Preschool FAQ

Our Program

We create a secure, welcoming and engaging environment which invites children to play, explore and learn.We value a daily rhythm which allows children to be independent and make choices.We foster the continued social development of your child through the creation of a strong sense of community, cooperation and problem solving skills. Our agreements with each other are logical and simple. We invite all preschool families to become part of our community as well through classroom participation and other social opportunities. Although state licensing requires a 1:10 teacher-to-child ratio for preschool children, we are committed to a lower ratio of 1:8 teacher-to-child.We have two full time lead teachers and a part time teacher.

Application Process

Trillium Preschool is a tuition-based preschool of Trillium Charter School for children who are three to five years of age and potty-trained. The preschool operates on an open enrollment basis as spaces are available.

Application Timeline, 2015-2016

January: applications accepted

Monday, February 2nd: Re-enrollment forms go out to current preschool families, siblings of Trillium families, Trillium staff, and those families currently on our wait list.

*You may get on our wait list for 2015-2016 with a completed application and $25 fee until Friday January 23rd, and only children who will be 3 years old and potty-trained by September 1st, 2015 will be considered.*

Friday, February 27th: Re-enrollment forms due.

Thursday, March 5th, 6:00-7:30pm: Open House, applications accepted.

Friday, March 20th: All enrollment notifications sent.

Trillium Preschool Annual Schedule

Trillium Preschool operates from September to June. The beginning and ending dates are determined by July 1 of each year. There are different schedule options available . The complete preschool calendar with dates for holidays, winter and spring break days, and professional development days for teachers is available in June for the upcoming school year. The calendar will be very similar to the current year which can be found at, though does differ slightly.

The Relationship Between Trillium Preschool & Trillium Charter School

The two schools share the same democratic philosophy and constructivist based approach to learning as well as a building and community members. Unlike Trillium Charter School, the preschool is a private, fee- based program. Trillium Charter is a publicly funded school required by law to enroll children through a lottery process. Preschool families who are interested in their child attending Trillium Charter for Kindergarten must enter the lottery.

Potty training

Before school starts in September, children must be fully potty trained. We define that as:

  • Knowing when they feel the need to go to the potty
  • Get themselves to the bathroom, manipulating their own clothing, and getting onto and off the toilet
  • Being able to wipe themselves, flush the toilet on their own, and wash their own hands

We expect that children be able to do all of the above without assistance from a teacher. Of course, we understand that accidents will happen and children need help from time to time, even if they are fully potty trained at home.