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Program Information

Janice Rose & Carrie Magner
Co-Directors
763-639-9876
www.bbc-preschool.com

Licensing
We are licensed for 20 children in each class, with a staff ratio of 1:10 as required by the MN DHS. The Minnesota Department of Human Services telephone number is 651-296-3971. The age of children we serve is three through five years.

Time of Operation:
The school year begins the first Monday after Labor Day and runs through the Friday before Memorial Day. Our school calendar will be distributed at the beginning of the school year.

 

Our 2018-2019 program offers the following sessions:
Tues., Thur., 2 day Preschool, most suited for 3 & 4 year olds  (must be 33 mo. by 9/10/18)
9:00 – 11:30 am – $531. Per 3 months

Mon., Wed., Fri., 3 day Pre-Kindergarten, most suited for 4 & 5 year olds
9:00 – 11:30 am – $714. Per 3 months

Mon., Wed., Fri, 3 day Pre-Kindergarten Plus (must be 4 years old by 9/10/18)
8:30- 11:30 am – $858. Per 3 months

Mon., Wed., Fri., 3 day afternoon “Little ExplorersS.T.E.M.  program, can be added to a 3 day morning class to make it a full day program or you can register for this class as a separate afternoon class. (must be 4 years old by 11/30/18)
11:45 – 3:00 pm – $858. Per 3 months

 

Class Descriptions

2 Day – exposure to age appropriate*goals, practice with teacher guidance through a thematic curriculum. Includes two yearly assessments.

3 Day Pre-Kindergarten – further and more in depth exposure with higher expectations of *goals, practice with teacher guidance, through a thematic curriculum. Includes two yearly assessments.

3 Day Pre-Kindergarten Plus – same *goals as 3 Day, but include 4 rotating centers of 30 minutes which there are 2 literacy centers and 2 math centers. One of each literacy and math center is led by a teacher. While at one of each literacy and math center the students practice skills independently to assess their transfer of knowledge. Students are introduced to kindergarten curriculum furthering their academic skills. Includes three yearly assessments.

Little Explorers afternoon S.T.E.M. program can be added on as an additional program to the student’s morning session to experience a full day program or students can register for this program as a standalone session all by its self.  This program can help to prepare student’s stamina for all day every day kindergarten.  This program allows students to explore further in depth, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics as well as literacy, art and music.  Students will experience eating their own lunches, brought from home, with their peers just like in Kindergarten.   

*All of Bright Beginnings Christian Preschool’s programs meet or exceed the Minnesota State Standards for preschool and will prepare your student for success in Kindergarten.

*Bright Beginning Goals can be found under our Philosophy and Goals on our website at www.bbc-preschool.com.

 

Fees and Tuition

A non-refundable registration fee of $ 110. is due with the enrollment form. The activity fee is included in the registration fee. Tuition will be collected every three months and will be due 15 days prior to the start of each trimester. Tuition past the 15th of the month prior to being due, will be charged a $10. late fee. Non sufficient funds will be charged $30. per occurrence. No refunds will be made for absences. A two-week written notice is required for withdrawal of your child from the program either at the parent’s request or the schools. Our continuing expenses make it necessary to charge tuition to hold a place in the event of a prolonged absence. Tuition and fees can be charged to your credit/debit card for a convenience fee of 3%.

Transportation:
The school does not provide transportation. The parent or guardian is responsible for getting the child to and from school each day. A class list will be provided in the fall to assist you with arranging carpools. The Preschool must have written notification of carpool arrangements or if anyone unauthorized will be picking up your child.

Clothing:
We urge you to dress your child in comfortable play clothes. It is helpful if the child’s clothing is easy for them to manipulate so they may assist themselves in dressing. Children should be prepared to go outside, particularly in the fall and spring. We enjoy incorporating the outdoors or environment as part of our curriculum.

Field Trips and Events:
Field trips and events will be held periodically during the year. You will be notified in advance, in the Bulletin of the date and place of the field trip or event. A field trip permission form will be sent home prior to each field trip. These forms will need to be signed and sent back in order for your child to attend. Parents may volunteer to chaperone on field trips and events. A bus will provide transportation for field trips.

Open House:
An Open House will be held on Thursday, the week before school starts for families of registered students. You will receive a letter in the mail prior to this date, informing you of the time. At Open House, you and your child will have the opportunity to visit the classroom, meet the teachers, sign up to chaperone fieldtrips, and plan classroom holiday parties, gather all paperwork pertinent to the school year and turn in any required forms you have completed.

Visiting:
Parents are always welcome in the classroom at anytime. If at any time you would like to view our policies, procedures and program plan you are welcome and may do so by contacting a Director.

Conferences:
Two regular conferences are held during the school year. There will be one conference in the fall and another conference in the spring. A written assessment will be given, in the fall and at the end of the year, to the parents. Children will be assessed for intellectual, physical, social and emotional development. There will be a third written assessment for all students enrolled in the 3 day Pre-Kindergarten Plus class during the spring conference. In addition, parents are encouraged to visit with their teachers should there be any concerns. The better the communication, the better we can serve your needs.

Photographs:
Individual and group pictures will be taken once during the school year.

Food:
A mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack and drink will be served daily. The children will have the opportunity to take turns bringing enough nutritious snacks and 100% fruit juice or milk for their class. These items must be unopened and store bought. State regulations do not allow us to serve homemade foods. Occasionally we will do some special cooking with the children in class.

Health:
Please check your child each day for signs of illness and keep him/her home if you suspect he/she is ill and will expose others. If the child becomes sick at school and it is not an emergency, we will have him/her rest on a cot and contact the parent. If a child is diagnosed as having a contagious or reportable disease, the parent must notify the school or director within 24 hours so information may be passed on. If your child has any of the following symptoms, please keep your child at home.

Fever ————————————————– 99 degrees or higher before fever reducing medication
Diarrhea —————————————– 2 or more cases in a 24 hour period
Vomiting —————————————– until vomiting has stopped for a 24 hour period
Rash —————————————————— unexplained rash
Chickenpox ———————————— about 6 days after onset of rash
Conjunctivitis ———————– (pinkeye) needs 24 hours of treatment
Contagious illnesses —— Strep throat, impetigo, etc.
Lice —————————————————— until treated and no lice or nits are seen.

Emergency Medical Procedures:
In the event a medical emergency occurs while your child is in our care, the staff, which is First Aid and CPR Certified, will attend to the injured child immediately. If necessary we will contact you right away or if it is minor we will inform you at the end of the day. If there is a major accident, 911 will be contacted.

Medication:
Bright Beginnings Christian Preschool does not administer medication, except in an emergency situation. Written parental consent and written physician approval is required before we will administer emergency medication.

Forms:
The following forms are required on or before the first day of school:
– Registration Form
– Emergency Card
– Permission Form
– Immunization Record
– Health Care Summary Form (within 30 days of starting school)

Pets:
Pets are only allowed by obtaining prior teacher approval. Pets will need to be brought by a parent and kept under their supervision. The pet needs to leave with the parent when the program is done.

Behavior Guidance:
The staff at Bright Beginnings will work with the children to encourage respect for the teachers, the other children and the property of the preschool. At the start of the school year we will discuss the rules and proper classroom behavior. Our staff is not allowed to use corporal punishment (spanking, hitting, etc.), verbal or emotional abuse (name calling, shaming, etc.). The staff will deal with the behavior in a firm, fair and friendly manner. If unacceptable behavior occurs (hitting, biting, etc.) our staff will request that the child stop the behavior, our staff will then redirect the child to a different activity. If the incident continues to occur, parents will be notified.

Smoking:
Our preschool will comply with the Minnesota Clean Indoor Air Act. At no time will smoking be allowed in or around the preschool facility.

Referral:
Our program will work with other professionals on special needs situations or assist with any referrals.

Parent Grievance Procedure:
Parents may contact or leave a message for one of the co-directors at anytime and a meeting will be set up within 48 hours, or at the parent’s earliest convenience to discuss issues or complaints. Teacher may be involved in the initial or subsequent meeting as deemed necessary. A written report of the decision or action will be presented to parents and all others involved within one week of the grievance meeting.

Credentials:
Each class will be lead by a qualified teacher and will be aided by an assistant teacher or aide. Each year staff members are to complete a recommended number of continuing education credit hours in the area of child development required for State Licensing. Our staff is also trained in First Aid and CPR appropriate to the age of the students as well as having training in Abusive Head Trauma. Each staff member has been given a background check and has met the standards defined by the State of Minnesota.  All staff are required mandated reporters.  The State of Minnesota licenses our program, and the local Fire Marshall and the Health Department inspect the premises. The school receives their Health Care Consultant Services from the MN Child Care Health Consultants.

Research:
It is not policy to participate in any research, experimental procedures, or public relations activities. If, however, an appropriate opportunity should arise, we would send home advance written notice and parental consent forms, which would need to be on file before children participate.

Average Daily Schedule:
20 minutes Arrival, large motor play, free choice
30 minutes Group-time, greeting song, pledge, calendar, weather, show and tell, group discussion
60 minutes Themed project, learning areas, small motor activities and free choice, clean-up time
20 minutes Bathroom, wash hands, snack and clean-up
15 minutes Circle-time, cognitive emphasis from unit, games, music, science
15 minutes Story-time, dramatic play, review of the day, good-bye song, dismissal

Average Daily Optional Additional Afternoon Schedule:
30 minutes Arrival, wash hands, lunch
20 minutes Large motor activities with simple organized games
30 minutes Small motor, student lead literacy, teachers lead math and writing skills
60 minutes Themed project, free choice learning areas, science and art, clean-up time
20 minutes Literacy focus
20 minutes Bathroom, wash hands, and snack-time.
15 minutes Music & movement, review of the day, dismissal