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Administrated by the Vanderbilt Child and Family Center, this developmental kindergarten program offers an emergent curriculum informed by social constructivist thinking theories:

  • Children learn best through play, constructing knowledge and making meaning by exploring their big ideas through hands-on and hands-in investigations.
  • Peer engagement adds richness to the learning process.
  • A learning framework that prioritizes Nature Education - children’s knowledge creation will be informed by their exploration of the Vanderbilt University campus.
  • A learning focus on 21st Century Skills: creativity, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking.

Owls 2021-2022 Family Handbook

  1. Children must turn five years of age by August 15, 2021
  2. VCFC will prioritize for enrollment in the Owls Program:
    • Children currently enrolled in VCFC’s The Acorn School a PK class 2020-2021
    • Children of Vanderbilt University faculty and staff, post-doctoral scholars, and students
    • Children of VUMC-affiliated employees
    • Children in Nashville and surrounding communities
  • Children will be eligible for 1st Grade in August 2022
  • OR parents may opt to enroll their child in an additional year of Kindergarten
  • August 9, 2021 – June 3, 2022
  • Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM
  • On-site Before and After Care is available
  • The Owls Program will be closed for all holidays observed by Vanderbilt University unless otherwise indicated (a calendar will be published by July 2021)
  • At 1110 19th Avenue South convenient to Vanderbilt University’s main campus off Edgehill Avenue.
  • Owls program operates in an appropriate classroom designated for that sole purpose out of The Acorn School 19th Avenue.
  • Regular use of the Atelier space at 1810 Edgehill accessible by a very short walking field trip.
  • Program activities will take full and frequent advantage of the Vanderbilt University campus and arboretum.
  • $900/month August 2021 – May 2022
  • A non-refundable application fee of $100 is required.
  • A non-refundable instructional supplies fee of $1200 is required by April 1, 2020 or at time of application if after this date.
  • Lunch and snacks, a child’s t-shirt, and field trips will be included in the tuition
  • Before and after care will be offered on-site by The Acorn School for an additional fee:
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM $150/month
    • 3:00 PM-6:00 PM $300/month
    • For children not signed up for Before and After Care there is an early drop-off and late pick-up charge of $1 for each minute the child is on site before 8:25 AM and after 3:05 PM.
  • One or more parents/guardians will attend the Owls Information Session; email Linda Wilson, VCFC Administrative Officer that you are interested (Rsvp and the zoom link will be provided.
  • Parents will complete the VCFC Owls Program Whoo Are You form and return it with their $100 application fee no later than April 1, 2021.