First Presbyterian Church preSChool & Toddlers (Mother’s Morning Out)

Parent Handbook 2019 - 2020  


Important Dates:

  • Wednesday, August 21st, 6:30 p.m. - PARENT ORIENTATION MEETING (Parents WITHOUT Students): discuss policies and procedures for the overall Preschool, Sign up for parent/teacher conferences held the following week - meeting held in church sanctuary

  • Week of August 26th - PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES (Parents WITH Students) : teachers and assistants discuss procedures for their classroom, students meet their teachers - meeting held in student’s classroom

  • Classes will begin Tuesday, September 3, 2019 for 2-Day and 5-Day.

  • Classes will begin on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 for 3-Day and Toddlers (Mother’s Morning Out) students.

  • The first week of school (September 3rd - 6th), classes will have an abbreviated schedule beginning at 8:30 AM (8:45 for Toddler’s) and dismissing at 11:00 AM to help the children adjust.


Parents of already enrolled students can pay tuition online, read and sign our policies



●   REQUIRED FORMS - A copy of each child’s medical form/immunization record must be provided before the beginning of each school year.  Each child must be current on vaccinations to be eligible to attend preschool. 

Hours of Operation

●    2-Day, 3-Day, and 5-Day Classes meet from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Toddlers (MMO) classes meet from 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays.

●    Since the teachers need time to prepare their classrooms for the day, weekday school doors will not be opened before 8:30 a.m. and Toddlers (Mother’s Morning Out) doors will not be opened before 8:45 a.m.

Classes will end on Thursday, May 28, 2020 for 2-Day and end Friday, May 29, 2020 for 3-Day and Toddlers (Mother’s Morning Out) students.


Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

●    A child brought to school must be left in the presence of a staff member. Children must never be dropped off.
●    Children arriving after carpool line must be walked in with a parent/guardian and escorted to their classroom.
●    Each child will be released only to the parent/guardian or a person designated by the parent/guardian. Names of carpool drivers and relatives must be listed in the child’s contact information of your Parent Portal. Please list all of the information for an Emergency Contact #1 and an Emergency Contact #2.

Carpool Line for 2-Day, 3-Day, and 5-Day Classes

●  Weekday school morning carpool line is from 8:30 a.m. to 8:40 a.m.   The carpool line is to turn right on Morris Circle from Cole St. (staying alongside the curb). Cars will pull forward and stay in carpool line with children remaining buckled inside the car until a teacher/volunteer helps each child out of the car. Children may not exit vehicles without adult assistance.

●  Dismissal carpool line is at 12:00 p.m. each day. All children should be picked up on time.

●  Drivers may not park in the carpool line and exit their vehicle. 

●  Please refrain from cell phone use while in the carpool line. 

●  The carpool line is not the appropriate time to discuss your child.  Please make an appointment with the teacher. 

Drop Off/Pick Up for Mother’s Morning Out

  • Toddlers (Mother’s Morning Out) children will be brought directly to their classroom at 8:45 a.m. and picked up at 11:45 a.m. from their classroom.

  • Drop off/pick up parking is located in the half circle parking lot behind the church. Use the solid glass door to enter the building. For safety this door remains locked at all times. Push the button beside the door and the front office will unlock the door 


●   All of your children’s supplies (pencils, crayon, paper, etc) for the school year will be purchased by the preschool through the supply fee you paid at the time of registration. Please provide your child with a STANDARD size book bag to bring daily.

 Classroom Visits & Conferences

●    Parent/guardian conferences are scheduled before school starts each year but may be scheduled throughout the year as needed.
●    Special problems or occurrences affecting the child will be brought to the attention of the parent/guardian.
●    Any changes in the family home environment should be communicated to the teacher and shall be dealt with professionally and confidentially.
●    During the beginning and the dismissing of school, teachers are busy and cannot speak with adults at these times.  Make an appointment to discuss your child. 
●    Please refrain from contacting the teachers during school hours unless there is an emergency or urgent matter.  This allows the teachers to keep their focus on the children.

School Calendar

●    Holidays and teacher workdays will be observed following the Harnett County Public Schools calendar. 
Including School Closings, Early Dismissal, Delays Due to Weather
●    Preschool follows the weather closing decisions of Harnett County Public Schools.  If Harnett County is closed, First Presbyterian Preschool will be closed. 

Weather Safety

●    In the event of imminent danger due to severe weather conditions, the safety of children will be our priority.  


●   Your child will receive a daily snack. All snacks will be purchased by the preschool. The Toddler’s class needs to bring a sippy cup each day to use with their snack.

Food Allergy

●    FPC Preschool does not purport to be, nor can it be deemed to be free of food items and non-food items that may lead to a severe allergic or anaphylactic reaction. The Preschool will make every reasonable effort to reduce the risk to children with severe allergies or anaphylaxis in accordance with this policy.

For the safety of your child with food allergies of any kind, please provide a detailed LIST of all foods causing your child a reaction.

Medical Management

Each student at risk for a life-threatening allergic reaction must have a Food Allergy Action Plan completed annually by a physician and on file with the classroom teacher. Please download the form below. One copy should be stored with each of the student’s Epi-pens/Twinjects.

The parents of a child with food allergies, along with the student, are responsible for alerting the teacher in writing to the food allergy and making plans together for how to best accommodate the student based on the guidelines presented in this policy.

Any student who has been given epinephrine, either manually or via an auto-injector device such as an Epi-pen, must be transported to the hospital via emergency services personnel.

Students’ Epi-pens or Twinjects must be stored in a secure but unlocked location easily accessible by the Weekday School Administrator or classroom teachers to ensure prompt availability in the event of an allergic emergency at school.

●    Should a child have a known allergy to specific foods, every precaution will be taken by the staff to ensure the health and safety of that child.  Snack options will be discussed with the parent. An Allergy Action Plan must be on file for the student


●     Keep birthday parties simple.  Notify the teacher in advance if you plan to have a party. If a child wishes to pass out invitations for a home party, all children in the class should be invited. Otherwise, invitations should be delivered outside of school.

 Personal Belongings/Clothing

●    Please mark all clothing and personal belongings with your child’s name. 
●    All children should bring an extra set of clothing to be kept at school. Remember to switch clothing when the seasons change. Toddlers (Mothers Morning Out) children should have an extra set of clothing in their bags each day.
●    Science materials and any nature specimens you and your child find may be brought to the school at any time.  Please check with child’s teacher about other items that he/she may want to share. Guns, holsters and money may not be brought.
●    Children in the Toddlers (MMO) class may bring personal items at the discretion of the teacher.
●    Please have your child wear shoes appropriate for participation in games and rhythmic activities inside and outside.  Cowboy boots, flip-flops or clogs are dangerous on steps and playground equipment.
●     Please consider weather conditions and the high level of activity when dressing them for school.

Toilet Training Policy

A child entering the 2-day, 3-day, and 5-day classes at the beginning of September should be sufficiently potty-trained to spend three hours in class without having continual “accidents” and should be cooperative when asked to use the restroom at periodic intervals.

The three and four year old classrooms are not equipped to handle children still in diapers or pull-ups. If your child requests your help with hygiene, we encourage you to teach them proper techniques, as they should handle these tasks independently while at school.

All children in the 2-day, 3-day, and 5-day classes must be fully potty-trained at the beginning of the school year to attend class. Each child should be wearing underwear, not Pull-Ups or diapers, at school.

For the purpose of clarification, our definition of fully potty-trained is:

The child recognizes when he/she needs to go to the restroom.

The child verbally informs an adult of the need to go to the restroom.

The child enters the restroom on his/her own.

The child manipulates his/her clothing off and on with little or no assistance.

The child sits or stands at the commode and handles own cleaning (wiping) needs.

The child washes his/her hands and rejoins the class.

If a child is not sufficiently potty-trained to consistently perform the tasks listed above while at school, he/she may be asked by the teacher to remain at home until potty-training is complete. While we understand accidents do occur occasionally, repeated “accidents” or uncooperative behavior may result in a parent being called to remove the child from the classroom for the remainder of the class day.

On the the second incident of wet or soiled pants within the same day, we will call the parent or caregiver to take the child home for the remainder of the day. Depending on frequency, the second time a parent is called to pick up, you may be asked to keep the child home for an extended period to complete training.

This is not a punishment but rather an opportunity for the child to develop and grow in their potty-training abilities in a place where they may be more comfortable and without the time constraints of a preschool schedule. For some excellent tips on potty-training, we recommend Positive Discipline for Preschoolers.


●    For safety and hygiene reasons, animals are not permitted inside the buildings of First Presbyterian Church. 
●    Service animals are the only exception to this policy.


●    Discipline at preschool is a positive way of teaching children how to manage their own behavior. Aggressive or other unacceptable behavior (including but not limited to hitting, biting, pushing and inappropriate language) must be addressed immediately.  Our goal is to help them learn to express emotions in respectful and courteous ways and to help them solve problems by making good choices. As needed, we will redirect the children to areas of play where they can be successful. We also establish classroom rules and teach children the process for following those rules. If necessary, we will give a child time to sit and think quietly away from others. If unsuitable behavior becomes problematic, the teacher will complete an incident report form and make every effort to work with parents/guardians to reach a resolution that is helpful to the child. Persistent behavior of an inappropriate nature may result in discontinuing the child’s enrollment in our preschool. Such decisions will be at the discretion of the weekday school council.
●    Our teachers will handle behavior in a positive and loving matter.

  1. Teacher will talk with the child about behavior.

  2. Teacher will use a thinking time.

  3. Teacher will contact the parent.

●    The teachers and the Preschool Council together determine if a child is not adjusting.  We will contact you if your child’s needs cannot be met by our weekday school.  The aim of our program is to meet the well-being of both the individual child as well as the group.
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Social Media

  • Personal web sites, blogs and other forms of social media such as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook have become prevalent methods of self-expression and community interaction in our culture. In our effort to safeguard children, it is essential to maintain the privacy and security of all our families.

  • Posting of other people without their permission may violate privacy laws therefore parents are advised not to upload pictures or videos related to the preschool. A permission form is to be included in the preschool parent portal seeking authorization for the preschool to use children’s photos in official preschool school materials. This form does not grant permission to anyone other than preschool /church staff.

  • Parents are encouraged to contact the teacher first regarding any classroom concerns. If that is not effective to alleviate the concerns, parents should contact the moderator of the preschool council at First Presbyterian Church. It is not appropriate to hold public discussions on social media regarding our preschool, children, staff or preschool business that could more readily be handled as outlined above. Any such public comments or discussion that are deemed to be offensive or negatively impact the weekday school reputation, the church, church staff, preschool staff, or preschool family member may result in the following actions:

            1.    Request the information to be removed; 

            2.    Discontinuing a child’s enrollment in our Preschool program  

Illnesses and Absences

Please email your child’s teacher if your child is not attending on a regularly scheduled day, for illness or other reasons.
●    Precautions will be taken always to safeguard the health of the group. The school will notify the parents/guardians if there is a possibility of exposure to a communicable disease. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to inform the school of any known illness.
●    Children should not attend school if the child shows any signs of illness. Please keep your child at home when he/she is sick. This includes having a persistent cough or cold.
●    No child may stay in the school if he has a forehead temperature of 100 degrees or if he/she is exhibiting symptoms of vomiting, diarrhea, rash, runny nose or runny eyes. After an illness, a child may be admitted back to school if he/she has been fever-free (non-medicated) and symptom-free for a minimum of 24 hours. This policy protects children and staff from unnecessary exposure to viruses and illnesses. Parents or emergency contact persons will be called and asked to pick up the child immediately.
●    If a child becomes ill at preschool, all efforts will be made to reach the emergency contact listed in the office. If the emergency contact cannot be reached, and the child appears to be very ill, the preschool teacher will call 911. 
●    Teachers may administer medications on an emergency basis only.  A medical form will be included in each registration packet and must be completed prior to attendance.


One of the goals we have as teachers and parents is to teach our children to be self-sufficient. Meeting such a goal does not happen overnight. It is a process we will guide our children through from their earliest years on into young adulthood. It is important to know that even very young children are ready to start taking some responsibility for themselves. It is also important to know that children feel empowered and capable when we trust them to do things for themselves. When we do everything for our children, they can feel we don’t trust them to do it right or that they can’t do it. In light of this, our teachers have compiled a list of the top five self-help skills your child should have at each age level.

Toddlers (Mother’s Morning Out):

1. Learning to carry his/her own schoolbag and walk into classroom in the mornings (not be carried by a caregiver)

2. Wash and dry own hands

3. Clean up toys and understand simple directions like “Put away the toys”

4. Be able to communicate basic needs to a teacher

5. Feed himself/herself and learning to drink from an open cup


1. Be fully toilet-trained (see Toilet-Training Policy )

2. Wash and dry own hands

3. Feed himself/herself snack and drink from a cup (not a sippy cup)

4. Put on coat/Take off coat by themselves - put on backpack on their back

5. Be able to wipe their nose with little assistance needed


1. Be fully toilet-trained (see Toilet-Training Policy)

2. Wash and dry own hands

3. Feed himself/herself snack and drink from a cup (not a sippy cup)

4. Put on coat/Take off coat by themselves - put on backpack on their back

5. Be able to wipe their nose with little assistance needed


1. Be able to wipe their nose with no assistance needed

2. Working on buckling themselves in the car

3. Recognize name in print

4. Put outerwear on independently (teachers will work with students on zipping & buttoning

5. Transition smoothly from different activities and throughout the school

 Staff Training and Safety

●    Teachers will receive CPR training.
●    In the event a child is injured while at preschool, an accident report form will be completed by the preschool staff within twenty-four hours. 

Application | Supply Fees | Tuition  

●    The following tuition schedule is set for the 2019 - 2020 school year:

Toddlers (Mother’s Morning Out) 2 days          $110.00 per month
2-day class                                    $110.00 per month
3-day class                                    $140.00 per month
5-day class                                    $175.00 per month

●   A non-refundable application fee of $30.00 is due with the application and a non-refundable supply fee of $45.00 is due upon acceptance.  First month’s tuition is due with application.  All other payments are due the first of each month, beginning in September, ending in April, by the first each month.  A $20.00 late fee will be assessed for tuition not received by the 5th. If payments are not received by the 5th, a $20 late fee will be applied to your account. If payment is not made by the 15th of the month, an additional $30 late fee will be applied. Late fees will continue to accrue until the account has been made current.
●    If payment is not received by the end of the month and arrangements have not been made with the weekday school council, the child will be withdrawn from the program.
●    If a child is not present, but signed up, payment is still due. 
●    Tuition may be raised with a thirty-day notice from the Pre-School Council.
●    If a child is withdrawn from the First Presbyterian Pre-School, a 30-day notice in writing is required and the tuition paid in advance will be refunded only after the vacancy is filled.

Payment Policies

●    Payments may be made in the following ways:
●    Envelopes will be provided to parents in the child’s book bag monthly. 
●    Money orders or checks will be accepted in the envelopes.  These may be made payable to First Presbyterian Preschool and must include the child's name and class in the memo line.   Please return to the church office or mail in the envelope provided.
●    Cash payments are accepted.

●    E-payments may be made through the online Parent Portal.

●    Issues with past due collections will be reported to and managed by the preschool council.
●    Payments are due on the 1st of each month and will be considered late if not received by the 5th of each month.  If payment is not received by the 5th, a statement will be generated by First Presbyterian Preschool council (which may include late fees) and will be sent home. 
●    Children entering the Toddlers (Mother’s Morning Out) classes must be 18 months old by August 31st.
●    Children entering the 2 & 3-day classes must be three by August 31st.  
●    Children entering the 5-day class must be four by August 31st.
●    All children entering the 2, 3 or 5-day classes must be completely potty trained. This does not apply to Toddlers (MMO).
●    The preschool reserves the right to request withdrawal of a child whom the school feels is not ready for the preschool program. This is done with the best interest of the child in mind. The child may be accepted back into the program at a later date.

Classes are filled giving priority in the following way:

  1. Members of First Presbyterian Church

  2. Children currently enrolled               

  3. Siblings of children currently enrolled

●    Waiting lists are compiled as needed.

 Contact information:  

First Presbyterian Church Preschool

901 N Park AveDunn, NC  28334 


Preschool Teachers and Assistant Teachers

    5 Day Class: Leigh Anne Hester
  3 Day Class: Gina Warren & Lisa Ennis

2 Day Class: Elyse Johnson & Lisa Ennis
    Toddlers (Mother's Morning Out): Elyse Johnson & Yolanda Geddie