Non-Tuition/Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)

The Meramec Valley School District also provides an early childhood program for children ages 3-5 who meet eligibility criteria. Eligibility is determined by a review of results from the developmental screenings conducted by Meramec Valley PAT and/or referral from the First Steps Program. Two half day sessions are offered at: 8:45AM-11:20AM and 1:00PM-3:35PM. Services for students eligible under ECSE are determined by the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) team.

Requirements for ECSE/Non-Tuition Programs

  1. Backpacks – Children should bring a school size backpack to school each day.

Students will have projects and notes that are very important and need to be transported to and from school. Please check your child’s backpack each day.

Folders are sent home on Thursdays. Other pertinent information may be sent home daily via your child’s backpack.

  1. Extra Clothing – Children need to have an extra set of clothes at school (shirt, pants, socks and underwear). Please send a weather appropriate change of clothing. Please mark your child’s name on all pieces and put them in a Ziploc bag. If your child has an accident and does not have extra clothes or diapers, you may be contacted to pick up your child. If your child wears diapers or pull ups, you are required to supply them.

  2. Snacks –Students will have a snack time each day. Teachers will send home a monthly sign up list for parents to donate snacks for the class. Each family is required to provide snack for the class. If your child has any allergies, please include this information on his/her enrollment form. All snacks must comply with the district food protocol. Per Policy JHCF – Prepackaged items used in concessions, fundraisers and classroom activities must include a list of ingredients on the package. The food service director will create an ingredient list for all foods provided by the district as part of the district’s nutrition program, including food provided during the school day and in before- and after-school programs. This list will be available upon request.

  3. Supplies-Teachers will send home a supply list for students. Please remember as the year progresses, supplies may need to be replenished.

  4. Student Schedule and Transportation
    The morning session begins at 8:45AM and ends at 11:20AM. The afternoon session begins at 1:00PM and ends at 3:35PM. Transportation to and from school will be provided to a designated location which will determine which session the child will attend. Please have your child ready before the bus is scheduled to arrive. A parent or responsible adult MUST be present when the child is picked up and dropped off. If a responsible adult is not waiting for the child at drop-off, the bus drivers will NOT let the child off the bus. The student will be returned to the building and the parent will be responsible for picking up the child at school.

    Parents choosing to transport students should arrive no earlier than 8:35AM for the morning session and 12:50PM for the afternoon session. Pick up time is promptly at 11:20AM for the morning session and 3:35PM for the afternoon session. Parents who bring students after the starting time for each session must sign the child in at the main office. Parents who need to pick up students prior to the ending time for each session should come to the main office and sign out their child. 
    Please do not expect your child to share this information. A parent must call or write a note.

    Parent Pick Up/Drop Off: Parents who bring their children must drop off at the SOUTH GATE ONLY (next to the front door). For safety reasons we cannot accept children at the 5th street gate. This is strictly for buses. Please share this information with anyone who will drop off or pick up your child.
    Student Performance Evaluation
    Student performance will be available to parents quarterly. Parent/Teacher conferences will be scheduled for ECSE students at the end of the first and third quarters. Teachers will review academic summaries with each family during those conferences held in October and March. Conferences are a means of informing parent/guardians of the student’s progress in each developmental area. Please feel free to contact your child’s teacher at any time for any questions, concerns or information.

Tuition Based Programs

The Meramec Valley School District offers tuition based child care for children ages 3-5. These services are available for a fee.

Arrival and Departure Procedures – Tuition Based Program

Arrival Procedures

Children enrolled in the daycare/preschool program may arrive any time after 6:00 a.m. Children enrolled in the preschool program should not arrive before 8:20 a.m.

When you arrive at school:

Ÿ you must announce your arrival via intercom/monitor and wait for a staff member to let you in. DO NOT allow others to enter as you leave.

escort your child into the building always tell the teacher or staff assistant you are leaving thereby placing the child in his/her care say good-bye to your child and encourage him/her to have a good day

the use of cell phones is strongly discouraged inside the building as they interfere with child/parent time

Departure Procedures

Children will be released only to their parents/guardian unless other arrangements have been made in advance. Anyone authorized to pick up your child must be listed on the child’s enrollment form. If it is necessary for another authorized adult to pick up your child, please inform the office staff in writing that morning or call the office during the day. Any new pick-up person, authorized or not, will be asked to show identification before a child is released to him/her. Adults authorized to pick-up your child, must have a copy of photo I.D. on file and should be listed on the enrollment form. We cannot deny a parent access to his/her child unless we have a copy of a current court order stating so. Children will not be released to older brothers or sisters under the age of 16. We will not release a child to a parent if we believe the parent is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and we reserve the right to notify the police of the situation.

When departing for the day:

Ÿ you must announce your arrival via intercom/monitor and wait for a staff member to let you in.

make sure you have spoken to the teacher or staff assistant before taking your child.

check your child’s cubby to make sure you collect any items that need to go home.

children are expected to follow behavior procedures even when parents are in the building

Ÿthe use of cell phones is strongly discouraged inside the building as they interfere with the child’s opportunity to share his/her day with parents.

Late Pick Up Fees

Meramec Valley understands that delays can occur at any time. The center closes at 6:00 p.m. If you are delayed, please contact the office and let them know the estimated time you will be picking up your child. Please note that this arrangement is for emergency situations only.

On the first occasion of late pick-up, you will be given a written reminder of the school policy; no fees will be applied. On any subsequent occasion, you will be charged $10.00 for each 15 minutes past the closing hour. This late fee will be added to your balance. Any family violating this policy four times within six months will be placed on probation. For the next six months, the family will be required to pick-up the child 30 minutes prior to closing.

Tuition Rates & Procedures

Tuition-Based Classes

If you would like your child to attend one of our tuition-based classes, please contact the office for the appropriate enrollment forms. A non-refundable registration fee (listed below) is required at the time of registration. If space is not available at the time of registration, completion of the enrollment forms places your child on a wait list. You will be notified as soon as space becomes available and the registration fee is due to secure your child’s placement. The preschool/daycare program is a five-day, full-time program. Parents may also choose the Monday/Wednesday/Friday option or the Tuesday/Thursday option until spots are filled.

Summer Registration Fee - $25.00

Fall Registration Fee - $50.00

Tuition and Payment Procedures

Tuition costs are set by the Meramec Valley Board of Education and are subject to change. Three tuition-based programs are offered for children 3 through 5 years old that are completely potty-trained. Breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack are included in full day tuition. There is a discount of $3.00 per day for additional children.

Tuition Rates

Daycare with Preschool - $31.00 per day

Preschool Only (8:30 am -11:30 am) - $19.00 per day

Extended Half Day – $25.00 per day. This program is available for families whose children qualify for district services.

Tuition is due on the first day of attendance each week.

  • Make all checks payable to DHELC.

  • All cash payments will be applied to student accounts; therefore, change will not be given.

  • Tuition payments should be dropped into the tuition payment box located on the wall behind the reception area. Cash payments should be placed in a sealed envelope with child’s name on the front. A $25 late fee will be added to tuition weekly for all late payments. If late fees occur more than twice, your child will be dismissed or suspended from the center. If services are suspended, a reenrollment fee will apply, and the child may be placed on the center’s waiting list before he/she can be reinstated. Children will not be permitted to start a new session until the current account is up-to-date.

  • Tuition will be credited on the days that the district is closed all day due to inclement weather.

  • Payments will be posted to your account. You will receive a weekly invoice via email.

RegWerks Online Registration

As a convenience to parents, Meramec Valley R-3 now provides an easy way to register and pay for the tuition-based program. You may pay with Discover, VISA or MasterCard credit or debit cards online 24/7. Please visit and click on Web Store for more information.