Family Preschool FAQ

Monthly tuition (and non-refundable enrollment/supply fee):

1-year-old, 1 day (W): $125 ($130)
1-year-old, 2 days (Tu, Th): $242 ($210)
1-year-old, 3 days (Tu, W, Th): $359 ($290)
2-year-old, 2 days (Tu, Th): $200 ($260)
2-year-old, 3 days (M, W, F): $280 ($350)
3-year-old, 4 days (Tu-F): $365 ($430)
4-year-old, 5 days (M-F): $480 ($520)


A limited number of need-based scholarships are available; please talk to the FPS registrar. Scholarship decisions are made in mid-May for the school year that will begin in September. Families are notified in June.

Lunch Bunch:

4- and 5-day friends have the option of participating in Lunch Bunch for an extra fee of $30 per day per month. (Lunch Bunch is included for Mondays in the tuition for 5-day friends.) Lunch Bunch extends the day by 50 minutes. Parents pack lunch, there is no sharing, and there is no allergy policy. There is also an “unofficial” lunch bunch in which you can bring your own lunch at pickup and stay with your child as long as you wish.

Co-op Responsibilities:

24 hours over the course of the school year for 2-5 year old classes

  • 20 hours (10 hours per semester) are regular hours. Six of these hours are earned though mandatory group school cleanups, and the rest are earned by assigned or odd jobs. 
  • The remaining 4 hours are fundraising hours and are to be completed over the course of the year. 
  • Both assigned jobs and fundraising jobs are chosen by the family, and many of these jobs may be done at home.

Helping parent an average of 1-2 days per month (depending on size of class)

  • Plan on arriving at 8:30 a.m. and staying until cleanup is complete at 12:15 p.m. or 12:30 p.m.
  • Grandparents, aunts, uncles, and other family relatives are welcome to be helping parent if they are in-town care providers and do the orientation training.
  • Helping parents may not bring younger siblings.
  • Babysitters and nannies may not be helping parents.

For the 1-year-old class (The Duckling Class): There are only 6 co-op hours required per semester. These may be earned through group school cleanups or a combo of a group clean up and another job.  No fundraising is required. Helping parent days will be once every 6 days for each day your child attends.

The Project Approach: The 3-and 4-year-old classes use the Project Approach, which refers to a set of teaching strategies that enable teachers to guide students through in-depth studies of real-world topics. Projects have flexible framework within which teaching and learning are seen as interactive processes. A project, by definition, is an in-depth investigation of a real-world topic worthy of a student’s attention and effort. A successful project explored by young children needs to be something geographically close and something the children can physically explore (i.e. literally hold in their hands). The goals behind project work are for the children to explore, ask questions, learn methods to find the answers to their questions, and discover ways to represent what they have learned.

Other frequently asked questions:

  • FPS follows the traditional Durham County Schools calendar, including the inclement weather closing policy.
  • All classes attend from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Ratios: 1-year-olds 3:1, 2-year-olds 4:1, 3- and 4-year-olds 5:1.

  • Children do not have to be potty trained.
  • Children must comply with the immunization schedule of the State of North Carolina.
  • There is an allergy policy in place for snack. The school provides a group-snack safe for all children.
  • FPS is not religiously affiliated; ERUUF is the landlord.
  • Family Preschool offers a few weeks (4) of summer camp each summer for current and alumni families.