Tuition and Fees

green  Preschool Tuition 2013-2014

Tuition in preschool programs is based on a child to teacher ratio of 6-1 for children 2.9 through 4 and 7-1 for Pre-Kindergarten. Please note that our prices in the morning preschool program reflect a 3.25 hour school day. All classes include a weekly gym and music program. Children are grouped in classes according to age. Tuition is non-refundable.

Morning Program

(Morning Program 9:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.)


10 Monthly Payments

5 Day AM (M-F)


3 Day AM (M/W/F)


2 Day AM (T/TH)


Full Day Year Round Program

(Available 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in 9 or 10.5 hour options.)


Monthly Tuition

Monthly Tuition

Up to 9 hours

UP to 10.5 hours

5 Day AM (M-F)



3 Day AM (M/W/F)

$ 998


2 Day AM (T/TH)

$ 762

$ 832

Registration Fee – An initial non-refundable registration fee of $100 per child is required at the time a registration form is submitted. Students must register for each school year and all outstanding fees and deposits must be paid in full prior to registration. Annual registration fees for the Children’s Center and Preschool are limited to a maximum of $200 per family per year.

Morning Program –  A deposit equivalent to one month’s tuition (including extended day tuition ) and the first month’s payment is due by June 1st.  This payment holds the child’s place in the program for the school year from early September through early June.  Tuition payments are then due by the first of the month from September through May.  This program is a 9 month commitment

Full Day Program – This program operates on a year round calendar. When preschool is not in session, children in the full day program participate in our vacation and summer programs at no additional cost. The full day program is closed on the following holidays: Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Years Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day, Patriots’ Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, and 1 professional day in March.

Sibling Discount – A sibling discount of 5% is applied to the least expensive regular tuition charge. Sibling discounts do not apply to additional hours or special programs.

Tuition Deposits and Payments

Morning Program – A deposit equivalent to one month’s tuition (including extended day tuition) and payment for the month of September is due by June 1st.  This payment holds the child’s place in the program for the school year from early September through early June.  Tuition payments are then due by the first of the month from October through May. This program is a 9 month commitment.

Full Day Program – At the time of registration a $200 deposit is due. An additional payment to bring the deposit up to one month’s tuition is due by June 1.  This deposit holds the child’s place in the program for the full year from September through August.  Tuition is then due the first of each month beginning in September. A 12 month commitment is necessary for this program.

All deposits are adjusted annually. For those students who will not return the next year, the deposit, less any outstanding fees, is returned at the end of the program. As preschool places are extremely difficult to fill in the summer or mid-year, deposits and tuition payments are forfeited for students who do not begin or complete the school year for which they registered. If you choose to withdraw or make changes to your registered program, permanently or temporarily, before the end of the year, all or a potion of your deposit will be forfeited.  See the Deposit Policy for more detailed information.

Extended Hours – Students enrolled in the morning preschool program can register for extended hours for the school year. Rates are on the backside of the preschool registration form and the application is mailed out during the summer. Drop in extended hours are also possible on an occasional basis as space is available.

Summer Program – This program complements the school year. Children enrolled in the Full Day program are automatically enrolled in our Summer Program for their regular hours. Other students may attend all or some days with regular hours from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  Extended hours are available. Information and sign-up sheets for the Summer Program are distributed in the children’s backpacks in February.  See the Summer Program brochure for additional information.

Holidays– Holidays are taken into account when setting the yearly tuition. Tuition for those months containing holidays is charged at the regular rate and is not reduced.

Illness and other Absences – Because of staff scheduling requirements, credit or refunds are not given for illness or other absences.  Please call the office (877-2593) whenever your child will not attend school.

Emergency Conditions– The Morning and Extended Day Programs are generally closed when the Framingham Public Schools are closed. The Full Day program will operate unless severe inclement weather occurs.  If Framingham State College reports closure on TV or radio Circle of Friends will delay opening until 9:30.  A building emergency may require the school to close early due to safety concerns.  Staff will call parents under these circumstances.  Full tuition is due for months in which emergency conditions require the Center to close.

Late Payment and Returned Check Fees – Monthly tuition payments are due on or before the first day of the month. A late payment fee of $20.00 will be assessed for each month in which the payment is more than 10 days overdue. Failure to pay the full balance by the 15th of the month following the month in which payment was overdue will result in immediate disenrollment from Circle of Friends.  A fee of $20.00 will apply for returned checks.

Late Pickup – If a parent is late in picking up a child or drops off earlier than their scheduled program hours, a fee of $2.00 per minute will be charged to their account.