FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions for Parents

BeginningsSchool

Q: What are your hours of operation?
A: We are open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Q: Do you have partial-day hours available?
A: Yes. Children may be picked up at 12:00 p.m., 4 p.m., or 6 p.m.

Q: What age children does Beginnings serve?
A: Children may enroll starting at age 3 months. Because babies are born ready to learn, we accept infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergartners through the age of 6. Neuroscience tells us that learning begins at birth, and research confirms that 90 percent of the brain is already developed within the first three years of life. At Beginnings, we make the most of this critical period of “neuroplasticity” to provide our students with a strong foundation that will serve them throughout their lives.

Q: What is Beginnings’ educational philosophy?
A: We believe, and neuroscience has proven, that children are better able to explore new areas of learning and engage more fully with the world around them when they have positive feelings of self-worth and are able to express, understand, and cope with their own emotions and those of others.

The heart of Beginnings’ teaching philosophy is to foster the skills of emotional intelligence, which are critical for promoting academic, social, and personal success. We focus on instilling a love of learning in each child, allowing the seeds of curiosity and wonder to take root, blossom, and continue to grow for a lifetime.

Q: Does Beginnings provide meals?
A: We provide healthy snacks; children bring their lunches from home.

Q: What are your dates of operation?
A: Beginnings is open throughout the year and is closed only during the week between Christmas and New Year’s. We are also closed on standard holidays such as Martin Luther King Day, Presidents Day, etc.

Q: How many children can the center accommodate?
A: We have eight classrooms where children are grouped by age. In our infant program there are 7 students and 2 teachers per classroom. In our toddler program there are 9 students and 2 teachers per classroom. In our preschool program there are between 16-18 students per classroom, with two teachers.

Q: Does the Beginnings School building have secured entrances?
A: Yes. We take security very seriously. Our entrances are locked at all times, and parents receive custom codes to enter.

Q: What is the enrollment process?
A: Parents may fill out an enrollment form after touring the school and meeting with an administrator, who will answer questions and discuss availability of openings.

Q: Is there a specific enrollment period?
A: Families typically enroll their child for the start of the school year program, which begins in September. However, we also offer rolling admissions. This allows children to join a classroom at any point during the year if space is available.

Q: What is the educational level of Beginnings teachers?
A: At Beginnings, we hire only the most experienced, qualified, and well-educated teachers. Our hiring requirements surpass those set by the state—all of our teachers have bachelor’s degrees or higher, as well as an in-depth understanding of early childhood development and experience in the field. Our teachers receive ongoing training from their leadership team through modeling, mentoring, formal and informal observations and monthly supervision meetings.

Q: Is Beginnings licensed and accredited?
A: Yes. Beginnings is fully licensed by the State of Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC). It is also fully accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Q: Do you have a summer program?
A: Yes. Beginnings offers summer programs for children ages 3 months to 5 years. Programs are managed by our experienced and creative teachers and fully utilize the school’s beautiful surroundings and Nature Center/Outdoor Classroom. Local partnerships also allow us to offer swimming and other fun summer activities.

Q: How are parents made aware of their children’s progress at Beginnings?
A: Teachers communicate with parents on a daily basis at drop-off and pick-up. We also schedule regular parent-teacher conferences during which we review and discuss children’s progress. Communication with parents is an important part of our program.

Q: Is Beginnings a diverse community?
A: Yes. We value and celebrate diversity and benefit from a culturally diverse student and family community. In addition to our own curriculum, where we teach about many countries, we invite our families to share their unique customs and heritages with their child’s classroom community, fostering an appreciation for traditions spanning the globe.