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?
Early September to mid-June. 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 who are 3 years old or less by October 31st, may enroll for 2 or 3 mornings per week. Children who are 4 or 5 by October 31st, may enroll for 4 mornings a week. There is a total of 6 days per family when sending more than one child. The actual days your child attends The Oaks is determined by consultation with the Director and the Membership Chair.
What is a typical day like at The Oaks?
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.
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.