Frequently Asked Questions
Is PMO open during the summer?
Yes! PMO Summer Hours are Tuesday - Thursday, 9 am - Noon, with an optional Lunch Bunch from 12-1 pm.
This is my child's first experience away from me. What should I do?
It's only natural that children may be a little hesitant without their parents for the first time. We are willing to work with you and will provide your child with distractions and comfort to help him/her adjust to the new surroundings. If he/she is having a really rough time of it on any given day, don't worry, we'll go ahead and give you a call.
What happens while I'm away?
We will provide age-appropriate activities to occupy and engage your child while he/she is at PMO. Following a weekly theme, we will sing songs, make crafts, read stories, have snack, etc. If you have ideas of activities your child would really enjoy, please share.
What is the ratio of children to adults?
PMO follows the Illinois DCFS Childcare ratio guidelines.
6 weeks - 15 months 4:1
15 months - 2 years 5:1
2 - 3 years 8:1
3 - 4 years 10:1
5 years and up 20:1
Please note that our staff scheduling is based on attendance and on maintaining appropriate ratios in each class. If your child is near the age cutoff in a classroom, it may be necessary for us to shift him/her to the next class on a given day.
I love PMO; Why can my child only come 10 hours per week?
The IL Department of Children and Family Services stipulates that children may not attend a Part-Day childcare program for more than 10 hours per week (section 377.4). You are welcome to schedule your child's 10 hours however is convenient for you (ie 3 standard PMO sessions with one Wednesday Lunch Bunch, 2 standard PMO sessions with 2 T/Th extended Lunch Bunch sessions, etc.) We track hours based on reservations, so unfortunately you are not able to schedule over 10 hours with the intention of dropping off late or picking up early.
How do I pay?
Beginning on August 6, 2019, all payments must be made at the time of a child's drop off. A cashier will be present to accept payment by cash, check, or credit card. Change will be provided, and no credit card fee will be charged. Checks should be made payable to "OFFUMC" with "PMO" and the child's name in the memo line.
Account balances will not be keep into the future. All accounts with a balance due must be paid in full at a child's first attendance on or after August 6, 2019. Account credits will not be lost, but may be used until depleted or refunded. Any "No Show" fees or "Late Pick-Up" fees must be paid in full at a family's next attendance.
How does the waitlist work?
Via our reservation site, you can add your child to the waitlist for a session that is full. You will receive an email if a space becomes available. If you are placed on the list less than 24 hrs before the session, and your plans have changed, you will not be charged the $10 cancellation fee. Please just let us know that you will not be attending.
My child is potty training. What should I do for PMO?
If your child is potty training, please dress him/her in a pull-up. Even as things start to go more smoothly, be sure to provide an extra set of clothes, in case accidents happen. We will provide frequent reminders and encouragement during this exciting time of development.
What is the difference between PMO and Preschool?
The Learning Tree Preschool & Parents' Morning Out Programs share similar missions, values, and procedures, but each also maintains it's own defining characteristics. Click here to see a side-by-side comparison.
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Good to Know
Your child's safety is our first priority. PMO Teachers are background checked and CPR certified.
Our facility is certified by the Health Department for serving food to your children, and meals are prepared by a certified food handler.
Let it snow!
In case of inclement weather, PMO follows the O'Fallon District 90 cancellations.
By direction of the Department of Children and Family Services, each child may attend PMO no more than 10 hours per week.
If you'd like to take a tour of our facility, please stop by anytime. Just come to the church office, and the secretaries will direct you.