Cornerstone Early Education provides half and full day programs for potty-trained children ages three through five. Our half day preschool hours are from 8:30-11:15am and are offered Monday through Friday with two to five day availability. All preschool students receive the same curriculum whether they participate in the full or half day program.
Our infant program is open to babies four weeks old to twelve months of age. The infant room hours are from 7:00am-6:00pm, Monday through Friday. Our schedule for this room can be defined as “on demand”. We believe we are an extension of your parenting; therefore, we try our best to adhere to the schedule put forth by the parent. Parents need to supply all formula and food, plus a bottle of water for mixing formula. We will supply your child with food from our Toddler Menu when their pediatrician clears them for table food. The parent may still choose to provide their child with food from home.
All bottles, pacifiers, and diapers must also be provided by the parent. Fresh, clean bottles will need to be brought in each day your child attends. We are not equipped to wash and sanitize bottles in the infant room; therefore, all bottles, used and clean, will be sent home every day to be washed.
Parents will need to provide infants with sleep sacks instead of blankets for sleeping. Sleep sacks are used to reduce the risk of SIDS.
Full Day Toddler Program
We offer full day toddler preschool for ages 12 through 36 months. Nap time for all full-time children is from 12:30-2:30 pm. A mid-morning snack, lunch and an afternoon snack are provided; please see the individual classroom schedules for meal times. Parents may choose to provide a lunch from home. The mid-morning snack will be served from 8:30-8:50am, lunch from 11:20–12:00pm, and afternoon snack at 3:00pm. All meals are included in the tuition rate. We will provide sippy-cups in the Yellow Room for children not yet ready for regular cups. Bottles and pacifiers are used only in our infant room. Parents will need to provide disposable or cloth diapers, and the center will provide diaper wipes. Approximate times for diaper changes are as follows: 9:30am, 11:30am, 2:30pm and 4:30pm, or as needed.
Students enrolled in the full day program are expected to be in their classrooms by 10:00am at the latest. This allows children time to transition before eating lunch and taking a nap.
Full Day Preschool
Full Day Preschool for children ages three through five is offered Monday through Friday with two to five day availability. Full-time students can be in our care for up to ten hours per day. Students attending the full day program have naptime between the hours of 12:30-2:30pm. We realize that some children no longer require a nap; for this reason we have created a separate area where children rest for thirty minutes, and then have the opportunity to play quietly with other non-napping children. Children attending the non-napping room need to be at least four years of age.
The mid-morning snack is served from 8:30-8:50am, lunch from 11:20-12:00pm, and afternoon snack at 3:00pm. All meals are included in the tuition rate.
Half Day Preschool
Half Day Preschool for children ages one to five is offered Monday through Friday with two to five day availability. Half Day Preschool hours are 8:30-11:15am. Children arriving by 8:30am will be offered a mid-morning snack in every room.
Every classroom, except the infant room, has its own schedule according to the needs of the children’s classroom age group. The following schedule is an example of a typical day for a full-time student in a preschool classroom.
|6:30am – 8:30am||Arrival Activities/Free Play|
|8:30am – 9:00am||Mid-Morning Snack/Clean-Up|
|9:00am – 9:20am||Circle Time Activities|
|9:20am – 9:30am||Bathroom Break|
|9:30am – 10:45am||Learning Center Activities|
|10:45am – 11:00am||Music and Movement|
|11:00am – 11:25am||Outside Play|
|11:25am – 11:35am||Bathroom/Wash|
|11:40am – 12:10pm||Lunch|
|12:10pm – 12:20pm||Make Beds/Books/Story Time|
|12:20pm – 12:30pm||Bathroom Break|
|12:30pm – 2:30pm||Nap/Rest Time|
|2:30pm – 3:15pm||Bathroom/Wash/Snack|
|3:15pm – 4:00pm||Afternoon Free Play/Open Centers|
|4:00pm – 5:30pm||Outside Play/Bathroom/Wash|
|5:30pm – 6:00pm||Open Centers|
Extended Care Program
Our Extended Care program offers before and after school care to children Kindergarten through age 12, Monday through Friday from 6:30am – 6:00pm. To use the Extended Care program you must first complete and return enrollment paperwork and a $125 enrollment fee to the Early Education Office. This permits your child to attend before and after school care each day there is school as well as during elementary school and holiday closures.
Upon dropping off and picking up your child, you will need to sign them in and out with your full legal signature on the Extended Care Sign In/Out sheet. Only adults whom the parent/guardian has authorized on the enrollment paperwork can pick up your child. If your child attends Sunset Elementary and catches the bus here at Cornerstone, a staff person will sign your child out of our care once they have boarded the bus. A staff person will also sign your child into our after school program once they get off of the bus here at Cornerstone.
A student remaining on campus after the elementary school carpool concludes at 3:10pm will be escorted by a teacher to the after school program. Middle school students who are not picked up by 3:20pm at the middle school campus will be bussed to the elementary school to join the Extended Care program.
The use of this care is $6.00 per hour, per child, with a minimum charge of one hour per sign in. After the first hour, fees will be accrued in 15 minute increments per child. Parents who arrive after 6:00pm to pick up their child from Cornerstone and after 3:00pm on days we close at 3:00pm, will be charged $1.00 per minute per child for every minute they are late.
Extended Care – Summer and Holiday Breaks
We offer care to school-age students during most holiday breaks when the elementary school is not in session. Children who are enrolled in our Extended Care Program are welcome to participate at the same hourly rate as before and after school care.
Prior to a holiday break, a sign-up sheet will be sent home with your school-age child. Please return this sheet as soon as possible to reserve care for the specified day. Your child may choose to bring a lunch or they may purchase a school lunch for three dollars. If we provide your child with lunch, the charge of three dollars will be added to your monthly extended care statement.
Summer Fun Program
Cornerstone offers a summer program, Summer Fun! a fun adventure for children who will be joining the First Grade the following September to twelve years of age. Your child will be given opportunities to play, ride, create, build or just relax and enjoy the sunshine!
Daily Sign-In and Out Procedures
Parents or authorized persons must sign their child in with their full legal signature every day the child is in attendance. The child’s individual sign in/out sheet is located in the classroom’s binder. The State of Washington requires us to maintain daily sign-in sheets that must be filled out completely with the times of arrival and departure as well as a full legal signature. The child must also be checked in every day on the computer located in the child’s classroom. Parents will be assigned two passwords to input into the computer to complete the check in and out process.
Only persons noted on the registration form or persons with written authorization from the legal parent/guardian are considered authorized individuals to pick up a child from the Early Education program. Authorized persons picking up a child will need to have photo identification and the parent’s two computer passwords. The parent or authorized person is responsible for escorting their child to the proper classroom. Children are not permitted to walk themselves to their classroom.
Children will not be released to anyone appearing to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Should a parent under the influence insist on picking up their child a staff person will call 911 to ensure the child’s safety.
When picking a child up from the Early Education program, the parent or authorized person must first go to their child’s classroom to check the child out on the computer. You may also use the computer in the hallway near the chapel. Proceed to the classroom and sign out in the Sign In and Out binder. If the child is not in the classroom, proceed to the playground and receive the child from the teacher on duty.