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About Us

Wonder Preschool & Learning Center is a private preschool for fantastic kids between 2 to 5 years of age! We provide an exciting play-based and academic curriculum created by experts in the field of child development.

Wonder’s approach to early education is holistic, child-centered, and FUN! With a focus on shaping social-emotionally well-balanced, creative, and independent students, Wonder IS the ideal learning environment!

Mission & Core Values: At Wonder we work in partnership with students, families, and our staff to create and sustain an environment of acceptance, growth, collaboration, and friendship. Through dynamic, research-driven early education, we maximize learning potentials so that each child and their family can experience the proven long term social-emotional and academic benefits of quality early learning. As a leading early childhood education center, our mission is fulfilled by our core values of care, innovation, integrity, fun, education, and community.

Our Safety Pledge: At Wonder we view the developing brain as a critical time for learning. We understand your concerns and have partnered with a registered (RN) to best ensure a healthy environment. In this time of uncertainly, the education, health and safety of our students and staff remains paramount!

Call us today for a virtual or in-person tour at 323.644.9380. We look forward to growing together!

The Wonder Method©

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Mind

Wonder’s curriculum, referred to as The Wonder Method© follows our holistic intention: child-led, sensory-rich, project-based learning that grows organically from the child’s interests and discovery. Learning material and activities maximize the engagement and excitement of each child and each class. Wonder observes that the best and deepest learning is always done when children FEEL at play. Nurtured by Wonder’s excellent team of distinguished educators and multi-disciplinary specialists, children at Wonder engage in hands-on, play-based and academic learning activities founded upon research and best practice. With a high faculty to student ratio, Wonder’s curriculum excites the mind and sparks a sense of curiosity for the world of learning that awaits each child!

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Body

Given our background in child development, Wonder acknowledges that the proper nourishment of a child’s body is just as important as that of their mind. As a core component of our curriculum, Wonder provides a Food Program where students are provided with up to 4 nutritious, well-balanced meals per school day included in the price of monthly tuition. Wonder’s Food Program is an excellent daily routine that makes healthy eating an integral part of our curriculum and your child’s life. Additionally, Wonder’s massive outdoor playground and indoor sensory gym also provide rich, movement-based, and engaging full body learning experiences so that students can cultivate their physical and athletic abilities in a truly expansive, and beautiful environment.

Spirit

We hold as our highest ideal the notion that parents are their child’s greatest teachers. We are devoted to creating an environment of mutual support, learning, and friendship. Our Parents experience the joy of not only seeing their child develop but the joy of developing alongside their child in ways never thought possible. Through hands-on parental involvement in our classrooms, ongoing parent education workshops, and parent/child socials, Wonder is a community of friendship, laughter, and fun.

Safety Pledge

Wonder cares deeply about the health and safety of each child. We have diligently implemented procedures as mandated by the Public Health Department, Centers for Disease Control, and Child Care Licensing to ensure that the safety of our students and staff remains paramount. In partnership with a registered nurse (RN) trained in pandemic safety, Wonder has implemented a variety of protective measures. These include but are not limited to daily health screening, curbside student drop-off, no onsite visitation, staff visibility face masks and face shields (when appropriate), increased opportunities for outdoor learning, smaller classrooms, social distance-student learning activities, increased sanitation measures during school hours (as well as nightly deep cleaning), and regular staff and parent mandatory health and safety training. Our expert RN will also serve as ongoing consultant during this time to best ensure that as a community we create a safe and healthy learning environment for all.

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Admissions & Tuitions

Selecting the right preschool and learning program for your child is an important decision.

Our admissions process is designed so that each child and family is provided with the unique opportunity to experience our program firsthand via private and/or group tours. Wonder students can enroll anytime throughout the school year based on classroom availability and appropriateness of the program for each child. Wonder offers quality, in-person general education classes via partial or full 2-day, 3-day and 5-day enrollment options. Included in the price of monthly tuition is our nutritious food program, which provides mind and body holistic care for Wonder students! Once enrolled and prior to your child’s first day of school, Wonder students are invited to attend our complimentary Gentle Beginnings Program, where new students and their parents participate in the program, either virtually or in-person, to meet their teachers and fellow classmates. This provides students with a warm, supportive transition into school and families an opportunity to connect with and make lasting friendships with other Wonder families. Additionally, Wonder offers complimentary Potty-Learning & Parent Training workshops for parents of enrolled students. To find out more about our incredible program, current availability, and pricing, please do not hesitate to contact us today at 323.644.9380 or via the below form and a member of our supportive team shall gladly assist you!

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Application

 

We invite you to FEEL alongside us the magic of Wonder Preschool & Learning Center!

Wonder offers year-round enrollment opportunities for potty-learned children ages 2 to 5 years. Schedule a tour today by calling us at 323.644.9380 or via the below form. We look forward to together making a lasting, positive impact on your child’s early education at Wonder!

Step 1: Fill Out Enrollment Interest Form Below






Step 2: Within 3-5 business days of receipt of Enrollment Interest Form, a staff member will contact you regarding next steps.

Step 3: Once accepted into the program, a New Student Enrollment Packet will be provided to you and shall returned by the indicated due date prior to your child’s first scheduled day of enrollment (along with associated fees).

For more information please do not hesitate to contact our enrollment specialists at 323.644.9380. We look forward to hearing from you!

Testimonials

Nicole Hajjar, M.S. CCC-SLP, ESDM
Title: Child Development Expert, Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist, Early Start Denver Model Certified Provider
CEO Smile + Wonder
Name: Tony Hajjar, B.S., Chemistry & Mathematics
Title: Child Development Expert, PhD In Progress, Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist, Early Start Denver Model Certified Provider
CEO Smile + Wonder, Executive Program Director

Bio: Nicole Hajjar, MS CCC-SLP, ESDM and Tony Hajjar, BS are the proud parents of three boys and owners/executive directors for both Smile Pediatric Therapy & Diagnostics (Smile) and Wonder Preschool & Learning Center (Wonder). Nicole, a speech-language pathologist, alongside Tony, a professional musician with a degree in Chemistry & Mathematics, opened Smile in 2008, positively impacting the lives of many children and their families. In 2017, the duo opened Wonder Preschool where Nicole diligently crafted the schools research-based curriculum known as The Wonder Method©, which places strong emphasis on social-emotional development via naturalistic, play-based learning across all areas of development. Nicole is in pursuit of her Doctoral degree in Education and offers a variety of parent and educator workshops at Smile + Wonder and within the community. You can often find Tony working on various music or Smile + Wonder development projects. Both Nicole & Tony have created an amazing learning environment at Wonder where children, parents, and staff are nurtured to dream BIG!

Rent Our Space

From birthday fun to private parties Smile + Wonder offers an array of exciting rental packages.

A landscape of fun, Wonder’s outdoor playground is the ultimate location for your child’s birthday party! Slide, jump, play, create, and explore in this child-friendly environment where party-goers squeal in delight. Basic Party Rate: $350 for 3 hours/ One Extra Hour of Space Rental $100

Apply for Party Rental Space

Step 1: Fill out application






If yes, alcohol may not be served to minors (anyone under 21 years of age) at any time. Renter, catering, and/or bartender staff (as applicable) must ensure that no minors are drinking alcohol by appropriate means of




If yes, please supply insurance certificate with Smile Pediatric and Diagnostics (DBA Wonder Preschool and Learning Center) Listed as “Additional Insured”

Step 2: Within 3-5 business days of receipt of Party Rental Application, a staff member will contact you in regards to the next steps. For additional information to rent our space, email info@smileanwonder.com.

Careers

Join Wonder’s dynamic team of highly skilled professionals and receive fantastic employment perks, while making a collective difference in the lives of staff, students, and parents! We offer extensive onboarding training and mentorship, within a supportive, rewarding and fun work environment. Grow and learn from our multidisciplinary team and contribute to our mission of providing high quality, play-based early education services within a FUN, family-centered environment! For additional information regarding current employment opportunities, email info@smileandwonder.com or call the office of Smile+Wonder at (323) 644-9380. We look forward to growing together!

 To learn more about Smile Pediatric Therapy & Diagnostics (Smile), please