Families Together Cooperative Nursery School (FTCNS) is committed to paying a living wage to our staff while being financially accessible to families of different means. Annual tuition is based upon a sliding scale relative to a family’s income level and can be paid on an annual, semi-annual or monthly basis. When/if our sliding scale is not affordable for a family, we may also offer additional financial aid.

FTCNS strives to be a diverse and integrated preschool that brings families from different backgrounds together. Our work towards this goal may be a factor used by FTCNS to determine financial aid awards. Some elements that may be considered include how a class of students reflects our community, how welcoming the school is to groups typically under-represented in private schools, and whether the school experience can be provided to those who can’t afford it.

Other factors considered in determining aid awards include: the number of class and auxiliary program days a child is attending; the number of people in a child’s family; the family’s overall assets and debt; any extenuating financial circumstances or crisis; whether a family’s current financial circumstances are significantly different than what is reflected on their tax return; and the number and nature of requests we get in a given year.

See our Financial Aid Application for 2020-2021 HERE. Submitting this application means only that you will be considered for aid, which is awarded at the sole discretion of FTCNS.

Once a class placement has been offered for your child, a non-refundable tuition deposit of $500.00 will be due to guarantee placement in the classroom. For families at Levels 1, 2, and 3 with a 2019 Adjusted Gross Income of less than $45,000: if paying the $500 deposit in one lump sum creates financial hardship, please contact Kate Brenner at businessmanager@ftcns.org to discuss payment arrangements.

The following is the annual tuition schedule for 2020-2021. Families applying for future school years can expect a reasonable increase in tuition.


Why does Families Together have sliding scale tuition?

Sliding scale tuition puts our commitment to accessibility and diversity up front, with transparency and clarity. It allows us to maintain a socio-economic diverse student population and has created a school culture that embraces the understanding that some families pay more while others pay less so that EVERYONE can access an exceptional preschool experience.

Even with sliding scale, Families Together tuition is out of reach for my family. Do you offer any additional financial aid?

Yes, additional financial aid is available each year. See our Financial Aid Application for 2020-2021 HERE. Contact our Business Manager, Kate Brenner, at businessmanager@ftcns.org with any questions.

Why does Families Together cost what it costs?

Each year our staff and board work hard to keep overhead low, while ensuring that every child has highly experienced, caring, passionate, and educated teachers. To attract and retain great teachers, Families Together pays salaries that are benchmarked at roughly 70% of public school teaching salaries and offers health benefits to all of our employees. In a world in which early childhood educators are often paid so little that they have to rely on public assistance, we are committed to a different model that values the incredible professionals who devote themselves to our students.