Cross Timbers Forest Preschool
The Cross Timbers Forest Preschool is an explorative, hands-on preschool experience focusing on connecting students to nature. The curriculum is centered on our local ecosystem and includes hikes, storytime, arts and crafts, imaginative play, and discovery. Forest Preschool allows students to build their knowledge of their world around them and develop confidence and self-esteem while inspiring connections with nature.
The Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve is not only a fantastic home for wildlife but a wonderful outdoor classroom. Over 80% of every Forest Preschool day is spent outside learning through exploration. With over 700 acres of preserve, each day is guaranteed to lead to exciting discoveries and opportunities for a deeper connection with nature. Our 6:1 student to teacher ratio allows for safe and confident exploration.
Forest Preschool meets from 9am-12pm for 15 weeks. Classes are offered Tuesday-Friday for the weekday(s) of your choice. The Fall semester begins August 25 and ends December 11.
All students must be between the ages of 3-5 years old and fully potty independent.
Cross Timbers Forest Preschool does not meet the week of Thanksgiving (November 23-27). Forest Preschool Thanksgiving Break classes are available Monday-Wednesday from 9am-12pm during Thanksgiving Break. Additional registration required.
Forest Preschool Location:
355 E Bob Jones Rd, Southlake, TX, 76092
Southlake Community Services Programs COVID-19 Precautions
The health and safety of participants is our number one priority. Here is what WE, the City of Southlake’s Programs team are doing to keep your child and others safe:
• WE have developed and implemented increased daily sanitization protocols for common surfaces, restrooms, dining areas, recreational equipment, and our facilities.
• WE have trained all staff to ensure the health protocols adopted are being successfully implemented and followed such as, cleaning and disinfecting, hand hygiene, social distancing, and respiratory etiquette.
• WE have made hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, soap, and water, or similar disinfectant readily available throughout the facility.
• WE invite parents and guardians to explore with us! All parents and guardians joining us for a hike are required to wear a mask and complete a health screening. One adult is allowed to visit per class. Please contact Hannah Nyquist (firstname.lastname@example.org) to reserve your visit and/or to learn more.
• WE are getting all the fresh air we can! As always, we will have as many outdoor activities as possible.
Check-In and Check-Out Procedures: Before entering the facility all children and guests will be greeted by staff at our outside check-in table. All participants and guests will receive hand sanitizer and a health screening which includes a temperature check (see below).
During check-out, a staff member will greet you at the check-out table, check your photo ID (you keep the ID, simply hold it in view of staff), and escort your child from the building to you.
Health Screening Process: Each participant and staff member will be screened upon arrival. Parents/Guardians and Staff will be asked the following questions:
1) Has your child been in close contact with a person who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19 in the past 2 weeks?
2) Has you child shown signs of ANY sickness in the last 72 hours? (please see our Sick Participant Plan found under our Parent Resources section on this page).
If a staff member, child, or guest answers, ‘yes’ to any of the above screening questions or is observed to have any signs of sickness, they will not be granted admission to the program. All participants and staff will have their temperature taken upon arrival. If their temperature meets or exceeds 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit they will not be permitted to enter. If a child, guest, or staff member exhibits signs of any sickness at any point in the day, they will be sent home.
Participants and staff waiting for the results of a COVID-19 test will not be allowed entry to the program until they have a confirmed negative test or have completed an isolation period of at least ten days. Participants and staff in quarantine will not be allowed to participate. Any participant or staff who has come in close contact with a COVID-19 confirmed person may not return to the program until they have completed a 14-day quarantine and are symptom-free.
Our staff will be wearing cloth face masks at all times, cleaning regularly, implementing set times for handwashing, and enforcing social distancing when possible. When items must be shared, we will ensure all participants have cleaned their hands before and after handling the item. Once done with the item it will be fully sanitized.
If a participant or staff member in our program tests positive for COVID-19 during or within seven days of their participation, all parents/guardians will be notified. If you choose to remove your child from the program, you may do so. If you choose to let your child remain in the program, we will continue to take the appropriate safeguards.
A healthy day begins at home! To help us keep your child and others safe, here is what we ask YOU to do:
• Keep your child home if he or she is sick
• Teach your child to sneeze/cough in his/her sleeve.
• Teach your child to wash his/her hands often, especially before eating and after toileting.
• Share the importance of your child keeping their hands away from their face.
There are enhanced risks of participants being in direct contact with anyone age 65 or older for 14 days after participation. We encourage you to make the best possible decisions for yourself and your family by following expert guidance and advice.