frequently asked questions

How do I apply to Great Expectations?

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Where is the school located?

Great Expectations is located at the Marindale campus at 850 Del Ganado Road in San Rafael.

What kind of child thrives at Great Expectations?

Each child has a different learning style, and at Great Expectations, we aim to be the right fit for children across various developmental stages. This mixed learning setting will enable a supportive and nurturing environment for children of all abilities. We have an excellent child: teacher ratio, which will allow for individualized attention and a focus on each child’s strengths and interests.

I am a working parent. How will Great Expectations work with my schedule?

Our regular school hours are 8:45 am-12:45 pm, with extended hours from 7:30 am – 6:00 pm Monday through Friday.
A variety of options exist to put together a schedule that works for your family. Please discuss with us your particular needs.

How do you support families?

We expect our teachers and professionals to communicate frequently with families. Opportunities for communications include drop off and pick up, parent meetings, email, blog posts, newsletters and phone calls. Our teachers and administrators will partner with you to create a positive experience for your child. We encourage families to talk to us if they have any concerns or feedback.

Does my child have to be potty trained?

Your child does not have to be potty trained.

How many children are in the classroom?

There will be up to 18 children in the classroom.

How many teachers will there be in the classroom?

During regular hours, we will have 1 general education teacher, 1 special education teacher, and 2 para-educators. During extended hours, we will have a minimum of 1 teacher and 1 para-educator.

What are the age ranges of the children?

The ages of the children will range from 3 to 5 years old.

What is a typical day at the classroom?

Great Expectations focuses on play and project based learning. The day will include time for language, art, science, movement, gardening, free play, and drama.

What is Inclusive Child Care?

An inclusive child care program is like any other child care program except that it includes children with special needs. In an inclusive program, children with special needs participate in the same routines and play experiences as their peers who are typically developing. Providers treat all children as individuals with special strengths, recognizing that some need more support than others. Communication between the school, families, and specialists will help teachers get to know each child and determine how to make adaptations to routines and the environment in order to provide for each child’s individual needs.

What are the Benefits of Inclusive Child Care?

Inclusive child care provides an advantage for typically developing children. They will get a chance to learn about acceptance, appreciation of differences, and recognition that everyone has something to contribute.


Please contact Lynn Nichelin, Preschool Director, at 415.499.5892