TO: FAMILIES OF CHILDREN ENROLLED IN THE YOUNG CHILDREN'S PROGRAM,
FROM: Dr. Jen Newton, Coordinator
Young Children' Program
Welcome to the JMU Young Children’s Program! We extend special greetings to those of you who are new to the YCP and look forward to renewing ties with returning families. It is our goal to work in partnership with you in order to provide the best possible experience for your child.
The YCP is fortunate to have two very talented teachers on its staff. This year Mrs. Nancy Guerrier and Jan Rhodes will be the teacher of the Morning Class and Mrs. Kelly Rooney will be the teacher of Afternoon Class. Both of these individuals are highly skilled early educators whose commitment to children and knowledge of development are exemplary. Mrs. Guerrier, Mrs. Rhodes and Mrs. Rooney work as a team to provide an exciting and challenging learning environment for the children. You will have the opportunity to schedule a conference with your child’s teacher prior to the opening of school.
Enclosed is the Young Children’s Program Handbook for Families. This document is an important source of information about program policies, procedures, and resources. There are revisions in this new handbook, so I encourage you to read it thoroughly—even if you are a returning YCP parent. Please bring your handbook with you to the preschool conference with your child’s teacher. She will review program policies and answer questions at that time. Following this explanation, you will be asked to sign the contract on the final page and leave it with the teacher. If you have questions prior to your conference, please feel free to contact me at 568-4525 or via email at email@example.com.
The Young Children’s Program is accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs and licensed by the Virginia Department of Social Services. As we approach the new school year, there is paperwork that must be completed for these agencies and requirements that must be met in order to establish a safe and secure environment for the children. In an effort to accomplish this as efficiently as possible, the necessary forms are enclosed with this letter and listed on the back of the page. Please complete all the required forms and bring them to the conference with your child’s teacher. She will review the forms with you and answer questions. We MUST have all paperwork completed, including the Commonwealth of Virginia School Entrance Health Form sent with your child’s acceptance letter, before your child can be allowed to attend school.
Licensing standards also require documentation of each child’s identity and age upon initial entrance to the Young Children’s Program. Parents of new students should bring their child’s certified birth certificate or other official record to the preschool conference. If your child does not have a birth certificate, it is important that you send for one immediately (refer to links at www.jmu.edu/coe/ycp/forms.shtml). It will be necessary to bring a copy of your request form or letter to the conference as temporary verification.
The YCP depends on the timely collection of tuition in order to meet budget and salary obligations. Tuition payments are due on or before the first day of each month--beginning September 1. A payment schedule is on the inside back cover of the enclosed handbook and on the website. Payments and questions related to tuition should be directed to Mrs. Danelle Cross in the Early Childhood Education Office, 568-6292, JMU MSC 6909, Harrisonburg, VA 22807.
My role as coordinator includes serving as administrator of the YCP and liaison between the program and the College of Education. I am not a full-time director; my YCP responsibilities constitute one-part of my job assignment with the University. Although you will not always see me at the YCP, I want you to feel free to contact me whenever you have questions, concerns, or suggestions.
As you are aware, the Young Children’s Program is a laboratory site for students in the Elementary and Inclusive Early Childhood Education Programs. Our students are new to the classroom, but they bring energy and enthusiasm to our program and enable us to provide the children with individual attention when needed. They also work in cooperation with the teachers to plan and implement enrichment activities. More information about student roles and responsibilities is on the YCP web site and will be shared throughout the school year.
The web site of the Young Children’s Program is www.jmu.edu/coe/ycp. The handbooks, registration materials, health forms, and school calendar are located there, as well as pages for each class that are updated regularly with news about upcoming events. Please feel free to let me know if there is additional information that would be helpful to add to the site.
The YCP will open September 3rd, 2013. Our get-acquainted social is scheduled for families on August 26th & 27th from 6-7pm at the YCP Courtyard and playground. (Morning class on Monday the 26th and the Afternoon class Tuesday the 27th) This event will provide a relaxed opportunity for all of us to learn to know each other. Please mark your calendar for this special evening! Details will be e-mailed--and added to the website--in mid-August.
I look forward to a special year of learning and growing together. Please let me know if I can be helpful to you in any way.
3-YEAR OLD CLASS
Nancy Guerrier, Teacher
4-YEAR OLD CLASS
Kelly Rooney, Teacher
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This is a common question from parents of young 3-year-olds.
Please refer to this important policy.