Enrollment

To enroll a child in The Kindergarten Readiness Center, the child must be 4 years  old on or before September 10.  You must fill out an application which you can pick up at the Center at any time.  You must provide income verification (tax return) at the time of application.  The acceptance of your child is based on highest need.  Household income, parent’s education, and other factors are considered in the application process.  Children with special needs are served first.  

If your child is accepted, you will need to present the The Kindergarten Readiness Center with the following items:

As part of the enrollment process all children are screened for developmental growth.  This screening includes:

The purpose of this screening is to assess each child’s unique needs. If there is a concern about your child in any of the screening areas, further evaluation can be done to determine the need for Special Education.

Schedule for Drop off and Pick Up

______  Preschool classes begin at 8:30 am and conclude at 2:45 Monday through Thursday and 8:30 to 1:45 on Friday.  You may drop your child off at 8:00 am Monday through Friday.  They will go to the playground until classes begin at 8:30.  

When bringing your child to The Kindergarten Readiness Center, please park on the North side of the building to pick up and drop off your child.  DO NOT PARK IN THE PARKING LOT.  An adult must bring your child all the way into the building and escort them to the outside door.  School begins at 8:30 am.  Your child will be considered tardy after 8:40 am.  The doors are locked at 9:00 a.m. and we will not accept children after 9:00.  The only exceptions are extreme weather conditions and doctor’s appointments with documentation.  Please notify the teacher the day before if you have an appointment that will cause your child to arrive after 9:00 a.m.

_____  When picking up your child, you need to come to your child’s classroom between 2:45 and 3:00 pm.  Picking up your child earlier than 2:45 and later than 3:00 will be counted as a tardy.   You must prepare a list of adults that are allowed to pick up your child.  Students will NOT be released to anyone who is not on that list.  We do not have staff to watch children after school hours, so pick up your child on time. Social services will be contacted if you do not pick up your child after school.  

Absences and Tardies

_____  After ten (10) consecutive unexcused absences, a student will be dropped from The Kindergarten Readiness Center.  After ten unexcused absences and /or tardies, a warning letter will be sent home.  At this time, a meeting will be required with the parent/guardian, teacher and director to discuss ways to ensure consistent attendance. If the problem continues, and a student is absent and or tardy for a total of fifteen (15) unexcused days during the semester, that child will be dropped from the program and will be placed on the waiting list.  We have a large waiting list and only those parents that are dedicated to the program will be allowed to continue enrollment.  

Nutrition

Good nutrition is an important part of a great education.  Your child will be receiving a healthy breakfast, lunch and snack while at school.  If your child is unable to eat certain foods due to a health or allergy reason we need to have your health provider fill out a Special Diet Statement (found on page 21 of the Student Parent Handbook) so we know what he or she cannot eat.  At Kindergarten Readiness Center, we will be eating and serving “Family Style”.  Each child will be encouraged but never forced to try everything on their plate.  

_____  Please do not send food items or drink with your child unless you have discussed this with a staff member at the Center.

Illness

_____  Please call us and let us know when your child is sick so that we may record an excused absence for them.  Please, refer to the District Policy in the Parent Student Handbook pages 20 through 23.  If your child has a fever of 100 degrees or above, has diarrhea, or is throwing up your child must be symptom free for 24 hours before returning to school.  We try to keep everyone well and little children are very susceptible to illnesses.  

_____  Please, make every effort to have appropriate clothing for weather conditions.  

_____  Lice can be an issue at Preschool because children are more active and interact closely with one another.  If eggs are found in children’s hair a note will be sent home or staff will inform the responsible adult about the eggs.  Children must be treated as soon as possible.  They may remain in school as long as the eggs remain dormant.  If live lice are found in a child’s hair the child will be sent home to be treated as soon as possible.  They may not return to school for 24 hours after treatment.  

It is extremely important that we follow this policy.  Lice can spread very rapidly and infect an entire building in a very short time.

_____  All students must be potty trained.  If they come in diapers or pull-ups you will be asked to take them home.  We certainly understand the occasional accident and will take care to help your child if an accident occurs.  Please leave an extra set of clothes with your child’s teacher for such accidents.

Protocol for Visitors

Parent and / or guardians are encouraged and invited to visit our school.  However, we do teach “stranger safety”.  Because our students or staff may not know you, we ask that you follow this protocol for visiting during school hours.  This protocol is to ensure a safe environment for your child.

_____  If you need to discuss an issue with a teacher, Please make an appointment, do not expect the teachers to visit with you on the spot.  We do have a pretty tight schedule and avoid interruptions that disrupt our time with the children.  

Parties

Room parties may be held at Halloween, Christmas and Valentine’s Day.  Parents may be asked to help with these occasions. Students may also bring “treats’ on their birthday.  We encourage these treats to be healthy treats.  Please, check with the classroom teacher for the best time of the day to bring treats.  

Field Trips

_____  The Kindergarten Readiness Center will have field trips during the school year.  These field trips celebrate learning that is happening at school.  Your child’s timely and consistent attendance at school greatly supports this learning.   If your child has 10 unexcused absences and or tardies in the semester they will not be allowed to attend any field trip that occurs in that semester.

Toys

_____  Please, do not allow your child to bring toys from home.  If a toy is brought from home the teacher will keep the toy and give it to the parent at the end of the day.  The Kindergarten Readiness Center will not be responsible for any toy brought to school.  

School Pictures

Individual pictures are set up by the school.  Letters are sent home explaining the photographers’ program.  This is strictly a voluntary service to the students.  No one is required to purchase pictures.  If you wish for your child to have a retake or if they miss the scheduled picture day, we will inform you of the day scheduled for retakes.  You will be responsible for taking your child to the retake session.  

You will be asked to give permission for your child’s picture and /or video to be used in different ways at the school.  We post pictures of the children on the bulletin board.  We video the classroom for teacher improvement.  We also occasionally publish pictures in the newspaper to brag about our children and our program.

We are looking forward to a great school year. If you have any questions about the preschool please contact any staff member.  

I, ________________________________  the parent/guardian of _________________  understand the Hardin Kindergarten Readiness Center Policies in the Appendix of the Hardin School District Handbook.