Frequently Asked Questions

What are your hours?

We are open for care from 7am to 6pm Monday - Friday at both our North and Irvington locations. Growing Seeds in Crystal Springs will be open from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm Monday - Friday.



Do you offer part time schedules?

We offer full day care 2, 3, 4 or 5 days a week.



What kind of food do you provide?

We believe in the support of local farmers and commit to providing local, seasonal and, when possible, organic fruits and vegetables. We provide AM and PM snacks that consist of two food groups (ex. fruit and grain, cheese and crackers, yogurt and berries, hardboiled egg and fruit, fresh-baked good which includes both food groups). We provide lunch that includes a fruit, vegetable, grain, protein, and dairy item. We provide organic whole cow's milk to children over one year. If your child is not eating table food, you must provide all puréed food and infant cereal in a clean serving-size bowl labeled with your child's name very clearly marked in permanent black ink for each feeding. If your child is not eating table food, bring formula and breast milk in a clean, sanitized bottle with your child's name very clearly marked in permanent black ink for each feeding. Formula will be reconstituted and ready for feeding. The bottles will be individually warmed in a warming pot and fed on demand. All children under 12 months are held while bottle fed. A lunch menu will be sent to you via e-mail. It is our hope that through positive encouragement and peer socializing, children will eat all of the foods provided. As part of our commitment, the owner of Growing Seeds Learning Community has created a farm in Corbett, OR to help provide food for the community: natural, pasture-raised animals and fresh, organic fruits and vegetables.



Does Growing Seeds provide alternative meals for children with allergies or dietary restrictions?

No. If your child has an allergy to any of the food provided by the Center, you must bring alternative food. It is your responsibility to read the menu, ask questions about what we offer, and communicate with your child's teacher about alternative foods.



How do you incorporate science for young children?

A large component of our program is learning about life cycles by giving children hands-on experiences with living things.

We also grow many plants. We start seedlings inside during spring and transplant them to exterior beds where we tend to our gardens: watering, weeding and harvesting the fruits and vegetables.

We allow children daily opportunities to engage in the scientific method: hypothesizing, experimenting, observing and drawing conclusions. Some examples are: "What happens when we leave a piece of cheese or an orange slice in a bowl to sit for a week?" "What happens when you mix vinegar with baking soda or flour or oatmeal?" "What do those mixtures taste like?" "What happens when you add red water to blue water?" "What sinks or floats in a bucket of water?" "What is ice, steam, evaporation & absorption?"



What is your withdrawal policy?

There is a 60-day withdrawal notice required for all enrolled students. We will attempt to fill all spots as soon as notice is given if possible



What is your withdrawal policy?

See our rates section for more details.



Does being on the waitlist guarantee me a space?

No. When a space becomes available, you will be called based on the following: the order in which we received the waitlist forms, the age range of the specific classroom with space, and the number of days available.



Can I choose which days my child attends?

We offer part-time spaces based on the current availablity



Can I get on the waitlist without coming on a tour?

No. We want everyone to strongly consider where they want their child to attend. We want to provide each family with the all the necessary information about our center so they can make the most informed decision. We want families to commit to joining our center for the child's entire young years. Please contact us here to sign up for a tour.



What do you do to retain teachers?

We ask teachers to make a one-year commitment. We offer competetive benefits, health insurance, continuing education stipends, and provide ongoing professional development.



Can I pay by credit card?

No. We accept checks.



When does a child move up to the next classroom?

Every September the children who will enter Kindergarten graduate from the program. These openings allow for transition-age children to move up to preschool and each younger age group to move to the next appropriate room. As children develop relationships with their peers, we believe it is important to maintain these friendships at least until they move to the next level the following September. We prefer that groups of children stay together in cohorts, but occasionally classrooms need to be divided in order to accommodate scheduling changes. When an opening occurs mid-year, we generally offer space to a family off the waiting list.



Do siblings have priority?

Yes. Siblings of currently enrolled children have priority over anyone on the waiting list.



How do I find out where I am on the waitlist?

Please contact waitlist@growingseeds.net for information regarding the waiting list.



How do children adjust to your program upon enrollment?

We strongly encourage a gradual entry plan for each student. Ideally, families will have opportunities to meet and interact with the child’s teachers prior to the first full day. This helps the child feel at ease with the transition. It also helps for them to get to know each teacher and their teaching style. When transitioning your child into any classroom, we request at least a 3 day warm up period to help your child adjust. It works best if these days can be within the same week. If your child has not previously been in care away from you, a longer transitional period will most likely be necessary. Based on your preferences (your family’s schedule and availability, your child’s previous experiences in care, and the process of the actual transition), you and your child’s teacher will work together to create an individualized plan for the transition.



Am I required to provide diapers for my child?

The school provides cotton cloth diapers for all children requiring diapers. We are committed to this practice to help reduce the waste of disposable diapers and minimize our impact on the environment. We also believe that children who wear cloth diapers (versus disposables) have fewer issues with diaper rash and chaffing because cotton is naturally breathable. Parents provide "go home diapers", wipes and diaper creams for use at the school. These items must be clearly labeled with your child's name.



What are your scheduled closures?

Our program budget (including staff pay, materials, bills, and so on) is based on receiving full tuition from all children enrolled. Therefore, we offer no refunds for illness, scheduled school closures, closures due to inclement weather or power outages, holidays, vacations, or staff illness. We do not refund any prepaid tuition. We have annually-scheduled closures that are based on State and Federal holidays as well as the operational needs of the Center. Refer to the annual list of closure days posted within the building for the most accurate information.