FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
We are not members of Temple Shir Shalom. Can we still send our child to The Learning Center for preschool?
Of course you can! We welcome all families to attend preschool at The Learning Center. There are benefits to being a member of Shir Shalom. For more information about Temple Shir Shalom please visit, shirshalom.org.
I'm not Jewish. Can my child still attend The Learning Center?
We are so proud of our program that we welcome all families. The Learning Center is a play based Jewish preschool. Just like Temple Shir Shalom, we have a large population of interfaith families.
When can my child start preschool?
Our Monday-Friday preschool begins at age 2 ½, however, we have many other programming opportunities for younger children and families. A child can start The Learning Center experience as early as 3 months old. Babies through 3 year olds can attend our Play and Stay class with their special adult. This class provides the opportunity for the young child to meet other children, connect with a nurturing teacher and still feel the security of a parent or other adult.
Do you offer extended care?
Yes! We do offer extended care. Children can join us as early at 7:45 a.m. and stay as late as 5:30 p.m. Extended care is arranged by semester at $10/hour.
Does my child have to be potty trained?
No. Because we take children as young as 2 ½, they do not have to be potty trained. We work closely with parents to help in the process of toilet training. Just like learning to eat with silverware…it takes practice.
What does a typical day look like at The Learning Center?
Check out our "Preschool" page for a daily schedule!
Are meals or snacks provided?
Snacks are provided. We are proud of the nutritional component of The Learning Center. Fresh fruit or fresh vegetables are served daily. Often these are picked from the garden that the children planted and maintained. All lunches are provided by parents.
How is discipline handled?
At The Learning Center, the social-emotional component is seamlessly woven into every facet of learning. Problem solving and negotiating are skills that young children need help with at times. Our staff is trained to help our children manage their feelings, communicate their needs, and encourage positive behavior throughout the day. Respecting each individual child and their learning style plays a significant role in guiding their behavior.
Are there active play opportunities to develop gross and fine motor skills?
The Learning Center preschool provides plenty of opportunities for active play. Physical activity is critical for the development of a child's gross motor skills and promotes health and well-being. We incorporate a specific movement activity in our everyday schedule. Every class goes outside every day, weather permitting. Table time is also a must. Fine motor activities are provided as a group activity and are also woven seamlessly through our open-ended Free Choice activity time.
How do the teachers communicate with parents?
Communicating with parents is a fundamental component of our preschool. Teachers will communicate through weekly newsletters, emails, phone calls and parent meetings. Because we know that children are extremely aware of the things around them, we will not discuss a child in front of him or her. Parents are encouraged to let the teacher know they would like to speak with her and the teacher will contact the parent as soon as possible.
In what ways can parents become involved in The Learning Center?
At the preschool age, the parent relationship is the most significant relationship a child has. A parent knows their child in a very different way than his or her teacher. Parents enrolled in The Learning Center become part of a team that helps drive the successes of their child in the school setting. There are educational meetings, Special Parent days and an ongoing Parent Group that addresses child development and parenting.