Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions 2018-05-16T12:12:46+00:00

At The Gratitude Garden, we want you to know you have selected the best early childhood educational program for your family and child.

Below are some frequently asked questions and our helpful answers. If there is a question you have that is not on this list, please feel free to contact us directly.

Is The Gratitude Garden Preschool accredited? 2018-09-19T09:28:36+00:00

We are currently enrolled in and undergoing accreditation. We follow accreditation standards in all health, safety, curriculum, and training areas.

Do I need an appointment to tour The Gratitude Garden Preschool? 2018-09-19T09:44:34+00:00

Yes. We do not conduct walk-in tours.

Children of walking age are not allowed in attendance on the first tour. We love children and welcome them to visit once their parents have submitted a New Student Request for Invitation. Due to unknown allergies, potential illnesses, and the well-being of our current students, we request that potential students not accompany their parents during the first tour. Most parents find it beneficial to be child-free while touring, observing, and asking important questions. Tours are an hour in length.

** Tour appointments are only made through our online scheduling system and are for parents of preschoolers only. If you are an educator and would like to have an Educator Tour, please call the office at (949) 572-4453 to schedule.

To schedule a tour with our founder, Dr. Rey, select the link below:

Schedule a Tour

Do you offer part-time care? 2018-05-15T10:31:09+00:00

Yes.

How do I know my child is safe at school? 2018-09-19T09:42:41+00:00

School safety is paramount at The Gratitude Garden. The only entry to the campus is through the front door which is locked and opens only for parents or staff with the key card. Additionally, there is a six foot fence surrounding the playground and all safety precautions are taken when visitors are touring the campus.

Due to safety, we only permit tours once a month.  We do not permit walk-in tours. Tours are scheduled through our online system and we verify the personal contact information for each person before we take them on a tour of our school.

We do not allow any volunteers from the public community to work with our children. Parent volunteers must clear our VIP volunteer process before working with children.

In the event of an emergency, we have an advanced emergency communication system which texts and emails school families from on and off campus.

May I visit my child during the day? 2018-09-19T09:26:50+00:00

Yes, anytime. However, children tend to adjust to their learning environment quickly. If a parent is visiting frequently and the visits are causing disruption to the child’s well-being in school or the classroom well-being, then the visit or visual of the child may be modified.

Our doors are glass and the back of every classroom is floor to ceiling glass. If needed, a parent can watch their child through the glass.

Parents are welcome to check their child out of school at anytime in the day.

Are all staff trained in CPR and first aid? 2018-05-15T10:33:22+00:00

Yes.

Do you serve lunch? 2018-09-19T09:20:08+00:00

Yes. We offer a fresh made hot lunch service at an additional fee. Parents have the choice to pack a lunch or sign up through our app for hot lunch. We offer vegan, hot/cold, dairy-free, various meats, and gluten-free choices.

We provide healthy and fresh-made organic and non-GMO snacks twice a day and fresh reverse osmosis filtered water all day.

How do you deal with food allergies? 2018-05-15T10:34:38+00:00

We are a nut free campus and if any child has extreme allergies to another food, we ask parents in that child’s class not to bring that item in any bags from home (within reason). All modifications for allergies will be explored on a case by case basis.

My baby drinks breast milk only. Can I send breast milk? 2018-05-15T10:35:12+00:00

Yes, we encourage breast feeding! Mothers milk will be labeled and kept in the school refrigerator.

Do you provide diapers? 2018-05-15T10:35:45+00:00

No.

How does The Gratitude Garden discipline children? 2018-05-15T10:37:01+00:00

We believe in conscious discipline such as setting boundaries, redirecting, encouragement, one-on-one problem-solving, and teaching skills that promote empathy and self-regulation. Our teachers never berate, embarrass, punish, or withhold food or activities in order to discipline children. Click here for more information on Conscious Discipline.

How much is tuition? 2018-09-19T09:18:25+00:00

Our tuition schedule is provided to families upon touring the school. We do not email or post our tuition schedule online.

Please note that tuition may change from one school year to the next.

Do you offer a sibling or family discount? 2018-05-15T10:38:22+00:00

Yes. A five percent discount is applied to all siblings after the first child.

Do you offer a scholarship program or sliding-scale pricing? 2018-09-19T08:52:49+00:00

Yes. We have a limited fund for families who require partial financial assistance. About 15 percent of our school community is on a partial school provided financial assistance program. Please inquire with the office to determine if you meet the requirements for partial assistance or if we have funds left for the year. Funds for this program come from The Satya Kids Foundation, which holds a once a year gala for the school.

How often do you require payment – weekly, monthly? 2018-05-15T10:39:28+00:00

Monthly. All families must enroll in Tuition Express as we do not take credit cards or checks for tuition. All payments are done electronically.

How do I enroll my child? 2018-09-19T09:14:17+00:00

You may pick up an application in person or download our New Student Request For Invitation.

We require a personal meeting and play-date with your child prior to acceptance into The Gratitude Garden Preschool.

 

Does my child have to be potty trained? 2018-09-19T09:32:19+00:00

Yes and No. Bathroom training is included in the tuition for our Sprouts Two’s class.

Parents must provide pull-ups and wipes for their child. Diapers are not permitted at school.

Children who are enrolled in our Kinder-Prep and Transitional Kindergarten programs must be bathroom proficient.