The Whitefish Community School is a fun, safe, and nurturing place where children 18 months through 6 years of age learn about the world through monthly themes using dramatic play, sensory exploration, creative art projects, literature, and teacher-guided learning experiences. Our caregivers focus on positive character development, kindergarten-preparedness, and healthy, happy kids!
The Whitefish Community School (WFCS) was established in 2004 as a 501 c 3 non profit pre-school to meet the early educational needs of the Whitefish community. We provide a safe, creative, nurturing environment in which children explore and learn together while developing a positive attitude toward life and learning. We involve parents in a collaborative effort to develop and administer the program, and create a sense of community that fosters lifelong friendships. Whitefish Community School is truly a community organization that is governed by a board of current parents. To encourage this collaborative effort, we require each family complete 2 volunteer hours per month their child is enrolled. Volunteer opportunities can include anything from joining our Board of Directors, to driving children to and from field trips, helping out at various work parties, helping teachers prepare art projects, and reading to the kids.
We maintain a 6:1 student to teacher ratio with a maximum of 12 children per day, except during our 3 overlap hours which allow for 4 additional children during that time. Children, from 18 months through age six, participate at their own pace in individual activities as well as in multi-age groups. We maintain an age-tier to ensure an effective mix of children. During any given morning or afternoon, we enroll no more than five children under three years of age. All of the remaining children fall between three and six years of age.
As a licensed child care facility, we require that all children enrolled are up to date on all vaccinations according to their age. Immunization Requirements
- To meet the early childhood education needs of the Whitefish Community by providing a safe, creative, nurturing environment in which children explore and learn together while developing a positive attitude toward life and learning;
- To involve parents in a collaborative effort to develop and administer the Whitefish Community School program;
- To promote kindergarten readiness in preschool-aged children in all areas of development, including cognitive, social-emotional, and physical development; and
- To create a sense of community that fosters lifelong friendships
At WFCS, we offer several session choices per day and flexible scheduling to meet the needs of our families as best as possible.
Full Day Session: 8am-5:30pm
AM Session: 8am-1pm AM+Overlap Session: 8am-3pm
Overlap+PM Session: 12pm-5:30pm PM Session: 1pm-5:30pm
DAILY SCHEDULE (SUBJECT TO SLIGHT CHANGES)
8:00-8:30 Free Play
10:15-10:35 Music and Movement
10:35-11:00 Circle/Calendar/SMART Board
11:15-11:35 Dramatic Play
12:30-1:00 Outside Nappers
12:30-1:30 Outside Big Kids
1:30-2:00 Quiet Time
2:30-2:50 Music and Movement
2:50-3:15 Circle/SMART Board
4:35-5:00 Dramatic Play
5:00-5:30 Free Play/Outside
We serve healthy, well-balanced, family style meals for breakfast, lunch and snack. These include organic milk, fruits and vegetables, as well as hormone and antibiotic free meat, poultry and eggs. We participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) which is a federal program that provides funding for nutritious meals and snacks to children while they are in child care. The CACFP promotes:
- Optimally nutritious meal service
- Physical activity
- Healthy lifestyle choices
- Nutrition and food safety
To maintain eligibility to receive benefits from this program, each staff member completes 4 hours of annual training (2 hours to update current regulations and 2 hours of nutrition and/or food safety training).