Dr. Sheena White serves on the school’s Senior Leadership Team as Head of Foundations. Dr. White holds degrees in elementary, reading, and early childhood education and has over ten years of experience in early childhood classrooms. Under her leadership, Foundations ensures St. Andrew’s remains the leader in educational innovation and excellence in Mississippi.
Ed.D Early Childhood Education M.S.Ed. Reading Education B.S.Ed. Elementary Education B.S. Childcare and Family Education
Prior to a child’s start in the Foundations program, specific classroom schedules will be shared and reviewed with parents. Parents can expect plenty of time for educational engagement and stimulating interactions during the school day. Students will have opportunities for morning and afternoon outdoor interactive playtime, including our infants. Our infants will have individualized diapering and feeding schedules. Our toddler meals and snacks are served family-style with children engaged in conversation. We also will work on toilet training when developmentally appropriate. Nap time is a very important part of the day for Foundations students of all ages.
Foundations is designed to be the beginning of a child’s educational journey. The program is not just about quality child-care to meet the needs of today’s parents. With a focus on the brain development of each child, Foundations will help ensure students are on track to meet or exceed developmental milestones in all areas and will work with parents to ensure success for all. In the event that a child needs additional support in specific areas, this need will be identified and ameliorated quickly by Foundations staff during a time when a child’s brain is most elastic. As part of the larger St. Andrew’s culture and community, Foundations also embraces each individual child and family.
The earliest drop-off time is 7:10 am and the latest pick-up time is 5:30 pm. Yes, there is flexibility on arrival and departure times. Each family’s Family Liaison will assist with any scheduling nuances if needed.
The Foundations program is designed for infants 6 weeks of age through three years of age and has six leveled classrooms based on age as well as development. Foundations allows for a seamless transition to our Pre-K3 program.
No, Foundations 2 year old level is designed to transition into the already existing St. Andrew’s Pre-K3 program. There will be an internal readiness assessment process but families of Pre-K2 students do not need to formally submit an application to PK3. Students have to turn 3 by August of the Pre-K3 year.
Foundations is the beginning of a wonderful educational journey at St. Andrew’s, and families can expect detailed and frequent communications just as with older grades. Head of Foundations, Dr. Sheena White, will send a weekly communication to all Foundations’ parents. Individual classroom teachers will share information directly with parents using various platforms such as email and Seesaw. Parents can expect daily individualized communication specific to their child from the classroom teacher.