What are your hours and days of operation? (UPDATED 2/12/15)
Little Lambs Learning Center operates Monday through Friday from 6am-6pm throughout the year.
The center is closed on these holidays: Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.
We have found from previous experience that many parents don't need care during the school Christmas break. The weekdays between Christmas and New Year's Day will be considered "opt in" days for care. Families in our center will not automatically be charged for these days, but those needing care at that time will get it by letting us know their need ahead of time. This policy gives relief to families who don't need care on those days and allows us to give some of our staff important rest and time off. This policy is explained more fully in our parent handbook.
When will you begin taking enrollments? (UPDATED 2/12/15)
While we currently have a waiting list for every age level, we are working hard to find qualified teachers and staff. We encourage parents to "get on the list" so that they can start getting care when teachers come on board. It is our hope that we will be fully staffed sometime this summer, if not sooner.
If you or someone you know is interested in working with children in a safe, Christian environment let us know!
When will your permanent space be finished? (UPDATED 2/12/15)
We finished major construction on our permanent facilities in early November and officially moved right after Thanksgiving. We still have a few minor things to finish up, but our center is fully inspected, fully licensed, and fully furnished. Even if you're only able to get on our waiting list at this time, feel free to schedule a tour. We love to show off our new center!
How many children can Little Lambs care for? (UPDATED 2/12/15)
Now that we are in our permanent space, we are licensed to care for a total of 90 children at one time. This includes 16 infants in two rooms, 24 toddlers in two rooms, and 50 preschool-aged children in our two preschool rooms.
All our classrooms maintain or exceed required state ratios for teachers and students. This means that we have one teacher for every four infants, one teacher for every five or seven toddlers (depending on age), and one teacher for every ten or 12 preschoolers (depending on age).
Our capacity is currently limited not due to space but to staffing. Little Lambs Learning Center considers a low student:teacher ratio to be important in children's development. This means it may take us a bit longer to reach our full capacity as we search for qualified teachers, but it also means that we don't have to sacrifice the quality of our program while we grow.
When will Little Lambs Learning Center be open? (UPDATED 2/12/15)
We are open now!
Little Lambs opened in temporary space back on August 1st, 2014. Our permanent facilities are now complete on our lower level and we are working to find qualified teachers so that we can care for as many children as possible.
While we do have waiting lists at this time, we encourage parents to "get on the list" because our list shortens every time we are able to add staff members. It is our hope to be at full staff sometime this summer, if not earlier.
Does Little Lambs accept families needing childcare assistance? (UPDATED 2/12/15)
Yes, our childcare center works with parents who qualify for childcare assistance from the State of North Dakota or other child welfare agencies. Parents who think they may qualify for assistance should speak to our director about the required paperwork and specific policies. Income levels for assistance were lowered by the North Dakota Legislature in 2013, meaning more families than ever have access to quality childcare and preschool instruction.
You can find information about the Childcare Assistance Program by clicking this link.
How does the waiting list work at Little Lambs? (2/12/15)
We wish it wasn't so, but we have far more families and children looking for care than we can currently serve. This makes waiting lists necessary. We maintain separate waiting lists for the infants, toddlers, and preschoolers needing care. Slots for care regularly open up when enrolled children get older and move to an older classroom, when families move or withdraw, or when we are blessed to find new teachers and staff that allow us to add to our capacity.
When those slots open our director looks at the waiting lists and contacts parents in the order that they first contacted us. At that time parents will have the option of enrolling their child, deferring enrollment and being moved to the end of the list, or removing their names from the list. If a family doesn't need care yet at that time, they can either choose to start paying to reserve the spot or they can defer. It's not ideal, but be assured we are working hard to increase our staff so that we can care for more children and meet the community need for childcare.
Since Little Lambs offers part-time care we regularly have openings on limited days or for limited hours during the day. When we have those part-time openings we are happy to give care to other children that need care during those times.
If you would like to be added to our waiting/mailing list, please contact us by email or call 701-663-5344.
Is Little Lambs a licensed center? (2/12/15)
Yes, Little Lambs is fully licensed by the State of North Dakota. In fact, our program significantly exceeds the minimum requirements for state licensing. Our director and each of our three curriculum development teachers have college degrees in education and/or early childhood development. All staff members are required to complete a certain number of continuing education hours each year.
We believe the quality of our curriculum and the Christian environment of our Center make our program truly noteworthy. For questions about our license or the licensing requirements please speak with our director.
Is Little Lambs looking for teachers and staff? (UPDATED 2/12/15)
Yes! We are blessed to have our director and three curriculum development teachers on staff, as well as a number of other teachers. We are still looking for more classroom lead teachers and assistant teachers. Positions can be full time or part time depending on the availability of applicants. Positions start at $9-12 per hour, with higher wages depending on experience and education. Full time positions offer benefits including paid vacation, health insurance, and optional dental/vision. We are currently taking applications and interviewing. If you would like to submit a resume you may email it to our childcare director.