FAQs

What is your program philosophy?
What is your mission?
Do you teach early literacy and math?
What ages of children do you care for?
Do you only offer preschool hours?
Do you accept children who are not yet potty trained?
How many children do you care for?
Do you provide meals?
What are your rates?
Do you conduct background checks on employees?
Can parents drop in at any time?
Are you affiliated with any professional organizations?
What’s the difference between a Certified Provider and a Registered Provider?
Do you close for Holidays, Vacation or Spring and Summer Breaks?
Do you follow a daily schedule?

What is your Program Philosophy?

We believe that each child has a right to a strong start and to quality experiences. We value the importance of play and positive social interactions for each child. Our rooms are arranged into self-reliant centers where all items available have been selected to encourage and facilitate a child’s expanding knowledge of himself and the world around him. We offer: - Developmentally appropriate activities, which can be structured or unstructured, allowing each child to progress at their own pace. - Group and individual activities, active/quiet play and outdoor play that encourage both individual play and peer interaction - An environment to encourage imaginative and creative play. Learning must connect to real life experiences. By interacting with adults and peers in a nurturing environment, children learn to make appropriate choices and decisions.

What is your mission?

We are dedicated to the happiness, safety, and well-being of each child. This includes helping children develop love and respect for themselves, others, and their environment. We are committed to supporting and encouraging the development of the whole child – socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually. We want each child in our program to feel valued and secure. Our mission is to inspire a child’s joy in learning – to do all we can to prepare a child to eagerly embrace and look forward to a future filled with things to learn – toward kindergarten and beyond.

Do you teach early literacy and math?

Just as we believe in the importance of play, our literacy program is also an important component of our day. We have drawn upon several highly acclaimed literacy programs (including Reading Mastery, High Scope, Hooked on Phonics, JumpStart, and Creative Curriculum) and have taken what we feel are the most effective aspects of each. There are many ways to teach, and each child learns in different ways and at different levels.

What ages of children do you care for?

We accept children at any point from the ages of 2 years through 5 years. We also provide after-school care (as space and distance permit) for school-aged children if they have been in our program prior to entering kindergarten. Children who have grown up in our program often choose to continue with us after they enter kindergarten!

Do you only offer preschool hours?

In addition to our a.m. preschool curriculum we offer wrap-around childcare to meet the needs of parents that require full-time care yet want the full benefits of a preschool program as well.

Do you accept children who are not yet potty trained?

Yes! Many children are ready for the benefits of preschool before they are potty-trained. When your child (and you!) is ready, we will work with you to meet this goal!

How many children do you care for?

We are a home-based Certified program and can serve as many as 12 children at any given time. Although there are two providers available for much of the day, we most often keep our attendance at no more than 9 children. This small group size allows us to provide maximum attention to each child’s needs as they progress towards kindergarten!

Do you provide meals?

Yes! We offer breakfast, am snack, lunch and pm snack at no additional charge for any child who is in attendance during those meals. You may refer to our Daily Schedule for meal times.

We participate in the USDA Child and Adult Food Program. This program provides partial funding that allows us to serve meals according to USDA nutritional guidelines. Our meals are wholesome, nutritious, and complete, with hot lunches each day!

What are Your rates?

Our rates vary depending on the number of days and hours your child is in care, if you enroll in only preschool, or if you require full-day or full-week care. We are members of the USDA Food Program which means that once your child becomes enrolled in the program, they will receive all meals that occur when he/she is in care, at no additional cost. We offer military and grandparent discounts. We will also accept payment through DHS. Please contact us for rates that apply to your specific situation – it costs nothing to ask! There is a one-time Registration Fee of $ 50. There are no additional fees for Annual Renewal or Supplies. Please contact us for a specific price quote for your needs.

Do you conduct background checks on employees?

Yes! State Criminal Background checks are performed for anyone who is in the presence of the children for any time other than business traffic – this includes all family members in residence and parent volunteers. These are performed prior to the person being given access to the children.

Can parents drop in at any time?

Yes! Once you become a part of our preschool, you have full access to your child at any time. You will be given any security codes needed to enter without assistance and we don’t limit access during rest/nap time. We also encourage parents to volunteer in our program – we are partners in guiding your child’s journey into the future.

Are you affiliated with any professional organizations?

Yes! We are members of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) as well as the National Association of Family Child Care (NAFCC). These organizations are dedicated to the advancement of quality and knowledge in early childhood education.

What’s the difference between a Certified Provider and a Registered Provider?

Registered Child Care Homes:
To open a registered child care home, attend a required Family Child Care Overview session. The session provides information about the licensing regulations and process. Before you apply for your license, you need to obtain certification in food handling and infant first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. You also need to complete two hours of child abuse and neglect awareness training. You and all members of your household are required to register with the Criminal History Registry and pass a background check. When your application is complete, a representative from the Child Care Division will perform a health and safety review of your home before issuing the license. To keep your license current, complete eight hours of continuing education every year.
Certified Child Care Homes:
Certified Child Care Homes have the same requirements as Registered Child Care Homes. With some important additional requirements. Certified Child Care Homes are only authorized in homes that were built as a single-family dwelling. In addition to infant CPR certification, food-handling certification and child abuse awareness training and overview classes, the State requires at least one year of documented experience caring for children or 30 semester hours of early childhood education or child development courses at the college level. Your home must meet all local building and zoning requirements, annual Health Inspections, additional safety requirements, and additional inspections beyond the Child Care Division visit. All staff and volunteers must pass criminal history background checks.

Do you close for holidays, vacation or spring and summer breaks?

We take vacation and major holidays off but are open during Spring, Summer, and Winter breaks. Our vacation is two weeks (on rare occasion an addition week is taken at another time of year). These are unpaid. Our holidays and vacation schedule is posted at the beginning of the year to allow parents time to plan around these days.

Do you follow a daily schedule?

Yes. Our daily schedule will be on the Web site soon.