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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, when all of our children are over two years old.  When we have younger children our ratios are 16:3

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

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 

February 2024

Monday February 19th CLOSED Presidents Day

 

March 2024

Monday 25- Friday 29 CLOSED Spring Break

 

April 2024

 

May 2024

Friday May 24 + Monday  27th CLOSED Teacher Prof Dev Day & Memorial Day 

June 2024

Wednesday June 19 Closed Junteenth Holiday

July 2024

Thursday July 4th & Friday July 5th Closed Independence Day Holiday

Monday- Friday July 8th - 12th Closed Summer break 

August 2024

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday August 28, 29, 30 Closed In-Service Teacher Work day

September 2024

Monday September 2 CLOSED Labor Day 

October 2024

Monday October 14th CLOSED Indigenous People's Day 

November 2024

Monday 11th CLOSED Veteran's Day 

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 27, 28, 29 CLOSED FALL break 

December 2024 

Monday 23rd - Tuesday 31st CLOSED WINTER break 

January 2025 

Wednesday 1st CLOSED New Year Day 

Monday 20th CLOSED MLK 

February 2025

Monday 17th CLOSED President's Day

 

 

CAN I SCHEDULE A SCHOOL VISIT?

Please email  info@whimsyandwonderpdx.com to set up an individual tour, or call 503-348-7981 if you prefer, we can't wait to meet you! 

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