Villa Cresta Tots Preschool Program
Mandated changes effective July 1, 2016:
New Hours: Due to a mandated restriction of hours for all Baltimore County Tots Programs (see letter), Villa Cresta Tots will be changing their hours as follows:
Morning sessions will now meet 9:30-11:30.
Afternoon sessions will now meet 12:30-2:30.
If you have questions regarding the mandated restriction, please contact Parkville Recreation and Parks Council at 410-887-5300 or website: www.prcparkvillerec.org or email: email@example.com.
Click HERE to read the letter explaining the changes to all Baltimore County Recs & Parks Tots Programs
Availability as of 9/1/16: We have spots in our 3 PM class (3 AM is full with a waitlist); Both 4s classes are full.
Villa Cresta Tots Preschool Program is dedicated to provide a structured program designed to encourage the social, emotional, physical and mental development of 3 and 4 year-old children.
Address, Phone Number, Contact Information
We are located at Villa Cresta Elementary- 2600 Radar Ave. Parkville, MD 21234 (directions at bottom of page)
Our Classroom Phone Number is 410-663-5285. Please use this number if you need to speak to the teachers regarding your child. If you have general questions, please email us at the address below.
Our Email Address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Contact Person/Chair Person is Katie Fulkerson 410-513-9055.
VC Tots Goals
The families and teachers who make up our preschool community share several goals. These include:
- Creating a safe, supportive, and stimulating environment that encourages the social, emotional, physical, and mental development of young children through creative play;
- Nurturing each child’s sense of accomplishment and personal growth;
- Encouraging families to share their unique talents, interests, and experiences in ways that enhance the preschool;
- Fostering a sense of community, support, and belonging for all those involved in the preschool.
Our Play-Based Curriculum
The Preschool’s mission states that the Preschool is dedicated to provide a structured, cooperative program designed to encourage the social, emotional, physical and mental development of young children. How do we go about trying to encourage that growth? We let the children PLAY! “Shouldn’t they be learning something?” someone might say?
To that we say. “They are”.
The Preschool’s curriculum is based on the philosophy that children learn through their play and it is with and through play that they learn, grow and develop.
What are the key tools used to teach?
We set up our classroom to be a welcoming and inviting place for kids to explore. We provide tools to experience and play with. It might be:
- with paint, brushes, glitter, glue, paper and scissors in the art area.
- with sand shovels, pitchers, cups, and more at the sensory table.
- with wooden blocks, foam blocks, cars, animals, and trains in the block area.
- with puzzles and games at the table toy area.
- a safe and cozy area for reading with a trusted adult.
What are the children learning?
- They are learning to interact with other children and loving adults.
- They are learning about science and how things work.
- They are learning pre-math skills and how things fit together and/or don’t.
- They are learning to use their words instead of hitting.
- They are learning pre-reading skills and learning that caring adults get down on the floor and
play alongside them.
Children need to succeed in all areas of their lives and we believe that giving children the time and space to play will allow them to flourish.
I tried to teach my child with books
He gave me only puzzled looks.
I tried to teach my child with words
The passed him by often unheard.
Despairingly, I turned aside
“How shall I teach this child?” I cried
Into my hand he put the key
“Come” he said, “play with me.”
Current Students (2016/2017 school year)
First Days of school- see schedule below
12- 4s NO SCHOOL (BCPS professional development (PD) day)
22/23-Kidstuff Coupon Book Fundraiser Ends-return books &/or money
3- 4s NO SCHOOL (Rosh Hashanah)
5- 4s Zoo Field Trip
10/11- 2nd Tuition Payment Due
12- 4s NO SCHOOL (Yom Kippur)
17/18- Coat Drive Begins
21- 4s NO SCHOOL (BCPS PD Day)
26/27- Coat Drive Ends
27- 3s Halloween Party
28- 4s NO SCHOOL (BCPS closes 3 hrs early)
31- 4s Halloween Party
1/2- Cookie Dough Fundraiser Begins
8- 3s NO SCHOOL (Election Day)
11- 4s NO SCHOOL (BCPS Conference Day)
17/18 Cookie Dough Fundraiser Ends
23-25- Thanksgiving Break
28- Tots Reopens
3s Classes: 2 packages of baby wipes & 2 containers of Lysol/Clorox wipes
4s Classes: (Please label every item)
1 pencil box (8.25" x 5.25" x 2")
1 pair of scissors (Fiskars brand ONLY)
2 bottles regular size Elmer's school glue
1 box of crayons (no more than 16 crayons per box)
1 smock (an adult size old shirt to cover clothes to knees)
No backpacks are needed. A folder will be provided to bring daily to class.
Please label all clothing items (ex: coats, hats, gloves, sweatshirts, etc.). If a name is not found, the teachers will clearly label it!
At this time we do not host an open house. If you are interested in bringing yourself and your child to observe, please contact Katie Fulkerson at email@example.com to schedule a day and time. Observations will begin the first week of November and will end the last week of April.
2016-2017 Admission Policy
Villa Cresta Tots will accept children applying to the 3's or 4's sessions for the 2016-17 program year as long as they turn 3 by November 1, 2016 (for the 3s class) or 4 by September 1, 2016 (for the 4s class).
Please keep in mind that the criteria for entry into kindergarten in the Baltimore County Public Schools is having attained the 5th birthday by September 1st of the kindergarten year. If your child will spend 3 years at Villa Cresta Tots (because of the age criteria for entrance into kindergarten), he/she will need to spend two years in the 3's program and one year in the 4's program.
Tuition Dues and Meeting Days
- Tuition for the 3's is $405.00. It is broken down into 3 scheduled payments. See chart below for details.
- Meeting days will be Tuesdays/Thursdays from 9:30-11:30 am and occur September-May.
- Tuition for the 4's is $505.00. It is broken down into 3 scheduled payments. See chart below for details.
- Meeting days will be Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays from 9:30-11:30 am and occur September-May.
**If the morning classes become full, we will offer afternoon sessions for both the 3's and the 4's. Afternoon sessions meet on the same days from 12:30-2:30.**
Tuition payment chart:
|| 1st Payment Due
||2nd Payment Due
||3rd Payment Due
||May 2016- $135.00
If you would like to pay in full, a $10 discount will be applied ($495 for 4's and $395 for 3's).
Availability as of 9/1/16: We have spots in our 3 PM class (3 AM is full with a waitlist); Both 4 classes are full.
Open Enrollment for the 2016-2017 school year will begin January 4, 2016.
Villa Cresta Tots provides preschool for 2 classes- the 3-year-olds and the 4-year-olds. Each 3's and 4's class has a capacity for 20 children with one teacher and a teacher's assistant at all times and any additional parent or relative (over the age of 18) is welcomed to volunteer (see Volunteer Eligibility section below). We will take applications for both morning and afternoon sessions; however, the morning sessions must be full for the afternoon sessions to be offered.
Request for Placement Form and Registration Fee
If you are interested in enrolling your child in our program but have specific questions, please email Katie Fulkerson (Chairperson) at firstname.lastname@example.org. Once you are ready to enroll your child, please click the Request for Placement form; print, fill out and mail your completed form with registration fee to:
Villa Cresta Tots Program
There is a non-refundable, non-transferable $30.00 registration fee to be paid with your application. You may pay in cash, check or money order and make it out to: Parkville Rec. & Parks.
2600 Radar Avenue
Parkville, MD 21234
You will receive an acceptance letter in the mail to confirm your spot for our fall class. Please note: the Request for Placement form and registration fee only hold a spot for your child until the In-Person Registration Night in May (see below) or upon returning all paperwork and first tuition payment.
Registration Paperwork (also at bottom of page)
After you have received your acceptance letter in the mail, the following forms will be required to be completed before your child may start school. Please fill them out and have them at the In-Person Registration in May.
1) Application for Admission (1 page)
2) Health Inventory (must be completed by your child's physician) (5 pages)
3) Emergency Form (2 pages)
4) A Parent's Guide to Regulated Childcare (2 pages) (AS OF 8/15 link is not working. Please email email@example.com for a copy or pick up a copy orientation night)
5) Baltimore County Rec & Parks- Parent Code of Conduct (1 page)
6) Parkville Council Registration Form (1 page)
2016/2017 Important Dates
In-Person Registration for the 2016-2017 school year
The In-person registration will be held: Thursday May 26, 2016 anytime between 6:00pm and 7:30pm
Registration will take place in the Tots classroom at Villa Cresta Elementary School. This is not to replace the Request for Placement Form and registration fee previously mailed in. At this time, the 1st portion of tuition will be collected, and the completed 8 registration forms need to be submitted. You may also choose to pay your tuition in full. If you would like to pay in full, a $10 discount will be applied ($495 for 4's and $395 for 3's). Failure to have turned in the required paperwork and partial/full tuition payment will result in your child’s place being forfeited this night.
You have the option of mailing in the forms and partial/full tuition payment BUT IT HAS TO BE POSTMARKED BY MAY 1ST. After that, you must come to registration night and turn it in. Please mail to VC Tots, 2600 Radar Ave., Parkville, MD 21234.
Parent Only Orientation
A parent only orientation will be held:
Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at 6:30 PM for the 3's &
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at 6:30 PM for the 4's.
Orientation will be held in the Tots classroom. Parent(s) only need to attend the meeting that corresponds to your child’s class. At this time, you will meet the teachers and board members, will be able to see the classroom ready for the children and lastly, will become familiar with the daily routine, rules and expectations. Please make childcare arrangements for your child(ren). Only one parent needs to attend orientation if childcare is unavailable.
First Days of Class
Welcome to the 2016-2017 School Year! The class schedules are as follows...
The 3 year old class schedule
The 1st day of class for the 3 year old classes will be Tuesday, September 6, 2016, with a parent!
The 2nd day for the 3 year old classes will be Thursday, September 8, 2016, with a parent!
The children registered in the 3's AM class will meet from 9:30-10:30 and the children registered in the 3's PM class will meet from 12:30-1:30 on these days.
The 3s will have their FIRST FULL DAY on Tuesday, September 13, 2016, 9:30-11:30 for the AM class and 12:30-2:30 for the PM class. No parent will have to accompany their child at this point and a snack will be needed.
The 4 year old class schedule
The 1st day of class for the 4 year old class will be Wednesday, September 7, 2016 with a parent!
The children registered in the 4's AM class will meet from 9:30-10:30 and the children registered in the 4's PM class will meet from 12:30-1:30.
The 4s will have their FIRST FULL DAY on Friday, September 9, 2016, 9:30-11:30 for the AM and 12:30-2:30 for the PM. No parent will have to accompany their child at this point and a snack will be needed.
Other General Information
This year Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks has made it mandatory for all adults who come in contact with children in a structured environment (ie: Tots Program) to have a background check completed. If you or any other adult age 18 or older (grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc.) would like to volunteer in our program, we need you to complete this as soon as possible. The background check is FREE and takes about 3 minutes to complete. EACH ADULT MUST COMPLETE AN APPLICATION. Volunteers must reregister every year
To access the Volunteer Application, please go to the Baltimore County Volunteer website. Jump to "Step 3" and click on "Complete your background check". Once you sign in, you will need ACCESS CODE: BCGRec16
When prompted, please select "Parkville" for Council, "Daycare/Preschool" for Activity, and "Childcare worker" for Position.
Once you have submitted your application, you will not receive any information from Baltimore County regarding your background check UNLESS there is a problem.
Please email Katie Fulkerson (Chairperson) at firstname.lastname@example.org to let her know you have completed the Volunteer Application.
Adults will not be able to volunteer unless you are on the approved list.
Weather Related Closings
Villa Cresta Tot's follows the Baltimore County Public Schools schedule.
- If Balto. Co. schools experience scheduled closings (holidays, early dismissals, etc.) or weather-related (snow, extreme heat, etc.) or other unscheduled closings, Tots is closed.
- If Balto. Co. schools open 1 hour late, Tots AM session will open 1 hour late and PM session will open on time.
- If Balto. Co. schools open 2 hours late, both AM and PM classes will be closed.
- When schools are to close early, generally this will be announced prior to the beginning of the PM class. PM class will then be cancelled. If BCPS is to close once class has already started, you will be responsible for listening to the news and making arrangements to get your child on time.
BCPS has an app (BCPS Now) for smartphones which is updated with the status of the schools.
Directions to Villa Cresta Tots
From Harford Rd, take Taylor Ave west to Old Harford Rd and turn right. Proceed two blocks and make the 2nd left on to Rader Ave. Drive 2 blocks to Villa Cresta Elementary School on the right. Go to the back parking lot. The Tot's Room is found up the ramp and through the double blue doors.
From Joppa Rd, take Old Harford Rd south to Rader Ave on the right (if you get to Taylor Ave you've gone too far). Turn right and drive 2 blocks to Villa Cresta Elementary on the right. Go to the back parking lot. The Tot's Room can be found up the ramp and through the double blue doors.
From Perring Parkway, take Taylor Ave east to Elmhurst Dr on the left. Turn left on Elmhurst and drive two blocks to see the school directly in front of you. Go to the back parking lot. The Tot's Room can be found up the ramp and through the double blue doors.
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