FAQ

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How can I apply for?
You may submit an application for admission by clicking the button below any time after August 1 of the year preceding enrollment.

What are the Admission Procedures?

Parents are offered a tour and overview of policies and procedures, curriculum, and meet the staff at Education Station Preschool. Registration is complete with Tuition Agreement forms, registration packet that includes Broward County required forms as well as Education Station Preschool forms and original Blue and Yellow Florida immunization Records.

Parents are invited to attend a “New Family” orientation, parents have an opportunity to tour facility, meet staff, and speak with a team member about any questions they may have. Parents also receive a parent handbook and sign a receipt stating they have participated in orientation and had an opportunity to ask questions.

Do you offer Family Orientation?

Each family is strongly encouraged to schedule a time with the Director to complete a “New Family Orientation.” This orientation is a great time for parents to drop-off routine care items (diapers, bottles, etc.) as well as an opportunity to participate in a portion of classroom activities with their child, familiarizing themselves with their child’s routines at Education Station Preschool. Important policies and procedures are also reviewed with the Director at this time, as well as the paperwork required for enrollment completed. Typically, “New Family Orientation” is scheduled one week prior to the start date.

Is there a Pre-Registration or Waiting List available?

Pre-registration for school can be arranged several months in advance by completing the Enrollment Record/Application and submitting the required non-refundable fee and setting an attentive start date of enrollment.

A waiting list will be maintained for those interested in enrollment when space becomes available. A tour and paid registration fee is required before your child can be added to the wait list.

What is the classroom assignment rules?

Children are initially assigned to a group based on their age, skills, and overall level of development as evaluated by the Director and Lead Teachers involved. Normally, all children enrolled are advanced to a new class at the beginning of each “school” year. Interim classroom re-assignments may occur at other times when recommended by the Director, based on reassessment of developmental progress and availability of space, following a consultation among Lead Teachers, parents, and the Director.

Classroom transitions

Your child will transition to a new classroom when he/she has reached the developmental milestones for a particular classroom. As the time for a transition to a new room approaches, you will receive a letter containing information about your child’s transition into his/her new classroom. Both your child’s current and future teacher is available to address any questions or concerns you have during the transition process. Before the
transition into a new classroom has been completed, parents are encouraged to schedule a meeting with the new teacher in order to familiarize themselves with the new classroom, children, and curriculum.

How do I check for Classroom information?

Each student will receive his/her own cubby. We ask that all personal belongings be labeled with child’s first and last name and placed in cubby. Since this is a source of communication, it is important that you check it daily for notices and other important information. Depending on their age, children may need to be dropped off in rooms other than their assigned class, since teachers have different starting times ranging 7:30-8:30am.
We ask parents to bring children to the Center no later 9:00am each day they attend.

There are several important reasons for this, all of which involve the welfare and happiness of all the children. Many of the most important activities of each day take place during morning hours starting at 9:00am. Children who skip some of these activities because of their late arrival often “miss out” on a favorite play period, circle time, story time, and creative art.

These morning hours usually included planned group activities, which are important in helping children develop social skills and abilities involving interaction with their peers as well as self-discipline.

Equally important is the opportunity for a personal greeting from their teacher. These personal greetings are crucial elements of the bonding process between children and teachers, where friendship and trust are established and nurtured. Once planned activities are underway, teachers must devote their attention to the other children in the class, and CANNOT be expected to stop the activity to engage in conversation with parent.
Please refrain from speaking with Lead teacher once class has begun unless information regarding your child’s needs for the day needs to be addressed! (However, we prefer a written note.) Please pre-arrange with the teacher or call the center if you expect to bring your child to class late or if your child will be absent.

Do I need to bring toys?

We provide a wide variety of material to accommodate all of our children; therefore, we would appreciate your cooperation in leaving all of his or her personal toys or stuffed animals at home. We cannot be responsible for toys lost or broken in school. Your child may bring in an educational item for Show-n-Tell on Fridays.

When the meals are administered?

Education Station Preschool provides breakfast, lunch, and snack. If you would like to supplement food for your child, we ask that meals are healthy and nutritious. It is important for your child’s growth to eat a healthy meal. If you have special instruction, please inform the office. No chocolate, soda, or other sweet sugary foods or beverages. No glass containers or bottles. Parent’s provide formula/breast milk and baby food for their infants. Formula and milk must be prepared and bottles must be labeled with child’s first and last name.

What to bring everyday?

Sleeping: A blanket and crib size fitted sheet and whatever is necessary to make your child comfortable during quiet time.

Change of Clothes: We do have accidents sometimes. Please label clothes.
Diapers and wipes: if your child is in diapers, we ask that you send a minimum of five each day.

Bottle/Pacifiers: Both are welcome in the infant and toddler programs.
Please label clearly with child’s name on everything.

Is there Daily Sheets?

For children enrolled in the infant, toddler, and two year old programs, a daily “recap” sheet will be completed to tell you about your child’s day. This chart contains information about toileting, meals, naps, and activities. Parents of children in the three and four year old program rooms may request a daily chart be filled out for their child. We are proud to say Education Station Preschool deliveries all of its daily reports via email through Lifecubby

When is the Nap Time?

There is a rest periods during the day from 12:30 -2:30 P.M. for all children. Each child is assigned to his/her own mat to sleep on. We request a crib size sheets and blankets and should be labeled with child’s full name. All bedding will be sent home on Fridays for washing. We ask that children not be dropped off between 1:00-2:30, as this can disrupt the other children resting in the class.

How does the assessment work?

Ages and Stages is an assessment tool used by our programs to evaluate and track each child’s progress from 3months-5 years of age. It is an on-going assessment that includes a parent questionnaire to be complete. We believe by using an on-going assessment system to track a child’s development, our teachers are able to plan activities that are appropriate for each child’s development abilities.

Do you offer Progress Reports?

Progress reports will be sent home during the year for two years olds through five year olds. Progress reports are created through teachers observations and students documented work. If it is deemed necessary, children will receive referrals to specialists in any area of child development (i.e. Speech, vision, disability.)

Can I contribute to my child’s experience in anyway?

Parent participation is strongly encouraged in our program. Some possible opportunities to participate and contribute to your child’s Preschool experience:

Field trip transportation and supervision

Leading or assisting special projects (sewing, carpentry, cooking, etc.)
Construction or collection of raw materials for art projects, dramatic play props, etc.

Eating lunch or snack with your child – please inform the teachers one day in advance

Volunteering in your child’s classroom during the school year, we sponsor various functions; this is a great way to meet new parents and builds a network of play dates outside of school. We also provide parent(s) the opportunity to volunteer for various school events, such as field trips, birthday parties, room parent and other special events.

Do you offer Parent Conferencing?

Conferences are available with your child’s teacher twice a year. This a great opportunity for the parent and teachers to discuss the child’s progress and development achievements. The perspective of the parent is encouraged and invited. Documentation of the conference is made, dated, and signed by teachers/parent and a copy kept in child’s file.
Please look for conference sign-up sheet in your child classroom. Please do not expect this during class time. Remember, a teacher’s first responsibility is to the class.

What are the general rules for contacting Parents?

Parents will be contacted immediately under the following conditions:

  • A child has received an injury that could require medical attention.
  • A child has a medical condition that could be contagious.
  • A child soils his/her clothing and no extra clothing has been supplied from home. Parents will be notified when picking up their child under the following circumstances.
  • A child receives a minor injury that does not require medical assistance.
  • A child complains of a non-emergency condition or symptom.
  • A child exhibits disruptive or unusual behavior.

How do you handle parents concerns?

If a problem exists, the Center wants it corrected as quickly as possible. This can be achieved if it is identified immediately. Parents are asked to refrain from discussing their concerns with other parents, instead following the below.

Parents with concerns should first discuss with the Lead Teacher of their child’s class. Other staffs are to avoid discussing any concerns with parents that has not been addressed by the classroom Lead Teacher.

If the classroom Lead Teacher cannot resolve the concern independently and to the satisfaction of the parent, within 24 hours the Lead Teacher should bring the matter to the Director.

If a parent brings a concern to the Director with consulting the Lead Teacher, the Director will confer with the Lead Teacher, and then follow up with the parent.

Education Station Preschool respects the Privacy Act, and will always do our best to explain a concern without the usage of student’s names. At time of employment all staff members sign a Confidentiality form, should a staff member violate this agreement it can result in termination of employment.

What is the Parent Code of Conduct?

Any of the following inappropriate behaviors may result in suspension/or immediate termination of your child’s/family enrollment. Disrespectful or Inappropriate Language of any kind, Threatening behavior toward staff, other parents, or children, Physical or Verbal abuse of own children or others, Smoking on premises or Breaching Safety or other school policies, Quarreling or Augmentative Behaviors, Loud verbal, conformational behaviors/voices, Violating Confidentiality Policy, or any other infraction as determined by administration.

Education Station is a “CHILD SAFE ZONE”

Are you a PBS school?

Education Station Preschool is proud to be a PBS recognized preschool in Broward County.

Positive Behavior Support:

We believe a preschool environment should foster and encourage a child’s creative, intellectual, emotional and social growth. A discipline program should be integral part of the preschool program and should be designed with these same goals in mind.

Here at Education Station Preschool discipline is used as a means of redirecting a child’s misbehavior toward positive behavior. When discipline is necessary, it is used as a means of teaching a child to understand his or her behavior, and to teach the child responsibility for that behavior. This is accomplished through discussion, providing the child with choices, involving the child in decision making, and or removal of the child from a situation.

Should a child behavior become a safety concern Education Station reserves the right to withdraw the student from the program. It requires patience, thoughtful attention, cooperation and a good understanding of the child Education Station Preschool staff will use only positive guidance techniques.

Such as:

When interacting with young children, staff should ask themselves the following questions: “Am I…”

  • Validating feelings?
  • Asking open ended questions?
  • Encouraging problem solving?
  • Respecting children’s choices
  • Using praise and positive reinforcement?
  • Talking with children – not at them
  • Circulating throughout the classroom
  • At the child’s eye level?

What are the daily hours for the program?

Education Station Preschool is open Monday through Friday from 7:00am-6:00pm, servicing ages 3-months-Pre-Kindergarten both Part time and full time programs. Aftercare program for school aged children 5-12. Camp during spring, summer, winter breaks; and on non-public school days off.

Education Station will be closed on the following days:

  • Memorial Day July 4th Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving (2) days
  • Christmas (2) days
  • New Years (2) days
  • Teacher Workdays (2) days: (1)Spring (1) Summer

We ask that parents cooperate in picking up their children by 6:00P.M. If you are unable to pick up by 6:00 P.M., please notify us of the delay. A late fee of $1.00 per minute will begin at 6:01P.M. If late pick up occurs more than 3 times in one month you may be asked to withdraw your child from the program..

Do you offer pickup?

Our Aftercare Program expanded to include pick up from 8 local elementary schools. Our School Aged program now included Spring, Summer, and Winter camp, and Camp on Non-public school days.

Are you Licensed?

Yes, Broward County License- 46733

Is there Parking space available?

Please use caution when driving through our parking lot. Parking spaces are located on the northeast side of building. Please be sure to hold your child’s hand to and from front door.

What are the guidelines for Common Illnesses?

Any child in school with fever, conjunctivitis, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, and or cold with general irritability and listlessness will be notified. The child shall be picked up from school within one hour and may only return with a doctor’s note; 24 hours after taking medicine or 24 hours after fever, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash have subsided. In the case of common colds or cough, we reserve the right to make the decision about remaining in school, unless a doctor’s note is provided. It is in every child’s best interest to provide a clean and healthy environment.

In case of a Natural Disaster what to expect?

All schools have an emergency disaster plan in place Please listen for public announcement for school closings. Should a natural disaster occur and require us to close tuition will be prorated to $95.00 per week should the school be closed for more than 3 consecutive days.

In case of an emergency, such as fire, bomb, or others, what is the procedure?

Fire, Tornado, Bomb or Other Emergency Situation:
Fire regulations and tornado warning procedures are posted near the exits in each classroom. Fire and tornado drills are conducted each month; all classrooms are required to participate. In the event of a fire, bomb threat, or other evacuation emergencies, the children and teachers will immediately leave the building and meet on the sidewalk northeast of the building. In case of a tornado, each classroom has a designated area to seek shelter until the emergency is over. Parents will be called as soon as safely possible following an emergency situation. For the safety of children, parents, and staff, we ask that parents do not attempt to pick up their child during an emergency situation.

Vacation Policy

Each family receives 1 week per calendar year free to use as vacation or sick time. Student must be out the entire week in order to use the time off policy. If time off is used for vacation please submit to Director is writing the dates of vacation (must be a Mon-Friday week)

Withdraw Policy

Education Station Preschool defines withdrawal as permanent removal from our program. We require a written notice with 2 weeks prior to withdrawal. Your account will be charged for the 2 –weeks if you decide to withdraw without attending.

Termination of enrollment policy

Children may be withdrawn from our program at any time. You must notify the school by giving a two week notice if you are planning to withdraw or you will be held responsible for the two weeks tuition. Education Station Preschool reserves the right to refuse admission and /or dismiss any child whose behavior is disruptive and harmful to other children.

Open Door Policy

Education Station Preschool has an “Open Door” policy on parent visits. We recognize and support parents’ desire to see and spend time with their children whenever they can. Unfortunately, there are unintended negative consequences of such visits, when they disrupt resting children or naptime routines.

The following guidelines ensure open access for parents while respecting children’s requirements for uninterrupted rest:

Unless prearranged with the Lead Teacher in advanced, children may not be dropped off during naptime.

Exceptions: Teachers can be expected to be supportive and flexible when circumstances occasionally necessitate a naptime drop off such as when a child is picked up for a 10:30am Dr. appointment). When a situation like this arises, parents should be reminded when nap time begins. Parents can also be asked to feed the child lunch before returning. If that reduce disruption.

If you are interested in volunteering or becoming a room parent please let your child’s teacher know.

Arrival and Departure policy

All parents will receive a code to enter the facility. Parents are asked not to share codes with unauthorized users. All parents must sign children in upon arrival and out upon departure. Please check your child’s folder for daily work or correspondence. Children must stay with parents when they are picked up; please do not allow your child to roam the premise unattended.

In/Out Procedures

Every child must be signed in each morning. An approved adult must sign out your child before leaving the premises. Parents must sign their child in and out every day. This is a state requirement which must be followed. Education Station Preschool is required to maintain daily attendance records. Please be sure to sign your child IN and OUT each day. Signing in and out is done through a biometrics system located at the front desk. The sign in and out is also used during evacuation drills to ensure all are present and safe and accounted for.

Pickup Policy

The names of at least two individuals who normally pick up your child must be on file. If anyone else will be picking up your child, it is imperative that you notify the office in writing, or by phone. To comply with safety regulations, the school will not release a child to anyone who is not authorized to pick up additionally, the authorized person picking must have photo identification and be over the age of 18 years of age.

Alleged Impaired Pick-Up:

The staff at Education Station Preschool will not release a child to an authorized person who is unable to adequately care for the child. The staff will offer to call a relative or friend to pick up the person and child, or offer to call a taxi to pick them up. If the person is driving a vehicle the teacher will explain that driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is against the law and that the teacher is obligated to ensure the safety of the child. If this person chooses to get in the car (with or without the child) the teacher will immediately notify police and provide a description of the car and location headed.

Custody and Court Order Policies

If a custody or court order exists, a copy of the order must be placed in the child’s file at Education Station Preschool. The guardian is responsible for providing accurate and up-to-date information concerning the legal guardianship of the child. Without a custody or court order on file, the teacher cannot deny access to the non-enrolling parent. If the non-enrolling parent is not listed on the authorized pick up list, the policy of unauthorized persons will be implemented.

Weapons / Violent Plays:

There is a strict policy of allowing no weapon play at Education Station Preschool. Children are not permitted to play with weapons of any type or size or to pretend that other items are weapons, including their fingers, hands, or blocks. Redirection should be used when a child is engaging in weapon or violent play. If a child brings a weapon to Education Station Preschool, the weapon should be placed out of sight and sent home the same day with a note explaining the policy about weapons. Competitive behavior is minimized in our programs.

In young children, competition often increases negative behavior and decreases acceptance of others. Bullying is not considered acceptable behavior; all efforts will be made to guide children in finding appropriate ways to interact with others.

Dress Code Policy

Because play activity is such an important part of the curriculum, clothing should be practical and comfortable. It is in your child’s best interest to have him or her dressed in comfortable and washable clothing. No open toed shoes, sandals, jellies, or cowboy boots are permitted. Little toes are easily hurt and children can have a difficult time on the playground. We also prefer that children do not wear jewelry. We will not be responsible for jewelry if it should get lost or broken. Every child needs to have a complete change of clothing including socks and underwear. If your child has changed clothing during the day, please take home the soiled items and replace them the next day. Again, all clothing must be labeled with child’s full name.

Television policy

Due to recent paparazzi exposure, television and video viewing is not a part of Education Station’s preschool philosophy.

In accordance with the updated Broward County Ordinance, as of January 2015, electronic devices are not allowed. Electronic devices may include, but are not limited to cell phones/smart phones, tablets, Ipads, and gaming devices such as DS, 3DS, etc.What is the infant sleep placement policy?

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the unexpected, sudden death of a child under age 1 for which a cause of death cannot be identified. It is not known what causes SIDS, however several sleeping practices have been linked to an increased risk for SIDS. Therefore, Education Station Preschool has a strict policy for infant sleep placement. All infants less than one year will be placed on their back to sleep. Infants shall not be allowed to sleep in a car seat or swing for a period of longer than 15 minutes.

Once a child has been placed in his or her crib for nap, if the infant rolls from back to front – and is also able to roll from front to back – it is acceptable to leave the infant sleeping on his or her stomach. NO heavy blankets, stuffed toys or pillows should ever be placed in a crib.

What is the policy for Medication?

Medicine will not be dispensed! This includes prescription and non-prescription. Only Exception to this rule is an Epi-pen. If parents wish to come in at any time of the day, to personally administer medicine to their child, they are welcome to do so.

What is the age requirement for the program?

We accept children between the ages of 2 years, 5 months through kindergarten age.  We also offer a Parent/Toddler program for children ages 18 months (1 year, 6 months) through 29 months (2 years, 5 months).  This program is offered Monday through Friday and children attend once per week with a parent.

What are the first steps when I come in?

There is usually a short time period before children are completely comfortable in any new situation. This is true for adults, too. Please be patient with your child’s adjustment period, and be assured that our staff will do everything possible to assist.

Feel free to call or visit several times daily during this phase. It may help to ease your apprehension to take note of the other children in the center as they happily come and go.

Is there special requirements for Infants, Toddlers or 2-year olds?

The following information is specific to the Infant, Toddler, and Two year old program rooms:

Parents must supply diapers, wipes, diaper cream, bottles, formula, baby food, extra clothing, pacifiers, blankets, for rest time. Please label all items with child’s name.

Children may use pacifiers during rest time. To reduce the likelihood of spreading illness, pacifiers must be kept in a child’s cubby or diaper bag during all other times of the day.

If you are breastfeeding, please discuss with your child’s teacher when your child should be fed breast milk, and when you would like to come in and feed your child.

Breast milk must be brought in ready-to-use containers. For health reasons, we are not able to store bags of frozen milk for extended periods of time.

We recommend that all new foods be tried at home first since a child could have an allergic reaction to foods they have not had before. Please inform your child’s teachers on the daily charts of any new foods your child has tried.

Solid foods will not be fed to an infant younger than 4 months of age unless directed by a physician, to which a doctor’s note will be required. Due to the risk of choking, solid foods, including cereal shall not be given in bottles or with infant feeders to children with normal eating abilities unless authorized by a physician.

Bottled breast milk, infant bottles, and formula shall not be heated in a microwave oven. Items shall be heated in a bottle warming device, which is stored out of reach of children. A bottle may be warmed only once. It cannot be re-warmed or replaced in the refrigerator. Breast milk and formula remaining in bottles after feeding shall be discarded within one hour after serving to infant.

What is the Enrollment/Monthly Rate?

How is the Tuiton Paid?

Tuition is due weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly however, payment is due prior to services rendered. Tuition payments are made through our automated payment system called Tuition Express.

What methods of Payments do you accept?

Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT)

It is easy and convenient. Simply complete the Tuition Express Form and turn in at time of enrollment. Tuition will be automatically deducted from your account (checking or credit card) every Monday before services are rendered.

In order to help Tuition Express run as smoothly as possible it is imperative that you inform the office IMMEDIATELY of any changes that may occur concerning your credit card or bank information that will result in a declined payment. Failure to do so will result in the following:

1st Decline- Verbal warning

2nd Decline- 15.00 charge

3rd Decline- 25.00 charge

4th Decline- withdraw from program

If you choose to make CASH payments, you may do so, but you will need to add an additional $5 processing fee to your payment There is a $15.00 late charge if payment is not made by 12:00 noon of the second day your child attends.

If payment is not made by Third day your care will be suspended until payment is made in full.

We accept Federal and State Funding, and those parent fees are determined by the agency, the parent fees are due at the beginning of each week. We accept cash or check, and credit cards as form of payment. Should we have to commence legal action in order to obtain tuition payment all attorney fees shall be paid by the customer.

Is there any credits or discounts due to illness, inclement weather, or holidays?

Fees are set to reflect the high quality of early childhood education provided. As in any other industry, expense are constant, which prevents credit or discounts due to illness, inclement weather, or regularly scheduled holidays. No exceptions.

What is the Annual Registration fee?

There is an annual non-refundable registration fee. The fee is to cover the processing of enrollment forms and records, mat usage, and purchasing of supplies your child will need to participate in the school program.

Bounced Checks- There will be a $35.00 bank fee for all returned checks. After two (2) bounced checks, only cash payments will be accepted.

Can I celebrate my kids birthday at your school?

The children are welcome to celebrate their special day with their friends. Parents are permitted to bring in store bought treats for this special occasion. You can see the director for an approved list of goodies. Please make arrangements with classroom teacher in advance!!

KEEP IN MIND NO BALLOONS OR LITE CANDLES ARE PERMITTED. If birthday invitations are distributed at the Center, all children should be invited!