What are the requirements for the free four year old preschool?

  • Child must be a resident of Iowa.
  • Child must be four years old on or before September 15.
  • Birth certificate - Proof of age must be provided.

What if I am running late picking up my child? Are there extra charges?

  • Please call us if you are running late.
  • Staffing is based on the number of children in attendance. We must always be adequately staffed.
  • The part time hourly rate will be charged for time outside of your scheduled hours.

Do I need to let you know if someone else is picking up my child?

  • Yes, parents must notify the office if someone other than the designated person is picking up their child. If the person is unknown to staff, a photo I.D. will also be required.
  • Advance notice by e-mailing your child's teacher and the office is ok. However, if it is for the same day a phone call is requested as e-mail is not checked frequently. If the person is unknown to staff, a photo I.D. will also be required.

Does my child need to be potty-trained?

  • Children in the Two Year Old Class do not have to be potty trained. These children are in various stages of training-parents and teachers work together to decide when is the right time for each child.
  • Children in the Three and Four Year Old Classes must be self sufficient when using the restroom. We recommend clothing that is easy for children to manage by themselves which helps foster their independence.

Do I have to pay the registration fee each year?

  • Registration is a one time fee charged upon initial registration.

Can my child wear sandals/flip flops.

  • Children should wear closed toe shoes for their safety. They will practice gross motor skills such as walking on a balance beam, climbing, skipping, etc. Shoes that are secure on their feet allow the children to practice these skills safely.
  • Tennis shoes are best.

My child wants to bring something to nap with. Is this ok?

  • We provide individual cots, sheets and blankets that are washed weekly for the children.
  • If your child brings something to nap with, the item should fit easily in their book bag along with their artwork, newsletters, extra set of clothing, etc.

Do I pay for days that my child is scheduled if he/she does not attend?

  • During the school year, schedules are set. A "set schedule" is the hours/days of attendance that is completed at the time of enrollment. In order to maintain proper staff ratios and decrease staff turn over, charges apply to all families for days the center is open.
  • During the summer only, schedules may be changed weekly. Schedules are due Wednesdays at noon for the following week.