What are your hours of operation?

Our preschool program runs from September through May. Hours of operation are from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  (The toddler class dismisses at 11:45.)


What if my child becomes ill?

If your child becomes ill at school, the classroom teacher will separate the child from the group and make him/her comfortable while we notify you to pick him/her up. Please keep your emergency contact numbers updated so that you may respond as quickly as possible to the needs of your child. Children may return to the program after being symptom and fever free for 24 hours. 


What if there is an emergency?

Accidents sometimes happen at preschool. Our staff members hold certification in CPR and First Aid. In the event of an emergency, they will administer those skills appropriately. We will notify you of any action taken and contact you as soon as possible. We will complete an accident report that will remain with your child’s records. 


How old do you have to be to enter the program?

CCP serves preschool ages one to five years. 


Do you have an early drop off?

Our earliest drop off begins at 8:30 a.m. 


I won’t be available to pick-up my child today, so I’m arranging for someone else to pick him up. Do I need to send a note?

If someone else is picking up your child, you must include them on the pick up authorization form.  Please tell us when someone other than the "usual caregiver" will be picking up your child from school. Inform any caregivers to bring picture ID to ensure they are authorized to pick-up your child. No one under the age of 18 may escort a child from CCP. 


Do you have an immunization policy?

Yes we do. Children should be immunized against: diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, poliomyelitis, measles, mumps, rubella, and Haemophilus Influenzae Type B (HIB.) 

All 50 states have legislation requiring specified vaccines for students. Although exemptions vary from state to state, all school immunization laws grant exemptions to children for medical reasons. 


Can my child bring special toys into the classroom?

CCP provides all necessary materials for our program; your child does not need to bring in anything. Each child is issued a school bag and a hook to keep personal belongings in;  we do not recommend sending in special toys with your child—these may to get lost or broken. Although we try to monitor children’s belongings, our main concern is the safety and engagement of our students; we cannot guarantee the security of any child’s belongings and will not be held responsible for lost or damaged items.


We are trying to toilet train. What is CCP's policy on that?

Children are not required to be toilet trained in our 1 through 2/3s classes however should be consistent with bathroom habits to enter the 3/4s class. Toilet training should begin at home.  We are happy to support your efforts at school. Our staff is trained to follow healthy diaper/toilet procedures. 


What type of curriculum is implemented at CCP?

The curriculum for each program is based on accepted theories of child development and the latest validated research on highly effective instructional approaches using the Creative Curriculum.

We have an extensive library of the latest resources available for our teachers as they plan their lessons and activities.


Academics or play — which is better?

Parents wonder if a school that focuses on academics is better than one that emphasizes learning through play. We believe this polarized; either/or view is unfortunate and misses the point.

 

The benefits of "enhanced play" during the first five years of life are extensive and support academic goals for reading and writing, math, science, social studies, music, art, and drama. Research shows that high-quality preschool programs, which strengthen cognitive, social, and emotional skills through play, have extremely positive effects on all aspects of children's development.


Can you tell me more about "learning through play" at CCP?

Children take the initiative when they learn through play. They choose what they want to do, come up with their own ideas, and experiment with those ideas.

This does not mean, however, that teachers do nothing but watch and supervise. After assessing each child's needs, teachers set the stage for learning by selecting and organizing materials and activities based on conceptual themes. With engaging subjects such as "Life on the Farm" or "New Baby," teachers provide guidance and ask questions to spark children's thinking.

 

Teachers also encourage children to experience the power of feeling in charge of their own learning. At CCP, learning is meaningful, hands-on, challenging, and appropriate for each child.


Are there other benefits to the "learning through play" approach?

Yes — reduced levels of stress. Studies show that children in programs where they select active, sensory activities and pursue their own interests show lower levels of stress compared with children in teacher-directed programs that emphasize group instruction and workbook activity.

 

Too much stress negatively impacts the brain by producing cortisol. This hormone damages connections between cells in the part of the brain important to learning and memory.


Are CCP classrooms structured?

Yes. Every classroom has a daily schedule. A chaotic setting confuses children and makes it difficult for them to know what to expect and how to behave. Clear structure helps children feel secure and encourages skills building. A predictable schedule — one with a good balance of activities — helps children know what will happen throughout the day and helps their confidence and self-control.


How do you select your employees?

A program is only as good as its staff. To make sure candidates meet our stringent requirements we assess their teaching philosophy and style, as well as education, training and experience. We also do a pre-employment criminal history check.

 

We want staff members who are nurturing, responsive and committed to knowing you and your child. It's also very important that our teachers know how, through on-going assessment, to build children's interests in order to guide their learning.


Can you tell me more about this "on-going assessment" aspect?

Our teachers contribute to continuous observation and documentation of each child's development. This is done by observation of skills and general written commentary, not by formal testing.

This process enables teachers to track each child's development over time. Our teaching staff shares and celebrates the child’s progress during three annual parent-teacher conferences.


How can I enroll my child at CCP?

The first step is to tour our school. If a spot is available, you can enroll your child immediately. Monthly tuition may be prorated based on start date. If classes are full, we recommend getting on our wait list by submitting the enrollment form.

 

When a space becomes available, we start at the top of the wait list.

In January we offer re-registration for currently enrolled children and the community for the following school year that starts the following September.