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Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do I enroll my child? 

The first step in the enrollment process is a school tour. Please call us at 760-568-6779 to schedule a tour and plan on spending 30-60 minutes with us. You are welcome to bring your child to visit our school with you. The best times to tour the school is between 9-11:30 AM or 3-5 PM. When you are ready to secure your child's spot we require a $400 annual enrollment fee ($150 for additional children in the same family). All enrollment forms, including a physical exam and immunization records, must be complete prior to enrollment. 

2. Do I have to be Jewish to enroll my child? 

We welcome children and families of all religions and backgrounds. 

3. What will my child learn? 

Young children learn when actively interacting with each other and with the environment. We design our environment so that children can build, draw, paint, experiment, investigate, express their ideas, and develop important social emotional skills. Research indicates that there is a link between social and emotional competence and school success. Collaboration, problem solving, conflict resolution, language development, self -help skills, following directions, engaging in cooperative play, and developing an appreciation for others are the developmental milestones which build the foundation of our learning program. When designing our curriculum we take developmentally appropriate practices into consideration and strive to build a well-rounded program that includes much more than ABCs and 123s. Our children are actively engaged in the learning process and we build our curriculum upon emergent literacy skills, receptive and expressive language, mathematical and numeracy concepts, investigation, discovery, music and movement, physical activity, nutrition, and artistic exploration. Additionally, we weave aspects of Jewish tradition and holidays into our school program. Each Friday morning we attend a Tikvah Shabbat Service at Temple Sinai which includes stories and songs with our Rabbi. 

4. What will my child do all day? 

Children in our learning program spend their day interacting with each other and the environment. Ours is a hands on learning program in which children will explore, investigate, create, and work with classroom materials and with each other. Children will develop receptive and expressive language skills through storytelling, songs, rhymes, and music. They will learn critical problem solving skills by working with puzzles, blocks, games, and other manipulative materials. Children will express their creativity through painting, building, drawing, and other forms of media. Emergent literacy will develop through reading and dictating stories, rhymes, songs, and music. Mathematical concepts will be developed through patterning, sorting, classifying, and exploring shapes and numeracy. Children will spend plenty of time outdoors in our outdoor classroom which is an extension of our indoor environment. Outdoors they can engage in physical activities such as riding trykes, throwing balls, and climbing on our play structure as well as play in the sandbox, paint, garden, build with blocks, draw, or read a book. They will gain confidence by being given the opportunity to participate in activities that are challenging and meaningful and will gain social emotional intelligence by being actively involved in the problem solving process. While children in our program will learn concepts such as letters and numbers, our goal is for them to learn so much more and for them to become well rounded children. 

5. How do you discipline children? 

Young children are just learning how to be part of a group, and it is up to the adults who care for them to help them learn acceptable ways to get along with others. The overall guidance policy at Tikvah Preschool is aimed at helping children learn to develop internal behavior controls. Our role is to guide children in achieving mastery of these concepts. We use proactive measures when dealing with conflict by making every effort to prevent and minimize problems by arranging the environment to meet the developmental and individual needs of the children. We strive to develop age appropriate inner controls and empathy for others and encourage and assist children in using language to express their thoughts and wishes. Additionally, we structure our environment to encourage the core values of peace, respect, love, responsibility, and cooperation. When conflict arises we rely upon conflict resolution. 

6. Will my child be safe? 

We focus on protection and preparedness in everything we do. Our facility is a secure environment which is accessed through a keypad entry system. Further safety measures include a sign in and out system for parents and caregivers, and a strict release policy. Additionally, we recognize that one of the most important measures that we can take to keep your child safe is visual supervision. We have many measures in place to ensure that children are visually supervised at all times whether on the playground, in the restroom, or while participating in classroom activities. We minimize the risk of the spread of disease by practicing frequent hand washing and have a health policy which requires parents to keep sick children at home and to pick up their child if he/she becomes sick during the day. Clean play areas and safe playground equipment are just as important to us as the CPR and first aid training we require for our teachers and the security procedures we enforce. We build emotional security through strong relationships and by fostering the development of social emotional intelligence. You will have confidence that your child is cared for in a secure, nurturing environment. 

7. What other things do you offer? 

We offer a family like atmosphere and many school events throughout the year to help families get to know one another. Some of those events include family pot luck dinners, a Hanukkah party, a weekend family trip to the Living Desert, Family Shabbat Services, an annual Fundraising Gala, and an end of the school year party. We welcome parent participation in all aspects of our program. We strive to build relationships with our children and with the families we serve.