Pre-Kindergarten Information 2023-24
PURPOSE AND GOALS
HOPE Pre-Kindergarten exists to equip the next generation to delight in God’s glory and minister to children and their families. HOPE Pre-Kindergarten will provide care, education and holistic development for each child’s: spiritual, mental, physical, emotional, and social needs.
Through thematic units we will help each child:
Encounter the love of God as they interact with other children and adults
Grow in communication
Develop an awareness of age appropriate educational concepts such as: numbers, letters, size, space, etc.
Learn God-honoring relational skills with peers and adults
See God as Creator through His Word and His creation as revealed through science and nature
Express creativity through experiences with music and art
Develop Godly convictions based on God’s word
HOPE Pre-Kindergarten, LLC curriculum comes from ABC Jesus Loves Me and uses Bible based stories and lessons along with preschool basics to teach young minds and hearts about the world God created for them. Learning is fun and engaging with games and stories that will captivate them and hopefully draw them back each time to find out more!
Arrival & Departure
The hours of operation for HOPE Pre-Kindergarten are Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:15am-12:30pm. If you know you will be arriving late to pick up your child, please contact the HCA office or pre-kindergarten Director. Drop-off and pick-up time windows are 15 minutes from start and end of the day, no sooner or later please. Parents must sign children in and out each day. Sign up sheets will be posted just outside their classroom door. Children will only be allowed to leave with people from the approved pick up list signed by the parent. Make note of any new persons that are added throughout the year. Teachers will need to see a picture I.D. before releasing the children to an unknown person, a copy of the I.D. will be placed with the child’s administration records. When someone new is picking up for the first time, we ask that you direct them first to the pre-kindergarten Director for verification.
Fees & Payment
There will be a non-refundable registration fee of $250.00 The monthly tuition rate is $265.00. Tuition is due on the 1st preschool day of each month, ad grace period of 5 days is given before late fees are applied. A $50 late fee will be applied after the grace period has passed. No adjustment to tuition is made for absences; tuition is paid to cover a student’s reserved space within the class, not his/her attendance. Tuition is figured on a basis of ten months ($2,650.00/per preschool year) and is divided into ten equal payments. There will be some months that your child will attend fewer days than others due to absences, holidays, and school breaks; tuition will still be the same for all months.
Withdrawal from HOPE Pre-Kindergarten requires written notification of at least two (2) weeks prior to the intended date of withdrawal. Tuition will be prorated during the month of withdrawal to accurately reflect the family’s enrollment intent. This policy is enforced to ensure the financial ability of HOPE Pre-Kindergarten to meet payrolls and other material requirements. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.
Health & Medical
Children with symptoms suggesting a contagious illness cannot attend school. WE ARE DEPENDING ON OUR PARENTS TO HELP US MAINTAIN THIS POLICY. Symptoms such as a cold with fever, severe cough, skin eruptions, sore throat, fever of 100+ degrees, head lice (NO NIT Policy), vomiting or diarrhea will necessitate calling parents to pick up their child. A sick child who is sent home may not return to school until symptoms have been gone for 24 hours. A sick child will be isolated from other children until a parent or designated person arrives to take them home. NO MEDICATION WILL BE ADMINISTERED BY HOPE Pre-Kindergarten.
Parents will be notified when a child has been exposed to a communicable disease within the school. Please likewise notify the school when children are exposed to a communicable disease outside of school.
HOPE Pre-Kindergarten staff is trained in CPR and First Aid. First Aid will be administered in the case of an injury. Parents will be notified and an incident report will be filled out and signed by parents and HOPE Pre-Kindergarten Director. In case of an emergency we will call 911, and then parents will be called.
Parents who enroll their children in HOPE Pre-Kindergarten must fill out forms provided by the state. This form includes a medical release form. A form listing who will be picking up your child from preschool is necessary to insure each child’s safe release to proper persons. A copy of your child’s birth certificate and immunization records must also be kept on file. We must keep all information, forms and shot records up to date. Please help us with this by informing the pre-kindergarten Director of any changes throughout the year.
Children will wear a HOPE Pre-K Logoed T-shirt accompanied by modest yet comfortable play clothes suitable for indoor and outdoor play. Tennis shoes are preferred because preschoolers are very active and still learning to maneuver in their environment, however any sturdy footwear with a closed toe and heel that enable them to run and play without tripping or falling is permitted (NO FLIP-FLOPS PLEASE). A change of clothes (including underwear and socks) is to be left at the school at all times. All clothing needs to be placed in a zipper gallon bag labeled with the child’s first and last name.
Pre-Kindergarteners must be potty-trained.
Each child should bring a sack lunch and a snack each day. The pre-school does not provide refrigeration or heating for student lunches, ice-packs, insulated lunchboxes, and thermoses are suggested for keeping food cold or warm as required.
The Heart Matters! Proverbs 4:23 says, “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” Children who understand the heart can then understand themselves and others better. A “Heart Chart” is used in each classroom to help inform you of your child’s actions while at preschool. A large chart is hung on the wall in the classroom and a smaller chart in your child’s folder. For more information please refer to “The Heart Matters!” handout given to you before the start of classes. We do enforce consequences for unwise choices. A child may be given a warning, their heart is moved on the chart, they may be redirected to an alternate activity or been given a brief time out. Parents are called only when all our methods of discipline have been exhausted. We will work with parents to correct any ongoing discipline problems. Please talk to your child’s teacher if you have any questions or concerns.
A safety video monitoring system is set into action at the prekindergarten. Please know this upfront: the decision to install the camera is NOT because of previous or present issues or concerns. Rather, video monitoring is becoming a common practice in prekindergarten today to ensure safety and security. We hope this gives parents a sense of security that their children are being ministered to in a safe and secure facility. The cameras will only be in recording operation during preschool hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Only the Directors of the prekindergarten will have access to the monitors and video recordings of those days.
HOPE Pre-Kindergarten will follow the HOPE Christian Academy K-8 school calendar for holidays. School begins approximately one week after HOPE Christian Academy K-8 school and ends approximately one week prior to the end of HOPE Christian Academy K-8 school.
Please refer to the school calendar (click for link)
Parents and other visitors are welcome to schedule a time to come by and observe. All visitors to HOPE Pre-Kindergarten must check in with the pre-kindergarten Director upon arrival. Visitors may observe, but not interact with the teachers or children during class unless their visit is during a special event. Parents may, at any time, review and discuss the policies and procedures with the pre-kindergarten Director.
HOPE Pre-Kindergarten will NOT participate in swimming or wading pool activities. We will also NOT participate in any activity requiring transportation (including field trips). If this policy is altered in any way for a special event, a waiver will be sent home that will need to be signed by a parent.
Typically animals will not be at HOPE Pre-Kindergarten. If they are brought to school for a special occasion, a note of permission will be sent home to parents and vaccination records for the animal will have to be on file.