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TOTS PROGRAM

The AACA Tots Program is designed to provide two-year-old children with an introduction to a structured learning environment that allows them to begin the transition from home to school.  During the program, children are both cognitively and socially stimulated so that they begin to understand some of the basic components of school-based learning, such as transitioning smoothly from one activity to another or taking directions from an adult, other than his or her parent.  Our program also provides an opportunity for children to begin to understand the dynamics of structured play while interacting with a number of other children.

PROGRAM SCHEDULE 
The program is offered Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.  

Parents can choose to attend one or two days a week.  If a family would like to attend two days per week, we ask that the days are consecutive. Families who prefer to attend only one day per week should specify which day is preferred, with a back-up choice selected as well.

The daily schedule begins at 8:00 a.m. when children and parents may enter the Tots Room.  If you are on campus before this time, please do not enter the classroom as this is the teachers’ preparation time. Class will dismiss at 10:00 a.m., when all children, parents and caregivers will exit the room so that clean-up and preparation for the following day may begin.

PROGRAM COSTS
1 Day Program: $1,600 per year
2 Day Program: $3,000 per year

Siblings who are 12 to 23 months old can attend for an additional $140 (1 day per week) or $270 (2 days per week).  A $300 tuition deposit is due by May 1 to ensure a spot in a class.  

CLASS SIZE
In order to maintain an intimate learning environment that is comfortable for both the children and adults in the class, we limit our Tots class size to 10 children. 

Reason being, some families have babies or younger siblings who are not quite old enough to participate but must be brought to the program. While we do not want to discourage this, bringing younger children does add to the number bodies in the room. When a child is mobile and able to participate in the program we will ask parents to pay a minimal fee for the mobile sibling who attends. However, if a younger sibling is not mobile and is in a car carrier or other carrying device not fee is charged.
 
PARENT/CAREGIVER INVOLVEMENT
One of the focal aspects of our Tots Program is to provide a special time for mothers, fathers, or caregivers to interact with their child in a way that is different from interactions in a typical home.  Parents are asked to help engage their child during class time and are expected to supervise their child(ren) at all times.  

In some situations, a caregiver attends the Tots program with the child in their care. In order to ensure communication with the parent of the child, the Tots teacher will send bi-monthly student ‘progress notes’ home to share recent observations and progress about each child. These notes will be sent home only to families of children who attend exclusively with a caregiver.

TOTS PROGRAM PARENT ORIENTATION
To help parents become aware of the expectations for involvement in this program and to provide information about the daily schedule and extra activities we offer, we ask each family to send one parent (or both) to our Parent Orientation meeting to be held one week prior to the start of class. At this meeting, parents will have an opportunity to meet one another, the Tots teacher, and AACA administration. Caregivers (nanny, grandparent, baby sitter) are also invited to attend this meeting along with parents so that they may become familiar with the program in the event that they will attend with the child.
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