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Questions and Answers about our Kindergarteners Program

Is Poko Loko Licensed?

Yes. All Poko Loko Early Learning Centers are fully licensed and have been since their inception in 1965.

Does Poko Loko accept part-time Kindergarteners?

Yes. Children from 15 months through Kindergarten can be either full-time or part-time; part-time enrollment includes part-time by whole day or by morning only. If Kindergarteners are part-time, they should come at least every morning so that they are present for the Kindergarten program. Whole day hours include any time between 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., while mornings include any time between 6:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Morning hours include our Kindergarten program and meals including lunch. Please ask our directors what days are available.

Is the staff qualified and educated?

Yes. To be a teacher, one must have at least two years of college and six credits of early childhood education. To be a teacher’s aide, one must have at least a high school diploma. All of our teachers and aides meet or exceed these requirements. In addition to education, a very important qualification is experience. Our staff is very experienced, and we have very low turnover.

How does Poko Loko prepare for an emergency?

Poko Loko administers a monthly fire drill during which the entire school is evacuated. We also run two tornado drills a year. These drills are performed in order to prepare both our staff and our children for an emergency. In addition, our center is linked to the fire department so if an alarm goes off, the fire department is immediately notified and deployed.

What does Poko Loko do in case of an emergency?

We immediately call 911, perform necessary 1st aid/CPR, and comfort the child. Then we call the parents to let them know about the situation. When emergency help arrives, we follow their instructions.

What are Poko Loko’s ratios?

Our ratio for five year olds is one teacher per twenty children, although generally the class has fewer children than this and an assistant teacher.

How will Poko Loko transition my child as she grows up?

Periodically throughout the year children will move up to an older room. The children are usually eager for this move because they are going to a new room that is stimulating and exciting. Their curriculum is getting more challenging, and they will be encouraged to learn and try new things. To help with this change, Poko Loko will let the child visit the new room before she moves. Parents will also be informed of this move and will be asked to sign a Transition form.

Where do Kindergarteners sleep at naptime?

Our children take their naps on cots. Each child has his own cot with a blanket and sheet that is washed at least once a week. If two part-time children share a cot, the linens and cot are washed between uses.

Does Poko Loko provide daily information sheets to parents?

Our children ages two and up do not go home with information sheets about their individual days. Parents are encouraged to talk to their child’s teacher about their child’s day. If there is a special concern such as potty training, parents should consult with the teacher about any information they would like to have tracked during the day.

Will my Kindergartener have a set schedule?

Yes. Our Kindergarten class follows a stimulating and well organized program every morning from 9:00 a.m. until 11:40 a.m.
The children also create an art project every day. In the afternoon, there is structured play during which the children can choose what they would like to do. During the day the children eat breakfast, two snacks, and lunch together, and they all nap at the same time.
Every month the parents receive the curriculum that their child’s class is following. The curriculum includes the special subjects the children are learning about and any special projects they will complete as well as our special songs, books, and activities.

What activities will my child do?

Every morning the children have their preschool activities; these include story time, circle time, music time, etc. Each child also completes a project; the projects include finger painting, easel painting, bingo markers, coloring, etc. The parents receive a copy of our monthly curriculum that indicates our special themes, songs, books, and any special activities. Throughout the day, the children have structured play times; activities during these times include playing with small manipulatives, large manipulatives, dramatic play, reading books, etc.

What will my child eat?

Poko Loko provides a hot and nutritious breakfast prepared by our chef for children who are at the center by 8:00 a.m. The children are fed a snack at about 10:00 a.m. and then again after naptime. Snacks may include fresh fruit, yogurt, cheese and crackers, etc., and milk or juice. Children are served a hot, nutritious, delicious lunch every day. Parents may take a copy of our monthly menu to see what we are serving. Please let your child’s teacher know if there is anything your child cannot have.

What do I need to provide for my Kindergartener?

Please leave a weather-appropriate outfit at the center in case we have to change your child for any reason. If your child has a special blanket that comforts him at naptime, please feel free to leave that with us also. Please label your child’s clothes and special articles with his name.

Can I visit whenever I want?

Poko Loko has an open door policy with parents; parents are welcome at any time. We just ask that parents keep their child’s comfort in mind. A fifteen-minute visit with Mommy or Daddy is wonderful, but often our younger children naturally think that when Mom or Dad comes, this means they are going home. Please try to consider if this situation would be difficult for your little one; as stated above, parents are welcome to visit at any time. Parents can also call to check on their child at any time. If you need to pick up your child in the middle of the day for a doctor’s appointment or even for lunch with your coworkers, please just let us know beforehand so that we may have her ready.

Will my Kindergartener get to go outside?

Yes, we have areas for all of our children to play outside. We ask that you leave your child with appropriate outerwear (including hat and gloves if needed) so that he is comfortable while outside. During the summer months, you will be asked to leave a swimsuit or an extra set of clothes so that your child can participate in water play. In the winter months we ask that they have appropriate clothing so that the children can play about in the snow.

What happens when my child is sick?

A child must stay home if he has a temperature of 101ºF or above, has diarrhea, is vomiting, or has an undiagnosed rash. He must also remain at home if he has been diagnosed with something contagious (chicken pox, conjunctivitis, etc.). The child may return when he has been fever or vomiting free for 24 hours or when he is no longer contagious. If he has conjunctivitis, he may return when he has been on the prescribed eye drops for 24 hours. When we have a report that a child has something that is contagious, we will send a note home to the children in his class. Please remember to keep your child home when sick; this will prevent another child from getting it, which then might prevent your child from getting it again. Please also remember how you feel when you are sick; it is very hard on a young one when he has to put in a full day’s “work” and he is not feeling well.

What if my child needs medicine?

If your child is on an antibiotic or another medicine and one of the doses has to be given during the school day, please inform your child’s director and teacher. You will be asked to complete a short medicine form indicating the dosage and time the medicine should be administered. All medicine must be in the original prescription bottle or in the original over the counter bottle. Please take any medicine home as soon as your child no longer needs it.

What if my child has an allergy?

Parents are asked to keep us informed about any allergies that appear. We will then post a sign with the child’s picture on it in his classroom so that caregivers are constantly reminded of this allergy.

Does my child need immunizations?

Every parent is asked to keep their child’s immunizations, exams, and tests up to date; we require that parents provide us with a current medical form completed by a doctor and keep us informed (in writing) of any updates. If a child is not able to receive any immunizations at the required age (due to illness, etc.), we ask that the parents get a note from the doctor indicating at what age the child will get them. We appreciate the cooperation of all of our families in this matter. Please remember that our first concern is for the health and safety of all of our children.

Does Poko Loko accept State Aid from families in need?

There are state agencies that offer financial help to families that meet their requirements. We will help parents complete any paperwork that is needed to apply. When a family is approved by the agency, we accept the payment from the organization. The parents are then responsible for the difference between our tuition and the amount that the agency pays. Please talk to one of our directors if you have any questions.

What does Poko Loko do for security?

Poko Loko will only release a child to the child’s parents or someone that the parents have named as an approved pick-up person. These people must be included on the registration form, and we ask that the parents inform us when these people will come. Whenever we do not know or recognize someone, we will ask to see a picture ID. Please understand that we are doing this for your child’s safety. In addition to this, the entrance doors are locked and have a number-coded entry pad. The parents are given the code when their child starts with us. All of Poko Loko’s teachers and employees have been fingerprinted and have had background checks done.