Enrollment, Tuition, Operating Calendar
Policies related to Meals, Schedule and Tuition
The registration process includes:
1. Completing all required forms
2. Paying for your enrollment fee
The following is a summary of some of the aspects addressed in detail in Bambini’s Policy Statement and Parent’s Handbook which is given to parents during the enrollment process:
There is a one-time non-refundable enrollment fee of $600 per child.
Tuition is due the first of every month. A late fee will be added to accounts not paid by the 5th of the month. Payments received after the 5th of each month, will have a $10.00 per day fee. Failure to pay the complete balance by the 5th of each month can result in an interruption in your childcare services.
We calculate tuition amounts based on the age of the child on the day the tuition payment is due (first of the month), but we apply the same grace period to this as to the payments themselves, so if the child becomes eligible for a lower tuition rate on or before the 5th of the month, then the lower tuition amount applies for that month.
For instances in which tuition charges need to be calculated for less than an entire month, we do this by dividing the monthly tuition fee by the number of days in that month for which we charge tuition, which are the days in which we incur payroll expenses (basically Monday through Friday, including holidays). Then we multiply that daily tuition amount by the number of days we need to charge for.
Bambini offers several convenient payment methods to suit a variety of individual needs. Please check each Center’s location page for details.
Bambini covers all activity supplies, gifts for holidays, extracurricular activities and special event resources.
Bambini provides breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack. For more information, please check our Nutrition page.
The closing times are strictly observed. Fees for late pick up after 6PM are due upon pickup (paid to the teacher required to stay overtime) and are assessed as follows: $5 for the first five minutes and $2 for every additional minute. Failure to pay late pickup charges or frequent late pickups may result in dismissal.
There’s a $100 non-refundable waitlist signup fee. Signing up for our waitlist doesn’t guarantee a spot at any particular time, but parents in the waitlist are given priority for enrollment over those who are not.
2023 Tuition and Fees (January – December 2023)
|Program Type||Price Per Month|
|Infants (3-11 Months)||$ 2,965|
|Toddlers (12-29 Months)||$ 2,665|
|Young Children (30-71 Months)||$ 2,275|
Tuition costs are inclusive of our meals program, all extra-curricular activities (weekly music and yoga classes, etc), art suppplies, field trips, parent education classes, and events for parents throughout the year.
“Bambini” operates twelve (12) months per year, except for
- 2023 Summer Break: Centers will be closed from July 24th to the 28th, 2023
- Thanksgiving 2023: Centers will be closed on November 23rd and 24th, 2023
- 2023 Winter Break: Centers will be closed from December 25th, 2023 to January 5th, 2024
The regular hours of operation are 8:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday through Friday
“Bambini” will also be closed for the following Federal Holidays:
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
- President’s Day
- Memorial Day
- Juneteenth National Independence Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Columbus Day
- Veterans Day
Other important policies
Application and Enrollment
Bambini is available to meet the needs of children three months through five years of age, without regard to race, religion, color, gender, or national origin. We reserve the right to accept each child with the understanding that if Bambini cannot care for him/her, we ask that the child be withdrawn.
For enrollment inquiries, please contact our enrollment coordinator, Katherine Savattiere, by phone at (301) 615-3563 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In order to enroll your child at Bambini, you must sign a copy of the Policy Statement and Parent Handbook as well as provide the following information:
- Registration record
- Physical examination and vaccinations (including blood test for lead and oral health assessment for children ages 3 and older), all which will have to be updated annually
- Authorization to apply medical treatment in case of emergency
- Health certificate
- Contact information in case of emergency
- Summary of any medical treatment your child has received and/or any medical condition
- Grant or no grant of authorization to take photographs and video
Bambini is not equipped to care for sick children. If a child becomes ill during the day, we will isolate the child from the other children and the parent will be notified. When you are called please come to pick up your child within the hour.
If you can not be reached, one of the other individuals listed in our files for emergency notification will be contacted. Children who are ill should be kept at home. Please DO NOT bring your child to the center if:
- They are too ill to play outdoors
- They have a fever
- They have a heavy cough or thick, discolored discharge from their nose
- It has been less than 24 hours since an episode of diarrhea or vomiting
- They have been treated less than 24 hours with antibiotics for an infectious condition
At times it may be necessary for your child to receive medication at the center. For the protection of the staff and child, only medication prescribed by a doctor can be administered. A medication permission form must be filled out before the medication can be administered.
Bottles of medication must be labeled with the child’s name, the dosage, and instructions for administering the medicine written on the bottle. All medicine must be in its original prescription container.
Bambini believes in a positive approach to discipline. We offer guidance and direction, not punishment.
Children are praised for displaying positive behavior; negative behavior is immediately discouraged and given minimal attention. At Bambini we expect our staff to:
- Praise and encourage good behavior
- Set realistic limits or behavior expectations which are clear and developmentally appropriate
- Redirect the child when possible to more positive behavior
- Be consistent once limits are established
- Help the child to verbalize feelings and not to act them out inappropriately. In case of special problems, the director will contact the parent so that a joint effort at solving the problem will be made.
Our staff is trained on the research- based behavioral intervention model called Pyramid Model, you’ll find more information on this model in the link below:
As well as articles and other resources for parents, based on that model:
Fire drills are conducted on a monthly basis as required by D.C. licensing and the Fire Marshall. These monthly drills are announced and occur at different times of the day. Teachers follow Bambini’s approved evacuation plan and procedure for exit routes and head count confirmation.
In the event of a true emergency or evacuation, parents will receive a text message or phone call with information about the status of Bambini. Parents may also call us for additional information.
Entrance to the center is locked at all times. Admittance is gained by calling our center. Parents of enrolled children are issued electronic keycards and are welcome to visit the center at any time during our hours of operation.