Financial Assistance from Community Programs
Families may qualify for an Employment Related Day Care (ERDC) subsidy through the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS). To find out if your family qualifies for an employment related subsidy please visit the Deprtment of Human Service’s Employment Related Day Care Subsidy website. Please fill out their English language application here (ERDC Application in English) or fill out their Spanish language application here (ERDC Application in Spanish).
Wild Lilac CDC Scholarships
We acknowledge that income isn’t the only factor determining accessibility to quality childcare and we invite families to include information beyond finances on this form. Wild Lilac CDC admits and offers financial assistance to students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin regardless of religion, creed, gender, sex, family composition, or ability. Determinations of aid will be made annually based on financial need, family circumstance, and the availability of funds at the time of an enrollment offer.
Rates, Enrollment Fees and Deposits
Once a spot has been accepted there is a $200 enrollment fee per family. Tuition rates shown below are equal monthly payments and do not vary, even during months when there are closures. Wild Lilac is a year-round program with each school year beginning in September and ending the following August. A first month’s tuition deposit is due before the first day of school, or when directed by school administration. Subsequent tuition is due the first of each month.
Sliding Scale Tuition at Wild Lilac
Based on our nonprofit organization’s mission to make outstanding early childhood care and education accessible to all families, Wild Lilac is proud to continue to offer a sliding scale tuition model for the 2023-2024 school year. Our goal in maintaining sliding scale tuition is to balance:
- Cost of providing high-quality infant-toddler and preschool education
- Affordability for families
- Equity for teachers (fair compensation)
Determining Your Tuition
Wild Lilac offers a sliding tuition scale based on each family’s annual adjusted gross income and family size. Families will provide this information by self-selecting the appropriate tuition tier in their application for enrollment or re-enrollment. Before providing your family with an enrollment contract for the following year, we may ask you to provide supporting financial documents.
Where do these numbers come from?
Wild Lilac uses the Portland Department of Housing and Urban Development’s yearly Median Income Percentages table to establish our Income Tiers.
More information can be found here: https://www.portland.gov/phb/income-rent-and-utility-limits
- Tier 1 is less than or equal to 45% of the Median Family Income
- Tier 2 is between 46% and 79% of the Median Family Income
- Tier 3 is between 80% and 109% of the Median Family Income
- Tier 4 is between 110% and 139% of the Median Family Income
- Tier 5 is between 140% and 179% of the Median Family Income
- Tier 6 is over 180% of the Median Family Income
Tuition Rates for 2023-2024
Tuition is determined annually based on your child’s classroom placement. If your child begins the year in an infant or toddler classroom, your tuition will remain the same until your child transitions to a new classroom with their cohort the following school year. Changes to your Tuition Tier mid-year can be discussed with our Director. See the last page of this document for Financial Aid information.