Puyallup Early Learning Center
Frequently Asked Questions
What are your hours of operation?
Our early learning center is open from 6 a.m.–6 p.m., Monday through Friday, year-round (closed major holidays). Click here for district-wide calendar.
- Full-day KPrep (also referred to as child care) is offered to serve working parents, five days per week for extended hours, year-round.
- Part-day KPrep is offered for two to five days per week (depending on age) for approximately 2 3/4 hours per session. This program follows the regular school year calendar.
- The same curriculum and lesson plan format is implemented in both programs.
At what age can children start part-day kindergarten prep?
We begin part-day KPrep at age 3. Children must be age 3 by September 1st, and all students must be completely potty trained.
What training are your teachers and staff required to have?
Our lead teachers are encouraged to have at least an AA degree. All teachers are required to have 20 hours per year of ongoing education.
What ages may attend full-day KPrep (child care)?
We have all-day (child care) classes for children who are 6 weeks old through children who are 5 years old.
What is a typical day like in KPrep?
The children have an opportunity to participate in outdoor, circle time, snack time, and free choice activities.
Does the center provide snacks and lunch?
In the full-day program, we provide morning and afternoon snacks, and lunch. We are part of the USDA Program.
In the part-day program, the children take turns bringing a healthy snack on their special helper day.
What types of activities are available for the children?
Young learners in our early learning programs are prepared for kindergarten and school success through our age-appropriate focus on personal/social, intellectual, physical and spiritual development.
Infants and toddlers are supported and encouraged by early learning professionals to discover and achieve developmental milestones in a safe, compassionate environment.
For our KPrep students (ages 3–5), the "Get Set for School" curriculum addresses different learning styles through a multi-sensory approach. The curriculum utilizes engaging lessons that invite active, hands-on participation in the areas of reading and writing, language and literacy, and numbers and math. Science, art, and music round out the core curriculum.
What is your Emergency and Inclement Weather policy? Is there a difference in closures for the full-day and part-day programs?
Click here for information regarding inclement weather.
What is your sick policy?
We ask the parents to keep the children home if they have a fever or are vomiting. If a child has strep throat or pink eye, the child must be on medication for at least twenty-four hours before returning to school. Other diseases may have longer at-home times. Please refer to the Early Learning Health and Safety section in our District Parent/Student Handbook for more details.
Do you give parents KPrep progress reports?
We give progress reports twice a year. Parents are invited to meet with the teachers at this time, but a parent may request a conference with a teacher, or the director, at any time.
How do you communicate with the parents?
Communication to parents comes through class newsletters, center newsletters, email, teacher communication, signs, phone calls, letters, and social media.
How do you handle emergencies?
Our staff members are trained each year in CPR and first aid. And they are trained to call 9-1-1 in a true medical or security emergency.