Tempe School District No. 3 (TD#3)
REGULATION OF FACILITY
This facility is regulated by the Arizona Department of Health Services (AzDHS). Any questions or concerns you may have about this or any other child care licensed facility may be addressed to:
Arizona Department of Health Services
Division of Assurance and Licensure Services
Bureau of Health and Child Care Review Services
Office of Child Care Licensure
150 North 18th Avenue Suite 400
Phoenix, AZ 85020-4610
(602) 364-2539 / (800) 615-8555 / FAX (602) 861-0674
- All students and staff interact and positively reinforce each other.
Learners are provided a variety of opportunities to reach their full potential.
Teachers are actively involved in their students’ educational programs, daily care, and leisure time activities.
The uniqueness and strengths of each student, their families, and our staff is important.
- All people should be treated as equals and shown dignity and respect.
TD#3 Preschool Vision
To be a safe, nurturing and accepting community school where all students are challenged to learn and prepared for success in kindergarten.
TD#3 Preschool Mission
Explore, Play, Learn
The Journey Begins Here
Inspiring minds. Investing in our future.
We profess a commitment to preschool children and their families to work together to provide a positive introduction to the world of learning for young children. Our preschool is developmental and academic in nature and is designed to enhance each child’s emerging self-esteem and positive feelings toward learning. Each child is viewed as a unique person with an individual pattern and timing of growth and development. The curriculum and adults’ interactions are responsive to individual difference in ability and interest. Adults believe that there is often more than one right answer. Adults recognize that children learn from self-directed problem-solving, experimentation and direct teaching. Children are provided concrete learning activities with materials and people relevant to their own life experiences. Recognizing the greater system in which the child exists, home and family, assistance is provided to parents through meetings, information sharing, and training. The staff works in partnership with parents by communicating regularly to build mutual understanding and to provide greater consistency for children. We are dedicated to providing a preschool that is a safe place for children to be nurtured and successful. We will provide opportunities for children prior to kindergarten to participate in learning and development of verbal skills, language acquisition, motor skills, pre-literacy skills, beginning math concepts, social skills, problem solving skills, and self-confidence.
PRESCHOOL COSTS AND ELIGIBILITY
Tuition is charged on a monthly basis. No credits are given for missed days due to illness or vacation. Refunds are only made when dropping the program with a two-week written notice and then are prorated to the end of the month the withdrawal is processed in. No other refunds will be made.
Tuition assistance is available for eligible families who live in Tempe and meet the income guidelines. The following documents will be required to apply for tuition assistance:
- The child’s birth certificate.
Proof of family income (check stubs, employer letters, tax documents, food stamp letters, support orders, unemployment, etc.).
- Proof of City of Tempe address.
Families will be notified by the City of Tempe of the acceptance of a child or placement on a waiting list. Families will then complete all district registration paperwork prior to their child starting the program.
The preschool curriculum is developmental and academic in nature. Although there are universal and predictable sequences in a child’s growth and development, each child moves through this development at their own rate. Tempe PRE is utilizing the HighScope Preschool curriculum which is aligned to the Arizona Early Learning Standards. The HighScope Preschool Curriculum allows for structured and unstructured play, experiences connected to student choice and interest. The hallmark of the HighScope Preschool Curriculum is the Plan-Do-Review process in which children make and carry out plans, then reflect on their accomplishments. During Plan-Do-Review, children initiate activities that build upon their natural curiosity and excitement about learning. Children engage in purposeful activity as they attempt to achieve goals they set for themselves in the planning step. They develop self-confidence and increasingly complex thinking and play. The teachers support and extend the children’s learning throughout this process of planning, playing, and reflecting. The space and materials in the classrooms are carefully selected and arranged to promote active learning. There are separate areas for reading, writing, dramatic play, block play, art activities, writing, and sand and water play. The curriculum reflects our belief that all children are developing people, at their own special rate, with their own strengths and needs. The HighScope curriculum addresses all areas of a child’s development including: Language, Literacy and Communication; Social and Emotional Development; Mathematics; Science and Technology; Social Studies, Physical Development and Health; Creative Arts; and Approaches to Learning.
Our Tempe PRE classrooms have a child-centered approach in which teachers and instructional assistants observe and respond to children individually. These adults are always visible in the classroom and the classroom is physically set up to ensure that all children can be seen at all times by the teacher and/or other adults in the room. Activities are planned to match the interest and needs of each child in the classroom. The curriculum and adults’ interactions are designed to be responsive to the individual difference in ability and interests of each child. Adult expectations match and respect each child’s developing capabilities.
WHAT YOUR CHILD WILL NEED
When you tour the facility, your child’s teacher will talk directly about the requirements for his/her class, in general all students need to have the following supplies:
A backpack large enough for a file folder
A complete change of clothes, in case their clothes become soiled, in a bag labeled with their first and last name
A blanket or towel to be used for cover at naptime to be sent home for washing each Friday
We ask that children only bring toys from home on the days that teacher’s request for “Show and Tell” time. Toys can be a distracter for not only your child, but for the other children in the classroom. If a child brings a toy and does not leave it in his/her backpack or cubby, it may be held by the teacher until a parent can pick it up.
DISCIPLINE AND GUIDANCE
Staff facilitates the development of self-control in children by designing classroom environments which emphasize routine and consistency. Staff use positive guidance techniques such as modeling, natural consequences, encouraging expected behavior, redirecting children to a more acceptable activity, direct teaching of appropriate behavior, positive redirection, setting clear limits and instruction in problem solving skills. Staff help children foster a respect for self, others, and property. Children are taught to develop skills to help them make appropriate choices and resolve conflicts.
Staff will provide guidance in supporting children as they learn to solve problems.
Staff will use positive discipline approaches to teach children acceptable behavior and inner controls, not as punishment or retribution.
Staff will define and maintain consistent and reasonable rules and limits for children and shall model and encourage appropriate behavior.
Staff, whenever possible, will explain to a child why a particular behavior is not allowed, help child problem solve an alternative and assist the child to become engaged in an activity in an acceptable way.
There may be times when a child is removed from the group for unacceptable behavior (the length of time should not exceed 1 minute per year of the child’s age, i.e. 4 minutes for a 4-year-old) using the methods already described.
Children in conflict will be encouraged to “talk it out” and be a part of the solution.
Staff will not humiliate or frighten the child or use corporal punishment.
Discipline will not be associated with eating, napping, or toileting.
Children may not discipline other children.
DAYS AND HOURS OF ATTENDANCE FOR Tempe PRE PROGRAM
Full Day 7 Hour Program
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Actual hours vary by site, please check with your school site
Early Release on Fridays
(Breakfast and lunch provided for families who qualify for Free or Reduced meal program through the TD3, snacks provided daily)
Tempe PRE classrooms observe all holidays in accordance with the District calendar. Friday is an early release day for Tempe PRE classrooms the same as the rest of the school. Please refer to your individual school site for start and end times.
Daily attendance is absolutely necessary to ensure the success of your child.
IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE PARENT to notify the school when a child is going to be absent. If a parent is not heard from, the school will attempt to contact the parent (as per policy). For this reason, it is necessary for parents to provide a phone number where they can be reached and notify the school as soon as possible of any change in this phone number. To report an absence for any reason, call the school office and leave a message on the absence line. You must call the school office each day your child is absent within 30 minutes of school starting.
Children with 10 or more nonconsecutive unexcused absences may be withdrawn from the program. Children with 10 consecutive unexcused absences and no call will be withdrawn.
DAILY SIGNING IN AND OUT
In accordance with the regulations set by AzDHS, we must have on file a list of adults who have permission to sign your child in and out of the preschool. An adult is defined as a person 18 years or older. For your child’s protection, preschool children will not be released to a person under the age of 18, even if that person is a relative.
All children are required to be signed in and out by an authorized adult. Children will be released only to those authorized to sign the child out (MUST be listed on the child’s Emergency Card or parent/guardian MUST have notified staff in person the adult will be picking the child up). All authorized adults must be prepared to show picture identification when signing a child out for the first time. Children will NOT be released to an adult listed on the Emergency Card who does not have a picture ID. It is the parent/guardian’s responsibility to inform other authorized adults of this requirement.
Licensing requires a minimum of a first initial and full last name when signing in or out.
It is the parent/guardian’s responsibility to be on time for pick-up each day. If your child is not signed up for extended care, they must be picked up within 5 minutes of the end of the school day. Pick ups after the scheduled end of the school day without being signed up for extended care may result in the child being dismissed from the program and will result in late pick up fees. If your child is picked up late more than five times in a semester, they will be dropped from the program.
Children signed up for extended care must be picked up no later than 6:00pm. Pick ups after 6:00pm will result in late pick up fees being assessed (see tuition/fees policy). If your child is picked up late more than five times in a semester, they will be dropped from the program.
IF A CHILD IS NOT PICKED UP WITHIN 15 MINUTES OF THE END OF THEIR SCHEDULED PICK UP TIME, TEACHING STAFF WILL CALL PARENT/GUARDIAN LISTED ON EMERGENCY CARD AS FIRST CONTACT. IF THEY ARE NOT ABLE TO BE REACHED, TEACHING STAFF WILL CONTINUE TO CALL ALL NUMBERS ON THE CHILD’S EMERGENCY CARD UNTIL SOMEONE IS LOCATED WHO CAN PICK THE CHILD UP. IF NO ONE CAN BE REACHED TO COME AND PICK THEM UP WITHIN 30 MINUTES OF THE CHILD’S SCHEDULED END TIME, THE NON-EMERGENCY POLICE NUMBER WILL BE CALLED. IT IS UP TO THE PARENT/GUARDIAN TO UPDATE ALL EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION AND ARRANGE FOR PICK UP OF THEIR CHILD EACH DAY.
This list provides a general idea of the daily routine of your child’s day. The activities in the classroom may be not occur in the order listed below.
Greeting and Message Board Time
Children and adults come together in a large group for beginning of the day routines, greeting and information about new items or work areas in classroom provided through a daily message board.
Large Group Time
Children and adults participate in an activity together and contributes to a sense of community in the classroom. Everyone comes together to participate in music and movement activities, storytelling or other shared physical activities. There may be several large whole group activities during the day.
Plan, Do and Review Time
Children first come together in large group and with adult support articulate their plan for their choice of interest area, their work time. They have choices in engaging in educational centers that reinforce the early learning standards and concepts being taught. Young children learn through play and exploration so these experiences are critical. Upon completion of work time, all children and adults again gather together to recall their actions and review what they learned.
Small Group Time
A small consistent group of children meet each day for 15-20 minutes with the same adult where an activity is introduced and children are given their own set of materials to work with. Teachers also have a set of materials for themselves to use as both a participant and a model.
The playground and outside group activities allow children to develop gross motor skills, engage in social interactive play experiences as they choose activities.
All children must be completely potty-trained. Adults do supervise children in the restroom and support each child’s need for independently addressing his/her own bathroom needs. Proper hygiene is taught and monitored.
Breakfast, Lunch and Snack
Children learn proper hand washing and eating routines. Whenever possible meals are served family-style. Teachers model behaviors for healthy eating and the use of good manners, encouraging the use of complete sentences to make requests, while learning and practicing new vocabulary.
Each child has their assigned individual cot with a covered sheet. All children will rest and many will sleep during this designated time.
All children assist in cleaning up. They learn personal responsibility as they clean up after themselves and help others.
Dismissal routines may vary from class to class. This time is used to put closure to the day and provide one last opportunity to practice developing theme- related vocabulary and skills.
Language is the basis for so much of how young children learn. Throughout the day children are exposed to new vocabulary, opportunities to expand their expressive and receptive language skills, many stories, activities, experiences, discussions and opportunities to develop language along with reading readiness, math and writing skills.
Hand washing is a part of the daily routine in the preschool setting. It not only helps children to remain healthy, but it promotes a healthy lifestyle. At a minimum, children wash their hands when they enter every day, after using the restroom, and before eating a meal or snack. We appreciate parents reinforcing this routine in the home to help children become aware of the importance of good hygiene.
Parents of children entering the preschool program will need to provide verifiable documentation of immunizations required by law. Any immunizations received after school starts will need to be shared with the nurse. If you need help in determining if your child requires immunizations, please contact the school nurse. According to the Arizona Department of Health Services Child Care Licensing, the only exemptions allowed for preschool children are for medical or religious reasons. If your child requires an exemption for either of those reasons, please let the school know so you can fill out the appropriate form.
Children who are ill (sore throat, cough, diarrhea, head or stomach aches, head lice, etc.) or who have had a fever or vomiting in the past 24 hours will not be allowed to remain at school. Certain illnesses require exclusion, as per the Arizona Department of Health Services (see list below). If a child becomes sick during the day, the staff will bring the child to the health office and the nurse (or other designated staff) will care for the child. So that the child does not infect other children, he/she will remain in the health office until an authorized adult arrives to take the child home. The school staff will call the parents/guardians to pick up the child. If no one can be reached, the nurse or secretary will call the other authorized persons listed on the emergency card until someone is reached. It is expected that the child will be picked up immediately. The child cannot return to school the following day if they have left school with a fever or vomiting. There are specific illnesses that children may be exposed to that require the parents of other children in the class be notified. Those exposures will be posted. We adhere to all AzDHS and state requirements concerning preschool illness.
Illnesses that require school exclusion:
Exclude until all blisters are scabbed over and dry and fever free 24 hours
Exclude until completed 24 hours of appropriate treatment and signs and symptoms greatly reduced
Exclude until fever free for 24 hours
Exclude until no diarrhea, cramping or fever for 24 hours
Coxsackie virus - (Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease)
Exclude until fever free and Dr. Note to return
Exclude if live lice found and until initial treatment completed
Exclude as long as untreated sores are present or until sores have been treated by antibiotic.
Exclude until symptoms subside and individual is fever-free
Exclude from the time of onset of illness through the 4th day after rash occurs
Exclude from school if sores cannot be covered and bandage kept dry and intact
Exclude until swelling subsides and child is fever free (or 9 days after the onset of swelling)
Cover affected areas and exclude if infected
Exclude until fever free
Exclude until treatment has been completed
Exclude for at least 24 hours after the first dose of antibiotics and student is fever-free
Exclude for at least 24 hours after the first dose of antibiotics and student is fever-free
Exclude until written permission to return to school by Doctor
Exclude for 5 days and may return with Dr. Note
NEGLECT AND ABUSE POLICY
Arizona’s mandatory reporting law, A.R.S. 13-3620 requires that school personnel having responsibility for the care or treatment of children, whose observation or examination of any child discloses reasonable grounds to believe that a child has been neglected or abused, are mandated to report the matter immediately. If a child discloses to an adult staff member, even as a third party, that staff person is also mandated to report the incident. School personnel do not investigate incidents, they only report to the authorities. Typically, police and the Department of Children’s Services (DCS) are notified of suspected child abuse or neglect. All staff are trained each year in the DCS reporting procedures.
Parents should arrange to have prescription medication given to children before or after their preschool day. Should it be necessary for medication to be given to children during the day, the school nurse will hold and dispense the medication to the child. All medications must be in the original prescription container and labeled with an Rx number, prescription name, amount, time and/or frequency of dosage. The parent must sign an authorization/permission to dispense the medication at school. The nurse will document that medication is to be given including the medication name, amount, time and the child’s name. All medicines are kept in either a locked box in the nurse’s office or a locked box in a refrigerator in the nurse’s office. Only trained staff administers medications. Parents must bring medication to school; medication is not to be transported in backpacks.
Minor injury: Children will receive basic first aid treatment at school, and a written notification will be sent home with the child to the parents/guardians.
Other injury: First aid will be administered and the parent/guardian will be notified by telephone to pick up the child for further care. If the parent/guardian cannot be located, a person listed on the emergency card will be called to take the child for further care.
Life threatening injury: In case of serious accidents, the paramedics will be summoned for treatment. They will advise whether the child should be taken to the nearest hospital or doctor’s office by ambulance. Parents/guardians will be notified as quickly as possible.
NOTE: IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE PARENTS/GUARDIANS TO UPDATE ANY CHANGES FOR EMERGENCY CONTACTS. IF NO EMERGENCY CONTACT PERSON CAN BE LOCATED, IN A CASE OF A MEDICAL EMERGENCY, THE POLICE WILL BE CONTACTED.
TRANSPORTATION FOR PRESCHOOL
Parents are to provide transportation for students in the Tempe PRE Preschool Program. No bus transportation is provided. Please do NOT put preschool students on the buses used by older students. Please follow and adhere to the drop off and pick up times. Extended care is available to families who need it at specified sites.
Children who are not enrolled in Extended care may NOT be left at school after school hours have ended or be dropped off before preschool hours begin regardless of the time your child’s school campus opens (i.e. older children can be on campus at 7:30 am for breakfast; this does NOT apply to Tempe PRE and children cannot be dropped off until the start of school unless signed up for Extended care).
BREAKFAST, LUNCH, AND SNACKS
Breakfast, lunch, and snacks are available to all families. All families will complete a Free and Reduced meal application as part of their TD3 registration. Snacks are always provided free to all enrolled children. Families who qualify for Free meals will be provided all meals free of charge. Families who qualify for Reduced meals can purchase meals from the school at a reduced rate.
Families must contact their school’s cafeteria directly to purchase meals. All families are welcome to provide their child’s food in a lunchbox at any time. All district provided meals meet USDA requirements and a monthly menu is posted in each classroom. It is your responsibility if your child has an allergy to any type of food to inform the teacher upon your child’s enrollment in the program. If your child has a food allergy and you purchase meals from the district, a substitute item will be provided for his/her meal or snack. TD3 does not serve pork or peanut butter.
FOOD FROM HOME
There are many children who have food allergies and/or sensitivities that must be taken in to account when providing food to the children. If you choose to provide your child’s food from home, you MUST check with the classroom teacher regarding allergies ahead of time. If you are wanting to provide food for a celebration of any kind, you must check with the classroom teacher regarding allergies and all food MUST be store bought in its original container. If you choose to send a lunch with your child, we would encourage you to please select healthy options and avoid sending sweets, sugary drinks, and other ‘junk’ foods as much as possible.
All children will have opportunities to play outside every day in an area that meets AzDHS regulations. Water is provided for children while playing outside but you may also provide a water bottle for your child. If you send a water bottle, please label it with your child’s first and last name and ensure that it is taken home to be washed at least weekly. Classroom staff are not responsible for lost/broken water bottles. The play area has shade to protect children from the sun. Unless there is a heat advisory, children will have outdoor time each day. If a child has a health condition (such as asthma) that would make high pollution days a time they should not be playing outdoors, you must provide a doctor’s note to the school nurse and your child’s teacher and alternate plans will be made for your child on those days.
There are a variety of ways you can communicate with your child’s teacher. Always feel comfortable in calling either directly to your child’s classroom and leaving a voicemail, e-mailing your teacher or coordinator, and/or calling the office to leave a message. Staff should contact you within 24 hours of receiving your call/e-mail. If you ever want to meet with your child’s teacher, simply call to make an appointment. We are always happy to meet with you outside of class time so it does not interrupt the learning for other children.
Tempe PRE utilizes email as our main form of communication so it is imperative that you keep your email address up to date with Tempe PRE and notify them of any changes. It is also important that you check your email on a regular basis for important information from Tempe PRE staff.
Staff is committed to involving parents in the education of their children. Parents are an integral part of the learning process and a variety of opportunities for parental involvement will be offered throughout the school year.
Opportunities for parents to learn about preschool curriculum and developmentally appropriate learning activities for young children will be available.
We will offer parents the opportunity to visit their child’s classroom and personally observe the wonderful activities in which their child participates.
We will request that parents complete a yearly satisfaction survey so that we can continue to improve in the achievement of our goals.
If you are interested in formally volunteering in your child’s classroom, you must contact your child’s school and complete the District process to volunteer.
Preschool staff believes that we and the families of our students are in a partnership to provide experiences that will assist all children in achieving their potential and regular, open communication is a key element in this process.
Parental/family involvement and responsibility is a critical component of your child’s education:
As a parent we ask that you:
Have high expectations for your child and praise their accomplishments.
Have your child attend on a daily basis as developing skills need to be reinforced every day. The period of time between birth and age 5 is when the fastest and most critical learning occurs.Daily attendance is an excellent preparation for kindergarten and it shows your child that school is important.
Be prompt at arrival and dismissal. It is important that your child know he or she will be picked up or met promptly at the end of the school day. Some children become anxious or are traumatized when expecting to be picked up and no one comes for them. We understand that occasionally you may be delayed picking up your child due to unforeseen circumstances and ask that you notify the school or your child’s teacher when this happens. Please remember that teachers have other responsibilities at the end of each school session.
Keep informed of what is happening on campus and in your child’s classroom by reading your teacher’s newsletter, the school newsletter, and the Tempe PRE newsletter.
Some children will be anxious and may even cry when left at school. RELAX! Your tension makes the child’s reluctance even stronger. Let the teacher welcome your child and draw them into class activities while you head on your way. They will watch your child’s adjustment to school and the other children and will notify you if any unusual difficulties arise.
Please let us know of any changes in the family such as death, illness, divorce, separation, company in the home, or if the child is on any medication. This helps us anticipate any potential sudden changes in behavior and provide appropriate supports to your child in the classroom.
Please fell free to approach the teacher with any concerns you may have about your child’s preschool experience. Tempe School District No. 3 has specific policies and procedures in place for parents and staff to utilize should difficulties and differences occur. The school district and Tempe PRE program encourage open communication between families, parents, teachers and schools at all times. Questions concerning the policies and procedures may be directed to the school Principal or the Student Support Services office.
Provide a home environment that supports and encourages learning and promotes a positive attitude toward school.
Spend time at home reading, playing or talking with your child each day.
As staff we commit to:
To provide an environment that is nurturing, respectful, promotes learning, and models citizenship.
To provide the parents and families of our students many opportunities to share in their child’s education.
To provide fun, exciting, hands-on, developmentally appropriate activities that encourage language and problem solving skills.
To promote life-long learning.
To always strive to increase student achievement.
To have high expectations of our students--your children.
PROCEDURE FOR SHARING PARENTAL CONCERNS
Parents having concerns about classroom issues need to approach the teacher first with these concerns. If the parent is not satisfied with the result of that meeting, then he/she should call the school Principal and set up an appointment to discuss the issue. The school Principal will talk with the teacher and then meet with the parent. At the Principal’s discretion, the teacher may be invited to this meeting. If after meeting with the Principal the parent is still not satisfied with the outcome, he/she should contact the Student Support Services Director.
VISITING THE CLASSROOM
Only persons having a purpose and authorization to be in the classrooms will be allowed access. Parents/guardians are always welcome to visit the classroom. It will be necessary for you to sign in at the office and get a visitor’s badge. We do ask that if you visit, you do not interrupt the activities by asking questions or engaging the staff in conversation when they are interacting with students. Instead, please feel free to write down any concerns or questions you may have and the staff will be glad to talk with you after the students leave, or at an arranged meeting time. It is important to realize that when a parent or family member comes into a class the dynamics of that class can change. The addition of an unfamiliar adult, or even a family member, can cause some children to become anxious and/or display behaviors that are not typical during the normal school day.
Unannounced fire drills are practiced on campus by each class at least monthly as required by law.
Intention to apply pesticide on the school campus will be posted 48 hours in advance of the pesticide application.
The Tempe School District No. 3 provides liability insurance as required.
Inspection reports of this facility are available upon request.
All families will be asked to sign permission on a photo release form for us to take photos or videos of your child. This includes individual pictures, group pictures, pictures for the school newsletter or classroom newsletter, and videos made throughout the day.
That permission may be revoked at any time. If permission is revoked at a later date, the parent must sign a new form indicating that decision.
Project Child Find is the Tempe School District No. 3’s process that seeks to identify children 3-5 years’ old who need special services. The District serves the needs of children with disabilities such as physical, mental, hearing impairments, emotional, or speech and language impairments in a variety of settings. To determine if your child has special needs, ask yourself the following questions.
Does your child…
have trouble seeing people and objects?
have trouble hearing voices or sounds or remain unusually quiet for long periods of time?
have difficulty talking and pronouncing words properly?
move about with difficulty when crawling, walking or running?
learn slowly and have difficulty understanding?
have trouble playing with other children or getting along with adults?
have other special health problems?
If you answered “yes” to one or more of these questions, if you know of any such children or if you have questions, call (480) 897-6233 for information and screening dates.
AzDHS EMPOWER PROGRAM
Participating in the AzDHS Empower Program encourages children to live healthy lives. This program encourages sun safety, healthy eating habits, healthy life choices and healthy physical activity.
The AzDHS voluntary Empower Program supports licensed Early Care and Education facilities in their efforts to help young children grow up healthy. The Tempe PRE Program will implement the following Empower Standards in our classrooms.
The Tempe PRE Program is committed to your children’s health. We encourage all children to participate in a variety of physical activity opportunities that are appropriate for their age, that are fun, and that offer variety. If children are inactive for long periods of time, they can be at risk for problems associated with being overweight. In keeping with this philosophy, our facility will follow the guidelines below:
All children are provided at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day, including both teacher-led as well as free-play activities in accordance with the Empower guidelines.
Staff will encourage moderate and vigorous levels of physical activity.
Weather permitting, every child will have the opportunity to participate in outdoor physical activity each day.
We encourage children to be active throughout the day exploring their environment by limiting sedentary activities to less than 60 minutes at a time (except during nap time).
Screen time is limited to less than three hours per week for children ages two and older.
No screen time during meal or snack time.
Physical activity is never used nor withheld as punishment.
The Tempe PRE Program is committed to protecting the health and safety of students and staff. While we like to provide opportunities for outdoor physical activity, we also want to make it sun-safe. Well-defined research has documented a multitude of negative health conditions from overexposure to the sun.
Staff will follow the age-specific recommendations when planning outdoor activities
Staff is encouraged to protect the children’s and their own skin with:
Sunscreen, lip balm, hats, light clothing and shade.
Limiting exposure during peak UV times, from 10AM to 4PM.
Regularly checking the UV Index to monitor the intensity of the sun’s rays and plan for outdoor activities accordingly.
Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
The Tempe PRE Program, while committed to the health of all of our children, is currently not eligible for the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). Eligibility is determined by federal standards based on family income within established geographic boundaries. Schools instead use the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and all meals for Tempe PRE children are provided free of charge.
The Tempe PRE Program is committed to supporting your child in establishing lifelong healthy eating and drinking habits. Too much fruit juice may be linked to weight problems and is associated with tooth decay and decreased appetite for other nutritious foods. Too much fruit juice may also take the place of more nutritious beverages such as fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk or water. In keeping with this philosophy, our facility will:
Limit 100% fruit juice with no added sugar to not more than two times per week for all children one year and older.
Only four to six ounces shall be served at one time.
Fruit juice shall only be served with meals and snacks and not continuously throughout the day.
Water shall be used as the first choice for thirst and will be offered throughout the day.
The Tempe PRE Program is committed to supporting your child in establishing lifelong habits of healthy eating patterns. In keeping with this philosophy, our facility will:
Serve meals family-style whenever possible to support children in learning to serve themselves and develop healthy relationships with food. Our role as educators is to provide nourishing food, the child’s role is to decide whether and how much to eat.Children will never be forced to eat.
Teachers, staff, and children eat together with staff modeling behaviors for healthy eating while creating a relaxed environment that promotes both social interactions and positive eating habits.
The Tempe PRE Program is committed to protecting the health and safety of our students and staff in regards to tooth decay, which is an infectious disease and a serious problem among young children in Arizona. Our facility recognizes that we play an important role in preventing tooth decay and in educating children, their families and staff on tooth decay prevention. Our facility will:
Provide oral health education once a month.
Guide our staff on steps they can take to prevent tooth decay.
The Tempe PRE Program is committed to furthering staff knowledge on the Empower Program. We regularly train our staff on Empower topic areas, including: physical activity, nutrition, oral health and tobacco use cessation. All training is documented with records readily available.
The Tempe PRE Program is committed to supporting the efforts of Arizona Smokers’ Helpline (ASHLine) to help staff and parents quit using tobacco. To protect the health of our children, their families, and our staff, our facility will promote the ASHLine information on the dangers of second-and third-hand smoke by placing them in a visible spot at least once per year so parents and staff can see them. We will also refer parents, when possible, to the ASHLine.
Smoke Free Campus
The Tempe PRE Program is committed to providing a smoke-free environment for children and staff due to acknowledged hazards arising from exposure to second-hand smoke. Our facility notifies all employees, families and visitors of the smoke-free policy. Appropriate signage will be posted.