A Typical Day

Red Balloon Early Learning Centers, Inc.
A Typical Day

Children ages two and older (babies are on their own schedule)

6:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m.

Free Choice Time. A gathering time in the morning, children begin their day in one area designated as the drop-off room/area. They will begin by snuggling with teachers, playing with table top activities or classroom toys. Extended learning goals set through teacher observations and put together throughout the day in your child's individual portfolios should be noted here. See your teacher for more information.


7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Learning Centers. At this time, children have traveled to their age defined classrooms or areas. Here they will utilize the areas set up for play and learning.


8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Breakfast time preceded by washing up. *menus meet USDA guidelines. Red Balloon participates in the USDA Food Program. Menus are posted on parent boards and located in the monthly newsletter. Organic thin-skin fresh fruits and vegetable are used. Infants and toddlers are served organic foods. Homemade meals are a priority.


9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Early Learning Time. Creative Curriculum is used at Red Balloon. This curriculum meets the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards and is YoungStar approved. It includes child guided and inspired curriculum with weekly theme discussions, story time, music, movement, art, science, cooking and outdoor time based upon weekly topic. Our child group names are child inspired and named for the growth of trees.


11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Lunch Time preceded and followed by washing. Menus are posted on the parent board and monthly newsletter. Red Balloon has a health and nutrition consultant that reviews menus regularly. Special dietary restrictions and oral hygiene requirements of each child requested by parents are honored. We ask that this is put in writing.
Our USDA dietary forms may require doctor's signatures.
We post allergies to keep staff informed and responsible to child's needs.


12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Winding down. Time for toileting and reading a story with the group as we get ready to settle in for nap.


12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Rest Time. (Usually sleeping), soft music and back rubs!


2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Snack Time *Special preschool supplemental classes called "Learning Through the Arts"
LTTA began as Creative Arts class in 1999 through Red Balloon. It may be offered around this time of day. It is now known as "Learning Through the Arts" so that is less confusing with our Creative Curriculum.


3:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Outdoor play and indoor play times. Children will spend time extending their learning experiences during this time. Outdoor activities include, but are not limited to sand play, riding toys, climbing structures and teacher lead planned outdoor fun all in a fenced in, monitored, safe play environment. At times school aged children at the La Crosse location will utilize the playground park areas that are not fenced in.
Evening programs (where applicable) begin at this time:


5:45 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.

Dinner for children enrolled in our evening program. Dinner menu is often the same meal as the lunch menu. *


6:16 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Story, free choice time, homework, games, and snacks if children are hungry. Clean up and time to go home


Red Balloon La Crosse location has been nationally certified as a safe playground. We have goals to have our other locations nationally certified as well. All locations meet State Licensing requirements.
*USDA food program participant: To file a complaint of discrimination write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call 800-795-3272, USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
Updated: May 2016 by Jennie Buchholtz
Updated: August 2012 by Kathy Skiles