Frequently Asked Questions
Please find below a list of our most frequently asked questions regarding our childcare – preschool. If you have additional questions please feel free to email us using our contact page.
We are located at 7920 2nd St, Turner, Oregon 97392
We are open Monday through Friday from 7:00am to 5:30pm
From Cradle to Crayons Childcare and Preschool Center is a comprehensive preschool center exclusively for kids’ ages 6 weeks to 5 years. We also provide before and after school care for Kindergarten through 5th grades before and after school care.
Infants (6weeks to 2 year olds) – 1 Staff : 4 Infants
Toddlers (2-3 year olds) – 1 Staff : 5 Toddlers
Juniors (3-5 year olds) – 1 Staff : 10 Children
Children in our Nursery and Early Childhood programs nap every day.
Nap time is from 1:00 to 2:30 PM for Pre-K, and until 3:00 PM for Preschool and Junior Pre-K. If your child has outgrown the need for a daily nap, he or she will be required to rest quietly on their mat while the rest of the children sleep.
Yes, a freshly prepared lunch for each child each and every day. We also provide snacks and breakfast for early arrivers!
No. From Cradle to Crayons is a secular school and does not incorporate religion into our curriculum.
We have a diverse community that encompasses many religions and cultures and we endeavor to be sensitive to every family’s beliefs.
Our teachers far surpass the basic licensing and accreditation requirements. There are some who hold their Bachelors or Masters Degree or other advanced degrees and certificates.
Outdoor play is vital for young children, and we spend a significant amount of time outside at Cradle to Crayons.
Many of the developmental tasks that children must achieve — exploring, risk-taking, fine and gross motor development and the absorption of vast amounts of basic knowledge — can be most effectively learned through outdoor play. Children need the opportunity to explore the unknown, the unpredictable, and the adventurous. From venturing off-campus for nature walks to taking advantage of our natural playground, opportunities for wonder and discovery are limitless.
From Cradle to Crayons Childcare Center embrace a philosophy of education that combines a nurturing, inclusive learning environment with an increasingly challenging academic program that addresses the developmental needs of each child.
Our philosophy is developmentally oriented following a strong academic curriculum. Our program provides opportunities for being with other children in a setting conducive to the individual child’s development. We provide meaningful play to strengthen the child’s interests and natural abilities. This builds important foundations for gross and fine motor skills, as well as academic areas such as reading, critical thinking, and problem solving. We provide a warm environment for children where they receive the nurturing and continuous positive reinforcement they need to develop to their fullest potential.
The primary principle among developmental preschools is to promote participation in age-appropriate activities, such as hands-on play, group story-time, and self-expression. Children are encouraged to learn through play. Most developmental schools include academic content. Developmental preschools have philosophies that draw from multiple educational philosophies such as Reggio Emilia, Montessori and Waldorf.
Traditional Montessori programs are entirely child-directed within the learning environment. This method promotes a structured daily routine.
Our school employs a professional cleaning service that does a thorough cleaning of the school at the end of each school day.
The teachers themselves are diligent about sanitizing all surfaces when necessary, including after eating. All toys, playground items and materials are regularly cleaned and replaced as needed.
We take the safety of our campus very seriously. Our school implements a comprehensive security system, including multiple security check points:
- Secured front entry door with unique PIN codes for each authorized individual.
- Only authorized admittance. Unauthorized persons must wait to be assisted by a staff member.
- Immediate photo identification on office staff computers as parents and children enter to verify identity.
- Instant electronic record of your child’s arrival and departure.
- Computerized record of all individuals authorized to pick up your child.
- Security cameras throughout to ensure safety.
- Traditional sign-in and out in classrooms.
We utilize a “positive redirection” approach, in which we re-direct children to make appropriate choices. We encourage children to work together and “use their words” to solve conflicts. We give them key words to help communicate their needs. We do not use “time out”, however, we may occasionally give children a chance to calm down by having them engage in quiet time. We encourage empathy with others.
Prior to your child’s first day, we recommend a scheduled 30-minute parent and child visit to school to become familiar with the teachers and the child’s classroom and playground. Parents are encouraged to remain positive about their child’s new experience and be optimistic about the new transition. It is a good idea to have many conversations about school before the first day. On the first day, parents are encouraged to drop their child off and get the child situated and comfortable. After a few minutes it is important to say good-bye and assure the child that you will be returning later. If needed, during the child’s first few days, a modified schedule may be recommended to ensure a smooth transition.