What ages do you care for?
OWC cares for children ages 6 weeks-Jr. Kindergarten. We also offer before & after school care for older siblings and "graduates" to age 10 that attend Minges Brook Elementary.
What are your operating hours?
We are open Monday-Friday from 7:30am-6:00pm. Families may choose year round care or school year care (Sept-June).
What about holiday closings and weather related closings?
Our World is closed for the following holidays: Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and the day after, Christmas Day plus two days, New Year's Eve, New Year's Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, and July 4th. If a holiday falls on a weekend, the parents will be informed in advance of the connected weekday OWC will be closed.
We make every effort to remain open during winter weather and do not base our decision on local school closings.
How will you keep my child safe?
A biometric fingerprint scan is required to enter our locked childcare center. All visitors are required to show photo ID and must be authorized at the reception desk. Our classrooms all have closed circuit video cameras, one way viewing windows for parents to look in, and telephones/intercoms. Our playgrounds have safety surfacing and are completely fenced in. We perform fire, tornado, and lockdown drills according to state requirements.
All OWC and St. Mark Lutheran Church staff must submit to a criminal history background check before being eligible for employment. All lead teachers and OWC administrative staff are CPR, First Aid, and AED trained and certified. Our Director and Assistant Director are available to provide the teachers and parents with any needed support. Student immunizations are kept current and our sick policy is enforced to ensure the health of your child in our care.
What will my child learn? Is it daycare or preschool?
OWC is a fully licensed early education center. Children are constantly learning and growing while they are with us. Active play activities encourages a natural sense of curiosity, independence, and self-confidence. Our teachers use a curriculum that helps children learn at every stage of development through group led activities and independent learning in classroom centers.
Do you have a curriculum plan?
OWC uses leading resources for early childhood education. Each week there is a universal theme all our classrooms learn about. Your child will have learning activities in six core learning areas to match that theme. Each distinct area is designed to facilitate learning, is developmentally appropriate for your child's age, and is fun so your child will want to participate and learn. The six core learning areas taught each day in the weekly themes are: language literacy activities, fun circle activities, marvelous math activities, awesome art activities, social skills children must know including respect and responsibility, musical fun songs and rhythm, and helping children learn, love and follow Jesus Christ.
What would a typical day look like for my child?
Our infant class does not operate on a set schedule, each infant's schedule is individualized based upon demand for feeding, diapering, napping, and rocking.
Toddler and Preschool classes have a daily schedule that varies depending on the age of the student but includes time for both group and individual activities, and provides a variety of settings. Developmental areas include physical, social, emotional, and intellectual. Each class has a daily schedule posted in their classroom.
Will my child go on field trips?
At this young age we don't take the child on field trips but we do bring the field trip experience into our center. We have had visits from Critchlow Alligator Sanctuary, Binder Park Zoo, dentists, doctors, an airplane pilot, firemen, police K-9 units, and many other great learning experiences for your children.
My child can't come on his normal day this week, could he come a different day instead?
Your child's scheduled days and times are not interchangeable. On the days your child is not scheduled to attend, that spot is often filled with a different child.
When will my child transition to the next class?
Infants transition to a young toddler classroom after their first birthday and when they show indications they are ready to move to such as; beginning to walk, drinking from a sippy cup, and being able to feed themselves finger foods. Once the teachers begin to see these signs they will recommend to our director that the child is ready to transition and the parents are included in discussions of what is best for the child.
Toddlers and preschoolers will transition to the next class in the fall regardless of when their birthday is, just like they will in elementary school.