What are your Parent / Co-Op Requirements?

UMC offers 3 levels of parent participation. Please note that there are a limited number of Partial or Non-Co-op positions for families with special circumstances. Tuition is adjusted based on the level of participation:

Full Co-op

– Assist in the classroom approximately 1 day/week

– Assume a school job

– Participate in two school maintenance days/year (buyout is available)

Partial Co-op 

– Assist in the classroom approximately 1 day/week

– No school job

– Participate in two school maintenance days/year (buyout is available)

Non Co-op

– No classroom or school job requirements

In addition to classroom and school jobs, all UMC families are required to provide the following each year: 

– Participate in 1 fundraising event

– Attend an orientation night and 2 parent or family meetings

– Provide school service hours (approximately 2 hours)

What ages can attend UMC?

Children ages 18 months to 5 years, as of September 1st of each school year, are eligible to attend UMC.

What is the cost for each program?

Tuition varies for each class and co-op level. Please contact the membership team for more details. There is an annual non-refundable $55 application fee for each child.

Does my child need to be potty trained?

We require those in the Pre-K classes to be potty trained. Younger children do not need to be potty trained, but we ask that you bring a spare diaper and extra set of clothes for your child to be kept at the school.

How can I register?

Please visit our How to Apply page for deadlines and application procedures.

Does everyone pay the non-refundable registration fee? Even if I am on the waitlist?

Yes. The fee is for all applications including those on the waitlist.

If I have twins or two children in the program, do I take more than one job and pay two fees?

Parents with more than one child take one job but work two different days.  There is an option to become a partial co-op parent or choose not to co-op for a fee, which is added to the monthly tuition.

Can I choose not to co-op at UMC?

Yes, there are a limited number of non co-op family and partial co-op family positions. Please visit the “Co-op” page for more information.

Can I sign up for the school year even though classes have already begun?

Yes, if there is space available. Please Schedule a Tour or contact the membership team for more information.

How is the school job assigned?

A list of available school and class jobs are included with the online enrollment form emailed out in June. You will rank your preferences the Membership Chairs will assign the jobs on a first come first served basis.

Can I choose not to have a school job?

Yes, there are a limited number of non co-op family and partial co-op family positions. A non co-op family does not participate in the class, is not required to participate in maintenance days and does not have a school job. A Partial A co-op family does not have a school job but does participate in the classroom. For more information please see “What is a co-op”.

What if my child does not get in or is on a waitlist?

If you do not get in initially, we recommend that you remain on a waitlist as spots tend to open up over the course of the summer and school year. Once on the waitlist, your name will stay on it until you get in or until the end of the school year.

When is summer session and how long does it last?

The UMC summer session is four weeks, usually the month of July, three mornings per week (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays), a total of 12 days.

How old does my child have to be to join summer school?

The Summer Program is for incoming and outgoing Preschool and Pre K students.

When is the orientation for the school year?

Orientation is typically the week of Labor Day.

What do we do if we cannot attend orientation evening?

Orientation is mandatory. If a family absolutely cannot attend (due to an emergency or pre-scheduled trip, etc.), they must contact their teacher for instructions.

When does school start?

Classes start the week of Labor Day in September. UMC attempts to follow the calendars of the local public school districts.

If my child starts attending UMC and needs to drop out, is my tuition refundable?

If it becomes necessary to withdraw a child, UMC needs a two-week notice in writing. Tuition is then pro-rated for that month. Your deposit is non-refundable.

Can I start school without my TB forms completed?

No one may work in the classroom without the Parent’s Medical (TB Clearance) Form completed. This is a State law.

You can get a TB test at your doctor’s office or an Immediate Care. Please note that you usually have to wait 48 hours for TB test results.

My TB test came out positive, what do I do?

People who have had TB in the past will always test positive. An x-ray is required to determine that you do not have TB, along with a doctor’s letter stating that you do not have TB. Send in your doctor’s OK with your TB test results.

What is the UMC immunization policy?

We follow the laws regarding requirement of immunizations in California preschools for our admission process. Please see the current immunization guide from the California Department of Public Health.

I'm pregnant or nursing and can't take the TB test. What do I do?

Please attach a doctor’s letter with your forms stating that you are pregnant or nursing and will have the test completed when possible. Such exceptions are only valid until you are no longer pregnant or the child you are nursing is 12 months old.