PECC Parent Handbook

Our Mission

The Prairie Early Childhood Center’s mission statement reads that the Center provides a positive experience in a Christian setting and believes that all children “are a gift from God” (Psalm 127:3). Our goal is to offer developmentally appropriate curriculum that helps children grow socially, spiritually, physically, emotionally, and cognitively. As part of that mission, we offer our handbook, which can be accessed by clicking on the appropriate links below:

Safety Precautions

Sign in Sheets Upon Arrival

For emergency situations or illness, we are requesting that parents sign your child in, list the person’s name that will be picking up your child, and provide two phone numbers where you or a caregiver can be reached that day.

Dismissal:

Each parent or designated pick-up person must come to the child’s classroom door for pickup.   Adults will be asked to identify himself/herself and ask for the child.  Please notify the teacher/director if someone different (other than yourself or the person listed on the sign-in sheet) will be picking up your child.  For the safety of each child, adults will be asked to provide an ID with their name and picture.    Your child will not be released unless we have your written or verbal permission before pick-up time.

It is preferred by the director that the parent put in writing the name of the person who will be picking up his/her child (even if that person is on the child’s enrollment form).  There will be times when the parent cannot do this, however having it in writing is beneficial because:   when a person tells the director and/or another teacher the name of the person the following might happen:   the director and/or teacher are busy tending to the needs of the children and other parents and might not have the opportunity to write down the person’s name; the director and/or teacher may know the person picking up the child but may not be in the vicinity when the child is being picked up; sometimes, the name of the person picking up is not listed on the enrollment form, so it is essential to have the person’s name in writing and put it on the daily sign-in sheet.

Please be prompt in picking up your child.   (Many of our staff has elementary children that they need to pick up at the end of the day.)   Please follow the security procedures when coming early to pick up your child.

***Children must be accompanied by an adult before they are allowed to leave the building and walk to the parking lot.

When arriving late or picking up early:

Whenever you bring your child to school after the preschool door has been locked, parents and children should enter through the church main doors on the west side of the building, check in at the church office, and then bring your child to his/her class.   For new persons bringing in a child, the staff will be notified to come escort the parent to the classroom.   This not only helps keep our building secure and our children safe, but it allows the teachers and children to proceed with their day without numerous interruptions.

The same procedure applies when you arrive before the door is unlocked.

Security Procedure

In order to maintain a safe environment for our children, all doors are locked (the west doors leading to the church office are the exception).    The Preschool door is unlocked at drop off and pick-up times:  from 8:55 a.m. until 9:10 a.m., from 11:25 a.m. until 11:40 a.m. from ll:55 a.m. until 12:10 p.m. and from 2:25 p.m. until 2:40 p.m.

When the preschool door is locked, parents, family or friends should go to the church office and check in.   PECC staff has the option of asking persons they do not know in PECC areas for their photo ID.    The Director or a PECC teacher will accompany the person to the child’s classroom, if the church administrator, church staff, or PECC staff does not know the parent or person picking up a child.   A Photo ID will be requested before the child will be released.

No child will be released unless the parent has given permission on the sign-in sheet for their child to be picked up by a specific person on a specific date.  Therefore, the child WILL NOT be released unless a parent has called and verbally stated the person designated to pick up or PECC has reached the parent and has been given verbal permission by the parent to release their child.

NOTE:   Although we have a CALL button near the preschool door, the PECC staff/office does not have the capacity to “buzz” the lock and let anyone in.  The staff member who answers the phone will direct you accordingly (more than likely, you will be directed to go to the church office).

THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION, PATIENCE, AND FOR HELPING US KEEP OUR CHILDREN SAFE!

Helpful Safety Suggestions:

  • DO NOT leave babies or small children unattended in the car when bringing a child or an item into the building.
  • DO Not leave a purse or other valuables in an unlocked car.
  • For the protection of all children and adults, drive slowly through the parking lot as children might run out from between cars into your path.
  • Never allow your child to enter the building without you.  Always walk your child to the classroom door and make contact with the child’s teacher.
  • Never allow your child to leave the building without you.  Make contact with the child’s teacher when arriving to pick up your child.
  • Please DO NOT park by the long curb (painted red) that leads to the main doors of the church (west side of the building).   This area needs to remain clear for emergency vehicles (i.e. fire, police, and ambulances).

Handicapped Parking:

Although it is convenient, PECC encourages parents to not use the parking spots in the handicapped area for drop-off and pick-up.   We have several church functions for our older adult members, and some of these people are legally authorized to use the handicapped parking spots.  You are more than welcome to use the handicapped parking spot if you have a handicapped license tag or sticker hanging from your rear view mirror.  We greatly appreciate your cooperation in this matter.

Church Parking Lot Safety

  • Park only in spaces that are marked for parking so the lanes can be kept free for emergency vehicles (i.e. fire trucks, ambulance, police).
  • It is difficult to see young children when they are walking or playing behind vehicles. Keep your child(ren) close to you and do not use the parking lot for a place where children play.
  • Refrain from parking in the Handicap parking spaces so people with legitimate needs can park close to the building. If you need assistance, please contact Karen Fenton at 913-236-7067 when you arrive in the parking lot and a staff member will either bring your child to his/her classroom at arrival time or to you at dismissal time.

Retaining Wall, Rock Lawn and Children’s Safety:

Because PECC wants to keep all our children safe, we discourage children from walking on top of the retaining wall, jumping off the wall onto the sidewalk, or playing in the rock lawn area.  It is not only a safety issue but a liability issue as well.  The potted flowers are there for beauty and also to deter children from walking on the wall.  It is the parent’s responsibility to keep their child from walking on or jumping off of the retaining wall or playing/sliding in the rock lawn area.

Cancellation of School Policy

PECC cancels programs whenever the Shawnee Mission School District closes school due to weather.  Therefore, if the Shawnee Mission School District is closed, PECC is closed.   It is the parent’s responsibility to listen to your local television/radio station on snowy and icy days to learn of Shawnee Mission school cancellations or visit the Shawnee Mission website.

Parents will be notified by PECC staff only if our parking lot or building is considered to be a danger to children, parents, and staff (i.e.  icy conditions in the parking lot, a gas leak or water problem at the church, etc.).   NOTE: Because we are a non-profit organization and we need to meet our budget needs, PECC does not make up days due to cancellation or provide credit for days due to cancellation of school and parents will be expected to pay for them.

Financial Policy

Registration Fee:

A non-refundable and nontransferable registration fee is due at the time the parent enrolls his/her child.

Activity Fee:

Rather than taking field trips, we bring professional entertainment/educational programs to PECC.   A $25.00 activity fee per family is payable at the beginning of September to bring storyteller Jo Ho, Ernie Miller Nature Center, science programs, and others to our center.

Tuition:

Tuition is due at the beginning of each month.  Tuition rates appear on the enrollment form.   Tuition statements will be sent home with each child the first week of the month and fees should be paid no later than the fifteenth of each month.   Please notify the Director if special arrangements need to be made.    A $10.00 late fee will be added to your monthly tuition for checks turned in after the 15th of the month.   PECC reserves the right to ask parents to keep a child home (if monthly tuition payments are consistently late) until the tuition is paid.  Please make checks payable to PECC.

September tuition for Preschool or Prekindergarten should be paid by June 1 for those children not enrolled in Summer Session and July 1 for children enrolled in Summer Session.  There is no refund for August/September tuition.

*Because of the school’s commitment to staff salaries and other budget items, NO adjustments can be made to tuition in case of a child’s absence from class.

*If your tuition check is returned from the bank due to insufficient funds, a $20.00 charge will be added to the tuition amount.

*If you need a signed receipt, please notify the Director and a receipt will be e-mailed to you.

Withdrawal from Parents Day Out/Preschool/Prekindergarten:

A two-week written notice is required when dropping a child from the program.  If no notice is given, the parents will be responsible for paying for the full month.    Parents are still responsible for paying tuition for the time children have attended PECC.  There is no refund for August/September tuition.

Late Pick-up fee:

A late pick up fee of $5.00 per 5 minutes will be assessed to any child picked up after your child’s session ends.  The late fee is payable upon arrival.  IF A LATE FEE IS NOT PAID BY THE NEXT SCHOOL DAY, THE CHILD MAY NOT ATTEND PRAIRIE EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER UNTIL THE FEE HAS BEEN PAID.   Parents are asked to be prompt when picking up your child.  The preschool teachers use the half-hour between morning and afternoon sessions to clean up, set up, and to eat their lunch.   Most of our staff has elementary children to pick up; therefore, our teachers need to leave the center in order to be prompt in picking up their own children.

Please notify the center whenever you are going to be late, so we can pass the information to your child’s teacher and your child(ren).

Health Information

Health Form:

Each child must have a health form from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (signed and dated by a physician on page 3 of the form and signed and dated by a parent on pages 1 and 2 of the form) on file at the center.   The hospital preference and the doctor’s name, phone number, allergies, immunization dates, emergency contacts, and medications, etc. must be filled out on the form.   Children may not attend the center unless this form is on file BEFORE the FIRST DAY OF CLASS.

Developmental Form:

A developmental history of your child will be kept on file as required by the State of Kansas.

Emergency Medical Care/Notarized Form:

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment requires that an emergency medical form, and a notarized form, signed by the parent, be on file for each child.   This form allows the center to obtain emergency medical treatment if needed. Children may not attend class unless this form is on file BEFORE the FIRST DAY OF CLASS.  The Director is a Notary Public and will notarize the emergency medical form for you.

Allergy/Photo Form: The Photo form has been combined with the allergy form.  The Center requests an Allergy/Photo Form that gives permission for PECC to post children’s allergies, special health/medical needs in the classroom (must be on file BEFORE the first day of class).

ALLERGIES: IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT PARENTS INFORM US OF YOUR CHILD’S ALLERGIES/REACTIONS.

Children with Epi-pens: Please bring an epi-pen to keep at the Center. Parents of children with epi-pens will need to fill out a Long-term Medication Form and have their child’s physician fill out a form to keep with the epi-pen.

Sick Child Policy

Children should be kept home when they are ill or when they have a fever.   Children may not return unless they are fever free for 24 hours without medication (i.e. Motrin, Tylenol, etc.).   Fever is defined as 99.9 degrees oral and 100.8 rectal.   Children with diarrhea or vomiting must also have experienced no symptoms (without medication) for 24 hours before they are allowed to return to PECC.

Please notify PECC of an absence due to illness by 9:00 a.m. (for Preschool/PreK) or by 8:00 a.m. (for children also enrolled in extended day).    Sometimes children want to come to class because they don’t want to miss a fun day or activity, but it has been our experience that children do not enjoy being here or enjoy participating if they do not feel well.  The rule of thumb is if the child doesn’t feel well, he/she should be kept home.  Messages may be left on the voice mail by dialing 913-236-7067, twenty-four hours daily.  You may also e-mail the director at fenton@prairiebaptist.org.

Children should not be brought to school if they have any of the following symptoms:

  • fever
  • runny nose-yellow or green
  • diarrhea/and or vomiting
  • inflamed glands
  • croupy cough
  • discharge in the ear or an earache
  • eyes watery, bloodshot, itchy, discharge
  • sore throat
  • chills
  • skin rash, red bumps, watery blisters
  • any suspected contagious disease

The Johnson County Health Department states that children should be excluded from class if your child exhibits the following communicable infections:

Communicable infections  –  Child may return

  • Common cold  –  When child has been fever free for 24 hours
  • Diarrhea  –  Symptom free for 24 hours
  • Nausea, vomiting  –  Symptom free for 24 hours
  • Streptococcal infection  –  24 hours after treatment with an antibiotic
  • Pink eye  –  When eyes are no longer watery, bloody, itchy; discharge on eyelids, and on prescription eye drops for 24 hours
  • Influenza  –  When child has been fever free for 24 hours
  • Chicken pox  –  7 days after rash began, and blisters are all dried and crusted.

CHILDREN MUST BE FEVER FREE (WITHOUT THE AID OF MOTRIN, TYLENOL, ETC.) FOR 24 HOURS BEFORE RETURNING TO PECC).  THIS MEANS THAT FOR A CHILD TO COME ON A WEDNESDAY, HE/SHE MUST NOT HAVE EXPERIENCED A FEVER AFTER 8:00 a.m. ON THE DAY BEFORE WHICH WOULD BE TUESDAY (this rule also applies for children experiencing vomiting and/or diarrhea).

***When children become ill at school:

When a child becomes ill at school, the parent will be called and will be expected to come immediately to pick up him/her!

We MUST have CURRENT phone numbers where parents or emergency pick-up people can always be reached.   Please notify the Director in writing of any changes that need to be made and your child’s file will be updated.

Although we disinfect our rooms daily and wash hands frequently, we need your help reinforcing these rules at home:

  • cover the mouth with an arm when coughing
  • use a kleenex to wipe one’s own nose instead of using clothing.
  • throw used tissues in the trash
  • wash hands after toileting, coughing, blowing nose or before and after eating.
General Information

Parties:

We love to celebrate and enjoy parties!   We have parties on Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine’s Day and Easter.  A sign-up sheet will be provided for parents to sign-up for special party days.  Parents will be asked to help supply treats, paper goods and juice (please remember to not bring any RED or PURPLE juice products because they stain the carpets).  NO CUPCAKES OR PEANUT/NUT FOODS PLEASE!

Birthdays:

Birthdays are important and we want to celebrate your child’s birthday at PECC.  If your child’s birthday is in the summer, please arrange to celebrate a ½ birthday during the school year.  Treats may be brought and the teachers will plan to make your child’s day a very special one at school.  Cookies, fruit, cheese cubes, doughnuts/doughnut holes or rice krispie treats are very popular birthday treats that the children prefer.  NO CUPCAKES OR PEANUT/NUT FOODS PLEASE! To honor your child’s special day, he/she may wish to add a book to the school’s library.  A picture of your child in the book with his/her name will help everyone know that this was a very special gift.  IF YOU WISH TO HAVE A PARTY OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL, PLEASE SEND INVITATIONS BY MAIL OR CALL THE PARENTS OF THE CHILDREN YOU WISH TO INVITE BY PHONE.  ALL CHILDREN LOVE TO ATTEND PARTIES AND IT’S VERY DIFFICULT FOR THOSE WHO ARE NOT INVITED!!!!!!!

Visitation:

Parents are always welcome!  Please let the director or teachers know if you would like to help at one of our holiday parties, fund-raisers, or programs.  We schedule events to include the family during the school year.  There is a Meet and Greet Open House in August before school starts.

Unenrolled Children Visiting:

Because of the tremendous responsibility PECC feels for its children, visitors who are not enrolled are discouraged from attending.  The State of Kansas requires that children in our care have a health form, notarized form, and an enrollment form on file.  Visitors would be considered in our care and would need the same forms along with a fee of $21.00 per session.

Such a special request would require approval from the Director.

Confidentiality

Prairie Early Childhood Center (PECC) takes the issue of confidentiality very seriously.  The families of our students entrust PECC with important information relating to their children and their lives in general.   The nature of these relationships requires maintaining the confidentiality of this information.   In safeguarding information, PECC earns the respect and further trust of all with whom we interact.

Each person is responsible for protecting the confidentiality of all information they may know or learn about our students or their families.   Therefore, all PECC personnel and volunteers assisting in a classroom or on a project must read and comply with the PECC Confidentiality Policy.

Newsletters:

To help PECC’s budget and the environment, our center’s written communication will be mostly paperless.  Parents will still receive written daily notes home for PDO I and PDO II, but a majority of our written communication (i.e. the PECC Parent Handbook, newsletters, information regarding most special events, etc.) can be found on the Prairie Baptist Church website:  prairiebaptist.org and click on the Prairie Early Childhood Center menu.

Written Request:

Any request for a change in your child’s programming, tuition receipt needs, notification of person(s) picking up your child, notification or change in your child’s diet, allergies or any information that you wish to share should be put in written form and given to the teacher and/or director.

Playtime:

At PECC the safety of our children is the number one priority.   For this reason, PECC staff and volunteers will promote healthy play within its classroom, during activities and on the playground.  Toys in the classroom will be:  versatile; allow children to use their imagination; promote respectful, non-stereotyped, non-violent interactions among children’s and most generally not be linked to video games, television or movies.  Children will be discouraged from bringing toys from home to PECC classrooms.  The exception will be for those needing a special comfort item for nap or transition time.  PECC is not responsible for toys that are brought from home.

Separation Anxiety

Please drop your child off at the door and do NOT linger. It helps control congestion and makes the transition smoother for children who are experiencing separation anxiety.  Allowing the child to go into the room alone fosters a sense of independence and well-being in the child. If your child is crying when you leave, you are welcome to call the director and she will go to your child’s classroom to see how he/she is coping. Many times the child’s tears have dried up before parents leave the parking lot; however, the parent’s tears have not. So please call if you have experienced a difficult separation. It is our experience that the longer you linger, the more stressful it is for you and your child.

Preschool and Prekindergarten

We welcome you to the Prairie Early Childhood Center Preschool and Prekindergarten.   The staff looks forward to working with you, for you and to provide a fantastic, fun, and exciting early childhood school experience for your child(ren).  Our center is fully licensed by the State of Kansas.

School Schedule and Hours

The hours for children to attend 2-day Preschool and 3-day Prekindergarten are:

Tuesday & Thursday (2-day session for children who have turned 3 by September 1):

  • 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Noon to 2:30 p.m.

Monday, Wednesday & Friday (3-day PreKindergarten session for children who have turned 4 by September 1):

  • 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Noon to 2:30 p.m.

4 session Prekindergarten (for children who have summer birthdays and have turned 5 and their parents have decided to wait an extra year before sending their child to Kindergarten or for children who will turn 5 by October  1):

  • Monday and Friday  –  9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday  –  9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

**Children in Preschool or PreK may also enroll for Extended Day or an extra day(s) in our Parents Day Out/Extended Day Programs which operates Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Toilet Training

CHILDREN WHO ARE ENROLLED IN PRESCHOOL OR PREKINDERGARTEN MUST BE TOILET TRAINED.

Preschool/Prekindergarten Arrival:

Parents can enter the building through the door with the awning marked PRESCHOOL (on the west side of the building.)   All other doors are kept locked (with the exception of the door going into the church office) for safety reasons.  The locked doors can be pushed open from the inside but cannot be opened from the outside.     The preschool door is unlocked from 8:55 a.m. to 9:10 a.m. for the A.M. session arrival and 11:25 – 11:40 a.m. for pickup; 11:55 a.m. to 12:10    p.m. for the P.M. session arrival.    The preschool door is unlocked at 2:25 p.m. for pick-up time.

School begins promptly at 9:00 a.m. for the morning sessions and noon for the afternoon session.   Please do not plan to have your child arrive more than five minutes before class begins.

For your child’s safety PERSONALLY ESCORT HIM/HER TO THE CLASSROOM DOOR where he/she will be greeted by a teacher.  Never let a child out at the parking lot and allow him/her to enter the building alone.   PECC cannot be held responsible for your child’s safety if you do not personally escort your child to his/her classroom.   If you need assistance, please call PECC once you have entered the parking lot and the director or a staff person will escort your child into the building.  If you or a sibling is ill, please do not come into the building.  We will bring your child to class. Thank you for helping keep your child and others safe.

Parents can also help the teacher and child by seeing to your child’s toilet needs before bringing him/her to the classroom.  This helps alleviate those split second dashes (that can result in embarrassment) to the hall bathroom.

Early Arrival: Because our staff is not on duty or available to watch children before 9:00 a.m., PECC does not offer early arrival for children.

Library:

Your child will have an opportunity to check out a book each week from the Children’s Library in our church.   Your child’s teacher will provide information on what day your child will be going to the Library and when books should be returned to PECC.  Children will not be allowed to check out books unless the book previously checked out has been returned to your child’s teacher.

Supplies:

Because our storage space has been downsized, PECC will be doing supplies differently this year.  With the exception of the two supplies listed below, Preschool children will receive a short supply list in January.  Prekindergarten children will receive their supply list in March.

All children enrolled in Preschool should bring:  1 box of Kleenex

Prekindergarten children should bring:  1 composition non-spiral notebook 7 ½ x10”

(found at places like Target)

DO NOT PURCHASE A BACKPACK OR A BOOK BAG FOR YOUR CHILD.  EACH CHILD WILL RECEIVE A PECC SCHOOL BAG AT OPEN HOUSE.

Clothing and shoes:

Please dress your child in washable clothing that is comfortable for active play and movement.   PECC is not responsible for paint, markers, snacks, etc. that may be found on clothing.  We do use washable materials and items in our classrooms and put paint-shirts on the children when the activity is a messy one.   Rubber soles shoes that have ties or velcro and support the ankles are essential for climbing, running, walking, and playing.  Outdoor play in our fenced in playground is a daily occurrence (weather permitting) so please dress your child appropriately for the weather.  Include an extra set of clothing in your child’s book bag for an emergency.    LABEL coats, jackets, hats, sweaters, mittens, boots, etc.

Please send an extra set of clothes, underwear, and socks with your child.  Children do become sick or have accidents so sending extra clothing is essential.  We do not have extra clothing in our classrooms.

Snacks:

The teachers will put post-it notes with requested snacks on the Wish Stars outside of their classrooms.   Parents provide snacks for the Preschool/PreK classes.  NO PEANUT/NUT FOODS PLEASE!

Parent Teacher Conference Days:

Preschool/Prekindergarten is not in session on conference days.    Parents of children also enrolled in Extended Day on conference days will need to check with their child’s Extended Day teacher to verify that they want their child in extended day (exception is PDO I).   Since we have limited spots available, spots will be filled on a first-come first serve basis.    Parents will have the option of bringing their child to PECC for their regular Extended Day session on conference day.

Parents who request to have their child in PDO during the child’s preschool/prekindergarten time on conference days will be responsible for paying $10.50 per day extra for the PDO spot.

Preschool and 4 Session Prekindergarten Conferences will be held in November and April with parents.  Each classroom will have a sign-up chart by the door for parents.  Part of a good conference is listening to you sharing your observations, expectations, and thoughts.  Come prepared to share and ask questions.  Conferences will be held in late February/early March for parents contemplating sending their children to Kindergarten.

There is no childcare for these conferences, and parents are urged to leave all children at home for conference times.  If childcare is an issue, some parents take turns watching each others child(ren) during conference time.

Additional conferences may be scheduled at any time a parent or teacher feels it is needed.  The school’s policy is never discussing your child with the teacher while the child or his/her classmates are present.  Please DO NOT try to hold a conference at the classroom door.  Make a special appointment, by note or phone, and your child’s teacher will be happy to arrange to meet with you or have a phone conference.

Daily Information:

The teachers will send home monthly calendars stating themes, special events, etc.   The Preschool teachers have dry erase boards outside of the classrooms that will briefly state what the children did during the session.

Discipline Policy:

PECC provides a positive atmosphere in a Christian setting where children will build feelings of self-worth and feel good about themselves and about being at school.

PECC believes that discipline is to be handled so the child knows that he/she is loved even if his/her behavior is not appropriate.  Negative discipline is not tolerated, and the staff will not belittle, threaten, or use inconsistent or unfair consequences.  The staff will promote problem solving and help the child accept responsibility for his/her behavior, rather than dwell on what the child should not do.  Our staff does use puppets or books to help children understand and deal with aggression, hurt feelings, problem solving, etc.  Redirection and or a problem-solving approach are normally used.    A safe place in the classroom (where the child may calm down) may be used by the staff for inappropriate behavior such as being aggressive toward another child or staff member.

Corporal punishment will never be used, and if the policy is violated, an investigation will begin immediately.   Verbal abuse, spanking, hitting, kicking, pushing, jerking, pinching, will not be tolerated.

Parents Day Out/Extended Session

For Ages 16 Months and Walking- 6 Years

Our PDO program, an outreach ministry of Prairie Baptist Church, is designed to make the child’s experience at our center a positive one.  Our nurturing staff (representing many years of experience) provides a structured program that includes free play, music, art, snack, fine and gross motor development activities, language development, Bible stories, and self-worth.  Level II (2’s & 3’s) and Level III (4’s & 5’s) programs reinforce many of the concepts being taught in our preschool/pre-kindergarten.  We want the child to enjoy his/her day at PDO, and we strive to provide a positive loving environment for each child.

Many times parents have questions, concerns, or suggestions.  Please contact the Director during school hours or at home.  Karen Fenton can be reached by phone at 913.236.7067 (PECC) or 913.381.4918 (home) or by email: fenton@prairiebaptist.org.

Our Parents Day Out program is fully licensed by the State of Kansas.

Parents Day Out Hours and Schedule

All levels meet Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  Children enrolled in Preschool/Pre-kindergarten may extend the day.    A calendar for the school year will be given to each family at Open House or the First Day of School.  This calendar is also available on our website.

PDO I:    A parent may choose to enroll his/her child for half day but will be responsible for paying for tuition for a full day.

PDO II/Preschool Prep: PECC will reserve three slots daily for half day enrollment.   When the four half day slots are filled a parent may choose to enroll his/her child for a half day but will be responsible for paying tuition for a full day.

Note:      Children enrolled in a half day should be picked up at 11:30 a.m. and do not eat lunch at the center.

Safety Precautions

Arrival

  • PDO I (16 months-2 1/2 years): Enter through the church doors on the west side of the building
  • PDO II/Preschool Prep (2 1/2 – 3 years): Enter through the preschool door with the awning marked PRESCHOOL
  • PDO III (4-5 years): Personally escort your child to the classroom door where he/she will be greeted by a teacher.  Never let a child walk into the building by himself/herself.   If you need assistance due to illness, sleeping children, or injury, please call the center and the Director will escort your child to his/her classroom.

PDO I and PDO II/Preschool Prep parents:   Please put your name and the phone number where you can be reached during the day on the sign in sheets by the classroom doors in the PDO hallways.  PDO III children, please sign in on the class sheet where your child will end his/her day.  PLEASE KEEP THE DIRECTOR/TEACHERS INFORMED OF ANY CHANGES IN EMERGENCY NAMES AND PHONE NUMBERS, PHYSICIAN, HOSPITAL PREFERENCE, AND ALLERGIES OR MEDICATIONS, etc.

Please follow the security procedures when arriving late to Parents Day Out.

Pacifier Policy

*Pacifiers will be used, with the parent’s permission, to soothe children.

*Parents will sign a permission form for their child to receive a pacifier while their child
is in the care of PECC staff.

*Parents will give special instructions for PECC staff, stating how and when the pacifier
should be used by their child.

*Parents (of children who use pacifiers) will be given a copy of the Center’s Pacifier
Policy.

*Pacifiers will be discarded when the staff notices a tear, crack or if there is unknown
fluid in the nipple before each use.

*The parent may send in extra pacifiers to use in place of defective ones. PECC does
not provide or furnish pacifiers.

*Pacifiers should be labeled with non-toxic markers or waterproofed labels.

*Staff will clean each pacifier with soap and water before each use.

*Pacifiers will not be tied, pinned or clipped to a child’s clothing.

*Pacifiers will not be coated in any sweet solutions and will be stored in the open air
and will not be stored near the diapering area, diapering items or other children’s
personal items.

Other Helpful Information

Naptime and Rest Time

Nap time

The State of Kansas requires that nap/rest time be provided for children 3 years and under. Parents are to provide a LABELED sheet and nap favorites (pacifier, stuffed toy, cloth diaper, etc). We will send bed linens home daily so we can disinfect cots. A crib sheet, blanket and whatever your child sleeps with at home should be brought each day your child attends Level I PDO (16 months-2 1/2 years). A twin or full sheet and whatever your child sleeps with at home should be included in your child’s bag for Level II PDO (2 1/2 years -3 years). Each PDO level will provide additional information regarding nap time. Parents of older children: please notify the staff if your child has outgrown naps or still requires naps. Quiet activities will be provided for children who no longer nap in PDO II.  Parents of nappers will receive a copy of PECC’s sleep policy.

For the child’s comfort and security, your child may bring a favorite LABELED stuffed animal, blanket, pacifier, or picture of family to school. BOTTLES ARE NOT ALLOWED.

Sleep Policy

*PDO I and PDO II/Preschool Prep parents will receive a copy of the Center’s sleep
policy.

*Children will always be supervised during naptime.

*The room temperature will be monitored so children will not become overheated.

*The nap room will have adequate lighting during naptime.

*Children will not be permitted to put covers over their head or faces and monitored to
make sure that a child does not have loveys that would be considered a choking
hazard.

*Each child will have his/her own cot to sleep on during nap time.

*Cots will be disinfected at the end of naptime and bedding and loveys will be sent
home with the child.

*Children using pacifiers will have a pacifier permission form on file.

Snack Time and Lunch Time

Snacks

PECC will provide a nutritious snack for your child mid-morning.   Please notify PECC immediately if your child has any food allergies or develops an allergy to a particular food.

The teachers will put up sign-up sheets for parents to contribute goodies, juice, and paper products on special party days (Halloween, Valentine’s Day, etc.).  NO CUPCAKES PEANUT/NUT FOODS PLEASE!

Classes that have children with different dietary needs:

More enrolled children are requiring diets that are gluten free, peanut/nut free, sugar free, etc.  Due to the higher cost of food, PECC reserves the right to request that parents help supplement snacks that will meet their child’s specific dietary needs.

Lunches

Parents provide lunches for children attending PDO sessions.   We do have microwaves to heat up foods for your child in PDO I and PDO II/Preschool Prep.   Parents are encouraged to put an ice pack in the lunch pack to keep foods cool and bacteria free.   The Building and Grounds Board of Prairie Baptist Church has asked us not to serve juices that have red or purple dye in them.   These dyes permanently stain our carpets.  In instances where the children bring red or purple juice, the juice will be sent home and your child will be served water.  PDO III/Extended Day use an insulated thermos to keep food warm.

Note:   PDO children, who are enrolled for half days, should be picked up at 11:30 a.m. and do not eat lunch at the center.   Children, who attend Preschool/Prekindergarten and are enrolled in Extended Day, DO eat lunch at the center and parents should send their child with a lunch.

Toothbrushing

Please send a labeled toothbrush in your child’s lunchbox.  We will be implementing dental hygiene in our curriculum this year.

Clothing and Supplies

Parents will need to send bed linens for nap time, Wet wipes, 2 complete changes of clothes, and extra diapers/pull-ups/underwear. These should be put in your child’s bag along with a jacket or sweater and hats, mittens or gloves for cold weather.

Supply List

Because our storage space has been downsized, we are doing supplies differently this year.  PDO I and PDO II/Preschool Prep will bring supplies in August and PDO III/Extended Day will receive their supply list in October.

  • Each child should bring 1 box of kleenex
  • PDO I:  1 box of baby wipes, 1 box of quart sized freezer Ziploc bags, I container of wax paper, 1 box corn Chex, 1 package cheese cubes.
  • PDO II/Preschool Prep: 1 box of rice Chex, 1 container of Clorox wipes, 1 box of parchment paper, 1 package cheese cubes, 1 box baby wipes

Items to pack for PDO I:

  • LABELED crib sheet, wet wipes, diapers, change of clothes including shoes and socks, special blanket, pacifier, lovey, etc.
  • LABELED lunchbox, containers, feeding utensils, toothbrush in lunch box, and always a sippy cup.  NO BOTTLES.

Items to pack for PDO II/Preschool Prep:

  • LABELED crib sheet, wet wipes, diapers or underwear, change of clothes including shoes and socks to be used for illness, toileting accidents, wet clothing due to spills.
  • LABELED lunchbox, containers, feeding utensils, toothbrush in lunch box and sippy cup.

Items to pack for PDO III:

  • LABELED change of clothes and underwear to be used for illness, toilet accidents, wet clothing due to spills.
  • LABELED lunchbox, utensils, cups, toothbrush in lunch box, and containers.

Toilet Training

Children who are working on toilet training will need to wear pull-ups until they are completely trained. This requirement is not only for sanitation and health reasons, but to also meet the guidelines of the Health Department. Urine and feces carry undesirable bacteria, therefore, we must keep our environment as bacteria free as possible. Many times children are successful at home in their toileting, but they continue to have accidents at PDO. This can be frustrating for parents, but this is just another level that the child must achieve in the toilet training process. Some parents refer to the pull-ups that the child wears to PDO as their child’s Big Boy School Pants or Big Girl School Panties and this has worked well for several children who are in the process of toilet training.

Daily Notes Home

Children in PDO I and PDO II/Preschool Prep levels will receive a daily note summarizing what the art activity was, if the child played outdoors/indoors, how the child’s day was, special activities that occurred, whether the child napped/rested, etc.

Tuition

Parents will receive tuition slips at the beginning of the month.   Unless special arrangements are made with the Director, tuition is due at the beginning of the month.  Checks are to be made payable to PECC.  Cash is also accepted.

Parents are responsible for paying when there child is absent.  Make up days are not guaranteed and depend upon availability.   One makeup day per month can be requested provided that the parent has called PECC by 8:00 a.m. the morning of the absence.    No shows will not receive the opportunity to request a makeup day.   When a teacher contacts a parent that a date is available for makeup and the parent declines, the parent will be given only one more opportunity to make up that day.  PECC does have an answering machine for you to leave messages twenty-four hours per day or parents may e-mail the director at fenton@prairiebaptist.org.

Please let the Director know in writing that you will need a receipt for tuition and the Director will e-mail your receipt. Tuition for the September-December:    Each day is counted from the first day of PDO through Winter Break (days when PDO is closed are not counted).   The total number of days is divided by four months to determine the monthly tuition fee (i.e.  17 Mondays divided by 4, etc.).   The same method is done for the months January through May except the total days are divided by five months. This method allows for the monthly tuition to be the same amount September through December or January through May.

A $20.00 fee will be charged to the parent for checks that are returned due to insufficient funds.  There is no refund for August/September tuition.

Discipline Policy

PECC’s mission is to provide a positive atmosphere in a Christian setting where children will build feelings of self-worth and feel good about themselves and about being at PDO.   PECC believes that discipline should be handled so the child knows that he/she is loved even if his/her behavior is not appropriate.  Negative discipline is not tolerated, and the staff will not belittle, threaten, or use inconsistent or unfair consequences.  The staff will help the child accept responsibility for his/her behavior, rather than dwell on what the child should not do.

Corporal punishment will never be used, and if the policy is violated, an investigation will begin immediately.  Verbal abuse, spanking, hitting, kicking, pushing, jerking, pinching, will not be tolerated.

PDO I:  Discipline for the children 16 months through 2 ½ years is distraction or redirection.

PDO II/Preschool Prep:  Discipline for the children 2 ½ through 3 is redirection.   A safe place in the classroom may be used (where the child can calm down) if the child is being overly aggressive and cannot be redirected or distracted. Children are encouraged to use their words rather than hitting, kicking, pushing, etc.   Depending on the child’s developmental level, children are encouraged to think of ways to resolve the concern/conflict.

PDO III:  Redirection and problem-solving are normally used.   A safe place in the classroom may be used (where the child can calm down) when redirection and problem-solving have not been effective.  Children are encouraged to help resolve the conflict or behavior by using their words and discussing options or solutions that would help change the behavior.

Summer Session

SUMMER SESSION

PECC offers a seven week summer session that meets on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm. Children 16 months through five years old are welcome to attend. Our summer program is less structured, but the children continue to learn while having fun.  Outdoor learning activities are very popular, especially when water and sand are involved.

Summer Tuition

Because the Summer Session is brief, we do not offer makeup days nor credit for days missed. Summer Session is a seven week program that meets on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Parents have the option of picking one or more days to enroll their child Checks should be made payable to PECC.  Confused???  Call Karen Fenton, 913-236-7067 or e-mail her at fenton@prairiebaptist.org if you have questions or need to make special arrangements for tuition payment.

Children Learn What They Live

If children live with criticism,

They learn to condemn.

If children live with hostility,

They learn to fight.

If children live with ridicule,

They learn to be shy.

If children live with shame,

They learn to feel guilty.

If children live with encouragement,

They learn confidence.

If children live with tolerance,

They learn to be patient.

If children live with praise,

They learn to appreciate,

If children live with acceptance,

They learn to love.

If children live with approval,

They learn to like themselves.

If children live with honesty,

They learn truthfulness.

If children live with security,

They learn to have faith in themselves and others.

If children live with friendliness,

They learn the world is a nice place in which to live.

Dorothy Law Nolte
THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR PRECIOUS CHILD(REN) WITH US.

WE LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU AND YOUR CHILD(REN)!!

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