Frequently Asked Questions
- What are the ages of the children you serve?
- Does my child have to be potty-trained?
- I know you are a full day preschool but does my child have to stay all day?
- Does my child have to attend a minimum number of days?
- Does the Center ever close for snow/weather-related emergencies?
- If the Center has a weather-related closing, are families charged for that day?
- How often are openings available?
- Once I go on the waiting list, how long will it be before I get on a roster?
- How many children are served in each room?
- Tell me about the curriculum?
- Is lunch included in the price?
- What if my child is a picky eater, can they bring their lunch?
- Is the facility handicapped accessible?
What are the ages of the children you serve?
We are a licensed full day preschool program serving children ages 16 months to 5 years old in mixed age classroom; a "best practice" supported by research.
Does my child have to be potty-trained?
Being potty trained is NOT a requirement for our toddler classroom (ages 18 months-5 years). However, being fully potty trained is a requirement for our preschool classes (ages 3-5).
I know you are a full day preschool but does my child have to stay all day?
To benefit from the curriculum a full day is recommended. Parents may pick up earlier that 3:00; however, the full day rate applies regardless of the pick-up time.
Does my child have to attend a minimum number of days?
The Children's Learning Center is a preschool not a drop-in center. Children can attend a minimum of 2 days up to 5 days a week with the days spaced M/W/F or T/Th if possible, however, every attempt is made to accommodate the family's work/school schedule in our mission to serve children and families.
Does the Center ever close for snow/weather-related emergencies?
The center closes only if the university closes, allowing us to accommodate SSU students required to be in class and parents required to be at jobs. Closings are posted on the SSU web-site as well as announced on WPAY and WNXT.
If the Center has a weather-related closing, are families charged for that day?
Because are contracted for that day and the closing wasn't planned or predictable, there is no refund for weather-related closings, however, holidays are "no charge" days and defined as such on the contract.
How often are openings available?
Spaces are filled from the waiting list as they become available, therefore it is a good idea to plan ahead and complete the application process 6 months to one year ahead of the anticipated admission date.
Once I go on the waiting list, how long will it be before I get on a roster?
The enrollment is smallest in the summer months, making that a perfect time to enroll new children. Approximately 40 children leave the CLC ready for kindergarten in May so our greatest influx of children is summer and fall. Because of schedule changes and graduations each semester, there is always some movement in the schedule but once the academic year begins, the changes are minimal with little flexibility on filling special requests for given days. Flexibility is a key factor in moving from the waiting list to a class roster.
How many children are served in each room?
Ohio licensing would allow us to serve 24 children in each classroom with 2 adults, a teacher and teaching assistant. Because we are a nationally accredited center, it is our goal to serve no more than 20 in a classroom.
Tell me about the curriculum?
The center strives to be a model of Developmentally Appropriate Practices. Guidelines established by the National Association for the Education of Young Children are followed. At the CLC we believe that children learn primarily through active play while exploring and interacting with their environments. That belief is based on sound research by leading theorists such as Jean Piaget, Lev Vygotski, Maria Montessori, Erick Erikson, and the acclaimed early childhood movement from Reggio Emilia, Italy. Lesson plans are developed using the Ohio Department of Education Early Learning Content Standards. Further information is available under Curriculum/Programs on the navigation bar.
Is lunch included in the price?
The daily rate includes breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack.
What if my child is a picky eater, can they bring their lunch?
Socialization and exposure to new things are goals of any preschool program. The CLC participates in the federal food service program and balanced meals providing 1/3 of the minimum required daily nutrition is served each day. Children are not permitted to bring their lunch unless there is medical documentation supporting that need. Special diets/food allergies are accommodated.
Is the facility handicapped accessible?
The facility was built in 1999 and is fully handicapped accessible. If a child has a known disability and an IEP, a team meeting must be held with school district officials prior to enrollment. If a disability is suspected once a child is enrolled, referrals are made to the proper agencies to secure the needed supports and serve the child in the least restrictive and most appropriate environment.