To Everything There is a Season

This blog was going to be all about the fantastic garden we have at Kid Works.  The garden is always in various stages of presentability, never being picture-perfect because the plants are doing their own thing at their own time. Here at the end of August some of it is looking pretty raggedy, while other parts are bursting with flavorful…

I’m Not Going to Change My Mind

This statement is used effectively by one of our teachers https://www.kidworkschildrenscenter.com/team/lisa-escobar/ and has caught on with the others.  Maybe it will with you too!  It is concise because it pierces like a laser to stop negotiations and frustration between adult and child.   When do teachers say it?  Why is it effective? Scene 3-year-old Suzy is changing into dry clothes after messy,…

New Year, New Resolutions

Resolutions… It’s that time of year! The first few days of a new year are always so full of hope. The closing of an old year makes it fitting to leave behind bad habits and lazy ways. The new days ahead have so much potential! Do you make new year’s resolutions? I do, even knowing I will fail in keeping…

Five Tips for Preschool Parents

Welcome to Kid Works 2018-19! Whether your child has been in child care from infancy or this is your first experience as a preschool parent, here are five tips for preschool parents to getting a positive start on the new school year. 1. Early bedtime! Children need at least 10 hours of sleep a night for healthy social, emotional, physical and…

Naps. The Most Important Part of a Child’s Day at School?

A published study by the National Academy of Sciences provides evidence that daytime sleep is critical for effective learning in young children http://www.pnas.org/content/110/43/17267. The big take-away from the study is that the researchers “show evidence that classroom naps support learning in preschool children by enhancing memories acquired earlier in the day compared with equivalent intervals spent awake. This nap benefit…

Strawberry Fields Forever!

Strawberry Fields was a place in Liverpool, well-loved by John Lennon where he said he “always had fun.”  The strawberry fields at Tanaka Farms in Irvine are well-loved by Kid Works, where we always have fun as a school family. But fun is fleeting. We ascribe more value to our time spent at Tanaka Farms than just a fun way…

Welcome to Parent Works!

Your thriving preschoolers are at Kid Works where they “play with a purpose”. Welcome to Parent Works! Parent Works is a new blog to help us “parent with a purpose”. We all know that children don’t raise themselves. Children need parents who know what they’re doing and why. They need parents who have a plan. And, they need parents who…

2020/2021 Program with COVID-19 Protocols

Fall Session Dates:
September 9, 2020 to June 11, 2021

Hours of Operation:
Monday to Thursday: 8 AM – 4 PM
Friday: 8 AM – 12:30 PM

Tuition: $1497/month

Some of the considerations that informed this decision include:

  1. Class size: Maintaining the limit of 10 children per class, with the Bungalow (for ages 4.5+) limited to fewer children since the classroom is smaller than the other two classrooms.
  2. Dedicated teachers: Teachers will remain with their cohort for the duration of the school day to minimize other staff having to step in.
  3. Smaller teacher to student ratio: With smaller group sizes, children can expect more opportunities for one-on-one work with a teacher. The ratio will be 1:5 in the Garden and Sun Rooms, and will be 1:7 in the Bungalow.
  4. Accommodating our full-day families: Most of our families need a full-day schedule so offering a longer school day would work for the majority of families.
  5. Weekly staff meeting: We will have a shorter school day on Fridays so our staff can meet to connect over school news and curriculum planning. We plan to conduct socially-distanced staff meetings outdoors after the children are picked up from school.
  6. Robust health protocol and enhanced cleaning and sanitizing: Extra measures in place to keep everyone as healthy as possible.

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