OOAK is a private, non-profit, parent-directed early education center. Our mission is to provide individualized care and curriculum that stimulates and nurtures each child in his or her social, emotional, physical, and academic growth.
What to Anticipate
Emergency Contact - One of the forms we ask you to complete when you first arrive is an Emergency Contact form, which includes emergency contact information for you and names of people whom you approve to pick up your child. We will prompt you to update this form on a yearly basis, but ask that you keep this form updated if any information changes in the meantime. This form must be notarized and, for your convenience, our Director is a Notary.
Family Events - Several times a year, children, parents, and staff and their families gather to have fun together. These events include barbecues, a visit to the local pumpkin patch, an annual summer birthday celebration, and/or socials at the One of a Kind.
Fundraisers - To support a nonprofit run preschool center, we hold fundraisers, and the proceeds help us purchase toys, playground equipment, maintenance supplies, services, etc... Year-round fundraisers include collection of can labels and box tops from Box Tops for Education and Campbell’s products, Scholastic book sales bonuses, GoodShop.com, Target Rewards, Office Depot Rewards. Periodic fundraisers have included Papa Murphy's Take 'N' Bake Pizza, Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt, and food sales, like butter braids bread and Eileen's cookie dough.
Holidays - We involve the kids in a celebration of each holiday by decorating the classrooms, having small parties, and other activities. For example, for Halloween, we encourage the children to dress up in their costumes and have a parade inside the center. If there are holidays that you would prefer your child not participate in, please let the director know.
Immunization Records - Don’t forget to bring us a copy of your child’s newest immunizations after each doctor’s visit (we’re required by the Kansas Department of Health to have current records).
Monthly Newsletter - At the beginning of each month, we will email you a newsletter which will include general news from the center, more specific news from each classroom, the month’s menu, and a calendar of upcoming events.
Neighborhood Walks - We take the children in the infant, toddler, and preschool classrooms on regular walks. We keep a signed copy of a walk permission form on file for these purposes. First aid kits, cell phones, and each child’s emergency card are taken on each of these walks.
Photos - A couple of times a year, a professional photographer will come in to take the children’s photos and will offer them for you to purchase.
Transitioning Children to the Next Classroom - We carefully transition your child to the next classroom at an age and developmentally appropriate time.