Tuition and Enrollment

Tuition Policies and Procedures

Payments can be made online. Go to www.kearsleyschools.org
and find PayForIt under Helpful Links on the right side of the page. Send payment confirmation number to julman@kearlseyschools.org

 

Tuition payment days
Monday thru Friday - Checks, cash or money orders

 

Registration Fees
The nonrefundable registration fee must be paid at time of enrollment.

Payment Due Dates
During the child’s first week of attendance, tuition for the FIRST two weeks is due.

 

Each week's tuition must be pre-paid and is due a week ahead. 

 

Overdue Accounts
• Late Payment Fee: A late payment fee of $10 for the first week and $15 for the second week per child will be added to your account

• We will adhere to our dismissal policy if payments are not received.

 

Unpaid Accounts
Unpaid accounts will be turned over to a collection agency. Once we turn an account over to the collection agency for non-payment, all payments on the child’s account must be made to the collection agency. If re-enrollment is desired after having been referred to the collection agency, the following procedures must be met:

a) Previous balance must have been paid in full to collection agency.

b) Re-enroll and pay a new registration fee.

c) Maintain a weekly zero balance or be disenrolled for a second time.

d) If disenrolled a second time for non-payment, you will not be permitted to
re-enroll at Pumpkin Patch.

Responsible Parent
When children under parental custodial care are enrolled, the person responsible for paying the bill will be the parent who enrolled the child in the program and signed the enrollment form. We can provide itemized statements upon request, but the statement will not designate who has made the payment.

Weekly Holding Fee Guidelines

We will hold your child’s spot for two weeks, charging the appropriate weekly holding fee per program. After two weeks, we will charge full tuition and late fee payment will be charged accordingly.

Late Pickup Charges & Disenrollment
A late pickup charge of $15 for every 15 minutes or fraction thereof, for each child will be added to the tuition billing.

No Call Fee - $5 per occurance
If your PM Latchkey child will not be returning to Pumpkin Patch, you must call the Pumpkin Patch office by 4 p.m. If no call is received, you will be charged $5.00 per occurance.

DHS Accounts
Parents must pay the full tuition bill weekly until we receive DHS payments. After DHS payments are received, the Director will determine what the parent’s portion of the bill is and then they must pay that portion weekly. DHS accounts will also follow the Late Payment Fee policy.

Program Rates

Contact the Pumpkin Patch at (810) 591-3585, ext. 0, for current rates.
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Enrollment and Withdrawl

We welcome you to visit our school at any time. You will be given a tour of the physical facilities and have an opportunity to observe the classroom programs. Any healthy child who is of the age authorized by our center will be accepted for enrollment if a spot is available. If at any time, after enrollment, we have concerns about a child, the parent will be asked for a conference. Parents may ask for a conference at any time.

Enrollment

1. A nonrefundable registration fee must be paid at the time of enrollment. BEFORE the child’s first day of attendance, tuition for the first two weeks and last week must be paid in full.

2. The enrollment card, emergency card, up-to-date shot record, and completed physical form must be on file in the office on the first day the child is at the center.

3. Pumpkin Patch follows the Kearsley Student Code of Conduct Handbook.

 

4. GSRP follows the ISD procedures. An application is available at geneseepreschool.org.

Withdrawal/Disenrollment from Program

1. The person who enrolls the child must be the person who disenrolls. Give the office staff one-week notice.

2. We follow a state licensing guideline for adult-child ratio. We take this responsibility seriously. If one youngster’s behavior continually prevents that from occurring, or if a child demonstrates repeated aggressive behavior toward others, the parent will be requested to withdraw the child, and will be given one week to do so.

3. Any child absent for two consecutive weeks, without notification to the office, will be considered disenrolled and will forfeit the last week’s tuition credit. If a child will be disenrolled, please notify the office as soon as possible to avoid extra charges.

4. In order to assure the safety of the Latchkey and Young 5's children, parents are required to call the Pumpkin Patch if their child will not return to an afternoon session. We reserve the right to disenroll the child after the THIRD TIME a parent does not notify us of an absence.

5. We reserve the right to disenroll a child if the parents or guardians do not cooperate with Pumpkin Patch policies and procedures. One week’s notice will be given.

6.  We reserve the right to disenroll a child if:
a. There is no completed emergency card within 30 days of enrolling.
b. The office does not have on file an updated immunization record within 30 days of enrolling.
c. The office does not have on file a complete physical form signed and dated by a doctor within 30 days of enrolling.

What to Bring and Wear

What does the well dressed child wear to preschool? “In fashion” means washable clothes - preferably comfortable, sturdy, washable play clothes. Painting, mud play, etc. is always available and whether you wash with Fab, Tide or All, some colors of paint just won’t wash out. To decide if he’s “in style” or appropriately dressed, before leaving home ask yourself, “Will I be upset if he comes home with dirt, paint, or chocolate pudding on his outfit?” If the answer is “yes,” please change to more appropriate clothing.

Clothing that is easy to manage encourages independence and self-help. Many toilet accidents are prevented if children can unbutton or unbuckle their pants and belts without a struggle.

All jackets, sweaters, coats, hats, boots, mittens, purses and umbrellas must be clearly marked with the child’s name. Many children wear identical clothing and without a name in each garment, it is almost impossible for an aide or teacher to identify to whom it belongs.

A sweater or jacket at the school, especially for day care children, is recommended since the temperature changes from morning to late afternoon.

For safety reasons, no flip-flops or open toe shoes. Tennis shoes are needed on gym days.

What to bring to be left at the center:
1. A change of clothes: pants, shirt or dress, socks and underwear. Child’s name must be on each item.

2. A plastic shoe box with a lid in which to keep the child’s change of clothes.

3. If he stays for a nap, he needs a child-size blanket clearly marked with name that can be left at the center. If needed, security blankets and teddy bears are welcome.

4. Boots or rainwear - these items are optional. Our program is dependent on some outside time each day, even when the grass and sand are wet from a recent rain (this does not mean we will be playing outside in a rain storm). If you do send boots, be sure your child’s name is on them.

5. Candy and other goodies - We do not recommend sending these items except on special occasions. If they are sent, prior arrangements must be made with the teacher.

6. No guns, knives, or any other kind of weapon will be allowed.

7. Birthdays are special days. The school will always acknowledge each child’s birthday. If the parent wishes to provide a special treat on this day, please make arrangements with your child’s teacher.

Infants and toddlers
1. Diapers and wipes must be provided by the parents.

2. On a daily basis, parents must provide food and pre-made bottles for infants under 12 months.

3. Children older than 12 months can bring snacks and juice for their own cubbies.

4. A change of clothes stored in a plastic shoe box. Child’s name must be on each item.