Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have a flexible schedule where we can choose which days/hours our child attends?
We offer morning Preschool 9:00-12:00 as well as childcare from 7:00-6:00. We do offer flexible schedules ranging from two days a week (Tuesday-Thursday), three days a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) and five days a week (Monday-Friday). We are happy to work with families to meet their educational and childcare needs, please contact the office, 410-647-2178 to discuss schedule choices.
What is your student to teacher ratio?
Our student to teacher ratio meets or exceeds MSDE, Maryland EXCELS and state licensing requirements. The ratio depends on which class you are enrolled in, but all classes have at least one Degreed Lead Teacher and a Teacher Assistant. Class sizes vary depending on enrollment, but our unique small group rotations allow for high quality teacher-child interactions.
What qualifications do your teachers have?
All lead teachers have Bachelor Degrees in Early Childhood Education or a related field. All teachers and teacher assistants maintain our high level of quality through yearly continuing education training classes. All teachers are also trained in CPR and First Aide.
Where can I find your tuition rates?
Due to many flexible schedule choices and classes, please call the office for tuition rates.
Does my child need to be potty trained?
Your child does not need to be potty trained to enroll at A Child’s Garden. Our teachers are well-versed in helping with this area of development and will work with you to start or complete the process.
What type of child thrives in your program?
All children typically thrive in our program. Our commitment to meeting each child’s individual needs accommodates many different learning styles and children temperaments. The small group rotation learning environment allows for high quality teacher child interactions to meet all children’s social, emotional and academic needs.
What is your philosophy on discipline?
Discipline means teaching appropriate behavior. Our discipline goals include teaching respect of self, others, and property, self-control, problem solving skills, and understanding feelings (others and own) and how to express them in appropriate ways.
A Child's Garden uses praise and positive reinforcement as their most effective methods of behavioral management of children. When children receive positive, understanding and respectful interaction with adults they develop a healthy self-concept, problem solving abilities and self-regulation skills.
How much recess time do the children have?
A Child’s Garden follows the philosophy of Let’s Move! Childcare. We believe in helping children develop healthy habits for life. When children are physically active on a daily basis, they are more effective learners. Our daily schedule includes multiple times for outdoor play. View sample daily schedules on the Program description pages to see how a typical day looks.
Can you accommodate children with food allergies and asthma?
Yes, we specialize in the care of children with food allergies. We are a peanut/tree nut free facility.
What enrichment classes do you offer?
Our Preschool program includes a weekly Jumpbunch, Sports and Fitness class for kids. Students also have a weekly Spanish class which exposes them to the Spanish language through an age appropriate method and creative curriculum. For our older students (3’s class) we also offer weekly technology time enhancing our curriculum through the use of developmentally appropriate iPad applications to support our curriculum.
Do you offer Pre-K?
Our Pre-K program is offered at our sister school, Wee Lad & Lassie. Please visit their website at www.weeladandlassie.com or contact them at 410-647-2178 for more information.
Our Commitment to Excellence
In 2015, A Child's Garden became one of the only Early Childhood Programs in Anne Arundel County to be awarded the highest rating (check level 5) under the Maryland EXCELS program based upon nationally recognized quality standards and best practices.
In 2005, A Child’s Garden joined the very few independent preschool programs to be accredited by the Maryland Department of Education Early Childhood Accreditation Project. This means our management, staff and curricula meet the highest standards in Maryland.