Parents frequently ask why tuition is still required when their child is out for vacation. The answer quite simply is … you don’t. The monthly/weekly fees are not based on the number of days of care used in any particular month, but rather they are 1/12 or 1/52 of the yearly tuition. Each year an annual tuition fee is figured for each category of attendance (full month/week, half month/week, quarter month/week). This fee is the daily cost for providing care, times the number of available days of care. TTLC is aware that children will not attend school every scheduled day – most families plan a vacation and young children are guaranteed to miss at least a few days with normal childhood illness. In recognition of this, TTLC deducts four weeks of charges from the annual tuition fee. The yearly fee is then divided into 12 monthly or 52 weekly payments. Since this four weeks for sickness and vacation has been deducted before the rates were figured parents cannot expect that it be deducted again when the child is actually absent. Many policies are in effect which provide additional reductions in fees. A sibling discount is made to families with more than one child even though the cost of providing care to additional children in the same family is not any less. Substantial discounts are figured in to all advance payment rates. This discount is, reclaimed at 5% per week of late payment when fees are not paid in advance as promised. Services which are not utilized equally by all parents (summer camp, field trips, registration fees, and late pick up fees) are charged separately so that only parents who use these services pay for them. While TTLC tries to be responsive to parents’ need for affordable care, the fee structure must provide a financial base for providing quality care. Once fees and payment policies have been set, no changes or special considerations will be granted.