Frequently Asked Questions
Is there really a Gretchen?
Yes, Virginia, there is! You can read all about her here.
How do I enroll?
Our enrollment page spells out this process, including tuition, contracts, waiting lists, and reserving a spot.
How do I know which Gretchen’s House if right for my child?
All our centers share curriculum and staff training requirements. Some parents choose a center based on personal preferences (small vs. large, or new vs. old); others choose a center close to home or work. If your preferred location does not have an opening when you need it, you may enroll at another center until space becomes available.
Are you hiring?
We are always on the lookout for enthusiastic, qualified staff! Please view our Employment Opportunities page before contacting us if you are interested in applying for a position.
Do you have an open-door policy?
Parents of currently enrolled children are always welcome to visit their child at the center. If a child is having transition issues, teachers work with parents plan visiting times that will enhance the transition rather than impede it. Parents of children who are interested in enrolling may schedule observation time with the center director. Parents of newly enrolled children may visit their child’s program with the child prior to the start date; this will also be scheduled with the center director for everyone’s convenience.
What makes Gretchen’s House different from the national childcare chains?
Our curriculum is engaging, developmentally appropriate, and individualized. Our centers are clean, beautiful, and home-like. Our programs and facilities demonstrate respect for and appreciation of the natural environment. And our staff are highly trained and fairly compensated, which means we have less staff turnover than less expensive centers, which often scrimp on compensation. Most families believe college is an important investment; we believe the early childhood years are even more critical for raising children who are confident, competent, and enthusiastic learners.
Do you conduct staff training for other centers?
Many of our staff present workshops at NAEYC affiliate and national conferences. We also provide customized on-site training on a variety of subjects. Contact Heidi McFadden for more information.
I have a question you haven’t answered.
Please ask your question in the comments section below and or email us and we will either direct you to the information you seek or answer the question here.