Frequently Asked Questions

What are The Oaks’ hours of operation?

  • Morning Program: Monday through Friday 8:45am to 12:00pm

  • Afternoon Program: Monday through Friday 12:00pm to 4:30pm

When does the school year start and end?
The Oaks' school year begins at the end of August and concludes at the end of May. The Oaks has a summer program for 6 weeks during summer

What age must my child be to attend?
Children must be 2½ years old by October 31st to enroll at The Oaks in the fall, and they may start attending once they are 2 years, 6 months old.

How many days a week can my child attend?
Children may enroll in as many days as they are years, plus one. Children who are 2 1/2, may enroll in up to 3 mornings. Children who are 3 years old may enroll in up to 4 mornings. Children who are 4 years old may enroll in up to 5 mornings, as long as there is sufficient coverage and space.

What is a typical day like at The Oaks?

Morning Program

8:30am - Work day parents arrive and set-up their stations.

8:45-9:00am - Children arrive and school starts. Children choose from several activities inside and outside to take part in.

10:00am - Red Tag story and snack time.

10:30am - Red taggers choose outdoor activities while Blue Taggers move inside for story and snack time. 

11:00am - Children have the option to choose from inside or outside activities.

11:45 - Circle time lead by Director, Theresa Embry. Parents are encouraged to join and sit with their children.

12:00pm - Morning program ends.

12:00-12:30pm - Workday parents clean up then meet with Director for a debriefing of the highs and lows of the day while their children have lunch and listen to a story.

Afternoon Program

12:00-12:30pm - Children participating in the afternoon program meet with afternoon teachers, eat lunch and listen to a story. 

12:30-1:00pm - Children transition to quiet time

1:00-2:30pm - Quiet time

2:45-4:30pm - After Quiet Time Activities

Does The Oaks offer a Summer program?

Yes, The oaks now offers 6 weeks of Summer camp. Please visit our Summer Program page. 


This co-op model is an investment of time and energy. For your efforts, the rewards are profound:

  • Share in the highs and lows of parenting young children with a supportive group of families.

  • Participate in your child’s early learning during these formative years.

  • Learn parenting skills from the evening classes, as well as from the examples of fellow parents.

  • Participate in a supportive community.

  • Develop lasting friendships with adults and children.

  • Revel in the laughter and silliness that comes with spending time with children.

How do I get my child on The Oaks’ waiting list?
Interested families must tour the school in person before being added to the waiting list.

How do I sign up for a tour of The Oaks?

  • Please contact our director, Theresa Embry, at  or  (805)682 - 7609 to schedule a tour.

  • During the tour you have an opportunity to observe the program, fill out a wait-list card, talk to parents and ask the director any questions you might have.