University of Vermont

College of
Education and Social Services

Campus Children's School


Frequently Asked Questions


What are the fees for the Campus Children's School?

Annual tuition rates are based on full-time, full-year enrollment.

All families are invited to apply to our school. If your family qualifies for subsidy through the State of Vermont your child’s attendance must adhere to the full time number of hours required. In addition, families receiving a subsidy are asked to pay the difference between the state payment and our fees.

Annual Fees Effective for 2018
Annual Tuition $13,689
with Act 166 funding (preschool) $10,511

How do I get on the waiting list?

Parents can put their child's name on our wait list by filling out an application form during pregnancy, or any time thereafter. You will not receive any notification after submitting this form unless a space opens up for your child. We encourage parents who have children with special needs, to put their names on our waiting list and also invite you to share any information regarding your family’s diversity.
With a few exceptions, enrollments are on a first-come, first-serve basis with preference normally given to full-time UVM faculty or staff children. If a UVM family already has a child at the School, they are given priority over new families for enrolling another child. Because we are also a lab school, after enrolling siblings in UVM families, the program reserves the right to selectively look for children with special needs, children from diverse backgrounds, children who are at risk. and a specific age-range or gender when filling spaces.

What is the child to teacher ratio?

All of the classrooms have 2 primary teachers, early childhood students who have a 1-2 semester placement in the classroom, and work study students. In the infant and toddler rooms there are usually 3 adults to 8 babies, in the older room (2-3 yr. olds) there are 3 adults to 10 children, and in the preschool there are 3 adults to 14 children, and 3-4 adults to 20 children. During the academic semester the ratio of adults to children can be higher.

During the summer months (May through August) the mentor teachers remain constant (except for vacation times) but the secondary staff changes. As much as possible, our aides for the summer consist of recent early childhood students and work study students who are already familiar with the children. There may also be student teachers in the classrooms if a course is offered.

What are the school's hours and calendar?

The Campus Children's School is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Though staff may come earlier and stay later, it is important that you adhere strictly to these hours of operation for drop-off and pick-up times. Plan to pick up your child no later than 5:15 p.m. so that you will have enough time to talk to the classroom teacher about your child's day and leave the school no later than 5:30 p.m. Periodically staff discuss the program’s pick-up policy as occasionally families are chronically late in picking up their child or leaving school. When this is an ongoing problem, teachers feel a lack of respect because either their free time or time to plan has been compromised. In either case, it is unfortunate as the teachers work very hard to ensure the best program possible for your child. They need their personal time and their planning time to be effective as teachers. Please leave yourself ample time to pick up your child at the end of the day so that you leave the school by 5:30 p.m.

The school is open 10 hours per day to accommodate varying work shifts for parents. However, we do not feel it is in the best interest of young children to be in school 10 hours per day. We encourage parents to find creative ways within their family to keep their children's day to a maximum of 8 to 9 hours. It is important that parents have other support systems outside of the school to help with their childcare needs.

During UVM breaks, when our students are not available, classrooms are staffed primarily by the two mentor teachers. The length of the day is set to respect a reasonable work-day for teachers. We thank you for your support. You will note in the School Calendar that during winter break, spring break, and exam days we have shortened our hours (typically 8 1/2 hours) to reflect the lack of students available to work during these times.

  • If your child will be absent from school or arriving after 9:00 a.m., please call the classroom to let the teachers know so that they can plan the day and staffing accordingly. We often plan walks or outings and will need to make arrangements for someone to be here for your child's arrival. Thank You.
  • We organize the number of staff in each room according to the number of children present. If you are planning for children to be absent from school for more than a few days we appreciate advanced notice. This is especially important to our planning for summer staff. Each spring, before hiring, classroom teachers will ask you to please share any plans for vacation or extended leave. Thank you.

CCS observes the following snow closing policy. If the South Burlington school district closes for the day, we will have a 2 hour delayed opening. This will be a 9:30 am opening on normal school hour days and 10:30 opening on reduced hour days. We will utilize the Vermont Association of Broadcasters system to communicate this two-hour delay when applicable. We ask that you pay close attention to this system for early notification of delayed openings. This will, hopefully, give enough time for primary teachers to get to the school. However, parents must understand that at least some primary staff must be in attendance for the school to open and if this becomes a problem, there may be only a partial school opening or there could be no opening. The University requires that at least one staff or faculty member be available and we have state licensing guidelines that must be followed in terms of adult/child ratios. Please note that this SNOW policy is not the same as the University's. However, we will be closed if the University closes.

CCS observes scheduled University holidays. In addition to this, the program is closed between Christmas and New Year's and for staff in-service days during the year that are normally taken the third week of August, with additional days during the year (usually in the Spring).

Can a sick child attend school?

We are not equipped to care for sick children and ask that if your child is not well enough to participate in the normal school day, including outdoor play and walks, that he/she be kept home. It is a state regulation that children will be excluded from the School with the following symptoms:

  • Fever of 100 degrees orally (101 degrees rectally) or higher (Your child is not allowed to come to the School if his/her fever is under control by the use of medications)
  • Severe cough
  • Vomiting
  • Undiagnosed rashes
  • Diarrhea (5 loose stools beyond what the child normally has in 24 hours, or loose stools persisting for more than 48 hours)
  • Difficult or rapid breathing
  • Others, as staff deems necessary

According to regulation and good practice, if your child has any of the above symptoms or if for other reasons the staff feels that your child is too ill or potentially contagious to remain at school, you will be called to come and pick up your child. It is expected that parents will come immediately to take children out of school if called by staff. If you are unavailable, we will call your emergency contact to come and pick up your child. Young children occasionally do not register a fever, but are too sick to cope with group care. We are not staffed to provide one-on-one care.

As members of a school community, your choices can impact the health and wellbeing of our entire school. We ask for open communication between classroom teachers and families regarding the day to day health of children. We understand the challenges that illness presents, especially for working families but ask you to take care when making choices about the attendance of potentially contagious or ill children. In particular we do not allow children who have been given medication to relieve fever to attend.

If your child contracts head lice, we require that he/she will be immediately excluded and family contacted for pick up. The child may return after receiving the first treatment. It is recommended that the child is treated 7 to 10 days after the first treatment since no product is 100% effective against head lice. We will rigorously check the heads of all the children for several days, proceed with deep cleaning in the classroom and materials, and check the child that returns for several days. We realize this is a problem we will have from time to time, but it is very contagious and we need to be vigilant with our procedures.

Communicable diseases such as rubella, mumps, measles, chicken pox, impetigo, hepatitis, conjunctivitis, head lice, strep throat, scarlet fever, etc., require medical treatment. Children should not return to school for a specified period of time, depending on the disease. Please see the classroom head teacher with any questions.

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