This information is a general overview of the program’s procedures. If your child has a special needs, contact the preschool office at 630-784-6140 as soon as possible so appropriate arrangements can be made to accommodate your child.
NOTE: Red text highlights the current modified preschool operations for the 2020-2021 school year. These new procedures and requirements may change at any time in order to maintain the safest environment possible for our participants and staff. We appreciate you abiding by all guidelines as we work together to resume preschool operations.
We are not currently allowing parents, visitors, or special guests into the facility.
We are not currently planning field trips.
You will be updated if any events are scheduled which meet our safety guidelines.
Safety drills may be scheduled throughout the school year to prepare participants for 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.
More information will be available regarding school pictures after the start of the school year.
Drinking fountains will not be available. Participants should bring a pre-filled reusable water bottle.
Face coverings, provided by parents, will be worn at all times that students cannot maintain 6ft. of social distancing.
Casual play clothes and gym shoes are recommended; we have a lot of fun activities planned where children may be on the go. Jackets are also recommended for inclement weather days.
Apply sunblock prior to arrival; activities may be planned on-site outdoors.
Clearly label backpacks, coats, hats and gloves with your child’s first and last name.
Other personal items from home (toys, etc.) are not permitted.
Snacks will not be provided and are not permitted. On occasion, activities involving food may be planned.
The 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 8:00 am and 4:00 pm.
There are two spots available within the drop-off/pick-up zone. Children may only exit and enter their vehicles in this designated zone and should have their seatbelts on at all times outside of the designated zone.
Schedule will be staggered for drop off/pick up so that only one class is dropping off/picking up at a time.
During drop off, Park District staff will ask COVID-19 wellness screening questions.
Parents will need to exit their vehicle during drop off and pick up to quickly help their child in/out their vehicle. Parent and child will need to wear a face covering during this process. Staff will not assist with buckling and unbuckling.
Preschoolers will be escorted to and from the classroom and will not congregate in the vestibule.
Parents are not allowed in the building.
Students will wash their hands before they enter their classroom.
Parents should be prepared to show ID through their passenger side window for pick up.
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.
In order to keep the drop-off/pick-up process on schedule, do not address concerns with your child’s instructor during this time. If you have questions for an instructor, call the Preschool Office at 630-784-6140 to schedule an appointment for a conference call or virtual meeting.
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 per child. 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.
Parents must conduct a wellness check with their child prior to arrival at the preschool program.
Current symptoms include: Fever of 100.4+ degrees or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.
Refer to the CDC website as the list of symptoms is updated occasionally.
Children cannot attend if they:
If a child displays COVID symptoms after arrival, they will be isolated until pick-up. They should be picked up as immediately as possible. At least one authorized pick-up person besides the parents/guardians is required within 20 minutes of the facility.
Children with COVID symptoms can return with a note from a medical professional stating they acknowledge the symptom displayed in class but that the child is approved to return to the program.
Participants who are suspected of having COVID-19, test positive, or have come into close contact with someone who is COVID-positive in the last 14 days must report this information to the Recreation Supervisor so proper protocol can be followed. Children in any of these circumstances will not be permitted to attend preschool until the required isolation period has been met.
For the safety of the children enrolled in our preschool program, we request 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 an absence:
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
Injury/ Illness Requiring More Attention In addition to the steps above…
More Serious Injury/ Illness In addition to the steps above…
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.
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.
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 Carol Stream Park District staff or the participant themselves.
Prescription Drugs / EpiPen- Controlled by Instructors
Parent/Guardian will provide the Carol Stream Park District staff with the child’s medication in the original container with a prescription label that includes the patient’s name, physician name, pharmacy name, name of the medication and complete dosage information. The proper dosage for the day should be sent in the original container each day.
Inhaler—Controlled by the child for self-administration
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. Carol Stream Park District 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.
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.
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.
The park district preschool curriculum reflects the 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.
Our Preschool Program can help a child:
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.
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 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.
School supply list will be sent to registrants in August.
A plastic shoe box sized bin will be required so that each student’s supplies can be kept separately from one another and only used by that student.
Label all individual supplies and your child’s supply bin.
Our programs operate with an instructor to student ratio
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.
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:
Parents are also asked to follow these guidelines.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Payment is not accepted at Elk Trail Recreation Center, no exceptions. Consistent late payment or non-payment may result in suspension from the program and restrict future program registration for all Carol Stream Park District programs. If you have any payment questions or concerns, please contact the registration 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.
For monthly 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.
A $20 late payment fee will be applied for declined or late payments. The late payment fee will be assessed each month payments are not processed as scheduled. The Park District reserves the right to change of revoke a payment plan, or a participant’s participation in the program, based on insufficient payments.
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In case of inclement weather, the park district preschool program will follow CCSD93. If CCSD93 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.