What are the age requirements to enroll my child in LS?

Children must be 2 years and 6 months to enter the program.

Does my child need to be potty trained to start?

No. Potty training is not a requirement to enroll. Children must be in the process of being potty trained and in pullups. There is an additional $35 monthly charge for potty training assistance.

How large is a class size and what is your staff:student ratio?

LSA strives to have small classes in order to promote the one on one teacher/child interaction that is so important in early childhood development. Our two year old class typically has 15 children to 1 lead teacher and 2 aides. In our other preschool classes, we average about 16 to 18 children to 2 teachers.

What are the hours for the preschool session?

The center is open from 7 am to 6 pm. Preschool hours run from 8:30-3:30 all day or 8:30-12:00 for the morning session and 12-3:30 for the afternoon session. We also offer morning and evening extended care for working parents.

My child does not speak English; is that a problem for your school? How do you handle this?

We have often been amazed by children who do not speak or understand a word of English in September, and are communicating in it quite fluently by the spring! We value having families from other countries and cultures. We also try to be considerate of parents who are still learning English themselves.

Communication with preschool children, even those speaking English, is often done in a nonverbal manner. Children show us by their faces, hands, and other nonverbal cues what they want and need. Our teachers are very sensitive to this type of communication. Children quickly learn English by listening to other children and the teaching, modeling and caring of the teachers.

How are individual academic and social needs met if children need extra help or if they are ready for a more advanced curriculum?

All four classrooms run on the same block schedule and if a teacher identifies that a child needs to join an older or younger class for a particular subject area, this will be coordinated with the other teachers so that each child’s strengths and areas of need are addressed on an individualized basis.

How does your preschool celebrate children’s birthdays?

Each child’s birthday is celebrated as a special day – if you would like to send in a special treat, please talk with your child’s teacher at least one week before the birthday. Remember that some of our children are on special diets and have allergies that we have to plan around. All treats need to be store bought and peanut free.

Are any family events scheduled throughout the year?

Yes, we have a Back to School Family Picnic, Halloween Festivities, Thanksgiving Meal and Holiday Show. We also have classroom parties and events throughout the year that we invite parents and families to. For the current events calendar, click here.

Does LSA encourage parent involvement?

Absolutely! We wouldn’t be the warm, nurturing preschool that we are without the support and involvement of our parents. We have a variety of committees that are all volunteer-driven. Parents are welcome and encouraged to help out in their child’s classroom, help in the office, lead and staff volunteer events for our children such as the Thanksgiving Day Meal, Holiday Show, Mother’s Day Tea, Father’s Day Picnic and School Carnival. We need (and love) involved parents!

How are parents kept informed about their child’s progress?

We take great care to communicate with parents on a daily basis at drop off and pick up times. Daily sheets are sent home each day with pertinent information from the day. The Learning Springs’ staff does two evaluations per year and offers a parent conference each time. Parents are welcome to schedule a teacher meeting any time they want to speak about their child, or any issue in their child’s classroom.