Logistics and Practical Matters
What ages do you serve?
Our Family Time program offers classes for children, together with a family member, ages eight weeks – 2 years. Our Early Childhood program serves children ages 2-5. We are planning to open an infant program in January 2016 for children ages 6 months – 2 years.
What are your hours of operation?
Our hours of operations are 7:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Friday. Our school day is from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., 9:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. or 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Do you offer part-time schedules?
Yes, we do. We offer both a 3-day and 5-day option.
Do you offer a carpool line?
Yes, parents have the option of using our carpool line or walking their child(ren) into school.
Who can pick up my child from school?
Only those who are authorized by the parents can pick up children from school.
Does my child need to be toilet-trained?
No, the child does not need to be toilet-trained nor does he/she need to be to move forward in the program.
Admissions and Starting School
How old do the need to be?
Children need to be two years old by September 1.
Is there an orientation before school starts?
Yes, we offer a Parent Orientation and a Children’s Visitation Day. Our Toddler students also receive a home visit from their teachers.
Health, Safety and Security
Do you have security on campus?
Yes, we have security on the premises and in the school during all hours of operations. There are also security cameras under 24 hour surveillance.
Are peanuts allowed in school?
Yes, we are not a peanut free school; however, certain classes are peanut free. All snack are peanut free, as well.
Are you an accredited program?
Yes, we are the only Jewish preschool in South Palm Beach County with a National accreditation (NAEYC). We are also a Strong Minds, Gold Seal Facility.
Tuition and Fees
How can we pay tuition? Can we do an automatic payment?
Tuition can paid in full or in a ten month installment plan. Yes, for your convenience, we offer an automatic credit card payment option.
Do you offer scholarships or financial aid?
Yes, we do.
In The Classroom
How diverse is your school? Do you have different types of families (e.g. single parents, same-sex couples, adopted children)?
Everyone is welcome at our school.
What kind of snacks do you serve? Are they Kosher? What foods can we pack in our lunches?
We provide a morning snack to all of the classes. We focus on “healthier” snack options (i.e. whole grains, no hydrogenated oils, etc.) We also offer fruits and vegetables throughout the week. All food items served to our students are Kosher. We offer an optional hot lunch program. Should you choose to send in lunch for your child, we require that lunches be dairy-only.
What are the ratios of children to teachers?
In our Toddler program, the ratio is 5:1; in the Preschool program, the ratio is 7:1; and in the Pre-K program, the ratio is 8:1.
Curriculum and Judaic Content
What type of curriculum do you offer?
We offer an integrated, developmentally-appropriate curriculum.
How do you celebrate Shabbat in school?
Shabbat is a very special time in our school. We celebrate Shabbat every Friday and Havdalah every Monday.
Do you do background checks on the teachers?
Every teacher goes through a thorough background screening process based on HRS and DCF guidelines.
Do you have ongoing trainings for the staff?
Yes, professional development and training is a priority in our program.
How can families get involved?
We have an open door policy and welcome parents to read to the classes, bake with the children, participate in woodworking and so much more. We also have a very active PTO.
How do you communicate with the families?
We believe that communication is key. We communicate via email, weekly newsletter, class websites, smiles boxes and daily reports in the classroom.