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Enrollment Process and Procedures

The Little Dolphin School serves children and families from the greater Portland area. The Little Dolphin School population reflects a diversity of socioeconomic, ethnic and family characteristics. We enroll children ages six weeks through kindergarten. The Director reviews current applications at enrollment time to determine the age ranges for each of the classrooms. The ranges are based on enrollment numbers, group dynamics, and the developmental needs of each child.

The Little Dolphin School accepts applications at any time from parents who are interested in placing their child in our program. A child's actual placement in the school depends upon (1) the availability of an opening (2) the eligibility of the child, (3) group composition and (4) the individual needs of each child.

The Educational Director and Center Director make enrollment decisions in consultation with the Assistant Director. Preference is given to current Little Dolphin School families, after which new applications are processed.

When we offer you a position for your child, we ask that you sign an additional enrollment information form and return it with a deposit. At a later time, you will receive a parent pack containing materials to be carefully read and signed. Among these will be a health/immunization form. It often is best to take this form out of the packet and take it with you to your child's check-up.

When a child begins at The Little Dolphin School, a period of adjustment for the child, the family and The Little Dolphin School staff is to be expected. Parents are required to support their children in this transition by attending a gradual transition period. The transition period lasts between four to six days. At the time of enrollment you will be asked to :fill out a transition form listing dates and times that you will be visiting. It is understood that this separation experience is difficult for parents as well as children. Teachers work with parents to create and modify an adjustment plan that supports children, families, and the program. Close communication between families and staff continues throughout the child's enrollment.

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