Does a child need to be toilet trained to attend Strelitz?
Still in diapers? No problem. We do not require two-year-olds to be toilet trained. Teachers will change diapers and work with parents who are in the process of training their child. Most two-year-olds are toilet trained by the end of the school year, but our three-year-old teachers are prepared to change diapers and continue to work with parents on the training process. 

When will my child eat lunch?
Younger infants are fed on demand. Older infants are fed on an every one to two-hour eating schedule.

Toddlers and preschoolers enrolled in the Lunch Bunch option have a designated lunch time from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Children will eat lunch with their classrooms teachers and peers. 

All full-care enrichment students are part of Lunch Bunch. 

Are there after-school activities?
Full-care enrichment students and extended day students participate in designated indoor and outdoor playtimes after 1:00 p.m. From 2:15 to 3:00 p.m., enrichment classes include art, cooking, and large motor activities.

The JCC offers preschool afternoon classes beginning at 12:00 p.m. Please contact us for more details. 

Do children of all ages play together?
In the infant center, infants and wobblers have separate play areas. In the wobbler group, ages range from approximately 12 to 15 months. Toddler room ages range from 16 to 24 months. 

In the preschool, children are divided by age groups into two, three or four-year-old classes. Generally, two-year-olds have a separate playground time from the three and four-year-old students.

What are the ratios?
Infants and toddler classrooms have a one to four ratio. Teacher/student ratios are one to seven in two-year-old classes and one to ten in three and four-year-old classes, though the ratios may be lower. 

Are there any specialty classes?
Infants and toddlers participate in music circle with our music specialist, Cindy Kays. Preschool students, age two to five, also have scheduled music circle times with Cindy, as well as a scheduled library and physical education times. Three and four-year-old students participate in swim instruction.

Are there opportunities for parent involvement?
Parents are encouraged to join the school’s parent organization, Hagananim (The Gardeners). The group enriches and supports the school’s activities and is co-chaired by two parent volunteers. 

Parents and families participate in two distinctive student programs. In the three-year-old classes, parents and other relatives are encouraged to become a Mystery Reader. 

Mystery Readers register for a specific day to come to a child’s class and read a story. Some families provide additional activities coordinated with the story. 

In the four-year-old classes, each student is assigned a week as Family of the Week. During the week, the student and his/her family provide activities or visitors to showcase their interests. 

Do you have to be a member of the JCC to attend Strelitz?
Strelitz Early Childhood families do not have to join the Simon Family Jewish Community Center.  However, families are entitled to a 40 percent discount on JCC membership. Most of our families are members because it is a wonderful center with a state of the art swimming pool and workout facilities.

Do you need to be Jewish to send a child to Strelitz?
Strelitz families do not need to be Jewish, and we are open to the community. Our non-Jewish families appreciate the Judeo-Christian values that we teach our children. Here is a testimonial from a non-Jewish parent:

"We looked at preschools all over the Hampton Roads area before choosing Strelitz. The curriculum incorporating experience-based learning, music, swimming, and art with a commitment to social responsibility, is exactly what we were searching for. Our daughter has blossomed, and we couldn't be happier with our decision." –Carolie Brekke

Do I need to fill out any health forms for my child?
Yes, we require the Virginia School Entrance Health Form for all students. If your child has asthma, a life threatening allergy and/or needs to have medication administered during school hours, please fill out the appropriate forms and return them along with medication.

What if my child has allergies?
Strelitz is an allergy-conscious school. We have a full-time nurse on staff who identifies children with allergies and trains teachers to address medical issues that may arise in the classroom. 

Our school is peanut and tree nut free to ensure the health and safety of those children with life threatening nut allergies. Children are also not allowed to share their lunches because of allergies and kosher laws.  

What's your sick policy? 
Our goal is to keep everyone as healthy as possible. Children who are most contagious or unable to withstand the activities of a school day must be kept home. 

Reasons we will require children to stay home until they are well:

  • Temperature of 100.1°F or above
  • Vomiting or diarrhea more than once in the past 24 hours
  • Contagious disease such as chicken pox or strep throat
  • Unidentified rashYellow or green nasal discharge
  • Not been on a prescribed medication for at least 24 hours or continues to have symptoms

Children with cold symptoms but without fever and who otherwise appear well may usually come to school.

If a child arrives with or develops these symptoms after arriving at school, you will be notified to immediately pick up your child. Children may return when they are symptom free for 24 hours, have been appropriately treated or have been given medical approval to return to child care. 

How do I make payments? 
The Strelitz Early Childhood Education Center uses a third party company to collect payments. FACTS Tuition Management is the payment plan provider used by numerous private and public schools nationwide. 

Payments through FACTS Tuition Management can be set up on a weekly or monthly basis, depending on the program. You can also pay in full for the entire year. Annual tuition must be paid in full by August 1st of the given school year.