• Tuition Agreement

  • In order to provide your child with a quality program, we need a well-planned financial and budgetary policy. Our budget for food, supplies, equipment and staff is planned for the specific number of enrolled children. When you enroll your child in a state licensed facility, you are reserving space as well as food, supplies and staff for your child. Childcare cost will escalate needlessly, if parents do not inform us of their plans or changes in plans. In fairness to other parents who are in need of childcare, we ask you to be responsible about following the terms of this tuition agreement.
    1. Days of attendance must be established at the time of registration. Requests for schedule changes require two-week notice and approval of the Director.
    2. All tuition is payable in advance by the week, on the first day of attendance each week. A late charge is automatically added if payment is not received by closing on Friday (6:00 p.m.). Service will be terminated if payment is more than two weeks past due. Late charges will be added each week that an account remains past due. Receipts will be given for tuition payments made by cash. All cash payments must be handed directly to an employee of Peppermint Stick. If you want a receipt for payments made by check, contact a Director.
    3. Both parents or legal guardians are required to sign a Tuition Agreement prior to enrollment of their child in Peppermint Stick. Parents are required to indicate who will be the primary recipient of bills and correspondence. However, both parents are responsible for any unpaid balances. Tax statements for currently enrolled families are provided by request in January. A $10 fee will be charged for all tax statements for families no longer enrolled at Peppermint Stick.
    4. A child will be dropped from the rolls if the child is absent for one week without notice or prior arrangements having been made with the Director. We require at least two weeks notice if you plan to withdraw your child. Failure to notify us in a timely manner will add an additional fee of two weeks tuition to the final bill. No records will be released until the final balance is paid in full.
    5. After one year’s continuous enrollment, you are entitled to one week of “free days”. After two years, you are entitled to two weeks of “free days”. (Number of free days contingent upon your regular schedule).
    6. If you are entitles to “free days” for vacation etc., we need at least a 7 days written notice prior to their use, otherwise regular charges will be levied. “Free days” are not prorated, but are charged according to our posted rates.
    7. A non-refundable registration fee one time per family is due at the time of registration plus half of the last week’s tuition fee.
    8. A fee of $20.00 is charged for each check returned from the bank. If checks are returned for Non sufficient funds (NSF), subsequent tuition payments must be made in cash or by money order.
    9. Elementary school children’s schedules change frequently. It’s the parent’s responsibility to keep us informed of any changes. We have to plan food and staffing for days off. Holidays, vacations etc. If we do not hear from you about a schedule change (at least 7 days in advance) we will assume that your child will attend and you will be charged for that time.
    10. We are closed for the following major holidays: New Years Day, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, 4thof July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, the Friday after Thanksgiving and Christmas. We do charge for holidays. You will be charged for a holiday if it falls on your regularly scheduled day. We close early on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve. Our closing time is 4:00 p.m. on these two days.
    11. Should the center need to close for any reason, tuition will not be refunded or reduced for closures of less than 10 school days. If the closure extends beyond 10 school days, parents will have their tuition refunded within 30 days.
    12. Our hours of operation are 6:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. in Grayslake and 6:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. in Round Lake Beach. We close at 6:00 p.m. sharp! We are licensed by the state and our license requires us to close by 6:00 p.m. if you fail to pick up your child by closing, you will receive a warning. The second time this occurs, enrollment will be terminated. If you are delayed it is your responsibility to send someone else to pick up your child by 6:00.
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