The Center for Young Children and Families offers four programs for young children between the ages of 13 months (as of Aug 31) and 6 years: Toddler I, Toddler II, Preschool, and PreK/Kindergarten.
Enrollment in the Center is the beginning step for the child. A parent or guardian must complete an application for the child’s enrollment. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Enrollment priority is given to children of faculty, staff, and current students at Plymouth State University. All attempts are made to meet the needs of children and families in the community. Many aspects are considered when accepting children: age, program suitability, and our ability to meet the specific needs of each child.
Age is not the sole criteria for determining a child’s placement into a particular program. That decision is made by parents and teachers, keeping in mind the developmental needs of the individual child. In order to be admitted into the Kindergarten program, however, a child must turn 5 years old before September 30.
Children will not be admitted until all required forms (application, medical history, family information, emergency data, permission for field trips, required state forms, and financial forms) are completed. Parents will receive notification of any forms that are not completed by the designated date of admission into the program. All forms must be completed and filed before the child begins attending the Center. Forms must be updated as changes occur within the family that the Center needs to be notified of (changes in address, work locations, etc.). All forms are reviewed and updated every 3 months. Families will be notified by the Program Assistant when their forms need to be reviewed and the procedure for doing so.
Children and parents are also required to visit the Center and meet with the director as part of an orientation process. As part of this process, the Center’s mission, philosophy, curriculum goals and objectives, as well as general policies, will be discussed. The director will outline the guidance and discipline policy and the Center’s position on diversity and providing a culturally relevant, anti-bias program. Families will have an opportunity to share information about their child and their families’ cultural heritage, as well as any questions or concerns. A transition plan into the program for the child will be created with the family.
The Center reserves the right to review each child’s adjustment to the program and to determine if the Center is an appropriate placement. Parents are encouraged to visit the Center often and discuss any concerns about their child’s transition to the program with the teachers or director.
The Center maintains a waiting list for openings during the calendar year. Parents will be notified when an opening occurs, if they have requested that their application be kept on file.