Curiosity Corner Preschool

2018/2019 Preschool Information:

School begins on Tuesday, September 4th 2018

Open House/Meet the Teacher is on Wednesday, August 29 2018 from 10:30 to 11:30 AM OR 5:30 to 7:00 PM. You may come to the one that best fits your schedule.

Preschool paperwork must be turned in by August 16th 2018 at the latest, unless other arrangements have been made.

 

You want your child to have the best start to their school years, and being a part of Curiosity Corner Preschool, will give your child a head start to being successful in their K-12 educational journey! Curiosity Corner offers a variety of programs for children 2 1/2 through 5 years old. 

In the end, It's a good beginning that counts!

We believe families help to make a difference in educational achievement, therefore, we encourage parents to volunteer in our classrooms (volunteer forms must be filled out and approved), and help keep that parents/teacher communication open. Both our 3's and 4's programs have a lead teacher and an aide, in each classroom.

Experienced caring teachers, provide an age appropriate curriculum that supports our school district's kindergarten programs. 

Sharing, cooperating, taking turns, and learning self-help skills are so important for school success! At Curiosity Corner, your child will build confidence and social skills through free play, games, outdoor play, songs, art, science, math and so much more.

You may also bring younger siblings to one of our 2 weekly playgroups  (see TOTS Program) while your preschooler attends class. They will make new friends and build social skills, to help prepare them for preschool. Visit us soon in the Runciman building! We look forward to meeting your family! 

Mission Statement

To provide a positive atmosphere for children to grow intellectually, socially, and physically through cooperative partnerships between parents and staff.

During your child's first steps into their educational journey, our preschool programs will work with you and your family to raise healthy, confident, and academically successful children. Make the most of these critical first years by being a part of our programs! These are the years when you can make a big difference in your child's development - and your child's future.

The Lowell Area Community Fund and our schools have partnered for over 12 years, to build a dynamic early childhood program, found in no other community!  Explore our programs and choose the one that is right for you!

Parent Information

How many students are in the preschool classes?
Our Little Explorers class will have one to two teachers, one family volunteer and up to 10 students.

Our three-year-old classes will have one teacher, one assistant and up to 17 students.

Our four-year-old classes will have one teacher, one assistant and up to 20 students, usually maxing at 19.

What will my child learn in preschool?
All preschool programs have a core curriculum that focuses on academic, social, emotional and physical development. Programs are linked to local and state school readiness expectations.

Are there parent-teacher conferences?
We welcome communication with your child’s teacher throughout the school year!

Formal conferences are not scheduled for 3’s classes, but families will receive information about their child’s progress at the end of the school year.

Phone conferences in the fall and formal conferences in the spring are scheduled for 4’s children by the teachers.

All 3’s and 4’s families will receive a preschool progress report at the end of the school year.

What supplies are needed for preschool?
Each child should bring a bag or backpack with his/her name written on the inside to class every day. Each child will also need to bring in an extra set of clothes in a baggie, labeled with their name on it. The clothes will be returned in the spring or may need to be replaced throughout the school year if needed. Although we don’t require items for school, donations of markers, glue sticks, stickers and paper products (Kleenex, napkins, cups) are always appreciated!

Snack: Each child brings an individual snack to eat each day. Please make sure to check for food allergies in your child’s classroom.

Are refunds available?
We are unable to give refunds for vacation or illness. Registration fees are non-refundable.

How do I drop off and pick up my child for class?
Little Explorer’s drop off and pick up in between the set of double doors.

3’s and 4’s DROP OFF:
Morning Classes:  Please line up in vehicles by the corner curb in the front of the school parking lot.  Due to the elementary school drop off schedule, please be sure to follow these times for lining up:

3’s classes no earlier than 8:45 am and 4’s classes are as follows:  8:55 am for T/TH and 9:10 am for MWF and MTWTH.

Afternoon classes: 3’s M/W pm class 12:05 and 4’s M/W/F pm class 12:20

Teachers will help your child out of the car and take them to the playground to start their day (weather permitting).

Please have your child FULLY dressed and ready for outdoor play. Using the restroom right before you come to school is a must.

PICK UP: Please wait in between the set of double doors for pick-up. It is helpful to always have your photo ID. If there is someone else picking up, please send in a note with the date and your signature with the person’s name that will be picking up. Please remember that a picture ID/driver’s license must be with the adult, before we will release a child.

Appropriate Clothing for School:
Preschool clothing should be comfortable and washable. Pull‐up slacks are easier for children just newly potty trained. We ask that children wear closed‐toe shoes for active play. Clothing that will be removed such as hats, mittens, and coats should be labeled with your child’s name.

Tuition
Tuition is due on the first day your child attends each month. A late fee will apply after the 7th.  Checks are made payable to Curiosity Corner Preschool (CCP) with child’s name in memo section. All cash payments must have a receipt with it (provided by the office). Tuition amount is the same September through May with the exception of our 4’s extended day which only runs October through May.

Program Information

All students should be 3 or 4 years by September 1st, unless discussed with the Director.

A $40 non-refundable registration fee is due when you register.  After August 1st, the registration fee is $55, unless other arrangements have been discussed with the Director.  The registration fee is not applied towards the monthly tuition payment.  Tuition payments are due the 1st of the month, September through May.  The September payment is due the first week of class.  4's Extended Day payment is not due until October.

Tuition Costs
Little Explorers - $50 per month
3s Class - $110 per month
4s Class (T/Th) - $120 per month
4s Class (M-Th) - $160 per month
4s Class (M,W,F) - $130 per month
4s Extended Day Program (October - May) - $50 per month

Families in our Little Explorers class must volunteer 4-6 sessions per year.  Grandparents, relatives and anyone over the age of 18 are welcome to volunteer after a DHS check has cleared them.  You will be able to select your days you wish to help in the classroom at the beginning of the school year. 

Our 3's and 4's classes have two teachers, but parents are welcome to volunteer at any time after the volunteer forms are approved.

Preschool Open House will be held prior to the start of school.  The preschool will run in conjunction with the Lowell Area Schools schedule.  If there is a delay for Lowell Area Schools, the morning preschool will not meet, and afternoon classes will meet at the normal time.  The preschool will not operate when the district is closed due to weather.

Children in the 4's classes should be toilet trained. 

Required forms, must be returned to the address below by the due date specified by the Director:

Curiosity Corner Preschool
Kathy Burch
700 Elizabeth Street
Lowell, MI 49331