Morning temperature checks for staff and children (including the parent dropping of a child), and daily cleaning of all classrooms and building spaces. Daily sanitizing of classroom materials. Teachers always wear masks when in the classroom. Teachers work to ensure appropriate social distancing and parallel play among children.
CDC guidance now recommends children ages 2 and older to wear masks when indoors and less than 6 feet apart. As a result, children ages 2 and older will be required to wear masks.
No. Our permit only allows us to enroll children ages 2 years old to under 6 years old. You may enroll on or after your child's 2nd birthday.
We ask that children join our community when they show signs of readiness to begin using the toilet. These signs include being able to identify when they need to use the bathroom, or being able to say yes/no when asked about needing to use the bathroom with some accuracy. These signs also include minimal accidents each week. Your child does not need to be independent in using the toilet. Your child's teacher will support your children with getting undressed, while teaching them how to do so independently. If your child is not potty trained, please let us know and we will collaborate with you in determining a plan.
At the time of your application, you are able to indicate whether your child will be bringing their own meals or joining our food program.
Please note that our license does not allow us to prepare food on-site, and we do not have a stove. As of such, there is no hot food prepared on-site. If your child will not be bringing lunch and needs food provided, you can indicate this on your Application. We will provide a daily vegetarian snack and lunch. Here is an example of what daily meal and snack will look like: low fat milk, whole wheat roll, swiss cheese, fruit salad and low fat yogurt, hummus and carrots (children over 3 years old). We will provide a healthy meal, similar to this, at no cost. Children are also able to choose breakfast from a breakfast table in their classroom each morning.
Although we are applying to be able to accept ACS/HRA vouchers, this application has not yet been approved. At this time, we cannot accept vouchers. E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like us to let you know when you may enroll your child using a voucher.
At this time, we have limited tuition aid available for the 2021-2022 school year. Assistance is available to families applying for full time schedules: Mondays-Fridays until 2:30pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm, or 6:30pm.
Eligibility: Single parent households with income of $110,000 or less. Two parent households with income of $140,000 or less. All households with income of $150,000 or less are eligible to apply for a monthly tuition payment plan, with any additional fees waived.
Classrooms set their expectations for behavior, sharing, and managing emotions. Children learn about identifying their emotions and being a contributing member of a community through: daily interactions with others, teaching through read alouds and conversations at Morning Meeting, and reinforcing teacher language throughout the day. When a friend has a hard time sharing, using kind words, or meeting a community expectation, the teacher will have a private conversation with the child about why we don't do or say the thing that was done/said, and what to do next time. We also encourage children to name their emotions and use specific language when they feel sad, angry, etc. Children can choose to take some time in the peace corner to think, draw or write about their emotions, or to reflect on their actions.
Reggio Emilia philosophy manifests in our belief that 1) children can construct their own learning, and that learning experience should be guided by children's interests, 2) interactions with adults, peers and the environment are important and impactful to the development of the individual child, and 3) the classroom environment should be a welcoming and safe space that encourages new experiences and interactions. You will see this in the adaptability of the daily schedule based on children's interests, children being empowered through choice, and materials in the classroom that are intentionally placed there to inspire or to create new learning experiences.
Montessori philosophy and practice is present in the layout of the classroom environment, self-directed hands-on learning through the use of Montessori materials (including Practice Life, Sensorial, Culture, Math and Language works), and teaching independence and self advocacy.