Frequently Asked Questions

How do you handle partial weeks, daily drop-ins and 
half day drop-ins? 

We do honor partial weekly sign-ups! Please make this request very clear on your child’s registration form. In addition, and when space permits, we happily accommodate daily drop-ins (8:45 a.m.-3:45 p.m.) at a rate of $85.00 per day. Half-day drop-ins (8:45- 12:15 p.m.) can be accommodated as well at a rate of $40 per day.

What is your refund Policy for sickness/missed days?

I am happy to coordinate "makeups" for missed days due to unexpected family emergencies and / or extended illness. You can make up these days by joining us for another weekly session, whenever space permits. There are no refunds for missed days, weekly sessions or prepaid extended day fees.

What about Swimming? 

We swim at Lake Anza one time per weekly session, generally from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. We are required to begin with a safety talk facilitated by a trained and certified lifeguard to discuss swim safety and etiquette. Once in the water, the children are only allowed to swim between the first and second rope where it's extremely shallow. In order to swim further out, children are required to perform a swim test with the lifeguards. The test takes place in very shallow water that is waist to chest deep at most.

During our allocated swim time, there are a handful of certified lifeguards sitting in towers and in addition, we are required to watch the kids from the shore at all times. We specifically request that the kids stay between the two lifeguard towers for easy supervision, as opposed to roaming up and down the beach. We also have counselors assisting. Historically, most of the kids spend 90% of the time digging in the sand, building landforms and/or digging for Indian clay. They also enjoy relaxing on the grass area just above the beach where we stash our towels and belongings. With this said, often two thirds or more of the group opt out of swimming entirely. Instead, those kids head over to the earthwork grove where we build fairy houses and gnome homes. Some weeks it's just to cool and windy to swim at all.

* Due to recent water quality readings and health concerns, swimming at Lake Anza will be offered at the discretion of the Program Director.

Hope this information helps! 
 Please contact me with any additional questions and/or concerns you might have.

Kirk Cooper
880 Ensenada Avenue,
Berkeley, CA 94707
(510) 917-5573