The program year runs from mid-September through mid-June. Schedule options are either Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday, from 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM. Each day, we will provide a healthy, hearty snack of fruits or vegetables, using Wright-Locke Farm produce when possible. Closings and holidays will follow the Winchester Public School schedule.
- Applicants must attend an informational session prior to applying.
- Children must be age 3-6 by June 1 (prior to September start).
- Children should be able to use the bathroom independently.
Please note: The Forest Friends program differs from traditional preschool programs and may not be suitable for all students. To ensure that students will flourish in our program, we meet with parents/guardians and the student(s) on the farm prior to enrollment in the program.
- 2-Day program (either Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday): $5,280 per year
For any questions, please inquire at FarmEd@wlfarm.org.
The Wright-Locke Farm Conservancy believes that all students deserve high-quality early education. For this reason, we have need-based scholarships available for our participants. If you would like to request financial assistance to attend Forest Friends, please email FarmEd@wlfarm.org.
Application Fee ($25): Submit with applications. We are currently accepting applications.
Through a lottery, we will select families for interview. If guardians and staff agree that Forest Friends is a good fit, then the child will be enrolled in the program.
Program Deposit ($500): A $500 deposit is due after enrollment in the Forest Friends program. The deposit is refundable until June 15, after which the deposit becomes non-refundable.
Tuition Payments: Tuition payments are due monthly for the upcoming month. For example, the bill for September’s payment will be issued August 1, and due August 15.
We recognize that this payment plan may not work for everyone, so if you would like to request an alternative payment plan, please email FarmEd@wlfarm.org.