Prepare your child for kindergarten with structured early childhood learning. Morning and afternoon sessions are available*, with 2 1/2 hour curriculum-based sessions for 3, 4, or 5 year olds, taught by a state of Ohio licensed teacher. (*2021 afternoon classes will open for registration once the morning classes are full.)
Come workout while your child enjoys getting ready for Kindergarten! The Countryside YMCA | Landen Preschool Enrichment program is a licensed program which runs from September through May. Children practice social interaction and self-help skills as they get a head start for Kindergarten. We have designed our preschool program to be part of a nurturing environment where your child is our number one priority.
Countryside YMCA Landen Preschool is located at 2894 U.S. 22/3, Maineville, OH, 45039.
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• Morning and afternoon sessions available
• 2.5 hours of curriculum-based learning
• Appropriate for 3- and 4-year-olds
• The teacher is a licensed teacher in Ohio.
Students do not have to wear masks unless it is the families’ decision to do so. If you choose to have your child wear a mask, please begin practicing at home. Do not expect your child to be ok with coming to a new school with a new item on their face. It will be overwhelming.
Staff members are required to wear masks at drop-off/pick-up. Staff members will wear masks most of the day. Countryside YMCA will not mandate childcare staff wearing of masks for the following stated exemption: When the wearing of a mask is against documented industry best practices or when there exists a practical reason inhibiting an employee from wear a mask (extreme heat, employees need a clear line of communication).
Any student with a fever over 100° should stay home.
Any student that has any one of the following symptoms of COVID-19 should stay home from school: cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing should stay home.
Any student that has any two of the following symptoms: fever, chills, cold sweats, body aches, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, GI issues (vomiting and/or diarrhea) should stay home.
Any student who has a link to a positive case of COVID-19 should stay home.
Any child that develops illness while in our care will be isolated immediately away from the other children and sent home (two diarrheas, elevated fever, excessive coughing, vomiting, sore throat, overall feelings of malaise, etc.) Parent will be called and instructed to pick-up their child within one hour. Cleaning guidelines will be followed immediately in the areas the child has used.
Students who are sent home with excessive symptoms will require a doctor’s note to return to school.
Any siblings of a student sent home from school sick will also be sent home.
The Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services rules have changed in order to accommodate social distancing within the classroom. Our new ratio is 1:9 to include 1 adult and 9 children.
Preschool is all about play and socialization. We will try our very best to maintain social distancing among the students during play. We will utilize hula hoops or floor tape to separate the children during play, as best we can.
Students will be seated 2 per table this year, at every other chair. Students will have an assigned seat with a nametag marking their spot at the table. This spot will be used by that student only. This will be your child’s spot for tabletop activities, snacktime, craftime, etc.
Our main door will be locked at all times to eliminate congregating in our waiting area. Staff member will unlock door at start of drop-off. Only one caregiver is permitted to drop off or pick up a child. We ask that you maintain social distancing, therefore only one family enter into our waiting vestibule at a time. A staff member will meet you at the check in desk and will take the temperature of both the caregiver and children. Temperatures of 100 or higher will have to remain home for 48 hours symptom free without medication. If the caregiver has a fever, child will not be permitted to stay at school that day. All staff are being held to the same guidelines. We keep daily documentation indicating whether a child or staff member can stay in the program based on their temperature results. The staff member will be signing the children in/out this year. After you say goodbye to your child, please exit through the door at the end of our hallway and through sliding glass YMCA doors. This creates a one-way traffic route.
Please talk to your child prior to coming on the first day. Let them know what will happen: the staff will take everyone’s temperature using a thermometer by their head, the child will hug or say goodbye to the parent and they will enter the classroom and immediately wash their hands. Let them know there will be less friends in the classroom this year.
Our main door will be locked at all times to eliminate congregating in our waiting area. We ask that you remain in your cars until class is dismissed. Staff member will unlock the door at start of pick-up. Only one caregiver is permitted to drop off or pick up a child. We ask that you maintain social distancing, therefore only one family enter into our waiting vestibule at a time.
If you need to pick up your child prior to class dismissal, please ring the doorbell outside of our main door. Try your best to alert our teacher of any circumstances causing an early pick-up when you drop-off your child at the start of class.
Toys are sanitized as much as possible during the school day, but are always sanitized at the end of each class session. Any toy that a child puts in their mouth or comes in contact with bodily fluid is immediately removed from play to be sanitized.
Playground equipment is sanitized with an ODJFS approved disinfectant.
Teachers maintain a strict cleaning schedule within the center: cleaning floors, toilets, door handles and any other high touch areas throughout the day.
Our classroom is sanitized and clean at close of business each day by a commercial cleaning company.
Absolutely no outside food or drinks are permitted in the classroom at any time. We have cups and water available should your child need a drink. Our water fountain will be turned off until ODJFS permits us to turn it back on.
We are not permitting special birthday snacks at this time. We have birthday stickers for your child and will sing to them at snacktime.
Absolutely no toys from home. We have plenty here.
The preschool director will make a decision about school delays or closings based upon road and weather conditions. Notifications will be sent via email.
Childcare financial assistance is available to families that meet the income eligibility guidelines. Once approved, the recipient will be responsible for 50-90% of the tuition weekly and YMCA financial aid will fund the remaining 10-50%. This program is also available to families currently enrolled who experience a job loss or other financial hardship. If you receive childcare financial assistance, it will be activated at the time of enrollment.
Eligibility will be reviewed every three to six months.
For more information contact Missy Gilmore at 513 932 1424 ext. 191.