F A Q  &  SCHOOL CALENDAR

WHEN CAN I TOUR THE SCHOOL?

Tours are offered on an individual basis.  Please contact us with a call or email and we will find a time to have you visit.

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 PLAY

8:45 am | breakfast, washing up,

               FREE PLAY

10:30 am | Circle, music, movement

11:00        Outdoors

12:00 pm | lunch

                | outdoors

1:15 pm | rest 

3:30 pm | snack

3:30 pm | outdoors

5:30 pm | program closes

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



2020 Closures and Holidays

June Summer Break

Friday June 26- Friday July 3rd

September 

Monday September 7th Labor Day

October 

Monday October 12th Professional Development Day for teachers (complete annual training hours )

November

Thursday, Friday November 26 & 27th Thanksgiving 

December

Monday- Friday  December 21-25

2021 Holidays and Closures 

January 2021

Friday January 1, 2021 Happy New Year! 

Monday January 18, 2021 MLK Observed, school closed 

February 2021

Monday February 15, 2021 President's Day School Closed 


March 2021

Monday - Friday March 22nd-26th Spring Break School Closed

April 

May 

Friday May 28th Professional Dev training for teachers 9:00-5:00 

School Closed for children 


Monday May 31 Memorial Day School Closed


June  & July 

Monday June 28th- Monday July 5th Summer Break School Closed 


August 


September 

Monday September 6th Labor Day School Closed 


October 


November 

Wednesday November 24th Professional Development 9-5 for teachers, School Closed 


Wednesday, Thursday & Friday November 24, 25 & 26 Thanksgiving School Closed 


December 

Monday - Friday December 20th-24th

Winter Break School Closed


Friday December 31st, New Years Holiday School Closed  




CAN I SCHEDULE A SCHOOL VISIT?

Please email to set up an individual tour

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