What are the days and hours ?
Monday – Thursday from 9AM to 1:00PM (our Core Program), the hours at which children learn best. When they are healthy, we expect children to be present during these hours.
We offer a 9AM – 5PM option plus early/late care by the hour.
Fridays are not a part of our core program, but we partner with a Friday-only program so that families are abler to get the coverage they need.
Our calendar alignes with the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. Our partner program hosts camps during school holidays that are not holidays for most working parents.
What ages do you serve ?
Our curriculum and materials are appropriate to preschool children. Children are ready to thrive in our program when they have the capacity to explore independently and to cooperate with other children. Most children transition to this stage at about 2.5 years of age.
Self-care and Stewardship are important parts our curriculum. A child needs to be old enough to participate in hand-washing, hair brushing, oral hygiene, and in maintenance of the classroom to fully participate in the program.
What is your child/staff ratio?
Either 3:1 or 4:1, trained Mulberry Tree staff. Children have abundant opportunities to work independently, in peer groups, and individually with teachers. All teachers work outside of classroom hours in planning, reflection, documentation, and communicating with parents.
As part of our commitment to the next generation of Early Childhood teachers, we sometimes mentor vaccinated, background-checked teaching interns. Teaching interns are not counted in staffing ratios. They add to our community without taking resources from your child.
Do you accept children with special needs?
The Mulberry Tree believes in the potential of all children. We welcome every child we can serve in a safe and loving environment. We believe our combination of high standards, flexible programming, and teacher accountability is especially beneficial to Double-Exceptional (2E) children.
What are your COVID 19 protocols ?
We employ standard protocols such as mask-wearing, temperature checks, surface cleaning (either alcohol-based disinfectant or ionized water, depending on the surface), and shifting of many activities to outdoor areas. Because we do not have to divide outdoor areas between multiple classrooms, we are able to spend at least half of our day outdoors.
Staff members are fully vaccinated and plan to keep their vaccinations up-to-date. We ask for children to remain home if they have symptoms or any reason to suspect exposure. We update policies on these fronts as recommended by mainstream, science-based public health professionals.
Unfortunately, children who share a home with an adult who is unvaccinated by choice will not be accepted into this program. We do not limit children to isolated play (puzzles, etc.) and so must require extra vigilance on the part of families in order to keep our community safe. Thank you for understanding.
Do you require children to have vaccinations ?
California state law requires children in licensed care to receive (and document) vaccinations on a schedule that is approved by a licensed physician. Because of COVID-19 and other health concerns, many children are behind in their vaccination schedule. This situation is acceptable so long as your physician approves of a plan to vaccinate your child and your family maintains the schedule provided by that plan.
Is it affordable? What is included?
At The Mulberry Tree, we are committed to premium programming and premium materials at a moderate price. Enrichment at The Mulberry Tree includes the award-winning Music Together program plus an additional MLT-aligned music program at no additional cost.
The food program (included in all tuition plans) offers high quality, organic food (currently sourced at the Mar Vista Farmers’ Market). We consider the learning that surrounds food to be a vital part of an Early Childhood curriculum, but the inclusion of food also returns time to busy parents. We believe it significantly increases the value of our program to children and families.
A limited amount of financial aid will be available on the basis of need.
Until the risk of COVID 19 lessens, we offer our Core Program, Extended Day, monthly Date Night, In-House enrichment, and a limited number of masked, outdoor enrichment classes. We expect these offerings to expand as the risk of infection lessens.
Core Program: M - Th, 9 AM - 1 PM
$1200 / month
Includes vegetarian, organic, low/no sugar snacks and meals, learning activities such as Storytime, Arts and Crafts, Nature-based science, Music Together, Montessori math, and MLT Music and Movement.
Early and Late Care, 8:30 AM - 9 AM or 5 PM - 6 PM
$14 / Hour
Extended Day: M - Th, 9 AM - 5 PM
$1650 / Month
Includes all elements of the Core Program, organic, vegetarian lunch and snacks, plus Naptime, Tinkering, Ballet and Creative Movement, Sewing, and Storytime
Super-Extended (Individual) care, 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM or 6 PM - 7 PM
$40 / Hour
Afternoons Only, M - Th, 1 PM* - 5 PM
$800 / month
* Activities begin at 2:45PM. Naptime/quiet play 1:00PM – 2:30PM. Naptime entry only between 1:00 PM and 1:10 PM. No entry between 1:10PM and 2:30PM.
Includes organic, vegetarian afternoon snack, Tinkering, Ballet and Creative Movement, Sewing, and Storytime