Services are available on a full or part-time basis for children enrolled in Zion Lutheran Preschool.
Applications MUST be made by parents/guardians in writing. Pertinent information regarding the child's allergies and medical history must be included on the registration form. A registration fee of $25.00 is assessed each school year and MUST be paid before the child will be able to attend the center.
Hours and Holidays
Preschool Plus will follow the Zion Lutheran School schedule. Any weather closures will be announced on WSMI, (AM 1540 or FM 106) WIBI, (FM 91.1) and KSDK, channel 5.
Preschool Plus exists to provide an environment where young children can explore and discover the wonders of God's world in an atmosphere of FAITH and FUN.
The service of the Early CHildhood Center is an extension of Zion's mission. The Center atrives to provide childcare in a safe, healthy, and Christian environment; to promote a relaxing and enjoyable place for children to stay while their parents are away; and to provide experience that encourages intellectual, social, emotional, spiritual, and physical development.
Zion Lutheran School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origins to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race color, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies and athletic and other school administered programs.
Policies on Pick-up and Drop Off
It is very important that the daycare staff know who will be dropping off and picking up your child. If the parent/guardian is not the one picking up/dropping off, an alternate from the emergency list may be used but will be required to show a photo ID if unknown to the provider. The parent/guardian needs to let the Center know if an alternate will be used for pick up/drop off as soon as possible. If an alternate from the emergency list is not available, another may be used. However, the Center needs to know of the change and that person must show a photo ID as stated above. To ensure safety and proper billing, parents/guardians are required to sign their own child in or out. Staff will not do this for you. You need to bring the child into the Center to drop off and come in to pick up.
Preschool Plus closes at 5:30pm. If a parent is late picking up his/her child(ren), the parent will be charged $5.00 for the first 10 minutes late and $5.00 for every minute after 10 minutes.
Individualized tax statements listing the total amount of childcare receipt per family will be prepared upon request. They will be available by February 1. Please request this information from the director at the childcare building or talk to Mrs. DeWerff and she will forward your requests to the office.
Snacks are offered to provide the child with a pleasant, restful interval and to give him/her nourishment. During the school year your child will be able to eat a hot lunch through the school or they may bring their lunch. Meals will be served in the school cafeteria.
Our daily program is planned to allow quiet activities, such as listening to stories or music following our active play period. Each child is guided to take a nap or rest quietly on his/her cot after lunch. Parents are asked to take their child's blanket and/or pillow case home and wash them as needed.
A child who shows evidence of potential illness such as runny nose, red eyes, rash, sore or raw throat, vomiting, diarrhea, skin eruptions (i.e. poison ivy, head lice, feverish skin, etc.) should be kept home. Children should be 24 hours fever free before returning to school! If a child becomes ill during the day, the parents will be notified and provision for removal of the child from the Center need to be made. If a child is sent home, he/she is not to return until free of symptoms. The director of primary care giver has the right to refuse admission if it is felt the child is not healthy. If the child is taking a prescription medication and in the doctor's judgment the child is able to attend the Early Childhood Center, he/she will be accepted. Medication may be administered at the Center, provided that it is properly labeled with the child's name, the name of the drug, and the direction for administration. Directions must be given in writing on a daily basis. Parents are responsible for filling out a Medication Authorization form found at the Center.
Since accidents will happen an extra change of clothes, including underwear and socks should be brought to the Early Childhood Center. Please label each article with the child's name to avoid confusion. When soiled or wet clothing is sent home, please be sure to send replacements the following day. The Early Childhood Center cannot assume responsibility for lost clothing.
A unique characteristic of Zion Lutheran School/Preschool Plus is that its discipline goals, and procedures are rooted in scriptural understandings of Christians and sin. Zion families can be assured that God's promises are dependable and certain. At our school, the teacher's goal of good behavior is viewed with the undersstanding of a student's growth as a a child of God. Zion Preschool Plus reserves the right to request the removal of a child whose adjustment within the group is or becomes difficult within a reasonable length of time. Every effort will be made to re-direct a child's inappropriate behavior. Time-out will be used only if re-direction does not work. Frequent director-parent conferences serve as a buffer against difficulties. Conferences with the director, principal, and possibly pastor, can be scheduled if needed.
Please be sure the Early Childhood Center is kept-up-to-date on your home address, telephone number, business telephone and other emergency information. If any information should change, please notify the Center.
You have an open invitation to come anytime to visit our Early Childhood Center and talk about your child's welfare. He/she needs your reassurance that his/her school is important to you and we, the staff, respect your advice and need your cooperation.