FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions about our School
 

What ages do you take in your school?
We have one infant/toddler classroom that takes children ages 6 weeks up to the age of 3 years old, and 8 preschool classrooms that take children ages 3 and 4 years old.

How many children and staff are in each classroom?
 
Our infant and toddler classroom has 8 children with 3 teachers.  Our preschool classrooms have 15 children with 2 teachers.

Do the students get to visit the museum?
Yes, the museum studios are an extension of their classrooms and are a part of the student’s curriculum.  Each week, the children have small group lessons in the museum with their teachers, museum educators, and do self-exploration with their class.

What kind of training do the teachers have? 
Our head teachers must have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree, and assistant teachers must have a minimum of an Associate’s degree.  Many of the staff have more than the required minimum degrees.  They also have ongoing continuing education throughout the year in curriculum and classroom management.  Staff also receive CPR, First Aid, and Medication Administration certifications.

Do you serve lunch and snacks? 
 Yes, we have an early morning snack, a morning snack and an afternoon snack.  We do have a pay as you go hot lunch program ($3.00 per lunch) and participate in the summer free lunch meal program.

What are your hours? 
Our school is open Monday-Friday, 6:30am-6:00pm year round.

Do you offer part time care options? 
Unfortunately, no.  Since we are a School Readiness Funded program, there is an attendance requirement of a minimum of 6 hours per day, 5 days a week.

How much does it cost? 
Our infant/toddler classroom is $260 per week for full time care.  Our preschool classrooms range from $8 per week to $190 per week depending on income and family size for full time care.

Do you accept Care4Kids funding or any other kind of daycare subsidy?
 Yes, we accept Care4Kids funding for both our infant/toddler classroom and preschool classrooms.  The preschool classrooms are also subsidized by the state of CT School Readiness Grant, which bases tuition on a sliding fee scale according to gross household income and family size.

Is your program licensed and accredited?
Yes, we are a state licensed program and NAEYC accredited.

Are you affiliated with any other institutions?
We are a division of the Boys & Girls Club of Bristol Family Center.

Do you have a school nurse?
No, we do not have a school nurse on site.  We do have a nurse consultant that visits our program on a weekly basis and is available for questions by phone.

What kind of curriculum do you use? 
We have designed our own curriculum based on our unique environment with our education consultant.  The CT Early Learning and Development Standards (CT-ELDS) are embedded into our curriculum.  We follow the Reggio-Emilia Approach to Early Learning, which focuses on play-based, child-led curriculum using authentic, meaningful, tangible learning experiences for children.

Do you do any kind of assessment on the students in the program? 
We have several developmentally appropriate methods of assessing the children in our program.  These include the CT Preschool Assessment Framework, Devereux Early Childhood Assessment (DECA) for social-emotional resilience, and the Ages and Stages Questionnaire.

Do you have parent teacher conferences?  We hold conferences three times per year, in November, March, and June.

Do the children have to take a nap in your program?  We are required by Office of Early Childhood licensing to provide a “rest time” each day for the children.  They are not required to sleep, but children must relax and rest their bodies during the designated time.

Do the children go on field trips?  The children in our preschool program do have the opportunity to go on fun and educational field trips throughout the year, free of cost to families.  Parents are welcome to chaperone field trips.

Do you offer any incentives for families in your program?
  Each enrolled family receives a free family membership to the museum. We also often have referral incentives for families who refer others to our program.

Do you accept children with special needs?  Yes, we accept children with special needs and will work with outside services such as Birth to Three and the Bristol Board of Education.

Do you have to be a Bristol resident to attend?  No, you no longer have to be a Bristol resident to attend our school. We do however, give priority to Bristol residents and families with children already enrolled in our program.

To schedule a tour or speak with one of our professional staff members, 
call 860-314-1400 or email alexandra.strahowski@imaginenation.org


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