Reaching Milestones Together
Enoch Cobb Early Learning Center strives to provide high quality, developmentally appropriate and joyful early learning experiences to children ages 3-5 years old, which address each child’s individual needs in an emotionally and physically safe environment, where every member of the school community feels welcomed, valued, and supported.
Inclusion: We believe children across social identities benefit when they work, learn and play side-by side. Joy: We create active learning opportunities that encourage children to explore, create, collaborate and have fun. Commitment: We are dedicated to the continuous learning and growth of all. Collaboration: We work together while keeping student needs at the center of all decision making. Community: We build strong respectful partnerships that support student success.
Inclusion: We believe children across social identities benefit when they work, learn and play side-by side.
Joy: We create active learning opportunities that encourage children to explore, create, collaborate and have fun.
Commitment: We are dedicated to the continuous learning and growth of all.
Collaboration: We work together while keeping student needs at the center of all decision making.
Community: We build strong respectful partnerships that support student success.
Teaching & Learning
Believe it or not, there are common core standards for preschool students! Teachers use a curriculum map to ensure that children are exposed to all of the things we want them to know and be able to do prior to entering Kindergarten. In addition to using the Massachusetts Standards for Preschool to inform our instruction, ECELC uses research-based curriculum resources to guide instruction. Instructional resources include:
Second Step to teach social and emotional skills
Three Cheers for PreK to teach academic concepts in the areas of Math, Literacy, Social Studies and Science
Research shows that children learn best through play. We use an instructional approach we refer to as “playful learning”. We want to make sure that kids can be kids and that learning is fun! Our educators thoughtfully incorporate concepts and skills they’d like students to practice into hands-on, fun activities.
For students with special education needs, an Individualized Education Program or IEP is developed by the child’s IEP team. Once the IEP is finalized and accepted by the child’s parents or caregivers, our special educators and service providers begin using a variety of specialized instructional strategies to work toward the child’s individual learning goals.
Often parents ask about discipline. To ensure children are developing the social and emotional skills they need to regulate their own emotions, we use an approach called Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS). Much can be found online about this approach. In a nutshell, it is a proactive way to set students up for success using lots of visual supports, direct teaching of expectations, modeling and practice. This eliminates the majority of challenging behavior, however, when needed teachers may redirect, correct, set appropriate limits or utilize Applied Behavior Analysis strategies (ABA).
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Our goal is to make sure all students are learning and growing. To make that happen, we use multiple progress monitoring tools which allow us to differentiate instruction for a wide range of abilities. Our primary assessment system was developed by a company called Teaching Strategies. This tool lists all the concepts and skills young children should know and be able to do and then breaks each one down into a developmental progression. Our teachers consistently observe students while they work and play at school, then enter their observational data into the assessment system. The system then provides reports so the teachers know exactly what step of the skill a child needs to work on next. Using this data, teachers pre-plan multiple ways that students can participate in each classroom activity, so that every child is being challenged to develop new skills.
Barnstable Public Schools 2023-2024 Calendar
Enoch Cobb Early Learning Center follows the Barnstable Public Schools calendar. There will no afternoon preschool on half-days for educator professional development. Please keep this calendar handy and make note of no school days. Notice that the first official day of preschool is September 5, 2023.
No School Announcements
During inclement weather or other extraordinary circumstances, there may be a delayed opening or cancellation of school. In these situations announcements may be broadcast on radio and television stations. Announcements will also be posted on the Barnstable Public Schools website and Facebook page. Families will also be notified through an automated telephone and email message, unless there is a power outage. To ensure that we are able to contact you, please update your child’s contact information in the Student Annual Update section of the website when any information changes.
Emergency Contact Information
Annual Information Update Required
Each school year, your child's emergency contact and health information must be updated. If you just recently registered your child for school, you must still review the information and sign off stating the information is correct. To do this you will need your child's student identification number (LASID), which will come home via letter in your child's backpack during the first week of school.
Families will have the opportunity to bring their child in to meet the teacher and see their classroom on August 31, 2023. Students attending morning classes will have appointments between the hours of 9:00 am - 11:30 am. Students attending afternoon classes will have appointments between the hours of 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm. Teachers will email families on August 29th to notify you of your child's specific appointment time. During the orientation, teachers will explain classroom procedures and answer any questions you may have.
Parents/guardians are welcome to call our main phone number at 508-790-6493 and leave a message on the teacher’s voicemail. If it is during a class session, your child’s teacher will return your call when she is not with students. Every attempt will be made to return your call within 24 hours.
Classroom teachers will send newsletters including weekly themes, skills students are working on and special events home weekly. These may arrive by email, in your child's backpack or both!
The principal will send newsletters including school wide information via email monthly.
Parent Power Webinars
Opportunities for families to learn about topics related to parenting preschool-aged children will be offered throughout the school year. Sessions will take place online in the evening hours so that most families can participate if they wish. Translators will be available.
Optional parent-teacher conferences will take place during school hours on December 5th and 7th. During these brief 15-minute meetings, teachers will provide updates on your child's progress.
Special Education Meetings
Students receiving special education services will be invited to a one-hour meeting with the special education team each year to review the child's progress toward individual goals and revise or add goals for the following school year. Meetings will take place a few weeks prior to the end date on your child's Individualized Education Program (IEP).
Formal report cards and special education progress reports will be sent home in January and June.
Items to Send to School
Please be sure to send your child to school with:
A backpack large enough to fit a 9.5 x 11.5 inch folder
A change of clothes to keep in school (including socks and underwear) just in case we get too messy!
Weather appropriate outerwear in the cold months. Please be sure to label all items.
One small comfort item (must fit in the backpack) is okay to ease transitions; although, this item may need to be kept in the backpack or cubby during lessons/activities.
A healthy snack and refillable water bottle. Healthy foods are encouraged. Please send only one small snack. Time to eat is limited.
Arrival & Departure Procedures
AM half-day session - 9:00 am - 11:30 pm. Doors open for students at 9:00 am.
PM half-day session - 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm. Doors open for students at 12:55 pm.
Arrival - Curbside Drop Off
Families are strongly encouraged follow our curbside drop off procedure at regular arrival times due to very limited parking space. School staff will be there to direct you! Students and caregivers must remain in vehicles until a staff member approaches. Adults may then get out to assist children out of car seats and hand them off to the staff member. The staff member will then walk your child directly to his/her classroom. For safety reasons, please be sure your child stays buckled in his/her car seat until your vehicle is completely parked and you are ready to get out of the vehicle.
Dismissal - Curbside Pick Up
Families are strongly encouraged to follow our curbside pick up procedure at regular dismissal times due to very limited parking space. Families will be given a "car tag" stating your child's name and classroom teacher which should be placed in the front, passenger side window. Cars may line up along the curb in a single row the same way they did at arrival. When dismissal begins, a staff member will bring your student right to the car.
If you need to pick up your child early for any reason, please park and come to the front entrance. You will need to sign your child out of school.
Only people listed as emergency contacts will be allowed to pick up your child. If you need to add an emergency contact, please provide written notice with the contact's name, address and phone number in advance. People picking up students must show some form of photo identification. Older siblings may pick up if they provided a student identification card. If there is a legal matter prohibiting someone from having access to your child, please submit a copy of any documentation to Betsy in the main office.
Late Pick Up
All students must be picked up no later than 11:50 (morning session) and 3:50 (afternoon session). No staff are available to supervise children after those times. Those who are repeatedly late to pick up children may be charged a late fee.
Car Seat Law
Massachusetts law requires that all children riding in a passenger motor vehicle, must be in a federally-approved child passenger restraint (car seat) that is properly fastened and secured until they are 8 years of age or over 57 inches tall. Booster seats may be used if your child is over 4 years old and weighs over 40 pounds. If you need assistance obtaining a car seat, please let us know!
Special Education Transportation
Students receiving special education services have the option of taking a bus to and from school. The transportation department is separate from Enoch Cobb Early Learning Center. Please contact the transportation department directly at 508-790-6478 if you have any questions about your child's bus experience or need to notify them that your child will not be coming to school on a particular day.
Visiting Our School
Visitors are welcome for pre-planned meetings and special events. Parents may requests visits for other reasons as long as the educational process is not disrupted. To this end, visit requests must be made at least 48-hours in advance. The building principal will approve the details of the request. For security purposes, all visitors are required to report to the main office upon entering and leaving the building. Prior to being granted access to any area of the school other than the office, visitors must obtain a visitor’s badge. Please bring photo identification upon arrival.
Volunteer opportunities at ECELC are limited because we are so well staffed, however, we are always looking for people to help us keep the exterior of our school looking good with activities such as weeding and decorating the entry way. If you are interested in volunteering in the district, you must first register as a volunteer by following the process below.
Volunteer / New Volunteers
There are many opportunities to become involved in our school district, from one-time events to programs that meet weekly. We are seeking to partner with parents, grandparents, family members, and community members. Our Volunteer Program aims to recruit volunteers for specific opportunities, train and recognize volunteers, and provide a meaningful experience for both the school and the volunteer.
Health & Wellness Policies
In an effort to keep our BPS community as healthy as possible, we ask that students and staff who are ill stay home until feeling better. As a reminder, students should never be sent to school if they have had a fever, vomiting or diarrhea within the last 24 hours. This helps to prevent all illness, not just COVID-19, from being spread among our students and staff. Please encourage good hand hygiene, covering coughs and sneezes, and to not share cups, bottles, utensils, etc. with others. Illness related absences should be reported to the school nurse.
Please notify School Nurse, Patty O’Hara, by calling 508-790-6493, Ext. 1515 to inform us if your child will be staying home due to illness.
Masks: There is no general mask requirement for students or staff. Masks are only required:
At nurse request if an individual is symptomatic in the health office
When returning to school after testing positive without testing again (see below for guidance
Positive Cases: If someone tests positive for COVID-19:
1. Contact the school nurse
2. Those who test positive MUST remain at home for at least 5 days
To count days for isolation, Day 0 is the first day of symptoms OR the day the day positive test was taken, whichever is earlier.
3. Return on day 6*, as long as:
they are asymptomatic or symptoms are resolving,
they have been fever free without the use of fever-reducing medicine for 24 hours, and
they wear a mask on days 6-10
To not wear a mask on days 6-10, a negative test is required
NOTE: A negative test is NOT required to return (only to return without wearing a mask
Exposure: There is no quarantine requirement for anyone who is exposed to COVID-19, regardless of where the exposure occurs, AS LONG AS the individual has no symptoms.
A test on day 6 after the exposure is recommended
If someone exposed to COVID-19 becomes ill, they should NOT go to school and should seek testing
Families are encouraged to send students with a healthy, nutritious snack and refillable water bottle in an effort to keep students’ minds and bodies fueled to learn and grow. If you send your child with grapes, please cut them in half as these can be a choking hazard. In the event that your child forgets a snack, we will have some on hand. If you need food assistance, please contact Nurse Patty O'Hara at 508-790-6493, extension 1515 or by email.
Non-food celebrations are safest for our students with food allergies and are more likely to contribute to students’ overall wellness. If food is sent in for celebrations, it must be pre-packaged with a complete nutrition ingredient label from a reputable food supplier. No food that is prepared at home will be allowed to be shared with other students during the school day.
August 2023 District Handbook Barnstable Public Schools 8/22/2023
Barnstable Public Schools Student Handbook 2023-2024 The following is the Barnstable Public Schools District Student Handbook, which applies to each school, student, and staff member in the district. Each school also publishes a Student Handbook, which applies to students and staff within that s...
Betsy McKane, Administrative Assistant: 508-790-6493, extension 1514
Nicole Caucci, Principal: 508-790-6493, extension 1513
Ellen McLaughlin, Special Education Coordinator: 508-790-6493, extension 1394
Patty O'Hara, School Nurse: 508-790-6493, extension 1515
Amber Camelio, School Psychologist: 508-790-6493, extension 1528
Adela Blanco Roman, Bilingual Family Liaison (Spanish/English): 508-827-1598
Rafaela Brunelle, Bilingual Family Liaison (Portuguese/English): 508-534-8670
All School Staff can be reached via email at anytime with the following address:
last name_first firstname.lastname@example.org