General Information

Hearts & Hands Preschool is a full-day, year-around program that is open to all children regardless of race, gender, religion, or country of origin.

Ages Served - Children ages two and nine months to six years of age as long as they can toilet independently.

Days of Operation - Monday -Friday. Closed for national holidays, Winter, Spring and Summer Break and 2 days of In-Service for Teachers. We attempt to follow the Calistoga Elementary closure dates as closely as possible. (Please refer to the Appendix for this year’s Calendar of closing dates)

Hours of Operation - 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Special Needs - Hearts & Hands Preschool makes every effort to support families with children who have special needs. We work closely with county services and are committed to doing all we can to provide services. If the needs of the child are greater than we can provide, Hearts & Hands Preschool reserves the right to refer families to other centers and resources.

Licensing - Hearts & Hands Preschool is licensed by the State of California and is monitored by the State Community Care Licensing Board located in Rohnert Park. Our preschool is subject to periodic unscheduled inspections by licensing representatives. In addition, without prior notification, parents/guardians have the right, upon presentation of ID during regular hours of operation, to enter and inspect Hearts & Hands when their child is receiving care (please refer to the application form titled “Parents Rights”).

Reporting Child Neglect and/or Abuse - Failure to report suspected child abuse and/or neglect on the part of mandated reporters (teachers and child care providers) within 36 hours, is a misdemeanor punishable by six months in jail and/or a $1,000 fine. Because of this, marks on your child that have not been pointed out to the school personnel upon arrival at school can be reported to the authorities.

Program - Hearts & Hands Preschool teachers plan weekly for activities, projects and discovery experiences based on the themes listed in our Yearly Curriculum. Activities and projects include the following:

  • Sensory materials for a variety of tactile experiences

  • Art projects for experimentation in a variety of media encouraging creative self-expression

  • Science, nature objects and books that promote discovery and exploration

  • Math experiences using manipulative materials for spatial and matching exercises

  • Reading and language experiences using media such as books, stories-on-tape and felts

  • Dramatic play areas for dress-up, role-play and social interaction promoting language and socialization

  • Writing experiences enhanced by cutting, coloring and drawing

 

Please refer to the Appendix for the Daily Schedule and of the monthly list of themes. The schedule and topics are subject to change based on the weather, needs and interests of the children and opportunities that arise in the form of programs and events offered by parents and/or the community.

Snacks and Lunch It is important that nutritious food is provided from home. Snack items must be placed in a separate bag from lunch food. Please slice fruit and sandwiches.

Perishable foods such as eggs cheese, yogurt, lunch meat and milk must be packed with ice-packs. Soups, meats and other hot foods need to be stored in a heat-keeping thermos or other insulated and tightly sealed container. Please do not send foods that need to be re-heated OR cooked.

Please, NO juice, gummy snacks, soda, candy, cookies or flavored milk. These items will be put into the parents’ box to be returned home.

Clothing - Your child will need comfortable clothes and shoes for both indoor and outdoor activities. Closed toe, rubber soled shoes are the safest. We also ask that two sets of extra underwear, clothes and socks be brought in case clothes get wet with play or accidents. All clothes, sweaters and jackets should be labeled with your child’s name or initials.

Cubbies - Your child will have his/her own cubby in which to store extra clothes, finished class work and projects. We will remind you with notes if your child needs extra clean clothes, shoes or other items.

Toys from Home - We have learned that toys brought from home bring more sadness than joy. We have many toys and ask that everything else stays home. The one exception is a soft item for nap-time, and then only if absolutely necessary.

Transportation and Field Trips - All transportation to and from school is the responsibility of the parents/guardians.

Walking Field Trips in the neighborhood may include visits to Pioneer Park, the Koi fish pond or simply a walk around the block. “Off Site Field Trips”(including but not limited to private properties)require permission slips for each child which will be sent home in advance and must be signed and returned before the trip.

Birthdays - We enjoy celebrating each child’s birthday. With photos you bring from home, we see how your child has grown each year since birth. Special treats such as fruit juice popsicles or 100% fruit juice sweetened snacks are encouraged instead of cake or cookies. We will serve these during afternoon snack time. If you would like to provide a special lunch for the children, we can celebrate during lunch time as well. Because we want to protect the feelings of all the children at school, invitations to “home” parties should remain family matters and should not come to school.

Orientation - Because transitions can be difficult for children and parents alike, we encourage parents to visit our school with their children before enrolling. Depending on the needs of your child, for the first few days of enrollment please plan on an extra 10 minutes with him/her each day after signing in and before leaving. For children who have not been in child care before or away from home for an extended period of time, we recommend a minimum of three half days a week to begin with. These are general recommendations. Some children are so enthusiastic they hardly need reassurance. We are committed to making each transition as easy as possible

Communication: Staying in Touch - It is extremely important to us that teachers and parents work together.

  • WE will send important notices, monthly statements, accident reports and announcements home to parents. Please check for these items from us every day!

  • YOU need to tell us if there is anything happening at home that affects your child. We need to know if he/she was ill during the night, or had an injury when they weren’t at school.

  • PLEASE notify the school if your child will be absent for any reason. We need to know between 8-9a.m. on or before the day your child will be gone. If you can’t notify us in person, please call 707-942-1224 and leave a message.

  • The Director has regular office hours and is eager to talk with you regarding your child or any concerns you might have.

  • The Preschool Board of Directors meets monthly during the school year. The purpose of the meetings is to discuss established policies and procedures and to review any concern a parent might have. Any parent or guardian is welcome to attend the meetings.



 

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