Alsea Pups Preschool

Alsea Pups Preschool

Alsea Pups Preschool is a certified childcare center for children ages 3-5 who are completely potty-trained. The Alsea Pups Preschool Director and Lead Teacher is Mirium Ulm. The 2019-20 School year begins on September 3 at 8:00am. You must enroll before the first day of school, so please check with Ms. Mirium at the Alsea Pups Preschool, the Alsea School office or the SRF office to get an application packet. Your child’s immunizations must be current before attending the first day of school.


Alsea Pups Preschool Information:

The preschool is a collaboration between Strengthening Rural Families (SRF), the Alsea School, and Alsea Pups Preschool families. SRF is a non-profit agency serving rural Benton County and supports the preschool administratively and financially by raising funds (e.g. grant-writing, requesting donations), licensing, hiring the preschool teacher, Mirium Ulm, paying expenses and collecting tuition. The Alsea School provides additional funding, the site, a classroom assistant, and facilities support. The Pup’s families support the preschool via tuition fees, involvement, volunteer time, and fundraising efforts.

Strengthening Rural Families seeks grant funding from bigger foundations, agencies, (e.g. United Way) and private donations to support the major preschool expenses. In addition, tuition fees and parent fundraising are vital support to these costs. The money raised and donated for the preschool is invested directly into the preschool.

The Alsea Pups Preschool could not exist without these combined funding sources. The preschool needs active involvement and financial support from the preschool parents and families to keep things running and to keep the tuition affordable for all families. If the Alsea Pups Preschool was strictly fee for service, without the shared funding, tuition would exceed $8000 per year, per student. The parent fundraising commitment for 2019-20 is $6,000.

Keep up-to-date on what’s happening at the Alsea Pups Preschool. Facebook page link HERE

If you have any questions about the preschool, please contact Ms. Mirium or SRF directly:
Teacher & SRF Alsea Community Coordinator: Mirium Ulm,
Phone: (541) 231-3602 or the Alsea School (541) 487-4305, Preschool address: 178 S. 3rd St., Alsea, OR 97324

Strengthening Rural Families, P.O. Box 1528, 535 S. 19th St., #147, Philomath, OR 97370, Office phone: 541-929-2535, for billing questions and tuition payments.
Executive Director: Paul Smith,, 
Office Manager/Bookkeeper: Lauri Lehman,


Benton County Immunization 2016 Information:
See the Alsea Pups Preschool immunization information HERE


  • provide affordable education and high quality care for children between the ages of three and five;
  • prepare children for the transition into kindergarten and elementary school;
  • work together with parents to help children learn and develop and promote early literacy; and
  • cultivate social-emotional awareness of their own emotions, fostering respect and care for others, establishing relationships, making responsible decisions, and handling adversity constructively
  • add to the life and well-being of its local community; and
  • offer children and their parents a service which promotes opportunity, equity, fairness and values diversity.

As a member of the Alsea Pups Preschool, your child

  • is in a nurturing and stimulating environment;
  • is given generous care and attention;
  • has the chance to join with other children and adults to play, work and learn together and to follow directions;
  • will be encouraged to be safe, be respectful to others and the classroom learning environment;
  • is helped to create habits of listening, sharing, concentration and pride in their achievements;
  • has the chance to establish a basis of reading, writing, mathematics and science through well-chosen stories, songs, rhymes and games;
  • will leave better prepared for kindergarten and elementary school;
  • is in a preschool which sees you as a partner in helping your child to learn and develop and support of the classroom.

 Services offered

  • The preschool generally follows the Alsea School District calendar. For the 2019-20 school-year, the Alsea Pups Preschool will begin on Tuesday September 3. We will follow the Alsea School calendar: Alsea School Calendar
  • Holidays and inclement weather days will be the same as well; please check with the Alsea School directly for this information and to sign up for their call list.
  • Services will be offered to children between the ages of 3 and 5. Your child must be completely potty-trained.
  • Class begins at 8:00am and ends promptly at 11:30am, with the Kindergarten Readiness Program extending until 3:20pm, on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
    • The Kindergarten Readiness program is for children ages 4 & up, who will be going into kindergarten and who are teacher recommended and approved.
  • It is important that your child be on time and be picked up promptly.
  • Children are not allowed in the classroom before 8:00am, so please make other arrangements if your child needs before school care.
  • Classroom news – Ms. Mirium will be in contact directly with families to ensure communication.
  • Parent meetings will be held throughout the school-year. Ms. Mirium will inform parents/guardians of these meeting dates.


The Alsea Pups Preschool recognizes parents/guardians as the first and most important educators of their children. Our school staff sees themselves as co-workers with you in providing care and education for your child. There are many ways in which parents/guardians take part in making the preschool a welcoming and stimulating learning environment for children and parents:

  • Sharing with Ms. Mirium about your children’s needs, activities, interests and progress.
  • Supporting pro-social and developmentally appropriate behaviors.
  • Helping at sessions of the preschool, which includes sharing your own special interests with the children. (These can count towards your volunteer hours. Ask Ms. Mirium for the volunteer sign-up sheet.)
  • Helping to provide, make and look after the equipment and materials used in the preschool. (This can count towards your volunteer hours. Ask Ms. Mirium for the volunteer sign-up sheet.)
  • Practicing and encouraging your children to be safe, be respectful to others and in the classroom learning environment.
  • Helping to create habits of listening, sharing, concentration and pride in your child’s achievements.
  • Taking part in events and discussions about the activities provided by the preschool at parent gatherings.
  • Fundraising and joining in community activities in which the preschool takes part.
  • Building friendships with other parents in the preschool.
  • We highly encourage parents to visit us in the classroom, but please make arrangements beforehand so Ms. Mirium can plan accordingly.

Daily routine

The Alsea Pups Preschool believes that care and education are equally important in the experience which we offer children. The routines and activities that make up the preschool’s session/day are provided in ways that:

  • Help each child to feel that he/she is a valued member of the preschool;
  • Promote the wellness of each child;
  • Help children to gain from the social experience of being part of a group;
  • Help them to be safe, be respectful to others and of the classroom learning environment.
  • Provide children with opportunities to learn and help them to value learning; and
  • Prepare them socially and educationally for kindergarten.

Please be prompt in dropping off and picking up your child. The preschool organizes its sessions so that the children can choose from, and work at, a range of activities and, in doing so, build up their ability to select and work through a task to its completion. Ms. Mirium uses both Creative Curriculum and, in alignment with Alsea Kindergarten, Zoophonics. The children are also helped and encouraged to take part in adult-led small and large group activities which introduce them to new experiences and help them to gain new skills, as well as helping them to learn to work with others, practicing being safe and respectful to others and the classroom. A typical session will generally follow the pattern of:

8:00 Arrival and Social play
8:30 Circle time, Calendar, Weather, Music, Group gross motor, Discussion
9:00-10:15 Exploratory, Math and Literacy Centers, Art
10:15 Sharing, Literacy, Positive Behavior Discussion
10:30 Recess
11:00 Lunch
11:30 Dismissal (Please pick your child up promptly)

Enrichment Program held on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For kindergarten readiness, for children ages 4 or older and/or with Ms. Mirium’s recommendation.

11:45-12:00 Recess
12:00-12:30 Quiet time, Nap
12:30-1:00 Circle time, Social/Emotional Discussion, Geography
1:00-1:30 Art, Story time with Kindergarten
1:30-1:45 Snack
1:45-2:30 Literacy, Math Exploration, Positive Behavior Discussion
2:30-2:50 Circle time, Day review, Science experiment/discussion
2:50-3:10 Recess
3:10-3:20 Dismissal – Pick up/ bus (Please pick your child up promptly)

We aim to keep tuition costs low at the Alsea Pups Preschool and as such, the tuition fees are highly subsidized by grants and fundraising. The preschool could not exist without combined funding, including tuition payments.

Tuition may be paid in full or in 10 payments. You will be required to pay the full amount by the end of the school year and sign a promissory agreement for the amount due. Tuition is due each month by the 10th. If you choose to pay monthly, your first payment is due by September 10th and your last payment will be due by June 10th, or until it is paid in full.

Full rate: Annual fee $1,300 or $2,000 for the Enrichment Program
Monthly payments, $130 or $200

Reduced rate if you qualify for reduced price meals:
Annual fee, $650 or $1,000 for the Enrichment Program
Monthly payments, $65 or $100 per month for Enrichment Program

Reduced rate if you qualify for free meals:
Annual fee, $350 or $500 for the Enrichment Program
Monthly payments, $35 or $55 per month for Enrichment Program

Your first and last month’s tuition is due by September 10. If you choose to pay monthly, your second payment is due by October 10th and on the 10th after that. Your last payment will be due by June 10th, or until it is paid in full. If you fall behind in payments, you will be asked to keep your child at home until you are up-to-date on tuition payments. Tuition payments are due monthly and can handed to Ms. Mirium, mailed to the SRF office at P.O. Box 1528 Philomath, OR 97370 or deposited in the tuition box in the classroom. Please make all checks payable to Strengthening Rural Families.

If your family fails to pay tuition and is more than 30 days late, your child will not be allowed continued participation in the preschool program. You will be asked to keep your child home until you pay your balance due.