For your convenience, The Montessori School of the Mahoning Valley offers a wonderful alternative to traditional daycare, without the inconvenience of shuttling your child to another facility. No matter what your child care needs are, our Extended Care Program can meet them with convenience, continuity, security and flexibility – with the added benefit of the Montessori environment. The Extended Care Program also offers flexibility by allowing you to contract for the days and periods of time that fit your individual needs and schedule.
**Please Note: Due to COVID-19 health and safety guidlines, we will not be offering Occasional Care for the 2020-2021 school year. All Extended Care use will be by contract only.**
A.M. Extended for Early Drop-off
Our Morning Extended Care program is for families who need to drop off children before our scheduled 8:15 arrival time. From 7:30 to 8:30, Morning Extended Care is a peaceful transition from the morning rush at home to the exploration and discovery of the school day.
Afternoon Extended for Half Day Primary Students (Preschool) 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Our Afternoon Extended Care offers the continuity of the fine academic program your child experiences during the Half Day Program in familiar surroundings with nurturing adults who know and understand your child’s individual needs, providing a sense of security for you and your child.
After the Half Day Program has concluded, the Extended Care Program begins at 11:30 a.m. with lunch. Your child will enjoy having lunch with friends while gaining practical life skills in table manners, nutrition, and tidying up.
Lunch is followed by recess at 12:00 p.m. Your child will have a half hour of outdoor playtime with friends on our park-like playground, under the watchful eye of our trained staff. When the weather is inclement, children play indoors with a variety of challenging games, puzzles and toys that stimulate the creative mind and promote social engagement.
Between 12:30 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. your child will transition to a peaceful rest period that will last for the length of time that meets your child’s individual needs – if he needs to sleep, he sleeps; if she doesn’t nap, she gets up and continues learning in the classroom environment. This continuity is a bonus for children who, in another setting, might be required to remain on a cot while others sleep. This afternoon period allows the burgeoning mind to continue to explore and discover – a healthy alternative to watching television or other forms of passive “babysitting.”
By 2:30 the children are all awake and ready for a mid-afternoon snack., while the other children prepare for 3:00 p.m. dismissal. This dismissal takes place in the same manner as our drive-up drop-off in the morning.
After School Extended for All Ages! 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
School-aged children enter our Extended Care after their 3:00 p.m. dismissal from class. You may choose to pick up your child in our afternoon dismissal carline, or allow your child to participate in the Extended Care program until as late as 5:30 p.m. The After School period is filled with free play outdoors (or indoors in inclement weather), a nutritious afternoon snack with friends, practicing practical life skills through care of the school environment, and special projects. Special projects are periodically scheduled, such as crafts or other projects inspired by the children’s interest, needs, and developmental stages.