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2019-20 Information and Policies

2019-20 Information and Policies

 

STAFF

 

All of the classes gain the benefit of certified early childhood teachers and experienced classroom assistants. The staff gains 24 hours of professional development each year to maintain their knowledge about new and developing areas of early childhood education.

 

EARLY LEARNING STANDARDS

 

All programs follow the Early Learning Standards developed by the Office of Development and Early Learning (OCDEL). These standards follow the Infant and Toddler Standards and precede the Kindergarten Standards. These standards set benchmarks of development for young children.The Early Learning Standards may be viewed at http://websites.pdesas.org/ocdel/2010/4/30/47302/page.aspx .
 
PARENT/CHILD ACTIVITIES

All families are invited and encouraged to participate in parent and child activities during the school year. Parent and Teacher Conferences are held in November. Grandparents' Day is in the fall.  Spring Fling is held near Easter. We have 7 Luncheon and Learnings for parents.  We have an ongoing volunteer program.  A field trip is usually held in the winter. Spring Extravaganza is a family event on a Saturday in the Spring.  A parent program is offered in the evenings in the fall and again in the spring.  A standards based report card is distributed at the close of the 9 week marking period.

TRANSPORTATION

Transportation is provided both to and from school. Transportation is not provided if you do not live in the school district.

SNACK AND LUNCH

Students receive lunch and a snack each day. The lunch and snack are provided by the PreK program. Appropriate substitutions are made for children with medically diagnosed allergies. To provide substitutes due to food allergies. A doctor’s note is needed.
 
PROGRAM HOURS

  • 8:15 to 2:45 p.m.

CLASS SIZES

Chestnut Ridge strives to keep the size of PreK classrooms at a level that allows optimum opportunity for the students to grow. Each class has at least one instructor and one teaching assistant.

AGE REQUIREMENT

Students must be 4 years of age on September 1, 2019.
Students who are age eligible for kindergarten are encouraged to enroll for kindergarten.

INCOME VERIFICATION FOR PRE K COUNTS

PreK at Chestnut Ridge is funded with two separate funding sources. One of the funding sources has income guidelines. In order for the school district to determine which funding source will pay for your child’s PreK experience, a copy of your 2018 Federal Tax return will be needed. PreK programming is the same for both funding sources. Your child will receive the same PreK program no matter what the funding source.

SELF HELP SKILLS

Our PreK students are expected to have self help skills that allow them to put on their coats and shoes with minimal assistance. We help with zipping, buttoning and tying shoes and encourage the children to become self sufficient when possible. Staff members also expect children to be able to use the restroom with little adult intervention. We do not have diaper changing facilities.

WAIT LIST

Because we strive to keep the classes sizes for PreK students at a size that promotes optimum opportunity wait lists sometimes occur. A wait list will be started when the class size has reached a full enrollment status. Students are placed on the wait list until an opening occurs.
 
PRE K POLICIES