Hours and holidays

Brush Creek Nursery School generally follows the Rincon Valley School District calendar. During the school year, we open at 7:30 a.m. and close at 4:30 p.m. Summer school hours and dates are determined each spring for the next summer school sessions. All dates in BOLD PRINT are school closing dates. **Any unforeseen schedule changes will be communicated to parents ASAP**

    • 2023.2024 SCHOOL CALENDAR
      August 22— Orientations
      August 23—  Orientations
      August 24/25—First days of school
      September 4—Labor Day
      September 14—Family Picnic Night
      September 20/21—Photo Days
      October 21- Mom/or Special Person & Child Breakfast
      November 10—Veterans’ Day
      November 22, 23, 24Thanksgiving Holiday
      December 22-Jan 7Winter Break – Resume Jan 8th
      January 15Martin Luther King Jr. Day
      January 20—Dad/or Special Person & Child Breakfast
      February 12Lincoln’s Day
      February 19Presidents’ Day
      March 2—TLC Volunteer Work Day
      March 9—Open House for New Families
      March 18-22Spring Break
    • April 19- Annual Staff Training Day
    • TBD- Spring Fundraiser and Celebration
    • June 13-14 Last Days of School

Our schedule is designed to provide the routine and structure that quality early childhood programming needs while still providing families the flexibility they need.

Once enrolled in our Core programming, families can additionally opt into early morning and afternoon programming as well. This can be done routinely via a contract or as needed using flex care. 


The Early/AfterCare Program

Families need to pack a lunch and we provide additional snacks. Curriculum includes rest time, art activities, outdoor time, walks, singing, movement, storytime, and more.

Contract $10/hr 

  • Early/AfterCare Contract
  • Consistent blocks of time
  • One month minimum (can be for just a few months or the entire school year)
  • To request a change to an existing contract, submit a new Early/After Care form and check the “Revision” box
  • Contracts and revisions are DUE THE 25TH of the month before you want care or changes made
  • Billed at the beginning of the month

Drop-in Care $10/hr 

  • Sign-ups are on the bulletin board inside the front door: “This Week” and “Next Week”. (If there are no open lines available for sign-up, that means care is full that day)
  • Billed at the end of the month

Since 1959, families and our local community have contributed to a proud history of community and school building. There are so many ways our new, and current families can join this tradition, and we invite you to participate in the opportunities below.

Fundraising

Help us raise funds for your child’s school during daily life!

  • Amazonsmile
    Smile.amazon.com – Top left corner, select: Brush Creek Family Services
  • eScript
    Raise money for your favorite school or non-profit when you shop:
    http://secure.escript.com/signup/index.jsp
  • Dine and Donate
    A few times per school year, the BCNS Board of Directors schedules a Dine & Donate dinner with a beloved local restaurant. A portion of the proceeds are donated back to the school. Any scheduled Dine & Donate events will be announced via Procare and our website.

We are a 501(c)3 non-profit and all donations are tax-deductible.
The tax identification number for Brush Creek Nursery School is: 94-2297008

Volunteering

Join us!

We love having our parents participate in making Brush Creek Nursery School the best it can be, therefore we ask parents at orientation to sign up by filling out a BCNS Parent Participation Form. Sign up to support our teachers on tasks like lunch help, gardening, activity prep or facilities repair at any time throughout the year.

Board of Directors

Join us!

Brush Creek Nursery School has a Board of Directors that serves as its non-profit governing body. Our board is responsible for making key decisions that address the organization’s mission, strategy, and goals. Our board works closely with the school’s administration who directs and manages the day-to-day operations of the nonprofit.

Brush Creek Nursery School’s Board of Directors has historically been comprised of former and current BCNS parents and we invite anyone interested in joining to apply. In addition to families, we also encourage any professionals in our community who are interested in making a positive impact in young children’s lives to speak with our board president or school director about joining.

Want to join? Or have any questions or concerns families have with the governance of the school should go directly to our Board: bcnssecretary@gmail.com and/or bcnsbod@gmail.com.

As a child care provider, we follow the California Department of Public Health (CDPA) and Community Care Licencing (CCL) guidelines and requirements on public health orders and mitigation strategies. For an outline of the most up-to-date guidance, you can visit CDPH.ca.gov’s website or directly visit “COVID-19 Guidance for Child Care Providers and Programs”. There you will find an outline of policy and requirements for vaccinations, optimization of indoor air quality, facemasks, testing, hygiene, food service, and cleaning and disinfection.

Face Masks

The California Department of Public Health adjusts its general recommendation (not including vulnerable individuals) of the use of facemasks based on the current community level of COVID-19.

At this time there are no requirements for childcare facilities regarding face masks and coverings.

What does this mean for my child at Brush Creek? 

  • Masks are optional for staff, children, family, and visitors
  • We provide both adult and youth-sized masks at the front door

Illness

If your child is ill or will be missing some school, please send a Procare message to let us know. We especially need to know if your child comes down with a communicable disease (i.e. chickenpox, head lice, etc.), so that we may inform other parents of a possible exposure.

Your child may be sent home if he/she appears to have symptoms of illness while at school. If this happens, the child will be provided a safe and quiet space away from the group, and parents will be asked to pick the child up.

Please keep your child at home if:

  • have a fever, diarrhea, or vomiting in the past 24 hours.
  • have begun taking antibiotics in the past 48 hrs
  • have a cold that is less than 4 days old
  • have a heavy nasal discharge
  • have a constant cough
  • are  fussy, cranky or generally not herself/himself
  • feel overly tired or lethargic
  • have symptoms of a possible communicable disease (sniffles, red eyes, sore throat, headache, abdominal pain, fever).

COVID-19

What if my child tested positive for the covid-19 virus?

  • Notify BCNS via Procare so we can assess exposure risk on campus and if necessary, notify additional families.
  • Stay home for at least 5 days after start of symptoms.
  • If no symptoms are present, stay home for 5 days following a positive test result.
  • If fever is present, continue isolation until 24 hrs after the fever resolves.
  • Your child may return to school after the end of day 5 if symptoms are no longer present or a negative test is present.

What if my child had direct exposure with someone who tested positive?

  • Notify the Program Director as soon as possible
  • Monitor for Covid-19 symptoms
  • Consider repeat testing every 24-48 hours for 5 days following exposure.

Absences Due to Illness

For days of programming missed due to illness, we will not be able to give any credits for absences for regular programming or early/after care. Due to capacity limitations and the structure of our program, we are also not able to provide any make-up days.

Funding

Brush Creek Family Services is a non-profit 501(c)3 and gathers income from family-paid tuition and annual fundraising efforts. The majority of the annual income goes directly to staff salaries.

Tuition

Tuition for the 2022-2023 school year is $410.00 per month for 3 days per week and $310.00 per month for 2 days per week. The Early/After care fees are $9.00 per hour contract (ten percent discount) and $11.00 per hour non-contract.

Financial Agreement

At the time of admission, each family is asked to sign a Financial Agreement. This is to ensure they understand the school’s financial policies. These policies are as follows:

  1. Statements are given on the 1st of the month. Payments are due by the tenth (10th) of each month for that month. If payments have not been paid by the 10th of the month, they will be considered late and a late charge of $20 will be posted to your account. If the statement charges and late charges have not been paid by the 15th of the month, another $15 late fee will be posted to your account. Failure to make payment by the end of that month will result in the termination of the child’s enrollment on the first day of the following month. If special circumstances exist, arrangements for payments can be made prior to the due date of the 10th with the Program Director. In these cases, no late payment fees will be charged unless the arranged payment date passes with no payment.
  2. A registration fee is to be paid annually at the time of enrollment. It is non-refundable. Current fee: $125
  3. The school’s budget is figured on a yearly basis and the tuition payment is divided into equal monthly payments (excluding June). Therefore, no credit will be given for holidays, including a two-week vacation in December and a one-week Spring vacation. A school calendar of holidays will be given out at the beginning of the school year.
  4. The School’s budget is figured on a yearly basis and the tuition parents pay is divided into equal monthly payments (excluding June). Therefore, no credit will be given for holidays, including the two-week vacation in December and one week of spring vacation. A school calendar of holidays will be given out at the beginning of each school year.
  5. There is no credit given for vacations and other “absences by choice.” On occasion, the school may experience closures for situations beyond our control. In these instances, our policy is as stated: No tuition refunds for closures less than one week in length. Early/aftercare will be credited in these cases for a one-week or longer closure. If a closure occurs after the tuition is paid for that month (regardless of how far into the month it happens) tuition will not be returned or credited for that month. If closure continues into the next month, the Board will determine possible adjustments. Early/aftercare that was prepaid for the month will be credited for days missed.
  6. At least two weeks’ notice is required if a child is to be withdrawn from the program at any time during the year. If no notice is given, there will be a charge for a half-month’s tuition. No refunds can be given for drops after May 1st.
  7. Children must be picked up by 12:00 pm or 4:00 pm if aftercare is not used. If a parent is late (12:01 pm and 4:01 pm) and has not notified the school, a warning will be given for the 1st time and you will be charged for the use of aftercare. A $25 charge will be given for the second time in addition to the charge for the use of aftercare. If there are subsequent 3rd and 4th late pick-ups, an additional $50 fee will be charged. If there are more than four late pick-up charges, a conversation with the program director will be required to decide if Brush Creek is the best placement to meet your scheduling needs.
  8. Brush Creek closes promptly at 4:30 pm Pickups after 4:30 pm, even if the school has been notified, will be subject to a late pickup fee.
  9. $25.00 fee will be charged for returned checks.
  10. Any modification of the above, including basic rate changes, will be given to parent/guardians with at least 30-calendar-days notice. June tuition (1/2 month) will be due at the time of registration. June tuition is refundable only if a child drops prior to July 15th.

HANDBOOK NOOK

If you can’t find what you are looking for in the quicklinks on the left, you can access our full, downloadable version here:

’23-2024 Calendar

’23-2024 Family Handbook (coming soon)

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Dine & Donate February 10th + 11th at Johnny’s Donuts in Santa Rosa! Join us for yummy donuts and mention Brush Creek Nursery School and we receive 20% of your purchase. See you there!

 

Spring Family Fun Event & Fundraiser! Saturday, May 18th current BCNS families are invited to join us for a day of fun, food and fundraising! Details to come.

THANK YOU

Thank you to all who participated in our Cafe Citti Dine + Donate!!