If you look at our tuition price and think “I can’t afford that,” then you most likely qualify for some form of financial assistance. Tiny Trees offers a diverse portfolio of financial aid, including partnership with the Seattle Preschool Pathway Program, Goodwin Connections, a sliding scale for financial aid, and additional scholarships. More information is available below.
Financial assistance is available for both summer and school year programs. At the time of application, you will need to provide your household size, annual income, and supporting documentation. All possible resources listed above will be considered by the Tiny Trees team to find you the best financial assistance package.
During enrollment, families applying for Tiny Trees financial assistance will only be financially responsible for paying the $50 non-refundable enrollment fee. The $350 enrollment deposit can be paid later; deposit payments are required before the school year begins. Families applying for the SPP-Pathway program will not have any fees or deposits due at the time of enrollment. If you have any questions about our financial assistance application process, please contact our office (email@example.com).
APRIL 2020 UPDATE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our operations, as well as the timeline and capacity of our partners has changed. Our financial assistance timeline for the 2020-21 school year has adjusted; application review and awarding will occur later in the spring. Once the financial assistance application period has ended, we will temporarily close (remove) the application form, review all applications and be in touch with applicants. Thank you to everyone who has submitted an application. We hope to make determinations in May, but we are not yet certain of our new timeline. We will be in touch once we have information to share. To review relevant topics, including financial assistance and SPP questions, please visit our COVID-19 Family FAQs.
For families of all incomes a payment plan is available through BridgeCare Finance. With BridgeCare, you make convenient, affordable payments to BridgeCare and they pay Tiny Trees on time, in full each month.
We offer a sliding-scale financial assistance structure to more broadly serve our families. A starting point in our decision, though not the only consideration, are household incomes that are less than 400% of the national poverty line (see table below). Our funding source is a combination of Tiny Trees raised funds, grants, and partnerships with organizations and entities that believe in our program. Based on our financial projections, we aim to reduce tuition rates at an average of 10-30% for qualifying families.
100% FREE tuition for qualifying 3 and 4 year old students in many of our 5-day programs located in Seattle. For the 2020-21 school year, we anticipate SPP spots in our 5-day programs at Beer Sheva, Camp Long, Carkeek, Jefferson, North Acres and Olympic Sculpture Park. Families must meet income requirements and reside within the city of Seattle to qualify. More information about the entire SPP program can be found on the city’s website (please note that as a SPP – Pathway Provider, our process is a little different so our timeline is a little later than the city’s SPP process).
Scholarships of $100-$200/month per qualifying child. Available to students whose parent/caregiver is pursuing a college degree. This scholarship can be combined with Tiny Trees financial assistance. Income restrictions apply. Families can also apply directly to join the Goodwin’s Family Connections Program if they meet their requirements (this application opens on April 1, 2020).
Tiny Trees’ Bridge Funding Grant is specifically designed to support families of color, immigrant and refugee families, and families experiencing housing instability. While an outdoor education is a fantastic opportunity for children, Tiny Trees recognizes that it can also come with a series of barriers, especially for historically marginalized communities. With support from King County’s BSK, we are excited to offer additional support and resources that align with our commitment to equity.