We staff the center to be one above State ratio; our Infant room is a 1:3 ratio, our Toddler room is 1:4 and our Preschool room is 1:7 for the core learning periods during the day. The reason for our lower ratios is to allow for consistency in our classrooms (if a staff member is out sick, we do not use subs, or have unknown staff in a classroom), as well as with extra staff members in the classroom–the room runs very smoothly and children are given extra attention.
The area school districts have outstanding things to say about our children (parents tell us the wonderful things they say during assessments, or transitions to Kindergarten). We have many parents who are teachers in our program, and they see the amazing benefit of a strong academic program in their children, also. Our program is a very traditional education focus; our children play and have fun with our program, but we are not a play focused center.
Aside from our great child care and early childhood education, In Minnesota, we also provide diapers and wipes, food (breakfast lunch and snack) and formula. LN wants parents to transition to our program with ease and not to worry about bringing supplies. Because of our lower ratios and all inclusive tuition; we do only have full time rates.
Our focus is on positive communication. Kids are kids and throughout the day; just like adults; children have moments of frustration, but all of that is normal. When parents come to pick up, our program is not focused on any difficulties throughout the day, unless they see an obvious change in the child’s behavior, we tell them the positives–“they had a great day” or “they had fun during art time,” etc. If a child is experiencing difficulties in our program, our management team addresses it with the parent and works together to help the parent, child and teaching staff. If an incident happens at LN; a child bumps their head, or gets a scratch, etc, our management also reaches out to the parent to let them know what happened–ensuring the parent gets all of the information. We are rolling out a new Management Software that will allow live updates for parents on their children.