Frequently Asked Questions
What makes Kindergarten Prep so unique?
Kindergarten Prep stands out for many reasons. First, we are the only NAEYC accredited preschool in Allen, TX, which means we are held to the nation’s highest standards for early childhood learning. We also have an academic curriculum that prepares each child for kindergarten in developmentally appropriate ways. Kindergarten Prep has exceptional teachers that are passionate about helping children learn and excel.
Our classrooms are uniquely structured to allow us to use Team Teaching. Rather than having a single teacher work alone or with an assistant teacher, Kindergarten Prep has two qualified teachers in every classroom. This approach gives teachers the opportunity to work as a team to meet the daily teaching objectives and to specialize in their subject matter. One teacher specializes in Language Arts, and the other teacher specializes in Math and Science.
We are also unique because we have incredibly low student to teacher ratios. In our two-year-old classrooms we maintain a 1:6 ratio with a maximum class size of 12 students. In our three-year-old classrooms we maintain a 1:7 ratio with a maximum class size of 14 students. For our Pre-K classrooms we maintain a 1:8 ration with a maximum of 16 students. These low ratios allow for each child to receive more individualized attention to their academics and other areas of growth. The ratios we maintain are less than half of what state licensing allows.
What are the teaching qualifications of your staff?
All of our teachers are required to have degrees in Early Childhood/Education or to be actively working towards one of these degrees. Some teachers have degrees outside these fields, but are required to do coursework in Early Childhood or Education to maintain their employment. To ensure our teacher meet this strict standard, we have a college reimbursement program to help our staff obtain the necessary coursework. Because we value having an educated staff, we also provide extensive training each year for continuing education in the Early Childhood Education field.
Do I need to make an appointment to tour the school?
All inquiries concerning our school are very important to us. In order to ensure that someone is available to give you a tour please call us at 972/396-0099. If you are in the neighborhood and would like to tour our school you are welcome to come anytime between 8am – 5pm.
When does the new School year start?
Kindergarten Prep’s new school year begins the third week in August each year. Due to our prominent reputation of preparing children for kindergarten, many of our clients are ISD schoolteachers. Beginning the third week of August allows them the time they need to set up their classroom and attend their own teacher In-Service trainings.
When does registration start for the upcoming School year?
New family enrollment begins the first full week of February each year. Families who want to enroll for the upcoming fall may register at this time. Registration is done on a first come, first served basis from that point on until all classes are full. Once a class is full, a wait list is created.
Can children enroll after the School year begins?
Yes, if space becomes available. Because our student to teacher ratio is so important to us, new students can only enroll if a current student leaves. Wait lists are maintained and the next person on the wait list is called when an opening is available.
How do you group children for classes?
We create new class groups every August. Children are grouped based on the year they will go to kindergarten. We use the September 1st cutoff date the public schools use to group classes. Your child will need to turn 2 by September 1st in order to be admitted into our two’s program. Your child will need to turn 3 by September 1st in order to be admitted into our three’s program and 4 by September 1st to be in our Pre-K program.
Do children move up to the next class on their birthday?
No, we keep children and teachers together as a class from the middle of August through the first week of June. This not only maintains routine and consistency for optimum learning but also enables relationships between peers and teachers to thrive.
Do children have to be potty-trained to be enrolled?
Children enrolling in our 2 year old program do not have to be potty trained. However, children in the 3’s program must be completely potty-trained in order to be enrolled. (Children may wear a pull-up during nap time if needed.)
Why don’t you accept infants or offer after school programs?
Unlike most child care centers, Kindergarten Prep has a concentrated program serving only 2-5 year olds. This allows Kindergarten Prep to specialize in kindergarten readiness and to focus on the child’s development before they enter the public schools.
Do you offer a summer program?
Yes, but only for three, four and five-year-olds. We offer two types of summer programs: Kindergarten Boot Camp and a traditional Summer Camp program with weekly themes. Kindergarten Boot Camp is available during the summer to those students who are entering kindergarten in the fall. This program helps children maintain their current skills over the summer as well as fill in any gaps they may still have. Our Kindergarten Boot Camp program is available exclusively to currently enrolled families and is not available to the public. Our regular Summer Camp program is for children who will be three-years-old by September 1st. This program has fun educational weekly themes throughout the summer. This program is available to current families and those families who are registered for the upcoming school year.
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Child Care Center
802 South Alma Drive
Allen, TX 75013