Preschool Parent Handbook
The Parent Handbook is an excellent source of information about the La Casa de Cristo Christian Preschool. (Updated January 2012)
Download the Parent Handbook (PDF) New January 2012
It is the philosophy and firm belief of La Casa de Cristo Christian Preschool that each child is a unique person with special needs and abilities. It is our overall goal to encourage the growth of the “whole child” through physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and spiritual development. Specifically to:
A daily schedule of both teacher-directed and child-directed activities serve to reinforce, enrich, motivate, and challenge in an environment where each child is respected as an individual.
3 year-old Classes: Emphasis in the Tuesday/Thursday 3 year-old classes is placed upon social and emotional development. A positive beginning school experience is provided through familiarizing each child with expectations, school routine, and responsibility. Mutual respect for peers and adults and appreciation of materials encourages social growth. Large muscle activities are practiced and small muscle activities are introduced. Beginning math skills in counting, language skills, and name recognition are encouraged.
4-5 year-old Classes: Basic goals, which are introduced in the 3 year-old classes, are reinforced and extended in the 4-5 year-old classes. In addition, cognitive development is encouraged through activities in the areas of math, science and discovery, reading readiness and early literacy skills, pre-writing skills, letter sounds and recognition, phonemic awareness, and basic Spanish words. Both gross and fine motor skills are practiced and reinforced through both classroom activities and specialized classes.
Children will not advance into another preschool class during the school year.
Each staff person has been carefully selected for educational qualifications and experience in the field of early childhood and education. Equally as important is a loving and genuine interest in young children and the ability to relate this concern to the children. Continual staff growth is required through evaluation, classes, workshops, and in-service training.
Curriculum consists of monthly learning units, which are appropriate to the development level of the various age groups as well as individual children. These units provide a well-rounded and progressive learning experience for each child. Learning centers, which correspond with these areas are available to each child as an important part of the daily schedule. Each child will be encouraged to begin a project and to complete it.
Spiritual development is encouraged in ways that are meaningful to the child. Daily Christian Education activities (prayer, songs, stories, projects, etc.) are incorporated within the daily schedule. In addition, all classes will visit the Sanctuary once a month for “Kid Talk” with a Pastor or member of the pastoral staff.
Also included within the daily schedule are enrichment programs, which coordinate with classroom activities and learning topics. The Pint Size P. E. Program emphasizes gross and fine motor skills, coordination, and spatial/body awareness. The Music Enrichment Program provides the basics in rhythm and beat, and music appreciation for the classics through modern children’s music. Lunch Bunch is an optional program designed to provide a social atmosphere for the children enrolled in the program. Lunch is parent provided. Lunch Bunch is offered Monday through Friday and children may attend one or any combination of days provided they are on days they are enrolled in school. Students must be registered separately and there is an additional fee. Discovery Time Hour is a theme-based, curricular additional hour immediately following Lunch Bunch on the day it is offered. Students registering for this class must be at least four years old by December 31 of the current school year and must also be enrolled in that day of Lunch Bunch.
Tuition is due on your child’s first class day of the month. For those families who have two or more children registered there is a tuition discount of 10% given for each additional child. Tuition is considered delinquent if not paid by the 10th of the month. If delinquent, please add a $25.00 late fee to your check.
If the previous month’s tuition is still delinquent by the first of the following month, the child can be dropped from our rolls and be replaced by a child from the waiting list. Arrangements for extensions can be made through the Director in special cases. If this becomes necessary, please do not hesitate to discuss it rather than become delinquent in paying your tuition.
Checks may be mailed or dropped off in the Preschool Office. Teachers are not responsible for checks. Checks should be marked with child’s name and made payable to La Casa de Cristo Preschool.
All holidays and school closures have been considered when determining the annual tuition.
For current tuition rates, please refer to the Tuition Section of the Preschool Page.
A.M. Classes - 9:15 to 11:45
CHILDREN MUST BE RELIABLY POTTY TRAINED AND COMPLETELY SELF-SUFFICIENT IN THE BATHROOM!!
La Casa de Cristo Christian Preschool admits students of every race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarships, program and athletic and other school administered programs.
PARKING: Parents should use the side (east) church parking lot and children should be closely supervised while traveling to and from classrooms due to the heavy traffic at these times. The fire lane should at no time be used for parking.
SIGN-IN & SIGN-OUT: State licensing requires that all children be signed in and signed out each day by the parent, guardian, or a designated responsible adult. A signature of the person responsible for the child and exact time of drop off and pick up is required on the sign in/out sheets, which are located outside the classroom doors. Children will be released only to persons listed on the Blue Form/Yellow Card as having permission to pick-up a child, unless a parent has notified the teacher or Director otherwise. Identification will be required at the classroom door or in the preschool office prior to release of the child. Students shall be accessible to parents at any time.
LATE CHARGE: A late charge of $10.00/for the first 15 minutes or any portion thereof, and $1.00/for each additional minute thereafter, will be assessed to parents picking-up children later than 11:45 A.M. and 3:30 P.M. Children may be picked up in the Preschool Office after these times.
ABSENCE: Please contact the Preschool Office if your child will be absent due to illness or other reasons. If a child is ill with a contagious disease, the parent is requested to notify the Preschool Office so that others may be notified of exposure.
APPROPRIATE CLOTHING: Children should arrive at school dressed in comfortable clothing that permits normal play. A child cannot truly explore and enjoy our program if he/she is concerned about getting their clothes messy. Fancy dresses and skirts are not conducive to active play. Sandals can be hazardous on the playground and in PE class. Tennis shoes or sneakers are recommended to protect busy feet.
SNACK: Snacks are provided on a daily basis through a volunteer sign up program by parents. Nutritious snacks that comply with the Department of Health Services’ guidelines are listed on monthly snack calendars posted on classroom parent bulletin boards. As much as possible, La Casa is a “peanut free” campus; however, parents of children with peanut allergies should exercise caution regarding certain snack items and the production of those items, which may be brought into the classroom. For their safety, children with specific food allergies are required to provide their own snack on a daily basis.
MEDICATION & ILLNESS: Medication will not be administered at school. Exceptions may be made for specific cases, such as allergies and chronic conditions, with written consent on file. Only Director, Assistant Director or Office Manager will administer these medications. If a child should become ill at school, or an accident should occur, he/she would be made comfortable while isolated in the Preschool Office. Parents or emergency contacts would be notified immediately. In case of injury or sudden illness, which would warrant professional attention, 911 will be called. A staff person with current First-aid training and CPR certification will always be available.
SCHOOL CALENDAR: A school calendar will be issued at Parent Orientation prior to the first day of school. The Preschool generally follows the Paradise Valley School District calendar with basically few exceptions.
DISCIPLINE: A positive approach to discipline is followed. Children are familiarized with classroom expectations and learn what is acceptable behavior. This is accomplished through positive reinforcement, redirection, and by focusing on the action rather than the child, to build self-esteem and a healthy self-concept. Physical and/or verbal punishment is not permitted.
WITHDRAWAL: It is understood that children are enrolled for the entire school year. Parents must notify the preschool office thirty days in advance if they intend to withdraw their child from the school. If notice is given after the 10th of the current month, the next month’s tuition is due as well. A withdrawal form can be picked up in the Preschool Office.
PRESCHOOL BOARD: The Preschool Board consists of parents, the Director, Assistant Director and the church senior Pastor. Monthly meetings are held to determine school policies and direction and to assist in special activities and evaluation of staff and program. Contact the Preschool Office if you are interested in receiving more information.
PARENT ORIENTATION: Parent Orientation will be held prior to the first day of school. This event affords parents the opportunity to become familiar with teachers, classrooms and program goals and objectives for the year. The teachers will contact parents during the month of August to notify them of dates for Parent Orientation and to schedule classroom visits.
COMMUNICATION: School to Parent communication is primarily achieved through an all-school bulletin board, classroom bulletin boards, monthly newsletter and weekly lesson plans. Teachers or the office may send special announcements home from time to time. As much as feasibly possible, all communications are sent electronically through a school wide email system.
CONFERENCES: Parent conferences are offered for all classes. The purpose of any conference is to provide parents with an opportunity to establish dialogue with the teachers regarding their child’s progress. Conferences are conducted in January to discuss areas of growth/progress in all developmental areas. A developmental checklist is provided at each conference, outlining appropriate milestones in the areas of social, emotional, cognitive and physical growth. A completed developmental profile will be given to parents in April. Should concerns arise, a conference may be scheduled with teachers/parents and director/parents anytime throughout the year, or to consult with teachers regarding recommendations for placement the following year.
PARENT PARTICIPATION: La Casa de Cristo Christian Preschool has an “open door” policy whereby parents are welcome and encouraged to participate in a variety or activities such as snack sign-up, classroom visits, health screenings, and holiday celebrations. Positions for Room Parents as well as Preschool Office Volunteers are all needed to help periodically throughout the school year. All visitors/helpers must sign in and out at the Preschool Office upon entering/leaving the school campus.
SPECIAL EVENTS: Special events will be held during the year, which will involve parents and families. Notices of these events will be sent home and announced in school newsletters. Due to a lack of space and the large number of families involved in our preschool we regret that we are unable to provide childcare and must sometimes limit invitations to parents only, or welcome parents with younger children as spectators only.
CLINICS: Several clinics such as vision and speech screening may be provided throughout the year to assure the well being of the children.
SCHOOL PICTURES: Individual and class pictures will be taken in the fall.
LUNCH BUNCH: Enrollment is open to any La Casa student meeting the age requirement of at least three years old by September 1 of the current school year. A separate registration form is necessary and a non-refundable program fee is required at time of registration. Parents must provide a lunch for their own child each day of attendance in the program. This program is offered on select Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Full payment of fees is still expected in the event of early withdrawal.
DISCOVERY TIME HOUR: Enrollment is open to any La Casa student meeting the age requirement of at least four years old by December 31 of the current school year. A separate registration form is necessary and a non-refundable program fee is required at time of registration. This is a theme based, curricular hour designed to stimulate learning in different developmentally appropriate topic areas. Full payment of fees is still expected in the event of early withdrawal.
INSURANCE: An adequate insurance policy is carried on all students and staff. It includes liability coverage for classroom, playground and campus areas. A copy of the policy is available for review upon request.
LICENSING: Licensing for operation is secured through the Arizona Department of Health Services. A yearly inspection assures compliance with state regulations.
FIRE DRILLS: Fire drills will be conducted each month for all classes.
SPECIAL NEEDS: Special needs children will be accepted on a needs’ basis with the following provisions, (1) it is determined by the Director that the Preschool is able to meet the individual needs of the child and (2) there is no adverse effect upon other children, either through direct behavior of the child or through requiring staff time needed for the children.
FIELD TRIPS/TRANSPORTATION: La Casa de Cristo Preschool does not provide transportation of students to and from school or take children on field trips off campus.
CAMPUS SAFETY: Supervision is not provided before or after school hours. It is the responsibility of the parent to monitor their child’s safety in all areas of campus during those periods. During school hours, it is the responsibility of the staff to provide supervision.
PESTICIDE CONTROL: Regularly scheduled pesticide spraying is not conducted on this campus. Notification will be given in the event of application.
La Casa de Cristo Christian Preschool admits students of every race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarships, program and athletic and other school-administered programs.
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