Preschool Current Student Information

Welcome to the Preschool Program!

This encompass the Carol Stream Park District preschool program. The information found is general overview of the program’s procedures. If your child has any special needs or concerns, please contact the preschool office at 630-784-6140 as soon as possible so appropriate arrangements can be made to accommodate your child.

Preschool Supply Lists

2018-2019 School Year

Classroom supplies are to be turned in to assigned Classroom Instructor at Meet the Teacher Night. Specified date and time will be outlined in Preschool Welcome Letter. Label bag of supplies with student’s first and last name. No need to label each item, supplies will be shared throughout the school year.

Click Here for the 2018-2019 School Supply List

Drop-Off & Pick-Up

Drop-Off & Pick-Up Procedure

The Carol Stream Park District preschool program utilizes a drop-off / pick-up system. The procedures below have been assessed by the Carol Stream Park District Safety Coordinator and Carol Stream Police Department to ensure the safest, most efficient way to manage the traffic flow in and out of the Elk Trail Recreation Center.

  • Parking lot entrance is located on the west side of the building on the south side of the street. Left Turn into the parking lot is not permitted between 8:00am and 4:00pm.
  • There are two (2) Drop-Off / Pick-Up spots available within the Drop-Off / Pick-Up zone. Children may only exit and enter their vehicles in this designated zone. Children are to have their seatbelts on at all times outside of the designated zone.
  • Parents should not exit their vehicles. A Carol Stream Park District staff member will unbuckle your child from his/her safety seat and escort them in and out of the building. Park District staff unbuckles and buckles child into the safety seat.
  • If possible, please position your child’s safety seat on the passenger side of your vehicle. This will help to avoid staff and children from having to walk through the parking lot.
  • Do not address concerns with your child’s instructor during Drop-Off / Pick-Up time. If you need to speak with an instructor please call the Preschool Office at 630-784-6140 to schedule an appointment.
  • If you insist on getting out of your vehicle, you will need to park your vehicle in the street on the west side of the building on the south side of the street within the designated parking area and escort your child into or out of the building. Parking is not permitted in the Veterinary Office neighboring the Elk Trail Recreation Center.
  • If you Drop-Off or Pick-Up your child outside of your designated time, you will need to park your vehicle in a designated parking area (outlined in bullet above) and escort your child into the building or come

*The Drop-off / Pick-up procedures will be reassessed throughout the year and are subject to change*

Late Pick-Up Fee (per child)

If you are late picking-up your child, a late fee of $5.00 for the first ten minutes (or any portion thereof) and $1.00, per minute after the first ten minutes will be charged. The Late Pick-Up Fee will be placed on your park district account. If late pick-up becomes habitual, you will run the risk of your child being removed from the program.

Emergency Contact & Release Form –Authorization

  • Only authorized individuals listed on each participant Emergency Contact and Release Form will be permitted to pick up a child.
  • Authorization for release is accepted ONLY from parent/guardian(s) with primary custody
  • Parents/Guardians are responsible for informing the Preschool Coordinator of any changes to primary custody, restraining orders, or any other situations or changes which may affect the participant.
  • Parents/Guardians are responsible for notifying the Preschool Coordinator with changes to the Emergency Contact and Release Form.

Wellness

Absentee Reporting Procedures

For the safety of the children enrolled in our preschool program, we require notification any day your child will not be attending the program. A call is not necessary on a scheduled “No School” day. Please see the school year schedule for a list of days off. To report a student absent,

  • Call the Preschool Attendance Line to leave a message at 630-784-6140
  • Fill out the form below.
Preschool Absentee
Sending

Health & Medical Emergency Procedures

The Carol Stream Park District continually strives to create a safe and fun environment for your child to be in. However, at times the occasional accident may occur. Below is our procedure regarding notifying parents/guardians of any such incidents:
Minor Injury/ Illness

  • Staff will administer simple basic first aid; band aide and/or ice pack as necessary according to staff training.
  • You will be notified when you arrive to pick-up your child if such aid was issued.

Injury/ Illness Requiring More Attention In addition to the steps above…

  • We will attempt to contact you or your emergency contacts in the event you are unreachable.
  • A park district accident report may be completed.

More Serious Injury/ Illness In addition to the steps above…

  • Program Supervisors will also be immediately contacted.
  • Emergency transportation may be arranged as deemed necessary or your child may need to be picked up as immediately as possible. In addition, we will attempt to contact you immediately at any time upon your child’s request.

Healthy Kids Policy

  • If a child is running a fever (99.9 or above) or appears sick, we request that they be picked up as immediately as possible. CSPD policy is that a child must be fever-free for 24 hours before returning to the program.
  • We also ask that you be considerate of other children and staff and keep your child home if they show signs of illness.
  • Paramedics (9-1-1) will be called to handle serious injuries. If your child needs emergency medical care, we will accompany them and a parent/guardian must meet us at the medical facility as immediately as possible.
  • In the case that a student in our preschool program contracts a contagious ailment such as strep throat, head lice, the flu etc., a Health Alert will be sent home with every student in the program whether they have come in contact with the ailment or not.
  • A child must receive appropriate treatment, depending on the condition, before returning to the program and may require a medical release from a physician before returning.

Dispensing Medication Procedures

Strict policies have been put in place regarding the dispensing of medication to participants. These steps must be taken if a participant is required to receive medication while in the program. This includes restrictions for cough drops, vitamins, pain relievers, and over the counter or prescription drugs. Parents/Guardians are required to complete a “Permission to Dispense Medication Form” for any and all medication to be administered to participants by CSPD staff or the participant themselves.

Prescription Drugs / EpiPen- Controlled by Instructors

  • Parent/Guardian will provide the CSPD staff with the child’s medication in the original container with prescription label that includes patients name, physicians name, pharmacy name, name of medication and complete dosage information. The proper dosage for the day should be sent in the original container each day.
  • Medication will be stored in a secure area and at a temperature consistent with the package instructions. If the program is held outside, staff will carry the medication with their emergency kit.

Inhaler—Controlled by child for self-administration

  • Medication must be in the original container with prescription label that includes patients name, physicians name, pharmacy name, name of medication and complete dosage information.
  • Parent/Guardian must have the “Self-Administration of Asthma Medication” portion of the Permission to Dispense Medication form completed and signed by a Physician, Physician Assistant, or Advanced Practice R.N

Special Needs

If your child has any special medical, physical, psychological and/or emotional needs please list them in detail on your registration material. Lack of information may adversely affect the Park District’s ability to accommodate the needs of your child and may necessitate that participant’s removal from the program. The CSPD is not responsible for any injuries, complications, damages, or losses due to withheld information. Accommodations may be made to assist your child. Two week notification is required for all children requesting inclusion services. Please note all special needs your child requires on the Emergency Information Form.

Bathroom Procedures

All participants must be toilet-trained and are responsible for all of their own toileting needs. Children may use the bathroom at any time during the school day. Encourage your child to tell the instructor if they need to use the bathroom to avoid accidents.

  • Instructors will not accompany children into the bathroom; Instructors will stand outside the door.
  • Instructors will not wipe bottoms.
  • Instructors may assist with buttons, snaps, zippers and belts.
  • Diapers are not permitted.
  • Parent/Guardian will be called to come in and tend to bathroom accidents. Clothes may not be sent in for participants to change themselves.

Insurance

As with all Carol Stream Park District programs, the Preschool Program does not provide insurance coverage for participants. Parents should check their individual insurance policy for coverage

School Closing – Program Cancellation Procedures

In case of inclement weather, the park district preschool program will follow CCSD 93. If CCSD 93 cancels classes, the park district preschool program will also be closed. Snow days will not be made-up or refunded.

If the Elk Trail Recreation Center closes for any reason including weather or an emergency due to unforeseen circumstances, the preschool program will be closed and no refunds will be issued for these days.

Parents/Guardians will receive notification of school closings through email by 8:00am.

School Attire and Personal Belongings

  • Casual play clothes and gym shoes; we have a lot of fun activities planned where children may be on the go. Smocks for painting and water table are provided.
  • Apply sunblock prior to arrival; activities may be planned on-site outdoors.
  • Backpack; so all their personal belongings make their way home.
  • Clearly label backpacks, coats, hats and gloves with your child’s first and last name.
  • Leave toys at home; we have a lot to play with at school.
  • Snacks will not be provided and are not permitted to be brought into ETRC. On occasion, activities involving food may be planned.

Behavior & Discipline

Behavior Guidelines

Discipline is carried out in a way to help your child develop self-control and assume responsibility for their behavior. It is kind and gentle, yet firm. The behavior guidelines are based on five overall rules:

  1. Children may not hurt or disturb others, verbally or physically.
  2. Children must respect others and all property.
  3. All children must be safe. They may not place themselves or others in dangerous situations.
  4. Children are responsible for their actions and belongings.
  5. All children need to listen to and respect the staff.

Parents are also asked to follow these guidelines.

Discipline Procedures

Our goal is to guide the children in skills designed to help them become competent, contributing, problem solving members of their world. In order to provide a safe and fun environment for your child, the staff will on a daily basis utilize a few basic “child management techniques”. The staff will use the following methods:

  • Redirection with uncooperative children to engage them in another activity or redirect the entire activity in a more wholesome direction.
  • Encourage the children to work out their own solutions to disputes.
  • Help the children to understand each other’s actions.

If redirection does not solve the conflict, the children are given a verbal warning, followed by a time-out. If the problems continue to occur, parents will be notified with a note home and are encouraged to help remedy the situation. A child may be suspended from the program for physically harming another person, damaging property or failure to follow safety rules. The Carol Stream Park District reserves the right to immediately remove any child from the program who acts in a manner deemed as unacceptable or inappropriate.

Classroom Size

Our programs operate with an instructor to student ratio

  • Preschool Prep: 1:8
  • 3 Year Old, 4 Year Old & Kindergarten Readiness: 1:10

Our goal is to accommodate as many children as possible, but still provide a quality experience. Program ratios are subject to change and may be adjusted based on the availability of staff and space. The Park District reserves the right to set and/or readjust minimum and maximum program attendance/ per site throughout the school year in order to maintain the safety, structure, and integrity of the program as a whole.

Curriculum

The park district preschool program curriculum reflects the new Illinois Early Learning Standards and Common Core Standards and aids children in developing pre-kindergarten skills including letter and name recognition, listening, healthy habits, cooperative play, fine motor skills and socialization skills. The classes are structured around academic and holiday themes that will enhance learning and fun. We value the diversity of our community and lessons and crafts are incorporated to acknowledge various cultures. The experiences are both educational and recreational, which aid in social, physical, intellectual and emotional growth.

It is recommended that children come to school in clothing that allows them the freedom to explore and play. Comfortable clothing and sturdy shoes or gym shoes are recommended. Please mark all your child’s belongings including coats, hats and gloves. Send a backpack daily with your child to carry crafts and notes home.

Our Preschool Program can help a child:

  • Enhance socialization skills
  • Build self-esteem and confidence
  • Develop kindergarten readiness skills
  • Learn in a nurturing environment
  • Explore new horizons
  • Gain a sense of independence
  • Have fun!

Practice Fun Sheets

Practice fun sheets are sent home on a weekly basis. These sheets are completely optional and do not have to be returned. The goal for these sheets is to help reinforce the recognition of letters, numbers, shapes and colors that they are learning about in their classroom.

Parent-Instructor Communication

Communication between parents and preschool program staff is very important. To help keep parents informed, preschool program information is maintained and available on the park district website at www.csparks.org/preschool. The “Learn With Us Monthly Newsletter” is sent via email at the beginning of each month and includes the monthly calendar, important information and upcoming events. Progress Reports are sent home in January and May.

Conferences and Progress Reports

Progress reports are completed twice a year and will go home in mid-January and again in May. The progress report highlights skills that area School Districts would like incoming kindergarteners to possess. Parent-Instructor conference/phone conference will be requested by your child’s instructor if they deem it necessary.

At School

Field Trips

Local field trips will be scheduled during the school year and may require a small additional fee. The park district does not provide transportation for field trips. Advance notice will be provided. Attendance is not required on field trip days; proration will not be issued to participants electing not to attend the scheduled field trip.

Safety Drills

Safety drills will be scheduled throughout the school year to prepare participants how to act in an emergency situation. Practice Drills include fire drills, tornado drills and lockdown. These dates will be noted in the monthly newsletter.

School Pictures

During the start of the school year, parents will have the option to sign their student up for professional school pictures. Picture forms will be sent home prior to the scheduled picture date. The purchase of pictures is optional.

Special Guests

Local community professionals will be visit preschool throughout the year. Participants will partake in fun activities in learning about safety, leading a healthy lifestyle and caring for others.

Special Events

Events may be scheduled throughout the school year during and outside of school hours (Some events will be open to Preschool Prep participants).

Registration

Childcare Expense Statements

Receipts can be issued upon request as well as a Statement of Account which includes all registrations and payments to CSPD for a given period of time. A Tax ID Letter is available. The Carol Stream Park District is not responsible or liable for determining childcare expenses.

Registration Procedures

Our goal is to accommodate as many families as possible. The Carol Stream Park District reserves the right to adjust minimums/maximums and locations based on the availability of space, staff, and enrollment in order to maintain the safety, structure and integrity of the program as a whole. All registrations are subject to acceptance based on program availability, proper completion of registration material, payment status and history, and the Carol Stream Park District’s ability to meet any special needs of the participant.

Registration Policy

All registrations are subject to acceptance based on program availability, completion of registration forms, receipt of first payment fee and the park district’s ability to meet any special needs the participant may have.

  • Preschool Registration Packet and forms must be completed in their entirety. Packets are available online www.csparks.org/preschool and at the Simkus and Fountain View Recreation Center.
  • A copy of child’s birth certificate (new students only) and current immunization record (new and returning students) must be submitted at time of registration. Children may not participate in the preschool program until student file is complete (Illinois law requires all children entering preschool to have their current immunization record on file. This does not require a physical. Contact your Family Physician for a copy of child’s immunization record.).

Preschool Payments

Payment is not accepted at Elk Trail Recreation Center, no exceptions. Preschool Registration is not available online. Consistent late payment or non-payment may result in suspension from the program and restrict future program registration for all CSPD programs. If you have any payment questions or concerns, please contact the Service Team at 630-784-6100. Program fee may be paid in full or enroll in the park district’s EZ-Pay plan. Monthly drop off payments are NOT permitted. EZ-Pay: Current month and last month payment is due in full at time of registration (after September 1). Any outstanding fees due to the Carol Stream Park District for program(s) and/or payments related to NSF checks, must be paid in full before the registration can be processed.

Payment Due at Time of Registration

  • $55 non-refundable registration fee due at the time of registration. School year payments run September through May, and are taken out on the 1st of each month.
  • Allow 48 hours to process registration if registering after the school year has begun.
School Year Payment Schedule Payment Due Date
September September 1
October October 1
November November 1
December December 1
January January 1
February February 1
March March 1
April April 1
May  May 1

 

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