Preschool FAQs

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Have a question about Willamalane’s preschool program? Read these answers to frequently asked questions!

  1. What is the difference between all your preschool sections?
    We offer two different types of preschool programs. Full-time preschool is great for working families who want a quality preschool experience as well as full-time childcare. Part-time preschool for families who have more flexibility and want to make sure their children have a quality preschool experience that prepares them for kindergarten. We offer two full-time and three part-time programs for ages 3-4 or 4-5.
  1. How are tuition and fees determined?
    We base our fees on the number of service days and hours that are provided in the program for our part-time programs our fees are calculated at about $5/hour of preschool provided.
  1. Is there any financial aid available?
    For our full-time preschool, yes. We offer the district-wide scholarship of $150/year as well as accepting childcare assistance through DHS.
  1. Do you offer a sibling or family discount?
    If children are enrolled in the same program, we will discount the second tuition 20%.
  1. What if I decide not to attend or need to pull my kid out of preschool before the end of the year?
    We require a two week drop notice for all of our preschool programs.
  1. What if I’m unable to pick up my child? Can I send someone else?
    You will need to make sure that the person is on the approved pick up list that is listed on your custom questions at the time of registration. We also use a door monitoring system, and your family is issued a four-digit code upon registration you can share that with any person you approve to pick up.
  1. What should I do if my child is sick?
    Please call your child’s teacher and let them know they will not be attending for the day. If your child is experiencing a communicable illness, please let us know that too.
  1. What will happen if my child acts up in class?
    The basis of our guidance and discipline procedures is to encourage positive behavior and to facilitate empathic social learning. Strategies such as redirecting children and setting clear limits are the basis for facilitating self-management when difficulties arise, as well as developing self-control and problem solving in children. All children are encouraged to “use words” to express what they want, what they need, and how they feel. Appropriate and positive behaviors are continually reinforced. The staff’s response to inappropriate or negative behavior may include: ignoring behavior, discussing the situation with the child, redirecting the child’s activity, and/or using firm, clear and concise language to instruct the child in a more positive way to express her/himself.
  1. What is your snack/lunch policy? Do you serve lunch?
    Snacks will be provided for the full-day programs in the morning and afternoon. Children in Happy Hummingbirds, Singing Sparrows and Ready Robins must bring a sack lunch and a water bottle each day. Friendly Finches ask that families provide snack for the whole class a few times per month. Snacks must be store-bought (not prepared at home).
  1. What should my child bring to preschool?
    Every child needs an extra set of weather-appropriate clothing, including undergarments, as a lunch and water bottle for the full-time programs and Ready Robins. Please put the clothing in a gallon-sized Ziploc™ bag clearly marked with your child’s name.
  1. What should my child wear?
    We recommend you dress your child in layers each day as temperatures can vary depending on our activity and the time of day. Make sure your child is dressed for the weather. Children should bring a coat for outdoor activities. Tennis shoes or sturdy closed toe shoes are required for everyday wear.
  1. Can I visit my child during the school day?
    Parents are an important and welcome part of our programs we are happy to work with you to be able to visit your child at appropriate times. Please speak with your teacher about family opportunities in the classroom.
  1. Can I bring in a treat for my child’s birthday?
    If you are interested in bringing in a special snack or treat (birthday celebration, etc.) for your child’s program, please contact the teacher one week in advance to make arrangements. All food brought in must be commercially prepared and packaged due to health regulations.
  1. How do you deal with food allergies?
    We work with families to support children with allergies, providing alternatives when possible. When a child has a life-threatening allergy, we will make every effort to eliminate that substance from the child’s classroom and playground to eliminate risk. All families in the child’s classroom are notified when these precautions are requested and asked to eliminate the allergen from their child’s food from home.
  1. How can I keep up with what my child is learning and experiencing in preschool?
    We use a variety of methods to communicate with families about what is happening in our classrooms. Monthly newsletters and communication folders are regularly used in all of our programs. Communication with your child’s teachers is also a great way to get to know what your child is learning throughout their day.
  1. How do I know my child is safe at school?
    The Door Access Monitoring System provides additional security to the staff and children in our programs at Bob Keefer Center. The monitoring system controls access to the Early Childhood wing, allowing entry by key code.
  1. Are your staff members trained in CPR and first aid?
    Yes. In fact, Early Childhood staff members are experienced in education, recreation and early childhood care programs. Everyone who is employed at Bob Keefer Center has undergone a criminal history check through the state Child Care Division. Each classroom is staffed to meet the State Child Care Division’s requirements for ratios of children to professional staff. Our staff receive annual training in the areas of child development, behavior management, quality environments, creative programming, and health and safety. All staff members are trained in CPR and first aid, bloodborne pathogens, and recognizing and reporting child abuse. All staff members possess Oregon Food Handlers cards.

 

Do you have any more questions? Don’t hesitate to get in touch! Email Tracy Kribs at tracyk@willamalane.org.

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