Get Answers to Parents’ Most Frequently Asked Questions
Feel free to refer to the Parent Handbook for a detailed description of our approach, policies, and procedures. Below is a brief overview of the common questions we get from parents like you who are looking for a great preschool for their children.
What is the average class size?
We strive for 12-16 children in the 4-year-old classes, 9 to 12 children in the 3-year-old classes, and up to 10 in our 2-year-old classes. In all classes, there are two adults in the classroom.
What is a typical day like for children?
A typical day includes free play, work time, snack, story and group time, outdoor time, music, and other activities. We plan our schedules carefully to allow time for socialization, active physical play, as well as small and large group activities.
Which curriculum do we use?
Several years ago, the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) mandated that all preschools choose one of five recommended curriculums. We chose Creative Curriculum (Teaching Strategies). This curriculum was an easy choice for us since it dovetailed beautifully with our philosophy of developmentally appropriate practice and TPP’s own curriculum which we had had in place with MSDE for many, many years. Creative Curriculum thoroughly covers the areas of literacy, math, science, social studies and the arts. This curriculum is enhanced with other available resources including the experiences brought to the classroom by the teaching staff.
How do we assess children’s progress?
Assessments are made through observation by watching, listening, and studying children’s work. This allows our teachers to learn how a child approaches a task, communicates their thoughts, handles materials, and socializes with others. Our teachers continually document their observations and provide reports on your child’s progress.
You can also keep up with your child on a daily basis with the Brightwheel App.