Enrollment & Tuition

Now enrolling!


We currently have an opening for a 3 or 4 year old child.

Please contact our Membership Chair, Stephanie, with questions about Hawthorne Family Playschool and tour information.

Download the  HFP Application Form 2018-2019

About Our School:

HFP enrolls students ages 3-5. Our school day is from 9 a.m. – noon. This includes a family style snack, provided by families.

• Three-year-olds attend two days a week (M/W or T/Th)
• Four- and Five-year-olds attend three days a week (3rd day on Friday)

Our class size is 14 students (with three adults present). Children must be age 3 by September 1. We maintain a year-round waiting list.

Because children develop at different ages, we do not require toilet training.

About Our Selection Process:

We review applications and contact families with enrollment or wait list offers in early March. We don’t conduct a strict lottery as there are many factors we consider, such as age, gender, and the diversity balance of our students, as well as what skills parents can offer the program.

As a unique, parent-driven cooperative school, HFP relies heavily on our families to eagerly and fully participate in our community. When we review applications, we consider families’ interests, talents, and skills as well as their enthusiasm for our program.  We encourage families to share about themselves on the application.

If you have a particular interest or skill that you’re willing to contribute, please tell us about it. Families are responsible for assisting in the classroom as well as holding an essential job in running our school.  In partnership with our director/teacher,  we create a thriving learning community.


HFP is pleased to offer a sliding fee scale. In an effort to  keep tuition affordable, we also fundraise as an additional source of income.  Below are rates for the 2018-19 school year.  We offer the following sliding fee scale based on each family’s annual household income. Our goal with the sliding scale is to balance:

  • Cost of an outstanding preschool education
  • Affordability for families
  • Equity for  teachers (fairer compensation)
Tuition alone does not cover the  operating costs of our school.  Like most schools, we budget an annual fundraising goal to augment tuition income. These funds offset the cost of tuition, which allow us to charge lower tuition rate for all families, and allow us to provide a tuition assistance fund for those in need.   Each family participates in our annual fundraising efforts. Our collective fundraising goal supports the operating costs of our school, a tuition assistance fund, and a more equitable wage for our gifted teacher.
2-Day Class Monthly Tuition
Annual Income Tuition
$20,000 – $35,000 $182
$35,001 – $55,000 $207
$55,001 + $236
3-Day Class Monthly Tuition
$20,000 – $35,000 $267
$35,001 – $55,000 $304
$55,001 + $358
HFP tuition is based on Multnomah County income guidelines. More information available upon request. Rates subject to increase
3-6% annually every September based on Board approval.

Download the HFP Tuition Assistance Request Form

For Enrollment Information:

Contact Stephanie, Membership Chair.