What hours are you open?We are open Monday through Friday, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m 12 months a year.
In what event will the center be closed?Children of Tomorrow will be closed to honor the following holidays: New Years Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. We close at 4:00 on New Year’s Eve. We will be closed the Friday before Labor Day for our staff to prep and prepare for the upcoming school year. We will also be closed for 3 full days to attend workshops to enhance the knowledge of the staff; those days are generally the Thursday before Good Friday and the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and Friday before Labor Day. If the holiday occurs on a Saturday, we will close on the Friday previous. Should the holiday fall on Sunday, we will close on Monday following the holiday. Full tuition is charged for these holiday weeks.
Do you close for weather?At times, emergencies such as severe weather can disrupt COT's operations. Our main goal is to remain open as many business hours as possible while also taking into consideration the safety and security of everyone involved. In extreme cases, there may be a circumstance that may require COT to close, open late, or have an early dismissal. We will take into consideration what our local school districts, community, and state are choosing to do. The final decision will be left up to the management team of Children of Tomorrow
What is your children-to-teacher ratio?Infant-1:4
Kindergarten and School age-1:15
Do you offer any absent credits?Absent vouchers/Credits will be issued 90 days after a child is enrolled in the center full time or part time. Children who enroll in Sept., Oct., Nov., or Dec. will be issued absent vouchers 90 days after enrollment, which are usable throughout the upcoming year. This will be in addition to the absent vouchers they will receive at the start of the new calendar year.
Children will continue to be issued vouchers, at the beginning of the each calendar year.
You may use your vouchers for absence, illness or holidays, provided that you have notified the Children of Tomorrow of your child’s absence. These absent vouchers must be redeemed in the year they are issued.
Do you serve any meals?Breakfast will be provided for the children who arrive between 6:00 a.m. and 7:50 a.m. Breakfast will be served at 7:00 a.m. and is finished at 8:00 a.m. promptly. Cold cereal, milk and juice will be provided. If you wish to bring a piece of fruit, yogurt or a bag of your own cereal your child can eat these items at this time.
We serve two snacks a day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Milk is served with one snack and fruit juice with the other.
Hot lunch is catered in by Lancer Catering. Lancer prides themselves on healthy, wholesome meals. We strive for lower sodium, 100% whole grain breads-baked fresh daily, fresh/frozen fruit and veggies less processed and is served every day for an additional cost per meal. You may also bring your own cold lunch. We will provide the milk.
Are your teachers CPR and first aid certified?All staff at COT are provided and trained in First Aide & CPR
Do you have conferences?The intellectual, physical, social, and emotional progress of each child will be documented in the child’s record and conveyed to the parents during conferences, which will be held in the fall and in the spring. Open communication is very important and is well respected. Our infant and toddler programs provide daily information reports regarding your child’s day. We also place quarterly “Parent Connect Calls”. This gives us a chance to address any concerns, what you like about the classroom, if are we meeting your expectations, how can we improve, and anything you would suggest to make things run more smoothly for your family.
Do you celebrate birthdays?YES! What a great day! Your child’s birthday is a time to celebrate! COT is making an effort to be a health conscience learning center. We will supply the birthday treat for you. A variety of recipes and projects are available for your child to choose from. We will then supply the classroom with all of the ingredients for the treat and the children will make it together. The teachers will be sure to make your child’s day memorable!
Do you go on field trips?Each month we will have either on off site or on site field trip. You will need to sign a permission slip before your child is ever to leave the school. Transportation used on these field trips will be through the local bus company. Transportation of children on field trips will be in accordance with the Minnesota State Law. We often need chaperones on these field trips--anyone is welcome to join us. Please discuss it with your child’s teacher if you are planning to chaperone. If your child does not attend COT on a day we will be going on a Field Trip, your child may attend, but only with an adult chaperone or you will be charged for childcare during the time your child is in COT's care. If you do not want your child to attend a particular field trip, please let your child’s teacher know. Your child will have the opportunity to join the eldest classroom that stays at the center during the field trip. If you wish to make alternative arrangements for your child this day, please let your classroom teacher know.
Do you welcome parent involvement? Can I stop by any time?Parents of enrolled children may visit the center any time during the hours of operation. We encourage you to visit, unannounced, at any time. Stop in, visit your child, and join us in our activities. We simply ask that you take in to account the times when your child may be eating or napping before planning a visit.
We believe parents are the most significant adults in a child’s life. We do everything possible to ensure parents’ involvement in our programs.
We welcome all families to be a participant on our Parent Advisory Board. Watch for announcements for meetings.