Priority enrollment for the 2020-21 school year for returning Smart Start families will take place through February 21, 2020. Thereafter, Smart Start ELC will offer enrollment for the 2020-21 school year and accept registration materials from those new to Smart Start. To register for our preschool programs, children must have already turned 3 or will be turning 3, prior to August 31, 2020. To register for our kindergarten program, children must have already turned 5 or will be turning 5, prior to August 31, 2020. To register for our Jump Start program, a child must be at least 30 months of age by August 31, 2020, and turning 3 by August 31, 2021, and fully toilet-trained. Licensing at Smart Start ELC requires that no enrolled child be in diapers or pull-ups.
Your child’s spot in a Smart Start ELC program will be reserved when the following have been received:
Registration fee and completed registration packet can be mailed or dropped off at:
Smart Start Early Learning Center
Attn: Lara Moore
2746 Ocean Beach Highway
Longview, WA 98632
You will receive a placement confirmation letter once your child’s registration information has been processed.
Priority enrollment for the new school year will be available to returning Smart Start families. Thereafter, Smart Start ELC will offer open enrollment and accept registration materials from those new to Smart Start. The minimum ages to register for our programs are based on the child already being that age or will be prior to August 31st of the enrolling school year: age 3 for Preschool, age 5 for Kindergarten, and age 2.5 for Jump Start and fully toilet-trained for all programs.
Throughout the year, when Longview School District is scheduled to be closed, Smart Start ELC will be closed as well, including the teacher in-service days. Smart Start ELC will also follow weather closure/delays and subsequent make-up days as determined by the Longview School District. You will receive a calendar every month that will identify the days our center is closed. However, in the event of a delay or school closure, please check the news or Longview School District’s website. Smart Start will also send out an email notification and post the information to its Facebook page. If Longview Schools close for the day due to weather, Smart Start will also close for the day. In the event of a two-hour delay for Longview Schools, Smart Start’s morning preschool classes will be cancelled and will re-open that day ONLY for kindergarten at 10:30 a.m. and for its regularly scheduled afternoon classes.
Smart Start ELC is a yearly tuition program. There are three choices for fulfilling tuition payments: one-time payment for the full year to be made in August; two equal payments (first in August, second in January); or ten equal monthly payments to be made August to May for preschool programs and August to April for Jump Start program. Please refer to the Tuition Contract for specific details.
Monthly tuition payments are due to Smart Start ELC by the 20th of each month. Payments received after the 27th will incur a $15.00 late fee that will be applied to your account. Payment returned for non-sufficient funds will incur a $25.00 fee and applied to your account. If tuition is not received by the 7th of the following month, the business office will contact parents/guardians to establish an agreeable payment plan. The payment plan will ensure that tuition is made current no later than the end of that month. If tuition is 60 days overdue and the payment plan not honored, the student will need to be kept from attending class until the overdue balance is paid in full.
Additional fees may include late pick up from your child’s Smart Start class, which is $5.00 for each incident and will applied to your account. And if you choose to have your child stay for the lunch-hour option (see below for details), it is a rate of $5.00 per day, per child and will be applied to your account.
On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Smart Start ELC offers a lunch-hour option for enrolled preschool children to stay following their morning class until 12:45 p.m., or afternoon class students may be dropped off early at 11:45 a.m. Children will need to bring their own lunch, and one that is nut-free. The cost is $5.00 per day that the child stays that extra hour. Children need to be picked up promptly as we are a facility only licensed to have any one child for a maximum of four hours per day.
Snacks include crackers of various sorts and a fruit or vegetable every day (a daily protein source is added for kindergarten snack). Water will be our daily drink. There is a list of supplies we ask parents to provide by the first day of school, which includes snack crackers. The rest will be provided by us. Birthdays are special days, and we welcome you to celebrate your child’s birthday with a special treat for the class. However, please remember we cannot have nut products of any kind onsite, and please also check with your child’s classroom teacher for additional known allergies in the classroom before bringing in a treat.
Smart Start ELC has a no discrimination policy in place. At Smart Start Early Learning Center, enrollment is open to all students and does not discriminate, regardless of sex, culture, learning styles, race, or religion.
In the event of an emergency, these are the steps we will follow:
To ensure safety, we insist that you please walk your child to class every day. The adult caring for the child must sign-in and out the child every day. If someone different from drop-off will be picking your child up, please let our staff know and make a note of it on the sign-in sheet. Please only use Smart Start designated entrance/exit doors. The doors will be locked 15 minutes after school starts and will be re-opened at pick-up time. If you need to come to the school while class is in session, please let our staff know and we will arrange to let you in. This is to keep our children as safe as possible from potential walk-ins.
We want you to have knowledge of your child’s experiences at Smart Start ELC. We will keep you informed of what is happening and how you can be involved through:
If you want to be involved in your child’s school experiences, we welcome volunteers in our center. Just please be certain that your volunteer time has been prearranged with the classroom teacher at least three days in advance so that students and our classrooms are ready for you. For those opportunities that would have you working directly with children, a background check form will need to be completed, submitted, and cleared prior to being inside the classrooms. Please allow two-week’s processing time for your background check. Additionally, our classrooms and planned activities cannot accommodate siblings; therefore, if applicable, other children who are normally in your care need to have other care arrangements when you have prearranged with the classroom teacher to volunteer. It is of utmost importance to us to provide an environment that facilitates a level of comfort for both children and parents.
Some ways for you to get involved in your child’s school experiences: