good to know
We'd love to answer some questions
for you if you're interested in having your little one join our PreK Prep program
at the little play co.
Does my child need to be potty trained?
No. Your child may be in any stage of the “potty training journey”; from diapers to pull ups to underwear. We will help with potty training in any way we can to continue your routines that each child is used to at home.
Do the children go outside for walks or playground time?
No. Since it is only a three hour program, we stay inside for the duration. In addition to our classroom, we also utilize the play space so the children have plenty of space and shifts in activity throughout the morning.
How old must my child be and what is the age range of the program?
We follow the guideline that children must be 2 years old by Sept. 1 to enroll in our program. We have found that developmentally, this is the best fit with our curriculum and program goals. It is designed to be a transition year before full day PreK3. All of our children are between 2 and 3 years old.
Does my child need a snack or lunch? Do they nap or rest?
Your child should bring a nut-free snack and water bottle every day. We usually eat snack between 10:00 and 10:15am. Lunch is not scheduled because dismissal is at 12:00pm. Additionally, there is no nap time in the morning sessions.
What does the school calendar look like?
Our PreK Prep program runs in two sessions, from Sept. to June. We are very much aligned to the Hoboken Public Schools calendar. We have a winter break and a spring break, as well as a few federal holidays where school is not in session.
What documentation to I need to enroll my child?
We require an up to date immunization record and birth certificate for your child to attend PreK Prep.
Are there make up classes?
At this time, we do not offer makeup classes if your child is ill or traveling. If we are able, we do our best to accommodate each family on a case by case basis for any extenuating circumstances.
Is there a virtual learning option if any closures are mandated?
Currently we are hopeful we can remain in session for in-person, onsite learning this Fall. Our intimate, small program allows for all guidelines regarding cleaning, materials and small group based learning to be easily managed. However if we do need to close for COVID-19 reasons, we will continue with an online component and you will be provided with much more information regarding program options at that time.
Do I have to commit to the entire year/both semesters for these programs?
Yes. We do require a full year commitment as we need to plan for appropriate staffing to ensure your child is in a safe and nurturing environment. You may pay for each semester separately if you choose to do so.
What happens if you have to shut down again due to COVID?
Since we are a small, private program and we are not currently open to the public during the time our program is in session, we do not foresee this happening. In the event that a closure is forced, we have a policy in place for our enrolled families that includes virtual learning and credit options.
Are masks required?
We require our staff to wear masks at this time. For children, masks are recommended but not required. Our teachers are happy to work with your child if you choose to have them wear a mask during their time with us.
Why do you keep the class size small?
Research-based evidence has shown that with this age cohort, a small teacher to student ratio is paramount. Therefore, our small class size results in more individualized attention, increased participation and better communication between our teacher and students.
What does my child need to bring with them each day?
Children should bring a backpack every day with a water bottle and snack. We provide a folder for each student for sending any activities, poems/songs, artwork, etc. home each week. Your child will also need a change of clothes (top, bottoms, socks, underwear) that will be left in his/her cubby until needed. If your child is still in diapers or pull-ups, we also ask that you keep a small supply (and wipes) in school with us and replenish as needed. Your child will also need a pair of socks each day.
Are there other children in the play space during PreK Prep hours?
As of right now, TLPC will be closed to the public during the hours of PreK Prep. While open play is an integral part of our business, the safety and well-being of our families is very important to us. In the past, we have had other children in the play space at times when our Pre K Prep has used the space, but there is always plenty of room! We also provide our PreK Prep students with t-shirts that make them easily identified in the Open Play area and distinguish them from any other child playing in the space. This may change over the course of the next few months and we will keep you abreast of any changes.
How do I learn more about the program?
We realize that for many families, this is their first experience with a drop off program and there may be lots of questions! On our website, we have a curriculum overview resource that maps out our program goals and content that we cover. In addition, we will hold an orientation before school starts for enrolled students and parents to meet Miss Ali, see the space and ask and any other questions that might pop up. More specific and detailed information will also be provided about our routines and procedures at that time. Lastly, you are also welcome to email our program director Ali Allen (firstname.lastname@example.org) to set up a virtual meeting at any time to discuss PreK Prep at TLPC.
We hope to hear from you!