FAQ's How does the program work? The Early Child Development Program has been developed to provide training for high school students in the field of early childhood education. The preschool program is high school student directed, under the guidance and supervision of the high school child development teacher. Students are provided with instruction in developmentally appropriate practices in accordance with guidelines established by the Montgomery County Public Schools.
How old does my child need to be? Children must have their fourth birthday on or before September first of the school year in which they are to enroll. Example: If a child was turning 4 on September 15th she/he would NOTbe eligible for preschool in the fall of 2019 but WOULDbe eligible for the 2020-2021 school year.
Are there any special restrictions or health requirements? *Yes. Montgomery County health regulations require that all children enrolled must be toilet trained and able to tend to their own bodily functions. High school students are not allowed to assist children with these needs. *Children attending our program must also have all vaccines and inoculations up to date. Medical forms will be provided (for completion by your child's physician) in our pre-orientation packet. Packets are sent to registered families approximately a month before preschool begins in October. *Quince Orchard Child Development Lab Preschool welcomes all children, regardless of race, creed, national origin, religion, physical or mental challenges. We do reserve the right to maintain an even male/female gender ratio.
What are the hours? *The 2019-2020 school year hours are 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM. *Preschool is held Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Fridays are reserved for seminar days for the high school students. *Holidays, and bell schedule changes which disrupt the normal school day or force an early closing will alter this schedule somewhat.
How much does it cost? *Tuition is determined by the number of high school periods offered. The cost is $600.00 per year (October through May). The non-refundable enrollment deposit of $100.00 is applied to the first semester (Fall) tuition payment. All tuition payments are non-refundable. *The tuition rate for the 2019-2020 school year is $600.00; half is paid by September 1st, and the other half is paid by January 20th. *Students are automatically enrolled in the spring session and are expected to attend both semesters once enrolled.
What about food at school? *Parents are strongly encouraged to provide their child with a nutritious breakfast before attending class each day. *Parents are asked to send a healthy snack with their child to school daily. *Due to concerns about allergies and other dietary restrictions, we are a nut-free school, and the preschool does not allow children to share their food with others. *All children are expected to sit together and enjoy this social time, whether or not they choose to eat a snack.
Will my child nap while at school? No. Please make sure your child is well rested upon arrival at school.
Will I have to purchase any start up supplies for my child? *Your child will need a back pack or school bag every day. *Nothing else needs to be purchased by parents.
Do you have a "Show and Share" time? Yes. "Show and Tell" is held every Thursday. Children are asked to bring in and share with the class an item from home that relates to the current teaching theme.
How can I enroll my child? 2019- 2020 enrollment opened January 2019. To enroll your child for the Fall of 2019, you must return a completed application form and a $100.00 deposit to hold your place. Applications may be submitted via email or by regular postal service delivery starting January 2019. E-mailed applications will hold your child's place for one week after arrival at school and become final when we receive the one hundred dollar deposit. All deposits are non-refundable. Upon enrollment of your child, the deposit will be applied to the first semester's tuition. All applications will be dated as received. Children who live within Quince Orchard boundaries will be given priority over other children. The vast majority of public high school offer similar programs, and recruit primarily from their own boundaries.