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					      Jeremiah 29:11

“For I know the plans I have
  for you, declares the Lord,
 plans to prosper you and not
to harm you, plans to give you
      hope and a future.”




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Hello!


We bring you a warm welcome to First Assembly Preschool. Founded in 1980,
First Assembly Preschool is one of North Carolina’s largest, loveliest, and
liveliest childcare facilities. We like to think of First Assembly as a place that
children and adults consider their second home…a place where they are
accepted and loved…a place where laughter and play are cherished…a place
where children’s rhythms are caught and given warm response.

We hold special pride in the Preschool’s professional staff. Selected for their
knowledge of child development as well as their strong interpersonal skills, they
are the strength of our program. When visiting First Assembly, please take time
to listen, to watch, and to learn from this unique group. You will be enriched.

It is our role to facilitate the learning of children, parents, and one another, and to
work as enablers to the important work of our outstanding center. We are
pleased to embrace these roles.



Sincerely,


Jill Hurst & Ellen Ahearn
Preschool Director & Assistant Director




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                                  TABLE OF CONTENTS
Welcome                                               4
Missions Statement                                    4
Early Childhood Education Philosophy                  4
Biblical Activities                                   5
Hours of Operation                                    5
Arrival/Pick-up                                       5
Parking                                               6
Payment of Fees/Procedures                            6
Vacations                                             7
Promotions                                            7
Changes in Child’s Records                            8
Health Policies                                       8
Medicine                                              10
Video Policy                                          11
Behavior Expectations                                 11
Discipline                                            11
Discipline & Behavior Management Policy               12
Food                                                  12
Clothing                                              13
Grooming/Fingernails                                  13
Toys                                                  13
Birthday Policy                                       13
Staff Information                                     13
Holidays                                              14
Snow Days                                             14
Parental Concerns                                     15
Termination of Services to Clients                    15
Withdrawal Procedures                                 15
Toddlers (1’s and 2’s) Information                    16
Preschool (3’s) Information                           22
Kindergarten Readiness (4’s & 5’s) Information        29
Advanced Kindergarten Readiness (5’s) Information     34
Appendix:
         Sample Multi-Payment Form                    38
         Map of Parking Lots                          39




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                                                 WELCOME
“Train a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will never depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)

Welcome to First Assembly Preschool!
         This handbook has been developed to help facilitate the relationship between caregivers and
parents by providing you with specific information about First Assembly Preschool. It includes
descriptions of our policies and procedures, program philosophy, role of the caregivers, goals of the
children, and our expectations from parents.
         We are here to serve you by providing tender loving care, preschool training, and a nurturing
atmosphere for your child. Children are so precious, so full of love and curiosity, and so eager to learn.
Our staff here at First Assembly feels privileged to be a part of your family’s life.
         First Assembly Preschool creates an opportunity for children to learn about themselves in a
Christian environment. Our goal is to support the development of self-esteem and self-confidence,
creating in each child the ability and willingness to learn. Through good role models and lessons and
activities geared for growth and development, we strive to provide the best possible care and education
for your child.
         Parents are an integral part of a successful child-care program. Through parental involvement
we are better able to meet the developmental and personal needs of our children. As childcare
professionals, we can serve as a valuable resource for parents and their children regarding most areas
of child development. Therefore, we like to think that families and childcare centers can and should
work together to provide an environment that facilitates the growth of a child into a physically and
emotionally healthy individual.

                                        MISSION STATEMENT
   First Assembly Preschool commits itself to facilitating growth and developing the whole child:
    spiritually, emotionally, physically, and mentally.
   We are committed to an environment that teaches Christian values and moral integrity, while
    providing the opportunity for each child to become a responsible citizen.
   We will provide a well-balanced academic and Christian curriculum that will challenge all children to
    reach their potential in all their endeavors.
   We will create an environment of trust, honesty, diversity, and teamwork with parents.
   In pursuit of our mission, we will glorify God by fulfilling our God-given purposes as we grow
    together.

                     EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION PHILOSOPHY
Young children thrive better in an early childhood education environment that says, ―Welcome‖ . . .
  with child-size equipment
  with accepting and challenging adults
  with creative learning materials and activities
… all in a relaxed atmosphere characterized by the qualities of a good Christian home – trust, freedom,
fun, laughter, imagination, guidance, work, achievement, hope, problem-solving, love, and peace.

       A day in preschool is a day filled with games, laughter, music, exploration, wonder,
experimentation, and growth. New friendships are formed. Discoveries are made. Hurts are healed.
Most important, each child’s sense of esteem grows stronger through the activities and relationships
experienced.



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                                      BIBLICAL ACTIVITIES
        At First Assembly Preschool, we believe it is of prime importance that each child develops a
personal relationship with Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. We seek to provide an atmosphere of
positive Biblical truths in order to build up children and their understanding of God’s love, and place
them in a position where they will recognize their need for a personal relationship with God.
        Bible stories will be presented daily for the students to respond through songs, prayer, and
creative activities. The stories come directly from the Bible using picture books, Bible cards , and
figures to create the total picture.

                                    HOURS OF OPERATION
         The center will be open from 7:00 am - 6:00 pm Monday through Friday. Any child
remaining after 6:00 pm will be charged $15.00 and at 6:05 pm an additional charge of $1 per minute
will be added to that charge until the child is picked up. A staff member will wait with your child until
they are picked up. If you know you will be late, please call the school at 759-7762.

You may also call:
                              251-1485 Worship Center Building
                              251-1487 Family Ministries Center Building/School Building

If we have not heard from you by 6:05, we will begin calling people on your emergency list to ask them
to pick up your child.

                                       ARRIVAL & PICK-UP
         First Assembly Preschool is truly dedicated to the safety and well-being of your child(ren). All
staff members are required to wear photo ID badges. This makes it easier for parents to quickly
identify a school or church staff member. Visitors must sign in with the receptionist and wear a visitor
badge while on campus. All personnel at the front desk have been asked to stop anyone that comes in
during the day and question their purpose for being in the building.
         PARENTS (not siblings) are expected to see that their child is under the supervision of
his/her teacher upon arriving on premises. In the Worship Center, your child must be brought to
their classroom and signed in by the parent. YOU MAY NOT let your child out at the front doors.
Please make sure that eye contact is made with the teacher to communicate that your child is present.
When picking up your child, be sure that you sign the sign out chart, and the teacher knows you are
leaving with your child. This is for your own safety. If someone other than the parent is picking up your
child, you MUST fill-out the pick-up chart located at the bottom of the daily sign in and out sheet. That
person must sign his/her own name (not yours) on the sign in/out sheet. We will not release your child
to anyone who is not on your list of approved people unless you have indicated such and signed the
pick-up sheet. All families are given an access code to get in the building. Please be cautious when
giving this code to others on your child’s pick-up list.
         In the Family Ministry Center building, everyone must be admitted by the front desk receptionist.
All children must be signed in on the computer in the morning and signed out on the computer every
afternoon. The computer will print a ticket for you. This ticket is your pass to be in the building. Please
make sure to hand the ticket to your child’s teacher. If someone other than the parent(s) is picking up
the child, please write their names on the sign in/out sheet in the classroom. He/she will need to
provide a photo ID in order to leave with your child.




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PLEASE EMPTY YOUR CHILD’S CUBBY EVERYDAY. Cubbies are a very important source of
communication between the Director/Teachers and Parents. Also, your children work very hard on
their papers, projects, etc. and want you to take time to look at them. Since we share our facilities with
the church, all cubbies will be emptied at the end of each day.

                                              PARKING
       With over 500 students coming to this campus on a daily basis, it is important that we all work
together to ensure the safety of all of our children. We ask that you overlook any minor inconveniences
designed to protect our children.

      Do not leave your car engine running for any reason or leave your purse in the car.
      NEVER LEAVE CHILDREN IN THE CAR UNATTENDED.
      Preschool parents must walk their children into the building and check them in with their
       teachers.

   Worship Center:
      Please use the drop-off lane and park parallel to the building in an open space. When
         leaving, please pull out carefully as you are pulling into a traffic lane.
      Parents are to park in the drop-off zone right in front of the East Foyer doors. If parking
         spaces are not available in the drop-off zone, please use the adjacent spots before and after
         the drop-off lane.

   Family Ministry Center:
    The drive-through lanes are used for FACS parents dropping off students during the hours of
      7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Preschool parents may NOT use these lanes for
      drop off or parking.
    The parking spaces closest to the building are reserved for our parents (even the handicap
      spaces are there for your use).
    For the safety of your child, please do not park at any time next to the school building or under
      the carport/drop-off area. Please park in a designated parking space and leave the driveway
      free and open for traffic flow. You will be asked to move your car if you attempt to park in
      restricted areas.
    The rest of the day Lot A is used as a playing field for recess and P.E. classes and will be coned
      off for the safety of your child(ren). During that time, please park in Lot B. Thanks for your help
      in making our campus safe!! (Please see map on page

       Parking lots are not safe places for children. The University Parkway entrance is closed in order
to improve traffic flow in the parking lot and prevent accidents. Please use the Polo Road or Long Drive
entrance.
       We ask that parents closely supervise their children in the parking lot, lobbies, and elsewhere in
the Preschool. You may even ask them to escort you through the hallways and parking lot – we know
they are safer in the hands of a grown up. Even after children have been signed out, they must be with
an adult at all times.

                            PAYMENT OF FEES/PROCEDURES
        The registration fee and the first week’s tuition are both due one week prior to enrollment. All
necessary paperwork must also be turned in prior to enrollment. Registration fees and tuition cannot
be refunded following payment.
        Weekly tuition is due on FRIDAY BEFORE THE WEEK OF SERVICES FOR WHICH YOU ARE
PAYING. Accounts with a balance after 6:00 pm on Mondays will be charged a $10 late fee. The entire
weekly tuition amount is due, whether or not your child attends the full week. If your child is out sick or
there is a holiday on a Monday and we are open, the late fee will not be waived if payment is not
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submitted on time. If a holiday falls on Monday and we are closed, you will be allowed to pay on the
next day the center is open following the holiday. All cash & check payments must be accompanied by
a multi-payment form. Please make sure to fill out all of the information on the multi-payment form. No
post-dated checks will be accepted. After one NSF (non sufficient funds) check has been received,
payments must be made in the form of cash or money order. There is a $40 processing fee for all NSF
(non sufficient funds) returns (including electronic transactions).

         Payments may be made in the form of a check, cash, money order, or with debit or credit card
at the lobby kiosk. Payments may also be made on-line. There are payment drop boxes in the nursery
of the Worship Center and in the lobby of the Family Ministry Center. On-line payments may be made
through the First Assembly Christian School website: www.facschampions.org.

       Cash payments need to be made between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm at the front desk. A receipt will
be issued for cash payments. Cash payments cannot be dropped in the payment box after hours.
Please give cash payments directly to school staff and wait to receive a receipt for your payment. The
school is not liable for cash payments dropped in the after hours deposit boxes.

       If your child is absent for one week without payment, or your account is past due for one week,
he/she will be automatically dropped from enrollment to allow another applicant to take his/her place
unless prior arrangements have been approved by the Financial Manager or Preschool Director. Re-
admittance may be sought as space is available.

      If there is a balance on the account, then all payments will be applied to the oldest portion of the
account balance.

        We understand that you may have questions regarding your account. Please monitor your
account regularly and contact our Financial Manager, Jessica Mouzon, as soon as you notice any
questionable charges or credits. In order to keep our accounts current and accurate, any disputable
charges must be brought to the attention of the financial manager within 30 days of billing. After 30
days all charges are indisputable. You can review your account and request receipts/statements
through Info-Direct. If you have not received an Info Direct User Name and password, please contact
the director.

Questions about accounts should be directed to the Finance Office (759-7762).

                                            VACATIONS
        After your child has been enrolled for 90 days, you are eligible for a vacation week. All students
are given one vacation week per school year FREE OF CHARGE. Our school year runs from August
1st to July 31st . Your child must be absent the entire week (Monday-Friday) to qualify for a vacation
week. You need to fill out a multi-payment form and mark Vacation Week. The multi-payment
form is the ONLY way the finance department will know to credit your account. The vacation
request must be submitted one week prior to the vacation to receive proper credit. Please also inform
the child’s teacher that you will be taking a vacation week.

                                              PROMOTIONS

       Group promotions are scheduled for the beginning of each school year. Children are not
necessarily promoted on their birthdays. Mid-year promotions will take place as space is available.
Promotions are usually decided according to age, but a child may not be promoted to the three year old
class until he/she is completely potty-trained. Three year olds will not be charged the lower rate until
they move to the three year old class.


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                             CHANGES IN CHILD’S RECORDS
Please update in writing to the director any changes in the following:
           work/Home/Cell phone number
           e-mail address
           home address
           names approved to pick up your child if you cannot be reached,
           custody situation
           health situation

It is VERY IMPORTANT that your records are kept current.


                              HEALTH POLICIES FOR CHILDREN
    In order to protect the children from contagious diseases, we have set the following medical
guidelines. Any time your child has a check-up and receives a shot, a record must be signed by a
doctor and brought to the director’s office.
   Recommended Schedule of Immunizations (From the Report of the Committee on Infectious
Diseases)
                      Age                                   Immunizations
                      (Birth)                               HEP B
                      2 mos.                                DtaP/DTP, Hib, IPV, Hep B
                      4 mos.                                DtaP/DTP, Hib, IPV
                      6 mos.                                DtaP/DTP, Hib, HEP B
                      12 mos.                               Hib, OPV, MMR, Var
                      15 mos.                               DtaP/DTP
                      4-6 yrs.                              DtaP/DTP, OPV, MMR
   Hep B protects children from Hepatitis B, a liver disease.
   DTaP/DTP protects children from three diseases: diphtheria, tetanus (lockjaw),and pertussis
   (whooping cough).
   Hib protects children from Haemophilus influenza b, which causes meningitis and other serious
   infections.
   OPV/IPV protects children from polio.
   MMR protects children from red measles, mumps, and rubella (German measles).
   Var protects children against chicken pox.


Guidelines for Excluding from Program due to Health Issues
       Certain symptoms in children may suggest the presence of a communicable disease. Children
who have the symptoms listed below should be excluded from the preschool setting until 1) a physician
has certified the symptoms are not associated with an infectious agent , or they are no longer a threat to
the health of other children at the program, or 2) the symptoms have subsided.

        Parents will be called to pick up children who become ill. Children with a contagious disease
must have a signed statement from the doctor stating that the child is no longer contagious prior to
returning to the center. Please do not send your child to school with a fever that has been treated
with Tylenol to bring the fever down.




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If a child experiences any of the symptoms listed below, he/she cannot attend the program until
the health issue(s) is resolved.

   Fever: Fever of 100.5 by mouth or 99.5 under the arm. The child must be fever-free for 24 hours
   before returning to school.

   Respiratory symptoms: Difficult or rapid breathing or severe coughing, child makes high-pitched
   croupy or whooping sound after he coughs, and child is unable to lie comfortably due to continuous
   cough.

   Diarrhea: An increased number of abnormally loose stools in the previous 24 hours. Observe the
   child for other symptoms such as fever, abdominal pain, or vomiting. We will call you after your
   child has had two bouts of diarrhea while at school.

   Vomiting: Two or more episodes of vomiting within the previous 24 hours.

   Eye-nose drainage: Thick mucus or pus draining from the eye or nose.

   Runny nose: Okay if clear, only if there are no other disqualifying symptoms.

   Sore throat: Sore throat, especially when fever or swollen glands in the neck are present.

   Skin problems: Rash: skin rashes, undiagnosed or contagious. Infected sores: sores with crusty,
   yellow, or green drainage that cannot be covered by clothing or bandages.

   Itching: Persistent itching (or scratching) on the body or scalp.

   Appearance/behavior: Child looks or acts differently: unusually tired, pale, lacking appetite,
   confused, irritable, and difficult to awaken.

   Communicable Disease Policy

       Parents are asked to notify the program within 24 hours if their child has been exposed to any
   communicable disease such as Chicken Pox, Measles, Mumps, etc. The program will notify all
   parents in writing when the children in the program have been exposed to a communicable disease.
   Further, the program will notify the Commissioner of Health when any illness or condition specified
   by law or regulation is present in the program within 24 hours of the program’s awareness of this
   situation.


   Guidelines for Re-Admitting

      Children with the following conditions may not return to the program until the guidelines for each
   specific condition have been met.
   Chicken Pox: Exclude until ALL the blisters have dried into scabs.
   Conjunctivitis (pinkeye): No exclusion necessary once treatment has begun. Conjunctivitis with
   pus (eye discharge) requires exclusion for 24 hours after treatment has begun.
   Diarrhea (infectious): Generally, exclude until stool returns to normal form. Each specific disease
   situation needs to be evaluated on an individual basis.
   Fifth Disease: No exclusion necessary.
   Giardiasis: For those with diarrhea only; exclude until the child has started treatment, and diarrhea
   is no longer present.
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Hand, Foot, Mouth Disease: Exclude until fever is gone, and child is well enough to participate in
normal daily activities (sores may still be present).
Hepatitis B: No exclusion necessary unless infected child exhibits biting behavior or has open
sores that cannot be covered.
Impetigo: Exclude until sores are healed or can be covered with bandages, or until child has been
treated with antibiotics for at least a full 24 hours.
Lice (head): Exclude until first treatment has been completed, and no live lice are seen.
Measles: Exclude until 4 days after rash appears.
Mumps: Exclude until swelling subsides, usually 5 days but may be as long as 9 days after swelling
begins.
Oral herpes (cold sores): No exclusion necessary.
Pertussis (whooping cough): Exclude until 5 to 7 days after antibiotic treatment begins.
Pinworms: Exclude until after treatment has been started.
Respiratory illness (febrile): Exclude until child is without fever for 24 hours and is well enough to
participate in normal daily activities.
Ringworm: Scalp: exclude until 24 hours after treatment begins. Body: exclude until after
treatment begins.
Roseola: No exclusion necessary.
Rubella (German measles): Exclude until 5 days after rash appears.
Scabies: Exclude until 24 hours after treatment begins.
Streptococcal sore throat/Scarlet Fever: Exclude until at least 24 hours after treatment begins, and
child is without fever for 24 hours.
Yeast infection (thrush): No exclusion necessary.
Inadequately immunized children: If a case of measles, mumps, rubella, pertussis, polio, or
diarrhea occurs in the childcare setting, children who are inadequately or incompletely immunized
will be excluded for the communicable period of the disease. This exclusion is necessary because
these children may become infected and contribute to further disease spread.
   We want your child’s year to be a wonderful experience and really count on you for your support
and help. We want your experience here to be a positive one. Sometimes the decisions are hard
to make whether your child should be here or not when they aren’t feeling quite themselves.
Please be considerate of your child, other children, and staff when making the decision on whether
they come to school. If your child is too sick to participate in all aspects of our program, including
outside play, your child should probably stay home.

  We want to know when your child will not be here so we may pray with them and you.
May all we do glorify the Lord.




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                                               MEDICINE
        The center will not administer medicine to children, including any type of over-the- counter
medicine. We will make an exception to this policy for children who have epi-pens or inhalers.
Children who require epi-pens and inhalers must submit proper documentation from the child’s doctor,
also signed by the parent, giving us permission to administer. In addition, the parent must instruct the
teacher how to use them. Written instructions will be locked up with the epi-pens and inhalers. Please
check your child’s medications every school year for expiration dates. We cannot give children expired
medicine.

        Medicines are not permitted in diaper bags or back packs, as this is against state safety law.
We apologize if this is an inconvenience for you. This policy is to protect your child, our teachers , and
this school, because we can’t always be sure what is in a medicine bottle.

                                               VIDEO POLICY
        Each class is allowed two movie times per week. Due to copyright laws, we can only show
videos that are owned by First Assembly Preschool. Children and teachers cannot bring videos from
home to watch at school. Please help us avoid conflict by not sending videos to school with your child.

                                  BEHAVIOR EXPECTATIONS
        Children are expected to show respect for all staff members and other students. A child will not
be allowed to hit, kick, bite, spit on, or cuss at a teacher or classmate. Excessive incidents are cause
for dismissal. Children are not permitted to run in the halls. They must walk quietly. Parents please
help your child follow this rule.

        We will work with parents to help children adjust to our preschool environment. If your child’s
behavior begins to disrupt the teaching or care of the other students, we will request a meeting with you
to create a behavior plan that helps your child adjust to the behavior expectations. If, however, after
meeting with the parents there has not been significant improvement in the child’s behavior, as
determined by your teacher and the director, then it will become necessary for you to find another
center. If it becomes necessary to terminate enrollment, First Assembly Preschool will provide a one-
week written notice to parents.
                                             DISCIPLINE
         Active and happy classrooms are vital to a good preschool. First Assembly teachers plan and
implement stimulating learning programs which keep your child challenged and constructively ac tive. In
such environments the need to discipline is minimal, but it does arise. When children must be
disciplined at our preschool, we choose the most appropriate of the following methods:

1. Redirection of the Child’s Behavior:
The teacher talks with the child, explains the problem, clarifies the ―rule‖ or expectation, and redirects
the child to appropriate behavior actions. The tone of the teacher’s voice is firm and supportive .
2. Time-to-Think:
The teacher responds immediately with a brief explanation such as, ―You hit Sally and must go to time-
to-think and think about why we don’t hit our friends.‖ The child must sit away from group activities
quietly for a period of 2-4 minutes, depending on the child’s age.
3. Parent’s Assistance:
Parental support is needed in situations where a child is out-of-control. If a child’s behavior is out of
control to the extent that he/she cannot stand, sit, or gain composure, a parent will be asked to come to
the preschool to help the child gain back their control, and if necessary, take the child home if child is
harming others.
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         First Assembly believes that the parent and staff must work closely together to solve problems
that arise. Teachers make every effort to communicate with parents about behavior problems and the
discipline actions taken. The communication may happen in the form of a phone call, notes in child’s
cubby, or a scheduled conference.

                DISCIPLINE AND BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT POLICY
        Praise and positive reinforcement are effective methods of the behavior management of
children. When children receive positive, nonviolent, and understanding interactions from adults and
others, they develop positive self-concepts, problem solving abilities, and self-discipline. Based on this
belief of how children learn and develop values, this facility will practice the following discipline and
behavior management policy:

We:
1. DO praise, reward, and encourage the children.
2. DO reason with and set limits for the children.
3. DO model appropriate behavior for the children.
4. DO modify the classroom environment to attempt to prevent problems before they occur.
5. DO listen to the children.
6. DO provide alternatives for inappropriate behavior to the children.
7. DO provide the children with natural and logical consequences of their behaviors.
8. DO treat the children as people and respect their needs, desires, and feelings.
9. DO ignore minor misbehaviors.
10. DO explain things to children on their levels.
11. DO use short supervised periods of ―time-out‖
12. DO stay consistent in our behavior management program.

We:
1. DO NOT spank, shake, bite, pinch, push, pull, slap, or otherwise physically punish the children.
2. DO NOT make fun of, yell at, threaten, make sarcastic remarks about, use profanity, or otherwise
   verbally abuse the children.
3. DO NOT shame or punish the children when bathroom accidents occur.
4. DO NOT deny food or rest as punishment.
5. DO NOT relate discipline to eating, resting, or sleeping.
6. DO NOT leave the children alone, unattended, or without supervision.
7. DO NOT place the children in locked rooms, closets, or boxes as punishment.
8. DO NOT allow discipline of children by children.
9. DO NOT criticize, make fun of, or otherwise belittle children’s parents, families, or ethnic groups.



                                                 FOOD
        Children may not bring food, candy, or chewing gum into the center. Any food/drink items
that your child has been using in the car on the way must be left in the car. Children must eat the food
that has been provided by the school. Snacks are provided morning and afternoon, as well as a hot
lunch. Food exceptions cannot be made for individual children, except in case of allergies , and a
doctor’s note must be provided, stating the allergy. The menu is posted on a monthly basis and is
subject to change at any time with food of similar nutritional value.

        Parents are welcome to eat lunch with their child. Parents desiring to eat lunch can place and
pay for their order at the front desk in the FMC building as early in the morning as possible.



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                                             CLOTHING
        Please dress your child(ren) in clothing that is easy for the child to remove to go to the bathroom
in order to reduce his/her chance of having an accident while trying to remove clothes or unbuckle
belts. We ask that you bring at least one change of clothes with your child daily. Clothing should be
comfortable and suitable for the weather as seasons change. Children are not permitted to wear any
type of Pokemon, Harry Potter, or violent-themed clothing (This also applies to backpacks and Show
and Tell toys.).

        Please label your child’s clothes, jackets, blankets and special items brought to school.
We recommend that you do not bring good clothing or blankets. We cannot be responsible for any lost
items, but we do our best to take care of your items.

Hair Clips:
         We ask that you assist us by choosing hair clips that your child cannot take out. It is not
uncommon for our teachers to pick up several hair clips off the floor on any given day. We consider
hair clips a choking hazard.

Hoop/Dangling Earrings:
        We ask that hoop and dangling earrings not be worn to school. Children are curious, and it is
very common for them to hug and pull on each other’s clothes. Necklaces and hoop earrings can pose
a serious threat to your child’s safety.

Shoes:
        Children must wear shoes at all times. Flip-flops, cowboy boots, or shoes without back straps
are not allowed due to safety rules involving the playground.

                                  GROOMING/FINGERNAILS
       Please help us by cutting your child's fingernails on a regular basis as longer nails can easily
scratch other children.
                                                 TOYS
        Children are not allowed to bring toys from home, except on ―Show & Tell Days‖. Toys must be
able to fit in your child’s backpack - remember to check their backpacks at the end of the day. Any toys
your child has been using in the car must be left in the car. Please help us start your child’s day without
the conflict of taking toys away. Please assist your child in choosing an appropriate toy for Show and
Tell (No monster, violent, Pokemon, or Harry Potter toys will be allowed.). On Show and Tell days,
please make sure your child brings his/her own toy home.

                                       BIRTHDAY POLICY

        Children love a birthday party at our 2:30 snack time in the afternoon! Please remember state
law dictates that home baked food items are prohibited -- you will need to purchase baked goods from
a commercial/licensed bakery. This applies to cookies as well as cakes and cupcakes. Treat bags are
permitted; however, hard candy and balloons may not be included -- for the safety of all of our children.

                                     STAFF INFORMATION
        Our teachers are all qualified to work in the Preschool and, upon hire, must have, or register for
Child Care Credentials — a college level course focusing on early childhood. We also require our staff
to take 10 hours of child-care training courses each year as well as CPR & First Aid. We would like to
have them stay with us forever, but this just doesn’t happen. Preschool teaching is very stressful, and

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we are open 11 hours every day, 52 weeks a year. We could never pay our teachers what they are
worth. They do such a good job while they are here, but they do move on to other jobs. And sometimes
they transfer within our childcare center or choose to stay home and have families of their own. We
can only promise to replace them with another qualified teacher who will continue to teach and love
your child. We are proud of our Preschool Team!

                                             HOLIDAYS
       We are closed ten holidays each year. If any of these days falls on a weekend, we will observe
either Friday or Monday for each day that falls on the weekend. Christmas holidays may vary
depending on the day of the week on which it falls. The holidays are as follows:
       New Year’s Day                        Thanksgiving Day
       Easter Good Friday                    Friday following Thanksgiving
       Memorial Day                          Christmas Eve
       July Fourth                           Christmas Day
       Labor Day                             Martin Luther King’s Birthday

Your weekly rate does not change when there is a holiday.

                                          SNOW DAYS
       We do not close on snow days unless the weather is severe; however, if we determine that it is
severe enough to close or to delay opening, the weekly tuition does not change. To find out any
scheduled changes, please see below. When weather is severe, it may be difficult to get through to
these stations, so please be patient. We will also implement an automatic calling service to notify
parents of schedule changes. Please make sure we have your current phone information.

       We will contact these local news and radio stations to notify them of our status:

Television Stations                                 Radio stations:
WXII TV 12                                          WBFJ—FM 89.3
WFMY TV 2                                           WSJS—AM 600 and AM 1200
Fox News 8                                          WFDD—Fm 88.5
WXLV TV 45

Website: www.facschampions.org

Delay:
Should our opening be listed as “delayed”, the time will begin from 7:00 a.m.
Example: 2-hour delay means we will open at 9:00 a.m.
The Dayschool may close while the Preschool remains open, so in watching for cancellations or
closings, watch specifically for FIRST ASSEMBLY PRESCHOOL.

         We will post early closing information as soon as the decision to close is made. If the weather
becomes severe while you are at work, we ask that you please come and pick up your child when we
notify you of our closing or as soon as your employer lets you go. Closing decisions are made with
your safety and that of your child in mind!




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                                     PARENTAL CONCERNS
         If at any time it is felt that parents, teachers, or the director could benefit from a conference, one
may be scheduled. We do discourage discussion of parental concerns in the hallways and parking lot.
Please call the Director to schedule an appointment. Since the attention of the teacher is needed for
the children while in the classroom, conferences are neither advantageous nor available during the
arrival or departure time. If there is a problem concerning your child, please follow the above
procedures. We also ask that you do not discuss these matters with any teachers, other than your
child’s teachers.

                  POLICIES AND PROCEDURES FOR TERMINATION
                            OF SERVICES TO CLIENTS
       The rights and responsibilities of the consumer were examined very closely when these
termination policies and procedures were being developed.
       Your child may be terminated from the program based on abuse or neglect of the parent rules
and regulations. If you are found to be in violation of our rules and guidelines, the following procedures
may be taken:

1. Notice to bring the situation to your attention.
2. Written warning of suspension.
3. Termination from the program if the situation continues.            A written notice stating reason for
   termination will be provided.

Major Reasons for Termination
1. Unpaid fees
2. Disruptive or abnormal behavior
                                 WITHDRAWAL PROCEDURES
        Please provide one week’s written notice of your child’s last day in the preschool. This
must be in writing to the director, and you must pay for the week regardless if your child attends. We do
not allow the option of taking your child out for the summer. If you desire to take your child out for the
summer you have two options. You may elect to either continue to pay the entire tuition even though
your child may not be in attendance, or be placed on the waiting list for fall enrollment (we can not
guarantee a spot if you elect to do this).

MATERNITY LEAVE
We do not offer any type of maternity leave for your child. We are a year-round childcare center.




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                                     TODDLER INFORMATION
   In order to minimize dirt and bacteria on the floors and protect the children in this center, we ask that
parents not enter the classrooms. Children spend a lot of time on the floor, and it is our goal to keep
these areas as germ-free as possible. Caregivers will receive your child at the door. You may at any
time observe your child through the large one-way window located in each room.

  Children in our one-year-old classes should be encouraged to give up their pacifiers except at
naptime to encourage language development. The teachers will be happy to assist you.
 Children in our two-year-old classes may not have pacifiers in the center because other children
will take them and put them in their mouths.
  Diaper cream must be checked in with a teacher, so it can be locked up. A permission slip must be
filled out and kept on file.
  You will receive a daily report to let you know how your child ate, slept, rested, and information
regarding diapering. Always check your daily report to find out if your child is out of wipes, etc.

                                1’s and 2’s Daily Items Needed
Your child will need to bring the following items:
 Daily:
1 – small diaper bag to be taken home daily
7-8 diapers--label each diaper with child’s name
2 – changes of clothing
1 – small 32‖ x 32‖ blanket
1 – small stuffed sleep toy

As needed:
1 – large box of wipes

                                          TOILET TRAINING
    Toilet Training begins and is concentrated on in our two-year-old classes. We require that children
move from diapers to Velcro pull-ups and then regular underpants. Your child needs to show an interest
in asking to go to the restroom, and stay dry during the day. Talk with your child’s teacher before
sending him/her to school in Velcro pull-ups or underpants. Please keep in mind we are also trying to
encourage potty training by the age of three so the children are able to move into our three-year-old
program.




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                                 TODDLER CURRICULUM
In the toddler class, children start to become independent. We will help them focus on some of the
following self-help skills:
1. Feeding themselves with a spoon.
2. Washing their own hands.
3. Picking up toys after play.
4. Putting on their own jacket.
5. Potty training (with occasional accidents).

Toddlers will experience some of the following cognitive skills:
1. Learning first and last name.
2. Using words to express wants.
3. Participating in stories, nursery rhymes, fingerplays, and songs.
4. Identifying colors and body parts.
5. Counting num bers: 1-10.
6. Verbally interacting with peers.
7. Following two-step directions.
8. ABC’s and shapes.

     We will find many ways to stim ulate vocabulary skills. Some of the physical activities toddlers
will do include running, hopping, balancing, jumping, stretching, walking backwards, rolling a ball,
climbing, using a slide, group movement activities, etc.

Fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination will continue to develop as one- and two-year-olds:
1. Work with pegs.
2. Work puzzles.
3. Put together connecting toys.
4. Create block buildings.
5. Buckle, tie, snap, zip, and button.
6. Cut and tear paper.
7. Glue, paint, and color.

Socially, toddlers will be encouraged to help each other, take turns, share, and interact with other
children.
                                              Music
       Toddlers will be involved in a lot of singing. They will also participate in creative movement
(many forms of movement to music), marching, and rhythm bands.

                                                Art
      Children will have at least one opportunity for art each day. Children will use crayons, paint
brushes, scissors, and glue each week. Children will make 1-2 crafts per week.

                                               Bible
        Teachers share a Bible story and Bible memory verse every morning. The story and verse are
repeated for one week. During the week the Bible story is read and re-read. The story is also told
using: pantomime, flannel-graph, through songs and finger-plays, and by the children. Each Bible time
ends with a simple prayer.


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                                        Topic of the Week
        Each week, lessons center around a topic or theme. Our daily activities, art, and language
lessons are centered around the topic of the week. We also have a weekly puppet show. The children
love interacting with the puppets as they tell their story.

                                             Language
        The toddlers begin to use spoken language quite well. Helping toddlers differentiate between
concepts such as behind/in front of, inside/outside, over/under, etc., will enhance their communication
skills. We concentrate on how different textures feel and how we communicate our feelings. ―Silly
sentence‖ activities are useful in helping children develop listening and thinking skills. (Ex. I wear
shoes on my head. I eat with a broom. ) Allow children to correct the sentences.

        Parents and teachers should use complete sentences when talking to toddlers, encouraging
them to use complete sentences instead of ―baby talk‖. Toddlers should be encouraged to talk about
stories and events, and to ask questions. Stories, pictures, poetry, and nursery rhymes are essential to
the language development of the toddler. We will read at least 2-3 stories daily.

                                  WHEN TODDLERS BITE…
      Sometimes classroom conditions can be just fine, and children will still bite. It just happens and
sometimes it happens too fast for effective intervention. Teachers take every step possible to prevent
biting from happening. When a child is bitten, the first thing we do, of course, is attend to the victim.
We separate the biter from the group, and take the child who has been bitten to a quiet area and
soothe him/her.

       We also explain to the biter that biting hurts and show the biter that the other child is hurt.
Research has shown that it is important for the biter to receive a strong, emphatic response—not
sweet-talk and double messages. It is very important to emphasize how biting hurts the victim.

      I WISH I COULD TELL YOU THAT THESE WORDS OF WISDOM WILL SOLVE ALL THE
BITING PROBLEMS, BUT THEY MAY NOT. HOPEFULLY, THIS INFORMATION WILL HELP.

       Once we have applied the techniques we have learned to control biting and the biting continues,
we reserve the right to terminate a child from the center.




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            SAMPLE YOUNGER TODDLERS SCHEDULE

07:00 – 08:30      Arrival time and free play
08:30 – 09:00      Morning snack
09:00 – 09:30      Diaper changes, child-directed activities
09:30 – 10:00      Outside (weather permitting)
10:00 – 10:15      Circle-time, sing songs
10:15 – 10:45      Diaper changes, child-directed activities
10:45 – 11:00      Prepare for lunch
11:00 – 11:30      Lunchtime
11:30 – 02:00      Clean up and NAPTIME
02:00 – 02:30      Diaper changes, child-directed activities
02:30 – 03:00      Afternoon snack
03:00 – 03:30      Outside (weather permitting)
03:30 – 04:00      Story-time, art activity, music and movement,
                   or movie
04:00 – 04:30      Free-play in centers
04:30 – 05:00      Diaper changes
05:00 – 06:00      Free-play, Story-time, Prepare to go home .

 We have a Puppet Show once a week




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    SAMPLE OLDER TODDLER/TWO YEAR OLD’S SCHEDULE

07:00-08:15    Welcome Time and Play Centers
08:15-08:30    Diaper Changes/Bathroom
08:30-09:00    Morning Snack
09:00-09:30    Circle Time
09:30-10:00    Morning Playground (Weather Permitting)
10:00-10:45    Books and Movement to Music
               Child Directed Play, Art Activity
10:45-11:00    Diaper Changes/Bathroom
11:00-11:30    Lunch
11:30-12:00    Clean up and Prepare for Nap
12:00-02:00    Nap
02:00 – 2:30   Diaper Changes/Bathroom
02:30-03:00    Afternoon Snack
03:00-03:30    Story time
03:30-04:00    Afternoon Playground (Weather Permitting)
04:00-04:30    Diaper Changes/Bathroom
04:30-06:00    Free play in Centers, Books and Puzzles




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                TWO YEAR OLD’S SCHEDULE for FMC

07:00-08:00         Welcome Time and Play Centers
08:00-08:30         Clean up, wash hands, story time
08:30-09:00         Morning Snack, potty time, wash hands
09:00-09:15         Circle Time
09:15-09:30         Child Choice centers, creative time

9:30 – 10:00        Morning Playground (Weather Permitting)
10:00-10:30         Books & Movement to Music, Child Directed Play
                    Art Activity

10:30 – 11:00       Diaper Changes, Bathroom
11:00-11:30         Lunch

11:30-11:45         Clean up and Prepare for Quiet Time

11:45-02:00         Nap
02:00-02:15         Diaper Changes, Bathroom
02:15-02:45         Afternoon Snack in Cafeteria
02:45-03:15         Outside Play, gross motor activities
03:30-04:00         Afternoon circle time
04:00-04:30         Diaper Changes, Bathroom, table toys
04:30-05:30         Free play in Centers, Books and Puzzles
5:30 – 6:00         Clean up, Departure




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                     Preschool Curriculum (3 year olds)
        At First Assembly Preschool, our primary curriculum for many years has been the A -
Beka Curriculum. Children are taught Scripture verses, Bible stories, math, reading, writing,
art, science, music, poetry, and nursery rhymes. Age appropriate books are used daily to
enhance our learning activities. The repetition and predictability help children know what to
expect and therefore we encourage ―reading along‖ with the teacher. During the week, a book
may be read many times. The children often are engaged in discussions, role -play, and
puppets.

       The A-Beka Curriculum provides a Scripture memory verse for each letter of the
alphabet. By the end of the week the children have committed that verse to memory, and by
the end of the school year, your child will have an understanding of twenty-six verses of God’s
Word. The other component of your child’s daily Bible time is the Bible story. In a week’s time
the story is read and re-read, told by flannel graph, told by songs and finger plays , and often
acted out by the children in a skit.

       Since we realize that the attention span of preschoolers is relatively short, all activities
(including Bible time) are limited to approximately 15 to 30 minutes. However, Bible concepts
are reinforced in all aspects of learning and play throughout the day.



                                Daily your child will need to bring:
      Backpack
      Blanket that will fit in the backpack
      Sleepy Snuggly toy that will fit in the backpack
      A complete change of clothes
      Pencil box


Developmental Goals For Preschool/Three-Year-Olds
      Adjust to leaving parents.

      Learn to feel secure at school.

      Learn to appropriately respond to, respect and obey teachers.

      Learn to listen and follow specific instructions.

      Learn to participate in class activities.

      Increase vocabulary.

      Develop self-confidence.

      Learn self-reliance through play.
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      Learn to play co-operatively and unselfishly.

      Develop an interest in helping others.

      Develop an interest in learning through enjoyable learning activities.

      Learn to take responsibility for own behavior and actions.

      Learn to encourage shy children to join in play activities.

      Become aware of the seasonal changes around them.

      Develop eye-hand coordination through writing, coloring, and crafts.


                                   CIRCLE TIME/BIBLE TIME
        Circle time is a time when all children gather at the carpet for a fun and special time of learning.
There are several circle times each day. Activities that take place during circle time are Bible time,
story time, topic of the week, alphabet and numbers review. Skills development, where children learn
skills such as opposites, sizes, comparisons, manners, health practices, sequencing, etc., also takes
place at circle time. These are all teacher-directed activities. The Lord’s Prayer is included every day in
our Bible time and is memorized by the children during the course of the school year. Bible time also
includes: The Pledge of Allegiance, a patriotic song, Bible songs, and prayer time. Bible concepts are
reinforced in all aspects of learning and play throughout the school year.

                                 LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT

During one of our daily circle times, our three-year-olds are given the opportunity to learn about and talk
about some of the following topics:

       colors                 school          shapes         animals
       transportation         places          foods

        Children are introduced to the alphabet through their animal alphabet flashcards. Each new
letter has an animal friend such as: A- Alexander Alligator or B- Betsy Bee, etc. In addition to learning
a new letter of the alphabet, our curriculum provides amazing facts about the new animal friend. You
will be amazed at the knowledge your child is about to gain. Also, for each new letter introduced, there
are four or five other words with pictures that start with the new letter of the alphabet.
Example:        A- Alexander Alligator, A- Apple, A- Airplane.

                                              NUMBERS
       Three-year-olds will learn number skills in exciting ways. Skills emphasized will be number
recognition and counting. Our curriculum provides art activities and games to teach number concepts.
Example: Children may be asked to feed the penguin 6 shrimp. The children will also use a colorful
workbook called Numbers and Skills with Button Bear to practice some of the skills they are learning.




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                                      PHONICS & WRITING
         Children will learn the sound of each letter of the alphabet. They will learn to listen for the
beginning sound in words. In a very colorful workbook called Letters & Sounds, children will trace the
letters and do fun activities such as matching letters and sounds, counting objects, or even an art
activity consisting of pasting and coloring.

       Children will learn from the beginning the correct way to hold their pencil. This in itself is a very
valuable lesson.
                                      TOPIC OF THE WEEK
       Each week, lessons center around a topic or theme, such as the season or weather. Our
reading, art, math, and language all center on the topic.

                                               CHAPEL
        Every Friday the classes gather together for fun and fellowship. This is called ―Chapel Day‖.
The teachers act out the Bible story of the week. The children enjoy visits from all of our puppet
friends. Various activities, songs, and finger plays are planned by the teachers and experienced in a
group setting.
                                      LEARNING CENTERS
        Children learn life’s most valuable lessons through play. With this understanding, we have
supplemented the curriculum with hands-on materials. With the teacher’s supervision, children learn
concepts such as patterning (what comes next), matching, shapes, sizes, spatial relationships, lacing
and tying, weighing and measuring, estimation, counting, number words, beginning and ending sounds,
more and less, comparisons, and much, much more. The materials the children use to learn these
concepts are bright, colorful, and age-appropriate. Remember, it's okay if children think they're playing
as long as we know they're learning!

         Learning centers have no more than two children in them at a time. Several learning centers
will be going on at one time in the classroom. As the children master one center, they will rotate around
the room to the other centers. Learning centers are given in the morning hours during lesson time.
This is a teacher-directed activity.
                                                 MUSIC
       The children are encouraged to use the musical instruments found in each classroom. They
engage in singing everyday. The children learn children’s praise songs and enjoy playing in a marching
band. The instruments can be used during play center time, or they can be teacher-directed. Teachers
show the children how to stay with the beat of the music, how to play fast and slow , and keep the
rhythm. The teachers and children have access to a music library of cassettes and CDs.

       Exercise is another part of music time. Teachers teach the children about good health habits
such as exercise, eating good foods, and rest. The children have an opportunity everyday to move and
work out to music.

                                       ACTIVITY CENTERS
        Activity centers are set up daily around the classroom. The children can choose a center to play
in during designated ―play times.‖ The centers are rotated periodically.

The main five centers are described below:

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   ART – The children have an opportunity to play in the art center for free-art daily. Art paper,
    magazines, paint, scissors, crayons, and glue are offered in the art center. A teacher-directed art
    activity is provided every day. This activity will relate to the topic of the week. The teachers
    encourage the children to be creative using the various supplies given.

   BLOCKS – The block center is complete with wooden blocks, large Lego’s, and connecting blocks.
    In the block center, the children can build and construct buildings. A car mat is provided so the
    children can build a town for the cars to drive through. People and animals are also in the block
    center.

   DRAMATIC PLAY – The dramatic play center is a place for imagination. The children enjoy
    dressing up and role-playing in this center. The children are taught how to set the table and take
    care of a family. The children have access to hats, shoes, jewelry, multi-cultural costumes, play
    money, and telephones. The teachers spend time in this center teaching the children table
    manners.

   READING CENTER – The book center is a quiet place to rest and enjoy a good book. The book
    center has a flannel board with felt objects where the children can create their own stories. Puppets
    are also in the book center. Children are asked to bring photographs of their families at the
    beginning of the year. The children make a photo album that is accessible at all times to comfort
    any fears.

   MANIPULATIVE CENTER – The manipulatives that we have in the classroom enhance the
    children’s fine motor skills while engaging them in play. Your child will enjoy putting puzzles
    together, building with Lego’s and bristle blocks, as well as lacing or stringing beads.

DISCOVERY EXPERIENCES
We alternate many hands-on discovery activities including:

       RICE/ SAND AND WATER PLAY - Includes floating small objects such as boats and fish.
        Children also enjoy sifting and measuring rice or sand. Rice/Sand and Water play are
        experienced on the playground.
       SCIENCE CENTER – The science center holds such items as: magnifying glasses, rocks,
        shells, and balancing scales. The science center is set up for your child to explore. Occasional
        science experiments occur. For example: sink/float, observation of food farms, plants and
        seeds, nature walks, graphs (hair and eye color charts), shadows, sea life, weather, water
        absorption, and liquid and solids.
       SORTING ITEMS - Items are given for sorting by size, color and type. Children are instructed
        to sort fruit, clothing, teddy bears, and objects that are alive (people) and not alive (table).
       MATCHING - Our teachers have various matching centers. For example, the children are
        asked to match the capital letter to the lower case letter or to match numbers to objects.


FINE & GROSS MOTOR ACTIVITIES

Fine Motor
Sewing/Lacing                 Small blocks          Writing                Puzzles
Manipulatives (Lego’s,etc)    Coloring              Drawing                Pegs

Gross Motor
Skipping                      Heel-to-toe walk      Running                Jumping
Balance Beam                  Exercising            Throwing               Parachute
Hopping                       Climbing              Catching               Balancing
Walking                       Hopscotch
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                         PRESCHOOL BEHAVIOR BOARD
    In all of our three-year-old classrooms, we use a behavior board. There are five ―good habits‖ for
the children to learn and follow. They earn a ―crayon‖ or other shape in each category each day when
the good choices are made. Please check the board daily to verbally reward your child for the positive
choices of the day! Examples of ―good habits‖ are:

      I listened to my teachers.
      I used good manners in the dining room and bathroom.
      I made good choices in the classroom.
      I walked nicely in the halls.
      I was quiet at naptime.

Re-directive plan for inappropriate choices:
      Redirection from the inappropriate behavior
      Two verbal warnings
      Time out (1 minute per child’s age)
      Note home
      Conference with the classroom teacher, parents, and Director

     It is vitally important that you check and discuss any continued inappropriate behavior with your
child. It may become necessary to meet with the Director if inappropriate behavior becomes disruptive
to the classroom setting.




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          Sample 3-Year-Old Preschool Daily Schedule

07:00 – 08:00   Greetings and Play Centers

08:00 – 08:30   Exercises

08:30 – 09:00   Morning Snack

09:00 – 09:30   Outside (Playground)

09:30 – 10:00   Bible/Group Time*, A-Beka Lessons*


*Bible/Group Time:      Prayer, Bible Story, Memory Verses
*A-Beka Lessons:        Phonics, Number Recognition, Counting, Board Games

10:00 – 10:45   Activity Centers

11:00 – 11:30   Lunch

11:30 – 11:45   Bathroom

11:45 – 12:00   Story time

12:00 – 02:00   Nap

02:00 – 02:30   Bathroom, Quiet Time

02:30 – 03:00   Afternoon Snack

03:00 – 03:30   Outside (Playground)

03:30 – 04:00   Bathroom, Water, Movie

04:00 - 04:30   Learning Centers (Mon., Tues., Fri.)
                Show & Tell (Wed.)
                Books (Thurs.)

04:30 – 05:30   Play Centers (Table Toys)

05:30 – 06:00   Music, Story Time, Poetry, Finger Plays, Nursery Rhymes




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                Sample 3 Year Old Schedule for FMC
07:00 – 08:00   Greetings and Play Centers

08:00 – 08:15   Exercises

08:20 – 08:40   Morning Snack

09:00 – 09:30   Bible/Group Time*, ABeka Lessons*, Art

09:30 – 10:00      Activity Centers

*Bible/Group Time:      Prayer, Bible Story, Memory Verses
*A-Beka Lessons:        Phonics, Number Recognition, Counting, Board Games

10:00 – 10:30   Bathroom, Water

10:30 – 11:00   Lunch

11:00 - 11:30   Outside Playtime

11:30 – 11:40   Prepare for Nap, Storytime

11:45 – 01:45   Nap

01:45 – 02:15   Bathroom, Water

02:15 – 02:45   Afternoon Snack

02:30 – 03:30   Computer, Science Discovery, Art

03:30 – 04:00   Outside (Playground)

04:00 - 04:30   Learning Centers (Mon, Thurs)
                Show & Tell (Wed.)
                Movie Day (Tues, Fri)

04:30 – 05:30   Play Centers (Table Toys)

05:30 – 06:00   Music, Story Time, Poetry, Finger Plays, Nursery Rhymes




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                    Kindergarten Readiness Curriculum
        At First Assembly Preschool, our primary curriculum for many years has been the A-Beka
Curriculum. Children are taught Scripture verses, Bible stories, reading, writing, art, science, music,
poetry, and nursery rhymes. Age appropriate books are used daily to enhance our learning activities.
The repetition and predictability help children to know what to expect, and therefore we encourage
―reading along‖ with the teacher. During the week, a book may be read many times. The children often
are engaged in discussions, role-play & puppets.

        The A-Beka Curriculum provides a Scripture memory verse for each letter of the alphabet. By
the end of the week the children have committed that verse to memory, and by the end of the school
year, your child will have an understanding of twenty-six verses of God’s Word. The other component
of your child’s daily Bible time is the Bible story. In a week’s time the story is read and re-read, told by
flannel graph, told by songs and finger plays, and often acted out by the children in a skit.

                                   CIRCLE TIME/BIBLE TIME
        Bible time is the most important half-hour of our school day. This is a time when all children
gather at the carpet for a fun and special time of learning. Activities that take place during circle time
are Bible time, story time, topic of the week, alphabet and numbers review. Skills development, where
children learn skills such as opposites, sizes, comparisons, manners, health practices, sequencing,
etc., also takes place at circle time. These are all teacher-directed activities. The children are
introduced to a Scripture memory verse for each letter of the alphabet. A new memory verse starts on
Monday of each week and is reviewed daily. By the end of the week the children have committed that
verse to memory. By the end of the school year, your child will have an understanding of twenty-six
verses of God’s Word. The other component of your child’s daily Bible time is the Bible story. A new
story is read on Monday. During the week, the story is read and re-read, acted out by the children, and
told by flannel board stories, puppets, and finger plays.

        The Lord’s Prayer is included every day in our Bible time and is memorized by the children.
Bible time also includes: The Pledge of Allegiance, a patriotic song, Bible songs , and prayer time.
Bible concepts are reinforced in all aspects of learning and play throughout the school year.

                                               READING
         With the A-Beka Curriculum we use the phonetic approach to introducing children to beginning
reading. Using alphabet flashcards, children learn letter recognition and sounds. As they learn
individual letter sounds they also learn to blend the sounds together and form simple words such as
bat, fell, sit, hot, and tub. The children learn to recognize vowels (both long and short) and consonants.

                                               WRITING
        The A-Beka Curriculum provides a writing tablet for each child. In a pressure free atmosphere,
our preschoolers are provided with a formal writing lesson each day. As a new letter is introduced in
the phonics lesson, children are shown the correct way to form that letter at writing time. The A-Beka
Program teaches that all letters live in a house. They live upstairs, downstairs , or in the basement.
Children are shown the correct way to hold a pencil, which in itself is a valuable lesson. Please bear in
mind that every effort put forth by every child is genuinely praised. No two children are developmentally
in the exact same place, and their writing will reflect their differences.




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                                             NUMBERS
        Our Everyday Mathematics curriculum is a hands-on math program that promotes thinking skills
and real-world applications. Some of the concepts that will be introduced will be counting and ordering
numbers, graphs, sequencing, two-dimensional objects, measuring and weighing objects. Children
also enjoy counting and are given the opportunity to learn to count all the way to 100! Towards the end
of the year, the children learn addition. Board games are used to help the children have fun learning.
See Everyday Mathematics web site for further information on this remarkable program.
www.everydaymath.uchicago.edu.

                                     LEARNING CENTERS
       Your children learn life’s most valuable lessons through play. With this understanding, we have
supplemented your child’s curriculum with hands-on materials, which the children manipulate
themselves. With the teacher’s supervision, children learn concepts such as patterning (what comes
next), matching, shapes, sizes, spatial relationships, lacing and tying, weighing and measuring,
estimation, counting, number words, beginning and ending sounds, more and less, comparisons, and
much, much more. The materials the children use to learn these concepts are bright, colorful, and age-
appropriate. Remember, it's okay if children think they're playing as long as we know they're learning!
         Learning centers have no more than two children in them at a time. Several learning centers
will be going on at one time in the classroom. As the children master one center, they will rotate around
the room to the other centers. Learning centers are given in the morning hours during lesson time.
This is a teacher-directed activity.

                                              CHAPEL
         Every Friday the classes gather together for fun and fellowship. This is called ―Chapel Day‖.
This is a very special time of the week. The children enjoy visits from all of our puppet friends. Various
activities, songs, and finger plays are planned by the teachers and experienced in a group setting.
Bible stories may be told by teachers or either acted out by either the students or teachers.

                                                MUSIC
       The children are encouraged to use the musical instruments found in each classroom. They are
engaged in singing everyday. The children learn children’s praise songs and enjoy playing in a
marching band. The instruments can be used during play center time, or they can be teacher- directed.
Teachers show the children how to stay with the beat of the music, how to play fast, slow, and keep the
rhythm. The teachers and children have access to a music library of cassettes and CDs. Exercise is
another part of music time. Teachers teach the children about good health habits such as exercise,
eating good foods, and rest. The children have an opportunity every day to move and work out to
music.

                                      ACTIVITY CENTERS
        Activity centers are set up daily around the classroom. The children can choose a center to
play in during designated ―play times.‖ The centers are rotated periodically.

The main six centers are described below:
   ART – The children have an opportunity to play in the art center for free art daily. Art paper,
    magazines, paint, scissors, crayons, and glue are offered in the art center. A teacher-directed art
    activity is provided every day. This activity will relate to the topic of the week. The teachers
    encourage the children to be creative using the various supplies given.



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   BLOCKS – The block center is complete with wooden blocks, large Lego’s, and connecting blocks.
    In the block center, the children can build and construct buildings. A car mat is provided where the
    children can build a town for the cars to drive through. People and animals are also in the block
    center.

   DRAMATIC PLAY – The dramatic play center is a place for imagination. The children e njoy
    dressing up and role-playing in this center. The children are taught how to set the table and take
    care of a family. The children have access to hats, shoes, jewelry, multi-cultural costumes, play
    money, and telephones. The teachers spend time in this center teaching the children table
    manners.

   BOOK CENTER – The book center is a quiet place to rest and enjoy a good book. The book
    center has a flannel board with felt objects where the children can create their own stories. Puppets
    are also in the book center. Children are asked to bring photographs of their families at the
    beginning of the year. The children make a photo album that is accessible at all times to comfort
    any fears.

   TRAIN CENTER – The four-year-old classes have Thomas the Tank Engine sets. The teachers
    help the children create their own tracks. The Thomas the Tank characters are familiar to the
    children. They use the different trains (Gordon, James, Bertie the Bus, Harold Helicopter) to
    imagine different situations. The teachers encourage problem-solving skills. For example: The
    bridge has fallen, do you see another way to get to the train depot?

   MANIPULATIVES – The manipulatives that we have in the classroom enhance the children’s fine
    motor skills while engaging them in play. Your child will enjoy putting puzzles together, building with
    Lego’s and bristle blocks, as well as lacing or stringing beads.

                                   DISCOVERY EXPERIENCES
We alternate many hands on discovery activities including:

       RICE/SAND AND WATER PLAY - Includes floating small objects such as boats and fish.
        Children also enjoy sifting and measuring rice or sand. Sand/Rice and Water play are
        experienced on the playground.

       SCIENCE CENTER – The science center holds such items as: magnifying glasses, rocks,
        shells and balancing scales. The science center is set up for your child to explore. Occasional
        science experiments occur. For example: sink/float, observation of food farms, plants and
        seeds, nature walks, graphs (hair and eye color charts), shadows, sea life, weather, water
        absorption, and liquid and solids.

       SORTING ITEMS - Items are given for sorting by size, color, and type. Children are instructed
        to sort fruit, clothing, teddy bears, and objects that are alive (people) and not alive (table).

       MATCHING - Our teachers have various matching centers. For example, the children are
        asked to match the capital letter to the lower case letter or to match numbers to objects.

                                                P.E. TIME
       This will be teacher directed and teacher participation activity time for all of the classes in their
age group. Children will have an opportunity to utilize their large motor skills in our gymnasium through
various physical activities. Many gross motor skills will be used during this time:
Skipping                       Heel-to-toe walk       Running                 Jumping
Balance Beam                   Exercising             Throwing                Parachute
Hopping                        Climbing               Catching                Balancing
Walking                        Hopscotch
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                        Kindergarten Readiness Behavior Board
    In all of our four-year-old classrooms, we use a behavior board. There are five ―good habits‖ for the
children to learn and follow. They earn a ―crayon‖ or other shape in each category each day when the
good choices are made. Please check the board daily to verbally reward your child for the positive
choices of the day! Examples of ―good habits‖ are:

      I listened to my teachers.
      I used good manners in the dining room and bathroom.
      I made good choices in the classroom.
      I walked nicely in the halls.
      I was quiet at naptime.

Re-directive plan for inappropriate choices:

      Redirection from the inappropriate behavior
      Two verbal warnings
      Time out (1 minute per child’s age)
      Note home
      Conference with the classroom teacher, parents, and Director

     It is vitally important that you check and discuss any continued inappropriate behavior with your
child. It may become necessary to meet with the director if inappropriate behavior becomes disruptive
to the classroom setting.




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     Sample Kindergarten Readiness 4 & 5-year-old Schedule
7:00-8:30          Greetings, Play Centers

8:40-9:0           Morning Snack in the Dining Room

8:30 -9:00         P.E. Class per a ssigned day

9:00 – 9:10        Bathroom, Hand washing

9:10–9:30          Pledge and Bible Time, Songs

9:30-10:00         Learning Centers (Mon., Tue s., Thurs.)
                   Show & Tell (Wed.)
                   Phonics & Writing

10:00-10:30        Outside (Playground)

10:30 – 11:00      Numbers and Board Games

11:00-11:30        Lunch in the Dining Room

11:30-12:00        Art, Computer, Music

12:00-12:30        Finish A-Beka Lessons; Numbers & Board Games

12:30-1:00         Bathroom & Story Time
1:00-2:15          Nap Time
2:15-2:30          Putting Up Nap Items, Bathroom
2:45-3:00          Afternoon Snack in the Dining Room
3:00 – 4:00        Musical Movement, Games, Science, Discovery
4:00-4:30          Outside (Playground)
4:30-5:00          Play Centers (Movie Time – Tuesday & Friday)
5:00-6:00          Story Time, Play Centers, Pick-up



                           Daily your child will need to bring:
      Backpack
      Blanket that will fit in the backpack
      Snuggly sleep toy that will fit in the backpack
      A complete change of clothes
      Pencil box




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                  Advanced Kindergarten Readiness Class
        We are pleased to announce a new class this year at First Assembly Preschool. This class is
for students who have already completed a kindergarten readiness class, but are not eligible for
kindergarten. This class combines the preschool curriculum with specials from the school. These
specials are Music, Spanish, and PE classes with our elementary school teachers, and an opportunity
to participate in our elementary chapel every Friday. We will build upon the skills taught in the
kindergarten readiness class. You may even see ―homework‖ from time to time as we want parents
involved in the education of their children. These projects will require participation from both parent and
child.

                                   CIRCLE TIME/BIBLE TIME
         Bible time is the most important half-hour of our school day. This is a time when all children
gather at the carpet for a fun and special time of learning. Activities that take place during circle time
are Bible time, story time, topic of the week, alphabet and numbers review. Skills development, where
children learn skills such as opposites, sizes, comparisons, manners, health practices, sequencing,
etc., also takes place at circle time. These are all teacher-directed activities. The other component of
your child’s daily Bible time is the Bible story. A new story is read on Monday. During the week, the
story is read and re-read, acted out by the children, and told by flannel board stories, puppets , and
finger plays.

        The Lord’s Prayer is included every day in our Bible time and is memorized by the children.
Bible time also includes: The Pledge of Allegiance, a patriotic song, Bible songs, and prayer time.
Bible concepts are reinforced in all aspects of learning and play throughout the school year.

                                              READING
         The Advanced Kindergarten Readiness Class uses the Zoo-Phonics curriculum. Zoo-Phonics is
a kinesthetic, multi-modal approach to reading. It uses animals drawn in the shape of letters for ease in
memory. A related body movement is given for each letter, which helps cement the sounds to the
shape of the letter. Lowercase letters are learned first, followed by uppercase letters, since lowercase
letters are used 95% of the time. The children will be introduced to readers toward the end of the year.
In addition, the teachers read and discuss stories with the children daily. Reading stories together
helps develop comprehension skills.

                                              WRITING
         Using the Zoo-Phonics curriculum, the students will have daily opportunities to practice their
handwriting skills. Papers will be sent home each week so you can track your child’s progress. They
will review the proper way to hold pencils during the first few weeks of class.


                                             NUMBERS
       Everyday Mathematics curriculum is a hands-on math program that promotes thinking skills and
real-world applications. Some of the concepts that will be introduced will be counting and ordering
numbers, graphs, sequencing, two-dimensional objects, and measuring and weighing objects.
Children also enjoy counting and are given the opportunity to learn to count all the way to 100!
Towards the end of the year, the children learn addition. Board games are used to help the children
have fun learning. See Everyday Mathematics web site for further information on this remarkable
program. www.everydaymath.uchicago.edu.

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                                     LEARNING CENTERS
        Children learn life’s most valuable lessons through play. With this understanding, we have
supplemented our curriculum with hands-on materials. With the teacher’s supervision, children learn
concepts such as patterning (what comes next), matching, shapes, sizes, spatial relationships, lacing
and tying, weighing and measuring, estimation, counting, number words, beginning and ending sounds,
more and less, comparisons, and much, much more. The materials the children use to learn these
concepts are bright, colorful, and age-appropriate. Remember, it's okay if children think they're playing
as long as we know they're learning!
         Learning centers have no more than two children in them at a time. Several learning centers
will be going on at one time in the classroom. As the children master one center, they will rotate around
the room to the other centers. Learning centers are given in the morning hours during lesson time.
This is a teacher-directed activity.

                                              CHAPEL
        Every Friday morning at 8:30, the class will participate in Elementary Chapel. This is a
wonderful opportunity for them to bridge the gap from preschool to kindergarten. They will be
worshipping with elementary students. This is a very special time of the week. In addition to learning
exciting songs, they will be able to hear upbeat, uplifting messages from our Pastor of Education.

                                                MUSIC
        The children are encouraged to use the musical instruments found in each classroom. They are
engaged in singing every day. The children learn children’s praise songs and enjoy playing in a
marching band. The instruments can be used during play center time, or they can be teacher- directed.
In addition, the children will have a formal music class weekly with the elementary music teacher.

                                      ACTIVITY CENTERS
        Activity centers are set up daily ar ound the classroom. The children can choose a center to
play in during designated ―play times.‖ The centers are rotated periodically.

The main six centers are described below:
   ART – The children have an opportunity to play in the art center for free art daily. Art paper,
    magazines, paint, scissors, crayons, and glue are offered in the art center. A teacher-directed art
    activity is provided every day. This activity will relate to the topic of the week. The teachers
    encourage the children to be creative using the various supplies given.

   BLOCKS – The block center is complete with wooden blocks, large Lego’s, and connecting blocks.
    In the block center, the children can build and construct buildings. A car mat is provided where the
    children can build a town for the cars to drive through. People and animals are also in the block
    center.

   DRAMATIC PLAY – The dramatic play center is a place for imagination. The children enjoy
    dressing up and role-playing in this center. The children are taught how to set the table and take
    care of a family. The children have access to hats, shoes, jewelry, multi-cultural costumes, play
    money, and telephones. The teachers spend time in this center teaching the children table
    manners.

   BOOK CENTER – The book center is a quiet place to rest and enjoy a good book. The book
    center has a flannel board with felt objects where the children can create their own stories. Puppets
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    are also in the book center. Children are asked to bring photographs of their families at the
    beginning of the year. The children make a photo album that is accessible at all times to comfort
    any fears.

   MANIPULATIVES – The manipulatives that we have in the classroom enhance the children’s fine
    motor skills while engaging them in play. Your child will enjoy putting puzzles together, building with
    Lego’s and bristle blocks, as well as lacing or stringing beads.

                                   DISCOVERY EXPERIENCES
We alternate many hands on discovery activities including:

       RICE/SAND AND WATER PLAY - Includes floating small objects such as boats and fish.
        Children also enjoy sifting and measuring rice or sand. Sand/Rice and Water play are
        experienced on the playground.

       SCIENCE CENTER – The science center holds such items as: magnifying glasses, rocks,
        shells, and balancing scales. The science center is set up for your child to explore. Occasional
        science experiments occur. For example: sink/float, observation of food farms, plants and
        seeds, nature walks, graphs (hair and eye color charts), shadows, sea life, weather, water
        absorption, and liquid and solids.

       SORTING ITEMS - Items are given for sorting by size, color, and type. Children are instructed
        to sort fruit, clothing, teddy bears, and objects that are alive (people) and not alive (table).

       MATCHING - Our teachers have various matching centers. For example, the children are
        asked to match the capital letter to the lower case letter or to match numbers to objects.

                                                P.E. TIME
        In addition to outside time, where the children will be able to develop their gross motor skills, the
class will have a P.E. class with the elementary P.E. teacher. They will learn new skills and fun games.
This is a very enjoyable time for the children.


                                              COMPUTER
        The students will have a computer class once a week. They will be given opportunities to learn
more about the computer, as well as improve skills learned in class. We have a variety of software
available for their use.

                  Advanced Kindergarten Readiness Behavior Board
    In all of our preschool classrooms, we use a behavior board. We will use the same behavior board
for our advanced class. There are five ―good habits‖ for the children to learn and follow. They earn a
―crayon‖ or other shape in each category each day when the good choices are made. Please check the
board daily to verbally reward your child for the positive choices of the day! Examples of ―good habits‖
are:

       I listened to my teachers.
       I used good manners in the dining room and bathroom.
       I made good choices in the classroom.
       I walked nicely in the halls.
       I was quiet at naptime.

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Re-directive plan for inappropriate choices:

      Redirection from the inappropriate behavior
      Two verbal warnings
      Time out (1 minute per child’s age)
      Note home
      Conference with the classroom teacher, parents, and Director

     It is vitally important that you check and discuss any continued inappropriate behavior with your
child. It may become necessary to meet with the director if inappropriate behavior becomes disruptive
to the classroom setting.




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                            First Assembly Christian School & Preschool
                                      Multiple Payment Form

Preschool Tuit ion (circle 1): ………………………………………...$130                       $140
Other (please specify): ________________________              $________________________________
Preschool Vacation Week:……………………………………………Date:_____________________________
Mother/Father/Guardian ’s (circle 1) Name:_____________________________________________________
Child’s Name:_____________________________________________________________________________
 Child’s Name:_____________________________________________________________________________
Check #_________        Cash _____  Cred it/Debit Card _____
Receipt needed? (circle 1): Yes     No

FACS Tuition (circle 1):………………………………………………$442.90                          $384.20
Other (please specify): ____________________________________ $________________________________
Before School Care (circle 1):                                  Club $70    Drop in $___________
After School Care (circle 1):                                   Club $135   Drop in $___________
Tutoring/Discovery Learning/Ho mework Club (circle 1):          $__________
Other (please specify): ___________________________________ $__________
Check #_________         Cash _____    Cred it/Debit Card _____
Receipt needed? (circle 1): Yes         No
Mother/Father/Guardian ’s (circle 1) Name:_____________________________________________________
Child’s Name:_____________________________________________________________________________
Child’s Name:________________________________________________________________________ _____
Child’s Name:_____________________________________________________________________________




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          TRAFFIC DIRECTIONS FOR BRINGING AND PICKING UP STUDENTS AT
                     FIRST ASSEMBLY PRESCHOOL AND SCHOOL

We need the help and cooperation of ALL parents!!! A little inconvenience for parents could
mean the protection of the students on this campus. We care about the safety of your child.

          All parents should enter in Driveway A off Long Drive.
          To walk with a child into the building (required of all preschool parents):
           Pull directly into Lot A or B, park, and walk into the building.
          No parking under the canopy.
          All parents should leave the Campus by Exit B.
          Parking for nursery will be along drop-off lane near East Foyer.



                                                                           University Parkway


                                                           Gy m

                                         School
                                        Building


                                                   Cones
                                                                             P       Parking
                                                                                       Lot
                      Exi t                                                             B
                       B                                                                                        No
                                                                                 K-8
                                                          P                      only
                                                                                                             Entry or
                                                                                                               Exit
                              Parking               One                                        Parking for
                                Lot                 Way                                        Nursery
                                 A          P                 Lot
                                                              B
                                                                                               Area

                                                                                                                    University
            Long                                                                                                    Parkway
            Drive
                                                                             Worshi p Center


          Entrance
            A

                                                                                                       Polo Rd
                                                                                                        Entry


                     Polo Road                                           Polo Road




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 Thank you for giving First Assembly
the opportunity to share in God’s plan
         for your child’s life.




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