The Tucson Community School

2021 - 2022 School Year

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Welcome to Tucson Community School and Parent Cooperative

 

On this page, we have laid out our program descriptions and any updates to our program. Please read through carefully. Thank you for your decision to enroll your child in the incoming school year at TCS.

 

We are planning to open our school and resume as close to regular programming on August 16, 2021. With guidance from the Arizona Department of Health and the CDC guidelines for child care programs, we are moving forward with safety being our number one priority. It is our most important goal to keep our community safe and healthy. At the same time, create a space that is loving, nurturing, and engaging to meet the very necessary socialization needs of our children.

 

Some of the modifications you can expect to see this school year are as detailed:

  • Implement social distancing strategies. Most of our school day will be spent outside, and classrooms have been redesigned for social distancing in small groups if children need to be indoors.

  • Intensify cleaning and disinfection efforts. This begins with increasing our handwashing opportunities. Staff will also be disinfecting our campus each day once all the children are dismissed. We will be adhering to the CDC’s comprehensive cleaning schedule for child care centers.

  • Modify drop off and pick-up procedures. To limit exposures, TCS will only allow curbside pick and drop off. Families will also be required to give TCS consent to use your electronic signature to sign your child in and out.

  • Educating parents about illnesses and how to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. Persons who have a fever of 100.40 (38.00C) or above or other signs of illness should not be admitted to the facility. In addition, parents/guardians must confirm that the child or household members do not have any sign of illness which includes fever, shortness of breath or cough, flushed cheeks, rapid breathing or difficulty breathing (without recent physical activity), fatigue, or extreme fussiness.

  • Every child and adult at TCS will be required to wear a mask.

  • The family participation in our school is what makes us a “community.” Traditionally, TCS has asked families to play a significant role in our daily functions on campus. This year, in response to Covid-19 and the needs of our families, we have restructured our parent cooperative commitment (SEE BELOW)

 

In addition to the following guidelines to provide a healthy environment for our students, we have also made some changes to our school programming.

 

  • We will only be offering 2 classrooms dedicated to our core program for multi-age preschool. This means children ages 3-5 can attend TCS from 8:50 am – 12:00 or 2:00 pm.

  • Our toddler program is making a comeback. Our toddler core program will only be offered until 12:00 pm. After 12:00 pm, our toddlers participate in lunch and a developmentally appropriate nap time, this would be considered part of our extended care options.

  • Extended care - before and after care - will resume in the fall and as always, be a first come first serve basis. Families can still choose drop in care if there is availability.

Registration 

As part of the registration process, the enclosed forms along with your $125 *Registration Deposit must be completed and returned to the TCS office. (This fee is non-refundable and is part of the $300 enrollment fee)

❏ Registration Form Emergency Information

❏ A copy of current official documented immunization record

❏ Statement of Confidentiality

❏ Health Record Signed by Pediatrician (NEW STUDENTS ONLY)

 

**For new families: A one time $125 registration fee is also required to activate your membership status in our Parent Cooperative.

 

**A complete list of tuition and fees charts will be provided below. Registration will be completed via a google form at  2021 Registration Form

The information you provide on the registration form helps us schedule your time at our school. Please read the form carefully.

 

Parent Cooperative Obligations

Family participation creates the safe community environment that has made our program a success. We will provide a variety of tasks that can be completed, we also take suggestions on any new projects or areas of need that your family would like to support. Each family will be required to complete twenty (20) hours of volunteer work and must include each of the following:

  • One (1) Work Party During the School Year (4 hrs.): Join other families for one, four-hour Saturday to improve the building and grounds of our school.

  • Participation in One (1) Committee: Committees are varied to allow families to choose the tasks that best fit their interest. These committees are essential for the smooth functionality of our school.

  • Participation in the Fundraising efforts: Assist our nonprofit school with the creation and planning of our yearly fundraisers. Families can help by donating items, supporting accounting, setting up/cleaning up after events, marketing, and more.

  • Year End Classroom Clean Up (2 hrs.): Assist your child’s teacher at the end of the school year with classroom and/or material maintenance or clean up

  • Classroom helper (3 hour shifts): This is your opportunity to see the dynamic in your child's classroom and be part of the experience. **Classroom helper will be limited to parents/family members who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and agree to our safety policies.

Tucson Community School Programs

 

Tucson Community School's mission is to provide a creative learning experience emphasizing outdoor play and family participation in a safe environment which respects each child's uniqueness and individual learning style. Within this learning environment, staff are careful to integrate principles of Developmentally Appropriate Practice in conjunction with the Arizona Early Learning Standards in our unique play-based approach to learning.

 

Toddler/Young Preschool: 8:50 am – 12:00 pm

*2 years old by September 1st

In their first preschool experience, our young preschool program engages toddlers to explore all areas of development, with an emphasis on the social-emotional domain. Young children will thrive in our play-based environment while exploring mathematics, science, literacy, play and project work. **Our toddler core program will only be offered until 12:00 pm. After 12:00 pm, our toddlers participate in lunch and a developmentally appropriate nap time, this would be considered part of our extended care options.

 

Multi-Age Preschool: 8:50 am – 12:00 pm or 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

*3, 4, & 5 years old by September 1st

Our multi-age preschool prepares project work that builds on each child’s knowledge with a focus on kindergarten readiness. Children will participate in activities which stimulate intellectual curiosity to promote each child’s positive self-concept while enhancing their life-long love of learning through the self-satisfaction that arises with discovery and mastery of new experiences.

 

**Extended Care: 8:00am – 8:50am/ 12:00pm – 5:30pm

Our early morning and afternoon programs have a limited amount of space and are prioritized for families that have both parents working outside of the home or a single working parent. These programs provide “child care” for children who are in need of extended hours outside of our core programs.

2021 Tuition Rates & Fees

 

Half Day - Multi-Age Preschool & Toddlers 8:50 am - 12:00 pm

3 Days: $450 monthly 

4 Days: $475 monthly 

5 Days: $500 monthly 

Half Day - Multi-Age Preschool & Toddlers 8:50 am - 2:00 pm

3 Days: $550 monthly 

4 Days: $600 monthly 

5 Days: $650 monthly 

Additional Rates

Extended Care: $6.00 per hour, billed each month

Membership Fee: $125 per child, one time fee ($75 additional child) *New families only

Enrollment Fee: $300 per child ($125 of this fee is due at registration as a deposit) 

Snack Fee: $20 a month (Option to pay $200 during enrollment)

Materials Fee: $75, one time fee

Our staff and families will have the opportunity to meet and discuss the shifts we made to allow a safe re-entry to our beloved program. Orientations will be scheduled the week prior.

To register for the 2021 - 2022 school year please fill out the 2021 Registration Form 

Please email the director at scastillo@tucsoncommunityschool.org if you have any questions regarding this registration process.

Sincerely,

Stephanie Castillo-León

Educational Director

Pronouns: She/Her/Ella (eh-yah)

(520) 548-6517