Child Development Program FAQs

Have questions about the Child Development Program on enrollment, tuition, or the application process? See below for answers to our FAQs, or email us with questions not listed here.

Is my child eligible for enrollment at The Frazer Center?

Enrollment at The Frazer Center is open to any child, 6 weeks of age through 5 years-old.  Admission priority is given to children with disabilities and those at risk for developing disabilities, siblings of currently enrolled children, and the children of staff members. A number of other factors are considered and determine admission of individual children including, but not limited to, date of application, financial aid qualification, residential proximity to Center and philosophic compatibility of parents with the program.

How many of your students have special needs?

Children with identified special needs or who are at-risk of developmental delays account for 20% of our enrollment.

Do you only serve children with a specific type of special need?

We serve children with a wide variety of special needs, ranging from physical to cognitive to medical needs. Our Inclusion Specialist works with families on a case by case basis to determine if enrollment at The Frazer Center is appropriate for their child.

How do you support children with special needs?

In addition to professional development opportunities for teachers each year, we have an Inclusion Specialist who works closely with families, teachers, and therapists to provide the best possible experience for children with special needs. Our Inclusion Specialist serves as an advocate for children with special needs, conducting observations, attending IEP meetings, meeting with therapists, and helping teachers integrate appropriate practices and strategies to meet the needs of our students. 

 

Do you provide therapy for the children with special needs?

We do not provide therapy for the children we serve; however, we do allow therapists to come in to work with the children. We encourage therapists to work with students in their classrooms as much as possible, but for the times when individual sessions are more appropriate, we have two therapy rooms for their convenience.

What curriculum does the Frazer Center use?

The Frazer Center uses The Creative Curriculum for all age groups in the program. The Creative Curriculum educational approach has been successfully used with children of all abilities since the 1980’s. The Creative Curriculum bases its educational approach on the idea that all children progress and learn through interactions with the social and physical environment. Based on this idea, an open framework consisting of a set of guiding principles and practices was created for teachers to follow as they work with children of all age levels. This open framework allows teachers the flexibility to adapt the learning environment to the abilities and capacities of the children that comprise their classes. Due to the inclusive nature of the Frazer Center Child Development Program, great care is taken to ensure active and equal participation of all children. 

If you would like more information on The Creative Curriculum, you can visit their website at www.teachingstrategies.com.


What are the minimum requirements for your teaching staff?

The Frazer Center exceeds NAEYC guidelines for teacher qualifications, requiring our Lead Teachers to have Bachelor’s degrees in Early Childhood Education, Birth to Five, or Special Education. We require our Assistant Teachers to have a Child Development Associate, or CDA. All of our teachers receive continued training throughout the year.

Does the Center have a waiting list? How does it work?

The Center does have a waiting list. If there is no space currently available, filling out an application puts your child on the waiting list. The bulk of our enrollment opportunities are offered in September; however, there are unique times during the school year when families may have a change in circumstances causing a spot to become available.  In such instances, we go to the waiting list to fill vacancies. In late winter, we contact families on the waiting list via email in order to update our records. Families must respond if they wish to remain on the active waiting list.

Is there an application fee?

Yes. There is a $75 non-refundable fee due with your application.

When will I be notified if my child has a spot in your program?

We offer the bulk of our enrollments for a September start date. We will contact you in June regarding September enrollments. You will receive communication from us at that time, whether or not your child is being offered a space for the fall. Outside of the time frame for September enrollments, we will contact you if a space that fits your needs becomes available throughout the year, based on the information on your application.

In the event that you are offered a spot and you are expecting an infant who will not be ready to attend in September, you will have the opportunity to accept the spot (and tuition responsibility) starting in September.  We typically do not have enrollment opportunities outside of these times, so please plan accordingly.  Occasionally we have spots that open during the school year, but they frequently go to priority populations such as siblings and children with disabilities.


What steps should I take if I am expecting an infant and am on the waiting list?

If you are expecting an infant and have taken a tour, we encourage you to come in for another tour after your infant has arrived.  Many parents find that they have new questions and interests after the baby arrives.  We encourage you to do this so that you will be ready to make a decision should a spot become available.  We regret that we cannot extend decision time frames so that you can schedule another tour.  We typically give a 24 hour time frame for decisions regarding enrollment.

Do you offer the lottery-funded Georgia’s Pre-Kindergarten program?

Yes, we have two lottery-funded GA Pre-K classes.

How can my child attend GA Pre-K at The Frazer Center?

Each March, applications for the GA Pre-K program are available to families in the community with a child who will be 4 years old on or before September 1. Applications must be picked up, in person, at the front desk. Information regarding application availability, required documentation, and application deadlines will be available online in March. In late March, we conduct a lottery and notify families whether or not their child is being offered a spot in GA Pre-K. Though we conduct a lottery, we give priority to children with special needs.

Can my child attend GA Pre-K on a part-time basis?

We do not offer part-time enrollment or spot shares for GA Pre-K. Per Bright From the Start guidelines for GA Pre-K, a parent must agree to send the child to the Pre-K program for 6.5 hours of instructional time for the full school year.

If my child is accepted for enrollment to The Frazer Center at any age younger than 4 years old, will he or she automatically be able to remain at the Center for GA Pre-K?

Yes. Each year, both of our Preschool classrooms move up to our GA Pre-K program as long as our currently enrolled parents indicate their desire to remain with us.

Do you have a Summer Camp program?

Yes, our Summer Camp runs throughout June and July following the end of the Pre-Kindergarten school year. Children who have completed our Pre-K program are eligible to attend. This program is also open to children from five to nine years of age in the community. Summer Camp runs for a total of 9 weeks and consists of week-long sessions based on various themes of summer. Outdoor games, field trips, creative arts and music are central components of the curriculum, which is designed to be relaxing and educational.

When do you offer tours of your facility?

Group tours are offered on Wednesday mornings at 1oam. You can get on the tour schedule by calling 404.377.3836 and speaking to a receptionist.  We regret that we cannot schedule individual tours at this time.

After I submit my application, when should I expect to hear from someone at the Frazer Center?

When you submit your application, you will receive a confirmation email from the Assistant Director of Child Development Programs. We will contact you again around January or February of each year for updated information regarding your application. Finally, we will contact you in May or June of each year regarding the availability of spaces for September enrollment. You will be contacted whether or not your child is being offered a space.
Due to a large amount of inquiries regarding enrollment, we are unable to return calls regarding waiting list status or enrollment offers.