Program Tuition & Financial Assistance

The St. Columba's Nursery School Experience 

At St. Columba's, children learn to make a friend and be a friend. We know that children learn best through play, so provide them with opportunities to take safe risks and explore the world around them through hands on experiences. We also know the importance of outdoor play in children's learning and development and go outside every day. Our nurturing and experienced teachers meet each child where they are and collaborate with families to support each child's growth and development.


What Our Parents are Saying

"We chose St. Columba's because of the standard of care for children and teachings of kindness, compassion for others, and the importance of embracing diversity.  I see and really appreciate their efforts to try to become a more diverse place to welcome children of all races and types of need."


Financial Aid & Scholarships 

As an inclusive and welcoming community, we believe that all children should have access to high-quality, play-based early childhood programming and that cost should not be a barrier for our families. We are proud to offer scholarships to families with demonstrated financial need. If you would like to apply for a scholarship, you will have the opportunity to indicate this on your child's enrollment application. We will provide you with instructions on how to apply once we receive the application.


Tuition Rates for the 2024-2025 School Year:

Bear Cub Class (ages 2 to 2-1/2 years)

5 days - 8:30 -12:30 pm - $16,950

5 days - 8:30 - 2:30 pm  -  $20,750


The St. Columba Day (2 1/2 years to 5 years)

5 days - 8:30 - 2:30 pm - $19,500


Open to all children

Early Arrival   8:00 - 8:30 am

5 days - $1,480

4 days - $1,260

3 days - $1,120


3:30 Club  2:30 - 3:30 pm

5 days - $2,950

4 days - $2,520

3 days - $2,240


Stay and play for the whole day!

Stay & Play   2:30 - 5:30 pm

5 days - $8,250

4 days - $7,425

3 days - $6,300


*Classroom placements are made by the administration to ensure developmentally appropriate placement for every child.


Financial Aid
We have financial aid available to help families who need assistance. St. Columba’s Nursery School uses School & Student Services (SSS) to gather information for financial aid applicants. Families will receive more information on how to apply once they submit an enrollment application. A small processing fee can be waived on request. Please let the School Office know if the fee presents a hardship for your family.


Tuition Payment through Brightwheel
Families have two options for paying tuition. They may pay in full on or before June 1 of the year their child will begin school or participate in a monthly payment plan through Brightwheel. Families will have the option to pay in two or ten installments. Tuition payments begin in June.

If you have any questions, please call the school office at 202-742-1980.

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Rich Learning and Active Outdoor Play