FAQ

  • General Questions

    Does my child have to be toilet trained?

    No, toilet training is not required. We do ask that each child have a back up outfit available in their cubby in case of accidents.

    Can I enroll my 2-year-old in only one day a week?

    No, we only accept enrollment for both Tuesday and Thursday for the 2s class. However, you are free to only bring your child to school only one day a week but you still must pay the entire enrollment fee.

    My child will not turn 2 years old until after the school year starts. Can I start him in the 2-year-old class at the beginning of the school year?

    No, due to licensing requirements all children must meet the Howard County age requirements for beginning school. Please see the last bullet on the Financial Policies page for more information.

    How does WLCN handle discipline?

    It is the philosophy of WLCN that many, if not most, discipline problems can be prevented by adequate supervision and appropriate planning. The staff and co-oping parent will work together to ensure, whenever possible, that undesirable behavior (teasing, grabbing, hitting, name-calling, etc.) is re-directed before a more serious problem occurs. Our goal is to provide a positive approach to discipline for each child. Discipline will be used to teach and guide, not punish the child. Teachers will always make it clear to a child that it is the child’s behavior that is inappropriate, not the child themselves. Should unacceptable behavior continue over a period of time, the teacher would contact the parent to discuss a plan for modifying the behavior.

    Am I allowed into the classroom with my child at the start of school?

    Yes, we encourage parents to plan to stay at least a few minutes with your child at the start of school. Some parents stay until the bell rings, calling the children to the first circle time. If your child seems to be having difficulty with separation (as is often the case at the beginning of the school year), you can stay until you feel your child is comfortable. We have a separate “cubby room” that you can wait in if you are not sure it is time to go, but want to try to leave your child.

    Does WLCN follow the Howard County Public Schools calendar for holidays and vacations?

    Yes, if Howard County Public Schools are closed, WLCN is closed as well.

    What happens during a typical school day?

    Each day begins with Free Play time while all the children are arriving. The co-op child will then ring a bell, signaling the beginning of Circle Time.

    During this initial Circle Time, we welcome each other with a greeting song, and then the class participates in activities relating to the theme for the day, and our art project is introduced.

    Next, the children are allowed Free Play time to complete the art project if they wish and/or to play with any toys in the classroom including science materials and the sensory table. Frequently, teachers read books to the children during this time.

    After Free Play, the children eat a snack brought by the co-op parent.

    Following snack, there is a second Circle Time where the kids usually hear a story, participate in songs and finger plays, listen to music, play instruments or dance.

    Outdoor Time is scheduled next where children can play in the sandbox, climb and slide on the jungle gym and ride bikes.

    Are teachers and aides certified in First Aid and CPR?

    Yes, all of our teachers and assistant teachers are certified in First Aid and CPR.

    My child has allergies. How will he/she be accommodated?

    We make every effort to accommodate families on a case-by-case basis. For food allergies, if one child is allergic to a particular food (such as peanuts), the food is removed from the approved snack list for all students.

  • Co-op Questions

    What will the co-op be like for my child?

    A co-op provides children with a comfortable and happy setting. Their individual needs are met as fully as possible in all developmental areas. Free play and teacher-directed activities develop strong social and emotional skills (such as self-confidence, responsibility and sharing). Teachers meet the cognitive needs of each child through individual, small and large group activities. The co-op experience allows you as the parent to get to know the teachers and other children and to see how your child interacts in the classroom setting. Children look forward to their turn as the “co-op friend” and their special helper responsibilities that day.

    What kinds of specific responsibilities will I have while co-oping?

    As the co-op parent, it is your responsibility to assist the teachers. When you co-op, you should arrive 15 minutes before school starts so that the teachers can explain the day’s planned activities. You should try to help in ways that will provide the teachers freedom to work with the children (such as writing names on art work, cleaning up messes, taking kids to wash hands, etc.). It is also your responsibility to bring the assigned snack. Once class is over, you will need to clean up the classroom by wiping down the tables, and sweeping and vacuuming the floors. This usually takes about 15 minutes. You must also stay at the school until the last child has been picked up.

    How often will I need to co-op?

    How often you are scheduled to co-op will depend on the number of children enrolled in the class, but usually this is approximately once every 4-6 weeks.

    Does the co-op parent have to be a parent?

    No, a co-op “parent” can be a student’s mother, father, another family member, nanny or full-time caregiver who is with the student on a regular basis during school hours and is over the age of 18.

    I have a child older than 6 months at home. How will I be able to co-op?

    Frequently, parents in the co-op set up a babysitting swap to allow everyone to fulfill their co-op responsibility.

    Am I required to join the Board or a committee if my child attends WLCN?

    Yes, you are required to serve as a member of the Board or on a committee, however, you can get involved as much or as little as you want by choosing a position that suits you. You will always have your predecessors, other families, and the staff to help you learn your job.

    What if my child is sick or I have an emergency arise and can’t co-op?

    For every day, a co-op parent is scheduled as well as a backup parent. The backup parent is expected to keep the day open as if it were his or her day to co-op. If you have an emergency, call your scheduled back up. If your backup also has a conflict, it is the backup’s responsibility to find a replacement.

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