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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 8 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

8:30-8:45 am       Work day parents arrive and set-up their stations.

8:45-9:00 am       Children arrive and school starts. Children choose from several activities

                                inside and outside to take part in.

10:00-10:30 am    Red Tag story and snack time.

10:30-11:00 am     Red taggers choose outdoor activities while Blue Taggers move inside

                                for story and snack time. 

11:00-11:45 am      Children have the option to choose from inside or outside activities.

11:45-12:00 pm     Circle time lead by Director. Parents are encouraged to join and sit with

                                their children.

12:00 pm               Morning program ends.

12:00-12:30 pm     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

12:00-12:30 pm     Children participating in the afternoon program meet with afternoon

                                 teachers, eat lunch and listen to a story. 

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

1:00-2:30 pm        Quiet time

2:45-4:30 pm       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 Membership Chair at or call (805) 682 -7609 to schedule a tour.

  • During the tour you will have an opportunity to observe our program, fill out a waitlist card, talk with current parents, and ask the Director questions.

Does the Oaks PCW require children be vaccinated?

  • The Oaks PCW is a licensed child care center and complies with California law regarding immunization requirements for all enrolled children. Additionally, any parent volunteering at the Oaks is required to be immunized against influenza (yearly; waiver possible), pertussis, and measles as well as have a negative tuberculosis test prior to their first day on-site.

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