Frequently Asked Questions
What are your hours?
- 9:30AM — 12PM for AM Bears, Owls, Frogs and Foxes
- 12:30PM – 3PM for PM Bears
Please note that on days when you are the helping parent, you arrive 1/2 hour before class to help set up, and leave 1/2 hour after class ends.
What are your class sizes?
- Bears: 8
- Owls: 12
- Frogs: 14
- Foxes: 14
Class sizes approximate and are subject to change. Approximate class sizes are well below the maximum allowed by state licensing. We choose to keep our classes small in order to provide more individualized attention and have our community small and intimate by design.
What is the maximum child-adult ratio of each class at Dulin?
- Bears: 4:1
- Owls: 6:1
- Frogs: 7:1
- Foxes: 7:1
State licensing’s ratios are considerably higher. Through our 40+ years of operation, we have found that these smaller class sizes are the most beneficial for our families and our staff.
What are the age cut-offs?
How much is tuition?
Parental involvement keeps our tuition rates low, while allowing us to pay our teachers a professional salary.
What is your potty-training policy?
Children in our Bears classes are not required to be potty-trained.
Children in our Owls, Frogs, and Foxes classes should be potty-trained — or at least be actively working on it.
Do parents teach the classes?
No, our certified, professional teachers teach. Parents only assist the teacher. Our teachers undergo required training throughout the year and are paid a professional salary.
Do you require background checks for teachers and co-oping adults?
Yes, formal state background checks, personal references, a negative TB test, and four hours of required training annually for every member of our staff — that includes any parent or caregiver who desires to work in the classroom. We are extremely solicitous about the safety and well-being of our children.
How do parent volunteers obtain the required training hours each year?
Does Dulin Preschool include religious instruction?
Is there a full-day or extended-care option?
Can my child be enrolled in more than one class — for example, both the AM and PM Bears?
Do children in the PM Bears adjust to the afternoon timeframe?
They do. Some parents are hesitant to even consider an afternoon class, but we urge those families to take another look before dismissing the possibility outright. We have found that most children do very well in the afternoon class. We know the afternoon nap is sacred during toddlerhood, but consider where your child will be developmentally by September. Is she ready for more social experiences? Does he love learning?
Having a slightly different schedule two days out of seven is usually not a big deal, and the children are so engaged and excited about being in school that sleep is often the last thing on their minds! If you are still unsure about the timeframe, let us know how we can address your questions. There are plenty of satisfied Dulin families who can speak first-hand about how they made the afternoon class work for their children.
How do you accommodate gifted children?
If your curriculum is play-based, does that mean there are no academics?
What is the role of the Teacher/Director?
What is the role of the Administrative Director?
Can a working parent or family participate?
How often will I work in the classroom?
How do I know when I’m going to co-op?
Can siblings be brought into the classroom on co-op days?
May I “buy out” of my co-op responsibilities?
What will my classroom responsibilities be?
Please see A Day at Dulin as the “Helping Parent”.
Are you a member of NAEYC?
Dulin Preschool fully meets the criteria of NAEYC accreditation (the criteria is almost identical to Virginia state licensing, and we undergo unannounced licensing checks throughout the school year). However, the actual NAEYC accreditation process is very expensive (running into the thousands of dollars) and time-consuming. As a non-profit preschool with low tuition — not to mention a volunteer board of directors without the time or resources to work full-time on the accreditation process — we prefer to put our money into school operations instead of a professional designation. We will gladly address specific points of NAEYC standards (available on the NAEYC Web site) and how Dulin Preschool meets or exceeds them.