“We have felt so fortunate to have found Small Wonders when we did! We were looking for care for our son who was turning 2, and knew that we wanted a caring staff, who would foster his innate love of learning and curiosity, in an uncluttered, kid-centered space with other families who were as committed to quality early childcare as we were. We could not be happier!! ” – the G family

Program Basics

Calendar of Closures

Calendar of Closures

Small Wonders follows a predictable closure schedule: 2 days on or near 4th of July, most Federal holidays, a two week winter break, and one week spring break (breaks coordinate with PPS). Our first day of the school year is the first Tuesday of September. We provide this schedule of closures to families the January prior to the new school year. For a sample calendar of closures download the 2017-18 Calendar of Closures. We do not have early outs or late starts. We do not have “snow days” though extreme weather conditions may call for a late open, which would be communicated with all enrolled families.

Tuition and Hours

Tuition and Hours

We are open Monday-Friday 7:30-5:30. Morning snack is served at 8:45 therefore drop off is 7:30-8:45.

2016-17 tuition rates effective September 1, 2016:

Preschool 5 day… $1025    4 day…. $850    3 day…. $680
Toddler     5 day… $1195     4 day…. $1000     3 day…. $775

2017-18 tuition rates effective September 1, 2017

Preschool 5 day… $1075    4 day…. $895    3 day…. $730
Toddler     5 day… $1255     4 day…. $1050     3 day…. $825

The Toddler tuition rate applies to children enrolled under the age of 36 months until they transfer to a preschool classroom or until they celebrate a year anniversary at our program. Ages under 36 months trigger a lower classroom ratio and higher staffing costs therefore tuition is associated with attending classroom and ratio and not the child’s age.

Pre-Admission Tours

Pre-Admission Tours

Parents are required to visit our school for a complete tour. Tours are scheduled in advance. On the tour, interested families are given an overview of our philosophy, educational methods and a tour of our facility. The goal of the tour is for parents to ensure that Small Wonders is the right choice for their family. We spend about 45 minutes to an hour exploring the space and allow for question and answer time. We do ask that this first visit be adults only.

Meals

Meals

Small Wonders serves a breakfast snack at 8:45 and an afternoon snack served at 3:15. These meals are vegetarian and nut-free. Please note that parents provide a sack (ready to eat/nutfree) lunch. Our staff energy and time is therefore dedicated 100% on the children rather than meal prep, we minimize food waste, and a parent selected lunch will better meet each child’s dietary preferences, needs and restrictions.

Nap

Nap

All children calmly rest their bodies at the start of our rest period (12:30) while we listening to audiobooks. A full nap occurs between 12:30-3:00. We also host a non-napping room, typically for children 4 turning 5 readying for Kindergarten. A child is ready to be a “non-napper” when they can have a successful afternoon without the need of a re-energizing sleep and can participate in rest time choices quietly. Should a child fall asleep they are allowed to sleep at minimum a “half-nap” as their body is communicating a need for rest.

Potty Training

Potty Training

Toddler children (36 months and under at start date) are not required to be potty trained prior to enrollment at Small Wonders. Parents must provide diapers and wipes as applicable. Our staff will happily support you in the potty training process. Contact us for more information about our potty training tips!

Children enrolling in the mixed-age preschool classrooms must be potty trained and wearing underwear. Children having reoccurring daily accidents or those unable to use the bathroom independently are not potty trained.

Our Fremont CF program does not have a potty training requirement.

Program Size and Core Groups

Program Size and Core Groups

Our licensed capacity at our Hollywood center is for 60 children daily. Upon enrollment your child is enrolled into a specific core classroom based on age and schedule availability.

The Toddler Room with the Core groups of Bears and Bunnies serves two groups of ten children daily ages 24 months-42+ months. The State staffing ratio for toddlers is 1:5. Children transition to a mixed age preschool classroom when 1) after they have celebrated their 3 year old birthday 2) are fully potty trained and 3) there is availability suiting your schedule needs. Friends anticipate remaining in the toddler room 1-2 years depending on when birthdate falls. The Toddler Room staffing is comprised of a Head Teacher who also functions as the Bunnies Core Lead Teacher, a Bears Core Teacher, a Bunny Assistant Teacher, a Bear  Assistant Teacher all working fulltime positions. They are joined by a floating aide bringing the ratio to 1:4. The Bunny core group is typically comprised of new 2s where as the Bears serve friends 2.5 and newly 3.

Fox and Owl Rooms are our two mixed-age preschool classroom serving children ages as young as 3 years (36 months) up until Kindergarten qualifying age. They are served by a Core Lead Teacher an Assistant teacher, and an Aide all working full time to minimize transitions and provide consistency in care, communication and programming. Serving 20 children each daily. The state licensing ratio is 1:10, we however maintain lower ratios for higher quality care. Friends spend approximately 2-3 years in this setting.

 

At our Grant Park space, opening September 2017, we serve 70 children daily. Upon enrollment your child is enrolled into a specific core classroom based on age and schedule availability.

The Toddler 10 with the Core group mascot of Doormouse will serve ten children daily ages 30 months-42+ months.
The Toddler Room with the Core groups of Bears and Bunnies serve two groups of 10 children daily ages 30 months to 42+ months. The State staffing ratio for toddlers is 1:5. Children transition to a mixed age preschool classroom when 1) after they have celebrated their 3 year old birthday 2) are fully potty trained and 3) there is availability suiting your schedule needs. Friends anticipate remaining in the toddler room 1-2 years depending on when birthdate falls and transitions most commonly occur at natural transition times like the a semester change. The Toddler Room staffing is comprised of a Head Teacher who also functions as the Bunnies Core Lead Teacher, a Bears Core Teacher, a Bunny Assistant Teacher, a Bear  Assistant Teacher all working fulltime positions. The Toddler 10 is served by a Lead Teacher and an Assistant. They are joined by a floating aide bringing the ratio to 1:4. Please review tuition information for these classrooms as rates do reflect their enrolled room and the lower rate.

Fox and Owl Rooms are our two mixed-age preschool classroom serving children ages as young as 3 years (36 months) up until Kindergarten qualifying age. They are served by a Core Lead Teacher an Assistant teacher, and an Aide all working full time to minimize transitions and provide consistency in care, communication and programming. Serving 20 children each daily. The state licensing ratio is 1:10, we however maintain lower ratios for higher quality care. Friends spend approximately 2-3 years in this setting.