have openings?

Available openings fluctuate regularly. Children transition to new classrooms as they develop and grow, which creates an opening in their former class. This can happen at any point during the year, so to be promptly informed about free spaces, be sure to fill out a waitlist form.

Parents on the waitlist are notified when space is about to become available in their child's prospective classroom. Prospective parents are welcome to call and check on availability at any time during the waiting period. Please call our office to speak with Amie Cole, our Office Manager & Enrollment Specialist, at 603-422-8223 and check our news blog for updates on openings.

 


 

Are meals provided?

Yes. In our full day Early Childhood Program, a nutritious and tasty breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack are provided. We participate in the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program and adhere to their standards on food groups, servings, serving sizes, and family-style dining.

In our PEAK Programs, we offer a nutritious afternoon snack daily. During school cancellations, or if school has a delayed opening, PEAK offers breakfast as well. Parents provide their child's lunch.

In our Summer PEAK Program, we serve a nutritious breakfast and afternoon snack. Parents provide their child's lunch.

 


 

What are your hours of operation?

Early Childhood Program: Monday – Friday 7:30am to 5:30pm

PEAK Programs (school year): Monday – Friday 7am to start of school, and end of school to 6pm.
(Note: New Franklin PEAK and Greenland PEAK locations are after-school only).

Summer PEAK Program: Monday – Friday 7:15am to 5:30pm

The Community School Programs: Monday – Friday 9am to 12pm (follows school calendar)

 


 

Do you offer part-time care or have scheduling options?

Yes. In our Early Childhood Program we offer part time scheduling on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday or Tuesday and Thursday. We also offer half day preschool on a full time and part time basis.

In our PEAK and Kindergarten Programs, parents may choose specific days, with a minimum attendance of two days per week.

 


 

What are your Teacher/Child Ratios?

At Seacoast Community School we take your child’s safety very seriously. Our teacher/child ratio is higher than is required by state licensing requirements and National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards. This enables teachers to give each child the extra time and attention they deserve so they can thrive in our care. For specific ratios for your child's classroom, please feel free to ask during your tour.

 


 

Do you have Scholarships or accept Tuition Assistance?

Yes. We accept Division of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Tuition Reimbursement (eligible parents can apply directly to NH DHHS for a scholarship). We also have limited City of Portsmouth and Community Development Block Grant scholarships for families with demonstrated need, referencing Housing and Urban Development Guidelines.

Our Seacoast Early Learning Fund (SELF) is funded by private donations and offers limited scholarships for families in need.

 


 

Do you charge tuition for every week of the year?

No. We are closed two weeks of the year, and parents are not charged for those two weeks (July 4th and December 25th). Visit our Calendar of Closings for more on holidays.

 


 

When and how do I pay?

Payments are due each Monday of the week service is rendered. Statements are issued on the preceding Friday. Late payment fees are charged for payments that are not received on time.

Tuition paid on a monthly basis (such as The Community School tuition) is due on the first Monday of each month. See the parent handbook for more details.

 


 

What are your rates?

Please see our current rates HERE (PDF).

 


 

Does my child need to be potty trained?

Potty training is required in order to attend our preschool classrooms. Please feel free to ask for more information on your tour.

 


 

Do you offer half day preschool?

Yes. We have half day preschool at The Community School in both Portsmouth and Greenland.

 


 

Do you accept credit cards?

Not at this time. Parents can pay by check, cash, or direct debit from their bank checking account (please arrange this with your bank directly).

 


 

Are you closed when public schools are closed for snow days and holidays?

For holidays please see our Calendar of Closings. Seacoast Community School makes decisions on inclement weather days independently of the schools. We may be open when the public schools are closed so please check local listings. We announce all closings through WMUR, WOKQ, WCSH, and area radio stations.

 


 

Will my child get outside for physical activity?

Yes. The Early Childhood Program has two outdoor playgrounds and two outdoor classrooms on four acres. Children who aren’t yet mobile are taken on regular walks in group strollers and play in the attached playground. Older children enjoy the larger playground, nature walks, and outdoor classrooms (weather permitting). 

Each of our PEAK school locations has access to public school playgrounds, and The Community Schools have their own preschool playground at each site.

 


 

What do the children do for exercise in inclement weather?

We have a large carpeted indoor play space for children to play, tumble, and ride bikes during inclement weather. Each PEAK program accesses spaces available to them for indoor physical activity.

 


 

I love this school! How can I get more involved?

Seacoast Community School has a Parent Committee that engages parents in many school activities, and plans its own potluck and bake sale events and teacher appreciation efforts.  The Parent Committee is a support network and a way for busy parents to meet one another and build community. To attend a parent committee meeting or learn more, contact Alicia Medros by email. To get involved in community-wide fundraisers and more, please contact Catherine Edison, Marketing & Development Director, by email.