First Presbyterian
Learning Place Preschool
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Student Handbook & Policies/Procedures


Welcome to the Learning Place Preschool. We are looking forward to an exciting year with you and your child.  We appreciate your belief in selecting our program for your child. We are devoted to making this year a successful and fun learning experience for your preschooler.

    Our aim is to develop every young student to their fullest potential while preparing them for entry into their educational careers. We will provide a creative learning experience integrated with Christian values in a caring environment.  Understanding that each child has their own needs, we try and adapt our curriculum to meet the needs of our students. Our balanced approach encourages a healthy growth in all areas of your child’s development. The Learning Place Preschool is designed around the needs of your child.  We want this to be a place where children can enjoy, learn, and be successful.

     This handbook is designed to familiarize you with our program and policies. Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call or stop by.  We are looking forward to another great year serving your preschooler.


Becky Behrendorff, Director

Student Handbook


        The Learning Place Preschool program is open to all preschool children, regardless of race, religion, or national origin.  An Open Door policy is maintained at all times during the hours of Preschool operation.  Parents are welcome to visit, observe, or volunteer help.  If you are observing, please remember that the children are easily distracted; therefore, we would appreciate your not entering a classroom without notifying the Preschool office and the classroom teacher in charge.



           Children ages one (1) year, by August 15th, to five (5) years are accepted.

  1. All enrollment forms for the child must be completed by the parent and a current immunization record must accompany the child on or before the first class day attended.  Each child must receive all recommended immunizations upon entry unless there is a medical reason certified by a health care provider as to the reason these immunizations should not be given.

  2. Two morning preschool sessions are available from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  Session 1 meets on Monday and Wednesday mornings, and Session 2 meets on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. 

  3. Session 3 is offered to intermediate, prekindergarten, and advanced prekindergarten level students and meets on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 8:30 a.m. to 11: 25 a.m.

  4.  Session 4 is an extended session offered to prekindergarten level students and meets on Tuesday and Thursday
      from 8:30 a.m. to 2:25 p.m.


    Classes begin promptly at 8:30 a.m.  Early morning arrivals may wait in the downstairs hallway or in the gym for the 8:25 a.m. signal bell.  Children cannot be accepted in the classroom earlier than 5 minutes prior to class. All students should be escorted to their rooms and signed in on the attendance list.  No student is to be dropped off outside or downstairs. Children must be delivered to the classroom or to a preschool staff member. 


    Children must be picked up promptly at dismissal time.

    Morning classes that meet two days a week finish at 11:30 a.m.  The four day classes dismiss at 11:25 a.m.  The Tuesday/Thursday extended prekindergarten class dismisses at 2:25 p.m. Parents are asked to follow the pick up system directed by the classroom teacher.  The preschool staff will escort students to their parents waiting at designated pick up locations.  Parents must sign out their child on the attendance sheet each day at dismissal.

Children cannot be released to unauthorized persons.  Teachers will release a student only to those people authorized by the parents. 

If anyone other than a parent is to pick up a child, the teacher must be notified in writing.  In an emergency, call the school to make arrangements.  We will help find a solution whenever possible.

As a courtesy to other parents waiting in the pick-up line, please avoid lengthy discussions with teachers at dismissal time.  If you have questions or concerns, talk to your child's teacher when you bring him in the morning or make an appointment for a conference or phone call.  If you must talk to the teacher or conduct any business, park your car and come into the building.  Teachers will be available for short conferences immediately following class.  If your concern requires additional time, please arrange a mutually convenient meeting with your child's teacher.

        Late parents will be charged additional fees.  Students enrolled in the two-day morning classes that are left after 11:40 a.m. will join the Stay-N-Play program and will be charged accordingly, $10.00 per session until 2:30 p.m.  Parents who pick up their children by 12:00 noon will be charged $2.00.   Children enrolled in the four-day session must be picked up promptly at 11:25 a.m.  These students are not eligible to attend Stay-N-Play.  If a student has not been picked up by 11:35 a.m., a late fee will be charged.  Students enrolled in the Tuesday/Thursday extended prekindergarten must be picked up before 2:35 p.m. to avoid a late fee.

        In  the  afternoon,  the  Stay-N-Play  Program  concludes at 2:30 p.m.  Please be prompt in picking up your child because staff members have after school obligations.  Stay-N-Play students left after 2:40 p.m. will be charged at the rate of $2.00 per 5 minutes to compensate teachers required to stay longer.

We know that occasionally an emergency may occur.  If such an unusual situation does happen, call the preschool office and we will do whatever we can to arrange alternative plans.

No child will ever be left unattended.

Chapel Service

        Children at the Learning Place will attend Chapel Service regularly each month.  The service will include songs, stories and prayer that will be centered around their monthly bible classroom stories. 

        The preschool has a mid-morning snack break.  On a rotating basis parents are asked to provide a snack for their child to share with classmates, with the exception of the Nursery Class.  The Learning Place will provide the Nursery with snacks.  Parents are encouraged to bring easy, but nutritious snacks like fruit and crackers.  The preschool will provide a drink.  If your child has food allergies, notify your child's teacher so that snacks can be carefully monitored.  You may be asked to keep a snack here at school that will be acceptable in your child's diet.  The calendar sent home each month will indicate your child's snack day.  If the day specified is not convenient, we can change the date to accommodate your schedule.  Since many children enjoy sharing birthday treats, the class day nearest to your child's birthday will be his snack day.  Birthday celebrations are held during refreshment time.  We ask that invitations for any parties outside the classroom be given to the classroom teacher for distribution into backpacks.


        A non-refundable registration fee of $30.00 is charged to each student on an annual basis.  This registration fee will guarantee a space in the program.  A yearly supply fee of $60.00 is charged for each student and will be split into 2 payments, Fall/Spring.   The total cost of the yearly preschool program has been divided into ten equal payments for the convenience of the parents.  Monthly tuition is $90.00 for the Two-Day morning classes.  A $15.00 discount is given for each sibling.  The Four-Day classes, meeting Monday through Thursday and the Tuesday/Thursday Extended Prekindergarten Class will be charged at a rate of $170.00 per month.  Checks should be made payable to the Learning Place Preschool.  Please note your child’s name at the bottom of each payment check.

        All tuition payments must be kept up to date.  They are due by the 1st of each month.  A $10.00 late charge will be assessed after the 10th of each month.  Unless arrangements for payment have been made with the director, an additional $10 per month late fee will be charged to consistently delinquent accounts.  Two months of unpaid balances will necessitate the withdrawal of a student from the program.  Parents will be notified by letter, and the space will be given to someone on our waiting list.  If a payment check is returned for insufficient funds, parents will be asked to submit a cash payment and include a $5.00 returned check charge. 

There is absolutely NO discount for absenteeism.

Snow Day Policy 

The Learning Place will be closed when the Tullahoma City School System is closed or delayed for snowy/icy weather or for any other reason.

Discipline Policy

       Children learn most effectively in a harmonious and controlled classroom.  Positive methods of discipline will be used at The Learning Place to encourage the cooperative behavior needed to maintain an environment conducive to learning.

        Appropriate classroom behavior will be discussed in all levels so that children will know what is expected of them and what is not allowed.  Rules will be determined on the basis of classroom safety, harmony, and the children's development age.

        In those instances when a child's behavior exceeds the acceptable limits, discipline will be needed to maintain control, safeguard other classroom members, and provide opportunities for growth.  The Learning Place adheres to a "No Spank" policy in all instances.  The majority of discipline problems can be solved with a "1-2-3 time out" system.   The child will be expected to remain in a time out chair separated from the group activity for one minute per year of age.

        If the "time out" system has had little or no effect on curtailing inappropriate behavior, a parent-teacher conference will be required to work out an alternative method for encouraging cooperation.

        Persistent biting and other forms of aggressive behavior cannot be allowed at The Learning Place.  Parents may be asked to pick up their child early from school activities if he/she is endangering other class members and will not respond to guidance and correction.  If the aggressive behavior persists, the child will need to withdraw from the program until he/she can respond appropriately within the group.


    Scholarships are available to those students needing financial assistance.  Contact the Preschool Director for application  forms  and  more  information.


       A two-week notification is required for any student withdrawing from the Preschool Program.  Parents are responsible for payment of fees for the two weeks after notification.
       At the time of registration a non-refundable $30.00 registration fee and $40.00 tuition deposit are required.  If a student is moving out of town and if the preschool is notified before August 1st, both the registration fee and the deposit will be returned.


        Conferences, either at the preschool or by phone, will be offered during the year to discuss your child’s progress.  A sign-up sheet will be posted in each classroom to schedule a specific time.  However, if you wish to schedule a conference at any time, contact your child's teacher.  Monthly teacher letters will be sent home on a regular basis to keep parents informed of classroom activities.

Field Trips

        We will be taking several walking field trips during the year.  You will be notified of each trip and be required to sign a permission form to keep on file in order that your child may go on these excursions.  For field trips requiring travel by car, parents may leave their child's car seat, labeled with their name, at the preschool on the morning of the field trip.  Tennessee State Law requires that car seats be provided for all children under the age of nine (9) yearsWe will need parent volunteers to accompany the classes and to provide transportation, as well as to help monitor the children on these trips.  We like to maintain a small student/adult ratio on these occasions for reasons of safety.

Items from Home

        We cannot be responsible for items brought from home, but children are welcome to share items of special interest such as books or a treasured toy.  Special times of sharing (Show and Tell) may be scheduled in your child’s classroom.  Please label all items brought from home, including lunch boxes, backpacks, clothing, and jacket


Afternoon Stay-N-Play Program


    An Afternoon Stay-N-Play Program is available to students enrolled in the Preschool following the two-day morning classes on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons from 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.  This optional extended session offers enrichment activities, art projects, and extra playtime with friends.  Children bring their own lunch; the preschool will provide a mid-afternoon snack and drink.

The cost is $10.00 per afternoon session attended, payable at the end of each month for only those days attended.   Children can join us when convenient for parent schedules.












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