Programs & Fees

preschool1Preschool Programs

Ruth Washburn Cooperative Nursery School offers a complete preschool program for the young child.  For children aged two-and-a-half through five years, the school offers various two and three and day classes, both mornings and afternoons.  A typical three-hour preschool day involves a broad opportunity for the child’s stimulation and development.  The classroom environment provides a variety of activities for experimenting, discovery and creative expression.  Daily activities may include:

  • Circle Time – a special sharing time as a group
  • Interest Center Time – a time for choosing different centers such as blocks, art, manipulatives and/or puzzles, dramatic play, music, science, books/reading, writing
  • Outdoor Play – a daily time for outside exploration and gross motor development
  • Snack Time – an important part of the preschool curriculum.  It is a time for refueling, learning about proper nutrition and establishing lifelong healthy eating habits.  Children sit together family style and are encouraged to  socialize and enjoy a healthy snack.  This is a valuable opportunity for conversation and language development.
  • Field trips are planned throughout the year for our older classes to expand the classroom activities.

We do have a wait list for our programs so please fill out the wait list form HERE. Once you are on the wait list, there is no obligation to enroll, but you will receive points for each month you are on the list.

Classes at Ruth Washburn for 19-20

Enrollment Guidelines and Schedule for 19-20

Tuition options for 19-20

Financial Aid Packet 19-20


Explorers-Extended Care Program

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The Explorers program provides extended wrap-around care primarily for the children enrolled in the school ages three through five years of age. Children of kindergarten age who are former Ruth Washburn students and siblings from three through six years of age of current students are eligible to attend. Children from non-Co-op member families may also utilize the program as space permits with Guaranteed Option at a non-discounted rate.


The Explorers program is an extension of the preschool program in philosophy and in activities and ratios.  The Explorers day typically consists of:

  • Outdoor Play offered 3x daily
  • Lunch brought from home. Snack is provided for Afternoon Explorers.
  • Rest or nap
  • Circle Time
  • Open Exploration


There are only 15 spaces for Explorers so signing up early and for the whole year is the easiest way to guarantee you will have the space you would like. Sign up for GUARANTEED OPTON Explorers is available monthly is offered to help those families who depend on regularly scheduled care. The Sign-Up form (online) must be completed by the 28th of the month prior to your desired start date (i.e. if you would like to begin in October, submit this form by September 28th).  There will be up to 5 drop-in slots available per day. See the sign-up sheet on the board to sign up for available spots.   Each month charges will be added to your account.  For Guaranteed option you will be billed in advance on the first of each month.  For drop in-you will be billed at the end of the month.  Reminder:  Refunds will not be given for missed days-you are responsible for payment for your child’s scheduled time in Explorers including illness-related absences or school-wide snow days.  You will not be billed for pre-scheduled school closures.

Explorers Fees

The Rate for Explorers Guaranteed Option is $3.85 for each half hour or portion of a half hour. The rate for Drop-In  is $4.40 for each half hour or portion of a half hour.

Non-current Ruth Washburn families will pay $12 per hour or portion of an hour on a space-available basis.

Lunches for Explorers

Parents are required to send their child with a lunch if they will be in Explorers during meal time.  Lunches sent for the Explorers program should be sent in non-breakable containers with each item, including the containers, and bag clearly labeled with the child’s name.  Children need a well-balanced meal containing a variety of foods.  The school has a responsibility to ensure that each child brings a balanced nutritious lunch.  The following guidelines are suggested:

  • Milk – 1 to 1 ½ cups daily, including whole milk, or skim milk. If juice is substituted, please send 100% fruit juice.
  • Meat or other Protein Foods – 2 to 4 tablespoons daily of lean beef, pork, fish, chicken, egg, seeds, or beans (no nuts allowed).
  • Vegetables and Fruits – a total of 3 servings daily (a serving equals 2 to 4 tablespoons cooked, 2 to 4 tablespoons raw)
  • Breads and Cereals – 2 to 3 servings daily of whole grain bread, rice, macaroni, noodles or cereals.


One third of the daily allowance of each food group should be included in the lunches brought to the Afternoon Explorers Program. Candy, Soda, fried chips and other snacks with sugar as a main ingredient will be put back in the child’s backpack to enjoy at home.  Again, remember that no peanuts or tree nuts are allowed at RW.

Sign up at www.surveymonkey.com/r/explorers17-18


Wee & Not-so-wee explorers

Wee & Not-So-Wee Explorers is a story, music, movement and outside activity program for students too young to attend classes or not enrolled in a class at Ruth Washburn. 18 month thru 2 ½ year olds will enjoy the 45 minute play time with their adult(s) in our Wee Explorers program. Children ages 2 ½ through 4 will enjoy a 90 minute play time with their adult(s) in our Not-So-Wee Explorers program.  A typical session will consist of music, 1 or 2 stories, sensory experiences, dancing, and outside time where families can enjoy our expansive back yard. Sessions will run once per week for six weeks. The cost for Wee Explorers is $100 for all six classes in a session. The cost for Not-So-Wee Explorers is $150 for all six classes in a session. Space is limited to 8 or 9 students.  To guarantee a spot in all 4 sessions, you may sign up for all sessions at once. You will be billed for sessions on the first of the month prior to the session starting. Payment must be made by the 15th of the month prior to the session. This program is intended for families considering enrollment for their child in a Ruth Washburn class when their child is age eligible and a class spot is offered. 

2018-2019 schedule

Sign up for programs HERE

Wee Explorers- either 9:15-10:00 or 10:15-11:00

Early Fall- September 12, 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17 (BOTH TIMES FULL, if you chose this option you will be on a waitlist) 

Late Fall-October 31, November 7, 14, 28, December 5, 12  (BOTH TIMES FULL, if you chose this option you will be on a waitlist) 

Winter-January 9, 16, 23, 30, February 6, 13 (BOTH TIMES FULL, if you chose this option you will be on a waitlist) 

Spring-February 20, 27, March 6, 13, April 3, 10 (BOTH TIMES FULL, if you chose this option you will be on a waitlist) 

Not-so-Wee Explorers-either 8:45-10:15 or 10:15 or-11:45

Early Fall-FRIDAYS September 14, 21, 28, October 5, 12, 19

Late Fall-FRIDAYS November 2, 9, 16, 30, December 7, 14

Winter-THURSDAYS January 17, 24, 31 February 7, 14, 21  (BOTH TIMES FULL, if you chose this option you will be on a waitlist) 

Spring-THURSDAYS  February 28, March 7, 14, 21, April 4, 11  (BOTH TIMES FULL, if you chose this option you will be on a waitlist) 

Please see below for which program to sign up for. As children age throughout the school year, they may be eligible for different programs so please see the chart so you can choose the correct program(s) based on your child’s birth date. NSW=Not so Wee. Please call the school with any questions.

Summer Camp

Each year we offer multiple summer camp opportunities for children ages 3-6. See attached flyer for information.

Summer Camp Information