Preschool

Philosophy

We believe that every child is specially created by God to be a blessing to his/her family, the community in which they live, and the entire world.  Because of the love their creator has for them, each child is valuable beyond measure.  While created in God’s image, all children are unique and special individuals with unique and special needs.

We strive to provide quality Christian Preschool education. We see Christian education as the means by which children become aware of their place in God's creation, the blessings they receive as a child of God, and the Christian responsibility that goes with being a member of God's kingdom.   As is stated in Proverbs 22:6, "Train up a child in the way he should go, when he is old he will not depart from it.” Our goal is to meet or exceed the standard of early childhood education required by the state of Ohio.

Step Up to Quality

Holy Cross Preschool and Kindergarten has earned a Five Star rating in Ohio’s voluntary Step Up to Quality program. This is the highest award a school can receive and means that our school (preschool & Kindergarten) exceeds basic Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services licensing requirements in the following six areas:

  • Lower staff: child ratios. Teachers have more time to support your child's individual development and learning. This is important because 90% of brain development occurs by the time your child is 6 years old.
  • The administrator and teachers have higher education qualifications. The administrator and most teachers have a bachelor's degree and many years experience working with young children. These qualifications benefit your child's development and learning.
  • The administrator and all staff complete more than 20 hours of specialized training every two years. The administrator and teaching staff are committed to expanding their education and skills to better support your child's development and learning.
  • Teachers develop lesson plans that support each child's growth. Teachers plan intentional and purposeful activities and experiences that meet the needs, interests and abilities of children and supports them where they are in their development.
  • The program completes assessments to evaluate and improve the learning experience. Regular assessments are done with your child to help keep track of their growth over time. This lets teachers adjust how they offer experiences to your child daily.
  • The program values its families and community.  Programs work with families and neighborhood organizations to provide more opportunities for children.

Staff

All members of our staff were chosen because they show genuine interest and love for children and concern for all areas of their development. Our teachers meet all the state requirements for teaching in an early childhood setting. Our teachers have four-year education degrees, associate degrees or child-development associate degrees. Staff members are required to accumulate 30 in-service hours every two years. In this way they can stay tuned to new ideas in early childhood education and exchange ideas with other area professionals. All staff members are required to be active members of Christian congregations. As such, they are called on and expected to practice the highest moral standards in their personal lives as is humanly possible.

Program

Children have a variety of needs and are only able to learn when their basic needs are met.  At Holy Cross we strive to meet every individual child's basic needs in a warm loving environment.  Each child is recognized for the individual he/she is.  Each child is afforded the dignity he/she deserves.

We offer a variety of educational experiences geared specifically for the developmental level of 2, 3, 4, 5-year-old children.  We provide experiences in language arts, number recognition and counting, science, social studies, religion, music and rhythm, fine and large motor development, crafts, art and manipulatives. Our instruction is aligned with the State of Ohio, Early Learning Content Standards. All teachers have attended training classes to familiarize them with those standards and reviewing practices for implementing them in the classroom.

Every preschool class schedule includes the following elements every day:

  • Circle Time: Includes a variety of activities including, but not exclusive to the following: calendar, weather, stories, songs and finger plays, a time to talk about the educational objectives of the day.
  • Center/Project Time: Teacher planned activities are carried out during this time.  Our teachers plan their activities carefully with educational objectives and Early Learning Content Standards in mind. While the children’s interests are taken into consideration when planning units, we believe there are some things children this age need to learn in order to do well in school. Ours is not a program devoted to random play where learning may or may not take place.  We set up play activities with intentional, planned learning outcomes, many of which are open-ended with children discovering concepts that exceed the scope of what was planned.
  • Active Play Time: Every schedule includes 15 minutes of active play time, either in the indoor play space or outside on the playground.   
  • Snack Time
  • Show and Tell
  • Bible Time and Chapel: See “Bible Time/Chapel.”
  • Time for Socialization: This is crucial to the healthy development of children.  This takes place during all of the activities listed above.  Our classrooms are seldom quiet.

Specific times and schedules vary from class to class. Children go to the gym or outside only with children in their age grouping. The daily schedule of activities is posted on the wall in each of the classrooms and is available in writing upon request.  See “Daily Schedule” for more information.

Pre-Kindergarten Class

The Pre-Kindergarten Class is designed for older four and young five-year-old children. This class is for children who just missed the birth-date cut off for Kindergarten and for those children who are not developmentally ready for kindergarten even though they are old enough. The curriculum of the Pre-Kindergarten class is a step above preschool and a step below what children are expected to learn in Kindergarten.

Bible Time/Chapel

The teachers lead the children in a Bible Time on Mondays, Wednesday, and Thursdays during which they teach simple Bible stories and sing songs based on lessons from the Old and New Testaments. At the preschool level, religious instruction is non-denominational as children this age are not ready to comprehend the deeper points of theology. On Tuesdays and Fridays the children, three-years-old and older go to the sanctuary for Chapel which is led by a member of the pastoral, church, or school staff. Chapel times are 11:00 AM and 12:40 PM. Parents are welcome to attend.

Class Sizes

Holy Cross School meets or improves upon state-mandated requirements for staff/child ratios at all times.  We maintain a ratio of 2 to 12 for two year old children and 2 to 16  for the three's and 2 to 20 for older children during the preschool hours from 9:00 to 11:30 and 12:30 to 3:00.   During the rest of the day we follow the state-mandated requirements of 1:6, 1:10, or 1:14 staff: child ratio depending on the age of the child.

Enrollment Age

Children must be at least two years old by September 1 to enroll in a preschool class or for childcare.  Children in the 2-year-old class may be in diapers.  Children must be toilet trained to be enrolled in the 3, 4 or Pre-Kindergarten classes.

Enrollment Procedure

A child is considered to be enrolled at Holy Cross only after Registration Forms are brought in, the registration fee has been paid, and the administrator confirms the availability of space. There is an annual registration fee of $50.00.  The registration fee for siblings is $30.00 each.   Checks are to be made payable to “Holy Cross Preschool” or “Holy Cross Kindergarten”.  Registration fees are not refundable.  All forms may be downloaded from our web site.

In addition to our registration form, the following forms are required:

1. Child Medical Statement

2. Child Enrollment and Health Information Form

3. Medical/Physical Care Plan if needed.

4. Media Release and Second Roster Form: The Media Release permits us to take and display photographs of your child. The Second Parent Roster is made available at the request of our families. In it we include the child’s name, address, and phone number along with the parent’s names. Parents find the Second Roster to be a valuable tool when scheduling play dates and birthday parties.  

5. Parent Participation Form for parents who want to get involved in our program.

Screenings

All children at Holy Cross 60 months of age or younger are screened using the Ages & Stages Questionnaires (ASQ). This is a very reliable tool that is able to identify whether or not a child is on track developmentally or if there might be a learning delay or disability. Early detection and remediation are the keys to later school success.

Arrival and Dismissal Procedure

Children must be escorted to the classroom by a parent or guardian.

No child will be released to anyone that has not been designated by the custodial parent/s as a pick-up person on the registration form.

Toilet Training and Diapering

Toilet training is based on children’s readiness and consultation with parents or guardians regarding practices in the children’s homes.

School Year and Calendar

The preschool school year runs from September to May.

We will l not be open for preschool when Plain Local Schools are closed due to severe weather conditions.

Financial

Tuition is due on the first day of each calendar month in advance.  The first month's tuition is due on the first day of school.

Parent/Teacher Conferences and Progress Reports

Progress reports are sent home in January and May. Parent/Teacher conferences are scheduled the end of January or beginning of February.

Parent Visitation

Parents and members of the extended family may visit in the classroom any time.  If your purpose is to see your child in action, remember that children never act the same when parents are in the room as they do when parents are not present.

Notice of Non-Discriminatory Policy

Holy Cross Preschool, Kindergarten, and Child Care Center adopted the following racial and nondiscriminatory policies.
 
Holy Cross Preschool, Kindergarten and Child Care Center recruits and admits students of any race, color, or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities.  In addition, the school will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies or programs.

Holy Cross Preschool, Kindergarten and Child Care Center will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or ethnic origin in the hiring of its certified or non-certified personnel.