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AXIS Family Programs (Preschool, Childcare, and K-5 Educare)

AXIS Family Programs

 

AXIS Family Programs supports preschool through 5th grade families by providing the following options to meet childcare needs:  

 

  • AXIS Preschool: (Tuition-based)
    • Ages 3-6 years
  • Educare:  (Free or "Share as you Can")
    • K-5 enrolled AXIS students
  • Before and After School Care:  (Fee-based)
    • Ages 3-12 years
  • School's Out Day:  (Fee-based)
    • Ages 3-12 years
 
 

AXIS Preschool (Ages 3-6 years):

AXIS Preschool offers full-time or part-time program options and follows the AXIS School Year Calendar. Tuition rates are intentionally set based on our value of diversity across all areas, including socio-economic diversity and reflect average location rates. (CCAP spots are available.)

  • The AXIS Preschool program includes:
    • Core Knowledge content delivered through play-based teaching and learning 
    • Daily language immersion in Spanish, French, or Mandarin
    • Preparation for the K-5 program
      • Enrollment in AXIS Preschool carries over to the tuition-free K-5 program.

For more information, please contact familyprograms@axiscolorado.org or complete our Initial Student Application.

Educare (K-5 Enrolled AXIS Students):

AXIS Educare is a free or "Share if you Can" childcare option for children enrolled in AXIS K-5 when we are operating in Phase 1 or 2 of remote learning.
  • Educare teachers and staff help to facilitate remote learning onsite while following Covid-19 prevention protocol.
    • Limited spaces are available.
 

Before and After School Care (Ages 3-12 years):

Fee-based Before and After School Care is available for AXIS Preschool and K-5 students. 

 
School's Out Days (Ages 3-12 years):
 
Fee-based childcare is available to currently enrolled AXIS preschool and K-5 students from 8:00am-3:00pm for $35/day/child on regularly scheduled "School's Out Days." 
 
 
AXIS Family Programs Facilities, Health, and Safety Information
 
  • AXIS Family Programs facilities, health, and safety procedures are outlined on our website.
  • All children must be registered in AXIS Family Programs and have all required paperwork completed before attending.
  • Daily Reminders:  Each day, please remember to:
      • Conduct the daily household COVID symptom check
      • Put sunblock on your child.
        • Please also bring a bottle of spray sunscreen (to minimize close contact and touching) labeled with your child‘s name to be left onsite. 
      • Bring the following items daily labeled with your child's name:
        • mask (extras are recommended)
        • snack
        • water bottle
      • ***Lunch is provided; however, if your child has dietary preferences or constraints, they are welcome to bring a lunch from home that does not need to be reheated.***
    • Preschoolers will need a cot/crib sheet, blanket, and small pillow.
      • These will be sent home every Friday for laundering.  
    • Please remind your child to follow the AXIS 3Rs (respect, responsibility, and relationships) and 3Ws (Wash your Hands, Wear your Mask, and Watch your distance) - both in and out of school. 
    • School uniform dress code is not required for Family Programs 
 

Family Programs Drop off and Pick up Procedures: 

  • The AXIS Family Programs drop-off/pick-up location is at the preschool gate on the west side of the building.
  • Masks are required for everyone during drop-off and pick-up. 
  • All family members must remain in their car with their child until an AXIS staff member has conducted a symptom and temperature check.
    • Please have your car window down for this assessment.  
    • If a child has a temperature of 100.4 or above, they will be asked to return home and follow the Return to School protocol.
  • Children may ONLY exit and enter their car from the passenger side in order to ensure safety. 
  • Children will wash hands immediately upon arrival. 
    • Keeping hand sanitizer or wipes in your car is also recommended
 

Covid-19 Prevention Protocol: 

Symptom Checking:

Please remember to conduct the daily symptom check and temperature check of all members in your household before coming to school.

  • If any member of your household is exhibiting ANY of these symptoms, please DO NOT bring your child to school.
    • It is critical that each AXIS family, child, and staff member strictly follow this precaution in order to keep AXIS open.
    • Please see below for when your child may return to school after experiencing a symptom on the list.
  • We are in the process of upgrading our Procare system.
    • Once the Procare Engage system is upgraded, all Family Programs families will be able to acknowledge the symptoms check and sign their child in and out through their smartphones using the Procare Engage app.
      • Thank you for your patience as this system is being upgraded and implemented. 

 

Temperature Checking

If at drop-off your child has a temperature greater than 100.4 degrees, you will be asked to drive around the building and get back into the drop-off line for a temperature recheck. If your child's temperature is still 100.4 or above, they will not be allowed to attend school that day.

We will conduct  temperature checks and symptom checks throughout the day. Any student showing symptoms or high temperatures will be isolated, retested in ten minutes, then sent home if symptoms persist. Please see below for when your child may return to school after experiencing a symptom on the list. 

Returning to School after your Child has been out with Symptoms

When your child is allowed to return to school will depend on the symptoms they have been experiencing and the level of community transmission. In times of Low/Minimum Community Transmission, please plan on keeping your child home until they have been symptom free for 72 hours for major symptoms and 24 hours symptom free for minor symptoms. AXIS will refer to this guidance to help determine next steps.  

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1u5i6AuwKh1rUx_xqb-TGV7O69l3BKWAB/view 

Minor Symptoms 

(24 hours symptom free**) 

Major Symptoms 

(72 hours symptom free**) 

Sore throat 

Feeling feverish, having chills 

Runny nose or congestion 

Temperature of 100.4 or greater 

Muscle or body aches 

Loss of taste or smell 

Headache 

New or unexplained persistent cough 

Fatigue 

Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing 

Nausea, vomiting 

 

Diarrhea 

 

**Returning to after experiencing one or more of these symptoms will depend on the level of Community Transmission Larimer County is experiencing. During times of “Sustained Community Transmission” students may be required to have COVID testing and/or quarantine before returning. 

Planning for Quarantine and Keeping your Child Home

While AXIS will take all the necessary precautions to prevent a COVID outbreak at the school. It is likely that there may be times when your child, and/or their class will need to quarantine for 14 days. Please plan in advance for this situation. AXIS will work closely with the Larimer County Health Department to determine if/when a quarantine needs to occur: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1lq7pv31qhdiHylyP_ocfJTHzSsBwIQKV/view 

Mask Wearing

Mask wearing is required for families, staff, and children over 3 years old.  

  • Please send your child to school in a clean mask each day. 
  • Cloth masks should be washed daily. 
  • Mask lanyards will be available for kids.  
  • There will be times during the day your child will be allowed to have a mask break:  
      • during outside play,  
      • during lunch outdoors socially distanced,  
      • during preschool/K naptime/quiet time when kids are socially distanced 6 feet on cots, 
      • when your preschool/K child goes into to the bathroom (which will be one at a time for preschool and K). 

 

Lunch, Snack, and Water Bottle

Please plan to have your child bring their lunch, a snack, and a freshly washed and filled water bottle every day. All preschoolers who begin 8/18 will need to bring their own lunch in their lunch box. We will not be able to warm up food during the pandemic. Beginning the week of 8/24 “grab and go” sack lunches will be available, but families must preorder. Preschoolers through 5th graders who have completed the Free/Reduced lunch application and qualify for free or reduced lunch will receive this meal for free, families who do not qualify may purchase the grab and go lunch for $4.10. For details on purchasing lunch, please visit the nutrition section of our website herehttps://www.axiscolorado.org/nutrition/. Please email and remind your child's teacher/group leader of any allergies AND make sure it is noted on your paperwork.

No Before or After Care until September 8

Due to our commitment to ease into bringing kids back onsite during the COVID pandemic, there will be no before or after care available 8/24-9/5. We are very sorry for this inconvenience. Before and after care is set to begin September 8. Before and after care is a more vulnerable time because it may be a time where cohorts are in the same area. To support the health and safety of all children, staff, families, and our community - masks will be worn during this time, even if children are outside. Children will be outside as much as possible during this time. If they must be inside due to staffing or weather, they will be socially distanced 6 feet. Because of the added challenges of before and after care, there are no drop-in spots available until further notice. Families will need to sign up two weeks in advance for before and after care. This will be done through the Procare system. 

For children who are in Educare there is a $5 charge to stay between 3:15-3:45 on days they attend their onsite afternoon K-5 English and Partner Language Pods (not-Educare Time). This will be billed and can be paid through the Procare system. If children are not picked up by the 4:45pm time, when the onsite pod ends, they will be signed back into after care and families will be charged the full cost of after care. 

Family Programs Cohorting (Grouping) 

To follow the health department recommendations for cohorting students AXIS childcare will be cohorting students in the follow language groups. These cohorts will remain together throughout the day, each day. 

  • Preschool and Kinder Spanish – Ms. Lisa, Early Childhood Teacher (ECT) (12 children)
  • Preschool and Kinder French/Mandarin - Ms. Briton, ECT
  • Grades 1-5 Spanish - Mr. Nathan (15 children)
  • Grades 1-5 French/Mandarin - Ms. Morgan, ECT (15 children)
 

You can click on the teachers’ names to view a quick introduction video.  

Family Programs Partner Language Teachers:  

Sra./Ms. Barbara, ECT (Spanish)

Mme. Jessica Avery (French), familyprograms@AXIScolorado.org 

Luo Laoshi Nancy Robinson (Mandarin)

Family Programs Manager, Mme. Jessica Avery, familyprograms@AXIScolorado.org 

Other Important Educare Notes 

Please remember preschool spots are tuition-based and Educare spots for K-5 students are not tuition-based. Educare spots are full time (8:15-3:15), 5 days a week. There are many children on the waitlist for these spots, so please plan for your child to attend unless they are exhibiting symptoms or ill.  

The K-5 Educare spots are “share if you can.” Some families who can share the cost burden of the Educare program have asked us a suggested amount for Educare. It costs AXIS around $80 per child per week for the Educare just for the Educare staff member (excluding all the other costs for K-5 staff/teachers, remote learning, facilities, materials, etc.). Any amount you can contribute is very helpful to our school community and helps us continue to provide this essential childcare service for families.  

Please see before and after care section above for children who need gap care when Educare ends at 3:15 and their twice weekly onsite learning Pod begins at 3:45. This is a $5 charge. 

AXIS Chromebooks for K-5 Educare students will be kept at AXIS. Remote learning will be facilitated for K-5 students attending Educare. Because each Educare group leader will have 15 children across different grade levels, you as the parent will still need to check in on your child’s remote learning on a daily basis at home to ensure they completed their assignments and communicate with teachers. You can do this from your smartphone with the free Microsoft Teams app (more details forthcoming). It is very important to work in partnership on your child’s learning during this time.  

If your child must be out for quarantine or other reasons, but they are well enough to learn, the AXIS Chromebook will temporarily be sent home with them so they can continue learning through AXIS at Home while off site. 

 
AXIS Preschool 

AXIS Preschool offers full-time (5 full days) or part-time (4 full days) program options and follows the AXIS K-5 schedule and calendar School Calendar (click here). The preschool program is the best preparation for the K-5 program and includes daily language immersion and Core Knowledge content delivered through play-based teaching and learning. 

Interested in AXIS International Preschool for your child? For more information, families are welcome to participate in a Virtual Parent Meeting (click here).

Complete our Initial Student Application (click here) and we will get back to you regarding availability.
 
The Unique AXIS Preschool Programming: Language Immersion and Core Knowledge
 
What sets AXIS Preschool apart? Language Immersion and Core Knowledge. Two highly beneficial elements synthesized in one program. AXIS Preschool includes 90+ minutes of integrated daily language immersion in Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, or French taught by a "partner language" teacher who is a native or native-like speaker with teaching experience. AXIS also includes the highly successful Core Knowledge Scope and Sequence. English teachers and partner language teachers work together to best meet the needs of kids. AXIS follows state guidelines on child to teacher ratios. Our French and Mandarin classes are smaller offering a smaller student to teacher ratio. Many of our parents choose to have their child learn Mandarin or French through preschool through 5th grade, and then it is easy to add Spanish in middle and high school. Consider giving your child the gift of THREE languages, all while receiving an excellent education in English!

Language Immersion

At AXIS our languages other than English are called "partner" languages, as we prioritize the learning of English and French, Mandarin Chinese, or Spanish. Students spend part of their day learning in English with peers the same age as them in a 3-year old class or a 4-year old class, and then during language immersion time, children are grouped by language in a mixed-age setting (3 and 4-year olds together) in the Spanish, French, or Mandarin Chinese classroom.

The partner language provides an immersion environment. The partner language teachers uses strategies proven to encourage language acquisition, and she builds oral and listening skills through activities and experiences. The partner language teacher brings in stories, art, music, and cultural artifacts from countries that speak the language. An English teacher assists the partner language teacher during this time. Language classes are capped, and language choice is available on a first-come, first served basis. If you are interested in smaller child to teacher ratios, we encourage you to select French or Mandarin Chinese as your child's partner language.
 
Core Knowledge Preschool Scope and Sequence

In addition to language immersion, AXIS fosters growth in knowledge and skills through the content-rich Core Knowledge preschool sequence. During same-age English learning time, students are engaged in a content-rich, developmentally-appropriate environment where teachers construct teacher-directed and child-directed learning experiences and activities aligned with the Core Knowledge curriculum.

“The Core Knowledge Preschool Sequence is a set of model guidelines describing fundamental competencies and specific knowledge that, for children from three to five years of age, can provide a solid, coherent foundation for later learning in kindergarten and beyond."
 
"The Core Knowledge Preschool Sequence is the result of a long process of research and critical review...resulting in a synthesis of exemplary practice and experience, both in the United States and abroad (France, Japan, Korea, and Italy)... The programs and practices have been empirically validated with millions of young children (here and) elsewhere in the world." More about the Core Knowledge Preschool Sequence can be found here: https://www.coreknowledge.org/our-approach/core-knowledge-sequence/preschool-sequence/.
 
This sequence includes building knowledge and skills in these areas: movement and coordination, social emotional development, language skills, visual arts, music, mathematics, history and geography, and science. Teachers work to integrate content areas together.
Before School program:

6:30-8:00 Before School Care: child-directed play
8:00-8:15 Flexible drop off: child-directed play

Flexible Schedule for 3 and 4 Year-Old Full  Day:

8:15 School Day Starts
English Learning Time (Same Age)
8:15-8:30 English Circle Time
8:30-8:50 English Small Groups (Cross-curricular: Literacy, Science, Math)
8:50-9:00 Bathroom break
Language Immersion Time (Mixed Age)
9:00-9:15 Partner language circle time
9:15-9:30 Snack
9:30-10:30 Partner language centers
10:30-10:45 Partner language music and movement
10:45-11:00 Partner language small group
English Learning Time (Same Age)
11:00-11:10 Bathroom break
11:10-11:30 Outdoor Time or Lunch
11:40-12:10 Outdoor Time or Lunch
12:45-1:05 English Read Aloud and Literacy
1:05-2:05 Rest/Quiet time activities (nap, look at books, puzzles)
2:05-2:25 Outdoor time
2:25-3:05 English Centers (Cross-curricular: Literacy, Science, Math)
3:05-3:15 Goodbye circle
3:15 Full day dismissal

After School program:

3:15-5:30 outside play, snack, whole and small group play/activities and games.
 
Calendar, Program Options, and Tuition

AXIS International Preschool operates on the same school year calendar August through end of May in alignment with AXIS International Academy Kindergarten through 5th grade. A separate summer and holiday childcare option (School's Out Days) is available from the end of May through August and some school holidays for children aged 3 years through 12 years. Please contact the Family Programs Manager regarding additional details.
 
Tuition is listed below and paid at a rate per month, due at the end of the previous month. To enroll, first complete our initial student application (ISA) to ensure there is a space available (to access click here). Once space availability is confirmed, you can complete and submit the required forms. Enrollment and language class placement is first-come, first-served.

Family Programs tuition rates and fees
 
All childcare rates and associated fees and costs can be found in the Family Programs policies (click here) We are happy that AXIS Preschool is one program within AXIS International Academy. For enrollment steps (click here).
 
Other Important Enrollment Details

The annual registration fee of $85, can be paid through the Procare system (childcare software). You may also drop off or mail a check to AXIS 2130 W. Horsetooth Road, Fort Collins, CO 80526. If you are a returning family, you should be able to access your Procare account at myprocare.com. If you are a new family, please click here: https://www.myprocare.com/#page-nav_parents to learn how to set up your account. The Procare system is the system you will use for payment, and it is also the system you will use to check your child in and out each day.
 
Children should be 3 years of age on or before the first day of attendance and potty-trained.
 
Children are asked to bring their own labeled:
  • Sunblock
  • Nut-free lunch in lunchbox or purchase school lunch and nut-free snack
  • Water bottle
  • Extra set of clothes (in case of accident)
  • Any children staying all day will need to bring a crib sheet on Mondays for their rest cot and take these home for washing on Fridays.
* Please remember to put your child’s name on everything they bring to preschool.
 
School Lunches

AXIS is fortunate to have an excellent lunch option made locally in the CEC (Colorado Early Colleges) scratch kitchen with ingredients sourced from local farms. These lunches are available for purchase for $4 each day. In addition to typical health code practices, special adaptations will be made to follow COVID preventative practices for food handling.
 
Inclement Weather Procedures
 
AXIS COVID-19 Protocols and Practices

AXIS will be implementing all public health requirements as we move into the school year. If public health conditions allow childcare centers to operate and AXIS family demand is sufficient, AXIS Preschool will remain open. This may include times where orders may require the K-5 to close, as was experienced in March 2020. Please visit the DRAFT AXIS Continuation of Learning Working Document if you would like to view additional information. You can find the childcare public health requirements from Larimer County here: https://www.larimer.org/health/communicable-disease/coronavirus-covid-19/schools-and-childcare/covid-19-information and from the Colorado Department of Education here: https://www.cde.state.co.us/safeschools.
 
To help gather stakeholder input on returning to school amidst COVID-19, the AXIS School Accountability Committee has expanded to become the AXIS Return to School Committee. This committee includes community members, AXIS staff, and AXIS parents across languages and ages of children. We are fortunate to have parent members who are epidemiologists/infectious disease doctor, mental health professionals, and who have other expertise. These members are all participating on this committee to guide decision-making. We are very grateful to be a small school with the autonomy to follow public health requirements to do what is best for our AXIS children, families, and staff. Specific details on how all of these practices will be integrated at AXIS will be shared around July 20, a month before school starts.

Calendar, Program Options, and Tuition

AXIS International Preschool operates on the same school year calendar August through end of May in alignment with AXIS International Academy Kindergarten through 5th grade see calendar (click here). A separate summer and holiday childcare option (AXIS Childcare) is available from the end of May through August and some school holidays for children aged 3 years through 12 years. Please contact the Family Programs Manager regarding additional details on AXIS Childcare.

Tuition is listed below and paid at a rate per month, due at the end of the previous month. To enroll, first complete our quick online interest form (ISA) click here to ensure there is a space available. Once space availability is confirmed, you can complete and submit the forms below. Enrollment and language class placement is first-come, first-served.


Childcare tuition rates and fees
 
For all rates, fees, and associated costs please see the Family Program policies (click here).

Preschool Enrolled Student Forms

We are happy that AXIS Preschool is one program within AXIS International Academy. For enrollment details click here

Other Important Enrollment Details

The annual registration fee of $85, can be paid through the Procare system (childcare software) or by stopping by AXIS front office during summer hours (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 8:30-4:00pm). You may also mail a check to AXIS 2130 W. Horsetooth Road, Fort Collins, CO 80526. If you are a returning family, you should be able to access your Procare account at myprocare.com. If you are a new family, please click here: https://4.files.edl.io/4fca/06/26/20/161355-624af135-7c7d-4b1e-ac6f-65e348423a6d.pdf to learn how to set up your account. The Procare system is the system you will use for payment, and it is also the system you will use to check your child in and out each day. Children should be 3 years of age on or before the first day of attendance and potty-trained.

Children are asked to bring their own labeled:
* Sunblock
* Nut-free lunch in lunchbox or purchase school lunch and nut-free snack
* Water bottle
* Extra set of clothes (in case of accident)
* Any children staying all day will need to bring a crib sheet on Mondays for their rest cot and take these home for washing on Fridays.

Please remember to put your child’s name on everything they bring to preschool.

School Lunches

AXIS is fortunate to have an excellent lunch option made locally in the CEC (Colorado Early Colleges) scratch kitchen with ingredients sourced from local farms. These lunches are available for purchase for $4 each day. In addition to typical health code practices, special adaptations will be made to follow COVID preventative practices for food handling.

Inclement Weather Procedures

Please click here for information on Inclement Weather Procedures.

AXIS COVID-19 Protocols and Practices

AXIS will be implementing all public health requirements as we move into the school year. If public health conditions allow childcare centers to operate and AXIS family demand is sufficient, AXIS Preschool will remain open. This may include times where orders may require the K-5 to close, as was experienced in March 2020. Please visit the DRAFT AXIS Continuation of Learning Working Document if you would like to view additional information. You can find the public health requirements from Larimer County here: https://www.larimer.org/health/communicable-disease/coronavirus-covid-19/schools-and-childcare/covid-19-resources-schools and from the Colorado Department of Education here: https://www.cde.state.co.us/safeschools.
 
To help gather stakeholder input on returning to school amidst COVID-19, the AXIS School Accountability Committee has expanded to become the AXIS Return to School Committee. This committee includes community members, AXIS staff, and AXIS parents across languages and ages of children. We are fortunate to have parent members who are epidemiologists/infectious disease doctor, mental health professionals, and who have other expertise. These members are all participating on this committee to guide decision-making. We are very grateful to be a small school with the autonomy to follow public health requirements to do what is best for our AXIS children, families, and staff.