Preschool Handbook for Parents

CWK Goals

  • To provide a program that is creative, exciting, joyful and stimulating in an environment that is multicultural, multigenerational and anti-biased
  • To provide guidance for children enabling them to experience and participate in satisfying and contented group interaction
  • To create an interest and enthusiasm in learning through experience
  • To treat each child as an individual
  • To provide children with the best possible preparation for challenges they will face beyond the preschool and kindergarten years

Registration Forms

Each child is required to have the following completed forms on file before being admitted to school. Forms may be printed from the Enrollment Forms page on this site.

  • Physician’s report/immunization record
  • Child’s Pre-admission Health History – Parent’s Report
  • Identification and Emergency Information
  • Consent for Medical Treatment
  • Parent’s Rights form
  • Personal Rights form
  • Medical Insurance Waiver Form
  • Signed admissions agreement

Registration Fee & Deposit

A $100.00 one time, non-refundable enrollment fee will be charged for each child enrolled. A deposit in the amount of two week’s tuition will be required and will be applied to the last two weeks of attendance after school administration receives a written two week notice. Refunds may be redeemed in terms of service only. No cash refunds will be considered.

Enrollment and Tuition

Students may be enrolled in the full time or the choice of part time options as follows:

  • Full time: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Full time tuition: $850.00 per month or $212.50 per week
  • Part time options: 5 half days (7 a.m. to noon) or 3 full days
  • Part time tuition: $700.00 per month or $175.00 per week

Payment Policy

  • Monthly tuition is due on the last day of the preceding month. If tuition is not received by the third day of the current month, a late fee of $25.00 will become effective.
  • Weekly tuition is due on the Friday of the preceding week. If tuition is not received by the following Wednesday, the late fee of $10.00 will become effective.
  • Tuition is based on enrollment, not attendance. Tuition continues through illness, vacation and school closures.
  • A $25.00 penalty fee is charged for checks returned from the bank unpaid. Parents will be asked to make subsequent payments in cash, by money order or cashier’s check.

Uniform and Clothing Requirements

CWK students are required to dress in uniform Monday through Thursday during the school year (September through mid-June). Every Friday is a free dress day. Uniforms are not required during summer camp months.

All clothing should be marked with your child’s name. Open toed shoes are not appropriate or safe for activities at school and will not be allowed in the classroom or on the school grounds unless there is a special activity planned that would require such attire. Parents will be informed in advance regarding this type of event. An extra set of clothing is required in case of accidents or messy projects and activities. Please label this clothing and place it in a large plastic zip lock bag.

Boy's Uniforms

  • Navy blue or khaki long or short pants
  • White, navy blue, or red shirt with a collar and long or short sleeves
  • Shoes, socks, sweater or jacket of choice

Girl's Uniforms

  • Navy blue or khaki long or short pants, skirt or dress
  • White, navy blue or red shirt/blouse with a collar and long or short sleeves
  • Shoes, socks, sweater or jacket of choice

Cut Off Time for Arrival

CWK opens at seven a.m. The cut off time for arrival is 10:00 a.m. At that time, we begin the academic period of our day and late arrivals are very distracting. When on time arrival is not possible due to medical or dental appointments or unavoidable circumstance, please call and arrange an excused tardy.

Late Pick-Up Fee

The school closes at 6:00 p.m. each day. It is imperative that parents pick up children before closing time. Half-day students must be picked up promptly at noon. There is a late pick up fee of $1.00 for each minute after scheduled pick up time. For late pick-ups, payment should be made in cash directly to the staff person on duty. For half day, pick-ups payment should be made to the staff member in charge.

Fees for Additional Services

Fees for special and/or optional activities or events will be announced in advance. Payment will be required prior to the activity date in order to obtain an accurate and confirmed count of children participating. Fees for these services must be made in cash or with a check separate from the tuition payment.

Rules of Discipline

Setting limits is something done with the child rather than to him/her. Children will be spoken to about infractions and given ideas and options regarding a more positive means of attitude, approach and behavior. Redirection from the group for a short period of time helps children regain control over themselves and the situation. If disruptive behavior becomes a detriment to other children and/or the school program, parents will be notified and asked to attend a conference to discuss how the school and family can work together to help children modify inappropriate behavior.

Termination Policy

Either party may terminate the agreement between CWK and the parents and/or guardian of enrolled children by providing two weeks written notice. A child may be terminated from the program for chronic misconduct and failure to conform to school policy with no prior notice. Enrollment may be terminated if parents and/or guardians engage in adverse behavior on or around school property. There will no refund of tuition or other school fees. Termination will also be the result of non-payment of fees.

Sign In/Out Log

Each child must be signed in and out every day of attendance by an adult (over the age of 18.) The daily Sign In-Out Log requires a full signature at both arrival and departure times. Only individuals listed in children’s school file may be remove children from school. No exceptions. It is the parent’s responsibility to update pick-up information and all other pertinent information (home and cell phone numbers, current address, etc.) with school administration.

Front Door Policy

For the safety of the children and staff members, the front door will be locked during the day. Please ring the front door bell for admittance.

Illness

For the benefit of all children and staff, if there are signs of a communicable illness such as runny nose, fever, chronic cough, serious skin rashes or eruptions etc., children will not be allowed to attend. If any of these symptoms are detected before leaving home, please keep the child home or make alternative child care arrangements. If a child will not attend school, please notify CWK of the absence. If the child is absent for a period of three days or more due to illness, a doctor’s excuse may be required upon return to school. If a child is sent home from school for a health reason he/she must be symptom free for twenty-four hours before returning to school.

Medication

Prescription medications cannot be given by school personnel unless original written instructions from a physician are visible on the medication container. Medication must be in the original container and placed in a zip lock baggie. Over the counter medication must also be accompanied by original written physician’s instructions.

Accidents and Emergencies

CWK staff will administer first aid for minor incidental injuries (scratches, cuts, bruises, etc). The procedure consists of cleaning and covering the injury site and documenting the incident. In cases of more serious injuries, parents and, if necessary, the appropriate emergency services will be contacted immediately. Please make sure that the information on the emergency contact card is always current and accurate.

Potty Training

Parents must provide, at least, five (5) diaper changes per day. The last daily inclusive diaper check and change will be done at 5 p.m. each day. The staff will continue to observe children individually for signs of wet or soiled diapers until departure in an effort to send each child home clean and dry. CWK will assist parents in toilet training efforts. It is our goal to work in partnership with parents in order to have happy, clean and dry, diaper-free students. Training will be easier with an exchange of information about your child’s progress and habits. Toilet training efforts are most effective when they remain constant and consistent in both the home and the school environments. Please feel free to speak to staff members, at any time, regarding this matter.

Nap and Rest Time

There is a nap/rest time after lunch. Required nap supplies (Rollee Pollee) may be purchased at CWK. Nap supplies should be taken home at the end of each week for laundering.

Lunch and Snacks

CWK provides a lunch program for the nominal fee of $50.00 per month. Lunch fees are due at the first of each month. Payment may be made by cash or check. This check must be separate from the tuition payment. Lunches may not be paid on a daily basis with the exception of Friday which is pizza day. Home lunches must be a container labeled with the child’s name. Sorry, due to school lunch preparation we request that home lunches not require heat ups. Morning and afternoon snacks will be provided by CWK.

Personal Possessions

Please do not allow children to bring toys or books from home unless it is for the purpose of a “Show and Tell Day” which has been planned by CWK staff. Our staff is not responsible for the safety and preservation of toys and articles from home and, more importantly, personal playthings can cause conflict among the children. All articles of clothing should be labeled with child’s name.

Enrichment Classes

Enrichment classes are an ongoing part of the CWK program. Classes are optional and payment is separate from tuition. These classes are designed to enhance the core curriculum of the school as well as promoting socialization, gross and fine motor skills and discipline in a fun filled atmosphere. Children will be allowed to enroll in age appropriate classes. Fees for these classes vary.

Holiday Celebrations

In order to include, respect and create understanding for all cultural and ethnic backgrounds and customs CWK will honor many and varied holiday celebrations and traditions. We invite families to share their customs, holidays and celebrations with us. Our approach to holidays is to connect them to children’s daily lives and to learn about one another from one another. We are always open to suggestions and welcome support that may assist us in representing these special occasions with as much authenticity and accuracy as possible.

Parent Conferences

Scheduled parent conferences will be held by request of parent or teacher. To keep you in touch and involved in your child’s growth, development and preschool experience, we strive to maintain a constant and caring sense of communication between CWK staff and parents.