Educational Program / Child Care Philosophy
 
The educational program is based on sound principles of child development. Our goals are to give children a sense of self worth by helping them develop at their own individual pace while learning basic skills. We want the children to feel confident and secure enough to explore and grow in a stimulating educational and social environment.

We are committed to promoting and supporting all aspects of a child's growth in an atmosphere of respect. Your child is an individual who is an integral member of a group, and whose uniqueness is acknowledged and appreciated by that group.

Children participate in a variety of individual and group activities designed to develop language and reading readiness skills enhancing physical, social, emotional and intellectual growth, skills and attitudes which will increase their ability to succeed in school.

The development and training of staff is a continuous process, which includes attending workshops, listening to guest speakers and frequent discussion. The staff is encouraged to visit other programs and to take classes related to child development. Each site has a site supervisor and qualified teachers and aides.

The daily activities are designed to provide appropriate experiences in the following early childhood development areas:

Social Development

  • Getting along in groups
  • Learning responsible behavior (such as sharing)
  • Respecting ethnic/cultural/age/sexual differences
  • Expressing feelings appropriately

Cognitive Development

  • Providing experience with math and science
  • Promoting children's curiosity about the world by encouraging observation, exploration and experimentation
  • Building reading and writing skills
  • Fostering imagination and creativity

Language Skills

  • Listening, speaking, following directions
  • Children learning numbers, relational concepts and classification skills leading to problem solving

Physical Development

  • Developing large and small muscle skills
  • Increasing body awareness
  • Improving eye-hand coordination and perceptual skills
  • Exploring rhythm and movement

Emotional Development

  • Promoting positive self image
  • Fostering cooperation
  • Developing independence, initiative and trust
  • Experiencing art, music, drama and dance

Discipline

We provide an environment where discipline occurs naturally through a combination of support, encouragement and limit setting.

The following are methods to encourage positive behavior in our centers

  • Diverting the child and redirecting him or her to a new activity
  • Having the child take time out from an activity
  • Providing a related consequence appropriate to the situation

Discipline Slip / Procedures (See Appendix)

If a student receives a discipline slip for any reason, the parent will be contacted by telephone as soon as possible.

An infraction shall be given for Step 4 and subsequent steps. Child care services shall be terminated if the child receives three infractions.

A child care lead may suspend a child for the following day for any act that endangers the safety of himself or others. The teacher shall immediately report the incident and notice of suspension to the parent.

Smooth Beginnings

To help you and your child make a smooth adjustment to the child care center, a classroom visit to meet the teacher is encouraged. The initial contact increases the child's anticipation and makes the child's first day go smoothly.

Daily Schedule

In meeting our educational goals, we have designed a program that is both consistent and flexible. Predictable routines help your child feel secure and increase his or her confidence.

Each day includes both teacher-organized and child-initiated activities, indoor and outdoor activities, active and quiet periods and group and individual play.

Specific daily schedules are posted at each child care site.

Center Holidays

Independence Day
Labor Day
Veteran's Day
Thanksgiving Day and the day after
Christmas Day
New Year's Day
Human Rights Day
President's Day - February 21, 2000
Memorial Day - May 29, 2000
Staff Work Day - June 19, 2000

Message Boards - Parent Information Board

In or near each child care site is a parent information board. Important schedule changes, forms requiring signatures for events and announcements are posted. Please check the board regularly.

Health

In order for your child to get the most out of his/her school day, he/she needs to be in good health. Do not bring your child if he/she cannot participate fully in the indoor and outdoor programs.

Children should be kept at home when they are ill, have a temperature, or have other signs of illness.

It is important that the persons listed on your emergency card be available to come for your child in case of illness or an accident. Please keep these numbers up to date.

Medications

In order for us to give children medicine at school, state law requires that we have the following:

Written permission from parent and from the child's doctor.

Medicine labeled by a pharmacist with dosage and time of administration. (You may wish to have pharmacist use two containers for medicine so that one may be left at school.)

We are unable to administer aspirin, aspirin free tablets, cough lozenges or medical ointments unless a doctor prescribes them in writing. Permission forms are available from center office (see appendix).

Allergies and Allergic Reactions

If your child has an allergy or an allergic reaction to any food or drug, please make certain the child care center is kept informed.

Parent Involvement / Participation

We always welcome your ideas, concerns, comments, suggestions and participation.

Your participation in the school is important because it makes us partners in the education of your child. We want to work with you to provide learning opportunities which match your child's own pace and style.

It helps us to know about family changes, such as a grandparent's visit or a new baby. We will also share our concerns with you.

Feel welcome to spend time in your child's classroom. We look forward to getting to know each family. Since children are often with us for several years, we see ourselves as a meaningful part of your children's lives.

We hope that you will schedule talks with your child's teachers as well as take advantage of the formal conference periods held twice a year.

You are your child's most influential teacher. Your participation in the school says that you value education.

There are a variety of ways you can help in the child care center such as:

Sharing special talents and knowledge
Participating in the Parent Advisory Committee
Sharing cultural heritage

Clothing

Children are active in the center. They will be using expressive materials including paint (which may not wash out), water, mud, etc. In addition, they will be involved in climbing and running activities. Please dress your child in comfortable, appropriate clothing and sturdy shoes.

If you are concerned about your child's clothing, please send a change of clothing. Please label the clothes--including all jackets, coats, etc.--to prevent lost items.

Small Things

Check with your child care staff for his/her special requests on what to leave at home.

Children should understand that anything brought to the center should either be shared or left in their cubbies. Candy, gum, toys, money, balloons and valuable jewelry should be left at home.

Children sometimes take small things home with them to remind them of school. If you find any small toys, puzzle pieces, etc., please return them to your child's classroom.

 
 

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