What program options do you have?
Infants (6 weeks – 12 months): Full time only.
Toddlers (13 months – 3 years): 2 day (Tue/Th), 3 day (M,W,F) and 5 days
Primary Circle (3 – 5 years, mixed age classrooms): 2 day (Tue/Th), 3 day (M,W,F) and 5 days
We do not offer half-day options. The 2 and 3 day programs will follow scheduled days only.
Is there flexibility in the days we attend the part time program?
Our part time programs are specifically set days: 2-day (T, Th) and 3 day (M, W, F). This allows consistency for both staff and children. Parents will not be able to choose the days their children attend part-time outside of this schedule.
Do you accept CCIS?
We are currently working on setting up our participation with CCIS and will update this section as soon as the program becomes available.
Do you have parking spots available for drop-off and pick up?
The parking area on 16th street between Christian and Montrose Streets are 30-minute loading/unloading spots dedicated to the school from 7 am – 6 pm on weekdays.
Are we able to leave a stroller at the school?
We have an enclosed space designated for stroller storage next to the reception area. Space is limited so we ask that all families with older children bring compact, umbrella strollers.
What security does the facility have?
The safety and security of children at Aspen Grove is a top priority:
The facility has multiple cameras, both exterior and interior. Exterior cameras cover entry points into both front and back doors as well provide a street view. Designated parents and caregivers are provided with a key fob to access the main entrance. This key fob is also required to access a second security door that leads into groups of classrooms
Parents and caregivers are required to sign children in and out using a fingerprint system located at the reception area
All classrooms are equipped with cameras for confidential viewing by management should a situation require review
A state-approved emergency plan is in place. This includes shelter of children during an emergency, both at locations away from the facility as well as a shelter in place. Emergency evacuation training is practiced on a regular basis.
What is your vaccination policy?
We strongly encourage all children to follow the Philadelphia public school vaccination schedule. We will follow documented exemptions per DHS regulation. Please read more at: http://www.pacode.com/secure/data/055/chapter3270/s3270.131.html
Even if exempt, a child may be excluded from school during an outbreak of vaccine-preventable disease.
What nap schedule do you follow?
Infants nap as needed in their cribs. We will work with families to understand and follow your child’s preferred routine.
Toddlers nap between 12:00 and 3 in their classroom. We provide cots designated for each child. Toddlers have an active schedule with outdoor play in the mornings so we encourage all children to nap.
Preschoolers will have quiet time between 1 and 3 everyday. Designated cots are provided for napping. Quiet activities are an option for children who no longer nap.
What is your holiday schedule?
The school observes all federal holidays. We will also be closed during the week preceding Labor Day and the week between Christmas and New Year. Please review the most updated school calendar on the website as well as in the Parent handbook. For weather-related and emergency closures, we follow the Philadelphia School District.
What is your approach to behavior management?
The foundation of our program is the creation of an emotionally safe environment for each child to thrive in. Our curriculum focuses on a child’s social and emotional development and our teachers are trained to put control back in the child’s hands rather than a traditional anticipation that the teacher should control them. One example of how this can be achieved is through the practice of simple exercises and tactics that help move children from the emotional part of their brain (where most toddlers live!) to the more rationale part where they can reason. Teachers serve as a guide to empower children to redirect themselves and each other by using self-regulation strategies to make helpful choices.
Our morning routine begins with some of these simple brain/body exercises and calming techniques that children do together. By becoming familiar with these exercises, a child is more likely to call on these tools when a stressful situation arises.
If a child is continually demonstrating a behavior that is not in the best interest of the classroom our teachers and staff will model a controlled gentle response by redirecting that child and offering them other choices or some space to work through their emotions in a cozy corner that is equipped with comfortable seating and books. We also have a buddy system where peers help each other navigate through high emotions and stressful situations, which is proven to be a particularly effective technique.
Drawing attention to a child's negative behavior or highlighting behavior in a way that is shaming is in direct conflict with the idea of an emotionally safe environment and is therefore not a part of our philosophy. As children grow in age and maturity within our program we would like them to have a growing sense of their contribution to the control of the classroom and help them to feel empowered to shape its culture in a positive way.
What are opportunities for parental communication & involvement?
As parents of young children ourselves, we believe that the ideal learning environment for a child is one where school is an extension of the home and vice versa. One way of trying to achieve this is to encourage parent involvement and participation in our program. The exchange of experiences and ideas helps us understand your child and his/her context better and encourages you to better relate to your child’s experience at school and help extend that at home. Some ways parents can be involved:
Parent Information Board including curriculum overview
Daily Reports (up to 3 years)
Daily picture-based update - all age groups
Off-site community events
Social media interactions
Step-Up Meetings prior to a child's transition to a new classroom
What is your enrollment process?
We enroll children 3 times a year - January, May and September. We welcome all prospective families to tour our facility prior to enrollment to learn about our teaching philosophy and see our beautiful space. All applications should be completed online. The application form can be found on the “Admissions” section of our website. Within 10 business days of receiving your application, you will receive a link to pay a one-time, non-refundable application fee of $150. This application fee is required to complete your application and be placed on the wait list. The application fee payment does not provide guarantees of enrollment or timeframe for enrollment. The wait list is a fluid process of changing ages of children, start dates, consideration for siblings, returning families, etc. and therefore we provide a best estimate. We encourage families to check in from time to time to understand the status of the wait list. Once a spot is offered and accepted, a security deposit will be required to secure this spot. Your child will have the opportunity to attend a playdate in their future classroom during the month prior to their start date.
Once a spot is offered and accepted, a 2-week security deposit will be required to secure the spot and cannot be refunded if you choose to forfeit your spot. After your child has started at the school this security deposit can be applied to your child’s last 2 weeks’ tuition, provided a 4 week written notice of withdrawal is provided.
Is my security deposit refundable?
A 2-week security deposit is required once a spot has been offered and accepted. Once a spot has been accepted and the deposit paid, it cannot be refunded if you choose to forfeit your spot. However, after your child starts at The Aspen Grove School, your security deposit will be applied to your child’s last 2 weeks’ tuition provided you submit 4 weeks’ written notice for withdrawal.
Where can I get more information about the school’s policies?
Once your child has been enrolled, you will have access to our Parent Handbook that details all our policies. All families are required to review and sign an acknowledgement prior to your child’s start date. For questions on a specific policy please email us at
Like the Aspen community of trees that have interconnected roots, we hope to build a community of families that support their children as well as support one another in this journey of raising our special little people. It takes a village!