What should a parent consider when searching for child care?
According to families in our program:
How long is the waitlist?
If you choose to place your child on our waitlist, we will do our best to meet your needs. Please understand there may be a wait for a specific age due to capacity limits.
What are your days and hours of operation?
Our school is open Monday through Friday, 7am to 5pm (restricted hours due to COVID-19)
No children should arrive prior to 7am; cut-off for arrival is 9:30am
What is your ill policy?
It is our goal to keep our students and our teachers well; therefore we ask that ill children not attend school. If your child presenting any signs of illness, we ask you to plan to keep them home for one full day in order for them to fully recover. Once they are fully symptom free with no medicinal assistance then they can return to school.
Are you a licensed facility?
Milestones Learning Center is actively licensed by Florida State's Department of Children and Families. Our license number is C20LE0136. The school seeks to uphold all of the requirements set by this agency. If you have questions regarding our licensing status or how we implement our policies please contact us.
Can you explain the difference between full-time and part-time care?
Full time care is any child who attends more than 3 days a week.
How is VPK different than Pre-K?
VPK is a state funded program for children who are 4yrs old the year prior to their entry into kindergarten.
VPK is a state-funded program designed for first time students; the four-year-old who has never been in a school setting and needs to learn how to socialize prior to heading to kindergarten. It benefits part-time students who have parents working with them at home 2-3 hours a day to prepare them for kindergarten.
Milestones Learning Center is well established in the field of early education and the children in our care generally start at infancy and develop social skills, language and problem-solving skills at the appropriate ages or earlier. Milestones has always exceeded the standards set for four-year-olds by Florida’s Department of Education.
Compared to the state VPK, our program is more user friendly. This means we have no strict attendance requirement - family vacations and sick days can be taken as needed. We have no restrictions on days in which educational instruction can occur. Teachers can teach every day. There is no need for a later lunch hour for students (as meals are not to be a part of the VPK hours), and there is a wider variety of assessment tools used to ensure our students are on track and ready for kindergarten socially, emotionally, and academically. Our curriculum and approach to learning remains the same. We believe learning should be hands-on and fun with extended time given to discover and explore. Lastly, our teachers continue to be the most experienced in their field, our class sizes remain smaller than VPK recommendations with just 10 students in our classes, and our students continue to be in the top of their class as they enter kindergarten. We are proud of our Pre-K students!
What is your vaccination policy?
Our school requires that all children have all immunizations and current health examinations in order to enroll and be issued a start date for care.
Each child must have on file a current Florida immunization record (Form 680) and a Florida physical record (Form 3040) on file at our school. Parents are required to ensure their child’s forms remain current. No children are allowed to attend school if either form expires.
Per DCF, if a child’s form(s) expire, the child will not be allowed admittance into care until the records are updated by their physician.
Do you have a dress code for students?
Who can I contact with further questions?
Call us at 239-301-2962 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Do I need to supply formula/milk for my infant?
Do I need to supply breakfast, lunch, or snacks for my child?
No. All students are provided breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack each day as part of our program at no additional charge.
At no point should foods from home, other than breastmilk or formula, be brought into the school.
For what age children do you provide care?
We meet the needs of children as young as 8 weeks old though 5 years old (pre-kindergarten) with year-round care.
Where are you located?
Milestones Learning Center is located at 19850 Breckenridge Drive, Estero, FL 33928.
What is the difference between a babysitter and a child care business?
According to DCF, "A child care business is not a babysitting service. Families who are looking for quality child care typically desire more than a person to watch their children during working hours. Child care providers offer nurturing, safe, and healthy environments that promote education and growth for children, and that requires knowledge, skills, and abilities only trained professionals have."
When should I stop swaddling my infant?
My child is breast fed. When should I introduce a bottle?
If you plan to have your child in a childcare program you should always have someone offering your breastmilk in bottle form at least 1-2 times a day. This might mean you (mom) will have to leave the room or your little one will only want you to feed them. Babies who consume breastmilk but have been introduced a bottle regularly for several weeks prior to starting care have little issue eating at school.
How will I know if my child is meeting the recommended development milestones for their age?
We complete Ages and Stages Questionnaires (ASQs), a nationally recognized assessment tool, on all children with parent permission. The results will give parents a guideline as to how their child is doing and what areas may need strengthening or a discussion with a medical professional.
My child is a picky eater. Can I bring my own food to school for him/her?
Unfortunately, no. We offer breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks to all children. There is usually something offered at each meal opportunity a child will be interested in eating. We have to be very conscious of children enrolled in our program with severe allergies therefore we can not risk items coming from home that could expose another child to harm. We ask that no foods from home come into the school. If your child eats in the car on the way to school, please plan for them to finish that food item in the car prior to entering school and upon entry to immediately go to the bathroom to wash their hands before heading to class.