Below, you will find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about The Sprout School by applicants and Sprout School parents.

If you cannot find the information you are looking for on this page, you may contact the Director with any questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for enrollment?

We accept applications on a rolling basis. To apply, please contact keastman@ywcarichmond.org.

How much is tuition? How am I billed?

Please visit our Enrollment page for 2016/17 tuition rates for The Sprout School. Tuition is billed weekly in advance.

What payment options are available for tuition?

Tuition can be paid by check, money order, or online.

Is financial aid available?

All scholarship slots have been filled at this time.
The Sprout School provides scholarships based on a family’s ability to pay. If you would like to be added to the wait list, please contact keastman@ywcarichmond.org. We will contact you in the event of an opening for your child and ask that you submit a financial aid application at that time. You may call 804-980-7298 to learn more about financial aid for The Sprout School.

How do I apply for financial aid?

To apply for financial aid, please complete the FAST application. Please note that there is a $41 fee to apply, and a computer with internet access is required to complete the application. At this time, however, all scholarship spots have been filled. If you would like to be added to the wait list, please contact keastman@ywcarichmond.org. We will contact you in the event of an opening for your child and ask that you submit a financial aid application at that time.


Where are you located? What ages do you serve?

The Sprout School has two locations.The Sprout School Downtown at 6 N. 5th Street enrolls children 18 months through 5 years old.The new Sprout School at the Children’s Museum of Richmond (CMoR) opened its doors for the first time in September 2016, enrolling children ages 2.5 through 5 years.


 What are your hours of operation? What holidays are observed?

The Sprout School operates from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., with full-day options available to every family.

Holidays observed are: Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, President’s Day, Thanksgiving (Nov. 23-25th, 2016), Christmas (Dec. 23-26th, 2016), and New Years (Dec. 31, 2016-Jan. 2, 2017).

What openings are currently available at The Sprout School’s locations?

While we are currently enrolling for both locations, the number of openings in our classrooms change frequently. Please call us at 804-980-7298 to learn more about the availability and unique educational experiences provided at our downtown and Children’s Museum of Richmond locations.

What will happen if my child falls ill while at school?

If your child falls ill during the preschool day, we will call you immediately, explain the situation and work with you to find the best solution to care for your child.

What is the youngest age of children accepted into your program?

We begin enrolling children at 18 months of age at our Downtown location and 2.5 years at our CMoR location.

What time may I drop off my child in the morning?

Our wrap-around program opens at 7:00 a.m.

On days when I am not available to pick up my child, I may arrange for another trusted adult to pick him up. Do I need to send a note?

Yes. If a person other than an individual on your enrollment forms is picking up your son, we will need a note that morning.

Do you have an immunization policy?

Yes. Children must be up to date on their immunizations to enroll, unless a written exemption is provided. If you need help seeing a pediatrician, our staff can assist in setting up this appointment.

Can my child bring special toys into the classroom?

Generally, The Sprout School does not allow outside toys to come to school with children. We are happy to assist in handing off a child’s favorite toy to mom or dad at drop off.

On occasion, however, we will encourage “show and tell” in our classrooms. We will send home communication to let you know about those dates and explain what kinds of “show and tell” items are appropriate. For nap time, a “lovey” will be accommodated.

We are trying to potty train our child. What is The Sprout School policy on that?

Great job! We want to partner with parents during this process. Let us know you are potty training and we will encourage your child to use the potty at school, too.

May I come visit?

YES! We would love for you to come by either location of The Sprout School for a tour as you are choosing your early childhood education program.

Once your child is enrolled at The Sprout School, you may visit during the day. We encourage communication between parents and their child’s lead teacher in setting up the right time of day for a visit. For example: some students may have a hard time transitioning back to classroom activities after a visit with mom or dad, so an end of day classroom visit might be best.

The Sprout School supports parent involvement in the classroom, and offers opportunities to support enrichment activities as a volunteer in your child’s classroom.