Frequently Asked Questions

How do I enroll?

  • Enrolling for 2022-23?  Please complete this form. After receiving it, our Registrar will confirm your enrollment and give you instructions on submitting a non-refundable $75 registration fee.

What is the tuition?

Tuition is dependent on our actual expenses (rent, wages, etc.) divided among the participating families and their chosen schedules.

To give you a ballpark, for 2021-22 school year MILL tuition averaged $1160 per quarter (Fall, Winter, Spring) for the 4-day schedule and averaged $700 per quarter for the 2-day schedule.  Those estimates do not include the one-time $75 non-refundable registration fee, nor the quarterly tuition for the Parent Education program at Bellevue College (less than $56/quarter in 2021-22). Per hour of enrichment, this tuition is very competitive with alternative programs.

Lunch Brunch and Explore More tuition is also based on actual enrollment and TBD, but a good estimate for 2022-23 would be an additional $75 and $120 per quarter, respectively.

Do you offer scholarships or financial aid?

Yes! If you would like to be considered for a scholarship, please contact Barb Hill at bhill@bellevuecollege.edu.

I want to enroll my child at MILL but I have a full-time job and I’m nervous about the time commitment of a co-op preschool.

Many of our families have two working parents, plus kids in other schools or programs, and we understand that it can be challenging to coordinate time in the classroom. Some families opt to have a grandparent or caregiver volunteer in their place for some or all of their allotted days. The reality is that there’s plenty of flexibility in scheduling—and families are very supportive of each other’s situations.

How many days per month do parents volunteer in the classroom?

As with tuition, this number is dependent upon enrollment, but two to three times per month is typical.

What am I expected to do while volunteering in the classroom? Do I need to prepare anything?

Two parents are scheduled to volunteer each class day—one assigned to inside/crafts and the other assigned to outside/snack. The daily routine and specific responsibilities will be communicated, but essentially you are there to support the kids, Teacher Judy, and Teacher Monica, as needed. You do not need to do anything but show up! It’s also not uncommon that additional parents stay for all or part of class, so some days there may be a bunch of parents helping out.

Tell me more about the curriculum. Will my child be learning [the alphabet, Spanish, a specific curriculum, etc.]?

Our children’s work is to play.  We want to instill a love of learning by letting them explore what is interesting to them.  Learning Lab has a strong connection to nature and the seasons; many of our activities are science adjacent, insects, rotting things, digging in the dirt, messy art. But we aren’t clubbing the children over the head with STEM, or worksheets, or phonics. We expect they’ll pick up a lot of that preparation with their parents at home, but their job at school is to enjoy coming to school, relish creating imaginative worlds with their peers, and exploring their environment with their fingers and minds.

Read more about play-based learning

How is MILL dealing with Covid? Are you holding in-person classes?

We continue to hold classes in person, with the addition of the following safety precautions:

  • All classroom adults are vaccinated
  • Adults wear KN95 masks or better
  • Kids wear masks indoors and out
  • Improved ventilation by using doorstops to keep both classroom doors fully open the whole time the indoors is accessible
  • Extend outdoor-focused time, as much as possible (currently an hour; aiming for 90+ minutes when feasible)

Our Covid Policy adopts current guidance from the CDC and Bellevue College for Early Education.