Below is a list of frequently asked questions. If you have more questions about Ahava, please feel free to contact us directly. We’ll be happy to help in any way!
Because we are dedicated to maintaining a low student to teacher ratio, we offer a limited number of spots in each age group. To guarantee your child’s acceptance, we strongly encourage you to register now! We are fully licensed from Bright from the Start.
Our program fills up quickly! When you register, please make sure to indicate the earliest start date that you would like to request, and we will work with you to let you know when a spot is available. We currently have a small wait-pool for our all of our classes for the 2017-18 school year.
Yes. Unlike many preschools, Ahava allows you to enroll at any time of the year, providing there is availability in your child’s age group. When classes are full, we will keep a “wait pool” of interested families.
Ahava’s tuition is very competitive with other metro Atlanta area preschools and is all-inclusive! It includes all food and chlorine-free diapers; there is no annual supply fee. At 4.5 hours, our half-day core program is longer than many other preschools. Additionally, we are open many of the days that other Jewish holidays are closed, such as Sukkot, Simchat Torah and Shavuot. We stay open until 6:00pm on Fridays, year round. Plus, we offer an added level of flexibility – you do not need to commit for the school year. Our monthly billing requires a 30-day leave notice. We accept all major credit cards, and families who take advantage of our auto-draft billing receive a tuition discount!
Yes! Our preschool is open 12 months, which allows for continuity of care and a consistent routine for your child.
Additionally, we change our program from Memorial Day through August to Camp Ahava! Our year-round children enjoy a change of pace, are invited to wear their bathing suits to school, and engage in enhanced water play.
No! While we do close for certain holidays (Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur), we have chosen to remain open to all families for the other holidays when Jewish schools are typically closed (Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret, Simchat Torah, and Shavuot). On these days, we provide programming that is aligned with the holiday that is being celebrated, and offer opportunities for parents to engage in a holiday experience with their child/ren. Our Spring Break is aligned with Passover, to allow our teachers and staff the ability to observe the holiday with their families.
We remain open until 6:00 p.m. in the winter-time. This means some families pick up children after Shabbat has begun on Fridays. We see this as an opportunity to welcome Shabbat at school and we will offer Shabbat-specific programming during the Winter months, so our community can celebrate Shabbat together.
Because we are prepared to welcome your child every day that we are open, both in terms of staffing and materials, we do not offer a refund for days children do not attend. However, we include a benefit for families that children may take one week of vacation each school year at no charge (up to 5 days, depending upon your child/ren’s schedule). We ask that families give 30-days notice when you would like to use your vacation flex-days so that we may adjust your account accordingly. Days do not roll over each year.
Tuition is billed monthly and is payable by the fifth of the month. Your child’s attendance will continue to be billed monthly, until you give a 30-day notice that your child will be leaving the program.
If no notice is given you will not be billed for the next month, however you would forfeit your $300 security deposit.
We provide nutritious, kosher, well-balanced meals and healthy snacks. Children dine family style, as mealtime is an important community event. If your child has any specific dietary needs, please let us know and we will work with you and do our best to accommodate them.
Children in diapers are welcome to attend Ahava and we will provide chlorine-free disposable diapers. We recognize that learning to take care of bodily needs is a self-help skill that develops at different times for individual children. Preschoolers will be supported and guided with patience and understanding as they learn toileting and bathroom skills, such as hand-washing, dressing and leaving the facility tidy for the next person. Teachers will partner with parents to assist the child who has shown signs of physical readiness and an interest in using the toilet by:
- Offering many opportunities and reminders to use the toilet throughout the day.
- Encouraging children to let teachers know when they need to use the toilet.
- Assisting with attire and proper hygiene.
- Reminding children to flush the toilet and wash hands after use.
The teachers will positively reinforce children’s efforts, regardless of the outcome. Children will never be punished or made to feel humiliated for toileting accidents of any kind. Children will not be rushed or hurried as they learn these important self-help skills.
Our goal is to create a warm, loving and secure environment that is conducive to learning, based upon respect for one’s self and for others. At Ahava, we are guided by a respect for each child. We believe that proactive measures (i.e. redirection, structure and teaching), positive reinforcement, and encouragement provide students with information they need to learn and make positive behavior choices. Children are taught and guided through routines and procedures, and teachers reinforce positive behaviors. We do not use corporal punishment or hurtful language.
Children of all backgrounds are welcome at Ahava and we are committed to providing a stimulating and enriched Preschool experience for all. Our program is guided by Jewish values and we teach the children the beauty of Jewish history, cultures and traditions. We respect and honor diversity in our community and seek to create a Preschool where all will be comfortable; a school where children’s awareness of differences among families and between family and school is met with openness and sensitivity.
Unequivocally, YES! When we set out to create the ideal preschool, we had a world of possible curriculums and philosophies to choose from. We chose the Reggio Emilia approach to Early Childhood Education because it is a proven, well-researched model that has been shown to help children prepare for Kindergarten and for life. Additionally, Project Based Learning, which goes hand-in-hand with the Reggio Approach, is now being used at all age levels because it is at the cutting edge of education, and not just for Early Childhood! Many of the finest Elementary and High Schools in the country are choosing to educate children using the Project Approach. Not only will students at Ahava be provided a top-notch academic education, which will ensure that they are attractive applicants for any Elementary School, private or public, Jewish or secular, they will also learn the very important “soft” skills that will stay with them throughout their lives. Our focus on helping children learn Executive Function skills, problem solving and collaboration ensures that they will have everything they need for future success.
Ahava is the Hebrew word for LOVE – More than a Day Care, More than a Preschool, Ahava is your child’s home away from home!