Frequently Asked Questions

We know there are a lot of details to consider when entrusting your child's care to a new school. We've included here many of the questions that we field most often. Don't hesitate to contact us if you don't find the answers you're looking for here.


What forms of financial assistance are available?

Alaya has a scholarship fund that fluctuates from year to year based on the success of our fundraising efforts. The fund is need based, and is accessible only after families have determined whether or not they qualify for County and City child care assistance programs. If your family is ineligible for CCCAP, GAP or Cliff funding, please contact the office to inquire about Alaya’s scholarship fund.

Boulder County Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP)

The Colorado (Boulder County) Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP) is an income-based program that can provide significant support to families that qualify.

City of Boulder GAP Child Care Subsidy

If your need goes beyond what CCCAP can provide, the City of Boulder’s GAP Childcare Subsidy Program exists to help cover the gap between the cost of childcare and your CCCAP benefit.

City of Boulder Cliff Child Care Subsidy

If your family exceeds the income requirements for CCCAP and GAP, you may be still eligible for the City of Boulder’s Cliff Program, which subsidizes the cost of childcare for working families in Boulder. The Cliff program has higher income cut offs than CCCAP and GAP, in recognition of the high cost of living in Boulder.


Can Alaya accommodate special dietary needs for individual students?

Yes, to an extent. All classroom snacks are prepared in a shared kitchen, which is not safe for severely allergic students. However, we have had many families over the years who provide allergy-safe snacks for their own children and teachers are always aware of each child’s dietary needs. Please contact the office if you would like to discuss your child’s unique needs.


Do Alaya students learn Spanish?

Children in their Garuda year have the option of taking Spanish once/week. Most Garudas take advantage of this and love it.


Is Alaya A Buddhist Preschool? Do we need to be Buddhist to Attend?

No. Although Alaya was originally founded by a spiritual community of Western Buddhist families in the 1980’s, we are not a religious institution.


What options do I have for paying my tuition statement?

Due Date & Late Fees: Tuition is due by the first of each month. If you have a current balance due, you will find a statement in your child’s classroom folder (located near the sign in area in your child’s classroom). Statements go into folders toward the end of each month. You may pay by cash, credit card, or check.

Please Note: Late fees will be charged for tuition payments received after the 5th of each month. Alaya strictly enforces this policy. Each family will be granted one “warning” for the first late payment. Second late payments will be subject to a late fee charge.  If you have an extenuating circumstance, please contact the office before payment is due in order to arrange a payment plan.

Auto-Payment: If you would like to set up auto-pay, you must use a credit card. Any extra fees, such as drop in times or other fees outside of regular tuition charges are not included in auto payment. Please be aware that you will need to submit payment for any extra charges as they are billed. This is also true for auto payment arranged through your bank. To set up tuition auto payment via credit card, please contact Naropa's bookkeeper, Pam Waterman by email or calling 303-546-3512.


Why is there a charge from Naropa University on my statement?

Alaya Preschool is a division of Naropa University, so all tuition payments, fees and donations made to Alaya will show on your statement as being to Naropa University.


Are donations to Alaya tax deductible?

Yes! Not only will your gift be 100% deductible on your federal income tax return, your donation to Alaya (the general fund or our endowment) may entitle you to a Colorado state income tax credit of 50% of your total contribution under Colorado's Child Care Contribution Tax Credit Program. For example, if you donated $1,000 to Alaya Preschool you could receive a $500 credit on your state taxes, essentially cutting the cost of your gift in half. For questions or to see if you gift is eligible for this credit, please contact Angela Madura in Naropa’s Development Office.

Please note, donations to Alaya go through Naropa University, which is a nonprofit (Tax ID Number: 84-1029228). You will see a charge from Naropa University (not Alaya) if you use a credit card to donate online.

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