Frequently Asked Questions (with answers!)
How old does my child need to be?
St John Preschool & Childcare Center is open to children ages 3 - 5 years old during the academic year and ages 3 – 8 during our Summer Childcare Program.
For preschool, age requirements are as follows: •For our TTH preschool classes and MWF PM class, children must be 3 by September 15 and fully potty trained upon entering our program. •For our MWF AM class for 4/5-year-olds and our M-F classes for 4/5-year-olds, children must be 4 by September 15 or 5 years of age. •For childcare, your child must be at least 3 years old and fully potty-trained to be in our childcare program.
How often does the preschool meet?
2, 3, or 5 days per week depending on the class. The preschool is split into two age groups: Children ages three years old, planning to attend kindergarten in 2-3 years, can meet two or three times per week -- on Tuesdays and Thursdays, morning or afternoon, or Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoon. The TTH classes are capped and the MWF PM class for 3s is capped with an enrollment of 14 children. Children who are ages four to five years old may meet on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings, or may choose our Monday through Friday class, mornings or afternoons. Each class for this age group has 20 children. All morning classes meet from 9:00 to 11:30 and all afternoon classes meet from 1:00 to 3:30.
What is the Cost of Tuition?
Tuition is determined in three ways: Preschool Only, Preschool with Childcare, or Childcare Only. Please see our cost page for the breakdown.
Is financial aid available?
We do accept Child Care Assistance through the Iowa Department of Human Services for income qualified families.
Is this program licensed?
Yes. The Iowa Department of Human Services does an annual review for relicensing.
How many teachers work in the preschool?
There are two certified teachers currently working in the preschool. Each teacher also has an associate who works with them.
What kind of training do the teachers have to protect our children?
Teachers and associates are all CPR trained in infant, child and adult procedures. They are also trained in First Aid and preventing the spread of blood borne pathogens. St. John Preschool & Childcare Center staff are mandatory child abuse reporters and have training in this as well. Lastly, all St. John PCC Staff are required to complete the 12-hour Essentials Child Care Preservice Series, which provides information for creating safe and healthy early childhood environments.
What is your discipline policy?
Discipline is by definition about teaching. Our goal at St. John Preschool & Childcare Center is to equip children with strategies to solve problems in an appropriate manner. We facilitate communication between children to solve problems. Occasionally we ask children to take a break away from the group to collect themselves before they attempt to work out a problem.
What do you teach the children?
We use The Creative Curriculum (click here for a pdf overview) as the foundation for our curriculum in both the preschool and childcare. We employ theme-based units in addition to projects and studies that are child-directed and stem from the children’s interests. All units or projects are of high interest to children, some of which include Christmas, Easter, and All About Me. There is an overall emphasis on socialization, independence, interdependence, and problem solving.
Do children memorize the alphabet and numbers?
Children are exposed to pre-reading and pre-math skills in a play-based environment. There are many opportunities to count, sort and match, and discover patterns, as well as exposure to names of letters and numbers within the context of meaningful experiences. We focus on independence, learning how to enter a group of playing children and exit that group, being a problem solver, and a good friend.
How is faith a part of the preschool and childcare program?
We are all learning and growing in our faith. Prayer, discussions, and worship in an age appropriate manner are ways we help children know that God loves them. Children hear Bible stories and sing Christian songs that are integrated into the regular curriculum. Most importantly, we try to model Jesus’s love each and every day and talk regularly about how to be kind, thoughtful, and generous.
Do you take the children to church?
We hold "Children's Church" - a worship service tailored to the children's age - twice per month. Children's Church includes a Bible story, songs and a prayer.
How is the preschool and childcare center connected with the church?
Everything we do is under the umbrella of the church offering ministry to the community.
Do we have to be Lutheran or members of St. John?
This preschool and childcare center is open to all who wish a Christian preschool education for their child. You do not need to be a member of St. John Lutheran Church to attend our program.
Are there opportunities for parental involvement in the classroom?
Yes! Parents are invited and encouraged to be involved in a variety of ways. Parents are asked to fill out a volunteer sheet at orientation. We encourage parental involvement as this sends a message to children that school is important. Parents provide opportunities to enrich our program that otherwise may not be possible.