Home Sweet Home Preschool Culver City

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Home Sweet Home Preschool and Toddler Discovery Center

1. What are your hours of Operation?

Home Sweet Home is open Monday through Friday from 7:30am-5:30pm

2. How many children do you have?

We are licensed for 66 children per day.

3. Does my child have to be toilet learned?

No.  We help with potty training.

4. What age does my child have to be?

Our Toddler Discovery Center is designed for children 18 months to 3.5 years, and our Preschool Facility Program is designed for children 3 years to 5 years.

5. What is the physical layout of your facility?

Our Preschool Facility and Toddler Discovery Center are housed at the same location in two separate buildings.  The buildings provide an estimated 3,500 square feet of indoor space, an estimated 5,600 square feet of outdoor play area, and we have a separate parking lot that can accommodate 20 cars.

6. What type of outdoor equipment do you have?

The Preschool Facility is equipped with a large commercial play structure, two sand boxes, a bicycle track, two play yards, lunch area and basketball court. The Toddler Discovery Center is equipped with a large play structure, small toddler climbing structure, two sand boxes, a bicycle track, water play tables, building block and ball area.

7. What type of indoor centers do you have?

The Preschool Facility includes choices from a variety of centers: Art Center, a Computer Center, iPad station, Writing Center, Building and Block Center, Science & Math Center, Dramatic Play Center, and a Classroom Library. The Toddler Discovery Center includes choices from a variety of centers: Art Center, Writing Center, Building and Block Center, Music and Movement Room, a Science & Math Center, Dramatic Play Center, and a Classroom Library.

8. How do you help my child adjust to his first school experience?

We feel your child’s first school experience should be a comfortable and positive experience.  The week before your child begins attending preschool we will schedule a few visiting days for you and your child.  During these visits you and your child will have the opportunity to become better acquainted with the environment, teachers and children.  Your child’s teacher will observe your child and will guide the rest of your child’s adjustment into preschool.

9. What is the educational background of your teachers?

All of our teacher’s educational backgrounds have a minimum of 12 ECE units.  Many of our teachers have 27 unit ECE certificates, AA & Bachelor degrees.  Our staff is enrolled in annual conferences with the California Association for the Education of Young Children (CAEYC), and our staff continuously pursues additional training and education.

10. What is your teacher turnover?

An estimated 30% of staff has been with Home Sweet Home over 10 years, and an estimated 50% of staff has been with Home Sweet Home over 5 years. To retain qualified and satisfied career staff we provide a team building environment and a full benefits package with:  Medical Insurance, 3 weeks vacation, sick days, holidays, and other incentives.

11. How do you discipline behaviors that are not acceptable?

Our children are interacting with a large group of children for the first time.  With that in mind, teachers focus on helping the children in their class learn to work together with their friends and help take care of each other.  We use positive reinforcement and modeling techniques to encourage positive behavior.  If a child becomes aggressive our teachers discuss the problem in a soft, calm voice with the children involved.  The children are encouraged to come up with a solution and to help take care of their friend.  Teachers will discuss any continual behavioral concerns with the child’s parents.

12. How do parents receive information?

Our teachers are available on a daily basis to answer questions about your child’s day.  Each center has a parent board at the entrance.  This board is kept current with up to date information regarding upcoming events.   Our preschool participates in documentation via digital photos, children’s portfolios and daily posting of “News of the Day”.  This includes snap shots of your child’s day and dialogue explaining the activities that were presented throughout the day.  We also schedule 2 conferences per year. The Preschool and Toddler Center teachers are provided cell phones to communicate with parents as needed during the school day.

13. What are your vacation days and holidays?

We have a 1 week summer break, a 2 ½ week winter break, and we celebrate all of the major holidays.

14. What are your tuition fees?

Please see “Tuition” under “Admissions” section of our home page.

15. What are your registration fees and payment policies?

  1. One-Time Registration Fee: $200.  This fee will be accepted only if a space is available and set aside for your child’s enrollment.
  2. Annual Activities Fee: $125.00 (only children in attendance Friday).
  3. One-Time Earth Quake Kit: $20.  This fee provides school earthquake kits and CPR/First Aid training for staff.
  4. A $200 deposit is paid during the enrollment process and it will be deducted from the child’s last month’s tuition payment.

16. How do you handle tuition increases?

Tuition increases typically take effect from January to March.  Parents are notified about increases with a 30 day advance notice.

17. What food do you provide the children?

Home Sweet Home provides a healthy morning & afternoon snack.  Parents provide lunch.

18. What if I want to take the summer off, do I still have to pay?

The monthly tuition is payable whether your child is present in school or not. This includes the summer months if you are planning to continue enrollment in the fall. There will be no refunds nor can the child make up missed time.

19. Do you offer extra programs?

We believe in creating a community environment for all of our children.  All children participate in a regular music and movement class provided by an outside musician.  Home Sweet Home also schedules special visitors such as:  Petting Zoos, Reptile Zoos, Fire Fighters and Bubble Shows.

20. What kind of parent involvement opportunities do you have available?

Home Sweet Home and our children thrive from parent involvement.  We have Scholastic Book Club Coordinators, Parent Meetings, Family Events, Thanksgiving Feast, Pot Luck Dinners, Halloween Festival, Teacher Appreciation Week, & Family Picnics.  Parents with any special talents or free time are always welcome!

21. What is your sick policy?

Children who are sick require close attention and care.  If your child shows symptoms such as:  Fever, Diarrhea, vomiting, unexplained rash, pink eye etc. we ask that you keep your child at home until he/she is symptom free for 24 hours.  If a child becomes ill while they are at school, the child’s parents will be called immediately and asked to pick up their child.

22. Do you have an emergency plan?

Yes.  A $20.00 earthquake fee is paid upon enrollment.  This provides an individual earthquake kit that includes; food, water, first aid and emergency equipment.  Home Sweet Home provides all teachers with CPR and First aid training.  Our teachers have developed evacuation plans and have regular practice drills with the children.

23. Are your teachers CPR trained?

All Staff members are required to hold current CPR & First Aid training.  Our school provides renewal courses.

24. Do you offer any field trips?

No, we feel our program is full of interesting and exciting activities and special guests.  We have weekly musician / entertainers, and we have special fire department visits, petting zoos and bubble sculpture artist visits..

25. Do you do any fundraising for the school?

No.

26. When children graduate from Home Sweet Home, which Kindergarten programs do they attend?

We are centrally located in the heart of Culver City. Our graduates attend local Culver City Schools including El Marino Language School as well as L.A. Unified Schools. Additionally, we have graduates enter into the local private schools which include: Westside Neighborhood School, Echo Horizon, NotreDame Academy, and St. Augustine.