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The Pre-Kindergarten Program will strive to develop:
The important thing is not so much that every child should be taught, as that every child should be given the wish to learn. - John Lubbock
Pre-k school day is from 7:10-2:10. Arrival begins at 7:10 a.m. The tardy bell will ring at 7:35 a.m. Children arriving after 7:35 a.m. are to be signed in by a parent in the office. A tardy slip must be brought to class. For safety reasons the children may not walk alone to class. Do not arrive before 7:10. Your child will be met at the car and supervised until they reach their classroom. After the second week of school all students will need to be dropped off in the morning in the drop of line. Due to safety concerns no parents will be permitted to walk their students to class. Do not allow your child to leave the car without an adult. If you arrive after 7:30, you must park and walk your child to class. Class ends at 2:10 p.m. All students are to be picked up at this time. If your child needs to leave school during the day (before 2:10) he/she must be signed out through the office. We ask that no child be checked out after 1:50. Teachers must have a check out slip from the office to release your child. If your child is going home in a different manner from his/her regular way, please let the teacher know in writing or with a phone call to the office.
Your child is allowed 10 total tardies or early check outs per semester. If your child is tardy (arrives after 7:35) or checks out (before 2:10) or is picked up after 2:40 more than 10 times per semester your child may be dismissed from the pre-k program. Doctor excuses will not count towards the 10.
Your child is allowed 10 total unexcused absences per semester. If your child has more than 10 unexcused absences your child may be dismissed from the pre-k program. Doctor excuses will not count towards the 10.
Your child will have breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack as part of the ABC Pre-K program. If your child qualifies for free meals, breakfast and lunch will be provided, otherwise, you will pay either reduced or full price (see below). We must have a free/reduced form completed on each student. Until the free/reduced forms have been approved, parents are responsible for the costs of all meals. We are under strict health and nutrition guidelines from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. If your child gets a breakfast and/or lunch tray from the cafeteria, rest assured they are eating healthy. For those pre-k students who bring breakfast or lunch from home, it must also meet the same guidelines. Here is what is expected (minimum) by the U.S.D.A. –
½ cup of fruit 1 oz meat
½ slice of bread OR ½ slice of bread
1/3 cup of cereal ½ cup fruit and/or vegetable (must be 2 different food items)
Milk will be provided for all students at breakfast and lunch at no cost to parent. Please do not send drinks in your child’s meals from home. Also, do not send an excess of sweets in your child’s meals from home.
PCSSD pre-k program is also under the Licensing Requirements for Child Care Centers. This licensing requires that we serve a breakfast and/or lunch to students who do not have breakfast/lunch that meets the U.S.D.A. requirements. Your child will receive a breakfast/lunch if needed and you will be charged for it (unless you are on the free lunch program).
All children will go to breakfast and lunch as a class. Snacks are provided in the classroom. The prices listed below are for full pay students and reduced pay students.
Reduced: Breakfast .30 Lunch .40
Full Pay: Breakfast $1.50 Lunch $2.50
If your child is tardy, you are to escort your child to the cafeteria for breakfast. You may be asked to sit with your child while he/she eats breakfast. We are on a very strict schedule and the teacher may not have time to keep the class in the cafeteria while your child eats. All students are required to be served breakfast.
Several field trips will be scheduled throughout the year. Each child must have a signed permission slip on file for each field trip in order to participate. Parents will be notified of field trip dates and times. Please plan on attending at least one field trip with us. ABC pre-k will pay for one adult, per student per field trip. All other adults attending will be responsible for any costs. We’re sorry, but no siblings will be permitted to attend fieldtrips. Lunches will be provided for all students on fieldtrips. Parents may choose to purchase a lunch from the cafeteria on field trip days. A Parents Assisting Local Schools (PALS) form must be completed on each adult participating in any type of school activity.
Parental involvement is stressed in the pre-k program. There are many different opportunities for you to visit the school for parent activities. Some of these activities are Open House, Fall Fun Day, parties, Grandparents’ Day, Muffins for Moms, Doughnuts for Dads, Spring Fun Day, Parent Nights, Family Fun Day, Transition Day, and an End of Year Celebration.
Studies have shown that students with involved parents are more successful in school. The students have better grades, better attendance, better social skills and adapt well to school. We encourage you to become involved as much as possible in your child’s education. Feel free to visit your child’s classroom. You must check in at the office before going to the classroom.
Parental input is very important to our program. Your input will be requested through the following: regularly scheduled parent meetings, yearly surveys, individual parent conferences, and by utilizing the suggestion box that is provided in the office foyer. Your suggestions for us are welcomed and appreciated. Our box will be checked often and all suggestions given consideration.
Community involvement is also an important component of the pre-k program. We want our students to be aware of their community. Our students are visited by the police department, fire department, library, and other local agencies. Field trips may include visits to some of our community agencies too. We also participate in the Jacksonville Christmas Parade.
Pulaski County Special School District is in partnership with several other early childhood agencies. Meetings are held on a regular basis with all collaborating agencies. These agencies include Little Rock School District, North Little Rock School District, Head Start, and PCSSD Early Childhood Special Education Services. PCSSD collaborates with private providers and Head Start to ensure parents are notified of options for pre-k.
The children will take a nap in the afternoon. Each child will rest on a cot or mat provided by the school. This is part of DHS guidelines and must be followed. The sheets and covers will be washed at school once a week. Please do not allow your child to bring pillows, blankets, or stuffed animals from home.
Pre-Kindergarten students will not be required to follow a uniform policy. Your child will feel much better if he/she is dressed in clothing that can be managed with little or no help. Pants with an elastic waist are preferred. The following dress is not allowed; tank tops, spaghetti straps, short-shorts, sagging clothing, tee-shirts with inappropriate wording or pictures, etc.
Children should have their names on coats, caps, jackets, sweaters, and gloves. An extra change of clothes should be kept at school. Please place clothes in a large ziploc bag and label with your child's name.
Fresh air and exercise are an important part of every child’s day and are important for good health. Please dress your child in appropriate clothing for the weather and season. All children are required to go outside every day. We will be going outside for a total of one hour each day (weather permitting). This is a DHS requirement. Tennis shoes or closed toe shoes that offer protection for the feet and allow children to run and play in comfort are required. No flip flops or sandals.
Pre-K students are required to have outside play for one hour per day (weather permitting). Students should be protected from overexposure to the sun. Sunscreen should be applied by the parent as needed. Additional sunscreen will only be applied with written parental permission and sunscreen must be provided by the parent.
Our primary concern is for the good health of all the children in Pre-Kindergarten.
Keep your child home if your child:
A child should not be brought to school until he/she is able to participate in regular activities. If your child is too sick to go outside, he/she is too sick to be attending school. In the event a child does become ill at school, the parents will be notified immediately. You will be expected to come get your child as quickly as possible.
The following guidelines are set forth by Arkansas Department of Human Services and must be followed by pre-k centers.
1. No child or staff shall be admitted who has a contagious or infectious disease. Parents and guardians shall be notified to pick up the child if the child exhibits any of the symptoms listed below:
a. Fever: A body temperature of 100 or greater.
b. Diarrhea: three (3) or more watery stools in a 24-hour period
c. Vomiting: Vomiting on two or more occasions within the past 24-hour period
d. Rash: Body rashes, not obviously associated with diapering, heat or allergic reactions to medications
e. Sore Throat: if associated with fever or swollen glands in the neck
f. Severe Coughing: Episodes of coughing which may lead to repeated gagging, vomiting or difficulty breathing
g. Pink Eye: Pink or red eye(s) which may be swollen with white or yellow discharge, until on antibiotics for 24 hours
h. Untreated Scabies, Head Lice or the presence of nits: May return after treatment and removal of nits.
i. Multiple Sores inside mouth with drooling: unless health care provider determines the condition is non-infectious.
j. RingWorm: a fungal infection of the scalp or skin: may return after evaluation and under treatment by a health care provider
k. Impetigo: may return 24 hours after treatment is initiated.
2. Any child who becomes ill and unable to participate in daily activities shall be separated from other children, supervised, and parents shall be called to pick up the child.
3. Any child who is injured shall have immediate attention. Parents shall be notified of all injuries. Injuries that require the attention of medical personnel shall be reported to the parent immediately and to the Licensing Unit within one business day..
4. Medication shall be given to children only with signed parental permission which includes: date, type, drug name, time and dosage. It shall be in the original container, not have an expired date, and be labeled with the child's name.CHANGES IN
To ensure that you may be reached in case of emergency, keep all personal information up to date. Please notify the teacher or office staff immediately of any change in telephone or cell phone numbers, home address, change of work employment or work number, or any change that involves the well-being of your child.
Up to date immunizations are required by Arkansas Law and by the Arkansas Department of Health for all children who attend public school. Documentation must be on file in the office. Your child will NOT be allowed to attend without up-to-date immunizations or a doctor approved catch-up schedule. Physicals must be completed within 45 calendar days of first day of attendance. Failure to present proof of the physical WILL result in dismissal from the program.
Any medication given at school must be prescription medicine and be prescribed for at least four (4) times a day. Medication must be in the original container and labeled with the child’s name and dosage. Only prescription medicine will be administered to children with written permission and directive from the parent. NO verbal orders via the phone will be accepted. If your child must be given medicine, please come to school and fill out a consent form. All prescription medicine must be given to students in the office. Please notify your child’s teacher if your child is receiving any kind of medicine at home. This will help in determining possible causes in changes in behavior as well as keeping a close eye on your child for possible adverse reactions
Each child will have a VIP (very important papers) folder that will be sent home every day. Inside the folder will be any notes that are important for you to read. Please read these, fill out if necessary, and return inside the folder. If you have any notes for the teacher, place the note in the folder. If your child is absent from school, please write a separate excuse note for the office. We are required to send these notes to the office to be kept on file. Your child will receive an unexcused absence if a note is not sent. There will be a Classroom Commitment form sent home each day. Please take time to review it and sign it each day. The folder is our daily communication with you.
Our pre-k program helps to prepare your child for kindergarten. You will be given a Kindergarten Readiness Calendar at your first parent/teacher conference in October. You may use this calendar as a tool for activities to do at home with your child. At your second parent/teacher conference in March, you will be given a Kindergarten Readiness Checklist which indicates the skills your child has mastered and those your child may need to practice. Your child’s teacher will also discuss kindergarten expectations. Parents will be encouraged to register early for kindergarten and make an appointment to visit kindergarten classes at the school they will be attending.
In the spring we will host a Kindergarten Transition Day. You will register your child for kindergarten, play games with your child and receive a backpack with many of the required kindergarten supplies. This is a very enjoyable day for students and parents!
Special Education is administered through PCSSD Early Childhood Special Education. PCSSD Early Childhood Special Education is an active partner with ABC to assist children with special needs. These services usually come about because of a referral made after a developmental screening is administered. All students will be administered a developmental screening. If the screening indicates a possible need for additional screening and/or evaluation, the child will be referred to PCSSD Early Childhood Special Education.
We use positive direction in our discipline by recognizing and rewarding appropriate behavior by smiling, giving a positive comment, stickers, stamps, or other rewards. Our goal as pre-k educators is to provide an environment that will allow your child the opportunity to reach their maximum potential. It is essential that we work together to promote a structured environment that will encourage learning. Occasionally a behavior problem may occur that disrupts this environment. Discipline procedures have been implemented to provide guidelines to be used in all PCSSD pre-k classrooms. We want to work with you in every way possible to make your child’s educational experience a success.
Discipline is individualized and consistent for each child; it shall be appropriate to the child’s level of understanding and be directed toward teaching the child acceptable behavior and self-control. Staff will offer guidance to a child needing re-direction. With the help of a staff member, children will be offered appropriate choices so that in their developmental years they may determine what is right and wrong. If a child continues to have behavior problems, separating the child for “cool down” (or time out) may be necessary to resolve the difficulty. The period of time should equal the child’s age, i.e. four years of age should be four minutes. Parent/Teacher conferences may be needed to determine if other circumstances are contributing to the situation.
Trying to keep the inappropriate behavior from happening in the first place
Encouraging another activity, role-playing appropriate behavior
Speaking with the child and/or parent about the behavior
Using age appropriate time-out in the classroom and always supervised
Phone or face-to-face conference will be held to discuss behavioral concerns and possible solutions.
A meeting will be held between a building administrator, the child’s teacher, and the child’s parent or guardian and possibly an Early Childhood Special Education representative to discuss interventions.
Collaboration with PCSSD Early Childhood Special Ed. staff for possible referral for services may occur. Failure of the parents to attend referral conferences or progress conferences may result in dismissal from the pre-k program. Failure to accept services from PCSSD Early Childhood Special Ed. may result in dismissal from the pre-k program.
With authorization from the ABC Program Specialist, the child may be sent home (not to exceed 24 hours) ONLY while awaiting a parent-teacher conference to address behavior concerns, which constitute immediate physical harm to the child or others. This timeframe may be extended only at the request of the parent, until such time when the parent can attend the meeting. If the parent does not attend the conference or refuses to participate in the child’s behavior plan then dismissal may be considered.
Any decision to pursue an alternate environment (classroom/site) for a child eligible for services and IDEA, must be in the best interest of the child and shall be the result of an Individual Education Plan Team Meeting and Division approval.
If a parent refuses services related to behavioral issues the program is not required to continue placement in the ABC program.
To assure that no religious activity is paid or subsidized by public funds or occurs in any manner suggesting governmental endorsement of any religion or message:
The Arkansas Better Chance (ABC) Pre-K program complies with the Child Abuse Law, the Child Protective Act and Domestic Abuse Protective Orders. To the extent permitted by these laws, The ABC program strives to balance the rights of students with the rights of parents, family members, and legal guardians. In compliance with the Child Abuse Law, the Administration, faculty and staff are required to report any suspected child abuse or neglect they believe has occurred or is at substantial risk of occurring to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the police. Staff members are required to treat all matters with confidentiality, only revealing information to those who have a genuine need to know about the specific matter. Under the law, if a child is being investigated for possible abuse or neglect, the DHHS or the police can interview the child without the parent’s consent or presence. Parental consent is not required. If however, DHHS or the police want to interview a child during an investigation concerning another child, parental consent is required before any interview can proceed.