Little Lukes provides high quality childcare and recognizes the need to provide families with additional, educational information. Please take a moment to review our Frequently Asked Questions, or choose from a selection below.
Is this an academic based program?
Our program includes reading, math, science, and writing. Your child's early education is the foundation for future success and life long skills.
Will my child be challenged?
We recognize that not all children develop at the same rate. For that reason, we implement programs to accommodate the variety and diversity of each individual. Our programs challenge each child through interaction, activities, and various materials to meet your child's needs.
What are the teacher's qualifications?
Your child's teacher will meet all of the qualifications required by New York State. Little Lukes teachers education includes:
- An Associates degree in Early Childhood child development or related field.
- Child Development Associate credential or 9 college credits in Early Childhood, Child Development or a related field AND 2 years experience related caring caring for children.
- High School Diploma or it's equivalent AND 2 years direct experience working with children.
For more information about our certified teachers click here
What will my child do during the day?
Your child will participate in a wide variety of well-planned, developmentally appropriate activities. For example, a typical day will include an art experience, time to work with puzzles or toys that will encourage fine motor development, music activities, outdoor games and play to encourage gross motor development, science experiments, and story time. Your child will also have designated time for quiet activities, and free play. The teacher will provide guidance and support during these activities to encourage normal development. We also focus on helping your child form friendships and develop a healthy and happy self-image through socialization, personal awareness and communication skills. To view a sample program schedule click here.
What will it cost? What does my weekly fee include? How often does the fee change?
Weekly fees usually include meals, snacks, and the materials used by the children during the day. Additional fees might be charged for special programs or field trips. Fees typically are adjusted on a yearly basis. For specifics on the fee schedule, click here, as it varies depending on age and number of days enrolled.
Does my child have to eat the lunch and snack that you provide or can he/she bring in her own?
We discourage children bringing their own because we provide nutritious, well-balanced, lunches and snacks. We encourage children to try a taste of each food unless they are allergic to the food. We never force children to eat and we never use food as a reward or punishment. Sometimes, for a variety of reasons (no appetite, illness, etc.) children are not hungry and we respect this.
How do you safely administer medication?
We require authorization from the parent and physician (prescription label serves as this on prescription drugs). A medicine log is kept and only designated individuals can administer medication.
What are your Staffing Ratios for Teacher:Child?
Preschool classrooms including children ages 3-5 can range from 1:7 to 1:9.
School age can range from 1:10 to 1:15 depending on the age of the children.
How do you Approach Potty Training?
There is no age requirement for children to be potty trained. We recognize all children develop at a different pace. When both parents and teachers see signs of readiness, we will nurture this by working with both you and your child, to achieve a stress-free transition for all. Potty training should be a non-stressful experience as the child transitions from diapers to using the toilet independently. Potty training is not a requirement for preschool attendance.
What is your Napping Policy?
Sleep, rest and quiet times are responsive to individual and group needs. If children are unable to nap, quiet activities are available. Due to childcare regulations, children may not be denied nap.
Infants are placed on their backs to sleep in a crib. Cots are available for other age groups.
How secure is the building?
Each childcare center has a security door with a fingerprint keypad for approved pickup people.
Do you have an open door policy?
Parents are welcome to visit the classroom/center at any time.
What meals are provided?
Breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack are provided.
What days are you closed?
We currently close the childcare center 7 days per year for holidays observed.
Are you open Snow Days?
School age care is available if our home school closes due to weather for the full day. Some school vacation care is also available.
How will this program benefit my child?
We focus on your child's growth and development through positive relationships with peers and teachers and develop a healthy and happy self-image through socialization, personal awareness and communication skills to promote individual success.
What steps are made to ensure my child will be prepared for kindergarten?
We take the responsibility of choosing preschool curriculum very seriously. Our early childhood education program will challenge and educate your child, while our caring teachers support them through their learning processes.