PC Tots Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is your mission?
PC Tots is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing high quality, affordable, and safe early child care and education for the children of working families in the Park City community. Our Extended Day Learning Program focuses on early childhood education, social development, and cultural awareness for children aged 6 weeks through 5 years old.
2. What will my child be doing while in the care of PC Tots?
PC Tots utilizes Creative Curriculum, which focuses on “Studies” to encourage your child to share their preexisting knowledge, explore, and exercise critical thinking skills around themes such as trees, wheels, ramps, clothing, and music. The classroom environment is primarily student driven. The children are encouraged to explore the classroom during “choice time” with elements of teacher directed time (Large Group Time, Read-aloud, Small Skill Group Time) as well. Your child will be working on a wide range of skills and activities which include:
Language Activities- Large group time allows children to share in discussions of experiences and concepts with which they are familiar and to share new ideas.
Gross Motor Activities- Outside time and our gym area activities help children to exercise and develop physically in fun and cooperative ways.
Number Recognition- math concepts, such as size, shape, counting and one to one correspondence.
Listening and Literacy Skills- Reading aloud gives children the exposure to books and literacy skills, and encourages children to ask questions, think critically, and use prediction skills.
Discovery and Science – simple science concepts are introduced through our Discovery Area, which includes a sand and water table to encourage children to learn about science through hands-on activities.
Matching, Sorting and Sequencing- there are many opportunities for children to exercise these pre-reading skills.
Creative Play- Our Dramatic play area offers children the space to ‘pretend play’ and cooperatively work with their peers. Activities may include opening a restaurant or healing a sick pet at the veterinary clinic.
Independence Activities- Children will be supported and encouraged to develop independent skills such as dressing themselves, toilet learning, and tying of their shoes.
Art- Our art center will provide children opportunities to paint, collage, mold, and create individual masterpieces.
Music and Rhythm- Singing, music, movement, and dancing are a staple in our classrooms.
Social-Emotional- Our daily social-emotional curriculum utilizes Second Step, which helps children strengthen problem solving skills, share, build team work, and express their feelings positively.
3. What are your teachers’ qualifications?
PC Tots hires nurturing teachers who LOVE working with young children and who will flourish in our safe and enriching environment. PC Tots hires ”lead” teachers who have attained a bachelors degrees in any field, and “assistant” teachers with a high school diploma. All teachers must be 18 years old and older, have passed finger printing and a background check, and hold a current CPR and first aid certification.
4. Is my child old enough?
YES! PC Tots offers care and education for children 6 weeks old through 5 years old.
5. What is the public school age requirement?
Utah public schools require children to be 5 by September 1st to begin the school year. If your child turns 5 after September 1st, PC Tots is equipped and trained to provide your child with a developmentally appropriate experience in our Preschool classroom.
6. What are the ratios, space, availability and days of your programs?
PC Tots offers Monday through Friday programs, 7:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.
Program | Ratio | Spaces Available
Infants | 1:4 | 8
Toddlers | 1:4| 8
2 Yr Olds | 1:7 | 14
Preschool | 1:14 | 28
7. What if I want to see the PC Tots Center for a tour?
Please email Becca Hasson at firstname.lastname@example.org and our Administration will schedule an onsite visit. We are available for tours 9:00am-12:00pm, Monday-Friday.
8. Do I need to send a breakfast and lunch?
Yes, meals are not provided at PC Tots. We will offer the first packed meal between 8:30 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. if your child arrives after 9:00 a.m. you will need to have fed him or her at home. If your child is bottle fed (formula or breast milk) you will need to prepare the bottle at home, label it with the preparation time, and cool it in our PC Tots refrigerator.
9. What if I am still breast feeding my infant?
If you want to continue to breast feed while your child is in the care of PC Tots, we will provide you will a feeding chair and private space to feed your baby.
10. What is your discipline approach?
PC Tots uses a Positive Discipline approach to encourage positive behaviors in the classroom. To learn more about our discipline approach, please see your Policies and Procedures and Parent Handbook >Discipline.
11. When will I know if we have a confirmed space?
Please submit an Admissions Application under the registration tab to email@example.com. Once your Admissions Appplication has been received, PC Tots will contact you with confirmation that your child has joined our first come-first serve waiting list. When a space becomes available, a representative from PC Tots will contact you to offer a placement for your child. To secure your child's placement, the family will be responsible for the first month of your child's tuition.
12. How do I pay tuition? May I pay with credit card?
PC Tots will have an automated payment system. We accept VISA, Mastercard, Discover, or check. Please no cash. Our payment system will keep your credit card on file for monthly billing purposes.
13. Are there fees and deposits? What is your cancellation policy?
Yes, a tuition deposit is required to reserve a place for your child equal to one month’s tuition. This deposit will be refunded if 30 days’ notice is given to the center, and there is no outstanding balance. Your deposit will be mailed to you once your account is paid in full and cleared by the bank. There is a $35.00 late payment fee charged to each monthly bill received after the fifteenth (15th) day of the month. There is a $5.00 per 5-minute late pick-up fee which is payable within 24 hours of billing.
14. What days are you closed?
PC Tots is open from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. We are open 12 months a year and do not follow the Park City School District vacation and holiday schedules. We are currently only closed seven days during the year: Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Years Day. You will be given ample notice if PC Tots will be open or closed for a specific holiday or due to weather-related conditions.
15. Is there a discounted rate for enrolling more than one child?
PC Tots is dedicated to offering affordable care for families in Park City. We are a small nonprofit and have created rates that are sustainable and which enable us to offer high quality education and childcare. Therefore, we cannot offer discounted rates for more than one child.
16. What are your policies regarding sick children?
PC Tots’ priority is to provide a safe and healthy environment for your children. However, no policy will eliminate the problem of illness endemic to group care – especially of young children – no policy will satisfy all the populations the center serves, and no policy can entirely eliminate the element of subjective judgment inherent to individual situations. Staff will perform a visual daily health check on each child upon drop off every morning. Visual inspection of the child may reveal that the child is lethargic or showing complaints of pain or illness. If there is cause for concern, a teacher will take your child’s temperature. A temperature of over 100 degrees Fahrenheit is for exclusion from the group. Please see our Parent Handbook regarding other illnesses that may exclude your child from care in order to minimize the spread of illness throughout our center.