So far the start of the new school year has been going well. All of our preschool teachers were able to attend 3 days of training with St. Paul Schools learning about their curriculum format, Early Childhood Workshop.
We opened our second preschool classroom at our Como location. Ms. Marnita is leading Preschool A and Ms. Tajae is leading Preschool B. It's wonderful to see our preschool program growing!
We've had some new staff come aboard. Ms. Marjane joined the infant team and Ms. Lacey joined the toddler team at Como. Ms. Christine is helping out at Hamline while Ms. Julie is out with an ankle injury, Ms. Emily joined the Toddler classroom and Ms. Michelle joined the Pre B classroom at Hamline. It was really great having our new team join us for our October training day. We had a full training day with a session on Special Needs and a session on Culture titled "What's in a Name?" with some guest trainers.
Once the school year started I got very busy going to visit programs seeking NAEYC Accreditation, making a short trip out to visit a couple of programs in Iowa and North Dakota (more about my visits in the next post).
What Keith and I have really been busy with is getting our 3rd location up and running. We ran into some delays with the building inspector, but he finally signed off on the upper level which means we can open with infants. Our licensing visit is October 30th and we will open with children on November 4th. Ms. Rhonda, who was my original Infant Teacher when I opened in October 2012 has moved back to Minnesota from Arizona and will be the Lead Infant Teacher/Site Supervisor. We are ecstatic to have her back with us! Ms. Myranda who has been working at Como will be moving over to the IGH location when it opens...she's almost done with her Child Development Associate Credential (CDA). I've known her all my life so I'm like a proud mama bear!
Here are some pics of the infant room at IGH...it's big! The licensor said we can have up to 24 babies...can you imagine?!? We will probably do 12 or 16 at the most.