FAQ

  • Practical Information

    What are Tiniciti’s hours of operation?

    We are open Monday to Thursday 8 AM – 8 PM Friday 8 PM – 11 PM Saturday 10 AM – 11 PM
    Exception: some holidays: please see your annual school calendar for details.

    How do we get to TiniCiti at 1221 Brickell Suite R 18, and where can we park?

    We are located not in the 1221 Brickell high rise but behind the 1221 Brickell building, off of 13th Street.

    Our facility is actually attached to the parking building of 1221 Brickell. You will enter the parking building from 13th Street and drive to Level 2 where we have reserved parking for parents dropping off and picking up children. It is just a few feet away from the parent’s entrance, which is secured and opened with your own password. You may park in these spots for up to 15 minutes totally free. Just have your parking ticket validated with the stamp located at the front desk.

    For which holidays does the school close?

    • Martin Luther King Day ( Jan 21, 2013)
    • Presidents Day ( Feb 18, 2013)
    • Good Friday ( March 31, 2013)
    • Memorial Day ( May 27, 2013)
    • Labor Day (Sept 2, 2013)
    • Columbus Day (Oct. 14, 2013)
    • Veterans Day (Nov. 11, 2013)
    • Thanksgiving Day ( Nov. 28, 2013)
    • Day After Thanksgiving (Nov 29, 2013)
    • Christmas Eve (Dec. 24, 2013)
    • Christmas Day ( Dec. 25, 2013)

    Does my child need to be here all day? When can I pick up my child?

    No. We do offer part time schedules for children of all ages as some stay-at-home parents may prefer a part-time schedule to give their children some education and social skills. However, we recommend that children three and above are enrolled full time, as there are important components to our educational endeavors that take place in both the morning and the afternoons which supplement each other.

    Are you licensed?

    Yes, Tiniciti is licensed by the Department of Children & Families and as such, is regularly monitored for compliance with the ordinance governing child care centers.

    Do you run on a 12-month or 9-month calendar? Do I need to pay tuition for the entire year?

    We are a ten-month program. Parents are responsible for tuition from the first day of school through August 31st of the school year. Parents who withdraw a child for an extended period of time (e.g. vacation) are still required to pay for those months. All deposits, fees and tuition are non-refundable.
    We open our doors during the summer months as a summer camp program, serving children ages 3 months – five years. Summer Camp enrollment and fees are separate from the schoolyear.

    How often do you clean the classrooms?

    To decrease the spread of illnesses and germs, general
    housekeeping chores are part of the teachers’ daily routine and toys are sanitized often. A professional cleaning crew also takes care of cleaning, vacuuming and mopping on a nightly basis. They also clean rugs/carpets and wax the floors as needed.

    How often do the children go on field trips?

    Field trips can enhance the curriculum and children’s learning experiences. The teachers will arrange several field trips throughout the year, guided by the appropriateness for the age, weather conditions and interests.

    Do you pick up from area schools?

    We have not started a pick-up service yet, but parents are welcome to bring their elementary school children after school for recreational as well homework assistance.

    Children's Safety

    My child has allergies. How can I make sure you will take care of it?

    Please note it on the Child Enrollment Form when you are filling it out and be sure to update it. It is very important that our staff has all health and other information on your child so we can provide the best care.

    How do you check the person picking up my child?

    Tinicti follows strict guidelines for your children’s safety. When you first fill out the Enrollment Form, you as the custodial parent(s) or legal guardian will be listing the near and dear ones authorized to pick your child up. If there is a change in their status, you will need to update your Enrollment Form at our office. Each time one of the designated people comes to pick your child up, we will ask for a picture ID and also ask the person to sign the child out.

    Can outsiders walk into the facility?

    Not at all. Our front entrance can only be opened from the inside and not from a remote buzzer. A staff person will personally opeen the door after making sure that the visitor has a legitimate reason to visit. Our rear entrance adjacent to the parking can only be opened by parents and staff using their own pass codes.

    Tuition and Fees

    What are your rates?

    Please ask for the full list of Tuition Fees for the various age groups and schedules.

    How can we pay the monthly tuition? Can we do an automatic payment?

    Tuition is due on the first of the month. There is a five day grace period. Afterwards, families will be liable for late fees. We do offer an automatic payment program. Payments may also be made via check.

    Children's Education

    Will my child be ready for Kindergarten?

    Yes, very much so. Our approach to early childhood education, incorporating twenty first century skills such as collaboration, problem solving, and learning to learn, prepares them for success in Kindergarten and beyond. At Tiniciti, children build the foundation for literacy, math,and science, creative, motor and social skills they will need to succeed in later schooling.

    What curriculum do you follow?

    Please see the sheet describing our professionally designed Early Childhood Educational curriculum. Our curriculum is a distillation of various leading early childhood philosophies and systems with a special emphasis on new age values such as environmental education.

    Do you have VPK?

    Tiniciti is in the process of implementing the VPK program effective Fall, 2012.

    Will my child move to an older class during the year?

    In general, we do not move children from one class to the next except at the end of the school year in August. They stay with children their own age and have a greater opportunity to bond with their teachers and form friendships with the other children of the class.

    Food and Nutrition

    Do you provide meals and snacks?

    Tiniciti provides an organic hot lunch catered by a reputable firm. Healthy snacks and juices are always on hand. So please don’t be concerned. Your child will never go hungry at Tiniciti or eat the wrong foods. An updated menu can be seen in the classrooms.

    Can I send the food my child likes?

    We realize that due to religious or dietary reasons, our menu, as healthy it is, may not be right for your child. In that case, please bring your own food every day but we do ask that it should be healthy. Fast foods are discouraged.

    Classroom

    Do the children nap? What about the older children?

    We offer rest time each afternoon. We provide a cot or mat for all children with the expectation that they will use the time to rest. As the children get older, we will allow other quiet naptime activities. A washable, size-appropriate, labeled blanket needs to remain at the Preschool for rest-time and will be sent home weekly for washing.

    My child is not potty trained. Any problem?

    Children train at their own pace and we realize that. Therefore, it is not a problem. Just let us know when you first enroll.

    My child is “special need.” Can I enroll?

    TiniCiti is an inclusive child care center but we cannot claim to have any special expertise in such conditions as autism, ADHD and so on. Neither can we maintain the staff-to-child ratio required by special needs facilities.

    What do the children do outside of the preschool hours?

    We never merely babysit. Even though the preschool hours when the educational program is at its peak is usually between 9AM and 3PM, Monday to Friday, our teachers are teaching and directing the children in constructive activities at all times. During the off hours, teachers direct the children to engage in group activities such as arts, crafts, sing-along, or individual activities such as reading, computers, games and puzzles or music.

    Admissions and Starting School

    When can my child start? How old do they need to be?

    We serve children from 6 weeks to 5 years old in the preschool, early childhood program. However, children as old as 12 years are perfectly welcome to drop-in during the evenings or on Saturdays in case you need to work or have plans during those hours. We have enough resources to keep them occupied in a constructive way.

    What is the application process for new students?

    Families interested in considering Tiniciti for their children’s education should contact the Director. The admissions process is as follows:
    1. Contact the school to schedule an initial visit and request an information packet.
    2. Attend our Fall Open House or one of our scheduled school tours.
    3. Complete and submit an application.
    4. After we receive your child’s application, we will work with you to schedule a classroom visit for him or her.

    We’ve been offered a spot for our child for the upcoming school year. What do we need to do to secure that?

    To hold your child’s space in our school, we require a completed registration forms and enrollment packet, and deposit payment within one week’s notice of admission. All deposits, fees and tuition are non-refundable.

    Staff

    What are the staff qualifications?

    Lead teachers exceed the basic DCF licensing requirement and necessary qualifications. All have taken formal early childhood education classes, and hold degrees in early childhood education or a related field.
    Assistant teachers also exceed basic requirements. Most of our assistant teachers are degreed. Others have early childhood education training and/or several years of experience working in an early childhood setting.
    All teaching teams function as equals; co-teaching and sharing the responsibilities of the classroom are essential components to a constructive curriculum.

    What is the hiring process for new teachers? Do you do background checks?

    All of our teachers, full-time and substitute, go through an interview process with the Director and our current teaching staff. They spend time in a classroom for a working interview as well.
    We check references and perform thorough background checks for all staff, including substitute teachers. The clearance covers all 3 levels – local, state and national.

    Do you have ongoing trainings for the staff?

    We believe that it is important for our teaching staff to be dedicated learners themselves, and we provide numerous opportunities for continuing education and professional development throughout the year, including trainings, conferences, mentoring and classes, as well as CPR and First Aid certification.