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,
10:30 am | Circle, music, movement
12:00 pm | lunch
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
Monday September 7th Labor Day
Monday October 12th Professional Development Day for teachers (complete annual training hours )
Thursday, Friday November 26 & 27th Thanksgiving
Monday- Friday December 21-25
2021 Holidays and Closures
Friday January 1, 2021 Happy New Year!
Monday January 18, 2021 MLK Observed, school closed
Monday February 15, 2021 President's Day School Closed
Monday - Friday March 22nd-26th Spring Break School Closed
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
Monday September 6th Labor Day School Closed
Wednesday November 24th Professional Development 9-5 for teachers, School Closed
Wednesday, Thursday & Friday November 24, 25 & 26 Thanksgiving School Closed
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