What are the age guidelines for each class?

Nearly Threes Class: Child must turn three years old between September 1 and January 1
Threes Class: Child must be three years old by September 1
Nearly Fours Class: Child must turn four between September 1 and December 31
Fours Class: Child must be four years old by September 1
Pre K Class: Child must turn five years old between September 1 and December 31

How long is the school year?

The Ark begins classes in mid-September and ends in mid- May. See calendar for exact dates.

How long will my child be in school each day and how many days per week?

Nearly Threes class meets 2 hours per day, 2 days per week
Threes classes meet 2 hours and 35 minutes per day, 2 days per week
Older Threes.Fours class meet 2.5 hours per day, 3 days a week
Fours morning classes meet 2.5 hours per day, 3 days per week
Fours afternoon class meets 2.5 hours per day, 4 days per week
Pre K class meets 2.5 hours per day, 4 days per week

Can I register my child for the Ark Preschool mid-year?

Yes, if there is room in a class that matches your child’s age level, we would welcome you to register mid-year. This is often a good way for families new to the community to get to know other preschool parents and children in the area. Our teachers are ready to welcome your child with open arms and it has been our experience that children tend to adapt quite well to the new classroom setting.

My child has special dietary needs. Can you accommodate these?

Records for each child are kept with clear instructions from the parents as to any food allergies or special dietary concerns. Teachers are trained to attend to each child’s needs and they will work with you to make necessary food substitutions.

Do you provide drop-off services before class?

In the beginning of the school year, we ask that each parent/caretaker accompany their child into the building to his/her classroom. This serves multiple purposes; children learn to let go and join their classmates, parents make regular contact with the teachers thus allowing teachers to get to know them better, plus parents/caretakers have more opportunities to interact and form friendships with one another. In January, we begin drop off procedures because this helps busy parents/drivers in the winter time.

Do you have safety procedures in place for the preschool?

Yes. Your child’s safety is of utmost importance to us. As a licensed preschool we take strive to meet all the safety standards and rules set by the IL DCFS, including door-locking procedures (recently added a camera system at the entry doors) and tornado/fire drill procedures. Our facilities are inspected every year and pass the various state specifications. The Director and teachers keep current in the area of CPR and First Aid training, as required by the IL DCFS.

Does the Ark Preschool offer special events during the school year?

Our Parent’s and Kid’s Gym Night is offered on a rotating basis to the different classes on Thursday nights in the winter months from 6:15 – 7:15 p.m.

The Ark Preschool partners with Victory Sports Camp to offer special sports classes that take place in the Gym before or after your child’s class. These classes, run and staffed by Victory Sports Camps, generally occur after Christmas and before Spring Break and registration is separate and optional. For information on Victory Sports Camps, visit www.victorysportscamps.org.

The Ark Preschool offers a one-week summer camp for children ages 3-5 (must be potty trained). Children MUST be enrolled at The Ark Preschool to attend–this includes families registered for the following school year. This mixed-age summer program is a wonderful opportunity for new families to get acquainted with the preschool as it provides structured open-ended play along with socialization opportunities for your child.

Other parent seminars and family events are scheduled periodically which include fundraiser events, Open House, and parent presentations.  These will be announced to all registered Ark parents at the Parent Orientation (the first week of school).

If we haven’t answered your questions, please email Holly Pelsor at holly.pelsor@gecovenant.org or call her at 630-858-7755.