Villa Cresta Tots Preschool Program
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.
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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
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.”
Open Registration 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. We will take applications for both morning and afternoon sessions; however, the morning sessions must be full for the afternoon sessions to be offered.
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.
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. If you are ready to enroll your child, please click the Request for Placement form; print, fill out and mail your completed form and registration fee to:
Villa Cresta Tots Program
There is a non-refundable $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
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.
Tuition Dues and Meeting Days
- Tuition for the 3's is $405.00 for Sept-May and sessions meet Tuesdays/Fridays from 9:00-11:30 am.
- Tuition for the 4's is $505.00 for Sept-May and sessions meet Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays from 9:00-11:30 am.
- 3's-Tuition will remain the same as above, but 3's will meet Tuesdays/Thursdays from 9:00-11:30am.
- 4's-Tuition will remain the same as above, but 4's will meet Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays from 9:00-11:30 am.
**If 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 12:15-2:45.**
PLEASE NOTE: Request for Placement forms holds a spot for your child in our program until the In-Person Registration and tuition payment which is due in May.
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
2) Health Inventory (must be completed by your child's physician)
3) Blood Lead Testing (must be completed by your child's physician)
4) Immunization Certificate (must be completed by your child's physician)
5) Emergeny Form
6) A Parent's Guide to Regulated Childcare
7) Baltimore County Rec & Parks- Parent Code of Conduct
8) Parkville Council Regulation Form (that was included with your child's acceptance letter)
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 mail-in registration (Request for Placement Form) - it is in addition to mail-in registration. At this time, the 1st portion of tuition will be collected, and completed health forms may 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 attend the registration meeting will result in your child’s place being forfeited if the first installment of tuition has not been received by this date. If you have a schedule conflict, please notify Katie Fulkerson (Chairperson) at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-513-9055 prior to May 26th.
See tuition chart below:
1st Payment Due
|2nd Payment Due
||3rd Payment Due
||May 2015- $135.00
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. At this time, you will meet the teachers, see the classroom ready to go and learn a lot of important information regarding the program. This is "parent's night" when the teachers can tell you what they do and how the program works on a day-to-day basis. It is strongly urged that you find childcare for this meeting so that you and all of the other parents can listen un-distracted.
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 3rd day for the 3 year old classes will be Tuesday, September 13, 2016, without a parent!
The children registered in the 3's AM class will meet from 9:00-10:30 and the children registered in the 3's PM class will meet from 12:15-1:45 on these days. A snack will be provided.
The 3 year olds will have their FIRST FULL DAY on Thursday, September 15, 2016, 9:00-11:30 for the AM class and 12:15-2:45 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 2nd day for the 4 year old class will be Friday, September 9, 2016 without a parent!
The children registered in the 4's AM class will meet from 9:00-10:30 and the children registered in the 4's PM class will meet from 12:15-1:45 on these days. A snack will be provided.
The 4's will have their FIRST FULL DAY on Monday, September 12, 2016, 9:00-11:30 for the AM and 12:15-2:45 for the PM. No parent will have to accompany their child at this point and a snack will be needed.
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.
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: BCGRec15
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 email@example.com 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.
Directions to Villa Cresta Tot's Fun Center
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 right. Turn right 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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