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
We are open Monday-Friday 7:30-5:30. Morning snack is served at 8:45 therefore drop off is 7:30-8:45.
2017-18 tuition rates effective September 1, 2017
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Program Size and Core Groups
Our licensed capacity at our Hollywood center is for 60 children daily.
At our Grant Park space our capacity is also 60 children daily. Grant Park students must be 2.5 and older as the school space is located on the second floor.
Upon enrollment your child is enrolled into one of the following specific core classroom based on age (as related to Kindergarten year) and schedule availability:
The Bears and Bunnies Room serves two groups of ten children daily ages 24 months-42+ months at Hollywood and 30 months and older at Grant Park. The State staffing ratio for toddlers is 1:5. Children transition to a mixed age preschool classroom when 1) they have celebrated their 3 year old birthday 2) are fully potty trained and 3) and there is availability suiting your schedule needs. Friends anticipate remaining in the toddler room 1-2 years depending on when birthdate falls (in relation to September 1st and their Kindergarten year). 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 full time positions. They are joined by a full time floating aide bringing the ratio to 1:4.
Fox and Owl Rooms are our two mixed-age preschool classrooms serving 20 children each ages as young as 3 years (36 months) up until Kindergarten qualifying age. They are led by teaching team of a Lead Teacher, an Assistant teacher, and an Aide all working full time to minimize transitions and provide consistency in care, communication, and programming. 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 until they graduate to Kindergaten. These classrooms do have a potty training requirement.