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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. To this end, Wonder offers a massive outdoor playground and indoor sensory gym, which allows kids to cultivate a sense of self and an awareness of others, while learning how to use that information to engage in meaningful social-emotional relationships with others. Students at Wonder develop a fondness for teamwork, leadership, cooperation, and friendship while bolstering their self-confidence, 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. Wonder students can enroll anytime throughout the school year based on classroom availability and appropriateness of the program for each child. Wonder continues to offer quality, general education in-person classes via partial or full 2-day, 3-day and 5-day enrollment options. Once enrolled and up to one month 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 our afternoon program, either virtually or in-person (when available), to meet their teachers and fellow classmates, helping to ease the transition into school. Wonder also offers complimentary Potty-Learning & Parent Training workshops for parents of enrolled students. Our current program offerings are as follows:

Programs Offered

2 Day Program (T/TH)
Full Day 8:15am-5:00pm
$883.74
Half Day* 8:15am-1:00pm
$589.16
3 Day Program (M,W,F)
Full Day 8:15am-5:00pm
$1,124.24
Half Day 8:15am-1:00pm
$830.13
5 Day Program (M-F)
Full Day 8:15 am-5pm
$1,366.30
Half Day 8:15 am-1pm
$1,071.20

*Half day afternoon program (1:00pm-5:00pm) & extended care subject to availability

Mandatory Fees

The below indicated fees are required per student according to the following due dates:

Additional Program Fees
Amount/Due Date
Application for Enrollment
$50.00 - Upon submission of preschool application (one time fee)
Registration
$250.00 - 14 days after acceptance into program (annual fee)
Earthquake Kit
$25.00 - 14 days prior to 1st scheduled day of enrollment (annual fee)
Student Materials
$100.00 - 14 days prior to 1st scheduled day of enrollment (annual fee)
Early Withdrawal
$500.00 Due at the time of early withdrawal (one time fee)
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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!

Carina Flanders, B.A.
Title: Wonder Preschool Site Director
Bio: Carina Flanders, BA, is the Site Director at Wonder Preschool. She has been working with young children for many years and loves incorporating the arts into teaching. Carinia is an avid supporter of play-based, constructivist approaches to early education consistently incorporating relationship-centered, best practice methodologies into her work. She is caring mother and on her free time enjoys painting and sculpting with clay and wool. Carina holds a BA degree from New School University with advanced studies in Early Childhood Education. Carina is often described as a supportive, kind, and friendly person providing insight to our students, staff, and parents from a deep base of knowledge in the field of early childhood education!

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!

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