Rising Stars FAQ
Rising Stars Frequently Asked Questions
May I come for a tour?
We provide tours Monday-Friday at 9:30-10:30 AM and 2:30-4:30 PM. Call us to schedule a visit.
What is your teaching philosophy?
We believe children learn through play. We believe in nurturing your child’s development in social, emotional, cognitive, and physical skills. We respect your child’s individual differences.
When is Rising Stars open?
Classes are available for drop off/pick up between 7 AM-6 PM Monday through Friday. Rising Stars is open year around. We close for federal holidays, end-of-year holidays, and we follow the Austin ISD holidays.
How many children are enrolled and how old are they?
Rising Stars comprises over 30 families, with infants (starting at three months old) through children up to five years old.
May my child attend part-time?
Yes, Rising Stars has a part-time program.
What are your child to staff ratios and group sizes?
We maintain the following child/teacher ratios...
- Infants - 4:1,
- Toddlers – 5:1,
- Early Preschool – 7:1,
- Preschool – 8:1
What qualifications do your teachers have?
Each class is directed by a Lead Teacher who has had formal training in Early Child Development or Child Development and brings significant classroom experience. Associate and Assistant Teachers, who are supervised by Lead Teachers, also have formal Early Childhood training and often hold a BA, AA, or CDA (Child Development Associate credential).
Are you affiliated with a church or other religious community?
We offer an unbiased curriculum and an inclusive community where all families are celebrated and welcome. We aren’t affiliated with a church or religious community.
What are classrooms like?
Rising Stars classrooms are spacious and well equipped. Large windows provide abundant natural light and a delightful view outside. Classrooms include learning/activity centers such as Home Living, Book Corner, Art, Science/Pets, Manipulatives/Blocks, Music/Listening Center, etc. Weekly themes mean that activities, supplies, and room decoration change regularly, presenting children with new opportunities for exploration.
What is the outdoor play area like?
The main playground features a variety of levels, surfaces, and play choices. Mature trees provide shade during the hot Texas summers. In addition, our separate toddler playground provides a safe place designed specifically for young children to play.
How do you discipline children?
Rising Stars has a philosophy of positive guidance, which depends on mutual respect and an understanding of a child’s needs and developmental level. Positive guidance utilizes redirection, verbalization of misunderstandings, consistency, acceptance of feelings, firmness, and fairness. Children are encouraged to express their feelings verbally and discuss and resolve conflicts rather than "act out" their feelings.
What meals and snacks do you provide?
Rising Stars furnishes healthy, nutritional breakfast, lunch and pm snack for 18 months and up. We avoid food items with added sugar and/or salt. Fresh fruits and vegetables are used whenever possible. View a sample Snack Menu. Parents provide their own child’s lunch, which is refrigerated and may be heated by our staff before serving. Parents of infants supply all food products.
What is your policy for sick children?
The main reasons for excluding children from the Center are...
- the illness prevents the child from participating in routine activities;
- the illness requires more care than the staff can provide without compromising the needs of the other children in the group;
- the child's presence poses an increased risk to other children or adults with whom the child may come in contact.
- Children may not attend if they have a temperature of 100 F or higher, a recognizable contagious illness, an undiagnosed rash, vomiting, or uncontrolled diarrhea. Children may return 24 hours after symptoms disappear.
When do children change classes?
Children start a new program year at Child’s Day in late August when they move up to new classes of same-age children where they typically remain for a year.
Does enrollment continue from year to year?
Once registered, children are guaranteed their spot at Child’s Day until they start kindergarten. Terms of withdrawal are described in the Enrollment Agreement. Placement is not retained for children who withdraw for the summer (or other periods).