Frequently asked questions
Q: How do I enroll my child in the program?
A: The first step is to call our main office at 626-858-0527 to speak with an enrollment specialist. You may also speed up the process by completing an Express Enrollment. Our programs are in high demand; however, as long as spaces are available, we enroll children throughout the entire year on a first-come, first-served basis. Spaces are limited and are not guaranteed.
Q: Is Options For Learning Full-day Preschool program right for my family?
A: To qualify for Full-day Preschool, families must meet state and/or federal income guidelines and meet requirements to show your family qualifies for full-day care. A few examples of meeting these requirements for full-day care may include employment, attending school/training, being incapacitated or if you are looking for work. If you do not meet state or federal income guidelines, there are a limited number of spaces available for full-cost families. Full-day Preschool offers priority to children who are in foster care or are homeless.
Q: Is this program going to prepare my child for kindergarten?
A: Yes! The teaching staff at Options for Learning Full-day Preschool are highly skilled and trained educators. We believe that each child learns at his or her own rate so we are prepared to help your child gain all the skills necessary to be successful when entering kindergarten. Teachers plan daily lessons to facilitate growth in physical development and health, social and emotional development, creative arts expression, language development, literacy knowledge and skills, logic and reasoning, mathematics, science, and social studies.
Q: What are the program hours?
A: The majority of our classrooms are open from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. A few classes are open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Our program is in operation the entire year, and we only close on federal holidays and a handful of days for staff training. NOTE: our current modified hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. allow for enhanced cleaning and sanitizing protocols.
Q: How much does it cost?
A: Subsidized monthly family fees range from $26 to $592 and are based on family size and average monthly income. The full-cost monthly fee is $1,025. Family fees can be paid online.
Q: Are meals provided for my child?
A: Yes, we provide breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack each day for our children. Meals are provided to all enrolled children at no cost to parents through our participation in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). Our program also makes accommodations for children with special dietary needs.
Q: How long can my child stay in Options for Learning Full-day Preschool?
A: Upon approval, all families are certified for 12-month periods of service and are strongly encouraged to stay in our program until their first day of kindergarten.
Q: My child has special needs, can you help?
A: We welcome children with special needs! Our federally funded programs offer additional resources and services for children with special needs. Our disabilities coordinator will be happy to meet you and your child to see if our full-day program is the appropriate fit for your child’s needs. Please call our main office at 626-858-0527 to speak to an enrollment specialist for more information.
Q: How will you teach and care for my child?
A: Our teachers educate and care for your child using the High Scope curriculum. As described on the High Scope website: “In High Scope programs, there is a consistent framework for the day that provides a balanced variety of experiences and learning opportunities. Children engage in both individual and social play, participate in small- and large-group activities, assist with cleanup, socialize during meals, develop self-care skills, and exercise their small and large muscles.”
Learn more about our curriculum.