Welcome. We can’t wait to get to know you and your family!
Starting a new school isn’t always easy. This guide is to make this process as easy as possible for everyone.
1. Dropping off your child
Before your first day, you’ll receive instructions on how to access our secure building. When you enter, please sign your child in using the iPad in your school’s lobby and accompany your child to the classroom, ensuring a teacher is aware of your arrival.
Your child’s reaction to their first day will vary. Some children run right into the classroom while others cry. Both of these reactions (and any in between) are completely normal.
2. Getting acquainted with your child’s classroom
Be sure to locate your child’s personal cubby. This is a space dedicated to your child’s belongings, and any letters or progress reports to take home. Also ask the teacher where the family communication board is located. This board is where weekly lesson plans, calendars and menus are posted.
3. What to wear
Please dress your child in comfortable, seasonally-appropriate clothing that is suitable for both indoor and outdoor play. For your child’s safety, all mobile children should wear tennis shoes or sneakers with a skid resistant sole. Crocs, sandals, flip-flops, slippers, and boots (no matter how cute!) are not permitted at school. Hoop or dangling earrings are also not permitted, since this jewelry can get accidentally pulled or caught during play. Your child’s teacher may remove jewelry he or she feels may be unsafe to wear in a group environment.
4. What to bring
Please bring at least one complete change of seasonal clothing, labeled with your child’s name. For infants, a family picture to hang by his or her crib is encouraged. Please do not bring outside snacks to school, as this is prohibited. If your child has medically-necessary dietary restrictions, please contact your Director. Children aged 6 weeks to Pre-K are provided with a rest/nap time in a cot or crib each day, as required by licensing. Cots, cot sheets, cribs and crib sheets are provided. But if you’d like to bring a blanket from home, please label the blanket with your child’s full name. Blankets are not allowed in infant classrooms due to SID guidelines. However, sleep sacks are permitted. If providing a sleep sack, please label it with your child’s name.
5. Picking up your child
At the end of the day, please pick up your child from his or her classroom and sign out using the lobby iPad. Because our schools are open from early morning to late evening, our teachers have varying shifts. For this reason, you may see different teachers in your child’s classroom in the afternoon.
Additionally, in the hours of the day when there are fewer children and teachers present, we may combine classrooms. You will be notified of these changes by your Director or through signs on classroom doors.
6. If you have a question or comment
We encourage you to visit at any time. While teachers will provide daily reports / notes about what your child did during the day, always feel free to ask questions. You are also encouraged to contact your Center Director with questions or comments. We’d love to hear from you!