1. What are you hours?
Our building hours are 7 am to 6 pm.
We are available for Early drop-off anytime before 8 am, and we do have Late-pick up until 6 pm.
2. What times do your programs start?
Our building hours are from 7 am to 6 pm. However our program times are as follows:
Starting for the Fall 2020:
3 yr- 3 hr -Preschool 8:30-12:00, 4 hr-Preschool w/ Lunch 8:30-1:00, and Full day care is 8:30-4:00.
4 yr- 3 hr-Preschool 8:45-12:15, 4 hr-Preschool w/ Lunch 8:45-1:15, and Full day care is 8:45-4:00.
Young 5’s – Full day 8:45 am- 4:00 pm, or 3 hour -1:00 pm-4:00 pm. Lunch is available for this program too, start time is 12:15 for this option. (However, we do recommend full days for this program).
*Early drop-off and Late pick-up are available.
3. Do you have afternoon classes?
Yes we do have afternoon classes available for the 3 and 4 year old program. Times for those programs are as follows: Preschool -1:00 pm-4:00 pm, or Preschool w/ Lunch -11:30 am-4:00 pm.
We also offer a Young 5’s class, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm- Lunch options are available (drop off times are 11:30 am for lunch).
4. What is early drop off or late pickup?
Early Drop-off is if your child needs to be dropped off before the program start time. There is no charge for students to be dropped off 8:00 am or after. If you need before 8:00 am, we charge a $5/day fee for this, unless you are 5 full days then the fee is waved.
Late pick-up is if you need to pick your child up after 5:00 pm. If you need to pick your child up after 5:00 pm, we charge a $5/day fee.
5. Do you have flexible days?
We are very flexible here at Academic Gardens! All of our programs are Monday thru Friday. You can pick whatever days you want, even if your schedule changes you are free to change your child’s schedule at anytime, we ask for a minimum of 24 hrs notice*. We also allow you to add days/early drop-off/late-pickup/lunch, as needed.
(*Unless you are withdrawing from the program in which we will need 1 months notice).
6. Do you have holidays off?
We take 4 weeks off a year; 1 week in June to clean the classrooms and set-up for the summer camp, 1 week in August to clean the classroom and set-up for the Fall, and we take 2 weeks for Holiday break the last week in December and the first week in January.
We also take 5 main holidays off; Friday/Monday of Easter week, Memorial Day, the 4th of July and the day before and after, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and the Friday after.
7. Do you offer make-up days?
YES! If your child is sick, has a doctor’s appt. or your on vacation, we offer make-up days for your child.
*Make-up days are based on availability and teacher approval.
8. When is registration?
We have open enrollment, for all of our programs. However, we do recommend that if you know you need certain days of the week, you turn your registration paperwork in as soon as possible, we register on a first come, first serve basis. We cap our classrooms, and often fill up and have to put children on a waiting list.
9. Do you have any registration fees?
We have a registration fee, at the time of enrollment, and we also hold a Last Week Deposit. Your deposit will be returned or taken off of your last month’s bill, it’s your choice.
10. When is your Open House?
We will host an Open House Monday March 2nd 2020 from 6:00 am to 7:30 pm. Stop on by to check out our school! If you would rather have a personalized tour, please call or email!
11. Do your teachers have degrees?
Yes! Most of our staff members have degrees in Early Childhood Education. For those who do not, they are currently enrolled in an Early Childhood program (in college). We only have one assistant teacher without a degree, however she has been working here for 34 years! All of our teachers maintain 24 clock hours/year of training in Early Childhood Education, this includes CPR/BBP certifications.
12. What is your discipline policy?
We use a POSITIVE reinforcement technique.
The disruptive student(s) will be dealt with like any other situation, first we will try to redirect the student(s) and encouraging good decision making. If this is not successful, the student(s) will be asked to take some time to think about their choices (a “Thinking Break”) Thinking Breaks are not scheduled by time, but instead based off of the child’s emotional levels. Once the student(s) have calmed down and are able to try to communicate their problems, we will then try help them solve the problems. If this doesn’t correct the problems, we will inform the parents at the time of pick-up, and/or a note/email. The parent will have the opportunity to speak with the teacher at this time to discuss solutions or issues. Hopefully this would solve the problem. If not, further discussions with parents, Ms. Tiffany and/or Ms. Bev, will need to take place. Academic Gardens does NOT & will NEVER use “corporal punishment” as a form of discipline.
13. How do I set up a tour of the building?
You can call (734)453-7744 or email us at email@example.com
14. Are you a registered with GSQ, NAEYC, or other Community Associations??
We are registered and 4-Star rated with the Great Start to Quality program. We are members of the Plymouth DDA, and proud members of the National School of Choice!
We are not NAEYC or MiAEYC members. We have decided that the cost associated with NAEYC memberships is an unreasonable expense for our program. This would take thousands of dollars out of our educational resources fund and we would rather put that money towards our students education. However, several of our teachers are members themselves, we use the many resources available to teachers, and we ALL adhere to the code of ethics and professionalism standards held by NAEYC.