Preschool

Inspired Learning for the Whole Child

Our Preschool program focuses on healthy emotional, physical, intellectual, and social development.

We offer programs for ages 3 – 5. Class sessions for preschool are 3 or 3.5 hours long and meet 3 to 5 days per week. These sessions provide your child with ample time to delve deeply into projects, master new skills, and engage in imaginative play.

Our theme-based curriculum is designed to support early learning and improve school readiness. The Museum relies on current research and consults with early learning and elementary professionals to ensure that our program exemplifies the best practices in education for your child.

2021-2022 Session Info

Enroll Now for 2021 – 2022

Session Dates: Sept 21 & 22, 2021 – May 30 & 31, 22

Hands On Preschool offers four class options for the 2021/22 school year. For preschool program questions or to set up a Zoom meeting or in-house tour, email Meaghan at manderson@hocm.org. For registration questions, our team is available by phone from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday at 360-956-0818 ext. 103.

Informational Flyer

2021-2022 Preschool Informational Flyer

Application Form

2021-2022 Preschool Application Form

Registration Instructions

  1. Apply Online: We have moved to an online format for this year’s registration, please do not come in person to register for preschool. Submit online registration forms to reservations@hocm.org.
  2. Need Assistance? If you have any questions or need assistance, our team is available by phone from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday at 360-956-0818 ext. 103. Phone-in registrations will be accepted after email applicants are served.

Tuition and Fees

Please note that tuition is paid in installments due on the first of each month. Tuition payments do not vary month to month. To hold a child’s spot in class, one tuition installment is due at time of registration.

Nonrefundable Application Fee: $185

The application fee must be paid before your application can be approved. Return completed application to reservations@hocm.org. Once your application is approved, a deposit of one tuition installment is due to hold your spot. Should you choose to withdraw after registering, $100 of your deposit is refundable until August 1, 2021. No refund will be available after August 1, 2021.

Early Learners – FULL

This class is full. Please register for our PM class options or ask to be placed on our waitlist. Email reservations@hocm.org or call 360-956-0818 ext. 103.

  • 3 Days/Week: M/W/F (9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)
  • Age 3 as of 9/1/2021
  • $485/month members
  • $535/month non-members
  • Starts Sept. 22

Young Explorers – 1 Opening

  • 4 Days/Week: M-Th (1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
  • Age 3 as of 9/1/2021
  • $545/month members
  • $600/month non-members
  • Starts Sept. 22

Pre-Kindergarten AM – FULL

This class is full. Please register for our PM class options or ask to be placed on our waitlist. Email reservations@hocm.org or call 360-956-0818 ext. 103.

  • 5 Days/Week: M-F (8:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.)
  • Age 4 by 9/1/2021
  • $650/month members
  • $715/month non-members
  • Starts Sept. 21

Pre-Kindergarten PM – FULL

  • 4 Days/Week: M-Th (1:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.)
  • Age 4 by 9/1/2021
  • $585/month members
  • $645/month non-members
  • Starts Sept. 21

Benefits of Hands On Preschool

  • Small class sizes in-line with COVID-19 safety mandates, safe entry check-in, and social distancing procedures.
  • Low student-teacher ratios with highly qualified early learning professionals. Click here to read more about our teachers.
  • Open-ended activities and engaging art and science activities that enhance critical thinking skills by encouraging your child to observe, explore and ask questions.
  • Abundant opportunities for language development by connecting themes to children’s literature and encouraging group socialization, which build literacy skills.
  • Parent conferences, developmental checklists and open, regular communication with teachers.
  • Seasonal field trips, special guests and unique museum learning opportunities.

Award-Winning Early Learning Program

Our play-centered, whole-child program gives your child a preschool environment where they will create, explore, and discover. Our facility has specially designed, dedicated preschool classrooms in a unique museum setting.

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