Parent Handbook


The Preschool at Maltby classes are curriculum based emphasizing the developmental needs of the whole child: social, academic, physical, emotional, and spiritual.  The children participate in a variety of age-appropriate activities during their day, including: circle time, concept/story/bible time, music, art, snack and freeplay, both indoor and outdoor. The Preschool at Maltby teachers have degrees or certificates in Education or Early Childhood Education and/or extensive experience working in an educational setting with preschool aged children.

Placement in each class is based on the Washington State cutoff date of August 31st.

- Preschool (Tue/Thurs) - must be 3 years old by August 31st.

- Pre-Kindergarten (Mon/Wed/Fri) - must be 3 years old by August 31st.

- Half-Day Kindergarten (Mon-Fri) - be 5 years old by August 31st. 4 year olds with Sept/Oct birthdays, who have been enrolled previously in a preschool program, please inquire with the director about Kindergarten registration.








Registration Fee……………………………………………………….$100.00
Kindergarten Registration Fee………………………………………$125.00
This money is used to affirm your commitment to attend The Preschool at Maltby and goes towards paying for general supplies and curriculum for your child’s school year.

Materials Fee…………………………………………………………….$25.00
Kindergarten Materials Fee……………………………………………$50.00

This money is used to buy classroom supplies for the beginning of the school year, in lieu of a supply list for parents. However, parents may be asked for donations to replenish basic supplies throughout the year.

Tuition at The Preschool at Maltby is an annual fee which is divided into 10 equal payments. These payments include the month of December, Spring Break, other holidays and vacations. Credit is not allowed for days absent (sick, vacation or otherwise).

Each month your tuition is due on the 1st and considered past due on the 10th. In months where the 1st falls on a weekend or holiday, payment is due on your child's first day back after the 1st of the month.  A late fee will be automatically added to accounts not paid by the 10th in the amount of $20.00. Tuition payments may be mailed or hand delivered to the office.  You may also set up The Preschool at Maltby as a payee through your bank’s online bill pay system.  You need our address to set this up.

2018-2019 School Year Tuition Payment Plan

Tuition Due

August 1st
September 1st
October 1st
November 1st
December 1st
January 1st
February 1st
March 1st
April 1st
May 1st

Total Annual Tuition











If a child is withdrawn from preschool for any reason, The Preschool at Maltby requires thirty days written notification. If considering withdrawal at the start of the school year, please consider remaining in class until the end of September to allow for adequate time for your child and the teacher to get to know each other.  Often the first few weeks of class are hectic as children adjust to a new teacher and make new friends. 


A healthy child is a happy child. And a healthy child learns better. Therefore, a child who is ill could expose other children and staff to illness and will not be received into the classrooms. Please keep children home who have any of the following symptoms:
  • Continuous, elevated temperature for more than 24 hours. All children must be fever free for 24 hours without the assistance of medications
  • Severe pain or discomfort
  • Diarrhea within a period of 24 hours
  • Vomiting within a period of 24 hours
  • Sore throat or severe coughing
  • Extreme runny nose
  • Red eyes with discharge
  • Skin rashes, lasting more than a few days without being cleared by a physician
  • Infected skin patches that have not been treated by a physician
  • Lice: We have a no nit policy.
Please notify the staff immediately if your child:
  • Contracts or is exposed to a communicable disease such as swine flu, chickenpox, strep, conjunctivitis (pink eye), etc.
  • Has any specific medical condition or allergies
When Children Need Medicine – The Preschool at Maltby will not dispense any medications. Children may not bring any medicine to school. All medicines must be given prior to coming to school or after going home. Exception will be if medication is provided with a doctor’s written documentation of use and if the school feels they can meet these expectations.

When in doubt, PLEASE keep your child at home.  Please be just as considerate of the health of the other children and adults in your child's class as you would want them to be towards your child and family's welfare.  Remember that children who return too soon after the acute stage of illness not only risk relapse or increased exposure to other germs due to a depleted immune system but also enjoy few of the benefits of being at school.

If you bring your child to class and it is determined that he/she is too sick to stay as per the list above, you will be asked to take him/her back home again.  Also, if your child becomes sick during the day, we call the home phone, parent cell phone numbers, parent work numbers and finally the emergency contact numbers listed on the registration form until we find someone to come pick your child up.  We do not have “sick room” capabilities.  It is imperative that your emergency contact numbers are local people that have your authorization to pick up your child.


Childhood is a time to explore and discover with all of the senses. In doing so, children will engage in numerous messy and active projects daily. We may also play outside as time and weather permits. Please dress your child appropriate for the weather. Children should dress comfortably with shoes to run in and clothes that can get dirty. It is also helpful to dress your child in clothes that are easy to button, fasten and zip independently. Flip flops are strongly discouraged. Please label all coats/jackets clearly.

An extra set of clothes (shirt, pants and underwear) will be required for your child to keep at The Preschool throughout the school year.  Please bring in your child’s change of clothes in a gallon sized ziplock bag, labeled with their class and name to their scheduled open house time.


When arriving at school each morning, please park in a lined stall in the parking lot in the back of our building. Parking at the curb in front of the school, in the fire hydrant zone or in unmarked areas is not allowed for safety reasons.

Children may not arrive for class before 9:10 AM and must be escorted from the parking lot into their classroom by an adult. We do not allow children to be dropped off at the curb to find their way into school. Please take your children to the bathroom and wash their hands before bringing them to the check-in counter.

School will start promptly at 9:15 AM. Please make every effort to get your child to class on time. It can be a huge distraction to the children already in class when we have students arriving late. Any missed morning work will be sent home incomplete. We only have your children for 2.5 hours and we will be using every minute!

It is important for your child to say goodbye to you at the check-in counter. If he/she cries, it’s okay! If your child is having a difficult time during the day, someone will contact you. It doesn’t matter if you say goodbye for one minute or ten, delaying it just makes it more difficult.

Please provide a simple tote for your child to bring to and from school. This will be used in sending work and papers home each day. No backpacks please! They are too big and bulky for preschool. A simple tote is perfect.

For safety reasons, the double door entrance will be locked on most days at 9:30 AM. If you arrive after that time, you will need to call the office to be let in.  


Children will only be dismissed to go if a parent or other previously agreed upon adult is present to receive them.  Only adults whose names are listed on the registration form or who have written permission from the parent will be allowed to pick-up the child. When a person other than the parent is picking up the child the teacher will request identification before releasing the child.  Please be sure your child’s registration form includes all the people who may be allowed to pick up your child.  You may update your list at any time during the year.

When picking up your child DO NOT park along the curb or in the no parking area in front of the fire hydrant.  Pull into a parking stall. 
Please be prompt when picking up your child. A $25.00 late fee will be added to your account for every 10 minutes you are late each day.


Developing a sense of what is kind, caring and socially acceptable behavior is an integral part of the daily learning process. We help children through this process by using positive, constructive discipline throughout the day. Positive steps will always be the approach to helping keep peace in the classroom. A brief separation from the group may be needed in order to keep the peace.  The teacher or director will communicate with you if there is an ongoing issue.

It is the policy of The Preschool at Maltby staff to:
  1. Use positive reinforcement to encourage correct and desired behavior.
  2. Redirect inappropriate behavior with a change of activity or other distraction.
  3. Give a consistent reminder and/or consequence to stop any unacceptable behavior, which may put the child, other children, staff, or equipment and materials in jeopardy.
  4. Use brief removals from class as a last resort after the above methods are exhausted.
 The basic rules that all children are expected to follow are:
  1. Be kind to yourself and others.
  2. Respect teaching staff, classroom aides, church staff and parents.
  3. Listen to and follow directions.
  4. Be respectful of materials and equipment.
Although each family will determine their own method of discipline within their home, corporal punishment (for example, spanking) is not allowed at The Preschool at Maltby.


The Preschool at Maltby’s holidays and breaks are the same as the Monroe School District. A yearly calendar will be provided to all families at the beginning of the school year.


Monthly calendars will be distributed to all families each month and can also be found at the check-in counter bulletin board. The monthly calendars will provide information about any holidays, breaks, birthdays, etc.


The Preschool at Maltby will follow the Monroe/Snohomish School District. Because of the location of our school, we hit close to 3 different school districts. We want to make sure that all families are safe during inclement weather getting their child to and from preschool. If Monroe/Snohomish School District is closed for a full day, our school will be closed for the day. If they are running one-hour late, our school will be closed for the day. We will have our closure posted on our Facebook page and on the school’s voicemail the morning of the closure.  Please tune in to local TV and radio for closures when inclement weather happens.


Please do not bring toys or other items from home. We cannot be responsible for items if they are lost or damaged. If toys are brought from home students should be prepared to share with the entire class.


The Preschool at Maltby offers nursery care for infants and toddlers of our preschool and church staff. If on any given day the nursery has space, parents have the option of signing up their nursery age children (birth to 3 years old) for Mommy Morning Out. The charge for this service is $20.00 for the morning (pick-up by 11:45 AM).   Parents who are interested in signing up for Mommy Morning Out need to check with the nursery staff the morning they wish to use the nursery to check on availability.  Availability will vary day to day and registration will be required.


A few fundraisers will take place throughout the year. The purpose of fundraising is to provide the funds for new toys, equipment and facility needs. Some of them are ongoing and you can support our school at any time. Invite friends and family to join with you!
  • Campbell’s Labels for Education - Collecting UPCs and beverage caps/sauce caps from over 2,500 participating products. More information will be sent home at the beginning of the school year. More information is available online at:
  • Fred Meyer Community Rewards - Sign up for the Community Rewards program by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to The Preschool at Maltby at You can search for us by our name or by our non-profit number, 84454.
  • Poinsettia Sales - Typically takes place in October and November, selling plants to family and friends.
  • The Preschool at Maltby Auction - Typically takes place in the spring, in March or April. Families will be asked to attend the auction, invite friends and family, procure items and/or donate items and volunteer a few hours.


Each day the children enjoy a nutritional snack. There are many learning opportunities from sharing snack time with preschoolers:
  • Patience
  • Manners
  • Independence
  • Language Development
  • Nutrition
Parents are responsible for our snack time. It is very important that you remember your scheduled day. A monthly calendar will be sent home as well as posted at the check-in desk. Try to include your child in the process. Talk about what they would like to bring. Keep in mind that if you forget your scheduled day, you have about an hour to drop it off. Please try and include two food groups with each snack.

We will try and schedule one of your child’s snack days as close to their birthday as time allows. On this day you are allowed to bring in something special, with the exception of soda.

Bulk versus individually packaged snacks are best but there are times when we know this isn’t always possible. Drinks must be 100% juice, milk or water. Please bring a large juice bottle versus juice boxes. Not all the kids will drink an entire juice box and they also tend to get squirted around the classroom. 

Here are some examples of healthy snack options: cheese, pretzels, crackers (graham, Cheez-its, Wheat Thins, Ritz), granola bars, pre-cut fruit, raisins, animal cookies, mini bagels with cream cheese, rice cakes, shredded wheat squares, fruit snacks, fruit roll-ups, yogurt, muffins.
Allergies – If your child has an allergy, please be sure to approve the daily snack to make sure it’s suitable for your child.

helpful HINTS TO MAKE YOUR child's PRESCHOOL and kindergarten EXPERIENCE A GOOD ONE:

  • Please remember to label everything you bring that you may want back, such as: coats, hats, gloves, sharing items, etc.  We have a Lost and Found box at the check in counter.  However, it is much easier for us to return your lost items to you if they are labeled.
  • Please remember kids can get messy. We do not have extra clothes even for emergencies. We do require that you have an extra set of clean clothes (shirt, pants and underwear) at The Preschool at all times. Should those clothes be sent home dirty, please return them to school the next day your child attends so we always have them on hand. 
  • Dress your child for indoor and outdoor play.  The children will use paints and glue and play outside in the wet grass and sand.  There may be special days when children can dress up, when messy activities will be omitted.
  • The children will go outside in misty and/or cold weather.  Don't forget to send appropriate coat and shoes/boots.  Remember hats and mittens, too!
  • Children may be dropped off in their classroom no earlier than 9:10am. The teachers are doing their final preparations and will not be ready to receive your child until then. Also, please be prompt in picking up your child at 11:45am. It is also important to drop off your children and leave the check-in counter to have conversation with other parents. our check-in area is not large enough for parents to gather and chat at the beginning and end of school.