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Please scroll down to see FAQ’s for the Extended Day Program
My family is Reform/Conservative/Observant/Not observant – will we feel comfortable at IJP?
Yes! IJP is a warm, inclusive environment. We are proud of our diverse background of families. We have been successful at creating an environment that is true to our mission of community, caring and respect.
What are the school hours?
The basic school day is from 9:00am – 1:00pm. We have an enrichment program that goes from 1:00 – 2:30pm as well as an optional early drop off (8:30am) and after care (until 3:00pm). Beginning August 2014 we will be expanding to include full hours – “Extended Day” – from 7:30am – 6:00pm.
Tell me about lunch and snacks
Lunches and snack come from home. Some of the children keep Kosher, some do not, so we don’t share lunch with our friends. Each family provides fruit and vegetable snack for the whole school for one or two weeks of the school year. This ensures fresh fruit or veggies each day for the children. It is easy and we will give you ideas of quantities.
What is the tuition?
Are scholarships available?
Scholarships and partial scholarships are available as long as there are funds in our scholarship account. Additionally, for children 4 years or older on September 1st of the current school year we are able to draw funds from the Georgia SSO program. We ask the parents for help in raising these funds. Learn more about this program at www.apogee123.org.
Is the school licensed?
Yes. Our school is licensed by Bright From the Start, Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning. We are also accredited by the Georgia Accrediting Commission, Inc. Our teachers also have CPR and First Aid training. We are in the process of changing our licensing status from “Group Day Care Home” to “Child Care Learning Center”. This is to ensure we are correctly licensed for our Extended Day Program.
What is the teacher to student ratio? How many teachers and students are in each class?
We have higher teacher to student ratios then is expected of our school from either the Bright from the Start or the GA Accrediting Commission. This means there are more teachers and fewer students then required.
What degrees do the teachers have?
All of our teachers have more than ten years teaching experience and have teaching degrees in varying levels from bachelors to masters. Additionally, our teachers are CPR/First Aid Certified and are trained in emergency safety protocol that our school follows very carefully.
What special activities are offered at IJP?
Playball, music, Shabbat and holiday parties, afterschool enrichment including drama, art and ballet.
What is a typical day at IJP?
There is nothing typical about a day at IJP! Each class has a different tempo and the teachers are very in tune with the needs of the children. The children have a long morning hour of work activities, all addressing the skills of early childhood, like math, science, pre-writing, literacy, art, fine motor, sensory and more. Children have outdoor time each day – weather permitting. There is a small and large circle time which includes songs, movement and storytelling. There is snack, lunch, and dramatic play with blocks, dress up, kitchen and more.
Is there a summer program at IJP?
Yes! IJP offers two weeks of Mini-Camp generally the first two weeks of June. Then we partner with Camp Gan Israel to offer 5-6 weeks of Kiddie Camp where the quality and spirit of IJP is offered on our campus.
Can parents be involved?
Yes! IJP is a warm, inclusive environment. We are proud of our diverse background of families. We have been successful at creating an environment that is true to our mission of community, caring and respect. We have an active PTO and encourage parents to participate in being a class parent, participating in facilitating school wide events like Thanksgiving, Chanukah parties and our annual Big Event.
IJP Extended Day Care FAQ’s
What does the Extended Day program at IJP offer?
IJP provides core hours and extended hours for children ages 12 months – 5 years. The entire program is based on developmentally appropriate best practices. The extended day hours will provide the children with the opportunity to further their exploration and discoveries in a comfortable, nurturing and loving environment with individualized attention.
Will my child continue to receive the same quality from IJP core day in the Extended Day program?
Yes! At IJP we believe every moment in a child’s life is a teachable moment. The Extended Day program will be an extension of the preschool. In addition to the core day the extended day hours provides professional and qualified early childhood educators. The extended hours will have structure and routine and continue to support children in experiential and intentional learning. Teachers from the preschool core day (9:00-1:00) will carry over into the day care hours.
What are the benefits to registering for the 12 month program vs. the 10 month program?
For a parent working 12 months of the year this is a no fuss no hassle option. Parents are able to register one time and set up a payment plan for the entire year. At the beginning of each school year in August parents can reregister for the entire year or change to a 10 month program. Registering for a 12 month program provides parents with child care throughout the year including holidays and the summer program at a discounted rate. A child who is registered for extended day hours for 10 months will receive the extended day days. A child registered for 12 months will receive the extended day summer package as well. Click here for the Extended Day Calendar.
Yes! In order to meet the needs of our parents we provide two options for preschool parents to register for the Extended Day program based on availability. A parent can register one extended day at a time or purchase a package to be used throughout the school year. Click here for Extended Day package options.
How will the summer and holiday day care program operate?
During Federal Holidays, Preschool vacation days and summer camp, IJP Extended Day will be open. Children thrive on consistency and continuity. IJP Extended Day teachers will provide an exciting and structured learning environment where children’s growth and development is nurtured. Children enrolled in the Extended Day program while Camp Gan Israel Day Camp is in session will continue in an extended day program and Camp will operate as the core day program.
Will the Extended Day program close early for Shabbat and Jewish Holidays?
There will be a 5:00 closing on Fridays and on the eve of Jewish Holidays
Will Extended Day be closed on major Jewish Holidays?
We will be closed on the following Jewish Holidays; both days of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, first two and last two days of Sukkot, the entire Passover and the two days of Shavout. Click here for a tentative calendar.
What is the Extended Day schedule? (ie. Will my child nap? Will my child have snack?)
A predictable routine allows children to feel safe, and to develop a sense of mastery in handling their lives. At IJP we provide children with a flexible schedule. This provides children with the security to know what to expect in his/her day in addition to learning coping skills to be flexible when change occurs. Children who are 1 and 2 years old will join together for a nap afternoon program and children 3 and 4 years old will join together for a rest time afternoon program. Nap time is for 1-2 hours depending on the needs of the children. Rest time is for 30 minutes where children enjoy a down time to read books and reenergize his/her body. Snack will be provided for all afternoon children. Click here for a sample daily schedule.