Are we a Daycare or Preschool?
We are a Preschool
Do I have to be a member of St. Olaf’s to enroll my child?
Anyone can enroll at St. Olaf Childcare Center. We are a private non-profit center that is an outreach ministry of St. Olaf Lutheran Church.
What are your hours?
Our Preschool is open from 6:30am to 6:00pm, Monday through Friday.
Our Infant Program is open from 7:00am to 6:00pm, Monday through Friday.
We close at 6:00pm sharp! – There is a $2.00 per minute late fee.
What is our Registration fee?
$200.00 Infants ages 3 months through 24 months.
$120.00 Preschoolers ages 2 years through 6 years old.
Our Registration Fee is annual and will also be due if you leave our center and re-enroll.
Do we accept Debit Cards or Credit Cards?
We do not accept Debit Cards, but we do accept Credit Cards. There is a fee of 4% of the amount being paid, added to your payment.
What are our options to pay tuition?
We have 3 options for you to choose from.
Monthly – Due on the 1st of each month.
Bi-Monthly – Half due on the 1st and half due on the 15th.
4 Payments – We divide the monthly total by 4 and each payment is due on the first day your child attends each week.
Can I pick the days of the week for my child to attend?
Yes, if they are the same days each week.
What is the ratio of teachers to children?
Our Infant Program has a ratio of 1 teacher per 4 infants per Licensing Regulations, but our ratio is much better than that. There is always at least 1 extra teacher in the room.
Our Preschool Program has a ratio of 1 teacher per 12 children. We have an aide that does all the changing and potty training. The aid is available to help in the classrooms when not with children in the bathroom.
Do we have a curriculum that we follow?
We have our own basic curriculum that exposes all the children to monthly letters, numbers, shapes, colors, themes and Bible stories. Our teachers have the freedom to teach and enhance this curriculum as they see fit for their individual classrooms.
How much notice do we have to give when we leave?
If you want to withdraw your child from our center, you are financially responsible for a 2 weeks written notice.
Can my child bring their own toys?
Your child may not bring items, toys or money from home. These things cause arguments among the children and some items are small enough to be choking hazards. Exceptions to this are if your child’s teacher has a scheduled share day.
What about lunches?
Do we offer a lunch program?
Your child needs to bring lunch every day. We do not heat up or refrigerate food. We have a lunch program that is available for your child for $5 per lunch. Please TRY to turn in your lunch orders before the first of each month so that we can order accordingly. Of course, same-day lunches are available but last-minute lunches are subject to change from what’s on the menu.
Does my child need anything for naptime?
Your preschool child needs a crib size fitted sheet to cover their nap mat and a small blanket to cover their body. These need to be brought in a zippered backpack or bag. We must be able to completely close it. No pillows allowed. If your child needs to borrow these items because you’ve forgotten, please wash and return our loaners as soon as possible.
What do my kids need to wear and bring with them?
Clothes – Please send your child to school in play clothes. They will get dirty while learning and having fun. Also, your child always needs a spare set of clothes at school, including socks and underwear.
Shoes – No opened toe shoes or sandals are allowed. Socks must always be worn.
Do we have to bring in snacks for the classroom?
We provide all snacks for the children. One in the morning and one in the afternoon if they attend full day. All snacks consist of 2 food groups.
Do we have to do any volunteer work?
We do not have any mandatory volunteer work for our parents. We do ask for parent volunteers for our annual Strawberry Festival Game Booth. This is a 4-day event held over Memorial Day Weekend every year.
Do we prepare them for Kindergarten?
Yes, our Pre-K teachers are very aware of what your child needs to succeed in kindergarten. Of course, we cannot guarantee this because every child is different. We receive lots of great feedback from the local public-school kindergarten teachers.
Do we charge extra for potty-training?
Do they have to be potty-trained before they start?
We do not charge extra for potty-training. It is included in the tuition. They do not need to be potty-trained before they can attend.