Frequently Asked Questions
Q: At what age can my child attend KCP?
A: Class age cut-offs are as follows:
Group I: Children must be 2 by February 28th.
Group II: Children must be 3 by February 28th.
Group III: Children must be 4 by May 31st.
Dates given are for the calendar year in which the school year begins. Thus, for example, children entering Group I in the fall must be 2 years old by the end of February of that year.
Q: What do parents have to do as members of KCP?
A: In order for KCP to function as a nonprofit co-operative preschool, and to maintain its affiliation with Lake Washington Institute of Technology, we have several membership requirements:
Sibling & Maternity Policy
The purpose of the KCP Sibling Policy is to accommodate parents who are unable or
reluctant to leave their infant while attending class with an older child. The intent of this
policy is to keep the KCP parent education program family friendly to include parents with
Non-mobile siblings may attend school on their parent’s workday for an additional fee of
$50 per month. Parent’s must wear their child in a front-pack and the sibling will be added to
the roster for insurance purposes. No more than one sibling can attend per workday in each Group. Additional sibling spots may be available in Group I with teacher and board
For safety reasons, infants are not allowed on the floor of a class. Strollers and car seats
must be stored in a car or just outside the school doors under the awning. The parent is
responsible for all infant care during class. The parent must also maintain supervision of
their assigned area.
Sibling attendance should not affect the quality of the class. It’s important to maintain a
balance between accommodating parents with an infant and maintaining a high quality
program for people who attend with a single child. Sibling attendance is at the teacher’s
discretion. Each quarter, teachers will check-in with parents of siblings to make sure sibling attendance is working for all parties.”
Q: Can my younger child (newborn or toddler) attend class with my older child?
A: Yes, non-mobile siblings can attend class in a front pack with their caregiver. Sibling spaces are limited and increase your tuition costs. Let us know if you need a sibling spot when you register.
Q: I'm pregnant, but won't have the baby until after class starts; do I need to register for a sibling spot?
A: Yes, please register for a sibling pot as soon as possible. Families with newborns are given 6 consecutive weeks off when they are not required to work in class. Please ask our Registrar for more detailed information about our maternity leave policy if you plan to take maternity leave.
Q: When does the KCP school year begin and end?
A: The first day of school is the third Monday of September, and the last day of school every year is the last Thursday of May. Graduation for those going on to kindergarten will also occur in the last week in May.
Q: When does registration begin for the next school year?
A: In the month of January, there is a priority enrollment period for current and former KCP families followed by open registration for the general public. Current and former KCP families get first priority to sign their children up for the following school year. This priority registration period begins on beginning of January, and open registration for the general public begins on the day of the open house (usually mid/late-January). For more information on the registration process, see the registration page.
Q: How will I know if the preschool is closed for snow or other bad weather? What about spring break and the winter holidays?
A: KCP follows the Lake Washington School District calendar. When they go on vacation, so do we. On half days and conference days for the Lake Washington School District, KCP families will attend class as usual. On the days when the school district has cancelled school due to weather, KCP will also be closed. If LWSD declares a late start, KCP Groups I and II will be cancelled, and Group III will meet as able.
Q: Does KCP require children to be toilet trained before they can attend?
A: No. As a co-op, we're able to maintain a very low child/adult ratio of 4:1 or better. We have enough parents helping in the classroom so that someone can take a moment to change a diaper if needed. Many children will be more motivated to use the toilet independently when they see peers demonstrate their toilet mastery at preschool.
Q: What other services does KCP offer to its families and the community?
A: In its over seventy-five of operation, KCP has developed traditions of service to the community and to our families:
Jovial & Electronic Payments
Q: What is Jovial?
A: Jovial is a family information portal especially designed for preschools. KCP uses Jovial for family data management, registration, electronic payments, etc.
Q: What is ACH?
A: Automated Clearing House, ACH, is similar to an electronic version of a paper check. ACH payments though Jovial will transfer funds directly and securely from your bank account to KCP's bank account.
What is ACH account verification, and how does it work? Jovial will perform a quick verification to confirm that it's really your bank account. You only need to perform this verification ONE TIME, when you submit your first payment. As long as you don't remove your bank account information from your Jovial Family Portal profile, you can make subsequent payments without repeating the verification process.
How does the verification work?
How long does it take for my electronic payment to process?
Two to four business days.
Why did my electronic payment fail? Sometimes, electronic payments fail after initially being submitted successfully. Common reasons for failures include:
Is this process secure?
All electronic payments are processed by third‐party, dedicated electronic payment providers and their affiliated banks; they use encryption, secure servers, and have dedicated security teams.
Who do I contact if I have questions or concerns about my Jovial payments? Please email our Treasurer.