Frequently-Asked Questions (FAQ)
- What makes the Cradles to Crayons facility a first-rate environment for my child?
Cradles to Crayons Learning Center has been carefully designed to provide an optimum experience for your child. The classrooms and playground facilitate peer interaction and learning. The classrooms are enclosed to provide a warm home-like atmosphere, where children can develop essential relationships.
- What makes Cradles to Crayons programs unique and beneficial for my child?
We have created a curriculum for each age child. Our classroom environment encourages the development of the whole child, incorporating fun and challenging activities while challenging the children with fundamental educational tools essential for Kindergarten and First Grade readiness.
- How do I enroll my child and/or register for Cradles to Crayons Programs?
To enroll your child in our high quality learning center's programs, you can either use our convenient online enrollment form, or contact us at 908-518-0900
- What is your student/teacher ratio?
As Cradles to Crayons is licensed by the State of New Jersey, we follow their recommended guidelines for child/staff ratio, which takes into account a child's level of independence. Our infant classroom child/staff ratio is 4:1, our toddler classroom ratio is 6:1, and our Pre-K classroom has a 10:1 child/staff ratio. Our Kindergarten classroom boasts a 15:1 child/staff ratio.
- What are your prices?
Cradles to Crayons offers a flexible schedule to meet the schedules of working parents. We have full-time, part-time, and drop-in rates. For more complete information, please contact the Learning Center at 908-518-0900.
- Does the director have a degree and experience working with children?
The director - a mother of three herself - has a CDA (Child Development Associate's) degree and over a decade of experience in education. She has worked as a group teacher as well as an office manager for over six years.
- What are the qualifications of your Teaching Staff?
The Cradles to Crayons teaching staff is highly qualified. All teachers must have a Bachelor's or Associate's degree in Early Childhood Education or a related field. Assistant/lead teachers possess a Child Development Associate's Degree. In addition, all teachers are required to have prior childcare experience, and obtain 8 training hours per year. All staff members must complete NJ Criminal and Child Abuse Background Checks.
- Are there daily and weekly plans available for review?
All teachers do weekly lesson plans which are posted on our bulletin board for parents to see.
- How else does Cradles to Crayons communicate with parents?
We make every effort to keep families informed of our programs and progress, using various methods including written reports, parent newsletters, meal menus, and lesson plans, which are available for review on our bulletin board.
- Do the adults engage children in conversation? Ask questions when appropriate?
Teachers engage students in conversation all day long. They narrate activities and encourage the children to verbalize what they are doing and thinking. Teachers listen to the children and provide ample opportunities for them to express themselves. They ask questions designed to expand vocabulary and deepen their understanding of concepts. Open-ended questions spark conversation, and encourage the children to listen to themselves and each other.
- Do adults read to the children, and/or encourage them to read if they can?
Teachers read aloud to children on a daily basis. Each classroom has a rich collection of both fiction and non-fiction children's literature. Books are selected based on themes, but they also allow children to pick out their favorites from a list of preferred titles.
Our teachers offer guided reading to children. Reading and re-reading books provide a critical foundation for literacy.
- Do adults and children wash their hands before eating, handling food, or after using the bathroom, changing diapers, or taking part in any hands-on activities?
Both adults and children wash their hands before eating, before and after changing or toileting, before handling food, and before and after playing in water/sand tables, or any other hands-on activity such as Play-Doh or painting.
- Are diaper-changing surfaces sanitized after each use?
Teachers follow special diapering procedures at Cradles to Crayons, which include washing their hands and sanitizing all surfaces before and after each change using a quality disinfecting solution. All play and work surfaces are sanitized daily.
- Do all children have required immunizations?
- Is there always someone present who knows CPR and First Aid Training?
Yes, all Cradles to Crayons teachers and staff are required to maintain current CPR and First Aid Certifications.
- Have the teachers been trained and certified in Child Abuse Prevention, and how to report suspected child abuse?
Yes, all teachers have been trained and certified in child abuse prevention and recognition, and know how to report abuse.
- How will my child be supervised?
Children are supervised by two or more teachers or teacher-assistants. In addition, all rooms are monitored by closed-circuit video cameras.
- Do adults avoid yelling, spanking, and other negative punishments?
Negative punishment of any kind is prohibited. Teachers address behavior issues by using positive reinforcement, encouragement, and ensuring that they are involved in a number of engaging activities.
- For older children, are there specific areas for different kinds of play, such as books, blocks, puzzles, and art?
All rooms are equipped with books, puzzles, art materials, a writing center, blocks, dramatic play, and a science area. All materials are organized according to interest.
- Do younger children have toys that "do something" when played with?
All classrooms for infants and toddlers are equipped with a variety of toys and manipulatives which provide various types of feedback, including cause and effect toys.
- Do you provide meals/snacks?
Cradles to Crayons does provide a well-balanced, nutritional breakfast and afternoon snack daily for children age 2 and over. Children are encouraged to try a wide variety of foods, including whole-grain breads, vegetables, and fruits. Monthly menus are provided in each classroom.
- When can I observe and/or visit my child at Cradles to Crayons?
As we have an open-door policy, you may visit your child at any time. The learning center is also equipped with closed-circuit cameras which allows the director and parents the opportunity to observe each classroom and the children to help target needs and on-going assessments, as well as offering security and parental peace of mind.
- Do you provide transportation to and from your facility?
No, you are responsible for transporting your child to and from the learning center. An exception to this is during the Summer months, when Cradles to Crayons may offer transportation as part of field trips; this will be communicated to parents ahead of time.
- How would I apply for a job at Cradles to Crayons?
Want to join our team? Simply use our convenient online employment form!