Priority enrollment for the new school year will be available to returning Smart Start families. Thereafter, Smart Start ELC will offer open enrollment and accept registration materials from those new to Smart Start. The minimum ages to register for our programs are based on the child already being that age or will be prior to August 31st of the enrolling school year: age 3 for Preschool, age 5 for Kindergarten, and age 2.5 for Jump Start and fully toilet-trained for all programs.
Longview Site: Typically, when Longview School District is scheduled to be closed, Smart Start ELC Longview site will be closed as well, including the teacher in-service days. Smart Start ELC will also follow weather closure/delays and subsequent make-up days as determined by the Longview School District. You will receive a calendar every month that will identify the days our center is closed. However, in the event of a delay or school closure, please check the news or Longview School District’s website. Smart Start will also send out an email notification and post the information to its Facebook and Seesaw pages. If Longview schools close for the day due to weather, Smart Start Longview Campus will also close for the day. In the event of a two-hour delay for Longview schools, Smart Start’s morning preschool and kindergarten classes will be cancelled and Smart Start Longview Campus will re-open that day ONLY for its regularly scheduled afternoon classes.
Toutle Site: Typically, when Toutle School District is scheduled to be closed, Smart Start ELC Toutle site will be closed as well, including the teacher in-service days. Smart Start ELC will also follow weather closure/delays and subsequent make-up days as determined by the Toutle School District. You will receive a calendar every month that will identify the days our center is closed. However, in the event of a delay or school closure, please check the news or Toutle School District’s website. Smart Start will also send out an email notification and post the information to its Facebook page Seesaw pages. If Toutle schools close for the day due to weather, Smart Start Toutle Campus will also close for the day. In the event of a two/three-hour delay for Toutle schools, morning preschool classes will be cancelled for that day at Toutle, as well.
Smart Start ELC is a yearly tuition program. There are three choices for fulfilling tuition payments: onetime payment for the full year to be made in August; two equal payments (first in August, second in January); or ten equal monthly payments to be made from August to May for all programs. Please refer to the Tuition Contract for specific details.
Monthly tuition payments are due to Smart Start ELC by the 20th of each month. Payments received after the 27th will incur a $15.00 late fee that will be applied to your account. Payment returned for non-sufficient funds will incur a $25.00 fee and applied to your account. If tuition is not received by the 7 th of the following month, the business office will contact parents/guardians to establish an agreeable payment plan. The payment plan will ensure that tuition is made current no later than the end of that month. If tuition is 60 days overdue and the payment plan not honored, the student will need to be kept from attending class until the overdue balance is paid in full. Additional fees may include late pick-up from your child’s Smart Start class, which is $15.00 for each incident and will applied to your account.
Snacks include crackers of various sorts and a fruit or vegetable every day (a daily protein source is added for kindergarten snack). Water will be our daily drink. There is a list of supplies we ask parents to provide by the first day of school, which includes snack crackers. The rest will be provided by us. Birthdays are special days, and we welcome you to celebrate your child’s birthday with a special treat for the class. However, please remember we cannot have nut products of any kind onsite, and please also check with your child’s classroom teacher for additional known allergies in the classroom before bringing in a treat.
Smart Start ELC has a no discrimination policy in place. At Smart Start Early Learning Center, enrollment is open to all students and does not discriminate, regardless of sex, culture, learning styles, race, or religion.
In the event of an emergency, these are the steps we will follow:
To ensure safety, we insist that you please walk your child to the designated drop-off spot every day where you and your child will then be met by Smart Start staff. A teacher will sign-in and out your child every day. If someone different from drop-off will be picking your child up, please let our staff know; additionally, any person unknown to Smart Start staff will be required to show photo identification before picking-up your child and that pick-up person must be on your child’s authorized pick-up list (please contact Longview office to update/verify pick-up list). Please only use Smart Start designated entrance/exit doors. The doors will be locked 15 minutes after school starts and will be re-opened at pick-up time. If you need to come to the school while class is in session, please let a staff member know beforehand, and we will arrange to let you in. This protocol is to keep our children as safe as possible from potential walk-ins.
We want you to have knowledge of your child’s experiences at Smart Start ELC. We will keep you informed of what is happening and how you can be involved through:
If you want to be involved in your child’s school experiences, we welcome volunteers in our center. Just please be certain that your volunteer time has been prearranged with the classroom teacher at least three days in advance so that students and our classrooms are ready for you. For those opportunities that would have you working directly with children, a background check form will need to be completed, submitted, and cleared prior to being inside the classrooms. Please allow two-week’s processing time for your background check. Additionally, our classrooms and planned activities cannot accommodate siblings; therefore, if applicable, other children who are normally in your care need to have other care arrangements when you have prearranged with the classroom teacher to volunteer. It is of utmost importance to us to provide an environment that facilitates a level of comfort for both children and parents.
Some ways for you to get involved in your child’s school experiences: