Please view our videos and slideshows, see our Look Book, read our FAQ below, and then email our Director of Admissions, Alejandra Valera, with any specific questions you may have. We'd love to hear from you!
Is this a daycare?
This program is not a daycare, it is so much more. Alcuin Montessori is a fully-licensed educational program for infants and toddlers with a full Montessori curriculum. Children flourish in a beautiful environment with a rich curriculum designed just for them and their milestones.
What are the program ages and hours?
The Infant program is 6 weeks to 14 months, 7:15 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Toddler program is 15 months to 35 months, 7:15 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Most families choose to drop off around 8:00 a.m. and begin pick-up by 4:30 p.m. Part-time options are not available.
What is drop off and pick-up like?
Parents may either park on Roosevelt, where there is always plenty of parking, or in our parking lot in the back of the school. Parents walk their children into the building. An Alcuin staff member will then take the children into the classroom.
Is there availability?
Currently, we do have a wait list for our toddler program and do not anticipate any openings for at least a year and a half. For infants (5 months and younger) we have some openings coming up. Contact us for details.
What is the daily schedule like?
The Infant tuition and schedule is listed on the Infant program page. The toddler tuition and schedule is listed on the Toddler program page.
Do you have your handbook online?
Yes, it is in several places on our website. You can also access here:
Infant and Toddler Handbook
What about meals?
Parents of infants who are still drinking breast milk or formula bring their bottles, daily. Infants (who are eating) and toddlers have their lunches catered by Gourmet Gorilla, an organic kids' lunch catering company. We also provide breakfast and snacks for the children.
What is the admissions procedure?
Once you have submitted your child's application, indicating the month you hope to begin, you will be placed in a waitlist pool. Admissions are handled on a monthly basis. For instance, families hoping to begin in January would be contacted in December. They would then be informed of any available spaces or what number they currently are on the waitlist. Tuition is prorated to reflect the family's start date.
Note: submitting an application months in advance does not guarantee you a space in your desired month, but it does ensure that your application is placed ahead of others, applying for the same start month, received after yours has been submitted.
What will happen once my child turns three?
Children who turn three have the option to transition directly into our Primary All-Year Montessori program which has the same hours, 7:15 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. This program is located in our Main Campus.
What are the program fees?
For a complete breakdown of all the fees and financial information, visit our tuition page. For specific financial questions, please contact our Business Manager, Pat Ellis.
How do teachers communicate with parents throughout the day?
Our Roosevelt teachers use Brightwheel for communication throughout the day. Additionally, the teachers send emails and calls as needed. With the infant program, they also fill out a "daily sheet" via Brightwheel which notes how long an infant has slept, what they ate, and their toileting for the day.
Is there a school calendar to help plan for the year?
Yes! Our Google calendar may be found at http://bit.ly/alcuincal
Can you leave strollers and car seats at the school?
Strollers and car seats can be left in our hallway during the day so that parents do not have to lug them back and forth.
Where should I submit the application?
Applications can be mailed to:
324 N Oak Park Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60302.
What is the application fee?
The application fee is $100 and $50 for each sibling application. One application per child. An application submitted without an fee is not considered an active application.
I still have some admissions questions.
Please contact our Director of Advancement, Alex Valera, and she will be happy to help you.
After your virtual tour, we invite you to schedule a tour of the campus.
Featuring brand new construction, our Roosevelt Infant and Toddler Campus has three outdoor spaces, a large multi-purpose muscle room, five classrooms (two infant and three toddler) and experienced staff.
In our community, we see challenges like these as opportunities to learn and gain deeper connections with each other. Until our doors open again for tours, we will still be here — albeit in new ways.