At Ahava, we know each family’s needs are unique and our goal is to offer many programming options to suit your needs. During the COVID-19 Pandemic, our hours and scheduling option is generally limited to a 5-day per week, full day (approximately 8:30 am-4:30 pm) schedule. Please check out our COVID-19 Policies page for more information and don’t hesitate to contact us with questions about your family’s childcare needs.
Our core program runs from approximately 8:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., with staggered drop-off times for each classroom. During this time, your child will have the full Ahava experience, including indoor and outdoor exploration, morning meeting and special activities, such as music and challah baking. All children will receive a healthy, kosher lunch.
Children who attend our Full Day Program transition to a peaceful rest period after lunch, followed by a final snack, goodbye rituals, and short outdoor playtime as they await their grown-ups for pick-up. Children who no longer nap or awaken early are given options for independent play following their shorten resting period and those who may still need a longer nap or prefer a slow wake up are offered a snack on-the-go as they head off for their evening plans.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, our Extended Day is not currently being offered in order to minimize children’s contact with multiple sets of caregivers throughout the day. In the past, we have remained open until 6:00 p.m. for those families who need an extended day of care. We encourage outdoor-, independent-, and small group-play in the late afternoon, as children sometimes can become overwhelmed in larger play groups at this time of day. Children who remain at school into the evening are also offered a small snack late in the day to help stave off that dreaded pre-dinner blood sugar drop.