Daycare offer the bare essentials - they make sure your child is cared for and looked after for the day. Daycares lack the structure, curriculum and education of a preschool. Daycare is a place to drop-off and go to work. Staff are generally caregivers, and typically focus on supervision and safety alone.
Preschool is school. It is designed as a learning environment, staffed with professional teachers who have a passion for educating the whole-child. Curriculum is intentionally planned, with purpose behind each decision. Preschools tend to be more of a whole-family experience.
OVP ratios are far lower than public TK. A typical TK class has 24 kids with 2 teachers. Our Pre-K has a ratio of 8:1. Second, pubic school campuses are not laid out with little bodies or their social-emotional needs in mind. Studies have found that the largest portion of the day in public TK is spent simply moving children around the campus and reprimanding them for typical 4 year old behavior.
OVP is laid out specifically for "little bodies" and their social-emotional needs.
Our youngest classes have 12-14 kiddos and our Pre-K has 16-18 kiddos. All classes have 2 highly qualified co-teachers.
You are more than welcome to waitlist online, but we do require that you take a tour before you are registered. If a spot is available, and you are able to register, we will send all the enrollment paperwork the Spring before the new school year begins (August). The waitlist fee is non-refundable and applied to your registration fee should a spot become available.
OVP is inspired by a variety of philosophies and approaches that are based on the best practices in our field. We blend these together into a program that fosters learning and lays the foundation for the best possible social, emotional, physical and cognitive development.
OVP is open from 8 am to 5 pm M-F. Early drop off (8 am) is included in tuition. School begins at 9am. We have both half-day and full-day programs available. Half-day is until 12:30 and full-day is until 3:00. Aftercare/Enrichment is available from 3-5pm for an additional fee. See our Enrichment Page of a description of our fabulous classes.
We do not require our 2-year-olds to be potty trained. Once they move to a 3-year-old class at the beginning of the next school year (mid August), they need to be completely out of diapers and pull-ups.
No, we are a year-round school.
We provide a morning and afternoon snack. You provide lunch.