These are typical questions gathered from initial parent conversations over the course of many years. We hope you will find them helpful.
What are your hours of operation?
While school is in session September – May, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
What ages do you provide classes for?
15 months (by Aug. 31) – 5 yrs.
If we are not Methodist, can our child attend?
We welcome students from diverse backgrounds and all religious beliefs. Each of our students is a child of God and worthy of love, dignity, and respect. The diversity of our school population enriches the fabric of our program.
Is it difficult to get into your program?
In the past that has certainly been the case. In more recent years most interested new families can usually secure a spot, especially if they register the first day of open registration.
Is there a curriculum?
Yes, our theme related curriculum is fun, stimulating, and promotes exploration and discovery. It is aligned with Kansas Early Leaning Standards.
What are your teacher qualifications?
All preschool teachers have an education related degree. 75% of our staff have bachelors or masters degrees, and the remainder has years of experience in working with young children and strong credentials.
Does my child have to be potty trained?
All preschool students must be potty trained.
CDO students do not need to be potty trained.
Do you provide playground time?
Yes! We provide daily opportunities for large motor play on our beautiful outdoor playground, and indoors in our large multi-purpose room. Rain or shine, children can channel their natural energy in positive ways including riding toys, climbing equipment, dramatic play, sand and water play.
Do you have music classes?
CDO children enjoy music and movement daily with their classroom teachers. Preschool students have music and movement classes with our music instructor in their own music room. Preschoolers perform several songfests for their parents during each school year.
Are there any special programs throughout the year?
Yes! We have a Preschool Carnival/Open House in the fall and our Awesome Art Show/Book Fair every Spring. We have added a Daddy-Daughter Dance in the spring, and we are looking forward to our first Mommy-Son Hoe-Down (cowboy-themed dance party!) All of these events are great ways to meet other families in the LUMC Preschool and connect with own children in a fun way.
Are you a peanut-free program?
No, we are not a peanut-free school, but we do have designated peanut free classrooms.
Do you have accommodations and protocols in place for children with food allergies?
Yes. We have vast experience in dealing with food allergies. Talk to the director, Ms. Lori, for more specific details.
My child still naps – won’t an afternoon session be difficult?
Our AM sessions are always the first to fill up. Some parents struggle to embrace afternoon preschool. However, our experience has shown that most children adapt well to an afternoon class two or three days a week with catch-up naps on the other days of the week if needed. Preschoolers in our PM classes avoid that “hurry to get out the door” morning stress.
I’m concerned about my position on the waitlist – will I get in?
We use a waitlist because it is the fairest way to keep track of enrollment.
We typically find that we are able to place everyone who wishes to enroll.
Do you still have more questions? If so, please email Lori firstname.lastname@example.org