Q: Why Miss Cheyenne's Pre-K Academy?
A: Miss Cheyenne is a certified early childhood education teacher (pre-k-3rd grade) and ESOL teacher (pre-k-12th grade) with both a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in education. Miss Cheyenne specifically designed this program to meet the kindergarten readiness requirements set forth by HCPSS. Families who choose MCPKA are looking for an intimate classroom setting with a low student-teacher ratio. They want their child to have a highly qualified teacher who is an expert in the field of early childhood education. MCPKA families appreciate the level of care and love that their child receives while at school. Registering at MCPKA is not just signing up for school, it means you are joining our family! Check out testimonials from current and past families here.
Q: Is Miss Cheyenne's Pre-K Academy a licensed program?
A: Yes! Miss Cheyenne's Pre-K Academy is licensed by the Maryland State Department of Education (license number: 254171). Additionally, Miss Cheyenne and any staff have background checks and fingerprinting as required by MSDE.
Q: Do teachers/staff participate in continuing education?
A: Yes! Per MSDE licensing requirements, Miss Cheyenne participates in 12-hours of continuing education each year and additional courses as needed to maintain her teaching license. Any additional staff or teachers would also be required to take continuing education courses each year as well.
Q: Is a home-based school as good as a traditional school?
A: Absolutely, if not better. You get all of the same benefits of a traditional school, but with a smaller ratio (1:8 teacher-to-student ratio), and the comfort and safety that a home setting provides. Check out testimonials from current and past families here.
Q: Do you accept 3-year-olds or younger students?
A: At this time, we are only accepting pre-k (4 by 9/1), TK (5 by 12/31), and AK (5 by 9/1) students. Due to the nature of our program, infants and toddlers have never been accepted into the program.
Q: What are your COVID-19 safety procedures?
A: Our procedures can be found here.
Q: What is your enrollment process?
A: You can read about our enrollment process here.
Q: How many classes are there?
A: At this time, we have one class which is a combination of Pre-K, TK, and AK students. Although there are different ages within our classroom, this does not affect your child's learning. Students will be grouped by ability and receive individualized instruction that is tailored to their needs.
Q: What happens with inclement weather?
A: First and foremost, use your best judgement before leaving your household. If you feel that it is unsafe, please do not leave your home. When Howard County Public Schools is closed, closed early, or delayed for inclement weather, we will also be closed, closed early, or delayed. You are welcome to sign up for HCPSS alerts. However, you will be informed by 6:00am of any delays or closings (if possible). If for some reason there is scheduled inclement weather for the afternoon, you will be notified and asked to pick your child up as soon as possible. If there is inclement weather on a school day where HCPSS has a scheduled non-student day, Miss Cheyenne will make a decision based on the weather report. There are no tuition reimbursements for closings, early closings, or delays.
Q: Do you make up snow days or other weather related closings?
A: We do not make up missed school days.
Q: How long is the school year?
Q: What happens if I cannot arrive on time for dismissal or need to drop off early?
A: School is closed at 4:00pm. Punctuality is very important and it is expected that parents arrive before dismissal time. Any late pick-up is subject to an additional fee of $2 per minute for the first 30-minutes, then an additional $30 after the 30-minutes. If you know you are going to be late, please let us know so we can help your child understand. Please also call an emergency contact pick up your child. Parents who are late more than three times will have their fees increased to $5 per minute. Excessive tardiness will lead to removal from the program. School starts at 8:30am and children will not be accepted before this time.
Q: Can I pick my child up mid-day?
A: Please discuss early pick ups with Miss Cheyenne ahead of time. To avoid disruptions during rest time, pick-ups will not be allowed from 12:20pm-2:00pm.
Q: How can I best prepare my child for school?
A: Click here for information on how to best prepare your child for school. Also, if you anticipate that your child will have separation anxiety, click here and take a moment to read this post as well.
Q: What will my child need to bring to school daily?
A: A packed lunch (already prepared to eat), water bottle (spill-safe lid), change of clothes (seasonally appropriate), rest time materials (this includes a: small blanket and pillow), a mask, and spare masks.
Q: How many days a week do you recommend for my child to attend?
A: Please visit our hours and tuition page for more information on recommendations based on age.
Q: How can I make tuition payments?
A: Tuition payments can be made via check or Venmo.
Q: Can I stay with my child on the first day?
A: To better help your child transition into school and build independence, we recommend that parents do not stay. There will be volunteer opportunities and school-day events during the year that will allow you to see what your child's day is like in school.
Q: Do you offer lunch and/or snacks?
A: All lunches are to be provided by the parent and should be prepared to eat (no heating, cutting, peeling, etc.). Snacks are provided by MCPKA. Milk or water will be offered during snack and lunch.
Q: Will my child be attending field trips or in-house trips during the school year?
A: Yes, we visit at least two field trips/in-house trips a year. These will be decided in the beginning of the school year. In order for a student to attend a field trip, at least one parent or guardian will be required to attend. If your child does not attend school on the day of the field trip, you and your child are welcome to meet us at the field trip location.
Q: Are there any other fees besides tuition?
A: Yes, in addition to tuition, there are non-refundable enrollment deposits (credited towards the final two weeks of tuition), a non-refundable registration fee, field trip fees, picture day fees, etc. If there are any additional fees, you will be notified in advance.
Q: How do you monitor growth in academic areas?
A: Students are assessed daily, and more formally at the end of each quarter. This data is available in the classroom in your child's portfolio. Please feel free to review anytime.
Q: Do students receive report cards?
A: Yes, in addition to your child's portfolio, day-to-day communication, and conferences, your child will receive a quarterly report card.
Q: Are you certified in CPR and First Aid?
A: Yes, I receive training as required to maintain my certification. Your child's safety is my number one concern!
Q: Do I need to let you know if my child will not be attending for the day?
A: Yes, please email Miss Cheyenne by 7:30am to let her know if your child will be absent and the reasoning for the absence.
Q: How late can my child arrive to school?
A: Because late arrivals cause distractions and disruptions to our school day, students are expected to arrive no later than 8:50am. Excessive tardiness can lead to dismissal from the program.
Q: Can you give my child their medication?
A: Miss Cheyenne is certified in medication administration. A Medical Authorization form must be completed in order for MCPKA to give any medication (this includes over-the-counter). All children must receive the first dose of their medication at home and must remain home for 12-hours following receiving medication to ensure there are no adverse reactions to the medication. Any medications that can be taken once or twice daily should be taken at home. Additionally, all medications must be provided in their original container.
Q: Do I have to pay tuition while my child is ill or if we go on vacation?
A: Yes, tuition is due regardless of student attendance. Please review our academic calendar for dates of closure if you would like to schedule a vacation for during that time. Children must be symptom/fever-free for a minimum of 48-hours prior to returning to school (without the aid of fever reducing medicine). If a contagious illness has occurred, a doctors note will be required for your child to return to school. When children come to school sick, they expose other students and Miss Cheyenne. A student that comes to school sick frequently will be dismissed from the program.
Q: Can my child switch days to make up a missed day?
A: No, children will only be permitted to attend on their contracted school days.
Q: What happens if my child gets hurt during school hours?
A: Accidents are reported in writing daily. If more urgent care is required, you would be contacted.
Q: What happens if my child gets sick during the school day?
A: Any child that is sick will be required to be picked up immediately. Sick children are isolated from the rest of the students to prevent illness of other students.
Q: Can my child attend school after receiving shots?
A: After receiving shots, students must stay home for 24-hours. This includes the flu shot. It is recommended that children receive shots on Fridays to avoid missing school.
Q: Do students have to be potty trained to attend?
A: We recognize that potty training is a developmental process and that children achieve it at different times. However, students must be able to go through the entire day without wetting or soiling themselves and without needing a pull-up at anytime during the day. The fully potty trained child is also completely independent for knowing when to go to the bathroom, and does not need assistance inside the bathroom such as getting on or off the potty, pulling pants up or down, redressing and wiping. If your child is determined to not be fully potty-trained, they will be dismissed from the program.
Q: What happens if Miss Cheyenne is ill or injured during the school year?
A: It is recommended that all families have a backup plan for if Miss Cheyenne is temporarily unable to open due to illness or injury. Miss Cheyenne has 3 (three) paid personal/sick days to use during the school year, but does not take closing lightly and will make every effort not to do so.
Q: Does tuition need to be paid over the summer to hold my child's spot?
A: No, our school year is from September-June. Tuition only needs to be paid during these times.
Q: Do you transport students?
A: With the exception of an emergency, Miss Cheyenne does not transport children. Parents or guardians will be required to attend and assist with transportation for field trips or other off-site activities.
Q: Is your home a pet-free and smoke-free home?
A: We have two dogs. Both are great with children, but to avoid distractions, both dogs are kept in another area of the home during the school day. In the event of an emergency, Lucy and Shadow would join us as we shelter in place (ex: during a tornado). Our home and property is a smoke-free.