Frequently Asked Questions

Our preschool offers care Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 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. Aftercare is from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 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 purchase a nap roll (link in supply list). 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 FACTS, 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.  

A calendar of preschool events will be sent home on a monthly basis. Daily communication is provided through an app called Seesaw, which informs parents of daily happenings by creating a digital learning portfolio for your student— along with messages from the teacher. Teachers will communicate with families through Seesaw, email, FACTS, or by phone when helpful. Please message 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.

The 2023-2024 Preschool Supply List can be found on the Current Preschool Families web page. 

“The preschool years are full of growth, wonder and discovery! It is a joy to watch these precious children learn, and I treasure my time with each one of them!”
- Heather Gentile (K4 Teacher)