Frequently Asked Questions

1. School hours: 

With COVID restrictions: 

8:00 am to 5:00 pm

 

Once all restrictions for COVID are lifted: 

Open at 8:00 am.

After Care: 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.

 

2. Do you have some information on your COVID-19 protocols that you wouldn't mind sharing?

We have followed CDC and OSSE regulations on our DC site since June 6th.  He is some of the daily practices to avoid the spread of COVID: 

  • No more than 10 individuals (staff and children) clustered in one group;

  • Grouping the same children and staff together each day (as opposed to rotating teachers or children);

  • Floating staff members may be used to provide breaks 

  • Wash their hands prior to entry and exit of the room;

  • No mixing between groups to include entry and exit of the building

  • No large group activities and activities requiring children to sit or stand in close proximity, e.g., circle time;

  • Mandatory use of Mask for all except children under 2 years of age

  • Daily temperature check before children arrive at school.  

  • Temperature check for c children and parents at the time of drop off. 

  • All children with runny noses are sent home and returned with a doctor's note. 

 

For the health and safety guidance details and updates you can visit the following site: 

https://osse.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/osse/page_content/attachments/OSSE%20Health%20and%20Safety%20Guidance%20for%20Child%20Care%20Providers%2012.21.20.pdf

 

3. How many students do you expect would be in the 3-5-year-old room if COVID-19 restrictions are still in place?  and will tuition increase with COVI? 

 

10 students are the ratio with Pandemic for early childhood education.   Tuition remains the same.  The group of 20 is divided into two groups, we divide the curriculum into two spaces and children spend one day with the teacher and one day with the assistant.  A floater is assigned to each group of 20. 

4. School Calendar: 

School Calendar's first Draft will be ready by the end of April.  We are going to closely follow MCPS for all federal holidays.  However, we are closed the last two weeks in December and two weeks at the end of August for Professional Development, repairs, and classroom set-up.   

 

5. Summer and Spring Camp: 

The school will provide a Summer Camp option for all the families who are enrolled for 10 months. The application for summer camp starts in January of each year.  

 

6. How many teachers are there per classroom?

 

Infants: 1 to 3 children 

Toddlers: 1 to 3 with some variations based on mixed-age classrooms. 

Preschool:  20 children with one teacher and an assistant. 

 

7. Would kids be mixed in the "after school" program (from multiple classes)?

We will find out once we know how many children are enrolled after school.  However, we only have two classrooms with 20 children in Preschool and we do not mix infants and toddlers with preschool-aged children.  

 

8. What will the playground space be like?

I know there's currently a playground there, but it is more of a "big kid" playground.

We are going to work on the playground in different phases.  However, the swings will be removed and a wooden train will be available for children to play during the first phase. 

 

9. What do children do who don't nap? Do they need to stay on their cots during naptime, or can they do quiet activities?

We follow the child, and many children stop napping between 3 ½ and 4.  However, if children want to nap, they do have that option.  Children who do not nap can have 20 minutes of quiet time and start their afternoon work cycle in the afternoon.  We might have a room for children to nap, so children who do not nap can engage in their classrooms.   

 

10. If my child does not speak any Spanish, how will they be introduced to the new language:  

A great deal of our communication is through our body language, so children get many clues from their teachers' body language and their peers who follow instructions.  However, we have teachers who are bilingual and will understand the needs of your children.  We continue to speak with them in Spanish as you spoke to them in English.  Eventually, they develop understanding, and each child has a different comfort level when expressing in Spanish.   There is no pressure, but a great deal of encouragement.  We also have a number of families that seem to speak Spanish at home, supporting non-Spanish-speaking children in second language development. 

 

11. Montessori Resources: 

 

We are members of the American Montessori Society: 

https://amshq.org/Families

 

Our accreditation is from Montessori Educational Programs International (MEPI) 

https://www.mepiinc.com/

 

Montessori Notebook (great resource for families) 

https://www.themontessorinotebook.com/

 

Our Training Partners: 

https://www.montessoridelatinoamerica.com

Why learn languages: 

https://www.leadwithlanguages.org/why-learn-languages/early-childhood-elementary/#:~:text=Feed%20Their%20Brains,enhanced%20creativity%20and%20mental%20flexibility.