Frequently Asked Questions

What does my child need to bring to school? A backpack and a water bottle. The preschool provides supplies (glue, scissors, etc.) and all snacks.

What time can I drop off my child? Between 8:25 and 8:30 for the morning class and between 12:25 and 12:30 for the afternoon class. The doors will be locked until then.

Can I pay for multiple months’ tuition at a time? Yes, but keep in mind that the tuition for May is half the typical monthly cost

How many children are in a class? 16 in each 3-4 year old class and 18 in the 4 & 5 year old class. Our maximum capacity for all 3 classes is 50 total students.

Will my child go on field trips? Yes, the 4 & 5 year olds go on several field trips. We typically take a Siouxland Regional Transit bus for our field trips. The bus is equipped with 5 point harness seatbelts.

May I send treats with my child for his/her birthday? Yes, but they must be prepackaged and will be sent home with the kids for parental approval. No homemade treats are allowed.

My child has a summer birthday. Will he/she get to celebrate at school? Yes! We will schedule a special “pretend birthday” for your child toward the end of the school year.

Should I call the preschool if my child will be absent? We appreciate being informed! Please call, send an email, or send a Facebook message if your child will be absent.

Does my child have to be toilet trained? While not being toilet trained by the age of three is developmentally appropriate, Noah’s Ark Preschool’s facility does not have a diaper-changing station and requires children be toilet trained to function in our program. Exceptions may be made in cases where a child has a medical condition or special needs as defined by his/her IEP.

When is the first day of school? Our first day of school is typically the Tuesday following Labor Day; however, Labor Day in 2021 is quite late. The first day of school for the 2021-2022 school year will be Wednesday September 1.

Is there religious instruction within the school day? Yes, Noah’s Ark Preschool is a non-denominational Christian Preschool. The children and teachers pray together multiple times per class, and the pastor visits 1-2 times per month to share Bible stories and Christian messages. The 4 & 5 year-olds have a unit on Bible stories on Mondays throughout the first semester.

What is the difference between 3-4 year old preschool and 4-5 year old preschool? There are two class options for 3-4 year olds (either Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday) and one class option for 4-5 year olds (Monday through Thursday), so the 3-4 year olds have class twice per week, and the 4-5 year olds have class 4 times per week. Tuition for each age group varies for this reason.

The 3-4 year olds are typically in their first year of a structured school environment. They learn mostly through play and through interaction with teachers and peers. Students in these classes are developing social skills, separating from parents/guardians, and learning how to function in a classroom environment. The 3-4 year old classes are structured for children who will attend preschool for one more year prior to entering kindergarten.

The 4-5 year olds are typically in their second year of a structured school environment. While they also learn through play and through interaction with teachers and peers, they have more academic instruction than the 3-4 year olds. In the 4-5 year old class, children are exposed to letter recognition, phonics, and early writing skills. They also have more visitors and go on field trips. The 4-5 year old class is structured for children who will attend kindergarten or transitional kindergarten (TK) the following school year.