FAQs

When can I enroll my child?

We are a year-round school with open enrollment. Admission is based on application date and space availability.

What ages do you accept?

Alley Cats welcomes children from 1 to 5 ½ years old. Our center does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, or national and ethnic origin.

What is your caregiver to child ratio?

Our in-home classroom has a 1:4 ratio.

Does my child have to be potty trained?

No. Alley Cats will provide potty training to any child who shows signs of readiness regardless of their age. We work together with parents to help guide children through the potty training process, both at school and at home, so they can be more successful with their overall experience.

What are some of the highlights of this program?

Here at Alley Cats, we serve our children a healthy, organic, and locally grown breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack as part of our nutritious and seasonal menu. As part of our enriching program we also offer weekly Spanish classes, music lessons, and a variety of different specialized instructor led sporting activities.

What are your hours of operation?

Monday through Friday from 8:00am-6:00pm. Extended hours are also available for an additional fee.

How do you work with challenging behaviors?

Children need limits in order to feel secure about themselves and their environment. Our approach to discipline is to see it as an opportunity for problem solving. When children have a dispute, we visit the “peace table”, a technique where children sit down and learn to calmly solve their own problems with support from an adult by talking it out.Teachers are actively engaged with children, listening to them, modeling appropriate skills, and helping them to see the alternatives and consequences to their behavior.

What is the educational background of your teachers?

Teachers at Alley Cats have a minimum of a BA degree in Early Childhood Education/Child Development or in a related field and 12 ECE units. In addition, our teachers and assistants generally have six years of experience working with young children and families.

Is your staff trained in CPR and first aid?

Yes, all of our staff is trained annually in CPR and First Aid by the American Red Cross.

How do parents receive information?

Once a year, parents conference with their children’s teachers and other parents to discuss their child’s progress and create goals together. Parents also receive a monthly report from their child’s teacher to continue the dialogue from the conference. Our newsletter is published monthly, and it provides information regarding all current and upcoming events. The Alley Cat Blog also serves as a great source of information for our parent community.

How can I schedule a tour?

Please contact us by emailing info@alleycatspreschool.com or by calling 424.289.9471