RABBIT CREEK PRESCHOOL
The purpose of the teacher-directed Preschool shall be to provide the enrolled children with a learning environment
where all areas of their development (physical, emotional, social, intellectual) can be stimulated.
The main goals of the Preschool are to help
the children gain social skills while becoming familiar with the school learning structure and group dynamics, in preparation
The Preschool is organized under
the Rabbit Creek Community Association, which provides broad operational guidelines, and is governed by a Preschool Parent
Advisory Committee elected by the parents of children enrolled in the program.
Three-year-old classes meet two times per week, four-year-olds
meet three times per week. Each session is approximately 2 ½ hours in duration.
The Preschool operates on the same schedule as the Anchorage School
District with the exception of the start and end of the school day. All school district vacations are observed,
as are school closures, such as snow days. The preschool does not observe
dismissal for Parent/Teacher conferences. www.asdk12.org.
Closing of the preschool for any emergency,
not specifically covered by the previous statement, shall be at the discretion of the Preschool Parent Advisory Committee
and/or the Rabbit Creek Community Association’s Board.
and four-year-old classes are directed by two teachers and assisted by one parent.
The maximum number of children per class is 20 for the 4/5 year old class (Rabbits) and 18 for the 3/4
year old class (Bunnies).
Daily Schedule for the Three and Four-Year-Old Classes
AM Class (Bunnies/AM Rabbits)
PM Class (PM Rabbits)
9:15 – 10:10
- See additional handout for special dates of closure.
Children are in sight and/or sound of a teacher
at all times with close proximity. Teachers will know where children are at all times.
Teacher ratios will be met at all times with supervision indoors, outdoors, and in ares
requiring closer supervision such as bathrooms.
The teachers will set the curriculum in cooperation with the Preschool Parent Advisory Committee, including
special projects and/or parties for the following:
Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and End-of-Year Ceremonies.
Special classroom presentations will be offered throughout the year.
Weekly and monthly themes will be planned by the teachers.
Outdoor Play Policy
All children will go outside for outdoor play time properly clothed for the weather. Parents
of children not able to play outside must make arrangements to collect the child prior to outdoor play time.
In alignment with the Anchorage School District policy, 10 degrees
(F) and above with no wind chill factor is the minimum acceptable temperature.
At least two (2) adults will be outside with the children, or a ratio of one (1) adult
to 10 or fewer children will be maintained at all times.
Outdoor play may be suspended by the Preschool Parent Advisory Committee, Rabbit Creek Community association and/or
the teachers during heavy rain and times that the outdoor play area is considered unsafe. If outdoor play
is suspended, the children will use the coat room for gross motor play.
Eligibility for Pre-School
the ASD guidelines for age group cut-offs. A child entering the three-year-old class must be three by September
1st. A child entering the four-year-old class must be four by September 1st.
The child must be toilet trained and self-sufficient in
the bathroom. A reasonable effort will be made to accommodate children with special needs.
RCP does not discriminate in admission on the basis of sex,
marital status, pregnancy, parenthood, race, religion, color, national origin, age, or physical handicap according to AS 18.80.230
and AMC 5.20.
a participant or as parent or legal guardian of a participant in classes sponsored by the Rabbit Creek Community Association
Preschool Program, recognize that some of the classes involve physical activities that have risks and injuries associated
with participating in these classes including, but not limited to those of bodily injury, partial or total disability, paralysis,
and death. Knowing that there is a risk of bodily injury, partial or total disability, paralysis, and death or personal property
damage, I, named above, for myself, my heirs, administrators, executors and assignees, hereby waive, release, discharge, covenant
and agree that I will never institute any demand, claim, or suit against the Rabbit Creek Preschool and Rabbit Creek Community
Association, and or their employees, agents, and volunteers for any bodily injury, partial or total disability, paralysis,
and death or personal property damage that might occur from any cause whatsoever as a result of my participation in the activities
of the Rabbit Creek Community Association Preschool Program. I accept full responsibility for the cost of treatment for any
injury suffered while taking part in the Rabbit Creek Community Association Preschool Program.
Physical, Immunizations, and exemptions:
Before starting school, the parent must:
Provide a current immunization record and physical from a physician, health department, or other health care provider
showing dates (month, day, year) of required immunizations. Parents must also provide records following any change or update
throughout the school year.
If there are medical or religious reasons a child cannot be vaccinated,
call the school nurse for further information. There is a State Medical Exemption form
for medical exemptions and a Religious Exemption form that must be notarized. Please ask the administrator for these forms
or you can find them at http://www.asdk12.org/healthservices/immunizations/.
Separation anxiety is a common issue associated with new experiences like preschool.
In many cases, it stops within 3-4 minutes after the parent leaves. Often the child is fine after
a quick good bye to the parent and then we are able to engage the child in an activity. Teachers and parents
will work together to ease anxiety and achieve student independence at preschool. If the child is unable
to remain at preschool independent of a parent within four weeks a determination of readiness for preschool will be made by
the teachers and parents.
RCP strives to provide the best
social and learning environment possible for all the children enrolled in the program. Cooperative behavior
and order in the classroom are essential to achieving this environment. Therefore, the Rabbit Creek Preschool
Parent advisory Committee has established this discipline policy for dealing with disruptive, unsafe, and problem behavior
within the classroom.
Step One: The teachers
will talk with the child exhibiting inappropriate behavior to ascertain that the child knows what behavior is expected of
Step Two: The teachers will utilize disciplinary
action for repeated offenses. The preferred method of discipline is the use of “Time-out”.
The “Time-out” place will be removed from the rest of the children, but not outside the classroom or facing
the wall. Time out no longer than 1 minute per age with a maximum of 10 minutes for extreme behaviors. The goal is behavior
change, not punishment.
The teachers will notify the child’s parents if the behavior persists.
Step Four: The teachers and Preschool Administrative
Assistant will conference with the parents if the above measures have been ineffective. Teacher will discuss of a behavior
plan and require parental shadowing for out of control behaviors. Parents will be notified of a one month time-line for the
required behavior change to be effected.
The child will be withdrawn from the Preschool Program if the necessary behavior
change has not occurred within the one month time-line.
Pick Up Policy
Only those individuals indicated
on the child’s emergency card may pick up said child. The emergency card may be updated by a parent
or guardian at any time. RCP cannot accept a note signed by a parent/guardian as proof that an individual
not listed on said child’s emergency card is authorized to pick up said child. The individual’s
name MUST appear on the emergency card prior to that person retrieving the child.
Parent cannot arrange for another parent to watch their
child unless that individual is on the emergency card.
If court orders and/or restraining orders that involve a parent or
guardian are in place, RCP must have a copy on record at the preschool in order to honor them. RCP will
abide by documented court orders in a child’s file but is not responsible for enforcing them. RCP
is most concerned with providing a non-threatening, nurturing environment for all of our students. For
this reason, parents/guardians who use RCP as a “battle ground” in custody and related matters may be asked to
withdraw their child from the program immediately without refund of May tuition.
In the case of shared custody, RCP will assume equal parental responsibility
unless written instruction is provided and signed by both custodial parties.
Late Pick Up Policy
If you are running late please
call the preschool at 345-1888. If a child is not picked up within 5 minutes of their class end time, a
late fee will be charged as such:
$15/child for the
first quarter hour or any portion thereof and $15/child for every additional quarter hour.
Third (3rd) late pickup, the fee increases to $30 per quarter hour.
Fourth (4th) occurrence will result in the immediate withdrawal of the
child from the preschool, without the refund of May tuition.
NOTE: If you know you are running
late you can arrange for another child’s parent to supervise your child in the coatroom until you arrive.
The responsible adult retrieving the child
will receive a form documenting the late minutes and the charges accrued. Late charges stated on the form
are due no later than the 10th of the month following the occurrence. Failure to pay late charges
in a timely manner as stated above may result in the removal of the child from the program without the refund of May tuition.
Avenues of Communication:
Monthly Parent Advisory Committee meetings
“Speak Up” Forms
Special notices will be left in the children’s communication files
will be held by parents’ request in the Three-Year-Old Class.
Conferences will be held in the spring. The conference days will be determined
by the Committee and teachers. Sign-up sheets with available time slots will be posted for families to
Any changes to the RCP Policies will be reviewed by the Rabbit Creek Community Association Board and Parent Advisory
Committee and updated policies will be placed in each student’s communication fine and sent electronically to the email
Alaska State Statutes and Anchorage
Child Care Center Regulations require that all licensed and/or certified child care providers report all incidents of suspected
or actual child abuse and neglect of children regardless of whether they occur in or are related to the facility.
RCP is therefore obligated by law to report such incidents within 24 hours to the child Care Protection Office of Children’s
Services (Alaska Department of Health and Social Services) at 1-800-478-4444.
Centers are required to notify the Municipal Child & Adult Licensing Office
of incident which alleges a child was abused or neglected when the center is responsible for the child. Municipal
Child & Adult Licensing Office: 343-6730.
The Alaska Department of Education & Early Development and the Anchorage
Municipal Child Care Licensing Office are the agencies responsible for complaints involving child care centers.
These agencies supervise, monitor, and investigate complaints involving child care centers. They
can be contacted at:
Alaska Department of Education & Early Development
ATTN: Melora Gaber
801 W. 10th St., Ste. 200
P.O. Box 110500
Juneau, Alaska 99811-0500.
Municipality of Anchorage: Child Care Licensing
825 L. Street 3rd Floor
Registration, Tuition, and Withdrawal:
Registration for currently enrolled families will open the First day of February and continue until
the classes are full.
previously enrolled RCP families will open the the second week of February and continue until the classes are full.
Registration for new students will open the third week of
February and continue until the classes are full.
become available in any class, they will be filled from the waiting list. If there is no waiting list,
openings will be advertised on the Rabbit Creek Preschool Website and locally. No new students will be entered after April
15 for the current year.
Tuition is established by the Preschool Parent Advisory Committee with approval
of Rabbit Creek Community Association’s Board of Directors and is based on the projected budget for the school year.
Any additional expenses over and above normal operating expenses shall be approved by Rabbit Creek Community Association’s
Board of Directors. Should unforeseen increases in costs arise during the school year the options will
be presented to the parents at a Parent Advisory Committee meeting, and input provided by the parents prior to any tuition
Payment of Tuition
Tuition is due the first of each month. If tuition is not received by the tenth of the month, a late charge of $25.00
will be collected for the first and second time a payment is past due.
The late fee will increase to $50 if there is a third offense and will be brought to the RCP Boards attention
which could result in removal of student from program. There will be a late charge regardless of circumstances (vacation,
illness, etc.) All monies collected from the late charges will be utilized for the good of the preschool.
Because of the nonprofit basis of the Preschool, this policy will be strictly observed.
Payment may be left in the locked payment box at the Preschool, mailed to or dropped off
at the Rabbit Creek Community Association Office. Parents will respond in a timely manner to notices from
RCP regarding past due balances. Failure to do so could result in removal of student from program.
Make Checks Payable To:
Rabbit Creek Preschool or RCP.
Mail Payments To:
Rabbit Creek Community Association
Attn: Rabbit Creek Preschool
13650 Lake Otis Parkway
Anchorage, AK 99516
Tuition payments that are in arrears for two consecutive months
will result in withdrawal of the child from the program.
Non-Sufficient Funds (NSF) charge of $25.00 will be assessed for any returned checks. The NSF check and
fees must be paid in cash or money order. All tuition payments following two NSF checks during a
single school year must be paid by cash or money order.
The $75.00 registration deposit is non-refundable. May tuition is refundable prior to the
start of the school year with 30 day written notice. If less than 30 days written notice,
the May tuition is non-refundable.
a child enters school at a point other than the first class of the month, a pro-rated tuition will be paid for the month.
Full tuition is due as long as the child is enrolled, regardless
of attendance; snow days, vacation, etc. Monthly tuition is calculated by dividing yearly tuition by 9
so as to provide convenient, equal monthly payments.
Sibling Discount- Families with more than one student enrolled during the same school
year will receive 10% off the younger sibling’s tuition.
Withdrawal & Refund Policy
The parents shall submit 30 days written notice to the Chairperson, Administrator, and Teachers
in advance of the withdrawal of a child from Preschool. May tuition will be applied to the last month of
attendance if 30 days written notice has been given. Parents will be responsible for the payment
of tuition 30 days from the date of withdrawal if 30 days written notice is not provided and May tuition will be forfeited.
If withdrawal occurs after the first of the month, tuition
will not be prorated; full tuition must be paid for the month.
No Smoking Policy
RCP maintains a smoke free environment, including
any vehicle used to transport children. Smoking is prohibited throughout Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church’s
facility, the RCP classrooms, the play yard, and surrounding grounds. There is no approved smoking area
at this facility. Child care personnel may not smoke while responsible for the care of children and they
may not expose children to second-hand smoke. AMC 16.65
7 AAC 10.1085. Smoking: Smoking is prohibited
in a child care center.
Cigarettes or other smoking products, and ashtrays, lighters, or other smoking accessories are not
visible or accessible to children;
RCP maintains comprehensive general liability
insurance as mandated by the Municipal code.
TV & Video & Computer Use Policy
Television and video viewing are
not a part of the RCP curriculum. Students have access to a desktop computer in the classroom that has
educational apps preloaded. Students do not have access to the internet. Students may
choose, during center time, to sign up for 5 minutes of computer game time. Games are educational and connected
to the current curriculum.
RCP does not keep animals with fur or feathers on site. If an animal is coming to
the classroom (e.g. as part of a presentation), parents will be notified in advance.
RCP does not conduct field trips during school
hours. Occasional educational guest speakers are invited to compliment particular curriculum, but students
do not leave the school grounds.
Emergency Evacuation Relocation
the event of emergency requiring evacuation of the classroom and building children will be escorted by teachers outside a
safe distance from building. If it is deemed unsafe to reenter the building the children will be escorted by the teachers
Located at: 13500
Old Seward Highway.
Phone Number: 907-887-9760
Teachers will begin contacting parents to pick up their children from this location
once they are settled and accounted for. Please call 907-441-7574 during such emergencies to speak with the administrative
assistant as the classroom number will not be of use.
RCP follows the Anchorage School District guidelines with regard
to all medications dispensed at school.
RCP does not administer non-prescription medications. Parents
must give written permission for the use of lip balm.
Prescription medicine may be administered at school when prescribed by a licensed healthcare provider
with prescriptive authority in the State of Alaska, and provided in a container labeled by the pharmacy or the legal prescriber.
The State of Alaska grants prescriptive authority to physicians (MD and DO), physician assistants (PA), advanced nurse practitioners
(ANP, FNP, PNP) and dentists. The proper forms must be completed for administering all medications at school. Health Services
Forms are only applicable for the current school year in most circumstances. Parents are responsible for providing all medications
to the school nurse in original containers accompanied by the appropriate form.
No medications can be administered without specific written
permission and instruction from both the child’s parent/guardian and physician. Instructions must
include identification, quantity, purpose and possible side effects. A separate and designated amount/dosage
in a container with a pharmacy label must be provided and left at school. The pharmacy label must include:
student’s name, dosage, health care provider, pharmacy, date issued and prescription number (this includes all
prescription medications such as inhalers, epinephrine, etc.). Preschoolers are not permitted to keep any
medication in their cubby, backpack or on their person. Parents must discuss all medication (including
inhalers, epinephrine, etc.) with one or both teachers to insure that there is no risk to any child involved in the program
and all appropriate forms must be completed.
Class Helper, Event and Party Volunteer Policy
Class Helpers are required to assist in the classroom
on a rotating basis. The number of times that each family is required to assist depends in part on the
number of students actually enrolled in the class. If the classes are full, 3’s (Bunnies) can expect
to assist a minimum of three (3) times a year, or about once every ten weeks. 4’s (Rabbits) families
can expect to assist a minimum of four (4) times a year, or about once every seven weeks.
The Special Day Calendar is posted on the bulletin board
located in the coatroom. It is the parent’s responsibility to select and sign up for your Special Days to volunteer
on the calendar.
All families are required to assist.
Three-year-old (Bunnies) families must have helped a minimum of once (1) by January 1st with a total of three (3) by
the end of the school year, or their child may be withdrawn from the program with no refund of May tuition. Four-year-old
(Rabbits) families must have helped a minimum of twice (2) days by January 1st with a total of four days by the end of the
school year, or their child may be withdrawn from the program with no refund of May tuition.
Families with more than one child enrolled in the preschool
are required to work the above number of days per child.
If a family cannot help on the day they have signed up for, the parent must try to arrange
for a substitute. If unable to find one through their own efforts, they should contact the class liaison
or another Committee member as soon as possible. If no substitute can be arranged, the family is still
responsible for providing the snack.
Parents are required to volunteer their time to help with one school event during the school year.
This can be as a member of a school party committee (Halloween, Christmas, or Valentine’s Day) or helping with a fundraising
event (Christmas Towne Bazaar or annual Spring Fundraiser). These duties do not require much from parents and are essential
to the preschools operation and ability to provide fun activities for the students to look forward to throughout the year.
Classroom Helper Duties
The classroom helper should arrive ten minutes before class and be prepared to stay
fifteen minutes after class for clean-up time.
The classroom helper is responsible for providing a nutritious nut free snack including 2 food groups and beverage:
water, 100% fruit juice, or milk). Napkins, 5 oz. cups, and other service items as needed must be provided.
Special treats, such as mini cupcakes, may be brought on a child’s birthday. In addition to
any special treats, a nutritious snack must be offered first.
The classroom helper’s child will have a time for Show and Tell (Sharing).
Have him/her bring one favorite toy, book, photo, or talk about a special interest.
The classroom helper will not bring other children, siblings,
etc. on his/her day to help. The helper will be supervised and can help with preparation of activities and snacks, but may
not engage in any care-giving duties including assisting children in the bathroom or alone.
Follow These Four Easy Steps To Help Your
Family Be Food Safe.
Clean. Bacteria can spread throughout the kitchen and get on hands, cutting
boards, knives, and countertops. Frequent cleaning can keep that from happening.
WASH hands with
soap and warm water for 20 seconds before and after handling food.
RUN cutting boards and utensils through
the dishwasher or wash them in hot soapy water after each use.
KEEP countertops clean by washing with hot soapy water after preparing
Separate. Cross-contamination is how bacteria spreads. Keep raw meat, poultry, and seafood and
their juices away from ready-to-eat food.
USE one cutting board for raw meat, poultry, and seafood and
another for salads and ready-to-eat food.
KEEP raw meat, poultry, and seafood and their juices apart
from other food items in your grocery cart.
raw meat, poultry, and seafood in a container or on a plate so juices can't drip on other foods.
Even for experienced cooks, the improper heating and preparation of food means bacteria can survive.
USE a food thermometer—you
can't tell food is cooked safely by how it looks.
STIR, rotate the dish, and cover food when microwaving to prevent
cold spots where bacteria can survive.
sauces, soups, and gravies to a rolling boil when reheating.
Chill. Bacteria spreads fastest at temperatures
between 40 °F - 140 °F, so chilling food properly is one of the most effective ways to reduce the risk of food-borne
the fridge to 40 °F or below, and use an appliance thermometer to check the temperature.
and takeout foods within 2 hours, and divide food into shallow containers for rapid cooling.
THAW meat, poultry, and seafood in the fridge,
not on the counter, and don't over-stuff the fridge.
To find out more about food safety, visit befoodsafe.gov.
Questions? Click on Ask Karen or call 1-888-MPHotline.
General Parent Responsibility at RCP
should arrive, supervise the child in the coat room until they are invited into the classroom, and pick up your child on time.
The time before and after class is used by the teachers for class preparation. Please limit your
visiting to the coatroom before and after class. Younger siblings must be supervised at all times.
Do not drop children off at the front door.
Parents/Guardians will escort their child into the classroom. Parents/Guardians should ensure that
the child removes his or her outer wear and has shoes on for class. Children must wear shoes at all times
in the classroom.
Parents will label all outer
clothing, including shoes, with their child’s name. Parents should be sure that all their child’s
clothing goes home daily. Parents will provide appropriate outer wear for outside play (coats, hats, boots,
mittens, snowsuit, etc.). RCP will not be responsible for loss or damage to personal property.
Each child will need a bag that will hang on his/her coat hanger to hold hats,
mittens, papers going home, etc. During the winter season please take snow pants out of the bag and hang
them on the coat hook in order to expedite the process of putting on outdoor clothing.
With the exception of assigned show and tell, toys should
not be brought to school.
provide teachers with written notice of vacation or other extended absences.
Parents will not send their child to school if he/she is sick or has any sign of a communicable disease.
Notify the teachers immediately of a communicable disease or contagious condition such as head lice. A child who has
had any communicable disease cannot return to school without a Doctor’s note indicating the child is healthy. In the
case of head lice a child must have treatment and have no nits present before returning to school. All efforts must be made
to immediately inform teachers/administrator so classroom can be treated to prevent further spreading of condition.
Please note RCP will not release a child to any persons
not listed on the Emergency Contact card. The person picking up MUST be listed on the Emergency card prior to picking up the
child. An email or phone call to add someone is not sufficient.
Each child MUST be
signed in and signed out of every class meeting. The Sign In/Sign Out sheet is posted on the bulletin board
located in the coatroom.
the event of an emergency, teachers will call 911 with an ambulatory option and call/notify the parents. No child will leave
the premises without parental consent. There will be no personal transport of any child at any time.
Parents should read the current newsletter and
check the bulletin board for current information.
Parents should not hand out Birthday invitations at school. They may be placed in
the communication files.
of Ethics and Confidentiality:
If a classroom helper learns something of a personal nature about one of the students while in the
classroom, the information must be kept confidential. Teachers and staff are also held to the same standard
of confidentiality with regard to students and their families.
Behavior Guidance Codes:
16.55.200 The provisions of 7 AAC 57.535
are adopted and incorporated by reference, with modification and supplementation as follows:
A child in care shall not
be removed from the other children except under the following conditions:
Before removing a child, the caregive shall use appropriate
social, emotional, and developmentally appropriate behavior guidance techniques;
Children removed from other children shall be constantly supervised
children removed from the group for
any reason shall not be purposely humiliated; and
Children removed from the group for other than out of control behavior shall be removed for a maximum
of one minute per age of the child. The total time the child can be removed shall not exceed 10 minutes except in the case
of "out of control behavior" discussed in subsection C.
If the behavior of a child becomes a risk to themselves
or other children or staff, the carefiver shall use age-appropriate interventions. In a center, a member of the staff shall
be designated to be responsibile for supervising the child.
"Out of control behavior" includes, but is not limited to, throwing objects,
being physically aggressive towards others, continued biting, screaming or cursing with inability to calm down or stop, or
hurting oneself, except when these behaviors are appropriate to the developmental stage of the child.
In a child care facility, discipline
or consequences shall be:
These guidelines may be amended by a majority of the Preschool Parent Advisory Committee and approval of
the Rabbit Creek Community Association Board of Directors
Appropriate to the child's age and development;
Related to the behavior;
Articulated to the child through an explanation to the child
before and at the time of the disciplinary action; and
immediately by the caregiver primarily responsible for the child.
Substitute Teacher Policy
When a teacher is absent, an effort will be made to find a parent substitute for the teacher.
The parents who substitutes for the teacher must be a volunteer and have passed criminal background check and finder
printing; parents are not paid to substitute.
If a parent cannot be found to substitute, the administrative assistant may substitute for the teachers
for a limited number of times each year. The number of times the administrative assistant can substitute
for the teachers is set out in their contract. If a parent or the administrative assistant are unavailable, other staff who
have passed security clearance from RCCA may be asked to substitute.
In the event of a long-term absence of one of the teachers, efforts will be made to hire a qualified substitute
Amendment of Policies: