Who is eligible to apply for enrollment?
• No affiliation with the center or The Ohio State University is required. However, younger siblings of children currently enrolled at the A. Sophie Rogers School for Early learning will be given priority as well as families living in the Weinland Park neighborhood.
What are your hours?
• The school operates from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, 51 weeks of the year.
What are your tuition rates?
• For your convenience, we’ve made our current tuition rates available. Tuition is paid on a monthly basis, and is due on the first of each month. We offer multiple enrollment pathways and reduced tuition fees which are determined by the partnering agency through which a child is enrolled. Contact SFC_Enrollment@osu.edu or 614.247.7491 for the most up-to-date information.
Do you offer any financial assistance?
• We offer multiple enrollment pathways and reduced tuition fees which are determined by the partnering agency through which a child is enrolled. Contact SFC_Enrollment@osu.edu or 614.247.7491for the most up-to-date information.
How far in advance can/should I apply for my child to attend?
• We encourage families to apply as early as possible through our free online interest list. The child’s name may be added on the interest list any time during pregnancy or after the child is born.
What if I would like to enroll, but you are currently not accepting applications?
• An interest list is maintained for both the preschool and the infant-toddler groups. This list changes frequently based on the priority levels of current applications. When a space becomes available, you will be contacted by our assistant director and/or a case manager.
Are part-time spots available?
• We do not offer part-time spots at this time.
How do I set up a tour to learn more?
• Contact the front desk 614.2477488 and make a reservation. Tours are available the first and third Thursdays of each month at 10:30 a.m.
What is Step Up to Quality?
• Step Up to Quality (SUTQ) is Ohio’s voluntary quality rating program. SUTQ recognizes early care and education programs that provide quality standards to Ohio’s children through several benchmarks. The A. Sophie Rogers School for Early Learning has earned a five star rating, the highest rating in the state of Ohio.
What type of research will be conducted with my child?
• The partnership with the Crane Center for Early Childhood Research and Policy and The Ohio State University provides a setting that encourages research. Examples from past research projects include implementing preschool science curriculum, behavior management strategies, and language interventions. All research conducted at the school must be proposed and approved by the Schoenbaum Family Center Research Advisory Board made up of administration, educators, and researchers. You also have the option to not provide consent for your child to participate in specific research activities.
Can you accommodate my child’s special diet?
• Yes, our chef prepares allergen-free food items for children who require them. All food served conforms to USDA standards and guidelines. Families are not permitted to bring food for children’s consumption with the exception of breast milk.
What happens if my child is sick at school?
• Children who become ill at school will be sent home with a written notice informing families of symptoms and will be cared for by one of our staff in a quiet place and offered a cot to rest on until the family arrives. Families of ill children will be contacted by phone.
How many teachers and students are in a classroom?
Class Size and Teacher/Child Ratios
- The school will not exceed the following state required teacher/child ratios:
1:5 or 2:12 Infants 0-18 months
1:7 Toddlers 18-30 months
1:8 2 1/2-3 year olds
1:12 3 year olds
1:14 4-5 year olds
1:18 School age children
- The program will also not exceed the following state required maximum group sizes:
12 Infants 0-18 months
14 Toddlers 18-30 months
16 2 1/2-3 year olds
24 3 year olds
28 4-5 year olds
36 School age Children
How long does it take to have my child get into the school?
• This varies based on the priority levels of current applications and spaces that are available. An interest list is maintained for both the preschool and the infant-toddler groups. When a space becomes available, you will be contacted by our assistant director and/or a case manager.
How do you ensure the safety of my child?
- Teachers have first aid training and will administer basic first aid treatment, if appropriate.
- Teachers are permitted to only wash and cover abrasions but are not permitted to apply topical creams or ointments.
- If the injury is a medical emergency, first aid would be administered and the emergency squad will be called. Parents/guardians would be contacted immediately. The emergency transportation service determines if the child needs to be transported and to which medical facility. A teacher and/or other school personnel will accompany the child to the hospital and will bring the child’s medical record and emergency forms.
- The center will conduct a monthly fire drill. At the sound of the alarm the children and teachers will immediately leave through the classroom and walk away from the building.
- An emergency fire procedure is posted in each classroom and log of monthly drills is posted in the school.
- Fire alarms and extinguishers are checked monthly to ensure operability.
Response to Tornado Alerts
- An alarm will sound to indicate a tornado warning.
- The children and teachers will move to the basement hall and remain there until the alarm stops indicating the danger is over.
- The tornado safety procedure is posted in each classroom of the center; the school conducts periodic tornado drills.
Response to Threats of Violence
- Teachers will be notified by classroom phone and/or intercom.
- Teachers will follow the procedures outlined by the University.
Evacuation of Building Due to Fire; Weather Conditions; Loss of Power, Heat or Water
- Our emergency evacuation location is The Godman Guild, 303 East 6th Avenue.
- If the Godman Guild is unavailable, our secondary emergency evacuation location is the North Side Pride Center, 248 East 11th Ave.
- Families will be contacted as soon as possible using the emergency Call One System. Arrangements then can be made to come to pick up your child. If a parent cannot be reached, the emergency contacts listed on your child’s emergency form will be called.
- A sign will be posted on the front door of the SFC indicating that we have been evacuated and where we are located.
What is a typical day at the school?
Our staff uses an emergent, child-centered approach to curriculum with intentionally planned experiences and an emphasis on play. Much of the morning and afternoon are free choice activities for the children including creative, sensory, and literacy choices. Daily routines also include circle time, building or outdoor walks, and gross motor play. Each day’s schedule is relaxed, allowing staff to spend time engaged with the children in activities as well as providing them with an opportunity to “breathe” and take as much time as they want with specific activities.
Approximate Daily Schedule for a Preschool Classroom
|7:30-8:00||Arrival in Town Square|
|8:00-9:00||Breakfast and activities in Dining Room and Town Square Children move to classrooms as they are ready|
|10:30-11:30||Project work/ specific planned experiences/ table choices|
|11:30-12:15||Outdoor and/or gross motor room time|
|12:15-12:45|| Family style lunch in the dining room
The preschool classroom stagger lunch times between 11:45am and 12:30 pm. Please check with your child’s teacher for your classroom’s specific lunch time.
|1:00-1:30||Transition to rest time/storytime|
|1:30-3:00|| Rest time
Cots and blankets are provided for each child. Families may provide pillows. During rest time, children may choose to lie quietly or may sleep. In order to facilitate the children’s rest, quiet music will be played and teachers will be available to sit with and talk quietly to the children. After approximately 30 minutes of resting, children who are still awake may be provided quiet activities on their cots such as puzzles, books, or journals. Children who did not sleep may move with a teacher to the Town Square or library to read and play or quietly help set up snack or other activities for the afternoon.
|3:00-4:15||Family style afternoon snack is available|
|4:30-4:45||Clean up time|
|4:45-5:15||Outdoor/ gross motor time|
|5:15-5:30||Departure routines/ children move to library and lobby area|
Approximate Daily Schedule for an Infant-Toddler Classroom
|7:00-10:45||Children are free to choose from a variety of activities including: experiences with symbolic languages (art, music, blocks), literacy, sensory, motor and dramatic play. Children move between experiences at their own rates with adults participating and facilitating rather than directing.|
|8:00-9:00||Family style breakfast is available/ tooth brushing. Breakfast is available for children to eat as they are hungry. Infants eat on their own schedule.|
|10:45-11:00||Clean up time and transition to group time|
|11:00-11:45||Outdoor and/or gross motor room time|
|12:00-12:30||Family style lunch served in the classrooms|
|12:30-2:45||Nap for those who are ready. Infants (under 12 months) sleep on their own schedule throughout the day. Cribs are available for all infants; children transition to small cots at 18 months of age. Blankets will be provided for each child; families may provide pillows for children on cots. In order to facilitate the children’s rest, quiet music will be played and teachers will be available to sit with and talk quietly to the children. Quiet play will be available for children who do not sleep or who wake up early, or they may go on a walk through the building to the library or gross motor room.|
|2:45-4:30||Free choice activities—similar to the morning time. Choices and experiences available are based on the children’s interests and ideas from the morning/previous work.|
|2:45-4:00||Family style afternoon snack is available|
|4:30-4:45||Clean up and transition time|
|4:45-5:15||Outdoor and/or gross motor room time|
|5:15-5:30||Departure routines/ children move to library and lobby area|