F.A.Q.

What is your teacher/child ratio?

6 (six) children per 1 (one) teacher or better

What is your class size?

3-Day AM: Maximum enrollment: 21 students/4 teachers

3-Day PM: Maximum enrollment: 16 students/3 teachers

5-Day AM: Maximum enrollment: 23 students/4 teachers

Kindergarten: Maximum enrollment: 18 students/3 teachers

Are other adults in the classroom?

Every year we welcome students from Northwestern University to enter the classroom as early education students who complete their practicum or student teaching placements here. We have also maintained a close relationship with Macalester College, from our former lab school days. We are fortunate to have energetic, bright and eager Macalester students spend time with our children as part of an off-campus student employment opportunity.

Parents are welcome and encouraged to visit the classroom and spend time with their child, particularly on birthdays or other days that work for the family. We also benefit from parents who bring their special area of expertise into the classroom; we have enjoyed up–close, age-appropriate activities such as visiting with parent paramedics, firefighters, and dentists, and doctors for example.

When do the children go outside?

Our younger children often go outside on a specific day of the week at the end of the school day, weather permitting. In the fall and spring, preschool classes often split into 2 sections for longer daily outdoor time earlier in the daily schedule. On these days, Kindergarten/Pre-K often spends their “gym” time outside, rather than indoors.

Do we offer tuition assistance?

We apply for grants to support need–based scholarships which are awarded as available. Every year we offer work in exchange for tuition assistance. Responsibilities include office and snack helper, school cleaning, and various other tasks. For those with financial need, we offer longer–term payment options. Please see our Program Manager or Director for details.

Do we offer EARLY enrollment?

It is a Jean Lyle Children’s Center policy to accept children into our program who are 3 (3-Day AM/PM) or 4 (3-Day PM and 5-Day PM) by September 1st of the school year they will attend. However, we have made exceptions to this policy on a case-by-case basis, only when there is space available, with the following considerations:

Early enrollment will be considered in our mixed-age, 3-Day PM program for 3 and 4-year old children if the child meets the following criteria:

  • Child is potty trained

  • Child turns 3 by November

  • Child is developmentally prepared for enrollment-this will be determined by a class visit and consultation with the family

  • Family understands that the child will not necessarily be eligible for early enrollment in the St. Paul Public Schools or other schools with a September 1st cutoff

  • Child will enter program once they have turned three, not before.

  • Family understands that early enrollment may necessitate a minimum of three years enrollment at JLCC prior to being accepted into St. Paul Public Schools. The sequence of programs may vary. For instance, the child may attend two years in the 3-Day PM program, followed by 1 year in JLCC Kindergarten/Pre K. Or, 1 year in 3-Day, 1 year in 5-Day AM and 1 year in Kindergarten/Pre K. Enrollment into any of our programs will be based on readiness and recommendation of the Jean Lyle teaching staff.