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Early Childhood Education (Preschool)

Welcome

The administration and staff would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to CornerStone Christian Academy (CCA). As stewards of our Lord’s school, we endeavor to be honorable teachers of His will and accurate reflections of who God seeks us to be. The support staff, teachers, and administration are all here to assist you with your child’s growth and education. We invite young people to attend our school who desire a positive Christian atmosphere.

General Administration Procedures

Admission Policy, Philosophy, and Mission Statement

Our policy is to admit and welcome children of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities.  The philosophy and mission of CCA shall be to address the needs of the whole child spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, and physically by providing an education based on biblical authority, truth, and moral values. Realizing there is a spiritual battle going on for the very souls of our children, we desire to teach of the great love God has for them and the relationship they can have with Him through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. We seek to teach the children that through reading the Bible and praying to God through Jesus, that they can receive guidance for their lives and true peace. We desire to teach our children that obedience to God and His laws will bring order, morality, fulfillment, and true happiness to their lives. In turn, they will desire to serve others and look forward to one day spending eternity with Him. We are a Christ-following, faith-based, private educational academy, preschool and daycare.

School Motto

The motto of CCA is “a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation” (Isaiah 28:16 New International Version).  The “cornerstone” is the most important and pivotal piece in a solid foundation. Our desire is that every person – large and small, adult and child – would place their lives in Christ’s hands and make Him the foundation…the cornerstone, of their lives. Upon doing that, Ephesians 2:20 says, “With Christ Jesus Himself as the chief cornerstone, in Him the whole building is joined together.” Our hope is that every person would be joined together, hand in hand, serving God and loving others in ways that are glorifying to Him.

Goals and Objectives

  1. Recognize that each child is uniquely designed and loved by the Creator.
  2. Encourage each child to make a spiritual commitment to Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord.
  3. Prepare each child intellectually with an academic program of studies that develops knowledge and appreciation for literature, history, science, mathematics, music and art, emphasizing their relevance to both career and life-long learning.
  4. Equip each child with the skills of listening, reading, writing, independent thinking, communication, problem solving, self- correction, and creatively expressing oneself.
  5. Provide a curriculum that enables children to pursue an academic or vocational elementary and post-secondary education (Ransom, 2012, p. 267).
  6. Empower educators to maintain a positive and safe classroom environment through an effective discipline system, which is conducive to learning.
  7. Strive to maintain strong administration, teacher, parent, and child communication through effective relationships (Schilder & Leavell, 2015, p. 113).

CCA Administrative Team

  1. Pastor John O. Young, VI. – Administrator
  2. Pastor Kimberly N. Young, M.Ed. – Principal
  3. Mindy Campbell – Daycare Director/Office Manager
  4. Pastor Verlene Wilson – Administrative Advisor
  5. John O. Young, V., M.A.T.– Administrative Advisor
  6. Pastor Steven A. Wilson, Ph.D. - Administrative Advisor

CCA Parent’s Code

We consider the following Parent’s Code the appropriate response of each child for their support of the Christian education program at CCA. As a CCA Parent, I understand and agree to the importance of:

  1. Earnestly praying for CCA and its staff in both “their spiritual lives and servant leadership roles” (Banke, Maldonado, & H, 2012, p. 247).
  2. Fully cooperating in the educational functions of CCA and doing my best to make Christian education effective in the life of each of my children so that he or she may love and serve Christ.
  3. Paying all of my financial obligations to CCA on or before the date due.  If I am ever unable to pay on time, I will notify the school office in advance, (a) giving a reasonable explanation for the delay, and (b) stating when payment can be made.
  4. Supporting the school financially in addition to my tuition payments and fees, as the Lord enables and provides.
  5. Fulfilling any obligations to the school willfully, as if to the Lord.
  6. As God provides time and strength, undertaking volunteer duties and responsibilities for CCA as opportunities arise.
  7. Recommending CCA to other families in hopes of bringing more children to Him.
  8. Attending meetings and parent functions as they arise.
  9. Seeking to resolve any dissatisfaction with the school and/or parents by resolving the matter with the person or persons involved rather than spreading criticism or holding a negative attitude in my heart. As a parent, I will not engage in gossip which leads to negativity or intentional harm.
  10. Seeking, when possible, the advancement and support of CCA in all areas of its ministry.

Outreach

Outreach in our community is a very vital part of our entire school ministry. The community will know we are Christians by our love. When we realize we are loved by our Creator then that love should flow out of us like a vessel that is full and running over. We will seek out ways that we can love others in our area. Visits to local retirement homes, aide to our food banks, helping at the Senior Center, the cleaning of our parks, singing in our hospitals, and feeding the needy in soup kitchens are all examples of ways that we will find to love others. The Bible tells us to “Love one another” and to “Do that which is right and good” and we desire to lead our children in this pathway. A life of service to others will bring happiness, peace, and contentment. We are committed to encourage children in their Spiritual Walk with Jesus Christ. We believe that our role at CCA is to support the parents in educating their children. We will provide an environment which is Christ-centered in all that we do. We do not intend, nor desire to replace the Church, any Pastor, or Biblical teaching which is being conducted at home. Rather our desire is to reinforce the Biblical teaching of those anointed to do so.

Sickness/Illness Policy

Do not bring your child to school sick.  If your child has a fever, you must keep them home. Or, if the fever develops at school, we will ask you to make arraignments for immediate pick-up.  If your child has a severe, frequent, and/or heavy cough, you must keep them home. If we feel other children are at risk, we will ask you to make arrangements for immediate pick-up.  You are required to notify the school office immediately upon your child being diagnosed with (including but not limited to) pink eye, strep throat, chicken pox, head lice, contagious infections, and/or contagious diseases.  CCA currently does not house a “nurse’s office” or have the ability to provide extended care for sick children during school hours. As such, should a child take ill during school hours, arrangements for an immediate pick-up must be contingently planned and available as needed.

Matthew 18:15-17 Principle

We follow the Matthew 18:15-17 principle in dealing with relationship problems. If you have a concern with another person, pray and let the Lord speak to you. Then you need to go to that person and share your concern. If there is not satisfactory resolution to the problem, get another witness to go with you to discuss it with that person. If there is still no resolution, assistance may be sought in the administration office or with the administrative team.

Discipline Policy

Children at CCA are expected to be courteous, considerate, well-mannered, and respectful of teachers, staff members, and each other. Children are expected to be honest and trustworthy. We believe God gave your child to you to raise and nurture as you see fit. Our job as your child’s school is to assist you in that endeavor and report to you issues or concerns that need to be handled at home. Our discipline policy is reflective of Biblical principle. Severe discipline issues will be handled on a case-by-case basis. For small discipline infractions, older children may be asked to do some job around the school after appropriate apologies have been made, and/or spend time designated for self correction.

Required School Behaviors

  1. Be truthful and honest.
  2. Do unto others as you would have done to you (Matt. 7:12)
  3. Be prompt and prepared.
  4. Be obedient, cooperative, respectful, and considerate of others.
  5. Demonstrate Christian speech, attitude, and actions.
  6. Practice the “Fruit of the Spirit” towards others: love, joy, peace, kindness, gentleness, goodness, faith, long- suffering, self-control (Galatians 5:24).

Behaviors that May Require Disciplinary Action

All disciplinary action will be handled on a case-by-case basis by the administration:

  1. Physical Assaults and Verbal Assaults: Are considered equal in the harm they can do to others. Physical and verbal assaults will be treated as severe disciplinary actions and may result in segregation, detention, suspension, or expulsion. Physical or verbal abuse to other children or any teacher will NOT be allowed at any time. The child may not be allowed to attend CCA after any such incident. Upon occurrence of a physical or verbal assault to a child, staff, or administration, CCA will (1) immediately remove the child from interaction with others. (2) CCA will conduct an incident assessment, gathering as much information as possible regarding the incident. (3) CCA will confront the child with the intention to seek and establish the truth regarding the incident. (4) CCA Administration will contact the parent or guardian to briefly detail the incident, our assessment, and intended action-Some cases may not be discussed until “pick-up” time. CCA may also require immediate pick-up of the child if a suspension is the determined consequence. Suspended children may not return to school until the parent/guardian and administration agree that the incident has been effectively addressed with admission of truth, asked forgiveness, and self-correction.
  2. Suspensions: Students/children may receive a suspension (in-house or removal) based on any behavior requiring a disciplinary action.
  3. Expulsions: CCA reserves the right to expel children following three suspensions, or as deemed necessary for the safety of children and staff. In any expulsion, refunds will not be issued and all financial obligations become immediately due and payable.
  4. Personal dishonesty: Lying, presenting false-witness, or hindering of the truth.
  5. Academic dishonesty: Cheating, plagiarism, and other forms of academic fraud.
  6. Assault: Verbal and/or physical fighting or provoking assault.
  7. Hazing/harassment: Any act which tends to injure, degrade, or disgrace an individual.
  8. Willful disobedience and/or Disruptive behavior: Any form of disobedience or disruptive behavior on school grounds.
  9. Vandalism: Altering, damaging, or destroying any property on school grounds.
  10. Vulgarity or profanity: Including, but limited to, written, verbal, drawings, or any other form of vulgarity/profanity expressed.
  11. Stealing: The taking of any possession or property while on school grounds.
  12. Possession of any dangerous items: Which could be used as a weapon and/or can cause any harm to others, including but not limited to - (any type blade, utility tools w/blades, knives, any gun, lead pipes, chains, chuck-sticks, num-chucks, throwing stars, darts, metal/brass knuckles, blackjacks, fireworks, lighters, matches, explosives, other chemicals).
  13. Any behavior that is harmful to the school and/or our school community.

Safety Measures - Creating A Healthy Environment

We desire to create the most ideal learning environment for each child. Following the guidelines below can assist this goal:

  1. All visitors are required to check into the office upon arrival at the school. The school has a policy of not allowing disruptions during class time.
  2. Please no cell phones in use in the building. This creates a distraction to normal school activities.
  3. Please do not use cell phones while driving in the parking lot. This creates a severe safety issue. Parents using a cell phone while driving in the parking lot will be asked to refrain from use. Continued violations will not be tolerated
  4. Please be quiet and respectful during class hours.
  5. Please bring a water bottle to school each day.
  6. Children may bring appropriate snack items each day.

Hallway Safety

Children are asked to walk and practice safe hallway procedures at all times. There is no running in the hallways or classrooms.  We ask that parents encourage their children to follow this rule.

Bus Conduct

Children are required to follow safe bus practices on field trips and activities. Children may not travel on the bus if they cannot follow the required safety procedures.  Bus safety procedures will be reviewed before each field trip.

Parking Lot

We ask that children and parents practice safe actions in the parking lot. Children need to be accompanied by an adult at ALL times. Please be aware of your child’s location at all times to prevent injury in the parking lot.  No cell phone use while driving in the CCA parking area.

Medication and First Aid

Medication and first aid will be kept in the administration office. If you are bringing medicine, you are required to have it in a zip- lock bag with the name of your child clearly marked and written instructions detailing administration of the medication and for what purpose. Only in rare instances should we be housing medication for your child. Please label all prescriptions, inhalers, bee sting kits, etc. correctly and fully in case of needed use. Minor first aid will be taken care of in the administration office. Emergencies will require a call to parent’s home or work and then further requirements based on the situation.

School Lockdowns

In the event of a lockdown procedure, CCA staff members are prepared to secure the safety and well-being of your children.  Specific procedures are reserved for protection of the school.  Please see the office for a complete list of school lockdown procedures. 

  1. Situations warranting full lockdown procedures: Dangerous, unauthorized person on campus with weapon; dangerous, unauthorized person on campus without weapon; missing child; natural disaster; request by local or state authorities.
  2. Situations warranting partial lockdown procedures: Community event that may have a significant implication on the school site; terrorist threat/Act of war; bus accident; community chemical/Fire threat.

Dress and Appearance

The purpose of the dress code at CCA is to help establish an atmosphere that is conducive to learning. Our goal is to set the tone and alleviate all confusion as it pertains to appearance. We believe our apparel does not determine the level of our spirituality, but it does promote a commitment to excellence, modesty, and obedience. CCA reserves the right to adjust and enforce the dress and appearance code at its sole discretion.

  1. General: No midriffs exposed; no inappropriate images or words; no skin-tight clothes; no tattoos.
  2. Shirts: Modest and neat in appearance; no inappropriate words or pictures (i.e. skulls, zombies, vampires, witches, etc.); no low-cut tops, spaghetti straps, or scoop-necked tops.
  3. Pants: No low-riders or hip-huggers; no undergarments showing.
  4. Hair: Neat, clean, with no outrageous or distracting styles.
  5. Shoes: No flip-flops, sandals, high heels, or "crocks".

The administration reserves the right to discuss and determine individual dress code discrepancies on a case-by-case basis and reserves the right to require any change of clothing deemed inappropriate.  A good rule of thumb is to not allow your appearance to become a stumbling block to another person, including fellow Christians. These guidelines apply to all school activities as well as daily school life.

Food and Drink

Children are asked to keep all food and drink items in their cubbies unless indicated by a teacher or administrator. Certain items such as soda or open juice containers are not allowed. We ask that parents send healthy lunch items contributing to a balanced diet with a limited amount of sugar-based items; clear drinks only please.

Classroom Treats

Treats may be brought for class parties or birthdays. Store-bought treats are preferred; however, homemade items are not prohibited. We ask that children bring healthy class treats whenever possible.  Please check with your child’s teacher for potential food allergies in the classroom.

Lost and Found

Parents and children are to check the lost and found on a regular basis. After each quarter, all remaining items will be contributed to a charitable organization. Please clearly label all personal belongings including clothes, book bags, and lunch boxes.

Lunch Policy

CCA does not have the ability to provide lunches. Our established “Out to Lunch with My Kid” program encourages parents to take the time to join your child(ren) for lunch. CCA has two school-wide “Out to Lunch with My Kid” day’s annually. We believe carving out special time for your child promotes many positive results. We welcome and encourage families to feel free to join their child for lunch anytime the opportunity arises. Simply check in with the office and enjoy your time. Hot lunch will be offered on special occasions as established by the administration. Children will be notified in advance of a “Hot Lunch Friday”. You must sign up with your teacher in order to receive hot lunch, when offered.  Hot lunch money is due no later than Thursdays at noon.

“No Gum” Policy

A “No Gum” policy will be in place for children during the school day as well as all activities. No Gum is allowed on school grounds.  Children chewing gum will be asked to remove it and not bring it again.

Personal Items and Portable Electronic Devices

Personal items such as, but not limited to: cell-phones, headphones, radios, mp3-players, DS's, gameboys, hand-held games, ipads, or ipods, are the responsibility of the children and parents, and may only be used during designated or approved times. CCA is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items. These items may not be in use during school learning times (unless provided). Games and Music played on personal items are subject to review by CCA staff and may or may not be allowed by school administration or personnel at any time as deemed necessary. As a rule, no electronic games are allowed on the premises with ratings other than Early Childhood and Everyone. Everyone above 10+ requires Administrative approval.

Visitors

All visitors are required to check into the office upon arrival at the school.  The school has a policy of not allowing unnecessary disruptions during class time.  For questions regarding this policy, please see the school office.

Arrival and Departure Procedures

CCA offers an express lane for speedy arrivals and departures for students K-6th. This lane is indicated by orange cones and/or white lines outlined in the parking lot. The express lane is available from 8:15am to 3:15pm for older students only.  Preschool/Pre-K families must come inside to drop their child off.   Parents of older students are encouraged to use the express lane as a means of speedy, efficient drop-offs/pick-ups. Out of respect for others, please do not block or park in this lane at any time. Parents may park their vehicles in the regular parking area if you need to leave your car for any reason. No cell phone use while driving in the CCA parking lot; this is an extreme safety issue.  CCA reserves (and will act upon) the right to refuse further entry into the parking lot for violation of this safety rule.

Classroom Visitation

Parents are welcome to help in their child’s class with prior notice to the teacher and principal.  School holidays are an excellent time to visit the classroom.  Please see the classroom teachers for specific dates.

Court Orders – Custody Arrangements – Protection Order

CCA acknowledges and understands the delicate nature of family matters concerning court orders, custody arrangements, and/or protection orders. CCA endeavors to assist with compassion and understanding when dealing with such difficulties. Our intentions are to serve the child’s best interest of health and safety, within the bounds of all legal arrangements in effect. CCA requires a copy of all court mandated orders/arrangements that affect the attending child(ren) in any manner.  In the event of any protection order, CCA requires a current photo of any person or person(s) restricted by the order, to be attached to a copy of the order. Although CCA does offer counseling services, CCA must abstain from mediation and resolution of any family disagreements, custody matters, financial matters, and/or arguments that relate to the child in court related matters.

Grievances

We consider CCA a family environment. And, as in any family, there may be disagreements or differences in opinion at times. We ask that everyone – children, parents, staff, and administration – approach a situation with grace, courtesy, and consideration of the other person’s point of view. If you have a grievance or concern with a member of the CCA staff or a particular situation, we ask that you address it with the administration in a respectful, grace-filled manner. We appreciate those that support our school and trust our administration and staff to make choices that will benefit all children and families at CCA.

School Closing

If inclement weather causes serious transportation problems, parents are advised to listen to the following radio and television stations: KHQ, KREM, KXLY, and Positive Life Radio. If two or more of the surrounding school districts (Post Falls, Coeur d’Alene, Rathdrum) are closed due to inclement weather, chances are very high that CCA will be closed also.  Please note: We will be listed as “CornerStone Christian Academy – Post Falls.” CCA reserves the right to cancel/close school under any circumstances as felt necessary to alleviate any unnecessary risks.

School Safety Notices (weapons policy)

As posted at the main entrance of the school, there are no weapons (including those of conceal and carry permitted holders) allowed on school grounds. Similarly, no alcohol, tobacco, drugs, or bullying is allowed on school grounds.  CCA does support the gun rights of United States citizens who are legally allowed to carry firearms, as permitted by the Constitution of the United States of American (Second Amendment) and State Law Enforcement Agencies, yet all weapons are explicitly prohibited on school grounds. Even if you are legally licensed and permitted to "conceal and carry", CCA has elected to prohibit all weapons from school property as posted publically at the main entrance.

Preschool Registration Process

How Do I Register My Child?

  1. Tour the facility and make sure CCA is the right fit for your family.
  2. Complete the following paperwork with the school office:
    1. Childcare Sage registration
    2. CCA Registration form
    3. Emergency card
  3. Submit a required copy of your child’s shot records (or complete exemption form)
  4. Submit a copy of your child’s birth certificate
  5. Pay any registration costs/fees
  6. Determine your first date of attendance

Late Fees

A Late fee of $20 will be assessed if current billing is not paid in full by the fifth of each month. Past Due accounts are also subject to interest fees based on past due balances. Accounts are past due if the entire account is not paid by the fifth of each month.

Late Pick-Up

CCA will charge $1.00 per minute (first occurrence), per child, for any time after the required pick-up time of 6:00pm. A phone call is required if there will be a late pick-up. CCA requires a contingency plan in place for such unseen scheduling difficulties. CCA will charge $2.00 per minute (second offence). Upon the third offense, CCA reserves the right to discontinue further services.

Returned Checks

All returned checks (NSF, account closure, etc.) are contractually handled by a collection service. CCA has no ability to handle a returned check. Due to financial penalties imposed upon CCA, all returned checks are subject to a $25 fee placed upon the student’s account, notwithstanding and separate of all other collection fees that may be imposed by any collection service.

How Do I Pay My Bill?

A statement will be given to you at the beginning of each month.  Please pay your statement in full by placing a payment in the school office drop-box.  Electronic payments can also be arranged through your bank.  Please see the preschool supervisor for specific billing questions or needs.

Daily Check-In Procedures

At registration you will complete a Childcare Sage packet with a secure, personal identification number.  This is the number you enter into the computer each time your child is dropped off or picked up from CCA.  The computer is located at the front entrance of the school. 

What Items Does My Child Need?

Your child will need the following items; varies by season:

  1. Everyday items: Lunchbox with child’s name, coat, blanket, pillow (if napping), change of clothing, plus the following items by season
  2. Fall: Heavier jacket
  3. Winter: Winter coat that zips, snow pants, winter gloves, hood/hat, snow boots
  4. Spring: Jacket
  5. Summer: Light jacket, swimming suit, towel, bag for wet clothes

Are There School Supplies?

Yes, the school supply list is located in the school office.  School supplies vary by grade and class.  Please see your child’s teacher for specific classroom needs.

Preschool Procedures

Child:Teacher Ratios

CCA adheres to the requirements of Panhandle Health and the Idaho Stars requirements for child:teacher ratios:

            Childcare Ratio Calculator:

                        Toddler: 24 months to 35 months                   1.5 points

                        Small: 35 months to 5 years                            1.0 points

                        Youth: 5.01 years to less than 13 years          0.5 points

One child care staff is provided for every twelve points according to the childcare ratio calculator.

Preschool Curriculum

CCA used the ABeka curriculum out of Pensacola Christian College.  The daily curriculum includes mastering the alphabet and numbers as well as correctly writing first name.  Additional subjects are integrated throughout the week and include: Social Studies, science, health, music, and art.  High quality curriculum such as this combats at-risk students in later years (Cunningham, 2010, p. 501).

Learning Time Activities

Learning Time is from 11:00-11:30am daily.  This is a time for children to learn shapes, colors, numbers, ABCs, opposites, months, days of the week, and seasons.  Character development is also included in the learning time activities.

Classroom Rules

  1. Listen carefully.
  2. Follow directions.
  3. Respect others.
  4. Respect school and personal property.
  5. Work and play safely.
  6. Try your best.

Rewards and Consequences

The children that choose to follow class and school rules will celebrate throughout the week.  The classroom rewards include such things as warm fuzzy notes sent home, learning games, class field trips, class parties, and class movies.  CCA believes in rewarding positive behavior whenever possible. 

Consequences:

  1. Warning/Re-direction
  2. Child loses privilege or is removed from activity (Time Out)
  3. Sent to preschool supervisor and/or principal
  4. Parent contacted for pick-up of child

Newsletters and Daily Papers

A weekly newsletter will be sent home with each child on the first day of the week describing the week’s activities.  Here is a list of a few items you will find on the newsletter: Weekly activities/concepts, important dates, weekly Bible verse, upcoming events, and notes to parents.  Electronic copies of the newsletters are available upon request.

Field Trips

CCA will periodically take children off campus for field trips.  Preschool and Pre-K children will go to Carver Farms in the fall to pick pumpkins.  Several park field trips will also occur in the spring and summer. 

Homework

A small homework assignment will be given daily, Monday through Thursday.  Please have your child return homework the following day to ensure learning progress and to help encourage individual responsibility.  There will be no homework given over the weekend.  Homework is collected daily and every five homework papers equals a trip to the treasure box.

Exercise and Recess

We will have recess and PE every day.  Please prepare your child with appropriate outside shoes and clothing for activities outside.  If your child has a condition limiting outside activities, please notify the teachers.

Daily Schedules

            Preschool Schedule:

                        9-9:30am                     Bible/Song Time

                        9:30-9:50am                Seatwork

                        9:50-10:00am              Stations

                        10-10:15am                 Snack

                        10:15-10:45am            Recess

                        10:45-11am                 Stations

                        11-11:30am                 Learning Time

                        11:30-12pm                 Lunch Time

                        12-12:30pm                 Quiet Time/Recess

                        12:30-2:30pm              Nap Time

                        2:30-6pm                     Structured Free Time

            Pre-K Schedule:

                        9-9:30am                     Bible/Song Time

                        9:30-10:15am              Seatwork

                        10:15-10:30am            Story Time/Snack

                        10:30-10:50am            Recess/Game Time

                        10:50-11:30am            Learning Time

                        11:30-12pm                 Lunch

                        12-12:30pm                 Recess

                        12:30-1pm                   Structured Free Play

                        1-2pm                          Craft/Coloring

                        2-2:30pm                     Free Play

                        2:30-3pm                     Snack/Story Time

                        3-6pm                          Structured Free Play/Recess  

Specific curriculum activities are defined below:

  1. Introduction to Day: pledges, attendance, daily bulletin, Bible verse
  2. Bible Time: Daily Bible lessons from both the Old and New Testament
  3. Seatwork/Instruction: one-on-one instruction in writing, phonics, language, math, social studies, health, science
  4. Snack: group snack; preferably healthy carbohydrates like crackers, pretzels, etc.
  5. Social Development: games, free time, art, fine motor development, etc.
  6. Educational Games: flashcards, rhyming games, counting games
  7. Gross Motor Development: physical education and games (outside weather permitting)
  8. Clean Up/Class Chores: prepare for transition periods and teach responsibility of self

Nap Time Procedures

Nap time is required for children ages two and three, as needed for four-year-olds.  Children eat lunch, get blankets, and look at a book or go outside.  Diapers are changed or the restroom is used; we play soft music and rub the children’s backs from 12:30-2:30.  When children awake, they use the restroom and eat snack while teachers sanitize mats. 

Diapers and Potty Training

Diapers are checked at 8am, 10am, 12pm, 2:30pm, 4pm, and 5:45pm.  Parents provide diapers and wipes, as well as a change of clothes.  We help in potty training (pull-ups are most helpful when training).

Penguin Buddies

Each class is assigned special Penguin Buddies.  These Penguin Buddies spend time together throughout the school year.  The preschool class is assigned to the fifth and sixth grade students and the Pre-K class is assigned to the second grade students.

Children with Special Needs & Diverse Learners

Every opportunity is provided for children with special needs.  We work with local professionals in helping provide the best care available.  If you have a diverse learner or child with special needs, please see the school principal to create a plan that fully develops your child’s love of learning.

Parent Involvement

If you would like to become actively involved in your child’s education, you may do this in two key ways:

Home: Assisting with daily homework and reading to your child outside of school

In class: Volunteering in the classroom

Meeting with the Teacher

It is important to have healthy communication between teachers and parents (Radic-Hozo, 2014, p. 344).  If you wish to a teacher for any reason or to discuss your child’s learning progress, please do not hesitate to schedule an appointment with our preschool supervisor.  This way I will be able to give you my full attention.  Your concerns and your input are very important.

Staff Professional Development – Idaho Stars

Each staff member at CCA completes eight hours of professional development training every two years through Idaho Stars.  For more information on courses taken, see www.idahostars.org. Each preschool/daycare staff member is also CPR/First Aid certified. 

CCA Kindergarten Program

CCA offers a wonderful kindergarten program.  Mrs. Young has been teaching for over seventeen years and holds the following degrees and certificates:

  • Idaho Teaching Certificate
  • Masters in Educational Administration
  • Masters in Teaching and Learning Early Childhood
  • Licensed minister with the Evangelical Church Alliance

Our kindergarten students typically score three grades above public school state assessments and leave the classroom in love with Jesus.  To schedule a tour of our kindergarten program, please contact Mrs. Young in the school office.