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Wild Earth Preschool

Preschoolers in rain clothes

Wild Earth Preschool

What

Licensed child care center

Who

Children ages 3-5

Where

Right here at the Dallas Zoo!

Wild Earth Preschool is the only full-day nature-based preschool in South Dallas!

Children engage daily in nature play, visits to the zoo, mindfulness exercises, and an emergent curriculum that supports whole-child development and school readiness.

Our philosophy

Wild Earth Preschool believes that connecting young children to animals and nature improves the outlook both for the child and for the future of the natural world. Young children who are immersed in a sensory-rich, nature-rich, authentic, and dynamic environment benefit in the areas of cognition, physical skills, social skills, and emotional intelligence. When children grow up connected to nature, they are likely to continue to inquire, explore, and protect it. The Wild Earth Preschool is guided by the tenets of high quality early childhood education and environmental education, and is inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are you open year-round?

Yes! The preschool operates 12 months of the year, with short breaks for holidays and teacher development.

What are the enrollment options?

We offer both Summer and Academic Year sessions with extended care spanning 6:40 am – 6:20 pm. Priority admission is given for full week schedules, but some partial week plans are available.

What is the staff-to-child ratio and the group size?

Multi-age classroom families include children who are three, four, and five years old. The ratio averages one staff member to seven children, and each classroom is capped at 12 children.

How much does tuition cost?

A one-time registration fee of $100 is required. Payment plans are available. Tuition for the 2018/19 school year is here as a reference. Contact us for current pricing.

Days per week 2018/19 Rate Weekly Payment Plan Rate Bi-Weekly Payment Plan Rate Annual Supply Fee
5 $11,088 $264 $528 $300
4 $9,979 $237.60 $475.20 $270
3 $7,761.60 $184.80 $369.60 $210
2 $5,544 $132 $264 $150

Does the preschool provide meals or do the children bring their own food?

We offer morning and afternoon snacks. Children bring their lunches and reusable water.

How will I know my child is learning?

The teaching staff make learning visible to families by closely observing children’s play and interactions, and developing a portfolio for each child that includes photos, the child’s own work, and other documentation. This information, along with developmental checklists based on Texas PreK guidelines, is interpreted and shared with parents through regularly scheduled communications.

How do I register?

Contact us for an invitation to our next Open House.

More Questions?

Download our family handbook

Take our self-assessment