Circle of Children Preschool

Policies

Admission Policies

Children who will be 3 years old on or before December 2 and a limited number of children who are at least 2 years and 9 months by September of the school year are eligible for enrollment. Upon entrance, your child will need to have a licensed physician’s certificate of good health, as well as accurate immunization against diphtheria, tetanus, rubella, whooping cough, measles, and polio. Children need to be toilet trained.

School Hours

The school maintains a five-day schedule in the Morning Session from 9:00 am - 12:00, an extended day program ending at 12:30 pm is available Monday through Thursday. A four-day Afternoon Session from 12:30 pm - 3:30, with an available extended day ending at 4:30 pm, Monday through Thursday. Circle also runs an 8-week summer program.

Circle of Children follows a 10 month calendar school year and closes on the following holidays: Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving and the day after, Winter Recess (between Chanukah, Christmas and New Years Day), M.L.K. Jr. Day, Lincoln’s Birthday, President’s Day, two weeks Spring Recess (around Easter and Passover), Memorial Day, and the Fourth of July. Two days in spring are set aside for conferences, as well as two staff development days with no classes on those days.

Tuition and Registration Fee

Tuition is based on a ten-month school year (September through June) and is payable in two payments. Monthly payments may be arranged if needed. The application fee for admission is $100.00. Upon acceptance, there is a $150.00 registration fee due and a deposit (10% of full tuition) due in order to reserve your child’s place for the school year. If for any reason you need to remove your child from Circle of Children Preschool during the year, a one-month’s advance notice in writing is required. All the above fees and deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Arrival and Dismissal

The first few minutes of the school day are important, so we ask that the children arrive on time. If someone besides you or your carpool is to pick up your child be sure to notify the school in writing since we will not release your child to anyone without written permission.

Clothing

Please mark all outer garments and belongings with your child’s name. School clothes should be washable, comfortable play clothes that encourage self-help. Properly fitting shoes are important. Sandals, thongs, Crocs, open-toe shoes and boots are not permitted. Clothes are available at school if changes are needed; please bring extra clothes if needed.

Foods

Children bring their own lunch; school provides a nutritious snack served each morning and afternoon session. Lunches should not include cookies, fruit rolls, chips, sodas, etc. Lunches should be in lunch boxes marked with the child’s name. Circle requires all lunches be trash free, with ALL food and drink items placed in reusable containers. Please notify us if your child has an allergy or special dietary needs.

Birthdays

You are welcome to bring a birthday treat to share with your child’s group. Please schedule with your teacher one week in advance to avoid conflicts and to save the date.

Toys from Home

It is not advisable for the children to bring toys to school except on special sharing days or after consulting with the teacher. Sharing items should be brought in a bag, labeled with your child’s name and small enough to fit your child’s cubby.

Health

Hand washing education is important to the health and welfare of children as well as adults. Children are taught how and when to properly wash their hands.

Whenever your child is at home due to illness, please let us know. Do not send your child back to school until he/she is feeling well enough to participate in all activities. Children exhibiting greenish-colored mucous will not be accepted at school.

With chickenpox or any other communicable diseases, we will inform parents of any cases in the school and will ask for parents cooperation in seeking treatment and altering school schedules when symptoms are suspected.

Special Information

Please keep us up-to-date of any changes, such as phone numbers, physicians, etc.