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.





Aug 2019


Teacher prep day - Center closed



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



First full day for new Full Day children



Part Day teachers return



Part Day  visits- Parents will receive information during the summer

Sep 2019





Beginning of staggered starts for Room 21- Parents will receive information during the summer



First regular day for Room 25



Parent Night 7:00PM



Rosh Hashanah *- Center closed

Oct 2019


Yom Kippur- Center Closed*



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

Nov 2019


Fall Work Day 9AM- 11AM



Lantern Walk- 6PM sharp



Partnership Conferences begin



Thanksgiving Break - CENTER CLOSED

Dec 2019


Winter Break begins at 6PM for Part/Full Day programs-Center closed through January 6, 2020

Jan 2020


Center reopens- All programs return



Martin Luther King's Birthday - CENTER CLOSED


22 & 23

Open houses for prospective parents

Feb 2020


Staff professional development- Center closed



President's Day - CENTER CLOSED

Mar 2020


Partnership conferences start this week



Part Day partnership conferences- No Part Day classes

Apr 2020


Part Day Spring Break



Full Day Mini Spring Break



Spring Work Day 9AM-11AM

May 2020


El Sueno- Spring gardent event  10AM- Noon



YEA – Young Evanston Artists –tentative



Memorial Day – Center closed



School Picnic - 6PM



Last day of Part Day program

Jun 2020


Summer Explorers begins

Jul 2020





Last Day of Summer Explorers

Aug 2020


Last day for children



Staff exit/clean up day



Center closed for summer break



Teacher in-service/prep day – Program closed


First day for newly enrolled children

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


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.


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


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.


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.