Our preschool offers care Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The school-day is 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Lead teachers receive students into their classrooms at 8:00 a.m. Dismissal begins at 2:45 p.m., and our students transition into aftercare at 3:00 p.m. All students have access to Before Care and Aftercare at no charge. Before Care is from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Students are required to wear the TMA Preschool t-shirt along with black or khaki bottoms. Closed toe shoes that fasten are also required. Occasionally we have special days that require specific clothing. In these cases, teachers will give advanced notice and will clearly communicate to parents.
We seek to provide daily rest time for all students. Mats labeled with each child’s name are set up in the classrooms. As children are asked to lie quietly, teachers offer back rubs and play music to help them relax. All children are given the opportunity to sleep. Parents are required to provide a crib sheet (recommended) or a blanket and pillow. Children may also bring a stuffed animal if they wish. If children are unable to sleep, they may look at books or draw quietly on their rest mats. Afterward, children are provided with a snack, art activity or a continuation of the morning project and outdoor playtime.
We ask that parents provide a lunch for their child — either from home or purchased through our dining service. School lunch can be ordered by Sunday night of the week before through RenWeb, our student information system. We are unable to heat up any food.
A morning and afternoon snack will be provided; we try to provide a variety of options, taking food allergies into consideration.
- 18 months — 6:1
- K2 — 7:1
- K3 — 15:1
- K4 — 20:1
A calendar of preschool events will be sent home on a monthly basis. Daily communication is provided through an app called Brightwheel, which informs parents of diaper changes, nap times, potty details and pictures of your child’s learning fun that day — along with messages from the teacher. Teachers will communicate with families through Brightwheel, email, RenWeb, or by phone when helpful. Please email your child’s teacher with any questions or concerns. We believe communication is the key to successful teacher and parent partnerships. If issues of conflict arise, we ask parents and teachers to speak directly with one another. If additional support is needed, the director may be asked to assist.