What do I send with my child?

A change of clothes, including shoes, labeled in a ziplock baggie labeled as well.  1’s and 2’s also send diapers and wipes.

Is there a supply list?

No, but we leave ‘helping hands’ out at Parent Orientation asking for special needs.

Why do I need to pay tuition in the summer when my child is not in school?

You pay a total of 9 monthly payments. The first installment is due in July and the last in March.  In essence, you 2 months in advance then don’t pay the last 2 months of the year.

How is discipline handled?

Mainly redirection as well as tools from Conscious Discipline.

Where can I learn more about Conscious Discipline?

www.consciousdiscipline.com.

How do I communicate with the teacher?

We communicate through email and Spring Conferences.

What if my child doesn’t want to go? What if my child is crying when I leave?

With confidence that you know your child is safe and loved, drop and leave.  If a child is inconsolable, we will call.  We can also send pictures to ease your mind. 

What curriculum do you follow?

Play and theme-based, as well as Handwriting without Tears, Conscious Discipline, Music & Movement, Chapel, Enrichment activities and classes.

If this is a play based school, how will I know my child will be academically prepared for kindergarten?

Overwhelming research-based evidence drives our philosophy.  Our focus is on preparing the whole child – socially, emotionally, spiritually, and cognitively – through connection. When a child feels safe and loved, he/she will operate from the highest center of the brain allowing quicker access to learning.  We know that young children learn best when engaged experientially in their environment. Our job is to give our students the tools and skills necessary to thrive in the rigors of today’s kindergarten – self-regulation, emotional intelligence, problem-solving, empathy, and confidence to communicate their needs.  Shapes, colors, letters and number recognition will come, but through the avenue of fun and play. Our goal is for your children to love coming to school – setting the stage for a lifetime of learning. 

How is snack handled?

Snack is provided by 1 family per week for the entire class.  Each class will have specific snack requirements.  We are a nut free facility.

Do you have extended days?

Yes.  Stay Days for 3’s and 4’s – children pack a lunch and play with friends from other classes Mondays and Wednesdays from 12-1:30.  Enrichment classes for 4’s, taught by our talented teacher Thursdays from 12-1:30. Each class lasts 5 weeks for $100.  Popular classes have included Sensational Science, Pete the Cat Math, Yoga, and Animals just to name a few.

 How do I pay tuition?

We only accept checks at this point. You may mail in. Send in your child’s tote. Or, schedule with your bank.  Tuition is due the 1st of the month and considered late by the 5th which will require a $10 additional fee.

What if I have questions about my child’s development?

We have excellent resources for parents with any concerns about their child’s development.  See our Resources Page. 

What if my child’s teacher has concerns about my child’s development or behavior?

If your teacher has any concerns she will contact you to discuss.  If necessary, the Director, teacher and parents will meet to create a plan of action.  We may recommend further assessment or intervention to best support your child and the classroom.  If we feel our environment does not provide the opportunity for your child to fully succeed, we may refer your family elsewhere.

Does my child need to be potty trained?

Children in our 3’s and 4’s classes need to be potty trained before the year starts.  Children in our 1’s and 2’s classes do not.

Do you offer a car based dropoff/pickup?

Yes, with the exception of our 1’s. Families have the option of walking their child in and picking up in either the front-side entrance or by utilizing carpool in the back parking lot.  You will receive a carpool sign with your child’s name on it that we ask you have either place in your front dash in your car or carrying with you as you walk in at pick up.  (Provide detailed instructions.)

Can I visit the classroom or volunteer?

Our classrooms are always open to parents!  There are many ways to be involved in your child’s preschool experience – mystery readers, room moms, class party volunteers, special events, fundraising, classroom time, etc.

What if my child is telling me things that are happening at school that concern me?

Parent-Teacher communication is vital to best support our families! We encourage you to contact your child’s teacher directly to discuss any issues that concern you within the classroom. You may also contact the Director with any concerns.  If you still feel your concerns are not being addressed, the Chair of the Preschool Board may also be contacted, as well as the Pastor.

What does a typical day look like in my child’s classroom?

Each age level and each teacher will have a different daily structure.  Feel free to look at the class-specific resources to get a feel for different class environments. 

What safety precautions are in place?

All doors to Preschool are locked while children are in the building, except during drop off and pick up.  A staff member is always manning the unlocked doors during this time.  Anyone who enters the building must ring the doorbell.  We also have first aid and emergency procedures in place which we practice frequently.

What’s your sick policy?

Do not send your child to school if:

  • He or she has had a fever in the past 24 hours
  • He or she has vomited in the past 48 hours
  • He or she has had diarrhea in the past 48 hours
  • He or she has thick, green discharge from their nose

When will I find out who my child’s teacher is? 

We typically send out teacher assignments in mid-summer. 

Do teachers teach the same age every year?

No, changes are made from time to time based on the overall needs of the preschool.