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 know what they mean, say what they mean and mean what they say. But sometimes, or maybe even all the time, it’s hard to be that kind of parent!

Parent Works is our friendly neighborhood in the blogosphere.

Our common goal is to raise happy, healthy future adults. Raising strong and balanced adults is the most rewarding and most challenging thing we will ever do. It takes teamwork, kindness, grit, purpose and an eye on the finish line, knowing that we are in a marathon, not a sprint.

Parent Works is where we can get together as neighbors, rally together for support, look for answers we need and find encouragement when we struggle.

Everyone in Parent Works is part of the neighborhood

Whether we are experts at parenting, in which case our neighbors will be hoping to see us often, or whether we feel like every day is a struggle and we can’t figure out what to do, in which case we can find solutions, strength and support from one another. This neighborhood of parents is here when we can’t talk in person.

At Parent Works we will find help for our parenting questions and concerns, share our great ideas that have worked for us, or thought were going to work but backfired! We will learn from experts about what makes preschoolers tick.

We might bring up our own childhoods; what our parents did that was right and what they did that was just wrong. And like good neighbors we will be here for one another during the most important role in our lives; our role as parents of preschoolers.

So, neighbors! Open your door, step outside and see who’s around! What do you want to talk about?

  • “If my kid wets the bed one more night I’m going to make her sleep in the bathtub!”
  • “My kid’s temper tantrum was so over-the-top I thought the cops would come out to do a welfare check.”
  • “My kid is only three and already addicted to screens. What am I going to do?”
  • “What is all this ugly art my kid keeps bringing home from school? And what am I supposed to do with it?”
  • “I have the pickiest eater in the most international part of the world and I’m a foodie!” (“My parents are no help. They give him junk all the time”).
  • “If my daughter sleeps at school she doesn’t go bed at night till 11:00…but my bedtime is 10:00.”
  • “Why do the kids play so much at school? Can’t they also do some academics? I’m worried that my son won’t be ready for kindergarten.”
  • “My children argue with me about everything and don’t seem to respect me”.
  • “When I pick up my daughter at school she doesn’t want to leave. I don’t want to get into a power struggle or coax her with a bribe, considering I haven’t seen her all day, but it’s been a long day and I just want to get home.”
  • “What am I supposed to do when I have to take my son to the dentist after school and he is soaked head-to-toe in filthy, dirty water! I’m already running late as it is!”
  • “The kids are talking about boyfriends, girlfriends and kissing. Seriously?? I didn’t think I’d have to deal with this till kindergarten!”

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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