Download the Parent Handbook 2016

Welcome

We are looking forward to a new and exciting year. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Our History

Child Development & Learning Center (CDLC) located at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, is a Christian preschool for children ages 3 to 5. It was founded in 1971, and began with 30 students. Currently CDLC serves 150 children each week.

Our Mission

Child Development and Learning Center welcomes all families and celebrates each child as a gift from God. We develop strong self-esteem in our children by guiding them to grow spiritually, socially, emotionally, physically and cognitively.

Nondiscrimination Notice

CDLC admits students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the preschool.  It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic or other school-administered programs.

Our Staff

Our staff consists of teachers, aides and administrators. All of our staff members are certified in CPR and first aid.

Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee is a resource for C.D.L.C. to help to facilitate the decision making processes of our school. The Advisory Committee is composed of 9 members plus a Staff Representative and the Director. A liaison of Prince of Peace Church Council and representatives of the Prince of Peace administration will also attend Advisory Committee Meetings.  Parent concerns may be addressed to administration or the Advisory Committee.

Standards

C.D.L.C. is licensed to serve 100 children per session by the Department of Human Services in the State of Minnesota. Ten children are enrolled per class. C.D.L.C. meets and exceeds the State’s guidelines for preschools.

Parents may review C.D.L.C.’s Program Plan and Behavior Guidance Plans as submitted to the State upon request in the office. Questions to Human Services may be directed to 612-296-3971.

For Whom

Children who are toilet trained and 3 years old by December 1 of the current year through 5 years of age are welcome and valued at C.D.L.C.

Enrollment

Applications are accepted until the sessions are filled. Each applicant will register online prior to admission to the Center, and submit a non-refundable registrationfee for enrollment processing which is not part of the regular tuition payment. Open positions are filled as our office receives the completed forms. Once all positions are filled, names are placed on a waiting list. These families are contacted as openings occur. Only children who are eligible for enrollment that current school year will have their names placed on the waiting list.

Each child is enrolled for the entire school year. If you intend to withdraw your child from CDLC at any time, you must complete a Withdrawal Form. You willcontinue to be liable for monthly tuition until 30 days after the Withdrawal Form is received in the CDLC office. If your child is enrolled as of April 1, you are responsible for tuition for the remainder of the year. Prior to enrollment, the parent and child may meet with the director to visit the program, discuss policies, enrollment procedures, and answer any questions the parent may have.

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Health Information

Health Consultant

Each year a health consultant will review our health and safety policies as stipulated by Rule 3. The consultant reviews required first aid and safety policies and procedures and practices for food preparation and cleanup.

Medications

No medication (prescription or non-prescription) will be given to your child without a current and accurate prescription label on the bottle and an Individualized Child Care Plan filled out and signed by a medical doctor. You can receive one of these forms from the office or download one from our website. All medications will be kept out of reach of children (and refrigerated if needed). Administration of medication will be recorded and verified to the parent.

Toilet Training

We know that many preschoolers have not been potty trained for long or are still mastering this skill.  We ask that children come to school in underwear or a pull-up, not a diaper.  

In the case of an accident, we keep some “emergency” clothes on hand.  If a child becomes noticeably wet, we will offer the child a change of clothes and can assist the child with changing if needed.  CDLC is not equipped to change soiled pants, if the child becomes noticeably messy, or does not want to change their clothes; we will call the parents to come and assist the child with changing or take them home for the remainder of the day.

Personal Hygiene

Your child is encouraged to develop independent habits for personal hygiene such as washing hands and face before and after snacks and after toileting. We try to help children gain an appreciation and a feeling of responsibility for personal cleanliness and neatness.

Illness

Your child’s health is of major importance to us all. The state health department mandates that before a child can be enrolled in our program his immunization record must on file in our office. An HIB vaccination is required for 3, 4, and 5 year olds. Children arriving the first day without such must be taken home. Within 30 days after enrollment, the State further requires a completed health form, signed by physician, be on file.

If your child cannot participate in daily activities including outdoor play due to the following symptoms, he must be kept at home:

  1. Unexplained lethargy
  2. Vomiting two or more times that day
  3. Fever
  4. Drainage from eyes/ears
  5. Lice, ringworm (must be treated before a child may return)
  6. Bacterial infections such as strep and has not completed 24 hours of antibiotic treatment
  7. Three or more loose stools that day
  8. Undiagnosed rash
  9. Significant respiratory distress
  10. Chicken pox unless the lesions are all crusted over
  11. Requires more care than staff can provide without compromising health and safety of other children

The above symptoms have been established by the Department of Human Services with concern for the health and welfare of all children. Please help us keep illness to a minimum by being aware of these symptoms and keeping your child home if he/she comes down with any of them. 

If the symptoms occur, parents will be notified to pick up their child from school. We have mats and an area where the child may rest until his parent or other authorized person can pick him up. 

Please inform the school if your child will not be present. Parents must notify C.D.L.C. within 24 hours when a child has contracted a contagious disease.

When you sign the emergency release form you are allowing your child to be involved in program activities, and allowing our staff to take whatever steps may be necessary for medical emergencies.

Safety Information

Safety

We inspect our school area and playground to make sure all areas are free of hazards and safe for children.

Emergency Procedures

Our staff and children will practice fire, tornado and “elephant” (lockdown) drills in conjunction with their regular routines.  Emergency supplies are kept on site.

Emergency Information

At the time of registration, each family fills out a registration form. This form includes the name, address and telephone numbers of the doctor, dentist, friends or relatives to be contacted in the event of an emergency if you cannot be reached. We request we have the local phone numbers where you can be reached while your child is at school. CDLC must have on file at all times a correct phone number where you can be reached in case of an emergency.  If your phone number(s) and/or address change during the school year, please contact the CDLC office to ensure that we always have accurate information.

Accidental Injury

Minor bumps and scrapes are an everyday part of your child exploring and learning through experience.  Minor injuries sustained at preschool are reported to parents on an “Ouch Report”, of which you will receive a copy.  If your child is injured in our care, our first step is to administer first aid. A first aid kit is available in the office. The most common treatment given is ice on bumps, soap and water cleansing and a bandage on a minor wound.  In case of accidental injury, we will make an immediate attempt to contact a parent or guardian; attempt to contact the child’s physician or attempt to contact you through the emergency numbers you have listed. Depending on the injury, we will contact you by phone, note or in person. If necessary, we will also call an ambulance to take the child to the emergency center at the Fairview Ridges Hospital. Until the arrival of a parent, physician, or ambulance, the director, office manager, or teacher supervisor will accompany the child to the medical facility. All staff is certified in First Aid and CPR.

Neither C.D.L.C. nor Prince of Peace Lutheran Church covers your child for medical insurance. This coverage is up to each family to provide for the child. Prince of Peace holds liability insurance coverage for C.D.L.C. child must have a signed emergency release form and a signed tuition policy agreement form in his file.

Child Abuse

All C.D.L.C. staff members are mandated reporters. We will report all suspected sexual abuse, neglect, physical maltreatment and threatened injuries to the local Child Protection Agency, 952-891-7459.

Maltreatment Policy

Maltreatment of Minors Mandated Reporting Policy for DHS Licensed Programs.

Who should report child abuse or neglect?

Any person may voluntarily report abuse or neglect. If you work with children in a licensed facility, you are legally required or mandated to report and cannot shift the responsibility of reporting to your supervisor or to anyone else at your licensed facility. If you know or have reason to believe a child is being or has been neglected or physically or sexually abused within the preceding three years you must immediately (within 24 hours) make a report to an outside agency.

Where to report:

If you know or suspect that a child is in immediate danger, call 911. All reports concerning suspected abuse or neglect of children occurring in a licensed facility should be made to the Department of Human Services, Licensing Division’s Maltreatment Intake line at 651-297-4123. Reports regarding incidents of suspected abuse or neglect occurring within a family or in the community should be made to the local county social services agency at 952-891-7459 or local law enforcement at 952-890-2460. If your report does not involve possible abuse or neglect, but does involve possible violations of Minnesota Statutes or Rules that govern the facility, you should call the Department of Human Services, Licensing Division at 651-296-3971.

What to report:

Definitions of maltreatment are contained in the Reporting of Maltreatment of Minors Act (Minnesota Statutes, section 626.556) and should be attached to this policy. A report to any of the above agencies should contain enough information to identify the child involved, and persons responsible for the abuse or neglect (if known), and the nature and extent of the maltreatment and/or possible licensing violations. For reports concerning suspected abuse or neglect occurring within a licensed family, the report should include any actions taken by the facility in response to the incident.

An oral report of suspected abuse or neglect made to one of the above agencies by a mandated reporter must be followed by a written report to the same agency within 72 hours, exclusive of weekends and holidays.

Failure to report:

A mandated reporter who knows or has reason to believe a child is or has been neglected or physically or sexually abused and fails to report is guilty of a misdemeanor. In addition, a mandated reporter who fails to report maltreatment that is found to be serious or recurring maltreatment may be disqualified from employment in positions allowing direct contact with persons receiving services from programs licensed by the Department of Human Services and by the Minnesota Department of Health, and unlicensed Personal Care Provider Organizations.

Retaliation Prohibited:

An employee of any mandated reporter shall not retaliate against the mandated reporter for reports made in good faith or against a child with respect to whom the report is made. The Reporting of Maltreatment of Minors Act contains specific provisions regarding civil actions that can be initiated by mandated reporters who believe that retaliation has occurred.

Internal Review:

When the facility has reason to know that an internal or external report of alleged or suspected maltreatment has been made, the facility must complete an internal review and take corrective action, if necessary, to protect the health and safety of children in care. The internal review must include an evaluation of whether:

  1. Related policies and procedures were followed;
  2. The policies and procedures were adequate;
  3. There is a need for additional staff training;
  4. The reported event is similar to past events with the children or the services involved;
  5. There is a need for corrective action by the license holder to protect the health and safety of children in care.

Primary & Secondary Person/Position to Ensure Internal Reviews are Completed:

The internal review will be completed by the Director. If this individual is involved in the alleged or suspected maltreatment the Assistant Director will be responsible for completing the internal review.

Documentation of the Internal Review:

The facility must document completion of the internal review and provide documentation of the review to the commissioner upon the commissioner’s request.

Corrective Action Plan:

Based on the results of the internal review, the license holder must develop, document, and implement a corrective action plan designed to correct current lapses and prevent future lapses in performance by individuals or the license holder, if any.

Staff Training:

The license holder must provide training to all staff related to the mandated reporting responsibilities as specified in the Reporting of Maltreatment of Minors Act (Minnesota Statutes, section 626.556). The license holder must document the provision of this training in individual personnel records, monitor implementation by staff, and ensure that the policy is readily accessible to staff, as specifies under the Minnesota Statutes, section 245.04, subdivision 14.

The mandated reporting policy must be provided to parents of all children at the time of enrollment in the child care program and must be made available upon request.

School Closings

C.D.L.C. may have to close school because of emergencies and/or conditions, which are beyond our control:

  1. In case of severe weather or hazardous road conditions, school will be closed for the full day. These days will coincide with Burnsville Public Schools (District 191) and Prince of Peace Lutheran Church severe weather closings or delays or by special announcement on http://kstp.com/schoolalert/ and Channel 5 Television.
  2. In case of emergencies other than severe weather, i.e. building maintenance problems or special circumstances affecting a majority of our staff, a special announcement will be placed on http://kstp.com/schoolalert/ and Channel 5 Television.

No tuition will be refunded for the first five days missed. Commencing with the sixth day and thereafter, tuition will be refunded for each missed day.

Carpools

We will provide a list of parents. Parents can then make their own arrangements for carpooling. The school does not assume liability for the transportation of children to and from school.

Parent Supervision

Children are expected to be with parent(s) or carpool parent(s) prior to drop off and after pickup. We want to ensure safe entry and exit from the building for everyone. Children are to be supervised at all times in the building or outside. If you are waiting for class to begin or are visiting with other parents, children are to be within your sight.

CDLC Access and Parking

Access to CDLC is from the North parking lot of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church.  Please do not park along the one-way drive adjacent to the building.  This is an emergency lane (yellow curb).  We expect our parents and children to demonstrate safe behaviors in the parking lot.  Drop-off and pick-up times can be very hectic making the parking lot a dangerous situation.  Children should not be allowed to run in the parking lot and they should be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Arrival

School hours are 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. for morning sessions, 12:45 – 3:15 p.m. for afternoon sessions, and 9:00 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. for all day sessions. Teachers and volunteers will be on car duty to take children from your car 15 minutes before the school session begins.

Although teachers are in the building prior to this time, they need time to prepare interest centers to be of maximum benefit to your child. We ask that you DO NOT bring your child in early. Please try to bring your child by the starting time, so your child will not feel uncomfortable arriving after the other children. All children who arrive late must be brought to the office. We cannot be responsible for children who are just dropped off. We will begin programming at 9:00 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.

When bringing your child to C.D.L.C., parents must enter at the star (see map), then go down the one way drive to Door E for drop off.

Map (Pickup/Drop off)

Dismissal

At dismissal, you will be given a carpool number to show while driving up. All parents drive up to Door E (see map). The children in your carpool will be brought out to your car by one of our staff member or parent volunteer.

Please observe the Entrance and Exit driving regulations explained on your driving pattern map in order to prevent accidents. Prince of Peace has directional signs that must be followed.  Please remember to drive slowly and carefully in the parking lot at all times.

Pickup Procedure

For your child’s safety, no unauthorized person will be allowed to pick him/her up from C.D.L.C. be sure to write a note (this is preferred) or call if your child is to be picked up by someone other than you. We will ask anyone we do not recognize for a picture ID. If we are not informed of an unauthorized person picking up your child, we will try to contact you or your emergency contacts. 

Late Pick-up Policy

It is important that you be prompt in picking up your child.  Not only does your child need the assurance that you will be on time, but our teachers must clean up and prepare for their next class or the building must be shut down for the day.  A fee of $5.00 per 15 minutes will be due at the time of the late pick-up.  However, exceptions may occasionally be made in emergency situations.  Please contact the school if you are going to be late picking up your child.  Be sure to keep the school’s phone number with you at all times.

CDLC will follow these procedures when a child is not picked up:

  1. Attempt to contact the parent(s) and/or guardians on home, work and cell numbers;
  2. Attempt to contact all other persons listed as emergency contacts;
  3. Dial 911 to alert authorities if more than 60 minutes has passed and no contact has been made with parents/guardians or emergency contacts.

More for Parents to Know

Holidays

Days that C.D.L.C. is not in session are indicated on the school calendar. Adjustments are not made in tuition for absences including illness or family vacations.

Volunteering and Visitation

We are partners in your child’s preschool experience. Our parent volunteer program is an opportunity to become involved. You are always welcome to visit. Adults allowed on school premises during school hours are parents of enrolled children and C.D.L.C. staff. Exceptions are made by permission of the director for relatives, tours, etc. For security purposes and to ensure the safety of our students all visitors, including parents, will sign in upon arrival in the office and wear a visitor tag. All personal belongings, such as purses and coats, are to be left in the office area.  We ask that you make other arrangements for toddlers or non-enrolled preschoolers when you visit your child’s class. You will then be able to focus on your preschooler and not be distracted by a younger child.

Field Trips

Children at C.D.L.C. will not be taken on any bussed field trips during the school year. Instead we will have as many special interest people as possible come to our Center to share skills and talents with the children. We will go on short walking trips within our Ridges Campus.

Lunches and Snacks

All Day students have a half hour lunch time each day.  We ask that each all day child bring a nutritious lunch each day.  Parents also may choose to send a special snack for their child’s birthday.  Please limit sweets and high-sugar content foods.  Do not send any food containing nuts.  Due to the increasing number of children who are highly allergic to nuts, and particularly peanut products, CDLC is a nut-free school.  If your child has a severe allergy, please be sure to discuss it with your child’s teacher.

Tuition & Scholarships

Registration

A $65 non-refundable registration fee for half day students and an $85 non-refundable registration fee for all day students is due at the time of registration.

Rates

Monthly tuition rates are available for viewing on the CDLC website.

We are often asked why tuition is the same for months that are shorter or longer, including December. Tuition is based on the total number of days school is in session for the year, and then divided by the number of months in the school year (September to May).  This allows for easier equal tuition payments each month.

Due Dates

Tuition is due on the 1st of each month August thru April.  You may pay the entire year on or before August 1st for a 2% discount.  Our preferred method of payment is by an automatic payment from your checking or savings account. You may download the automatic payment form in the CDLC website.  You may also pay by sending cash or a check each month.  Please make checks payable to CDLC and include your child’s first and last name on the check. You may send your payment to school with your child, attached to the outside of your child’s backpack or mail it to:  CDLC, 13801 Fairview Drive, Burnsville, MN 55337.  If you choose to pay in cash please send your payment in an envelope with your child’s first and last name on the envelope, so we can be sure the payment is properly credited.

Absences & Tuition

A spot in the class is reserved for your child. Therefore, even if your child is absent from preschool for any reason (including family vacation or illness), tuition will still be due.

Other Charges

A late fee of $10 will be added to any tuition not received by the 15th of each month.  A late notice will be sent after the 15th of any month if payment is not received.  If payment is outstanding by 60 days, your child will not be allowed to attend preschool until your account is paid in full or other payment arrangements have been made.

A fee of $30 will be assessed for any checks returned for non-sufficient funds.

We want to work with you if you are having difficulty paying tuition or do not understand CDLC policies. Please contact the office to discuss payment options or ask questions.

Tax Information

Taxpayers wishing to claim either the Child Care Tax Credit or the Dependent Care exclusion should ask the Office Manager to prepare a statement of tuition paid in the tax year.  You may also ask the Office Manager for a monthly tuition receipt if you have a Flexible Spending Account.  CDLC is a tax-exempt, not for profit entity.  The Federal Tax I.D. number is 41-6043414.

Scholarship Policy

It is the intent of C.D.L.C. to provide financial assistance to children based on family eligibility. Financial assistance is granted in the form of partial scholarships, contingent upon the availability of funds.

The following guidelines are used for this determination:

  1. Eligibility for special circumstances is determined on a case-by-case basis, taking such factors into consideration as job loss, illness, death, or other situation(s) that affect the family’s ability to pay.
  2. Scholarship amounts will be determined based on financial information provided on the scholarship application.

Scholarship Tuition Payment: Tuition payments must be made in accordance with C.D.L.C. policies and any past due amount will cause the scholarship to be cancelled.

Scholarship Donations

“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will never be shortened.”                                                  Author unknown

Karen Dwyer was definitely that candle. For over 20 years she let her light shine through the children she taught and the friendships she made. In the spring of 2007 the CDLC community lost a dear friend and valued staff member when Karen passed away after a prolonged battle with breast cancer. She faced this battle with courage, dignity, strength, and, typical of Karen, a smile for everyone she encountered. She is deeply missed, but her spirit lives on.

We have established a Karen Dwyer Scholarship Fund to provide scholarships for children who otherwise might not be able to attend CDLC preschool. The money we have received thus far has been put in an investment fund, with the intention to draw off a portion of the interest each year in order to provide scholarships.

It is our hope that the fund will continue to grow, providing educational opportunities for generations to come. To accomplish this, we need to get the word out and we are asking for your help. Any donation would be welcome. If you are a Thrivent member, returning the enclosed Giving Plus form further extends your gift through matching funds.

We are asking that you might consider giving a tax-deductible gift to the Karen Dwyer Scholarship Fund. Karen had a passion for education and an amazing ability to inspire children to learn. Please help us ensure that her gift of knowledge will continue to be passed on to children, the light of Karen’s life.

 Withdrawal

If you intend to withdraw your child from CDLC at any time, you must complete a Withdrawal Form.  You will continue to be liable for monthly tuition until 30 days after the Withdrawal Form is received in the CDLC office.  This form is available on the CDLC website, or may be requested in person or via email form the CDLC office.  You may return the form to the CDLC office in person, by mail, fax or email.  If your child is enrolled after April 1st, you are responsible for tuition for the remainder of the year.

Grievance Procedure

If you have a grievance over our program or procedures, please contact your child’s teacher first and then the director. If you do not feel satisfied, please issue your complaint formally in written form to the director. It will then become the responsibility of the director to consult with the Advisory Committee of C.D.L.C. or the senior pastor of Prince of Peace. The director will be responsible to see the grievance is handled properly. Further concerns may be addressed to the Department of Human Services at 612-296-3971.

 

Classroom Operations

Placement

Administration has the right to place children in appropriate classes. Requests for class placements will be honored when possible; however, administration will make the placement in the best interest of the child and staff involved.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parents will be kept informed of the school’s activities and child’s progress through regular newsletters, email updates, conferences, and teacher’s notes. There will be two formal conferences scheduled. The first, in the fall, will inform you as to your child’s social adjustment to school. The second conference, in the spring, will be a comprehensive evaluation as to his progress throughout the school year, cognitively, physically, socially, and emotionally.

Each conference will be scheduled during your child’s regular session. Children will not attend school on those days. Childcare is provided for a small fee.  We also encourage parents to call the school, the director, or your child’s teacher at any time for informal conferencing. If you call during school hours, a message will be taken for your child’s teacher to return your call. During school, her first responsibility is to her children.

Clothing

Because the children will be involved in a variety of play experiences, we ask you to send your child in play clothes so he will not have to worry about being totally involved and you will not be angered when the art media used does not totally wash out of a favorite outfit. Also, we ask you to please label your child’s outer clothing. It will help us at dismissal time to tell which size three blue windbreaker is your child’s.  During the winter months, the children will not go outside to play unless you are notified by your child’s teacher in advance. To compensate, we have built an extensive motor skills development program into our curriculum.  For these reasons, your child will not need to wear boots or snowsuits to school unless you are notified by your child’s teacher in advance. Our walkways will be sanded and shoveled so your child will be able to easily get from your car to the building.

Sharing Time

Bringing a toy or object from home often helps to bridge the gap between home and school and also facilitates language development. Each teacher sets her own days for sharing and will give this information to you during orientation. If your child chooses to share a favorite toy, valuable object, or pet, we ask parents to bring it in, allow your child to share it with the class, and then take it home with you. This will assure us the object will not be broken or abused. Guns and other war toys are not allowed in our school. We do realize that children need many means to express feelings of aggression. For this reason, we provide play dough for pounding (also manipulative dexterity), finger paints, and water play (to soothe jangled feelings), to name a few.

School Pets

Our school pets are a gecko and a fish.

Behavior Guidance

Behavior guidance procedures utilized at school are of concern to all parents. Our methods of discipline (not punishment) are as follows. Our staff firmly believes that a child is not bad but rather at times his behavior does not fit within the guidelines and limitations established for the safety of all children in our school. Our first approach is to talk with the child and remind him of the rules. If this does not correct the problem, the next approach would be to divert the child to another activity. Finally, if needed, the child will be asked to sit on a chair, to give him a chance to pull himself together, to talk with the teacher about the consequences of his actions. Policies are on file in the office for reviewal by parents.

Curriculum Information

The curriculum developed at C.D.L.C. has evolved over a period of years since 1973. In the 70’s psychologists and educators, Jerome Bruner, Benjamin Bloom, and Jean Piaget formulated theories on the development of intelligence in preschoolers. The conclusion was that young children are more capable learners than given credit for and they absorb more than at a later age. The focus swung to intellectual stimulation with heavy academic instruction for preschoolers to give them a jump on their elementary years.

In the 80’s Dr. David Elkind, a professor of Child Study at Tufts, warned of the dangers of “pushing our preschoolers.” Elkind states, “Early childhood is a very important period of life. It is a period when children learn an enormous amount about the everyday world. It is also the time during which young children acquire lifelong attitudes towards themselves, toward others and toward learning. It is not the time for formal academic instruction.”

Early Childhood Education today draws on the programs of Reggio Emilia and High/Scope learning to direct their programs. Drawing from Piaget’s theory of the “laws of intelligence,” the fundamental premise of the High/Scope curriculum is that children are active learners who learn best from activities they plan and carry out themselves. This premise is also the foundation of the Reggio Emilia program founded on the conviction that children are the principal agents of their own learning and that learning best occurs through active exploration in a rich environment.

The program at C.D.L.C. has grown to be aware and inclusive of the previously mentioned programs. We recognize children as unique individuals and present a curriculum designed to be at the preschooler’s level by allowing them to develop cognitively and socially. Because social skills are vital for us to live together and respect one another, this will be an emphasized area. Children will be encouraged to be active participants and make frequent choices in their daily routine. They will be encouraged and directed to show respect for themselves and for others. It is the teacher’s role to help each child think about what he/she is doing, make observation, notice relationships and define and solve problems. Key experiences are essential to children’s early intellectual growth and the teacher deliberately and systematically helps children predict, observe, describe, explain, manipulate, hypothesize and find alternatives.

The highly trained and dedicated staff at C.D.L.C. will work with the parents to provide the best possible early childhood experience for children. We want to build valuable relationships in the community among children, staff and parents. A strong Christian Curriculum based on family values intended to teach children respect for one another, the earth on which they live and those around them will be a daily part of our curriculum.

“Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning.”

-Fred Rogers

Sample Lesson Plan

View a sample lesson plan.

 

Communications

Email is our primary means of communication with you.  We strive to keep parents up-to-date and thoroughly informed about preschool events, curriculum, safety issues, contact information and much more with weekly email updates.  At the same time, we try to be environmentally responsible by limiting the amount of paper copies we make and distribute. 

E-Newsletter

A monthly newsletter will be distributed via email at the beginning of each month.  This will list and explain all upcoming school events and important information.  Newsletters will also be posted to our website.

Email addresses provided on the registration form are automatically added to our email list; anyone else may sign up for our email news; we highly recommend that caregivers, grandparents or anyone else who needs to be aware of important information, sign up. 

They can sign up by following the link on the homepage of our website or by contacting the Office Manager at lfreeding@popmn.org.

Website – www.cdlcpreschool.org

The CDLC website is designed to both inform the public about our preschool and to provide you with current preschool information.  On the website, you will find the monthly newsletter, Google calendar, and this handbook.

Contacting Us

Our first priority is always the children.  For this reason we may not always be available to answer the phone.  If you call the office and no one answers please leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.  Email is the best way to contact the Office Manager if you have registration, tuition or other administration question.

  • CDLC Office Phone: 952-435-8105
  • CDLC Fax Line: 952-898-9379
  • Linda’s Email: lfreeding@popmn.org
  • Marie’s Email: mstrain@popmn.org

A CDLC business card will be included in your orientation packet.  Please keep this card with you so that you have the school phone number handy if you need to reach us in an emergency.

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Tips to Parents from your Preschooler

Written by Linda Caldwell, director of Lollipop U. Daycare, Fairview, PA

  • Be positive! Don’t tell me that I’ll have a great time at child care and then tell Grandma that you feel guilty about enrolling me. I pick up on your feelings very easily! If you feel great about leaving… I’ll feel great about staying.
  • Don’t mind me if the first day I love it, and the second day I hate it!! It’s a new place, new kids, new adults, and new schedule. Keep my schedule consistent and I’ll be fine!
  • When you drop me off in the morning, give me a kiss and a hug and leave!!! When you linger around for a while to see how I’m doing, it makes me feel uncertain because you feel uncertain. Then I don’t want to stay… I want to go with you. If I’m crying, the teachers will hold me. They love me also and want the best for me.
  • Please take time to look at my artwork that I created. I work long and hard at it all day while you are at work. If you do not care, I will not be enthusiastic about creating it. And if I see it laying in the trash at home, I will lose my creativity!
  • Spend time with me after we get home. I know that you’re tired, and I’m full of energy because I took a nap! Let’s go for a walk after dinner. I need time with my mom and dad, too.
  • Sometimes I would like it if you would talk to me and explain to me what is going to happen to me, before it happens. Tell me what day I am going to start preschool, and what I am going to do there all day long. It would help to lessen my fears. Point out the center to me as we drive by, so I can be excited about it.
  • Give me the choice to do things by myself. I’m little and slower than you are, but I can do things all by myself. I can get dressed by myself, and I can pick what breakfast cereal I want to eat. Making decisions can make me feel very important.
  • Sometimes I don’t want to go to preschool. Sometimes you don’t want to go to work! But after we both get there, we’re fine.
  • Don’t be mad at me if after I pass that “adjustment period” I don’t want to go home with you when you come to pick me up. Be glad that my teachers are wonderful people to make me feel that way.
  • Please don’t feel guilty about leaving me! I know that you love me and that you would not do anything bad for me! I also know that when I start kindergarten I will be well adjusted socially and mentally I will be asking questions way ahead of other children. Why? Because you had the insight to put me with other children at a young age when I learned new things and met new friends.

Thanks! Your child

Copyright © 1995 by Linda Caldwell.
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