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2016-2017 SCHOOL YEAR

 

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. Spring Fling is held near Easter. A field trip is usually held in the winter. Parents or a familiar adult are invited to attend these activities. A standards based report card is also distributed at the close of the 9 week marking period. Parents are invited to participate in the classrooms during the school year.

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 preschool program. Appropriate substitutions are made for children with medically diagnosed allergies. To provide substitutes due to food allergies a doctor’s note is needed.

ATTENDANCE

Students are expected to have an attendance rate of 85% during the preschool year. Preschool is held 180 days; students are expected to be in attendance for 153 days or more. Students attending preschool less than the desired 85% could be removed from the program.
 
PROGRAM HOURS

  • 8:00 to 3:00 p.m.

CLASS SIZES

Chestnut Ridge strives to keep the size of preschool 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

          Pre K 4: Students must be 4 years of age on September 1, 2017
Students who are age eligible for kindergarten are encouraged to enroll for kindergarten.

INCOME VERIFICATION FOR PRE K COUNTS

Preschool 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 preschool experience a copy of your 2016 Federal Tax return will be needed. Preschool programming is the same for both funding sources. Your child will receive the same preschool program no matter what the funding source.

SELF HELP SKILLS

Our preschool 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 preschool students at 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.