Parent Handbook

The Total Child Parent Handbook is designed to help clarify policies and procedures that are in place to ensure a safe and nurturing environment for every child. Our policies are designed to encourage a smooth transition from home to school for children and parents.

Download PDF of Total Child Family Handbook.

Calendar

Month

Day

Event

Aug 2016

15

Teacher prep day - Center closed

 

16

First day for Full Day programs returning children attend all day, new children visit

 

17

First full day for new Full Day children

 

29

Part Day teachers return

Sep 2016

1-6

Part Day visits (Part day parents will be contacted with more information)

 

5

Labor Day - CENTER CLOSED

 

12

First day of Lunch Bunch

 

14

Parent Night 7:00PM

Oct 2016

3

Rosh Hashanah- Program closed*

 

12

Yom Kippur - Program closed * Teacher in-service

 

26

Harvest Soup 5:30 *- Center closes at 5:30 for this event

Nov 2016

5

Fall Work Day

 

7

Partnership Conferences begin this week

 

11

Veteran's Day - CENTER CLOSED

 

23-25

Thanksgiving Break - CENTER CLOSED

Dec 2016

23

Winter Break BEGINS at 6PM for Part / Full Day Programs - CENTER CLOSED through 1/9/16

Jan 2017

9

CENTER REOPENS - PROGRAMS RESUME

 

16

Martin Luther King's Birthday - CENTER CLOSED

 

25, 26

Open Houses for Prospective Parents

Feb 2017

17

Professional Development Day for Staff - CENTER CLOSED

 

20

President's Day - CENTER CLOSED

 

27

Family Event - Center closes at 5PM

Mar 2017

6

Full Day Partnership Conferences Begin

 

15

Part Day Partnership Conferences - PART DAY PROGRAM CLOSED

 

27, 28

Mini spring break Full Day program

 

27-31

Part Day spring break

Apr 2017

14

Program closed - Good Friday

May 2017

6

Spring Work Day

 

20

YEA - Young Evanston Artists - Tentative

 

29

Memorial Day - CENTER CLOSED

 

31

School Picnic - 6PM

Jun 2017

2

Last day of Part Day Program

 

13

Summer Explorers begins

Jul 2017

4

Independence Day Observed - CENTER CLOSED

 

28

Last Day of Summer Explorers

Aug 2017

3

Last day for Children

 

4

Staff Exit / Clean Up Day

 

5-14

Summer Break - CENTER CLOSED

 

14

Teacher In-Service / Prep Day - ALL PROGRAMS CLOSED

 

15

Returning Full Day children begin new program year. Newly enrolled children visit

 

16

Children Return - First Day of Full Day Program

*Building is used for services on Jewish High Holiday. Total Child closes due to large number of people in and out of the building

EVENTS

Total Child Preschool & Childcare Center organizes and hosts special events throughout the year. Many are designed to give families an opportunity to meet and socialize with each other. These events and activities are successful because of the family volunteers who contribute their time, skills, and resources. Whether their work involves spreading woodchips on the playground during a work day or putting up decorations for a dinner, our volunteers make a significant difference. Every Total Child parent is expected to volunteer for at least two projects or events each year.

Total Child Community Events

Parent Night is an annual gathering of both new and returning parents and Total Child staff. Held in early September, this evening includes an overview of the upcoming program year, a description of student life in the classrooms, a meeting with teachers, and social time for parents.

Harvest Soup Dinner is held every October. The children and Total Child staff prepare a delicious homemade vegetable soup for this special dinner. Parents and families have the opportunity to spend time with the Total Child community.

Family Day is held each winter, and provides an opportunity for Total Child families to celebrate our diversity. Parents volunteer to share their cultural heritage through craft activities, songs, stories, and dance. The morning ends with an international potluck feast.

Kindergarten Night is held each spring for parents of children who will be entering kindergarten in the fall. It is an informal evening presenting information about all the kindergarten options that are available in Evanston elementary schools. Current and former Total Child "parent panelists" are there to share their experiences and answer questions.

Young Evanston Artists (YEA) Exhibition is held in May. Total Child exhibits the artwork of its students at a booth during this Evanston community event.

All School Picnic is in June. All Total Child children, families, and staff gather together for our annual picnic to celebrate the end of another successful academic year.

Forms

Click on the following links to download a PDF of the corresponding document. If you need assistance completing any of the forms, please contact the Main Office.

Child and Family History

DCFS Licensing Standards

Authorization for Release

Child History Update

DHS Medical

Emergency Card

Verification

The following are links to various organizations and reference materials that may be helpful for you and your family.

Information and announcements about the Evanston/Skokie School District 65.

This link to the Illinois Early Childhood Learning Project website offers Tip Sheets on a wide variety of helpful topics.

The Childcare Network of Evanston is a great resource with helpful information on financial aid and other forms of support and assistance.

The Neighborhood Parents Network of Chicago is a helpful resource on parenting in the city.

Evanston Familes is a comprehensive list of children's and family events, activities and programs in Evanston.

The Family Institute at Northwestern is an organization whose mission is to strengthen and heal families from all walks of life through clinical service, education and research.

FAQ

Where can I park to drop off and pick up my child?
The Church Street entrance has a drop-off loading zone that can accommodate about four cars. There is a much larger loading zone on Hinman Avenue, which is close to the outdoor play area.

What is Total Child's relationship with the church?
Total Child, as a mission of the First United Methodist Church of Evanston, shares a beautiful building as well as a rich history with the church. FUMC's support of Total Child evolves out of a theological commitment to diversity and a belief that high quality, affordable early-childhood education is vital to our community. FUMC provides Total Child the use of the building as part of its mission of outreach to the community. This outreach includes all members of the community, therefore there is no religious component to any of Total Child's programs.

How much diversity is there at TC?
Total Child is proud of our commitment to welcoming all families into our program. Our classes represent the Evanston community through cultural, racial, economic, family structure, and religious diversity.

Are full-time and part-time children together in the same classroom?
Our full and part-time classes are housed separately to help children form a community and establish routines within each classroom.

How much parent involvement is there?
Parents are one of our greatest resources. We involve parents in a variety of tasks and their time and energy can help make our program even better. Whether providing an extra pair of hands in a classroom or pitching in on workday projects, parent volunteers enhance our program. We believe that families who invest time in the program not only make a valuable contribution, but also get more out of the partnership.

Do you have an inside play space?
Our giant indoor play area includes a variety of equipment that supports physical and social development. The space allows our children to have large motor play in any kind of weather.

Do you have an outside play space? A playground?
For outdoor play and exercise, we offer a large, private, fenced playground. Refurbished in 2014, the playground offers swings, climbing equipment, a tricycle path, and a large sand area. We also use the church's beautiful gated courtyard for a variety of activities including water play in the summer and a pumpkin patch in the fall.