Frequently Asked Questions
What are your ratios?
We will have 2 multi-age classes, each with one lead teacher and a floating assistant teacher. A Toddler class (ages 18 months - 3 years) with a total capacity of 7 children, and a Preschool and Up class (3 years to 7 years) with a total capacity of 14. The director will also work with Kinder-2nd graders in small groups. This leaves our classroom instructional ratios at 1:7!
What are your staff qualifications?
Our director holds a director's license as well as being a state licensed teacher (Early Childhood - 6th grade) and holds a Montessori diploma with a Bachelor's in Interdisciplinary Studies. All lead teachers will either have a Bachelor’s degree and/or CDA (Child Development Associate) certification or ECE (Early Childcare Education) associates degree or higher. Assistant teachers will be in the process of earning one of the above qualifications. All staff participate in 24+ hours of early childhood education every year as well as Montessori training.
Do You Follow the Montessori Method?
We follow most of the Montessori method as well as research-based early childhood educational methods practiced in public schools. We feel offering the child the best of both worlds will help them to excel in learning about the world around them, as well as self and social awareness, in all practical and academic areas. You can read more about our philosophy under Our Program.
How do you communicate with parents and what are your involvement expectations?
We communicate on a daily basis through our digital progress report/parent communication app. We also have a private Facebook group where each child will have a picture album and announcements will be made, as well as digital files like monthly calendars, menus, and newsletters. We also communicate through e-mail with newsletters and important reminders. Immediate communication is also done via Facebook Messenger or text. Parents are encouraged to practice at home with their child the concepts being learned at school. Newsletters and Facebook postings will offer questions you can ask on a weekly basis. As well, we will have a Thanksgiving family brunch, Christmas Performance/Party, Valentine's Party, Easter Celebration, and End-of-School Party in which parents may be asked to provide a food item or party need. Every-so-often, a project may be sent home to encourage parent involvement with their child's educational learning. There will be beginning of the year, mid-year, and end-of-year parent/teacher conferences in which we will discuss the progress of your child's social and academic learning.