Villa Cresta Tots Preschool Program
Open Enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year will begin January 3, 2017. Please click here for further information.
At this time our both our 3-year-old & 4-year old morning classes are full but each have a waitlist. Our 3-year-old & 4-year-old afternoon classes still have openings. Please indicate on your Request for Placement form if you would like to be on our waitlists.
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.
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.”
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Villa Cresta Tots provides preschool for 3 and 4-year-olds. Each 3-year-old and 4-year-old session has a morning class and an afternoon class. There is a capacity of 20 children with one teacher and a teacher's assistant at all times per class. Any additional parent or relative (over the age of 18) is welcomed to volunteer (see Volunteer Eligibility section below).
Tuition Dues and Meeting Days
- Tuition for the 3-year-old class is $455.00. 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 (morning class) or 12:30-2:30 pm (afternoon class) and occur September-May.
- Tuition for the 4-year-old class is $555.00. 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 (morning class) or 12:30-2:30 pm (afternoon class) and occur September-May.
Tuition payment chart:
||1st Payment Due
||2nd Payment Due
||3rd Payment Due
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.
Children must be potty trained before starting school in Septemeber. Pull-ups are not encouraged, but if need to be used, your child must be out of them by December 1st. Please talk to the director, Paula Spahn, with any other concerns.
Villa Cresta Tots will accept children applying to the 3-year-old or 4-year-old sessions for the 2017-18 program year as long as they turn 3 by November 1, 2017 (for the 3-year-old class) or 4 by September 1, 2017 (for the 4-year-old class).
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Open Enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year will begin January 3, 2017.
Request for Placement Form and Registration Fee
If you need forms mailed to you, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions regarding our program may be emailed to Katie Fulkerson (Chairperson) at email@example.com. If you are ready to enroll your child, please click the Request for Placement form; print, fill out and mail your completed form with $30 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. Please make payments out to: Parkville Rec. & Parks.
2600 Radar Avenue
Parkville, MD 21234
Registration Paperwork (also at bottom of page)
After you have received your acceptance letter in the mail, the following forms must 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)
5) Baltimore County Rec & Parks- Parent Code of Conduct (1 page)
6) Parkville Council Registration Form (1 page)
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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.
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2017/2018 IMPORTANT DATES
In-Person Registration for the 2017-2018 school year
The In-person registration will be held: Thursday May 25, 2017 anytime between 6:00pm and 7:30pm
Registration will take place in the Tots classroom at Villa Cresta Elementary School. This is required in addition to completing the Request for Placement Form. At this time, the 1st portion of tuition will be collected, and the completed 6 registration forms need to be submitted. You may also choose to pay your tuition in full. Failure to have turned in the required paperwork and partial/full tuition payment will result in your child’s place being forfeited this night.
Parent/Guardian Only Orientation
A parent/guardian only orientation will be held:
Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at 6:30 PM for the 4-year-old classes &
Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 6:30 PM for the 3-year-old classes.
Orientation will be held in the Tots classroom. Parent(s)/Guardian(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/guardian needs to attend orientation if childcare is unavailable.
First Days of Class
Welcome to the 2017-2018 School Year! The class schedules are as follows...
The 3-year-old class schedule
The 1st day for the 3-year-old classes will be Tuesday, September 12, 2017, with a parent!
The 2nd day for the 3-year-old classes will be Thursday, September 14, 2017, with a parent!
The children registered in the 3-year-old morning class will meet from 9:30-10:30 and the children registered in the 3-year-old afternoon class will meet from 12:30-1:30 on these days.
The 3-year-olds will have their FIRST FULL DAY on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 9:30-11:30 for the morning class and 12:30-2:30 for the afternoon 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 for the 4-year-old class will be Monday, September 11, 2017 with a parent!
The children registered in the 4-year-old morning class will meet from 9:30-10:30 and the children registered in the 4-year-old afternoon class will meet from 12:30-1:30.
The 4s will have their FIRST FULL DAY on Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 9:30-11:30 for the morning class and 12:30-2:30 for the afternoon class. No parent will have to accompany their child at this point and a snack will be needed.
3-year-old classes: 2 packages of baby wipes & 2 containers of Lysol/Clorox wipes
4-year-old 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!
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Director/Head Teacher & Teacher Assistant
Director and Head Teacher Paula Spahn has 28 years experience all at VC Tots.
Teacher Assistant Karen Polasik has 15 years experience at VC Tots.
Address, Phone Number, Contact Information, Tax ID
We are located at Villa Cresta Elementary- 2600 Radar Ave. Parkville, MD 21234 (directions below)
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 email@example.com
Our Contact Person/Chairperson is Katie Fulkerson 410-513-9055.
Tax ID: 52-1071220
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a day and time. Observations will begin the first week of November and will end the last week of April.
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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CURRENT STUDENTS (2016/2017 school year)
10-17- Tots Closed (Spring Break)
18- Tots Reopens
24- 4s firefighters visit (tentative date)
26- 4s fieldtrip to Golden Dragon Acrobats
27- 3s fieldtrip to Golden Dragon Acrobats
17- 4s Graduation Party
18- 3s Last Day
19- 4s Graduation Day
25- 2017/2018 In-Person Registration
Graduation for the 4s classes will occur on Friday, May 19th. Below is the schedule:
- The 4 AM class will arrive in the Tots classroom at 9:30 am with the ceremony in the VC gym starting promptly at 10:00 am.
- The 4 PM class will arrive in the Tots classroom at 10:45 am with the ceremony in the VC gym starting promptly at 11:15 am.
Please look for more information in the folders and on the bulletin boards as the date gets closer.
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If you need forms mailed to you, please email us at email@example.com
For inital request:
Request for Placement 2017-2018 (1 page)
Following forms are for once you have been admitted (and due at registration night):
Application for Admission (1 page)
Health Inventory (must be completed by your child's physician) (5 pages)
Emergency Form (2 pages)
A Parent's Guide to Regulated Childcare (2 pages)
Baltimore County Rec & Parks- Code of Conduct (1 page)
Parkville Recreation Registration Form (1 page)
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Change of Information
Field Trip Guidelines
Tots Emergency Plan
Scholastic Books Ordering
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