Continuation Program Admission Process

We are delighted that you are considering enrolling in the LifeWays Continuation Program, and we wish to make your enrollment process as seamless as possible. We have outlined below a number of things to help you navigate this process.


To make the Continuation Program accessible for as many LifeWays Early Childhood Certificate graduates as possible, the on-site classroom time is spread over the course of two summers with autumn and spring sessions in between. As you know, LifeWays is known for its generous financing plans, and all sincere applicants are encouraged to apply. We are also offering two special discounts. One is a $500 discount for the first ten Pioneer students to have completed their enrollment by January 2, 2018. After we have secured the pioneer group, an early bird discount of $225 will apply to those enrolling between January 2 and March 30, 2018.

There is a $100 nonrefundable application fee. Tuition and fees are $8200 total. Other expenses may include the purchase of books. If you do not already own a pentatonic kinderlyre or kinderharp, you will need to do so for this program. Daily organic lunches and snacks are provided during the program at no added cost; lodging is not included.


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To apply by mail, please send your Application Form with your signature and the $100 application fee to the Student Services Director Chinyelu Kunz at 19 Turnstone Way, Downingtown, PA 19335. In addition, you will need to request a letter of recommendation from the Director or a Lead Teacher in the program you attended, to be directly to the Student Services Director. Once you are accepted into the program, you will send your Payment Plan form to the Student Finance Administrator Michael Aldinger ( to process your payment plan and set up an invoice/billing for your payment(s). If you need a different financial arrangement from those suggested on the Payment Plan form, call Michael at 405-343-7211 to establish a plan that works for you. Once your payment plan is established, you will send the signed plan directly to Michael Aldinger ( We must receive your Application and $100 fee, Payment Plan, and initial payment before the training begins in order for you not to incur late charges described below.


Paying in Full: The Payment Plan form has several options. We encourage you to pay the full amount up front when possible. This may be done by check, money order, credit card or debit card. We appreciate your paying in full in advance if you are able to do so.

Paying by Installments: If you need to pay by installments, half of the tuition is requested before the training begins, and the remaining balance may be paid in two payments or monthly payments over six or eighteen months. There is no charge for these standard plans. If unable to pay this way, it is also possible to arrange customized plans (e.g. less money upfront or going longer than eighteen months–but there is a $100 service charge for going beyond eighteen months). If you need a customized plan to attend, please call to discuss this with Michael Aldinger, Student Finance Administrator (405-343-7211), as soon as you have sent in your application.

Installment Payments may be paid with a credit card or from your checking account using a debit card. Using these automated payments and monthly e-statements makes it possible for us to carry over 100 students without adding interest or payment fees. Simply fill in and sign the Payment Plan with your credit/debit card information (for remaining installments) and send with your initial payment (by check or debit/credit card) to Student Finance Administrator Michael Aldinger (

Paying months before the program begins: More of our students are seeing the advantage of starting their installment payment plans as soon as they enroll, even if it is well before the program begins. A major advantage of this is that when your payments are stretched over eighteen months or more, then your monthly payment amount is smaller. It also makes it easier to have paid in full by the time you graduate. We encourage you to consider this option. If you choose the option to start paying in advance and have completed all payments by the time of graduation, the $100 service charge for a customized plan will be waived.

If you feel you cannot afford the tuition at this time, we suggest a few options:

  • Seek support from friends or family who are eager to help you take steps toward becoming an early childhood teacher. Several students have been successful using an online campaign such as GoFundMe with family and friends. Remember to tell them why this program is important for you and what you will do with it!
  • Seek a loan from an individual or organization interested in helping you.
  • Set up an extended payment plan so that your monthly payments are less. You will receive your graduation certificate when you have paid in full.
  • In the case of extreme financial circumstances, you may submit a Financial Assistance Form provided by the LifeWays office, and we will consider further options if possible.


Late Fee: Student must have an approved, signed payment plan and have made their first payment prior to the first day of training or a $50/week late fee will be charged.

Service Fee: There is no service charge if you select one of the standard plans described above and on the Payment Plan Form. If you require a customized plan that goes beyond eighteen months, a one-time service fee of $100 will be assessed.

Returned check or declined credit/debit card: Please know what your bank balance or credit card limit is, as there will be a $25 charge for returned checks or declined credit/debit card payments.

Refunds: The $100 Application Fee is nonrefundable. If a student must drop out of the program, the other fees will be prorated as follows:

  • Prior to the first session: Full refund less a $100 processing fee.
  • During or after completing the first session: Partial refund based on a $100 processing fee and a prorated amount for the days attended.
  • After attending half of the program, no refund or credits will be given on the amount owed for the complete program. Trainings are undertaken based on students’ agreements, so payment commitments will continue. Students may complete the program at any future time the program is offered.

Cancelled Program: In the unlikely event that a program must be cancelled, applicants will be given a refund in full, including the Application Fee.

Our goal is to do all we can to make it possible for you to complete this program, while at the same time being respectful and responsible to the needs of our organization. We look forward to working with you.