The Kalamazoo Christian Schools, in partnership with Christian families and churches, prepare students to serve God responsibly in his world, by equipping them with knowledge, skills, and Biblical vision for life, for the advancement of his kingdom.









Dear Parents,


Welcome to the Kalamazoo Christian School Preschools.  We are so glad that you have chosen our schools as your child’s early learning experience.  In the days ahead, your child will be exposed to many new and exciting enrichment opportunities.


The Preschool Student Handbook will provide you with important information that you may wish to refer to throughout the year.  It will provide you with preschool policies and procedures.  It is my hope that this handbook is just the beginning of good communication between home and school that will carry us through the year.


Your preschool teacher will communicate with you on a regular basis, either by monthly calendars, weekly letters, or both.


The Kalamazoo Christian Preschool Staff stands ready to serve you.  In exchange we ask for your prayers, encouragement, and support.   Please feel free to call us at Kalamazoo Christian Elementary (269) 544-2332 if we can answer any questions for you.




Marc Verkaik

Preschool Administrator of KCSA Preschools

Kalamazoo Christian School Association





Kalamazoo Christian School Association

Preschool Administrator - Marc Verkaik (269) 544-2332


Kalamazoo Christian Elementary Preschool - 544-2332

Cara Mathieu- 3s teacher (269) 370-6339

Joanne Cooper – 4s teacher (269) 998-0833

              Rachael Batts – Y5s teacher (269) 343-443

Kalamazoo Christian Elementary Spanish Immersion Preschool – 544-2332

              Silvia Estación- 3s teacher (787) 461-2853

Lauren Manting – 4s teacher (616) 566-8145



Preschool hours of operation:


Kalamazoo Christian Elementary Building:

3yr. olds                   T/TH               9:00-11:30am

4yr. olds                   M/W/F            8:00-11:00am

PM 4yr. olds                 M/W/F            11:45-2:45pm

Young 5’s                T/TH               8:00-2:45pm


NOTE:   A Preschool Calendar (Appendix A) of dates is also included at the end of this document.  It contains starting and ending dates as well as days we are not in session.  All KCSA Preschools follow the KCSA School Calendar, this can be found as (Appendix B) at the end of this handbook.


PRESCHOOLS of the Kalamazoo Christian Schools


Our primary purpose will be to provide preschool children with an atmosphere of Christian love, understanding, and acceptance through participation in-group activities with children of their own age.




This can include any/all of the following:  table toys, circle time, music and art literacy, free play, snack, Bible time, gym or outside play time.

3’s Preschool sample daily schedule:

9:00 ~ Meet & Greet

9:15 ~ Circle time

9:30 ~ Projects & free play

10:45 ~ Snack

11:00 ~ Play outside

11:30 ~ Dismissal

4’s Preschool sample daily schedule:

8:00/11:45 ~ Meet & Greet

8:15/12:00 ~ Circle time

8:45/12:30 ~ Projects & free play

10:00/1:45 ~ Snack

10:15/2:00 ~ Circle time

10:30/2:15 ~ Play outside

11:00/2:45 ~ Dismissal




The parent or parents of children seeking admission for the first time shall submit an application and a tuition deposit as set by the board.  

No person shall be denied admission to, excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any program or activity of KCSA on the grounds of race, color, or national origin.


Children must be three by September 1 to enroll in the threes class, must be four by September 1 to be enrolled in the fours class, and five by December 31 to be enrolled in the young fives. All children must be potty-trained and wear underwear to class; no diapers or pull-ups are allowed and the child should be able to accomplish the bathroom routine independently.



The Kalamazoo Christian School Association (KCSA) will determine payment schedules.  There is a $100 non-refundable fee (applied toward tuition) for everyone who enrolls in the preschool. Parents must complete enrollment forms.  Health forms must be filled out properly and signed by a physician.  Both should be completed by the first day of school.


The KCSA Board on case-by-case basis will determine refunds for early withdrawals.

KCSA Parents of currently enrolled preschoolers will be given priority for the following school year




The educational program is directed by a certified teacher, aides, and the parents help carry out that program daily in the classroom.  Parents of the Kalamazoo Christian School Association handle the administration.



If you know your child is going to be absent, please notify the teacher (or school).  Notify the teacher immediately if your child is diagnosed as having a contagious disease, such as chicken pox, pink eye, or strep throat.



             Under the Child protection Law, 1975 PA 238, child care providers are mandated to   immediately report any instance where there is reasonable cause to  suspect child abuse or neglect to Children’s Protective Services.  Failure to report abuse or neglect is a crime that can result in legal penalties:  Centralized Intake for Abuse and Neglect (855) 444-3911.  


T                            Any center staff or volunteer, who suspects a child is being abused or neglected, must immediately report the concerns to the local county children’s protective services unit.  Reporting the situation to administration or other staff does not relieve the caregiver of the mandated responsibility to report to CPS.  The investigation of allegations including interviewing of children and adults is the responsibility of the licensing consultant or CPS worker.


All verbal reports to CPS must be followed up in writing to CPS within 72 hours.


Signs of Abuse and Neglect (published by the Kalamazoo County Child Abuse and Neglect Council)





Unless you are the helping parent, you should bring your children into the classroom no earlier than ten minutes before the session.  Please be prompt to pick up your child at the end of the session.  They worry about you.

·         Elementary – When weather permits, we like to enjoy the outdoors.  If a class is playing on the playground when you arrive, please go into school to get your child’s backpack/artwork.  When you come to the playground gate, the teacher will call your child and open the gate for him to safely come to you. (Elementary - If we are indoors, the classroom door will be closed.  Please wait in the hall until your child says goodbye to the teacher.)



In some classes, each child will provide his or her own snack for each class. In other classes, the classroom parent for each session is responsible for snacks and drinks. (The classroom assignment/sign up is done at the parent orientation session at the beginning of each school year)  The purpose of this program is to introduce children to different kinds of foods and to provide a more nutritious snack program.  We emphasize bringing nutritional snacks and avoiding sweets. The children will not be deprived of a snack if the parent fails to provide it. These are just some suggestions:

 Crackers, pretzels, water, peanut butter and crackers, popcorn, milk, raisins,                                   corn chips, apple juice, fruit, tomato juice, muffins, veggies, orange juice, cheese cubes, peanuts, pineapple juice, etc…



Parents should notify the school in writing about their child’s food allergies. Substitute snacks must be on hand for the child.  All staff, parents, and helpers must be informed of all food allergies within the class.  Parents should be encouraged to provide snacks that would be appropriate for all.


If your child has a birthday during the school year, you may assist on or near that day.  You may bring a special treat in place of your regular snack on the day.  If your child has a summer birthday, the teacher may schedule a special day on the “1/2 birthday.”



Please dress your child in washable play clothes.  Mark the child's name on coats, boots, hats, mittens, backpacks, etc.  Each child should bring his/her own backpack daily. Each child should have one extra set of clothing in his/her locker in case of spills or accidents.



Our curriculum experience will promote growth in spiritual, social, physical, intellectual, and emotional areas in the child's life.  There are many opportunities for age-appropriate experiences and activities.




It is necessary to establish certain limits so that there is consistency in the program.  Please learn and adhere to the following safety rules.



The entire preschool staff uses positive methods of discipline, which encourages, self-control, decision making, and cooperation.  If a child misbehaves, we will always take the child aside to speak to him/her about the incident.  A child may be asked to choose a different activity or may be redirected to another area in the classroom. Time-out is used as a last resort when all other strategies have been exhausted.  Time-out involved having a child sit briefly away from the group to gain self-control.  We will then talk to the child about the incident and with the help of the child, come up with a positive plan to use in future situations.



If it has been determined by the teacher after consulting with the principal that the roads are too hazardous to travel, preschool could be canceled.  You will receive a phone call.



Teachers will meet with parents in February in order to report on their child's progress.  At any time during the school year, you are welcome to contact the teacher with suggestions, concerns, or questions.




If the volunteer has a criminal conviction stated above, chooses not to submit to a criminal history check, or chooses not to sign a statement regarding his or her criminal convictions, he or she will not have any unsupervised contact with children.


 A staff member will supervise the volunteer/parent at all times if background checks are not completed or approved.  The staff member will be in the same room with the volunteer.  The staff member must be able to see the volunteer.  For example, if the volunteer is sitting on the floor with a child behind a shelf, the staff member must move so they can see the interaction between the volunteer and the child.  A volunteer will never be counted in the state licensed ratio of adults to children.


The volunteer/parent may not participate in any of the following activities while unattended by a staff member:

Parent volunteers will never be counted in ratio or left unattended in the presence of children.

Volunteers are not to handle blood or any potentially hazardous infectious, bodily fluids.

Smoking is not permitted on any child care center property or on field trips.


Children other than enrollees, such as siblings or friends, cannot come on working days.

REMEMBER:  In creative activities it is the activity that is important-not the finished product.  We do not compare children's work or comment to them on their ability.  We encourage them to participate when they are ready to.  Try comments such as "Tell me about this picture...."  

We would like to remind our parents that this is a Christian preschool, and we want to provide a Christian atmosphere for our children.  Please be aware of your language.  Use words of encouragement. Please do not use God’s name inappropriately.



Staff cannot be present in the center with felony conviction of harm or threatened harm or conviction of child abuse or neglect.







The licensing notebook contains all the licensing inspections and special investigation reports and related corrective action plans since May 28, 2010. The licensing notebook is available to parents in the office during regular business hours. Licensing inspection and special investigation reports from at least the past 2 years are available on the child care licensing website at www.michigan.gov/michildcare.




The following procedures are considered best practice for hand washing:



Health records are required before a child may enter school.  If your child becomes ill, he/she must be kept at home until the infection period is over and is feeling well again.  If your child will not be in preschool, notify the teacher (or school office) no later than preschool starting time.  Contagious diseases must also be reported to the teacher.  The County Health Department regulations require that the preschool file a weekly report.

A teacher/volunteer/child should remain home on any school day that he/she has:



The center will administer medication only under the following circumstances.  If a child has allergies or asthma, then special medical procedures will be given; however, written permission must have been given by the parent. The prescription medication has the pharmacy label indicating the physician’s name, child’s name, instructions and dosage to be given to child.  The medication will be kept out of reach of children.


How parents will be notified:

When parents will be notified.  



Teachers should be able to contact parents at all times.  If a child becomes ill at preschool, the parent should be called, and the child picked up as soon as possible.


EQUIPMENT CLEANING – Wash equipment, tables, and objects after use. Wash with soap, rinse and sanitize. Must use bleach – test with bleach strips. The following steps will be followed as well:

NOTE:  laundering bedding, dress-up clothes, stuffed animals, etc. in HOT water and detergent cleans AND sanitizes the item(s).



KCSA procedures attached as Appendix C.

Protective Gloves are located in the following areas:

 Health Resources – Kalamazoo County Health Dept.

                                                     Nazareth, MI 49074










 When KCES is closed due to weather, preschool classes will not meet.  Announcements will be made on local radio and TV (check WWMT channel 3) and WKZO radio (1240 AM). Since all preschool children are transported by car rather than bus (except Young 5’s), preschool staff may in consultation with the principal cancel classes for the day.  This may occur under icy or snowy conditions where travel by bus may be deemed safe, but car travel less so.  Parents will receive a chain phone call in this case informing them of the cancellation.







                    KCES                        KCMS                       KCHS



In accordance with OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard, 29 CFR 1910.1030, the following exposure control plan has been developed.




KCSA has determined that all its employees have some risk of occupational exposure to blood or to other potentially infectious materials and/or bodily fluids simply because of the types of contacts that take place and the kind of service that is rendered in an educational institution.


All teachers, administration, and support staff interact to some degree with hundreds of elementary school age children each day.  All teachers are assigned playground supervision; secretaries, administrator, and some support staff perform minor first aid procedures as needed; coaches and teachers travel with students and athletic teams to interscholastic contests and field trips.  In each of those instances or settings it is possible that any employee of KCSA may be exposed to bloodborne pathogens.




A.        Methods of Compliance


1.         Universal Precautions:


            In KCSA universal precautions shall be observed in order to prevent contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials (OPIM).  All blood or other potentially contaminated body fluids shall be considered to be infectious.  Under circumstances in which differentiation among body fluid types is difficult or impossible, all body fluids shall be considered potentially infectious materials.


2.         Engineering and Work Practice Controls:


Engineering and work practice controls are designed to eliminate or minimize employee exposure.  Engineering controls are examined and maintained or replaced when an exposure incident occurs in this district and annually.  The policy will be reviewed annually.


An exposure incident is defined as contact with blood or OPIM on an employee's non-intact skin, eye, mouth or other mucous membrane or by piercing the skin or a mucous membrane through such events as needlesticks.


a)        Hand washing:

         1)    Each building shall provide handwashing facilities which are readily accessible to employees, or when provision for hand washing facilities is not feasible, this district shall provide either an appropriate antiseptic hand cleaner in conjunction with clean cloth, paper towels, or antiseptic towelettes.


2)    Employees shall wash hands or any other skin with soap and water, or flush mucous membranes with water immediately or as soon as feasible following contact of such body areas with blood or OPIM.


3)    Employees shall wash their hands immediately or as soon as feasible after removal of gloves or other personal protective equipment.  When antiseptic hand cleaners or towelettes are used, hands shall be washed with soap and running water as soon as feasible.


 b)    Housekeeping and Waste Procedures:


1)    Each work site will post a procedure for dealing with housekeeping and waste procedures.


2)    All equipment, materials, environmental and working surfaces shall be cleaned and decontaminated after contact with blood or OPIM.


·         Contaminated work surfaces shall be decontaminated with an appropriate disinfectant immediately after completion of procedures/task/therapy, or as soon as feasible, when surfaces are overtly contaminated or after any spill of blood or OPIM, and at the end of the school day if the surface may have become contaminated since the last cleaning.


·         Protective coverings, such as plastic wrap, aluminum foil, or imperviously-backed absorbent paper used to cover equipment and environmental surfaces, shall be removed and replaced as soon as feasible when they become contaminated with blood or OPIM, or at the end of the school day, if they have become contaminated since the last cleaning.


3)    All bins, pails, cans, and similar receptacles intended for reuse which have a reasonable likelihood for becoming contaminated with blood or OPIM shall be inspected and decontaminated on a regularly scheduled basis and cleaned and decontaminated immediately or as soon as feasible upon visible contamination.


4)    Materials, such as paper towels, gauze squares, or clothing, used in the treatment of blood or OPIM spills that are blood-soaked or caked with blood, shall be bagged, sealed, and designated as a biohazard (containing blood or OPIM contaminated materials) shall be red in color or affixed with a biohazard label and shall be located in each maintenance office or administration office.


(On the advice of the Michigan Office of Safety and Health (MIOSHA), biohazardous waste for this Standard's purposes shall only include items that are blood-soaked, caked with blood, or liquid blood that could be wrung out of the item.  This would include items such as sharps, broken glass, or plastic on which there is fresh blood.)


5)    The custodian shall respond immediately to any major blood or OPIM incident so that it can be cleaned, decontaminated, and removed immediately.


(A major blood or OPIM incident is one in which there will be biohazardous material for disposal.)


6)    In each building, there shall be a marked biohazard container in the custodial area for the containment of all individual biohazard designated bags.  Appropriate disposal of the contents of this container will be completed by a licensed hazardous materials agent such as Drug and Lab Disposal, Plainwell.


7)    In the event that regulated waste leaks from a bag or container, the waste shall be placed in a second container, and the area shall be cleaned and decontaminated.


8)        Contaminated broken glass shall NOT be picked up directly with the hands.  It shall be cleaned up using a mechanical means, such as a brush and dustpan, tongs, or forceps.  Broken glass shall be containerized.  The custodian shall be notified immediately, either by verbal or by written notification.


a)        Contaminated sharps, broken glass, plastic or other sharp objects shall be placed into appropriate sharps containers.  The sharps containers shall be closable, puncture resistant, labeled with a biohazard label, and leak proof.  Containers shall be maintained in an upright position.  Containers shall be easily accessible to staff and shall be located as close as feasible to the immediate area where sharps are used.  If an incident occurs where there is contaminated material that is too large for a sharps container, the custodian shall be contacted immediately to obtain an appropriate biohazard container for this material.



9)    Employees are prohibited from eating, drinking, smoking, applying cosmetics or lip balm, and handling contact lenses where there is a reasonable likelihood of exposure to bloodborne pathogens.


10) Employees shall NOT share water bottles, make-up, food, or eating utensils, or allow students to do so.  Employees and students shall be warned against putting toothpicks, pens, pencils, or other potentially contaminated sharp items in their mouths.


11)  Food and drink shall not be kept in refrigerators, freezers, cabinets, or on shelves, counter-tops or benchtops where blood or OPIM are present.


12)  All procedures involving blood or OPIM shall be performed in such a manner as to minimize splashing, spraying, splattering, and generating droplets of these substances.


13)  Contaminated laundry shall be bagged, or containerized at the location where it was used, and shall not be sorted or rinsed in the location of use.  Contaminated laundry shall be disposed of properly.


3.         Personal Protective Equipment:

a)        Where occupational exposure remains after institution of engineering and work controls, personal protective equipment shall be used.  Forms of personal protection equipment, available in this district, are gloves, goggles, gowns and masks.


1)        Gloves shall be worn when it can be reasonably anticipated that the employee may have hand contact with blood, OPIM, mucous membranes, and non-intact skin, and when handling or touching contaminated items, or surfaces.


2)        Disposable gloves shall be replaced as soon as practical when contaminated, or as soon as feasible, if they are torn, punctured, or when the ability to function as a barrier is compromised.  Disposable gloves shall NOT be washed or decontaminated for re-use.


3)    Hypoallergenic gloves, glove liners, powderless gloves, or other similar alternatives, shall be readily accessible to those employees who are allergic to the gloves normally provided.


4)        Utility gloves may be decontaminated for re-use if the integrity of the glove is not compromised.  However, they must be discarded if they are cracked, peeling, torn, punctured, or exhibit other signs of deterioration, or when their ability to function as a barrier is compromised.


5)        Masks, in combination with eye protection devices, such as goggles or glasses with solid side shields, or chin-length face shields, shall be worn whenever splashes, spray, spatter, or droplets of blood or OPIM may be generated and eye, nose, or mouth contamination can be reasonably anticipated, i.e. custodian cleaning a clogged toilet.

b)    KCSA shall ensure that appropriate personal protective equipment in the appropriate sizes is readily accessible at the work site or is issued to the employees.  Personal protective equipment is available in the following locations: maintenance office, classrooms, and administration office.


(1)   KCSA shall clean, launder, and dispose of personal protective equipment, at no cost to the employee.


(2)   KCSA shall repair, or replace, personal protective equipment as needed to maintain its effectiveness, at no cost to the employee.


c)         All personal protective equipment shall be removed prior to leaving the work area.  When personal protective equipment/supplies are removed, they shall be placed in an appropriately designated area or container for storage, washing, decontamination, or disposal.  This container shall be labeled with a red biohazard symbol.


d)    If a garment(s) is penetrated by blood or OPIM, the garment(s) shall be removed immediately, or as soon as feasible.


e)         KCSA shall ensure that the employee uses appropriate personal protective equipment.  If an employee temporarily and briefly declines to use personal protective equipment because it is in his or her judgment that in that particular instance it would pose an increased hazard to the employee or others, the building principal shall investigate and document the circumstances in order to determine whether changes can be instituted to prevent such occurrences in the future.