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F A Q  &  SCHOOL CALENDAR

WHEN CAN I TOUR THE SCHOOL?

Tours are offered by appointment only, please email to schedule a tour  info@whimsyandwonderpdx.com

  

WHAT IS YOUR ADULT TO CHILD RATIO? WHAT IS YOUR GROUP SIZE?

We are licensed as a certified family child care home by the Early Learning Division. Our total licensed capacity is 16. We have an 8:1 ratio.

WHAT IS YOUR APPROACH TO GUIDANCE?

Teachers at Whimsy & Wonder support preschoolers in their cognitive, language, and emotional growth through honest, respectful dialogue and conversation. We view children as competent, authentic individuals with their own developmental strengths, as well as challenges. We work closely with children to support their inquiry and curiosity through naturally-occurring interactions, between adult-child as well as with their peers. We view the largest part of our work as the support and scaffolding of preschoolers’ burgeoning social and emotional development.

WHAT IS THE DAILY RHYTHM OF THE PROGRAM?

We strive to follow children's needs and interests, therefore our day is loosely structured, with a daily group gathering and predictable meal and rest times. Throughout each day, children have opportunities for open-ended art, music + movement, scientific exploration, sensory play, big body movement, and much more. We spend generous portions of our days outdoors, rain or shine.

7:30 am | program opens, greetings, handwashing- PLAY

8:45 am | breakfast, washing up, potty 

               FREE PLAY, 

10:50 am | Circle, music, movement, children's yoga, potty

11:20        Outdoors

12:30 pm | lunch, clean up, story, "time to make up your bed", potty

1:30 pm | rest 

3:20 pm | "time to put your bedding away!", snack,  story,  drawing,  potty

4:15 pm | outdoors

5:30 pm | program closed

WHAT ABOUT FOOD?

We prepare and serve a whole foods, vegetarian menu. We avoid processed food, while keeping the daily choices child-friendly. We focus on whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, beans, and dairy. We serve 1% milk and water at meals as recommended by the USDA food program. 

Example of a daily menu:

Breakfast | oatmeal with berries, 1% milk

Lunch | black beans, baked barley, steamed broccoli, mandarin oranges, 1% milk

Afternoon snack | banana bread, apple slices

We view meals together as a gathering

time for our group, for sharing, story telling and trying new and favorite foods.​

WHAT ARE YOUR CLOSURE POLICIES?

We are a full year program.

For the safety of children, staff, and families, we follow Portland Public School's closures for inclement weather.

See below for our

calendar of closures and holidays

2022

August 

September 2022

 Monday September 5 CLOSED Labor Day 

October 2022

Friday October 7th CLOSED Prof Dev Day teachers 

November 2022

Wednesday November 23 - Friday November 25th CLOSED Thanksgiving 

December 2022

Wednesday December 21- Friday December 30th Closed Winter Break

2023

January 2023

Monday January 16th Closed MLK Day 

 

February 2023

Monday February 20th Closed Presidents Day

 

March 2023

Monday through Friday CLOSED March 27 - 31 Spring Break 

 

April 2023

May 2023

Friday May 26th & Monday May 29th Memorial Day holiday 

 

June 2023

June Monday June 26th through Friday June 30th CLOSED Summer Break

July 2023

Monday July 3rd & Tuesday July 4th Closed Independence Day 

August  2023

Wednesday August 30th, Thursday 31st Closed In-Service  School Maintenance and repairs

September 2023

Friday September 1st & Monday September 4th CLOSED Labor Day 

October 2023

Monday October 9th CLOSED Indigenous People Day 

November 2023

Wednesday November 22, Thursday 23rd, Friday 24th CLOSED Fall Break

December 2023

Wednesday  December 20, through Friday December 29th CLOSED Winter Break 

January 2024

Monday January 1st CLOSED NYD 

Monday January 15th CLOSED MLK Day 

 

 

CAN I SCHEDULE A SCHOOL VISIT?

Please email to set up an individual tour