parents toolbox

what to bring

Each classroom shares specific information to families about what to bring, but in general, these guidelines can be followed for each age group.

*All items including clothing must be labeled with the child’s name

infants

  • Formula and bottles, cups for the day
  • Refrigerated food for the day
  • Non-perishables (including bottles and canned formula) which can be kept in the classroom cabinet
  • Extra breastmilk labeled and dated can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months
  • Two fitted crib sheets
  • Sleep Sack (under 12 months) or blanket (over 12 months)
  • Pacifier if desired
  • At least 2 spare outfits, onesies and socks
  • Weather appropriate outerwear
hat

toddlers

  • Two snacks, one lunch and two beverage cups packed in a small cooler with ice packs
  • Diapers and wipes
  • Naptime buddy if desired
  • Bedding for sleep mat (sheet, blanket , small pillow, etc)
  • Weather appropriate outerwear
  • Two or more spare outfits, including socks (more if toilet training)

preschool + kindergarten

  • One lunch and two beverage cups packed in a small cooler with ice packs
  • Diapers and wipes
  • Naptime buddy if desired
  • Bedding for sleep mat (sheet, blanket , small pillow, etc)
  • Weather appropriate outerwear
  • Two or more spare outfits, including socks (more if toilet training)

transitions

baby smiling at preschool

new to the program

We strive to welcome children and their families into First Circle as seamlessly as possible. We typically schedule transition visits the week before a child’s official start date, so the program and people are fairly familiar to the child the following week.

  • At the first visit, a parent or caregiver remains with the child in the classroom for about an hour. This gives both of you the opportunity to become familiar with the environment, chat with the educators, and ask any questions you may have.
  • On the second visit, your child visits in the classroom for about two hours without a parent. For Infants, we schedule this visit around a feeding time to ensure that bottle feeding is successful, if appropriate.
    For this visit, we must have every child’s most current immunizations as well as their most recent well child visit form. At a parent’s request, a third visit may be scheduled.

transition between classrooms

Transition from one classroom to the next is an exciting time, as your child’s development readies them for new challenges and opportunities. Once children are scheduled to transition to the next classroom, families will be notified a month prior to the start of the transition visits.

INFANT/TODDLER TRANSITIONS

Infants and toddlers transition from one classroom to another based on their individual readiness for transition. We strive to group children of similar ages and developmental readiness together so they can move with at least some of their friends. Because children develop at different rates, occasionally it’s in their best interest to transition on their own, at a time that best suits their individual needs.

girl learning at preschool
boy laughing at preschool

PRESCHOOL TRANSITION

Every few months, we transition toddlers who are both age-eligible (2.9 years old) and developmentally ready into our preschool program. Children are grouped in our preschool and pre-kindergarten classrooms according to kindergarten cut-off dates used by our local school systems.

PREKINDERGARTEN TRANSITION

One of the biggest transitions in a young child’s life is entering Kindergarten. During the course of the year in our pre-kindergarten classroom, the curriculum prepares children for a successful transition. Our goal is for the children to be ready for Kindergarten cognitively, socially, emotionally, and physically, with enthusiasm, interest and self-confidence for the experience ahead.

holidays

MARCH

JUNE

please note

calendar

[tribe_events]

JANUARY 2020

S

M

T

W

T

F

S

forms