TFT’s mission is to partner with parents to provide a safe and nurturing place for children to develop physically, learn academically, mature emotionally, live respectfully, and love biblically.

Located on the Tri-City Ministries Germann Road complex, Time for Tots has an inviting and expansive facility to meet the needs of our children.

Visitors often have questions regarding TFT. Browse through the questions below.


What are TFT’s hours?2022-02-15T08:49:31-07:00

We’re open Monday through Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Can my child bring a snack from home? What about birthday treats?2022-02-09T13:05:22-07:00

Yes. We recommend that snacks be nutritious and non-perishable and follow any classroom allergy notices. We require students to bring a labeled, spill-proof water bottle daily.

All birthday treats must be prepackaged. We do not allow homemade treats. The director or teacher will give the parent classroom-specific requirements/allergies and the number of treats to send.

Does Time for Tots have a uniform or dress code?2020-09-16T14:08:35-07:00

No. Children should be dressed in comfortable, practical play clothes and dressed for the weather. We encourage parents to send a spare outfit in case an accident occurs during the day.

What if my child is not feeling well?2020-09-16T14:05:12-07:00

Do not send a sick child to school. If a child arrives with symptoms of illness, the child will not be permitted to stay. Children will be excluded from contact with the other children; seated with the staff at the front desk until parents can be notified.

Please notify us if your child becomes ill and will not be attending that day. We ask that parents notify us when their child contracts a communicable disease. The preschool will notify all other parents about any communicable disease outbreaks (This does not name the child involved just the classroom to indicate highest exposure). A child will not be permitted to attend preschool when he or she have vomited, had diarrhea, or had a fever during the previous 24 hours. Medication may not be administered during program hours, therefore, do not send any in with your child.

What if I can’t pick up my child?2022-02-09T19:48:58-07:00

Parents should complete the sign-out permission form that guides our staff on who can pick up your child. For times when there’s an exception to your list, you may contact our office by email at monica.stinson@timefortots.org.

Staff may not release children to anyone who is not authorized by the custodial parent. If the custodial parent is unwilling to give blanket permission to the non-custodial parent, permission must be granted for each specific occasion. A custodial parent denying blanket release must provide legal documentation regarding custody.

On what holidays/days is Time for Tots not open?2020-09-16T13:55:40-07:00

We observe the following holidays:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Independence Day
  • Thanksgiving Break: Wednesday – Friday
  • Christmas Break: to be announced yearly
When is naptime?2020-09-16T13:52:40-07:00

At TFT we have included a Quiet Time in our daily schedule. Depending upon the age of the child, this could be naptime, but we understand that not all children need to nap so we encourage a Quiet Time so that the child can nap, rest, or look at books. During this time classroom lights are dimmed and music is played softly.  Children who do not nap learn to remain quiet and respect others who are napping.  Children who fall asleep are allowed to wake up naturally.

What meals and snacks are provided?2020-09-16T13:47:42-07:00

The Tri-City foodservice staff provides our lunches. Included in the program ……………….

How do you accommodate allergies and dietary restrictions?2022-02-09T19:52:12-07:00

In order to best meet a child’s special dietary needs, it is essential that the center staff and parents work closely together. Parents should discuss it with the Director and the child’s teachers upon enrollment. Parents must submit written documentation with specific guidelines for addressing each special type of dietary need and food allergy.

We will provide a consent form to distribute medicine at the facility. Either the director’s assistant or the director will distribute the medicine.

If the child’s physician prescribes an Epi-Pen, parents are responsible for providing this in the original packaging with the child’s name on it. This will be kept in the child’s room in case of emergencies.

What is your discipline policy?2020-09-16T13:40:11-07:00

Discipline is a process of learning self-control, respect for others, and responsibility. Positive methods of discipline will be practiced so children are aware of an acceptable code of conduct at school. Efforts to help students understand behaviors that are allowed, accepted, and encouraged (including individual charts, plans, and memos) will be used. Other stop-and-think strategies that lead to positive results through positive reinforcement, good role modeling, and redirection will also be used. For any on-going issues, teachers will communicate with parents so that school and home are working together with a child’s best interests in mind.

To help children learn to manage their actions and feelings, teachers will model sharing, waiting, taking turns, solving problems, controlling impulses, and expressing ideas through words.

What curriculum do you use?2020-09-16T13:36:58-07:00

TFT uses a variety of curriculum resources including the ABeka program.

How will I know what kind of day my child had?2020-09-16T13:35:37-07:00

Electronic notes are sent to parents on a daily basis.  These daily notes include information such as: mood of child, amount of food/lunch child ate, books read, songs and music sang, diapering and potty schedule, activities, outdoor playtime, etc…  Some teachers even send pictures and videos!! 

What qualifications do your teachers hold?2020-09-16T13:33:09-07:00

Our teachers routinely receive professional training.

Our staff and teachers have a range of educational degrees, accreditations, licenses, and qualifications.

Does my child need to be potty-trained?2020-09-16T13:30:14-07:00

We fully understand that “toilet learning” is a process and welcome the opportunity to partner with you as your child goes through the steps of toilet learning.
For children participating in our one-year-old and two-year-old preschool programs, we have a diaper changing area for those children who have not yet started the process. When the time comes, we will work with your child on the toilet learning process.
We encourage you to send your three- to five-year-old child to school in underwear (not diapers), as we work together on toilet learning. We recommend that clothes be sent to school with your child should an accident occur.

How old does my child need to be to attend Time for Tots?2022-02-09T19:53:26-07:00

We accept children as young as 12 months if they are walking. If they are not walking, then the youngest a child can be is 18 months.

If my child completes TFT’s Kinder Prep program, will she be prepared for Kindergarten at Tri-City Christian Academy?2020-09-16T13:20:05-07:00

Yes. Our Kinder Prep program will have your child ready for Kindergarten at TCA. We believe your child will be ready for any area Kindergarten program.

Is my child required to attend Tri-City church?2020-09-16T13:16:29-07:00

No. Although we would love to have your family worship with us, church attendance is not a requirement for admission.

Does your program have a religious component?2022-02-15T08:43:15-07:00

Yes, we are part of the Tri-City ministries and your child’s spiritual development is fostered through unconditional love and support from our staff and includes prayers, songs, Bible lessons, the recognition of Creation, and God’s blessings.

What is the student/teacher ratio?2022-02-15T08:44:45-07:00

All of our classrooms stay within state ratios at all times.

How does TFT communicate with parents2022-02-15T08:46:53-07:00

All parents may feel free to email or call at any time. However, you will be getting updates throughout the day about your child’s activities via our Procare app.

Can I observe/visit my child’s class during the day?2022-02-15T08:52:09-07:00

We invite parents to participate in all events where parents are welcome. Outside of events, we ask that parents only spend a limited amount of time during drop-off to allow the child to expand in their learning and for the safety of all children.

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