Dr. Sheena White will serve on the school’s Senior Leadership Team as Head of Foundations Infant - 2 Year Old Program. 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 will ensure 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 Family Liaison is a dedicated St. Andrew’s staff member specifically for the Foundations program. Each Foundations family is assigned a Family Liaison prior to the start of a child’s enrollment in the program. Family Liaisons establish and maintain healthy relationships with families to specifically collaborate and assist with parenting needs as related to the child and the understanding of the ever changing developmental needs and stages of the child. The Family Liaison role is designed to take into account that every family and every child is different.
The earliest drop-off time is 7:30 am and the latest pick-up time is 5:30 pm. There are circumstances that would accommodate a 6:00 pm pick-up time. 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 readiness to the Pre-K3 program) and has four leveled classrooms based on age as well as development. Shifting between the program levels is based on age and development.
Foundations is a brand new program and will open its doors in July of 2021. Applications open November 2020 and enrollment contracts for the program will be issued at the beginning of January 2021 for the 21-22 school year. The best time to apply is in November and December of 2020 as we will be filling the program for the first time. Starting in January 2021, applications are welcome and enrollment will be on a space availability.
No, Foundations’ 2 year old level is designed to transition into the already existing St. Andrew’s Pre-K3 program. Readiness for Pre-K3 is determined by age as well as development. There will be an internal readiness assessment process but families of two year old Foundations 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 the 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 maintain and update class pages as well as share information directly with parents using various platforms — such as email and Seesaw. Family Liaisons will work closely with parents to bridge the gap between school and family life. Parents can expect daily individualized communication specific to their child from the classroom teacher.