What is the difference between a Private and Head Start facility?
Mi Escuelita operates 16 classrooms as a delegate agency of Head Start of Greater Dallas. If your family is income eligible for a Head Start classroom, there is no tuition charged. For families that are not income eligible for Head Start, Mi Escuelita operates 6 classrooms at our privately funded (Private) locations. Children enrolled at the Private Pay locations are charged flat fee tuition of $300 per month or $75 per week. Scholarships are available. Curriculum and program services are identical at all locations.
At what age can I enroll my child?
Private centers start enrollment at age 2-1/2. Head Start centers start enrollment at age 3-1/2. All children must be potty-trained prior to enrollment. Unfortunately, Mi Escuelita often has a long waiting list so please be sure to contact a center early to reserve a space for your child.
What is required for enrollment?
In order to enroll in Head Start, Mi Escuelita requires a copy of the child’s birth certificate, immunization records, lead testing results, dental exams, physical exams and parent/guardian’s proof of income eligibility. In order to enroll in the Private Pay, Mi Escuelita Preschool requires a copy of the child’s birth certificate, immunization records, lead testing results, dental exams, physical exams – no income verification for Private Pay.
Is there an enrollment fee?
There is a registration fee of $125 at the Private centers. There is no a registration fee at the Head Start locations.
When is tuition due?
Tuition is due on the first of the month or semi-monthly (per special arrangement). Mi Escuelita accepts VISA, MasterCard, Cashier’s Check or Money Order. Cash is not accepted.
What are the hours of operation?
Generally, Mi Escuelita hours of operation are 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM; however, hours may vary by location. Mi Escuelita follows the DallasIndependentSchool District (DISD) calendar and closes during the summer and for spring and winter breaks.
What is the student teacher ratio?
Mi Escuelita understands the importance of individual interaction with each child and maintains a student teacher ratio of 9:1. There is one teacher for every nine students at Mi Escuelita.
What is the curriculum like?
For over thirty-five years, Mi Escuelita has focused on providing children with an early learning environment that stimulates every area of their development. The curriculum is based on Scholastic early childhood.
In what language is curriculum taught?
To allow your child access to all opportunities in the future, the Mi Escuelita curriculum is taught in English. Children leave the Mi Escuelita program with excellent oral English language skills and are prepared to enter kindergarten at or above grade level. However, at Mi Escuelita we truly honor a child’s first language and we celebrate the rich, cultural heritage of all of our families. Most teachers are bilingual and we provide take-home and culturally appropriate activities to ensure that your child will leave Mi Escuelita as a true dual language speaker.
What are the teacher qualifications?
All Mi Escuelita lead teachers hold either a CDA (Child Development Associate credential) or working toward an advanced degree in early childhood education or child development. Team teachers are all required to get a CDA within 2 years of employment. Teachers receive extensive training throughout the year and are supported by a dedicated staff of educational professionals. Our teachers love working with your child. In fact, the average teacher at Mi Escuelita has been with the program for over seven years.
Does Mi Escuelita provide meals for the children?
Yes, a nutritionally balanced breakfast, lunch, and snack are provided daily for all children. Mi Escuelita has a full-time nutritionist on staff to ensure that your child’s dietary needs are met. Please be sure to notify the nutritionist or site coordinator of any special dietary needs your child might have.
Does Mi Escuelita provide transportation?
In order to encourage “face to face” contact between teachers and parents each day, Mi Escuelita does not provide transportation. Parents must drop their children off and pick them up every day. The bond created between parents, staff and teachers at Mi Escuelita is incredibly strong due to this policy.
Is Mi Escuelita open during the summer?
Mi Escuelita follows the same schedule as DallasIndependentSchool District (DISD) and is not open during summer vacation.