Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to some of our most asked questions. You will also find this information in your Parent Handbook. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, don’t be afraid to ask!


What are your hours of operation?

Peartree is a year-round program. Our regular preschool program runs from September through June, with summer camp available from June through the end of August. Peartree main campus hours of operation are from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Our earliest drop off is at 8:00 a.m. Peartree@HSA runs from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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What openings are available at Peartree?

We are a new year-round program with available seats in our new classrooms. Peartree offers full-time and part-time preschool options as well as extended care services. Our program includes 2-day, 3-day, and 5-day options for part-time and full-time programs. Please see our Admissions page for the program and fee schedule; tuition varies per option. Peartree’s regular preschool program runs year-round, and we have a special summer program available from June-September.

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What if my child becomes ill?

If your child becomes ill at school, the classroom teacher will separate the child from the group and make him/her comfortable on a mat while we notify you to pick him/her up. Please keep your emergency contact numbers updated so that you may respond as quickly as possible to the needs of your child. Children may return to the program after being symptom and fever free for 24 hours.

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What if there is an emergency?

Accidents sometimes happen at preschool. Our staff members hold certification in CPR and First Aid. In the event of an emergency, they will administer those skills appropriately. We will notify you of any action taken and contact you as soon as possible. State law also requires us to complete an accident/illness report that will remain with your child’s records. All procedures will follow our Emergency Standards Policy.

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How old do you have to be to enter the program?

Peartree serves preschool ages two to five years. Incoming students must have reached their birthday by September 1 to be eligible for that years’ classes. For example, two-year olds must have reached the age of three by September 1 before they can participate in the class for three to four-year olds. If they have not yet had their birthday, they will remain in the two-year old class for the semester. Four-year olds wishing to enter our Prep for Kindergarten class must have reached their birthday by December 31 and be able to attend kindergarten the following year according to NYC district standards.

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Can I drop my son off at 7:00 a.m.?

Our earliest drop off begins at 8:00 a.m. Our regular preschool class begins at 9:00 am. We encourage you to bring your child within 15 minutes of class start time. Please check your child in at his classroom each day, and give yourself the opportunity to communicate with his teacher. We want to create a collaborative atmosphere at Peartree, and that takes open lines of communication. Some of the best times to informally chat with your child’s teacher and learn about what we are doing in the classroom are before and after school.

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I won’t be available to pick-up my child today, so I’m arranging for my oldest son to pick him up. Do I need to send a note?

If someone else is picking up your child, you must inform Peartree in writing and in person. Send us a note detailing your plans, including the name of the person you are authorizing to pick-up your child and the date of its effectiveness. Please inform any escorts that we will check picture IDs to ensure they are authorized to pick-up your child. No one under the age of 18 may escort a child from Peartree. We cannot accept telephone authorizations. We will not send a child home with someone we do not know. Please introduce us to anyone who may be in to pick-up your child.

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Do you have an immunization policy?

Yes we do. We follow New York state policy on this matter. Children should be immunized against: diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, poliomyelitis, measles, mumps, rubella, and Haemophilus influenza (HIB.).

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Can my child bring special toys into the classroom?

Peartree provides all necessary materials for our program; your child does not need to bring in anything. Each child does have a cubby to keep personal belongings in; however, we do not recommend sending in special/expensive toys with your child—these have a tendency to get lost or broken. Although we try to monitor children’s belongings, our main concern is the safety and engagement of our students; we cannot guarantee the security of any child’s belongings and will not be held responsible for lost or damaged items.

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We are trying to potty train. What is Peartree’s policy on that?

We prefer that students enter our program toilet trained. If your child is not toilet trained, please speak with his/her teacher prior to the first class. Toilet training should begin at home. When you feel your child is ready for this developmental step, we will be happy to support your efforts at school. Since it is common for a child to be distracted with activities at school, he/she should continue to wear a diaper/pull-up until he/she has acquired full naptime/bedtime control. Our staff is trained to follow strict diaper/toilet procedures. If you would like a copy of our policy, please see the front office.

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