School Handbook

Important Notice:

We have decided to drop our licensed status at this time to allow more families an opportunity to participate in our programs.  We are accepting children ages 3 – 5 at this time.  We will continue to provide the same level of care and follow all the procedures as a licensed care facility except immunizations are not required.


Our Mission


Student Enrollment

Tuition and Late Fees

Tuition Assistance

School Hours

Attendace Policy



Daily Schedule

Discipline Methods


Medication Administration

First Aid Policy


Field Trips

Cold Weather Clothes

Student Property

Nondiscrimination in Enrollment


Reporting Child Abuse

Administrative Organization

Our Statement of Faith

Right to Modify the Handbook as Needed

Our Mission:

Our mission is to build lasting meaningful relationships that support the child, family and community. To do this we incorporate Christian values into age appropriate curriculum within our enriched learning environment.  Here children will gain skills to prepare them for higher education. Following Montana State Early Learning Standards we provide a warm, nurturing, and safe place to meet children’s emotional, social and developmental needs.


Our goal is to give every child a love for God and learning. It is our hope that through developmentally appropriate care we give them the best start in their whole development to gain skills that will prepare them for more formal education. We are guided by Biblical principles of love, acceptance, and forgiveness to help them develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

We value family’s involvement as first educators, which is vital to a child’s on going development and learning.  We are guided by Christian values of the New Testament, and believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God.

We believe:

  • children learn best during active play
  • children need relationships with caring adults
  • children need an environment with age appropriate toys and materials in each academic area.
  • children need adults to understand their age and stage of development to meet their individual needs.
  • children need their teachers to understand their family and culture and build cooperative, positive relationships.

Student Enrollment:

We are accepting children ages 3 – 5 at this time.

To Enroll a new student, a Student Enrollment Form and Medical Release Form/Photo Consent Form must be completed and returned to the school.  You can Enroll  on line, or pick up Enrollment forms at the preschool.  The director and teacher will review the application with the Champion’s Choice board, who makes all final decisions regarding the admission of students.  The director and teacher will meet with you and your child.  If there are any concerns, the board may ask to meet with the family and the child.  After this meeting the board will notify you concerning your child’s admission.

Tuition and Late Fees:

Tuition is due in advance – the rate is $5.25 an hour.

Your tuition is paid in advance, for the month, along with the base fee, on the first day when you drop your child off. Arrangements must be made in advance, and be approved by the board, on a case-by-case basis if you are unable to pay for the whole month.

Tuition is due by the 5th of each month to cover the upcoming month.  Any tuition paid after the 5th of each month will incur a $25. late fee, unless you have made other arrangements approved by the director.  It is very important that the school be contacted if you will be late with your payment so that your child does not miss any school.  If your payment has not been received on time, and you have not contacted the school to make other arrangements before the deadline, your student(s) may be denied admittance until the tuition is paid, or other arrangements are made.  If you need tuition assistance, refer to he Tuition Assistance section below.

Tuition Assistance:

Tuition assistance is available to all families through our Sliding Scale Fee Program.


4 Reasons You Will Like Our Tuition Assistance Program at Champion’s Choice

1. The monthly base fee is very affordable.

2.  The SLIDING SCALE FEE lowers tuition on average 45% from the going rate of $5.25 an hour, depending on your income level.

3. The hourly rate is based on your income with our SLIDING SCALE FEE.

4. You don’t have to produce any verifiable income, it’s based on the honor system.

Here’s how it works:

Once your child is enrolled (no cost or obligation to enroll) on the first day of attendance, you pay a base fee of $25. per month per child regardless of how many days your child attends, plus an hourly rate based on the Sliding Scale Fee.

To be eligible for the sliding scale fee families are required to complete a simple financial statement that lists all income sources from both wage earners that are married or living as domestic partners.  We will not ask for any documentation or verification of income. This is the honor system.  We will assume you are providing an honest accounting of your income level and ability. This will be reviewed every 3 months and either increase or decrease hourly rate based on this information. You can view and print the financial worksheet  HERE.

In addition, four hours of volunteer time per month are required.  In lou of volunteer hours, a payment of $32. a month, or the equivalent in supplies and/or snacks can be made. Volunteer hours can be worked in advance and applied to future months.  A list of volunteer jobs will be available.  A shopping list for supplies and/or snacks is available upon request, as these needs will change from week to week.

If you have not completed your volunteer hours or made the $32. payment or the equivalent in any month your child attends, you will be charged accordingly for the upcoming month.

Because the Sliding Scale Fee already reduces tuition, there are no additional reductions of the base fee or hourly rate for families that enroll more than one child. This also applies to those families who do not qualify for the Sliding Scale Fee  because their income exceeds the limit.

When you decide how many days a week you want your child to attend, you can look at the Sliding Scale Fee Schedule and find how much you pay per hour, per week, or per month.  Then pay that amount.

Your tuition is paid in advance, for the month, along with the base fee, on the first day when you drop your child off. Arrangements must be made in advance, and be approved by the board, on a case-by-case basis if you are unable to pay for the whole month.

Tuition is due by the 5th of each month to cover the upcoming month.  Any tuition paid after the 5th of each month will incur a $25. late fee, unless you have made other arrangements approved by the director.  It is very important that the school be contacted if you will be late with your payment so that your child does not miss any school.  If your payment has not been received on time, and you have not contacted the school to make other arrangements before the deadline, your student(s) may be denied admittance until the tuition is paid, or other arrangements are made.  Refer to The SLIDING SCALE FEE for the amount to pay.


*Tuition for special-needs student will be at the discretion of the Champion’s Choice school board dependent on the need to hire additional staff.

*Rates subject to change.

This tuition schedule has been offered since October, 2015. This arrangement seems to be working, so we will continue the offer at this time. However, we reserve the right to change the policy as needed, or to raise the tuition back to the going rate of $5.25 an hour.

Sliding Scale Fee Schedule

To enroll click here.  We are accepting children 3 – 5-years-old at this time.

We are very excited to make this offer and look forward to your child joining us at Champion’s Choice!

School Hours:

School begins at 8:30 a.m.  Students should not arrive at school before  8:15 a.m.  School is dismissed promptly at 1:00 p.m.

Family members are required to come into the school to pick up their child and to drop them off and sign them in and out.

Transitioning from school to home at pickup time can be difficult for young children.  It can also be difficult for them and caregivers to determine who is in charge while the child is gathering their things.  Therefore the staff of CCEL will maintain authority to direct children until they have left the building with their guardian.

Students should not play outside or on playground equipment after school.  Once a student is signed out, and has left the building, they are no longer a responsibility of the school and therefore, must be monitored at all times.  Students should not play in the parking lot and should not go to their vehicles unattended by parent or guardian.

The school cannot be responsible for students who arrive before 8:15 a.m. and are not picked up 15 minutes after dismissal.  Students cannot be allowed to stay on the school property without a teacher present.  It is not a teacher or school staff’s responsibility to hunt down a parent.  If a student has not been picked up within 15 minutes after dismissal, and the school has not been called, and the emergency contact cannot be reached, the local police may be notified.  In addition, a full hour charge will be applied for every one half hour a parent is late picking up a child.  This charge must be paid before the child will be admitted to the next scheduled class.

Attendance Policy:

In order to reserve your spot, there will be no discount for days missed, since a spot has been reserved for your child.

Families will be charged for the full day no matter what time they arrive, and extended charge if they are late picking up, see our late charge policy under School Hours.

In addition, if your child is signed up to come on a specific day and you do not call by 9 a.m., you will be charged a full day. If you call by 9 a.m. to say you are not coming, you will be charged ½ day. Exceptions to this policy will be reviewed on an individual basis if we are notified the day before.

You will find our schedule very similar to the local public school with holiday breaks, with the exception of operating four days a week, Monday – Thursday, instead of five, and our starting and ending dates may be different.  This may change as needs arise.  We will post a  calendar in the classroom for your convenience.


This year we will loosely follow the same calendar as the Eureka Public school.  With a few exceptions, most notable are first day and last day.  You can view it here.

    1. September 5, FIRST DAY
    2. May 30, LAST DAY
    3. We are closed on Fridays at this time.
    4. No early outs, since we only go half day anyway.  Holiday breaks are the same.
      1. November 22 – 23, closed Thanksgiving
      2. December 24 – January 4, closed for Christmas
      3. March 4 – March 8, closed for Spring Break
      4. April 22 – Easter Break
      5. May 27, closed for Memorial Day
    5. All PIR days that fall on Monday thru Thursday we are open.


We do not provide lunch.  Snacks are provided for them during the morning  session. (Families may be asked to help provide the snacks on a rotating basis.)  We ask that good nutritional foods be provided for snacks as well as lunches.  This means, to please avoid foods high in sugar or corn syrup.  A list of foods to avoid and foods to consider will be available.

Daily Schedule:

8:30 – 9:00 . . . . . . . . . . . Warm up activities/ Free play

9:00 – 9:30 . . . . . . . . . . . Circle time/Calendar/Weather

9:30 – 10:00 . . . . . . . . . . Large Motor/Free play

10:00 – 10:20 . . . . . . . . . Bible Story/Activity

10:20 – 10:40 . . . . . . . . . Bathroom break/Snack

10:40 – 11:25 . . . . . . . . . Outdoor Free play

11:25 –  11:35 . . . . . . . .  Clean up

11:35 – 12:05 . . . . . . . . . Language/Math/Art

12:05 – 12:30 . . . . . . . . . Bathroom break/Lunch

12:30 – 1:00 . . . . . . . . . . Review/Story/Dismiss

The schedule is a guide and may change as needs and interest change. It is our goal to incorporate Biblical instruction into our daily routines as well as into our curriculum.

Discipline Methods: 

We use discipline methods in accordance with Montana Early Learning Standards which includes redirection, short time outs, giving the child the choice to return to the activity when they feel they are ready to comply, or play in a safe and friendly manner.  We also encourage children to use their words to talk through their problems and find solutions both parties can agree on.  This allows them to solve their own problems rather than having an adult decide who is right and who is wrong.


Our preschool curriculums are designed to meet and exceed the Montana Early Learning Standards in each developmental area.  Our curriculums are presented with a God-centered, age appropriate view based on the absolutes of God’s Word.  At the same time, we use age appropriate approaches with play centered learning and hands on activities to make each concept fun and meaningful to the child’s world.  With theme based lessons we use an integrated approach that includes the seven developmental domains: Social-Emotional, Physical, Language, Math, Social Studies, Science and Creativity.

Depending on the number of students enrolled and the goal of the families, we may use one of several curriculums or combine them to have a comprehensive program.

We have used “Mother Goose Time”.  This preschool curriculum applies the latest theory and research on best practices in teaching and learning and the content standards developed by states and professional organizations. While keeping an environmentally-based approach, Mother Goose Time Preschool Curriculum clearly outlines the teacher’s vital role in connecting “content and teaching” with hands-on learning for preschool children.

We have also used Mother Goose Time Bible based option for Christian preschools.  It is very basic, featuring a Bible story and Bible verse, along with daily activities that integrate the seven developmental domains.

We have used Creative Pre-K, for the hands-on creative teacher. This is a themed program with great activities and lesson guides.  Our trained staff finds the developmental domains within these activities and expands them into a comprehensive program.

Supplemental seat work is geared to each child's development

With all of these, we supplement the “kindergarten” readiness goals with writing practice, math skills and language sheets.  These seat work segments are about 15 min. long – longer if the child is engaged, and shorter if they are not mature enough to handle that.  If they don’t finish the page, it is sent home or saved for later.  Students are encouraged to finish, but not required to.


To allow more families an opportunity to participate in our programs We have decided to drop our licensed status at this time . We will continue to provide the same level of care and follow all the procedures as a licensed care facility except immunizations are not required.

Licensed facilities require all children have up to date immunization records. This is a state licensing policy which does not recognize religious exemptions. Anyone with a medical exemption must complete the necessary forms before a student can be admitted to class.

Medication Administration:

We do not administer perscription medications at this time.  If a child needs an over the counter (OTC) medication, an OTC medication authorization form must be filled out.  In addition, if a special medication, inhailer, or epipen is needed a special needs health care plan form must be completed and approved by a health care provider.  All OTC medications must be provided by the famiily and be in their original containers with legible labels and expiration date. State law prohibits us from administering any OTC that has expired.

First Aid Policy:

Our staff is certified in Adult and Infant CPR and First-Aid.

We will handle minor injuries with band-aids, ice packs, kisses, and hugs.  We will inform you of any inury when you pick up your child. If we feel that the injury is more serious, we may call you and inform you of the situation to let you decide which action should be taken.

If your child is seriously injured, we will call 911 and administer first-aid until emergency personnel arrive. We will call you and inform you of the situation. We will accompany the child if he or she must go to the hospital or local emergency clinic.  Another staff member or adult neighbor of the preschool will stay with the other children.  Families may be notified to come and pick up their children.


To protect every child and keep them safe, it is extremely important that you follow this policy regarding illnesses!

A student must be kept home if they have a communicable disease, a sore throat or cold that is accompanied by a fever of 101ºF or greater.  The student must be without fever of 101ºF or greater for 24 hours before they return to school, except that children with immunization-related fevers need not be excluded if they are able to participate in the routine of the day.

Students must be without vomiting and diarrhea for 24 hours before they return to school. Vomiting includes 2 or more episodes in the previous 24 hours. Diarrhea is defined as an increased number of stools, increased water in the stool, and/or decreased form to the stool that cannot be contained by a diaper or clothing;

Students with any of the bacterial infections listed below are recommended to be treated with antibiotics for 24 hours before they return to school:

Strep throat;

Scarlet fever;


Bacterial conjunctivitis (pinkeye); and

Skin infections such as draining burn or infected wounds or hangnails;

Generalized rashes, including those covering multiple parts of the body, must be evaluated by a health care provider to determine their cause before the student can return to the day care facility;

Students with chickenpox may not be admitted to the day care facility until their sores dry up, which usually takes 5 to 7 days.

Chickenpox is an airborne disease spread easily through coughing or sneezing of ill individuals or through direct contact with secretions from the rash. A person with chickenpox is infectious one to two days before the rash appears.  They remain contagious until all lesions have crusted over (this takes approximately 6 days).  Crusted lesions are not contagious.  Please keep your student home for at least 2 days if they have been exposed to someone with chickenpox to see if symptoms appear.  They should remain home for 6 days once symptoms appear, or until all lesions are crusted over.  We will not purposefully expose susceptible children to chickenpox, even with the permission of the susceptible student’s parents;

Children with symptoms of severe illness, such as uncontrolled coughing, breathing difficulty or wheezing, stiff neck, irritability, poor food or fluid intake, or a seizure, must be evaluated by a health care provider before they may return to school.

A student can come to school with a discharge from the nose, if it is not accompanied by a fever.

No student shall be re-admitted after an absence until the reason for the absence is known and there is assurance that the student’s return will not harm that child or the other children.

      • The school may readmit a student excluded for illness whenever, in its discretion:
      • The student either shows no symptoms of illness;
      • The student has been free of fever, vomiting, or diarrhea for 24 hours; or
      • The student has been on antibiotics for at least 24 hours for bacterial infections.

Field trips:

Field trips will be made periodically throughout the school year.  Local field trips to libraries, etc. will not require any additional fees to cover the event.  There may be extra fees applied to field trips outside the Tobacco Valley.  In all cases, families will be notified in their daily or weekly calendar and newsletter. Families must arrange for transportation. The school does not transport students. A release form will be provided to give permission to participate in all field trips.  Only on some occasions will an additional permission or release form need to be signed for a field trip.  Family members are welcome to participate in field trips, as in all school related activities.

Cold Weather Clothes:

Please be sure students are dressed appropriately for cold weather. All students spend at least half an hour of their day outside during recess breaks.  Students need hats, mittens or gloves, warm coats, boots and snow pants in snowy weather.  Unless it is zero, extremely windy, or raining, students will be outside for recess.

Students should have a dry set of extra clothes at all times.  If students do not have dry clothes on campus and clothes become soaked, or soiled, a parent will be called and asked to immediately bring clothes.  A parent may be asked to take a child home.

Student Property:

Students are discouraged from bringing personal property.  The school will not be responsible for lost, stolen or broken toys brought from home.  However, young children often feel vulnerable and insecure away from what is familiar, so a favorite blanket or bedtime toy can help soothe them when they need comfort or are taking their nap.  The staff will do their best to help each student keep these items in their cubby or where other students will not damage them.  We will also do our best to teach the students to respect other student’s personal property, however, there is no guarantee that something could get lost or damaged.  All electronic devises, such as, cell phones, mp3 players, game boys, iPods, etc., are to be left at home.  Obviously, students should not bring weapons to school. This includes fake weapons: swords, laser swords, guns, knives etc.  We try to discourage students from playing war games or other pretend play that involves killing people, animals, monsters or aliens.

Nondiscrimination in enrollment:

Although we are a non-denominational Christian school, we do not require a student to profess a belief in God, Jesus Christ, or the truth of the Bible to attend.  Therefore, we admit students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at this school.

However, families and students are expected to respect the beliefs of other students and the fundamental statement of faith of the school.  Actions and statements that contradict these beliefs by students or family members can undermine the child’s ability to learn.  If a family member or child repeatedly makes malicious comments against the fundamental beliefs of the Christian faith or the school, the family will be called to meet with the director and school board to re-evaluate their child’s enrollment.



Champion’s Choice for Early Learning has voluntarily suspended our license with the State of Montana to allow more families to take advantage of our programs who desire an immunization exemption for their child and give us more flexibility in offering more programs. We will continue to provide the same level of care and follow all the procedures as a licensed care facility except immunizations are no longer required.  All our staff and volunteers have clear criminal background checks and those who work directly with children have a current First Aid and CPR certification.  Please refer to for daycare licensing requirements.

Reporting Child Abuse:

As care givers to your child, it is our responsibility to protect children and be their advocates, therefore we must report child abuse.  In addition we are required to adhere to Montana State mandatory child abuse reporting laws even though we are not licensed.  A copy of the law is available upon request.

Administrative Organization:

Champion’s Choice for Early Learning is run by the preschool director under the direction of a school board that sets policies and seeks to maintain them.  Prospective board members complete an application, which is reviewed and approved by the standing board prior to election by the board.  Nominees are Christians who are local community members, business men and women and parents.  Board meetings are held once a quarter, or as needed.  Times and dates will be announced one week prior to a meeting.

Our Statement of Faith:

Champion’s Choice for Early Learning adheres to the statement of faith of The Association of Christian Schools International as follows:

      • We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative, inerrant Word of God (2 Timothy   3:16, 2 Peter 1:21).
      • We believe there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Genesis 1:1, Matthew 28:19, John 10:30).
      • We believe in the deity of Christ (John 10:33),
      • His virgin birth, (Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:23, Luke 1:35),
      • His sinless life  (Hebrews 4:15, 7:26),
      • His miracles (John 2:11),
      • His vicarious and atoning death (1 Corinthians 15:3, Ephesians 1:7, Hebrews 2:9),
      • His Resurrection (John 11:25, 1 Corinthians 15:4),
      • His Ascension to the right hand of God (Mark 16:19),
      • His personal return in power and glory (Acts 1:11, Revelation 19:11).
      • We believe in the absolute necessity of regeneration by the Holy Spirit for salvation because of the exceeding sinfulness of human nature and that men are justified on the single ground of faith in the shed blood of Christ and that only by God’s grace and through faith alone are we saved  (John 3:16-19, 5:24; Romans 3:23, 5:8-9; Ephesians 2:8-10; Titus 3:5).
      • We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life, and they that are lost unto the resurrection of condemnation (John 5:28-29).
      • We believe in the spiritual unity’ of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 8:9, 1 Corinthians 12:12-13, Galatians 3:26-28).
      • We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life (Romans 8:13-14; 1 Corinthians 3:16, 6:19-20; Ephesians 4:30, 5:18).

Right to Modify the handbooks as needed:

Champion’s Choice for Early Learning reserves the right to modify the handbook as needed to reflect the changing needs of the school, staff, students and families without prior notice to parents, staff or teachers.

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