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EARLY CHILDHOOD
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PreSchool
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Tyler Preschool
Philosophy

We believe that all children should have a nurturing environment, which promotes a successful school experience. We are committed to provide a language based curriculum designed to meet the needs of children while integrating the development of the child's physical, emotional, creative, intellectual, social and cultural skills through experiential learning activities. We promote opportunities for children to explore, to question and to succeed at their own individual pace. We acknowledge that everyone is unique and appreciate the cultural diversity, various social backgrounds, and religious beliefs. We believe that through successful participation in learning experiences, children will develop positive self-esteem.

Program Goals

The overall goals of the Stockton Unified School District, Child Development Program are:

  • To provide a program where children develop intellectually, socially, physically and emotionally.
  • To provide opportunities for children to gain independence, self-control, and respect for others.
  • To provide an environment, which will enhance the self-esteem of all children through successful learning experiences.

Developmental Program Objectives

The staff will provide the children with opportunities to develop:

  • A positive self-image and an appreciation for cultural diversity.
  • Cognitive, language, creative, social and imaginative skills.
  • Gross and fine motor skills.

An appreciation for the fine arts, music, recreation, and community involvement.

Eligibility for Preschool Program

Eligibility is established at the time of enrollment per the California Department of Education, Child Development Division regulations. First priority is given to children receiving child protective services. Second priority is given to eligible four year olds. Third priority is given to eligible three year olds. Within these priorities, families with the lowest adjusted gross monthly income are admitted first.

Positive Discipline Techniques

One of our goals is to build self-esteem in children. This is done in a positive manner and by setting limits and/or redirecting the child's inappropriate behavior. Corporal punishment, humiliating or frightening techniques, sarcasm, and labeling children ("good" or "bad") are prohibited.

Examples of Techniques used:

  • Treating all children with respect and dignity.
  • Establishing rules for children in the classroom and on the playground.
  • Praising children for specific appropriate behavior.
  • Handling inappropriate behavior in the environment in which it occurs through natural and/or logical consequences of behavior.

Nutrition/Cafeteria Information and Guidelines

All children enrolled in the preschool program will be served a daily meal. Each parent will be asked to fill out a food service application. The meals are provided for preschoolers only.

  • The program emphasizes good nutrition. Children are encouraged to try a variety of new foods as well as customary foods prepared in new ways.
  • Children with food restrictions must have a doctor's note with instructions on file in the school office before substitutions can be made.
  • Menus will be posted in the classroom monthly.
  • Meal times are for socializing and modeling good habits.
  • Children must be allowed to handle their own food (i.e. open milk, etc.) without adult assistance.
  • Parent assistants help children with their food only upon request.
  • Adults handling any food must wash hands and wear gloves.

Clothing

Your child will participate in a variety of experiences designed to enhance his/her social, emotional, physical and intellectual development. These experiences include activities such as painting, pasting, and outdoor play. Please note the following suggestions.

  • Dress your child in comfortable play clothes.
  • Send your child in appropriate clothing for the weather.
  • Send your child in sturdy shoes with non-slip soles.

Uniforms

Most Stockton Unified Schools have adopted a policy designating navy blue sweater and bottoms, white blouses and shirts. If your school is one of the schools that has adopted a uniform policy, preschool students may be requested to wear uniforms. If parents do not wish to use uniforms, they must check with their school sites to determine procedures to request an exemption.

Health and Safety

It is very important for children to be in good health so as to take advantage of the activities while in school. Note the following:

  • Carefully observe your child to make sure they are not ill before bringing them to class.
  • If your child becomes ill or has an injury during the day, he/she will be isolated until you can pick up your child. If there is any doubt about the seriousness of the injury or illness, the parent will be asked to take the child to a doctor.
  • Immediately notify the teacher when you change your address or phone number.
  • Inform the teacher of any allergies or other health related problems, as our health records (physicals, immunizations, TB tests etc.) must be kept current.

Attendance Policy

It is important that your child attend class every day so that they may take full advantage of what the program has to offer.

Please note the following:

  • Children enrolled in the preschool program may be terminated after ten unexcused absences.
  • A doctor's clearance may be required when a child's illness exceeds three consecutive days.
  • Excused absences include:
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    • illness of the child
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    • illness of the parent
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    • family emergency
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    • court ordered visitation
  • Up to ten days per year can be used for "Best Interest" days. An example is: vacation/ out of town

Signing-In and Out

  • The child must be accompanied by an adult (18 or older) who will sign in and out, using their full name.
  • Children will not be released to persons not listed on the pick up list.
  • Those on pick up list must show proper ID the first time picking a child up.

Late Arrival/Pick Up Policy

The SUSD State Preschool's philosophy is to provide a safe and secure environment in our schools. Thus we must ensure that children are picked up and arrive on time. Dropping off or picking up children late could be a stressful and traumatic experience.

Therefore, the following procedure for Late Arrival/ Pick-Up has been developed:

  • After the first late arrival/pick-up of more than 15 minutes without a valid excuse or contact from the parent, a First Notice will be given to the parent by the classroom teacher. Teacher and parent will sign and date the notice. A copy will be given to the site principal and placed in the child's file.
  • The second late arrival/pick-up of more that 15 minutes without contact from the parent will result in the issuance of the Second Notice from the teacher, with regards to the same procedure as above.
  • After the third arrival/late pick-up a notice should be given to the parent that a mandatory Intervention Meeting will be scheduled. A copy of the notice will be given to the Parent Involvement Specialist who will coordinate the meeting with the parent, teacher, site principal and Child Development Staff. An agreement addressing the issue of late arrival/pick-up will be signed by all parties present at the meeting acknowledging that the next late arrival/pick-up will result in the termination of preschool services.
  • The fourth late arrival/pick-up will result in automatic termination of preschool services and a Notice of Action will be issued dropping the child from the program.

School Holidays

The preschool children will attend class according to Stockton Unified School District's traditional calendar. The teacher will notify you of holidays, breaks and any non-student contact days. However please note the following:

Traditional school holidays/breaks are:
Labor Day
Veteran's Day
Thanksgiving
Winter Break
Martin Luther King Day
Lincoln's Day
Washington's Day
Spring Break
Memorial Day

Child Development Staff
1141 E. Weber Avenue
Stockton, California 95205
Office Hours 7:30 - 4:30
Monday through Friday

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