Parents Handbook
School Policies
      1. The Preschool program will be conducted in an accredited manner in accordance with Department of Children and Families and the First United Methodist Association of Preschool guidelines.
      2. Tuition is for the year. This will be made payable in 9.5 monthly installments which will be due the first of each month, in advance. All checks will be made payable to the First United Methodist Preschool. After the tenth of each month, tuition will be considered late if it had not been paid. In this instance, a late fee of $20 will be charged. All fees are due by the end of the month.
      3. Registration is for the whole school year. A registration fee is required and is none-refundable. The Supple Fee for the year is due in August.
      4. The budget is formulated on a filled classroom. If a child’s withdrawal becomes necessary, the person in charge of the child will be financially responsible until that opening is filled. Extenuating circumstances can be discussed with the Director.
      5. In accordance with State Legislature, a child must have reached the appropriate age on or before September 1st to enroll in each age group.
      6. Preference for enrollment will be as follows:
        • Methodist Church Members… girls & boys
        • Children presently enrolled
        • Siblings of children presently enrolled
        • Children on the waiting list
        • Open to the public
      7. All information on the registration form must be completed. A discipline consent, child placement form and contract should be signed and placed on file with the child’s record. A physical and immunization form, meeting the requirements of Department of Children & Families, must be signed by a physician and placed in the students file.
      8. In order to maintain a healthy classroom environment, no child will be admitted to school with a fever, runny nose, bad cough, diarrhea, vomiting  or other signs of illness. During school hours if a child becomes ill, the child will be removed from the classroom and placed in the office. The parent will be called immediately to come and pick up the child. Medicine that has been prescribed by a doctor may be given only if a medical permission form has been put on file in the office. NO TEACHER CAN ADMINISTER MEDICINE WITHOUT THIS FORM.
      9. Children entering into the three year old and four year old programs must be potty trained and able to take care of their bathroom needs. Pull ups are not permitted.
      10. Children will not be permitted into school after 8:45 a.m., it is very important for them to arrive on time. The security doors will be closed at 8:30 a.m. After that a child will be considered tardy. We are providing a quality program and arriving late continually interrupts the classroom schedule.
      11. Extended care children will have play time, lunch, rest, and snack time. If at anytime a child is not able to adjust to the afternoon routine, other arrangements will have to be made.
      12. Extended care lunches must include a healthy lunch that does not require heating up. An ice pack must be included in the lunch box to keep the lunch cold.
      13. When providing snacks or party items for the classroom, these items must be store bought packaged items. NO HOMEMADE ITEMS CAN BE SERVED IN THE CLASSROOM.
      14. No balloons or lit candles are allowed in the classrooms, due to safety requirements.
      15. Students are not permitted to wear GPS Kids Tracker wristwatches.
      16. Goals of religious education of Preschool age children should always be kept in mind. No apologies are necessary for religious education in a church-related Preschool. Bible stories and bible verses will be taught weekly. Particularly those stories about Jesus, will be used often. Once a week, the chapel will be attended by all classrooms in the church sanctuary.

School Hours will be as follows:

VKP: 8:15am – 11:45am
3 Year Olds:  8:15am – 11:30am
2 Year Olds: 8:15am – 11:15am

(Security doors will be opened at 8:15am and closed at 8:30am. Children will be considered tardy after 8:30am)

  1. Children will be placed in extended care if they are not picked up within 15 minutes after dismissal time for their particular age group. When this situation occurs, there will be an extended care fee charged to the child’s account.
  2. NO children visitors will be allowed in the classroom or kitchen area; and under no circumstances will the preschool be asked to serve as a nursery due to DCF rules and regulations.
  3. Parent visitation or other observers in the classroom will not be allowed unless arrangements have been made ahead of time with the Director.
  4. An individual conference with each parent is recommended the latter part of the year for every child.
  5. A traffic pattern will be strictly adhered to each year. To avoid traffic congestion, each child that will walk to the door of their classroom by themselves will be dropped off in the half circle in front of the education wing or on the side of the education wing. AT NO TIME SHOULD THE HALF-CIRCLE OR THE SIDE OF THE EDUCATION WING BE USED FOR PARKING YOUR CAR. THESE TWO PLACES WILL BE USED FOR CONTINUAL TRAFFIC FLOW. If a parent walks their child to their classroom, then they will park in the parking lot provided. The parents will be expected to follow the arrows that are painted on the pavement.
  6. Children in the two year old program will be picked up in their classroom at 11:15 a.m. by an adult. Their teacher will not place them in a car. The three year children will be brought to their car and picked up at 11:30 a.m. in the semi-circle in front of the school. VPK parents are to sign in their child in the morning and pick up in the car line on the side of the school at 11:45 a.m.
  7. Extended Care hours will be observed by the parents. If a parent is late, they will be charged $5 for the first minute and $1 per minute for every minute after that. After 3 times of being late the child will not be permitted to stay in extended care.
  8. Teacher requests will not be honored.
  9. Tuition is due on the first of each month and will be considered late after the tenth of the month. If tuition or extended care fees have not been paid by the thirtieth of the month, then your child will not be able to attend school until your balance has been paid in full.

*In regard to policies, special circumstances may be dealt with on an individual basis.