Common Questions


Is the preschool accredited?

Kachina Country Day School has been certified as meeting the standards of the prestigious National Early Childhood Program Accreditation Council since 1997. This program assesses the primary areas that concern you and your child:

1.      Developmental Program

2.      Health & Safety

3.      Indoor & Outdoor Environment

4.      Administration & Professional Quality

5.      Parent, Community & School Relations


How are your classroom groupings determined?

KCDS has 8 preschool classrooms allowing for the enrollment of children beginning at 20 months, in groupings with an age span of approximately 6-9 months.  This provides an environment for building self-esteem and curriculum developmentally appropriate and challenging for all.


What is the student to teacher ratio in the classroom?

In a class where students are under two years of age, there are two teachers for eleven students.  When children are two years of age and older, there are two teachers for fifteen children.


What are the Teachers qualifications?

One or both of the teachers in each classroom will have a child growth and development related degree.  Teachers may have a Bachelor’s or Masters Degree, an Associate Degree, or Child Development Associate Certification.  The average tenure of the preschool teachers is five years.


Do your teachers pursue continuing education?

All teachers are CPR and First Aid certified.  They attend workshops given on campus and various other seminars in the valley.  The teachers attend a minimum of 24 workshop hours annually.


How will my child be introduced to the classroom environment?

The children with their families (grandparents and caregivers welcome) participate in an orientation session before the classes begin.


How will I know what my child does during the day?

Each morning you walk your child to his/her classroom and at the end of your child’s school day, you pick up from the classroom.  This provides you with an opportunity to see your child participating and allows you to talk with the teachers.  This allows you the opportunity to gain insight for discussion with your child.  You should also review the daily highlights posted outside the classroom.  Monthly newsletters and calendars will also give you descriptions of the themes and activities planned.  For a more fulfilling experience, you are invited to participate as a “parent helper” in the classroom.


Will my child’s developmental progress be assessed?

Parent/Teacher conferences are held twice a year at which time developmental progress is reviewed.  Additionally, pre-kindergarten students are screened for kindergarten readiness.


What special programs are presented to my child?

The classroom teachers begin the “Zoo-phonics” program for reading readiness.  When children reach the appropriate age, we introduce Spanish and PE.  Field trips are also included in the curriculum of children ages four and above.


Do you offer extended day programs?

Childcare is available before school from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and after school in the afternoon from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Breakfast and a late afternoon snack are included.          


Do you offer summer camp?

Kachina offers three summer sessions of four weeks each.  Activities include special guests such as puppet shows and a petting zoo.  This offers your family a continuing program for you and your child to remain comfortable and secure in their familiar school setting.


What is Core Knowledge based learning?

While current events and technology are constantly changing, there is a body of lasting knowledge that should form the core of a K-8 grade curriculum.  The Core Knowledge sequence provides a clear outline of content to be learned grade by grade.  This sequential building of knowledge helps ensure that children enter each new grade ready to learn.  Please take a moment to read through the Core Knowledge literature which will outline what your child will be taught. (Can be found in the Kachina Paperless section of the website or in the office)

What is the student to teacher ratio in the classroom?

Kachina's private school program maxes out at 15 in a classroom with one teacher, but generally prefers class sizes around 10 to 12. When enrollment demands, we may place an aide in the room with the teacher to maintain our excellent ratio as we believe it is one of the fundamental benefits of our program's methods.

What is the Afternoon Specials program?

To help facilitate a well rounded education, students are taught their core curriculum in the morning and rotate classes in the afternoon.  Teachers teach the afternoon programs based on their knowledge on a particular subject.  Each student is given the opportunity to participate in Art, Computer Science, Audio/Video Communications, Sports, Music (School of Rock), Choir, Agriculture, Drama, Foreign Languages, and Peer Tutoring throughout the week.  Along with these afternoon programs, Kachina encourages teachers to take field trips as an additional learning tool.

What documentation will I need to complete for enrollment?

Enclosed is the registration form, records release form and emergency information card.  Please return these documents along with a copy of your child’s birth certificate and immunization records and your check or credit card for the $250 Registration Fee.

Who are the administrative staff members?

Janece Kline- Executive Director
Chelsea Lipson- Preschool Director
Chris Hawkins- Student Coordinator & Instructor
Emma Hales- Administrative Assistant

What are the school hours?

Monday through Thursday, school is in session from 8:30am-3:30pm.  Friday is a half day ending at 12:30pm.

What is Kachina’s uniform policy?

Kachina follows a school uniform policy to promote school safety, improve discipline, and enhance the learning environment. Shirts are embroidered with the school logo and come in white, grey and light blue.  Uniforms are available for purchase on campus.  Pant, skirt and short colors are black, khaki or navy blue, and may be purchased at any store.  Closed shoes are required.

Is before and aftercare available?

Yes, both are available at a rate of $5 per hour.  Before care begins at 7:30am and aftercare is available until 5:30pm.  You will need to sign out your child when picking them up.

What Enrichment programs are available after school?

Please check in the office for a current list of Afternoon Enrichment Programs!

Is a lunch program available?

Yes, We have a full kitchen and staff on site to prepare a hot lunch for the kids Monday-Thursday. Friday’s lunch is served in Aftercare.

Where do I drop off/pick up my child for school?
Drop off and pick up are located by the school front entrance.  Classes line up in the parking area for dismissal.  There is a teacher in charge of directing traffic and making sure that students are safely escorted to the car.