Preschool is the beginning of the child’s school experience, and we try to make the transition from home to school a positive one through careful planning by experienced teachers.  A child’s happy experiences in preschool build a positive attitude that can be the foundation for life-long learning.  We strive to provide a program that nurtures their spiritual, intellectual, physical, emotional, and social development. We work toward the goals of:
*Helping the children understand basic concepts of the Christian faith and applying these concepts to their daily lives;
* Experiencing success through guided discovery;
* Developing the habits and attitudes which will make the child comfortable and free to learn, especially to learn the give and
  take of getting along with others;
* Growing in understanding of self and attaining a positive self-image;
* Developing a background of experiences which will serve as a basis for future learning.
Our preschool classes offer an integrated theme-based curriculum with learning centers in art, science, cognitive, and motor skills or creative play. We believe that every child goes through developmental stages of growth and that it is the responsibility of our staff to foster that development and to consider each child's individual needs.
Cross & Crown Preschool is licensed by the State of California Department of Social Services. Our policies and procedures are in compliance with Childcare Center Regulations as set forth in the Community Care Licensing Division Manual of Policies and Procedures.  Our Facility Number is #490100475.
Cross & Crown Lutheran School Preschool offers developmentally appropriate, academic programs for children beginning at 2 years of age. Our preschool programs meet from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., with an option of extended care from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., or 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  
Our Preschool operates on a year-round basis.  Please see Programs –
Preschool above for program schedule and age requirements.
All registration forms must be filled out and returned before a child can attend preschool. This includes all forms required by the State of California, as well as forms and information required by CCLS. State law requires the school to have
documentation of immunizations for Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis (DTP/DT), Polio (OPV/IPV), Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR), Hepatitis B, TB skin test, Hib Meningitis, and Varicella (Chicken Pox).
Facility Operation
Children are admitted to the classroom at the designated starting time for each class and must have an authorized adult pick them up at the end of class.  Children must be signed-in upon arrival and signed-out upon departing the school.
The authorized adult must sign their full name and the time in/out.  This is a California State law. Children not
picked up within 10 minutes past the end of the class will be charged a late fee of $10.00 for each additional 10 minutes or part thereof.
Parental Agreement
The Cross & Crown Lutheran School Preschool Program Admission Agreement must be read, signed, and returned to the Preschool Director.
Parent – Teacher Communication
A parent may make arrangements for a conference with the teacher outside of class time.  Parent/Teacher conferences for the four- and five-year-old programs are scheduled in May.
The preschool staff uses positive techniques of guidance which includes redirection, anticipation of and elimination of potential problems, positive reinforcement, and encouragement rather than competition, comparison, or criticism. Consistent, clear rules are explained to the children.  The practice of "time outs" is used only when redirection is not successful. The staff does not invoke corporal punishment.  We believe in positive redirection.  Cross & Crown makes every effort to work closely with parents to maintain a mutually supportive relationship.  We will communicate with you regarding your child's developmental progress.  All students are accepted on a trial basis.
The school reserves the right to dismiss children who, in the eyes of
our staff, are not making a positive adjustment to our school environment.  A child who exhibits patterns of behavior
that endangers others may be dismissed. The preschool staff strives to help children to be comfortable, relaxed, happy, and
involved in all their activities.
Biting Policy
Our program provides an environment that encourages and promotes cooperative interaction, respect for others, and non-aggressive problem solving between children.  Biting is a natural developmental state that many children go through.  It is usually a temporary condition that is most common between thirteen and twenty-four months of age.  The safety of the children is our primary concern.  The school’s biting policy addresses the action the staff will take if a biting incident occurs. For full detail of our biting policy, inquire with the school office or the Preschool Director.
The school year begins in September closes in mid-June. A school year calendar which lists all the vacations and holidays is
published in the fall of each year and is sent home to each family. Notice of observed holidays, recesses, classroom activities, themes, special days, and events will be printed in a monthly calendar/newsletter and given to parents.  Additional notes will be sent home as needed.
Snacks/ Lunches
Snack time is included as part of our program. Parents will be responsible for providing a nutritious snack and drink for their child each day. Please bring their snack in a bag or lunch box labeled with his/her name and place it on the snack cart in their classroom. The Extended Day and Full Day Care children eat lunch together either inside the main preschool room or at the picnic tables located outside in the playground.  Toddlers staying for lunch eat together either inside their classroom or at the picnic table located outside in the playground.
We  encourage parents to provide healthy and nutritious food choices for their children. The children are encouraged to eat the food their parents provide; however, in a stimulating environment such as school, many children do not eat their normal
quantities of food. Any uneaten food will be sent home in your child’s lunch box. We do not allow children to share their lunches with other children. In addition, candy, soda, and glass bottles are not allowed at school. We cannot reheat food for the children, so please pack any hot food in insulated containers. Please include any required eating utensils. 
Snack time is included as part of our Extended Day and Full Day Care programs. Parents will be responsible for providing a nutritious afternoon snack and drink for their child. Please include the snack in their lunch box. Please remember that if you order a hot lunch for your child, you will still need to send an afternoon snack for that day.
Birthdays and Special Days
Each child will have a “Special Day” during the school year.  If a child’s birthday falls during the school year, the special day will be scheduled near his/her birthday. For children who have a birthday during vacation time, their special day will be scheduled throughout the year. On this day, you may wish to provide a special snack to share with the class, a family photograph and/or a favorite book or toy to share.
Share Items
We have Share Time as part of our language arts program.  We encourage the children to bring items from home to talk about.  These items can be something that are a part of the day's theme.  (Check monthly newsletter and calendar.)  We prefer the items fit into the child's cubby, but we encourage the children to bring something they want to talk about.  (We have had new brothers and sisters, kittens, puppies, and even an older brother home on leave from the service!).  We do ask the children to leave guns, swords and any other toys that encourage aggression at home.
Because our program involves a wide variety of experiences each day, we ask that children come to school dressed in comfortable play clothes. Children can enjoy themselves much more if they do not have to worry about spoiling their good clothes.  (We push up sleeves and do provide aprons.) We also ask that the children wear sturdy shoes that completely cover the feet and have non-slip soles.  Plastic sandals, cowboy boots, and dress shoes can be dangerous on the climbing
equipment. Please label any article of clothing your child might remove during the day. Unclaimed items will be donated to charity throughoutthe year.
Program Policies
1.    Program operates Monday through Friday on days school is in session. The program does not operate during school             holidays, vacations, or staff development days.
Preschool Program sessions are:
Basic Day                                                      8:00 – 12:00
Extended Day                                                8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Full Day                                                          8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
2.    Enrollment in Preschool is for the school year. Yearly fees are paid as part of tuition.
3.    There is no refund of fees, such as for illness or family vacation. You may not switch days to make up for a missed day.
4.    Changes in enrollment require a two-week written notification.
5.    Students may also attend Extended Day or Full Day Care on a drop-in basis if space is available. To secure a drop-in             space, parents must contact the school office.
6.    Drop-ins for additional care will be billed a flat rate as follows:
                                    Extended Care                 Drop-in when available on day of registered session
                                   12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.      $15.00 per hour
7.  Children not picked up when their session is over will be charged a late fee of $7.50/30 minutes or part of 30 minutes.
8.  Children not picked up by 5:00 p.m. will be charged a late fee of $15.00 for each additional 10 minutes. The late fee               applies to both permanent and drop-in students.
9.  Charges for drop-ins and late fees are billed monthly at the end of the month.
10.Families more than one month behind in payments may be denied use of the program.  We do not provide end of
      the year statements for tax purposes. Your cancelled checks and your invoices are your proof of service.  Our tax ID # is        94-1682208.
Rest Time – Extended Day & Full Day Care
All children will participate in a rest time after lunch.  During this scheduled time, the children will rest on their mats (provided by CCLS) and listen to a story, classical music, or quietly look at a book.  If the need should arise to pick up your child during rest time, please inform the school office so we can plan for your child to be with a teacher outside of the resting room.
Please provide a fitted crib sheet for your child with their name written on it in LARGEBOLD letters.  As an option, you may also choose to bring a small lightweight blanket.
Each child enrolled in the program has a cubby in their classroom.