An information night for families interested in the Menlo Park City School District's new Early Learning Center preschool will be held Thursday (Feb. 15) in the district's TERC room at 181 Encinal Ave. in Atherton, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., with Spanish translation available.
The district's school board on Tuesday, Feb. 13, approved the tuition and tuition assistance guidelines for the program, which will open in fall 2018.
Applications for the initial lottery is through the district's website until March 14.
Tuition for the full-day (7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) program will be $2,200 per month and tuition for the part-day program is $1,200 per month.
Tuition assistance is available on a sliding scale to families, based on income and family size.
Families earning less than the following amounts (topping off at 80 percent of the median income for San Mateo County) per year are eligible to enter the lottery for a scholarship:
• Family of 2: $84,300
• Family of 3: $94,850
• Family of 4: $105,350
• Family of 5: $113,800
• Family of 6: $122,250
• Family of 7: $130,650
• Family of 8: $139,100
Fees for families receiving a scholarship will be based on income and will range from $52 to $877 a month for the full-day program and $26 to $439 for the part-day program.
The preschool is expected to have 88 students its first year, with 44 full-day and 44 part-day students in classrooms of 20 to 24 students. Each classroom will have a teacher, an assistant teacher and an aide. Students must be at least 3 years old by the time school starts and classes will be of mixed ages.
Scholarships will be available to 25 percent of the students.
•See an earlier Almanac story on the program.