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Handbook

The NatureYear Program Handbook includes lots of program details, including a required gear list, tuition payment schedule, and annual calendar.

NatureYear Enrollment

Application process: Apply online during the application period of March 15, 2018 – May 15, 2018. Financial aid applications can be completed anytime during the enrollment period. If more applications are received than the total number of program spaces then order of application is one of the variables that is considered – early application is recommended!

Families and children may attend open houses during this time, either before or after completing the online application. The online application is free, and you will be asked to make a deposit of $300 upon accepting an offered program space.

You will indicate any and all days of the week that could work for your family when you apply. Having several schedule options for each child helps us offer seats in a way that balances age, gender, and ethnicity among enrolled children on each day.

If your child will be enrolled in public or private school, you will also need to speak with your child’s school about your child missing school one day per week to attend NatureYear instead. You may do this after a program seat is offered – you do not need to contact your child’s school before you know if we will have an available program spot. Please email rholcombe@commongroundct.org for more information on speaking to your child’s school.

Families will be notified by June 1, 2018 as to whether we can offer your child a seat or whether your child is on a waiting list. Families have until June 15, 2018 to accept or decline the space (this is also the time to confirm school permission if not already done).

How we determine acceptance into the program:

We seek balance in age, gender, and ethnicity among children enrolled for each program day. Financial aid status is considered independently of offering a program spot – applying for financial aid has no impact on your child’s eligibility. Financial aid is awarded on a first-come basis until funds are exhausted.

Selection criteria (in the order it is applied):

  1.      currently enrolled children and their siblings
  2.      balance on each day as described above
  3.      order of application

Limited financial aid is available to qualified applicants from any town. Apply online HERE or – download an application HERE.

Our 2017-2018 year is currently full. Click the button below to join our waiting list, and to be notified when registration for 2018-2019 opens!
Questions? Contact Rebecca Holcombe, Program Director
203-389-4333 x 1213
rholcombe@commongroundct.org
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