Does Beanstalk offer part-time care?

Yes, Beanstalk offers 2-day, 3-day, and 5-day options for part-time and full-time programs. Please see our Admissions page for the program and fee schedule; tuition varies per option.

Do you offer a summer camp program?

Yes, our summer camp program is available from July 5th - August 12th, Monday - Friday, 8am - 4pm. Our ‘Bridge to School’ program runs August 15th - 26th, Monday - Friday, 8am - 4pm. Registration is rolling and space is limited. To register your child, click here.

Do you offer before and after school programs?

Yes, Beanstalk offers before and after school care for children in kindergarten - second grade.

What are your hours of operation?

Preschool: Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 3:00pm Extended care: 7:00am - 8:30am and 3:00pm - 6:00pm

What age children do you serve?

2 year olds for our Pre-K Prep program 3 - 5 year olds for our preschool program Kindergarten - Second grade for our after school and summer programs

Do children need to be potty trained?

Yes, we prefer all children ages three and older to be potty trained. If your child is not potty trained, please contact your teacher or school administrator before the first day of class. Toilet training should begin at home. When you feel your child is ready for this developmental step, we will be happy to support your efforts at school. During this process, he/she should continue to wear a diaper/pull-up until he/she has acquired full naptime/bedtime control. Our staff is trained to follow strict diaper/toilet procedures.

What is your school closing policy?

In the event of inclement weather, Beanstalk follows the School District of Philadelphia emergency closings.

Are lunches and snacks provided?

If you are interested in our Smart Lunch program, please click here. However, families may provide their own lunches if preferred. Children who attend Beanstalk between the hours of 3pm and 6pm will be provided a light snack.

Does your facility provide any other types of security?

Yes, we take security very seriously and have: Video Surveillance System Buzz in secured access controlled system Intercom system

What is your discipline policy?

Teachers observe behavior, and model appropriate social behavior (such as working cooperatively or offering support/sympathy to others). They teach active listening skills and ways to resolve conflict. Children are encouraged to approach problems by talking, not hitting.

What if my child becomes ill?

If your child becomes ill at school, the classroom teacher will separate the child from the group and make him/her comfortable on a mat while we notify you to pick him/her up. Please keep your emergency contact numbers updated so that you may respond as quickly as possible to the needs of your child. If your child has a temperature of 101 degrees or a bout of diarrhea, he/she must be asymptomatic for 24 hours before returning to the program. In the event that your child has a rash or a contagious ailment, please notify a school administrator. In certain cases, a doctor’s note may be required. Please notify us if your child becomes ill and will not be attending that day. Please do not send a sick child to school.

Can I send medication to school with my child?

Only medications accompanied by a written prescription will be administered during program hours. Parents are required to sign a medication log permission slip.

I’m arranging for a family member to pick up my child. Do I need to send a note?

Only those listed on the emergency contact parental consent form will be permitted to pick up your child. In the event that no one listed on the emergency contact form is available, a verbal request for release of child may be completed over the telephone. Please note: your call will be verified with a call-back using the telephone number provided at the time of enrollment. Please inform any escorts that we will check picture IDs to ensure they are authorized to pick-up your child. Staff will not release children to anyone who is not authorized by a parent.

Do you have an immunization policy?

Yes we do. All children must be immunized according to the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

What should I do if my child loses an item?

Please label all belongings. Beanstalk is not responsible for lost items. Lost and Found items are kept in a basket in your child's classroom and are donated at the end of the school year if not claimed. Personal belongings should be kept in a bag or backpack, which will be stored in the classroom cubbies.

What if I am late picking my child up?

If a parent or authorized person is late picking up their child, a late fee will be assessed according to the current Beanstalk policy. Children become upset when parents are not on time so please call the school if you know you will be late.

How can I keep up with what’s going on with my child in class?

All parents should sign up for the Beanstalk newsletter here to keep up-to-date. Back-to-School Nights are held according to the school calendar to give parents a chance to hear about the classroom routine and talk with the teachers without the children present. Periodically, teachers will send home Teacher Comments discussing your child’s adjustment to and enjoyment of the classroom routine. Parent-teacher conferences are available upon request.