Preschool

The following information is applicable only to students enrolled in the Early Learning Center. All school policies aforementioned also apply to students enrolled in the Early Learning Center.

Classroom Hours

Monday/Wednesday/Friday–8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon or 3:00 p.m.

Monday through Friday–8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon or 3:00 p.m.

  • Three year olds may choose a two day option upon request.
  • Students may arrive as early as 7:15 a.m. for no additional fee.
  • Late Stay is available until 6:00 p.m. for a $7 fee per day, per child.

Enrollment

Registration paperwork must be completed and received each school year and/or before any child is formally enrolled and permitted to be in attendance at the Early Learning Center.

Registration paperwork includes the following items:

  • New Student Enrollment Application
  • Permission to Pick-up
  • Statement of Cooperation
  • Preschool Physician’s Statement

Supervision

Parents must bring their child into the Early Learning Center. Upon arrival, a staff member must be made aware of the child’s presence before the parent departs. Children will be released from the Early Learning Center only to parents or individuals sixteen years of age or older (with written, parental authorization on file).

Staff will require any person unknown to them to provide picture identification before releasing children to someone other than the parent or guardian. Children will only be released to individuals listed on the Permission to Pick-up Form.

Arrival

Parents should park in the designated parking area. Children should be accompanied to the classroom by a parent or designated adult.

Children must wash their hands before entering the Early Learning Center.

Dismissal

Parents or designated adults should retrieve the child from the Early Learning Center between 11:50 a.m. and 12:00 noon for half-day students or between 2:50 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. for full-day students.

Children who are not picked up when dismissal ends will be taken to Late Stay. This service is provided each day until 6:00 p.m. unless otherwise stated. Statements will be emailed weekly and billed through your FACTS account.

Discipline

Discipline is essential to the learning environment. Rules for behavior will be Bible-based, enforceable, and clearly defined. Obedience and respect for others will be the basis for these rules. The following color- coded system will be used.

  • 1.

    Children will start the day on GREEN, meaning that the child is making right choices. Throughout the day, children will be encouraged to continue to make right choices in the areas of obedience and respect for others. Children will be recognized and rewarded for making right choices.

  • 2.

    Children who have been reminded to make good choices yet continue to misbehave will receive a verbal warning and may be moved to the color YELLOW. If the child’s behavior improves, the child may earn the privilege of being placed back on GREEN as deemed appropriate by the teacher.

  • 3.

    Persistent wrong behavior may result in the child receiving a short time out (sitting in an area away from the other children yet still under the supervision of the staff member) and being placed on the color RED. Children will be placed in time out for a period of minutes not to exceed their age (three year olds, three minutes; four year olds, four minutes; etc.) The teacher will communicate with parents when a child’s behavior requires a time out.

  • 4.

    If the behavior does not change or wrong choices continue to be made throughout the day, the child will be moved to the color BLACK. In this case, the parent will be notified and may be required to retrieve the child from school.

  • 5.

    At the staff member’s discretion, a child may be immediately moved to the colors RED or BLACK for gross misbehavior such as lying, having a temper tantrum, fighting with another child, etc.

  • 6.

    Once a child is moved to the colors RED or BLACK, he cannot move back to GREEN until the next school day.

  • 7.

    Parents will be made aware of misbehavior via the communication folder and verbal contact as necessary.

  • 8.

    Persistent behavior that results in repeated moves to the colors of RED and BLACK will result in an administrative conference and could result in suspension or expulsion.

Incidents and Injuries

Staff members will be trained in first aid and CPR. In the event of an accident or illness, every precaution will be taken to relieve and safeguard the injured or ill child. Any accident requiring first aid that occurs in the Early Learning Center or on the playground will be reported to the administrator immediately. An accident report will promptly be completed by the staff member when an accident, injury, or illness occurs requiring first aid, when a child receives a bump or blow to the head, or any time an unusual or unexpected event occurs which jeopardizes the safety of the children or staff. A copy of this form will be sent home to the child’s parent, and a copy will be maintained on file at the Early Learning Center. The matter will also be investigated as necessary so as to help prevent future accidents or injuries. Parents or guardians will be notified immediately when injuries are serious in nature.

Management of Illnesses

We will make every effort to provide a clean and sanitary learning environment. Early Learning Center staff members will observe children for obvious signs of illness as the children arrive each day, and sick children will be isolated and sent home. The following procedures will prevail in the management of illnesses:

  • 1.

    While not conclusive, the following list describes symptoms that will prompt staff to isolate and discharge children to the parent or emergency contact:

    • •Temperature of 100 degrees F or higher
    • •Diarrhea
    • •Severe coughing
    • •Difficult or rapid breathing
    • •Yellowish/jaundiced skin or eyes
    • •A condition that indicates eye infection (redness of the eye or eyelid, puss, matted eyelashes, burning, itching, eye pain, etc.)
    • •Unidentified skin patches, rashes, etc.
    • •Unusually dark urine, grey or white stools
    • •Stiff neck in conjunction with an elevated temperature
    • •Evidence of head lice, scabies, or other parasitic infestation
    • •Vomiting once or when accompanied with any other sign of illness
    • •Sore throat with difficulty in swallowing or accompanied by a fever
  • 2.

    Children experiencing an illness not listed above will also be isolated and carefully observed. The parent will be notified as well. If the child’s complaints persist or if the child is not well enough to participate in activity, the parent will be required to retrieve the child.

  • 3.

    Any time a child is isolated, he will be made comfortable and kept within sight and hearing distance of a staff member. Furnishings will be disinfected prior to future use.

  • 4.

    All parents of children who are enrolled at the Early Learning Centerwill be notified in writing when their child has been exposed to a communicable disease or when a communicable disease has been identified as existing at the Early Learning Center (conjunctivitis, strep, lice, etc.).

  • 5.

    Children may return to the Early Learning Center after at least twenty-four hours of freedom from fever or illness symptoms. If the child is not symptom free, a doctor’s note verifying that the child is not contagious will be required before re-admittance.

  • 6.

    If a child must be sent home due to illness, the parent has one hour to retrieve the child before emergency contacts will be notified for pick-up.

  • 7.

    Medication will be accepted only by Early Learning Center staff members from parents/guardians and will be promptly secured/stored (refrigerated if necessary) in a location inaccessible to children. Early Learning Center staff members will administer medication only when prescribed by a licensed physician and only after receiving written instructions from the physician to do so. The following procedures will prevail:

    • •The administering of any medication will occur only after the parent has completed an Administration of Medication Form, which includes instructions for dosage, times, etc. A separate form is necessary for each medication, supplement, etc. (A prescription label serves as written instructions.)
    • •All medication must be in the original container with the original label attached that describes dosages based upon the child’s age or weight.
    • •Labels on prescription medications must include the child’s full name, a current date (within the previous twelve months), the exact dosage, and the means of administration.
    • •Provisions will be made so that individually prescribed inhalers, glucose, or other medications are readily available in the event a child needs immediate access to same.

Curriculum

The A Beka Book curriculum is used in the Early Learning Center classrooms. 

Meals and Snacks

Parents are required to provide a healthy snack for morning snack time. Drinking water will be available at snack time. Milk and juice will be available for purchase during lunch.

Parents of full-day students are required to provide a healthy meal for lunchtime, ensuring that their child’s lunch and/or snack is packed (lunch box or bag clearly marked) in a manner that maintains appropriate food temperatures by including an ice pack or by packing hot foods in a thermal container. The Early Learning Center will not refrigerate or heat meals.

A hot lunch may be purchased in the cafeteria. A menu will be available for weekly meal choices.

Outdoor Play

Early Learning Center staff members will make outdoor play available to children each day that weather permits while adhering to the following procedures:

  • 1.

    Outdoor play may occur when weather is suitable and the temperature is at least 40 degrees F and no more than 85 degrees F (factoring wind chill, heat index, humidity, pollen count, etc.). For the purpose of this policy, suitable weather will be defined as weather that is reasonably safe; absent lightning, rain, and ice; and free from pollutants or harmful ozone concerns.

  • 2.

    Parents should send their children with appropriate clothing, e.g., hats, gloves, boots, etc. for play in accordance with weather conditions.

Schedules

The following schedule provides a general overview of content and times.

Three-Year-Old Preschool

  • Time

    Activity

  • 7:15-8:00

    Arrival/Free Play

  • 8:00-8:20

    Group Time

  • 8:20-8:50

    Snack/Gym Time

  • 8:50-9:10

    Restroom Break

  • 9:10-11:20

    Group Time

  • 11:20-11:30

    Dismissal Preparation

  • 11:30-11:50

    Free Play

  • 11:50-12:00

    Dismissal (half-day students)

  • 12:00-12:30

    Lunch

  • 12:30-12:50

    Restroom Break

  • 12:50-2:25

    Rest Time

  • 2:25-2:45

    Restroom Break

  • 2:45-3:00

    Dismissal

Four and Five-Year-Old Preschool (Group A)

  • Time

    Activity

  • 7:15-8:00

    Arrival/Free Play

  • 8:00-8:25

    Group Time

  • 8:25-8:50

    Gym Time

  • 8:50-9:10

    Snack

  • 9:10-9:30

    Group Time

  • 9:30-9:50

    Restroom Break

  • 9:50-10:50

    Group Time

  • 10:50-11:10

    Free Play

  • 11:10-11:40

    Group Time

  • 11:40-11:50

    Dismissal Preparation

  • 11:50-12:00

    Dismissal (half-day students)

  • 12:00-12:30

    Lunch

  • 12:30-12:50

    Restroom Break

  • 12:50-2:25

    Rest Time

  • 2:25-2:45

    Restroom Break

  • 2:45-3:00

    Dismissal

Four and Five-Year-Old Preschool (Group B)

  • Time

    Activity

  • 7:15-8:00

    Arrival/Free Play

  • 8:00-8:25

    Group Time

  • 8:25-8:50

    Gym Time

  • 8:50-9:10

    Snack

  • 9:10-9:30

    Restroom Break

  • 9:30-10:30

    Group Time

  • 10:30-10:50

    Free Play

  • 10:50-11:40

    Group Time

  • 11:40-11:50

    Dismissal Preparation

  • 11:50-12:00

    Dismissal (half-day students)

  • 12:00-12:30

    Lunch

  • 12:30-12:50

    Restroom Break

  • 12:50-2:25

    Rest Time

  • 2:25-2:45

    Restroom Break

  • 2:45-3:00

    Dismissal

Parent Participation

Parent participation is encouraged and welcomed by MCA. Parents may wish to attend school functions or class parties, play time, or join their child for lunch. In order to promote safety in the best learning environment, we ask parents to sign in at the school office prior to meeting with a teacher or participating in activity at the Early Learning Center.

Chain of Command

Parents are to adhere to the following chain of command should a question or concern arise.

  • 1.

    Child’s teacher

  • 2.

    Early Learning Center Supervisor

  • 3.

    MCA Administrator

Methods of Communication

Communication between Early Learning Center staff members and parents is crucial to a child’s educational experience. Parents may communicate via telephone, e-mail, written note, or scheduled conference. Children will bring home a daily communication folder which includes worksheet pages, notes, notifications, etc. Parents should review their child’s worksheet pages on a daily basis to be aware of the child’s progress or areas that need continued practice and respond to any communication as necessary. The communication folder may also be used as a means to send notes to Early Learning Center staff members. Please do not send tuition payments in your child’s communication folder.

Evaluations and Testing

Preschool children do not receive formal grades for their work. Children are evaluated throughout the school year, and a report of the child’s progress will be sent home at the end of each school semester.

The Brigance test is given to four and five-year-old children in the spring in order to determine each child’s academic level and progress.

Dress Code

A formal dress code is not required for preschool students. However, please adhere to the following policies.

  • 1.

    Children may wear whatever is comfortable and appropriate for weather conditions.

  • 2.

    A child’s clothing should allow for ease when using the restroom. One-piece overall outfits are difficult for children to handle without assistance and should therefore not be worn.

  • 3.

    Children may not wear tops that expose a bare midriff.

  • 4.

    It is recommended that children wear gym shoes, sandals, or shoes suitable for playground activity. Backless shoes and flip flops may not be worn at any time. Heelies and shoes with wheels attached are not permitted. Shoes that are easy for the child to take off and put on unassisted (such as slip-on shoes or shoes with a velcro or zipper closure) are preferred.

  • 5.

    Swimwear is not permitted at any time.

  • 6.

    Children who are not dressed appropriately for weather may not be permitted to participate in outdoor play.

Birthdays

Birthdays are an important time for celebration. Parents who desire to send birthday treats should make prior arrangements with the appropriate Early Learning Center staff member for an appropriate time. Parents should refrain from sending elaborate snacks, party favors, or special decorations. Please take into consideration that there may be children enrolled in the center who have allergies to certain food items. It may be necessary to provide a list of ingredients when sending snacks intended for sharing.

Play Equipment

The Early Learning Center is equipped with a variety of developmentally appropriate toys and educational equipment for children to enjoy. In order to prevent a child’s toy from becoming lost or broken, it is preferred that children not bring toys from home. In the event that a child’s toy is lost or broken, the Early Learning Center may not be held responsible.

Naps

Preschool children will have a scheduled nap time each afternoon. Cots are provided; however, children should bring a small blanket and pillow in the provided, sealed bag that is labeled with the child’s name. A small stuffed animal may also be brought exclusively for nap time if this is already a regular habit for the child. Blankets and pillows will be sent home to be washed on a weekly basis and should be returned the following school day.

Restroom/Potty Training

Restroom time will be supervised by a staff member as the children use the restroom facilities. The program is designed for children who are potty trained and self-sufficient in the restroom prior to the start of school. Children may not wear diapers or pull-ups to school. Because accidents do happen, three-year-old children should bring a season-appropriate change of clothing in a ziploc bag. The bag will be used to return soiled clothing as necessary and therefore should be labeled with the child’s name.

Custody Agreements

Written statements regarding custody agreements that prevail for children enrolled at the Early Learning Center must be maintained on file. These documents must be legitimate orders from the court and must provide specific instruction as to pertinent custodial matters that affect Early Learning Center processes.