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.