Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Child and Family Study Center licensed?

Yes; the CFSC is licensed with the state of Wisconsin, accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and has received a five star rating from Young Star, the quality rating system for Wisconsin.

Are there any extra fees?

No; all of the fees are included in the tuition rate.

Are tours available to interested families?

Yes; you can contact the center (715-232-1478) to set up a time to come visit.  Our observation booths are open throughout the day as well; you are welcome to come observe any classroom.

If I am unable to enroll my child right away, is there a waiting list?

Applications are dated when they are submitted.  If there are no available openings, the child's name is placed on a waiting list. If an opening occurs, families are contacted.  Waiting lists are updated each semester; the application fee rolls over while the child is on the waiting list.

What if you call me and I do not need child care at that time?

You will stay where you are on the waiting list and your application date will still apply; your application will rollover to the next age group if necessary.

Does the Child and Family Study Center have flexibility for scheduling?

There is a high demand for child care and we thrive on having a full program. To meet the needs of most families and fill the program, we are limited to the program options on the application.

Does my child need to be potty trained to be in the preschool classrooms?

No; children do not need to be potty trained and the teachers will work with families to meet the needs of each individual child to help them through the process and any problems that may arise.

Does the Child and Family Study Center have secure entrances?

Yes; we have an information management and security system in place.  Parents and teachers are assigned a code to enter into the center.  Visitors are able to ring the doorbell and someone will come to the door to greet them.

Can I visit my child during the day?

The observation booths are always open to parents, so you can stop in anytime to check on your child.  We welcome your participation in the classroom; please arrange your visits with your child's teacher.

What are the options for a child with special food needs (vegetarian, religious preference, allergies)?

If your child has any special food concerns, you will need to fill out a form indicating the foods to avoid and foods that can be substituted.  If the special food need is for a medical reason, you will need a physician to sign the form and the center will provide a food substitute.  If the special food need is based on personal preference (vegetarian, organic, etc.), the form will need to be completed before we are able to withhold the foods to be avoided. Food substitutes based on personal preference will need to be provided by the family.

What does peanut free mean?

  • There are children in our center who are SEVERELY allergic to peanuts and tree nuts.  Following these reminders could save a child's life.
    • NO PEANUTS OR TREE NUTS (almonds, walnuts, etc.) should be brought into the center (this also includes the observation booths).
    • It is VITALLY important that your child's hands have been washed and their teeth have been brushed prior to attending school.
    • If your child enjoys peanut butter or any other product containing nuts at home, please check that it isn't on his/her clothing when he/she comes to school.
    • Be sure to check with your classroom teacher before bringing in snacks or treats for special occasions and holidays.  Foods that we may think may be peanut free could actually be made in a plant that also contains peanuts.

What are appropriate birthday treats that I can bring into the center for my child?

Click here for a list of snack and birthday treat suggestions.

How are parents kept informed about the child's progress and classroom happenings?

A written log is maintained for each child enrolled in the Infant/Toddler Center, with information about eating habits that day, nap/rest time, toileting or diapering, and medication.  Preschool head teachers will provide daily notes for children upon request by the child's parent/guardian.

Weekly newsletters, block plans, and menus are shared with families through e-mail or printed form.  

Information about your child's learning and development is shared in two conferences held in the fall and spring.  Additional conferences may be arranged upon request.

What is the educational preparation of the staff at the Child and Family Study Center?

Full time and part time staff have specialized training in early childhood education.  They have either earned their master's degree or are in the process of completing their master's degree.