Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Below are answers to Frequently Asked Questions. If you have questions that we have not answered, please feel free to call or email the Director.
We ask that parents visit the school with their child so they can have a brief tour of the classrooms and grounds. This visit will enable the child to explore the classroom environment first hand. We will have some time to visit in the office and have an interview. We can discuss the school services, expectations, policies and any questions.
A Physician's Statement of Health medical form, a Colorado Department of Health Certification of Immunization form, and First Step Preschool Registration paperwork must be completed and signed by parents for each child every school year the child is enrolled in the program. We must have this before your child will be accepted at the center. To reserve space in any class, a $65.00 non-refundable registration fee shall be paid upon enrollment for each child. If there is more than one child in the same family, the registration fee for the second child is $55.00.
There are two types of registration: in-house (for students already attending First Step Preschool) and open (for new students). In-house registration for the next school year occurs February 1-14 of the current school year. Open registration for the next school year begins February 15 of the current school year.
Tuition is based on the estimated operating expenses for the entire school year. The calendar includes approximately 36 weeks of school. Prompt tuition will be expected as long as your child is enrolled in a class, regardless of how many days he/she actually attends the school that month. No credit on tuition is given for scheduled school holidays or vacation periods. Special arrangements may be made only once during the school year for credit on a tuition payment if a child misses two or more weeks of school due to an illness. The Director must be notified of this absence in order to approve a tuition reduction. The Director must also be notified two weeks in advance if you decide to withdraw your child for any reason. This notification, along with two weeks' tuition payment, is necessary upon disenrollment of a child.
Children must be 3 years old by October 1st of the current school year and must be toilet trained in order to enter the program. This applies to regularly scheduled classes, as well as "Thursday Fun!" and "Friday Fun!" extended care sessions.
Due to food allergies, First Step Preschool does not provide food items. Children need to bring a morning or afternoon snack (including drink), and a sack lunch when they are signed up for lunch. Small ice packs are required by the Health Department to keep food cool. We encourage you to provide your child with nutritious food such as: fruit, vegetable and protein. We also encourage sugarless snacks and lunches, and reducing high-fat content items, as we feel this is nutritionally sound for better learning. Please do not send gum, candy or soda. We cannot refrigerate the children's lunches. We do encourage good hygiene habits before and after snack and lunch time. We encourage the children to "eat their own food" and we do not allow the sharing of food. Please let us know of any food allergies your child may have.
Children with one or more of the following symptoms will be excluded from school until the
symptoms have cleared:
If your child is not feeling well enough to enjoy being at and/or participating in preschool activities, we encourage you to keep them at home where they can rest.
We request that all children bring a complete change of clothing every day. Please label a Ziplock bag with your child's name and leave the change of clothes inside their backpacks to be used in case of spills, paint messes, illness, or other situations when clothing may become soiled and uncomfortable.
Jackets, sweaters, hats, snow boots and gloves should be labeled with your child's name and sent to school daily. Our school has a limited supply of extra hats, gloves and boots. If your child borrows anything from us, we ask you to wash and return the items by the next school day. The weather in Colorado changes quickly. Outdoor play is a part of our daily activities unless extremely bad weather is present. We discourage open-toed sandals and cowboy boots on our playground for safety reasons and because they restrict free movement.
We like to celebrate your child's birthday with a special announcement, a birthday song, and a birthday crown during the circle time. Parents must talk in advance with the teacher to arrange any birthday treats. Parents must be mindful of any life-threatening allergies in the class. Instead, parents might consider bringing in stickers, erasers, pencils or other fun and safe items for their birthday child. For example: a favorite picture, baby album or something special to the child to share with the class as a group. We do not allow play guns, knives or weapons for any occasion.
A monthly Newsletter will be emailed at the beginning of each month. The newsletter will also be available on this website. You will want to refer to this information regularly. Notes, reminders and wish lists may also be found in cubbies throughout the school year. Check the parents' table for class signups and informational handouts.
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