Frequently Asked Questions About Children's Village
If you don't see the answer to your question below, please contact us at 215.345.2678.
Is Children's Village licensed? Accredited?
Children's Village is fully licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services and the Pennsylvania Department of Education. We are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and are proud to maintain a STAR-4 (the highest) rating from the Keystone STARS, an initiative of the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning.
Can I enroll my child if I'm not employed by Doylestown Health?
Absolutely! While Children's Village is certainly convenient for hospital employees, our school is comprised of children from the entire community.
Do you accept special needs children?
Yes, as an inclusive childcare center we accept children with special needs throughout our program. If your child has an ISSP or IEP, please let us know at the time of enrollment
My child does not speak English. Can I enroll him/her?
Yes. All children are welcome at Children's Village, regardless of the language spoken at home. In addition to providing encouragement, we take measures like labeling classroom items like chairs and tables in both languages to help your child feel more at home.
How old should my child be to enter your preschool?
Children's Village follows the Central Bucks School District's age requirement for academic enrollment, which means your child would need to turn three by September 1st of the school year to enter preschool that year. The same rule applies to pre-kindergarten (age four by September 1st) and kindergarten (age five by September 1st).
What is your curriculum?
Our curriculum includes a heavy emphasis on play. We incorporate the Pennsylvania Early Learning Standards into our program. We meet all national, state and local requirements and include Reading, Writing, Math, Library, Computer, Science, Social Studies, Music, Art and P.E. Our degreed teachers prepare each child intellectually, socially and emotionally to successfully enter the first grade.
How can I visit Children's Village to see if it's right for my child?
We'd be happy to provide you with a guided tour, and encourage you to bring your child along. For more information, please contact us via email or call Children's Village at 215.345.2678.
Do you accept all applications?
Provided there is space availability, we accept applications on a rolling basis. We do not discriminate against any child based on race, gender, religion or disabilities.
Do you follow special security procedures?
Ensuring the security of all our children is one of our top priorities. We take strict measures to ensure that our property reflects this goal. Our buildings are locked at all times. Our main entrance is monitored and accessed via buzzer only. Families are assigned individual codes for our touchscreen keypad. Arrangements must be made for alternative pick-up in case of emergency.
What is your calendar schedule?
We only close six major holidays during the year and do not charge for these days. These holidays are Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Years' Day, Memorial Day and 4th of July. We do not close for inclement weather.
Minimum attendance is three half-days per week, with a half-day considered four hours. Our 44-week minimum requirement means that Children’s Village is perfect for children of teachers who are off in the summer months!
Do you offer summer programs?
Since our school runs continuously all through the year, summer "school" is really more like camp. During the summer months we take school outside for lots of refreshing water-based outdoor experiences with sprinklers, water tables, wet sponge tosses and playground bike "car washes."
Do you provide breakfast, lunch and dinner?
No. We do, however, provide two nutritious snacks daily following USDA guidelines over the course of a week to balance fruit, protein and carbohydrates. Our beverage is predominantly milk. Water is always available and juice is offered on special occasions.
Can my child heat up meals?
We can warm up nutritious food brought from home in our infant and toddler classrooms. Containers should be labeled with your child's name. We also refrigerate food as needed; parents may also pack an ice pack in their children’s lunch.
Can all Children's Village staff administer medicine?
Yes. All staff are fully trained in medication administration.
Is your staff certified in CPR?
All staff maintains current pediatric first aid and infant/child CPR certifications.
Can Children's Village accommodate children with food allergies?
Yes. Children with food allergies are welcomed in all classrooms. While we are not an allergen-free center, we use allergy management protocols at the classroom level to ensure the safety of all children.
What are your fees?
For information on tuition, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or calling us at 215.345.2678.
How can I apply for tuition assistance?
Pennsylvania families are eligible for financial assistance for childcare as offered by the Child Care Information Services (CCIS). CCIS will pay part of your childcare cost if you meet their guidelines. You must fill out an application and send to the CCIS office. If you have questions about CCIS, you can contact our Business Manager at 215.345.2678.
Do you offer sibling discounts?
Yes. This discount also applies to twins in the same program.
What are the hours of operation at Children's Village?
We offer flexible hours to meet the needs of working parents. Drop-off can be as early as 6:15 am, with late pick-up by 6:30 pm for all children.
Do you offer a special summer camp?
A school-age camp is offered on a limited basis for graduates of Children's Village. Please contact our director, Teri Windisch (Email: email@example.com) for more information.
What is your teacher-to-child ratio? What are class sizes?
Teacher-to-child ratio is as follows:
- Infants: One teacher to four children
- Young Toddlers: One teacher to five children
- Older Toddlers: One teacher to six children
- Preschool/Pre-Kindergarten/Kindergarten: One teacher to 10 children
Maximum group sizes:
- Younger Toddlers (age 1) maximum is 10
- Older Toddlers (ages 2) maximum is 12
- Preschool/Pre-Kindergarten: 20 children maximum
- Kindergarten: Varies annually based on enrollment
What is Project Approach?
Project Approach or our philosophy is our child-led, play-based strategy for curriculum development.