The Tucson Community School
2022-2023 School Year
Welcome to Tucson Community School and Parent Cooperative
On this page, we have laid out our program descriptions and any updates to our program. Please read through carefully.
Tucson Community School is a centrally located preschool in Tucson, Arizona. Since our establishment in 1948, our focus has always been on a child centric development curriculum that emphasizes growth through safe, independent exploration using only positive encouragement. Our unique approach to educating young children is partnered in our belief that families are critical in a child’s early learning experiences. As a parent cooperative, TCS was created, built, and maintained by dedicated families who wanted to actively participate in their child’s education.
Your interest in our school, means that you believe young children learn through play and best practices to engage young minds and allow for individual growth. Additionally, you are committing to active participation in our parent cooperative that fully supports our schools function and community.
Our 2022-2023 school year will begin August 15th, and total 165 learning days on our campus.
To register for our program, you must complete the online registration form (via google forms), as well submit the following documentation: **Use links available
A copy of current official documented immunization record
Health Record Signed by Pediatrician (NEW STUDENTS ONLY)
You can download the form here. We will also accept chart notes/summary from your child's last well check visit.
Each family is required to pay a $300 enrollment fee to secure your spot in our program that must be paid before April 1, 2022 (via MyProcare, check or cash). *$150 of your enrollment fee is credited to your first month of tuition.
**For new families: A one time $125 registration fee is also required to activate your membership status in our Parent Cooperative.
The information you provide on the registration form helps us schedule your time at our school. Please read the form carefully. 2022-2023 Registration Form
Parent Cooperative Obligations
Family participation creates the magical community environment that has made our program a success. Our Board of Directors and staff, will provide a variety of tasks that can be completed, we also take suggestions on any new projects or areas of need that your family would like to support. Each family will be required to complete thirty (30) hours of volunteer work and must include each of the following:
One (1) Work Party (4 hours): Join other families for one, four-hour Saturday to to assist in keeping the school premises and equipment in good condition. Our work parties are scheduled for 08/6/2022, 10/22/2022, 01/07/203 and 04/01/2023 (Dates are Subject to change).
Participation in One (1) Family Cooperative Committee (6 hours): Committees are varied to allow families to choose the tasks that best fit their interest. These committees are essential for the smooth functionality of our school.
Participation in the Fall Festival & Annual Auction (8 hours): Assist our nonprofit school with the creation and planning of our yearly fundraisers. Families can help by donating items, supporting accounting, setting up/cleaning up after events, marketing, and more.
Year End Classroom Clean Up (2 hours): Assist your child’s teacher at the end of the school year with classroom and/or material maintenance or clean up.
At least three (3) Classroom Helper Days (~10 hours): In the classroom, as a participant, families have the opportunity to learn and grow with their children as they make lifelong friends; as well as contribute to a dynamic learning community that provides the very best early childhood experience to our children.
The Annual TCS Auction
The annual auction event is TCS’ largest fundraiser in which alumni and current families come together to bid on tremendous items. Each family is required to fulfill one (1) auction duty AND provide at least two (2) items to be auctioned. More information will be shared by our fundraising committee as we near our planning time.
TCS Family Cooperative Committees
The Family Support Committee shall report to the Vice President of Programs and shall plan educational programs for school members, plan off-site community building events, schedule and find sponsors for muffin mornings, and maintain a positive school vibe.
The Library Committee shall report to the Business Manager and shall maintain the school's library and encourage use of the library by the families and community of TCS.
The Housekeeping Committee shall report to the Vice President of Membership and shall perform such duties necessary to maintain the cleanliness and order of the school.
The Buildings and Grounds and Gardening Committees shall report to the Vice President of Buildings and Grounds and shall ensure the responsible maintenance of all school buildings and grounds, as well as construction and repair of school equipment as appropriate.
The Publicity Committee shall report to the Vice President of Marketing; shall provide for communication with community media; and shall prepare appropriate publicity materials for school events.
The Fundraising Committee shall report to the Vice Presidents of Fundraising and shall advise as to appropriate fund-raising goals for each school year. This committee shall review all fund-raising activities to make recommendations to the Board of Directors about future fund-raising activities.
The Class Representatives and Mentors shall report to the Vice President of Membership and shall keep members advised of meetings, activities and information as requested.
Tucson Community School Programs
Tucson Community School's mission is to provide a creative learning experience emphasizing outdoor play and family participation in a safe environment which respects each child's uniqueness and individual learning style. Within this learning environment, staff are careful to integrate principles of Developmentally Appropriate Practice in conjunction with the Arizona Early Learning Standards in our unique play-based approach to learning.
Toddler/Young Preschool: 8:50 am – 12:00 pm
*2 years old by September 1st
In their first preschool experience, our young preschool program engages toddlers to explore all areas of development, with an emphasis on the social-emotional domain. Young children will thrive in our play-based environment while exploring mathematics, science, literacy, play and project work. **Our toddler core program will only be offered until 12:00 pm. After 12:00 pm, our toddlers participate in lunch and a developmentally appropriate nap time, this would be considered part of our extended care options.
Multi-Age Preschool: 8:50 am – 12:00 pm or 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
*3, 4, & 5 years old by September 1st
Our multi-age preschool prepares project work that builds on each child’s knowledge with a focus on kindergarten readiness. Children will participate in activities which stimulate intellectual curiosity to promote each child’s positive self-concept while enhancing their life-long love of learning through the self-satisfaction that arises with discovery and mastery of new experiences.
**Extended Care: 8:00am – 8:50am/ 12:00pm – 5:30pm
Our early morning and afternoon programs have a limited amount of space and are prioritized for families that have both parents working outside of the home or a single working parent. These programs provide “child care” for children who are in need of extended hours outside of our core programs.
2022-2023 Tuition Rates & Fees
Half Day - Multi-Age Preschool & Toddlers 8:50 am - 12:00 pm
3 Days: $475 monthly
4 Days: $500 monthly
5 Days: $525 monthly
Full Day - Multi-Age Preschool 8:50 am - 2:00 pm
3 Days: $575 monthly
4 Days: $625 monthly
5 Days: $675 monthly
Additional Rates & Fees
Extended Care: $6.00 per hour, billed each month
Membership Fee: $125 per child, one time fee ($75 additional child) *New families only
Enrollment Fee: $300 per child
Snack Fee: $20 a month (Option to pay $200 during enrollment)
Materials Fee: $75, one time fee
Refund Policy: Once enrollment has been initiated, it is our policy not to offer refunds after the initial conference with the student's teacher or the first day of school. Tuition is not reduced for days missed or when school is closed.
Financial Assistance: Partial tuition assistance may be available to any child enrolled at TCS. Financial assistance is based entirely on need. All personal application information remains confidential. TCS is an approved recipient of funds from First Things First through the Quality First Program for preschool students and from the Pima County Preschool Promise.