our school

“natural play strengthens children’s self-confidence and arouses their senses—their awareness of the world and all that moves in it, seen and unseen.” 

richard louv,

last child in the woods



parent co-operative
the shelter Island early childhood Learning center is a parent co-operative preschool. parent involvement is required and keeps tuition low. families can review the volunteer form in the registration packet and select the volunteer opportunities that might work for them.

board meetings
the preschool board is governed by a board of parents. meetings are held once a month in the evening at the preschool. the school calendar will indicate the exact dates of meetings. parents are encouraged to attend the meetings and to bring up ideas, questions and concerns for discussion.

there are fundraisers throughout the school year. these fundraisers are critical to maintaining programs, staff and facility. we are a non-profit learning center that strives to keep tuition costs at a reasonable number. therefore, families are required to participate twice during the school year in fundraisers in order to help the school meet its goals and reduce overhead. if you choose not to participate, a fee of $150 will be added to your child's tuition for the year. this 'opt-out' fee does not apply to our year-end raffle, in which every family is expected to participate. Please return the fundraising commitment form with your registration materials.

supplies needed to start school
a supplies list will be sent out before the start of the school year listing supplies you will need to bring in for your child.

the center meets in the shelter island presbyterian church and follows the shelter island school district calendar. if the shelter island school is closed for vacation or snow, we will be closed. please watch news channel 12 for the shelter island school district listing. when the shelter island school district dismisses for conferences, etc. at 11 am, the preschool will be in session. a calendar will be provided with your welcome packet at the beginning of the school year.

attendance will be taken on a daily basis. the preschool community appreciates your promptness at start-time and pick-up. an established routine not only keeps the school day moving, but is essential for your child to get the maximum benefit from our program.

illness policy
if your child is sick, please keep your child at home. children who exhibit a fever, vomiting or diarrhea should be kept home for at least 24-hours after the last symptoms occur, no matter how well they feel. another day at home is better than a relapse or risk of passing the illness on to others. if the teachers notice an illness or excessive fatigue, the child will be sent home. thank you for being considerate of our preschool community.

parent teacher conferences
conferences will be held in late fall and spring as needed.

dress code {greatly recommended}

rain & snow boots

indoor slippers

rain pants, rain jacket and rain hat

snow pants and jacket, mittens/gloves

wool hat, socks

long johns

insect repellent and sunscreen

• Comfortable clothing that allows free movement and ease.
• Sneakers or shoes that support running and climbing outside.
• Please bring a change of clothing, including socks and underwear/diapers & wipes, in a sealed bag labeled with your child’s name. This will be kept in your child's cubbie.

children’s birthdays can be celebrated with a treat such as cupcakes or fresh fruit brought in by parents. short birthday related activities are permitted. please approve all birthday plans in advance with the teachers. birthday invitations are permitted in cubbies provided they include the whole class.

classroom questions/ concerns
our teachers are always available to answer any questions or hear your concerns. the phone number in the classroom is 749-0805 extension 4 or email shelterislandeclc@gmail.com.