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A Ministry of Green Valley Church 
 
 
 
Little Ed. Handbook
 
     
         
Welcome to Little Ed. Learning Center!
 
 TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
Learning Center Purpose and Curriculum …………………………… 3/4
 
Teacher Information                        ………………………………… 4
Admission Requirements                ………………………………… 5
 
Registration                                                 ………………………………… 5
 
Fees and Payment                          ……………………………….5
 
Daily Schedule Sample              ……………………………….…6
 
Special Days                                           ………………………………… 7
 
Staff & Learning Center Contacts      ………………………………… 7
 
Arrival and Pick-Up Arrangements         ……………………………… 8
 
Personal Belongings and School Supplies …………………………… 8
 
Clothing                                    …………………………….8
 
Statement on Discipline                       ………………………………….9
 
Student Withdrawal              ………………………………… 9
 
Health Policy                                             .………………………………..10
 
Safety/Emergency Procedures               …………………………………11
 
Inclement Weather                                     ….………………………….. 11
 
Graduation Ceremony              …………………………………12
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
LEARNING CENTER PURPOSE AND CURRICULUM
 
    LEARNING CENTER PURPOSE AND CURRICULUM
OUR MOTTO:  To play, learn and grow together in the warmth of the Son.
                      OUR GOAL:  To be an extension of the home, and a partner with parents, in providing
                      a Christ-centered, desirable and enjoyable first step in the educational journey of each child.  
                         OUR VISION:  To be a place where children are made aware that they are a wonderful,                     cherished creation of God and where God’s love is demonstrated to each other daily.
 
The Little Ed. (Education) Learning Center was created in 2004 by a group of mothers looking for a place of learning grounded in Christianity for their preschool age children.  Green Valley Baptist Church agreed to sponsor an educational center for children.  The Center is a ministry of Green Valley, insured and overseen by the church and its members.  Currently, as per the Code of Virginia, Section 63.2-1716, the Center is religiously exempt from licensure and is classified as a “Religiously Exempt Child Day Center.” 
 
 
Little Ed. Learning Center has been designed to facilitate children's growth in a Christian environment and includes six dedicated rooms and the fellowship hall area within the lower level of Green Valley Baptist Church.  The curriculum, in order to reinforce the teaching within a Christian home, is created and implemented to meet the following needs of each child: 
 
Spiritual 
  • Heighten a child’s understanding of the active presence of God in his/her life.
  • “Bring them (your children) up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:4)  
  • “And these words, which I command you today shall be in your heart; you shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.” (Deuteronomy 6:6-7)
 
 Intellectual
  • Develop a child’s ability to understand and deal with new situations and academic tasks (ex. beginning academics including phonic awareness, math exploration, verbal expression, pre-writing/writing skills, etc.)
 
Social 
  • Opportunities for interaction with others, both adults and children, on an individual level and in groups.
  • Practice Christian concepts of love, cooperation, compassion and helpfulness.
 
Emotional 
  • Enhance the child’s ability to identify, understand and deal with his/her emotional states.
  • Promote positive perception about how he/she feels about him/herself.
  • Freedom to gain self-esteem, to acquire confidence in abilities and to develop personal responsibility.
 
Physical 
  • Activities designed to strengthen a child’s ability to master fine motor and gross motor skills in the framework of the child's ever-changing body.
  • Little Ed. Learning Center’s intent is to provide a safe and nurturing environment where a child can learn through teacher-guided and child-initiated activities.  Interactive discussions, hands-on approaches, and utilization of props and manipulative are used to help children learn and apply concepts in various objects.
  •  The Little Ed. Learning Center is based upon developmentally appropriate practice and understands that young children learn best through play.  Therefore, the curriculum capitalizes on child-initiated activities involving:
                    1. Choice making – chooses from a variety of learning activities throughout the day.
                    2. Creating – freedom to be creative (ex. play dough, art projects, blocks, and other                                          manipulative, etc.).
                    3. Conversation – interacts with teacher, volunteers and other children.
                    4. Playing – creative centers to question, to experiment, and to pretend.
                    5. Discovering – various time to learn from experimentation, active exploration and special                           visitors.
  •  Classroom planning also takes into account that children vary in their abilities;              therefore,  children, at various times, may be worked with individually and in small groups.   
  •  The Center maintains one to two classes for Preschool age children, which meets on Tuesday and  Thursday from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Children must be fully toilet trained to be eligible for  enrollment.  Additionally, there is a separate class for Pre-Kindergarten age children on Monday,  Wednesday and Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. or 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  All class sizes are  monitored to ensure an appropriate student/teacher ratio. 
 
OUR Staff
 Director/Teacher:  Karen Lambert    2008 – Present
Ms. Lambert is one of the Founding Mothers of the Little Ed. Learning Center, its program an      curriculum.  Because the Center originated in 2004 with her own daughter in mind, she is                          committed to the goals and purpose of Little Ed. and feels blessed to have had a part in this                      ministry of the church since its inception. She has experience at the Center as planner,                                volunteer, and teacher and feels very privileged to have shared a time of learning with each and             every student.
            Teachers:   Dannah Davis   2011 – Present Year
                                 Tara Fox            2017 – Present Year
You can know your child will be loved, cared for and encouraged to develop and better the skills needed in preparation for Pre-K or Kindergarten…and just have fun too! We welcome you and your family to become part of this program and part of our "Little Ed. Family".
 
   
 
ADMISSION AND ENROLLMENT REQUIREMENTS
  • Student age:  must be at least 3 years old by September 30th.                                
  • All students must be fully toilet trained.   Training pants or pull-ups are not allowed, but not preferred.
  • Completed admission application.
  • Completed confidential information form stipulating health issues, if any.
  • Immunization form -- This form must be completed by each child's physician.
  • Certified copy of birth certificate or other proof of child’s identity and age.  Parent/Guardian is asked to bring the birth certificate (or other documentation) to Orientation or make available to Little Ed. Staff on or before the first day of school.
 
The Little Ed. Learning Center staff reserves the right to refuse service or to request the withdrawal of a child at any time for any reason. Each situation is evaluated on an individual basis.     
                                                                                                                                                      
REGISTRATION
  • Children who are currently enrolled are eligible to submit an application for the following school year and are considered before outside enrollments are taken. 
  • Little Ed. Learning Center is a ministry of Green Valley Baptist Church.  Therefore, priority placement is given to church attendees and their families at all times.  Remaining placements are open to the community.  To ensure a quality program, the Learning Center maintains a low student/teacher ratio.
  • If classes become filled, a waiting list is maintained for each class. Wait list candidates are considered if vacancies occur.
 
FEES AND PAYMENT PROCEDURES
  • There is a $25.00 annual non-refundable supply fee requested at time of enrollment to be included with student’s completed admission application and/or with first month’s tuition
  • Center Fees:  $80.00 per month fee for the two-day class, $100.00 per month fee for the three day half day class and $200.00 per month fee for the three day full day class.  Payments may be made on the first day of class each month.  If payment is not received by the 10th of the month, a written reminder may be sent home in the student’s folder. 
  • Payments are accepted in the form of cash, check, or money order.  Payment by check or money order should be mad payable to Little Ed. Learning Center.  Payments may be given to any of the staff or placed in designated drop-box.
  • Refunds for days missed because of illness, appointments, vacation or inclement weather are not possible since our operating costs continue, and the student’s space remains reserved.
 
DAILY SCHEDULE SAMPLE (Half-Day)     
                                                                                                                                  
 The daily schedule is planned to include quiet periods, active times and short/long 
durations.    The schedule is flexible depending upon the day’s activities.
 
9:00 – 9:20 Get Started with Fun
                          To ease separation from parents, the day will begin with a fun activity
                          or craft to help build social skills or to relate to the number, letter or theme of the month.
 
9:20 – 9:30  
                          Say “good morning” to God in prayer together.
                          Assign child their classroom job for the day (to be rotated by day).
                          Pledge to the American Flag and Christian Flag
 
9: 30 – 9:50 Classroom Time 
                         Meaningful classroom activities provide opportunities to write, color, draw, to explore                              ideas, to observe, to ask questions and to facilitate academic and social learning.
 
9:50 – 10:20 Classroom Time Plus
                         Games and stories relating to the day’s lessons.
                         Special guests and/or show and tell. 
                         Bible lesson including story and verse.
                         Songs that may have a Christian emphasis, relate to the daily lesson and/or                          containmovement. 
 
10:20 – 10:25 Gather lunchbox for snack time and be seated at snack table.
 
10:25 – 10:45 Morning Snack (after prayer)
                         Snack and drink are to be provided each day by the parent.
                         Clean-up and return to classroom. 
 
10:45 – 11:25 Music & Movement/Discovery Center or Computer Center/Classroom 
                         Activities, songs, projects, computer games, activities and /or crafts relating to the day                            or month’s lesson or theme. 
 
11:25 – 11:50 Play & Learn
                         Opportunities to play on the outside playground (weather permitting) or in the                Imaginative Play Center room. 
 
11:50 – 12:00 Clean-up and Wind down
                         Children review day, assist in clean-up and gather personal items in preparation for                                      pick-up.
 12:00 Students dismissed to Parent/Authorized Individual
 
 
 
 
SPECIAL DAYS
 
  • On or near the date of a student’s birthday, parents are welcome to bring in or send treats for the students to enjoy during snack time or before dismissal, in celebration of the special occasion.  Parents/family members are invited to stay and host the party (although it’s not required) and may bring treats of their choice (ex. cake, cupcakes, cookies, etc.) for all students.   At least one week before the intended party, the parent should notify the teacher of desired plan.  Students with summer birthdays will have a special birthday celebration together in the month of May, before school ends.  Gifts will not be exchanged between students at any of these celebrations. 
  •  Theme days will occur throughout the year.  Parents will be given written notice if the child is to wear or bring something special to class on a particular day (ex.  Teddy Bear Day, Pajama Day, etc.). Please check folder in backpack daily for notes sent home.  This is our best means of communication.   
  • Holidays will be celebrated with a Christian emphasis including Valentine’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.  Please note that some secular holidays, including Halloween, will not be celebrated. 
 
STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS 
  • Volunteers from the church and community are used in the classroom at special times during the  year. This dedicated assistance enhances the program and expands the students’ classroom activities.
  • The Little Ed. Learning Center employs a Director and Teachers during the school year. All of our Teaching Staff includes caring individuals, qualified in education or  experience.  All must be certified annually to be free from any disabilities which would prevent him/her from caring for children.  Additionally, they must maintain certification in Pediatric First Aid. The Center requires background (including fingerprinting) for staff  members and regular volunteers.
               
LEARNING CENTER CONTACTS
  • The Learning Center can be contacted any time during school hours by calling the Green Valley Baptist Church office at (276) 889-0257.  Our Church secretary graciously acts as a liaison for the Center’s staff during school hours.
  • We encourage open communication with the teacher, volunteers, and church staff. The teacher is available to talk with you before or after school hours.  We care, and we want you to feel free to discuss your child’s activities and progress and will work with your schedule to do so.  We ask only that you do not voice grievances about the Center in front of the parents/students.  Additionally, if  warranted, our Pastor and/or Oversight Committee will be available to meet together with teacher and parents to discuss  grievances, questions and/or concerns.
ARRIVAL AND PICK-UP ARRANGEMENTS
  • It is important that you be punctual in your arrival and departure times. Class normally begins promptly at 9:00 a.m.  We ask that you say your good-byes and then allow the student to join the other students independently.  The student should also be picked up promptly at 12:00 p.m. or 3:00 p.m. dismissal time.  Outdoor drop-off and/or pick-up is offered for all Pre-Kindergarten students, but is not mandatory.  The designated area for drop-off/pick-up is the sidewalk near the flag poles.
  • Although school does not begin until 9:00 a.m., the teacher is normally ready to accept children at 8:30 a.m. should earlier drop-off be needed.  This is the earliest time that staff will be available to assist you in gaining access to the Center.  Otherwise, doors remain locked at all times to ensure security and safety. Your child should never be left at the Learning Center without informing a staff member.  Church and staff members are available to allow authorized individuals access to the Center during the entirety of the scheduled school day.
  • Children will only be released to those individuals authorized on the applicable release form. The teacher must receive written notification, in advance, if someone other than the individual(s) listed is to pick up the child.  
 
PERSONAL BELONGINGS AND SCHOOL SUPPLIES
The Learning Center will provide each child with a coat/backpack hook and a cubby for personal belongings. You may wish to label all of your child's belongings with a permanent marker.  Additionally, each child is provided with a folder to carry information and activities to home and back to school.  This folder facilitates written communication between parent and teacher as well.
  • The following is a list of things that each student should bring:
          1.  Soft school backpack to hold, send home projects and information.
          2. Change of clothes (shirt, underwear, pants, socks), updated with seasonal school year in a                    3. Ziploc bag marked with your child’s name.
          4. Daily snack/lunch packed in lunchbox or bag. Parents are encouraged to provide nutritional                      snacks appropriate for mid-morning (ex. juice box, water, crackers, fruit, etc.). At times, the                     teacher may ask the parents to pack a snack that enhances the monthly theme.  Please pack                       an amount that can be consumed in the normal twenty minute allotted snack/lunch time. 
  • Toys from home are not always conducive to co-operative play and may become misplaced,  damaged, etc.  Toys are to be brought to the Learning Center only on designated special days.    There certainly can be exceptions if your child feels the need to be comforted by a specific toy.         Note:  LELC is not be responsible for damaged or lost toys.
CLOTHING
  • Children should wear comfortable clothing that is easily washed. Your child will be engaged in active learning, art projects, crafts, and play.  Please dress him/her in casual clothes and sturdy, well-fitting rubber-soled shoes.
 
DISCIPLINE
  • “Do to others as you would have them do to you” (Luke 6:31).  “Kind words are like honey, sweet to the soul and healthy for the body” (Proverbs 16:24).
  • The staff uses positive reinforcement, and the setting of clear guidelines to encourage acceptable behavior.  Guidelines are set forth and reviewed in an age-appropriate method, easy for the students to understand.  Incentives are used to promote good behavior.   
  • The Center utilizes a Behavior Color System similar to that used locally at the Kindergarten level.  This System allows the child to visually track their behavior and make needed corrections.  Our intent is not to shame a child for bad behavior, but to assist the child in making choices on their own to correct behavior and be happy with themselves for doing so.  We recommend the motto, “I can make good choices!” 
 Green Light – “I’m having a good day.  I will keep up the good work!”
 Yellow Light – “I have received a warning.  I can choose to behave differently.”
 Red Light – “I may need a time-out to think about my behavior” and/or 
                        “I have missed out on receiving a special treat today!”
 
  • A student may be separated from the group for a time-out, if he/she needs to regain control or is in danger of hurting self/others.  The time-out lasts one minute per the child’s age, and the child remains in view of the teacher. If the child’s behavior continues, after these measures are taken, the parent may be asked to come and to pick up their child.  
               Examples where a time out may be needed include:
          a) pushing, hitting, or other improper physical contact.
          b) disrespect toward the teacher, volunteers or other children.
          c) refusal to follow directions.
          d) repeated acts of not sharing, not listening, or not taking turns.
 
  • Corporal punishment is not carried out under any circumstance. Children will not be slapped, spanked, or hit in any manner.
  •  The teacher will contact the parent and arrange a meeting to develop strategies for managing a   child’s behavior if there is above average concern. If behavior does not improve or continually   worsens, the Little Ed. Staff reserves the right to withdraw the child from the Learning Center.
  •  The “Golden Rule” is rule #1!
 
STUDENT WITHDRAWAL 
  • Notification is requested to be given in advance of student withdrawal.
  •  The Little Ed. Learning Center staff reserves the right to refuse service or to request the withdrawal of a child at any time for any reason. Each situation is evaluated on an individual   basis.
 
HEALTH POLICY
  • Parents are strongly encouraged to keep their child home if:
          1.  the child has had a fever of 100.4 or higher in the last 24 hours.  Parents will be contacted by                    the Learning Center to arrange pick up if their child develops a fever of this nature or becomes                  ill during the day.  
          2.  fussy, cranky and/or generally not him/herself and appearing to be in beginning stage of                            illness.  
          3.  shows symptoms of infectious or communicable diseases: sniffles, red eye, sore throat, nausea,                diarrhea, vomiting, hacking cough, difficulty in breathing or abdominal pain.  Please consult                     your child’s physician if unsure and notify us so that we can encourage others to take                                   precautions. 
           4. undiagnosed rashes.
 Please do not expose other children unnecessarily. When in doubt, please apply the “Golden Rule” in this matter.
 
  • The child may return to the Learning Center after illness when:
          1.  Fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medications.
          2.  nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea has subsided for 24 hours.
          3.  showing signs of feeling better and resumed normal behavior and/or released by medical                     provider.
"Golden Rule Quick Reference Guide"
 A phone call to the Center would be very much appreciated when your child is ill or will be absent. We are, of course, concerned if he or she is absent on any day of school.
ACCESS TO SPEECH THERAPY
  • If you think your child may benefit from the help of a speech therapist, after discussion with his/her pediatrician, we can refer you to an early intervention program (coordinated through the county school system) that will provide a free screening.
 
SAFETY/EMERGENCY PROCEDURES
  • Security cameras/video surveillance occurs both inside and outside of Green Valley Baptist Church.  The intent of these cameras is to observe public spaces (video only, no audio) to assist in maintaining the safety and security of those who visit and attend the church, as well as the students of Little Ed. Learning Center.  The cameras are used for the purpose of observation of particular areas by staff and members of the Green Valley Baptist Church.  The cameras are connected to a recording device and data is stored for 20 days.  Cameras are installed for viewing of common rooms and spaces, including hallways and play areas.  Bathrooms and changing areas which one would expect privacy are not equipped with surveillance of any kind.  The surveillance system is not one that can be accessed via internet remotely by parents/guardians for viewing.  It is designed to be used specifically for on-site monitoring at Green Valley Baptist Church.  If you have questions at any time regarding surveillance at our facility, please let us know.
 
  • Little Ed. Learning Center schedules a mandatory fire drill is held each month to familiarize the children with the proper way to exit the building during an emergency.  During an emergency, children will be escorted to a safe place outside the building.  Our facility is inspected annually by the State Fire Marshall's Office and also the Department of Sanitation to ensure all regulations are met.
  •  The Center’s staff will perform assessment and treatment of minor injuries.  If additional treatment appears necessary, the parent, guardian or emergency contact will be called.
 
INCLEMENT WEATHER
  • In the event of inclement weather, the Russell County Public School’s decision for closure will be followed.  If Russell County Schools have a delayed opening (snow schedule), the Learning Center will delay its opening until 10:00 a.m. and will extend closing to 12:30 p.m.  If Russell County Public Schools close after the school day has begun, we ask that you pick your child up as soon as possible. The local TV channels and radio stations will broadcast school closings.   You may also view the Russell County School Facebook page or the website at www.russell.k12.va.us/ for information on delays and closings.
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  • The Little Ed. Learning Center will not extend its school year beyond the end of May.  We will endeavor to “make up” time lost due to inclement weather by extending the school day during the latter months of the school year.  The preschool class as well as the half-day Pre-K class will meet from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.   The full-day Pre-K class will meet from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.   The staff will advise parents if and when this extended day schedule is to begin.
 
  
GRADUATION / END-OF-YEAR CELEBRATION
 
  • A gathering of family and friends will be held at the end of the school year to celebrate the students’ accomplishments and to thank those who had a part in the encouragement and care of the children during the school year.  All students, even those who are returning for a second year, are eligible to attend and will be asked to participate.  We will request that parents purchase a cap and gown for their child to wear during the ceremony.
 
  • Our celebration continues on the Friday following the Graduation Ceremony with a “Fun Day”.  It’s a time for all students, families and friends of Little Ed. to gather for fun in the gymnasium and then return to school for.   
 
 
" In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge
Him, and He will direct and make straigths                              
and plain your paths."  Proverbes 3:6