Preschool Attendence-Peaceful Heights Montessori



Our Most atrisk children, parents and networks for the child do not have an opportunity to attend the third year of the Peaceful Heights Montessori Preschool Program and as a result they miss the capstone year of learning where the education program puts it all together for Reading, Math and Positive Expectations outcomes. They are forced into a school district kindergarten program oriented to assimilation instead of Highest-Quality continuation of the most sensitive year of learning provided by the third year of Montessori preschool education. This is a large miss with life-long implications. Experts know the brain is naturally most sensitive to age 0-6 learning, however the funding cutoff between child care and elementary school divides the funding providers to assimilate into kindergarten rather than continue best outcomes in first grade.


The third year is most important to the child if the program is highest quality. It is important to the city, county, state and nation. The Go Fund Me program at Peaceful Heights Montessori will attempt to demonstrate how any High-Quality Preschool can make the 3rd year (kindergarten) available so the 6th year of the 0-6 sensitive learning period is spent learning rather than assimilating.


Gifts to this will be directly deposited into Peaceful Heights Montessori School. The five-year projection of giving against the requirement has the school underfunded for three years at normal tuition rates.


Notes from the projection.


Private pay families are integral to making this program feasible. The balance due for tuition from private pay families is never carried forward. It is paid by the families under contract in the 2nd year if not covered by the Go Fund Me effort. Private pay is the foundation that creates the opportunity for leverage and messaging.


First year has GO FUND ME proceeds of $50,000 and the school carries a receivable into the following year of $38,000. 10 children are served.


Second year 10 children are served; the proceeds are $87,000 and the school carries a receivable of $39,000 into the next year.


Third year 14 children are served; the proceeds are $150,000; and the school carries forward a $12,000 receivable.


At this point the school must construct more classroom space at 375 Marie Avenue East in West St. Paul. It has informally secured the financing.


The program projection at Peaceful Heights Montessori generally caps out at $300,000 per year with 30 children served per year.


Starting here with the Peaceful Heights Montessori discussion of kindergarten we are open to your questions. Funders will be published and celebrated.  Funds go directly into the account of Peaceful Heights and measured against unfunded tuitions for the kindergarten year.  In the end without funding the difference becomes a loss for the school in the normal course of operations.  There are no fundraising fees paid to owners and employees.  Thomas and Julie Wolfgram are the owners of the school.  It has been in operation for 15 years since 2006 and it has always been an operational disappointment to see the children move onto free public-school kindergarten knowing their learning has been interrupted by the state's all-day kindergarten that does nothing for future best individual education outcomes.  Generally, the state has not and will not show improvement measured against the best because for all they say about earliest learning is best; they cannot reach the child to deliver the early requirements to litteracy, math and positive expectations one child at a time.  In this light, we offer the state a solution and our first request is that CCAP the state funder of preschool fund our children for measurable best outcomes.  Also first is to ask the school district to fund the children.    


Thomas Wolfgram
Woodbury, MN

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