Durham Arts Council Little Artists Preschool Parent Handbook 2019-20

Durham Arts Council Little Artists Preschool Parent Handbook 2019-20

General Information

Durham Arts Council Little Artists Preschool is a pre-K program for children ages 4 and 5.


2 days a week – $1,395/year; $155/month

$20 registration fee (non-refundable)

$50 supply fee (non-refundable)

Teacher Ratio

Teacher-to-child ratio 1:8, class maximum 16

Hours of Operation

Class meets from 9am -12:15pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

All children must enroll for both Tuesday and Thursday.  One day options are not available at this time.

Calendar 2019-2020

September 3, 2019 – First Day of School

November 28, 2019 – No School (Thanksgiving Holiday)

December 19, 2019 – Holiday Performance and Art Show

December 23, 2019- January 1, 2020 – No School (Christmas and New Year’s Holiday)

May 21, 2020 – Last Day of School – Performance and Art Show


The Durham Arts Council believes in access to the arts for all people of our community with a goal of expanding arts education both inside and outside of school.

Little Artists Preschool encourages children to use visual arts, storytelling, theater, dance and song to explore monthly themes while building gross and fine motor skills, literacy, early math skills and listening skills.  The unique nature of this program will teach self-expression and independence building while giving children the opportunity to work together with classmates and instructors to learn team-building.

Children who participate in the arts succeed academically, socially and cognitively and show marked gains in behavioral and academic areas over their peers (Doing Good and Doing Well by Doing Arts by James Catterall, 2009).


Our Little Artists Preschool class is led by high quality experienced instructors with backgrounds in education.  All instructors are background checked.

Enrollment Process
Applications will be available in January for the next school year. We will begin accepting applications on January 15. A $20 non-refundable registration fee must be submitted with the application in order for your spot to be held.

September’s tuition and a non-refundable supply fee of $50 will be due by June 1st.  This payment is non-refundable should you decide to withdraw your child from school early or not attend the program.  If payment is not received by June 1st your child will no longer be enrolled.  If space becomes available and you enroll after June 1st your first month’s tuition and supply fee are due at time of enrollment.

Wait List
Spaces are limited. Families  will be placed on a wait list once all spots fill.  Families will be notified if a space becomes available.

Payment Options

Payment in Full

Full tuition is due on June 1st if you do not wish to keep a credit card on file.

Monthly Installments

Tuition is due on the 1st of each month (with the exception of September).  Payments are the same every month regardless of the number class days in the month.  Tuition payments have been divided into 9 equal installments over the nine month program. A credit card must be kept on file in order to pay in monthly installments.  Your card will be charged on the 1st of each month unless you provide another form of payment prior to that time.  You will not be notified or invoiced prior to your card being charged.

Late Fee

If for any reason payment has not been made by the 10th of the month you will be charged a late payment fee of $15.

Withdrawal Policy

If it becomes necessary to withdraw you child for any reason two weeks written notice must be provided to the registrar.  Any additional tuition payments due will be prorated accordingly. If notice is provided with less than two weeks before your child’s last day you will be charged for two weeks of attendance starting with the date of notification.

Refund Policy

Tuition payments are non-refundable. We cannot provide refunds for occasional classes missed due to illness or other circumstances.

Drop off/Pick up

Drop Off

Drop off is between 9 and 9:15am. You can park in front of the building, or in the side parking lot. Please walk your child inside to the Kane classroom on the lower level of the building.  Children must be signed in every morning in the classroom.

Pick Up

Pick up is between 12:00 and 12:15pm. You can park in front of the building, or in the side parking lot. Children will be picked up from the Kane room on the lower level of the building. You must sign out your child every day. Unless the office is notified in writing your child will only be released to a parent or legal guardian.  If for any reason your child needs to be picked up by someone other than a parent or legal guardian the office must be notified in writing prior to pick up time. The person picking up your child will need to show valid ID and sign your child out. Any child picked up after 12:15pm must be picked up from the DAC school office located on the main level of the building.

Late Pick Up fee

Children that are not picked up by 12:30pm will be charged a late fee of $5 per family. Payment is due at the time of late pick-up.

Inclement Weather Policy

In case of inclement weather DAC classes will be cancelled if the DAC building is closed. Parents should call 919-560-2787 for building closures. If the DAC building is open or on a delayed opening or early closure during inclement weather classes (including preschool) may be cancelled on a case by case basis and parents will be contacted by their instructor or DAC staff.



Durham Arts Council will provide a morning snack of fresh fruit.  If you child is allergic to fruit please provide an alternate snack.


Parents must provide lunch.   Please pack your child’s lunch in a lunchbox or brown bag labeled with your child’s name.  There is no refrigerator or microwave available.

Due to allergies please do not include any nut or peanut products in your child’s lunch.

Please advise DAC of any allergies your child may have.


Please dress you children in comfortable clothes that can get messy. We will provide smocks when needed but accidents happen. We ask that all children wear closed toed shoes. While we do not have a playground we do have a sculpture garden where the children will play during supervised outdoor time as weather permits. Do not forget coats, hats and mittens on chiller days.


We ask that all toys or personal items be kept at home.  On occasion the children may participate in show and tell.  Parents will be notified of any show and tell opportunities. During show and tell children can bring in a toy or personal item of their choice.  We ask that no violent or war toys be brought to school such as guns, knives, etc.


Children must be completely potty trained to attend. Your child should be fully potty trained prior to submitting your application for enrollment.

Health Information

Parents should advise DAC of any allergies or medical conditions your child may have on the registration form.  Should this information change at any time during the school year it is the parents responsibility to notify DAC.

DAC has a 24 hour sick policy. If you child has a fever, rash, vomiting or diarrhea please keep your child home until they are free of these symptoms for at least 24 hours.

DAC Staff and Instructors are not allowed to administer medication.  If your child should need medication while in class a parent/guardian must administer the medication.


The DAC building has designated accessible parking in the surface lot directly south of the building. Ramps to the north and south of the building with approved handrails and automatic door openers provide access to two main exterior entrances to the DAC. Within the building an elevator provides access to each level. Wheelchair-accessible restrooms are located on each level of the building. Restrooms in the main and lower levels are equipped with automatic door openers. Service animals are welcome inside the DAC building and must remain on a leash or in a harness at all times.

If you or your group has special accessibility needs in the DAC building, please contact the DAC Director of Facilities at (919) 560-2711. For program accessibility needs, please contact the DAC School Director at (919) 560-2735 at least two weeks prior to the program you plan to enroll in.

Durham arts council, Inc. makes all of its programs, facilities and services available without regard to race, color, sex, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, disability, gender preference, marital status or political affiliation.

Tax ID/Receipts

The Durham Arts Councils Tax ID is 56-0599829.  If you need a receipt you can request one in writing from the registrar by emailing jbell@durhamarts.org.  If you use your online account receipts can be printed from there.  Once logged in select “my account” at the top and click the “payments” or “invoices” tab toward the bottom.  Our tax ID can also be found on all invoices.

We are excited to work with you and your Little Artists!