Our Policies

Arrival and Departure

Those persons authorized on each child’s enrollment form to pick up and drop off, must check in with the teacher on duty. For the safety of your child, please send a written note to the Preschool staff/your ID if alternate arrangements are made. In the event that you will be late picking up your child, please call the office.

Students must arrive between 8:30 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. and should depart no later

than 1:30 p.m. Upon arrival, parents should escort their child to their classroom where they may hang coats, remove shoes, and ready themselves for their day.

A daily drop-in rate of $25 will be charged for any parent who wants to take advantage of that program. Advance notice is required. If a parent is late in picking up their child, they will be charged $5 for each 15 minutes of extra time accrued after 1:30 p.m.

Extended Day

Parents are expected to pack an extra snack for their child. The lunch should require minimal prep & cleanup on the teacher’s part. Parents will be charged $5 for each 15 minutes of extra time accrued after 3 p.m.

Attendance

While we hope to see your child here with us, we do know that family vacations, illness, and other unforeseen events may hinder your child from attending 100% of the days you have already paid for. We apologize for not being able to deduct or makeup any tuition payments for any amounts of absent hours accumulated. Your tuition payments are designed to hold your child’s place in our program. We would greatly appreciate a phone call, if possible, alerting us to your child’s absence and a return date.

Backpacks and Clothing & Supplies

Children are encouraged to bring a backpack or suitable bag each day which can hold their folders and lunch. These bags are to go home with the child daily. CLEARLY LABEL ANY AND ALL BELONGINGS!

Birthdays, Treats, Toys, and Show & Tell

For those children and families who wish to celebrate their birthdays with us, please acknowledge the following requirements: Speak with the teacher about the dietary requirements and number of enrolled students in your child’s class. Candy, gum or other such treats are not allowed unless first approved by the Director.

Circle Time is held Monday-Friday from 9:00 – 9:15am.  Each child may bring something to share. As always, we encourage you to bring something that relates with what we’re studying each week! They may bring anything they choose (aside from controversial items.) Please refrain from bringing other toys from home as they may be lost or accidentally misplaced.

Toilet Training and Diapering

If your child is not fully potty trained, we would like to assist you in accomplishing this task. We will encourage and give many opportunities to use the bathroom. Please feel free to share any cues that are working for you at home and give us updates on your child’s frequency. Diapers, Pull ups, Wipes, and a change of clothes are a MUST with children who are not fully potty trained. An extra charge per changing session will be assessed if your child’s diapering supplies are inadequate. Toilet trained children will be encouraged to take self-responsibility to excuse themselves to use the bathroom when necessary.

Your Child’s Health and Illness Policies

Children with any of the following symptoms should stay home or a parent may be phoned to pick up a child for any of the following symptoms:

  1. Anyone who has vomited or had diarrhea within the past 24 hours
  2. Children with any of the following bacterial infections or other like conditions must be on antibiotics for no less than 24 hours before returning to school, along with a doctor’s note.
  3. Strep throat
  4. Impetigo
  5. Pneumonia
  6. Bacterial conjunctivitis (Apollo)
  7. Ear infections
  8. Children with a fever of 100 or greater. Children must be without a fever for 24 hours before returning to the group. (Exception: Children with immunization related fevers need not be excluded if they are willing and able to participate in the daily activities.)
  9. Children with generalized rashes (over multiple parts of the body) should stay home and receive a medical examination. Those with chickenpox must stay home until the sores are dried up (at least 5 to 7 days.) Children with general rashes may return to school at the health care provider’s discretion (unless one of the above conditions is present.)
  10. Head lice or scabies.

The presence of any of the following conditions may warrant exclusion from the program until symptoms subside:

1. A child who appears ill, with any symptoms and is unable to participate in the usual program activities.

2. Thick, green or yellow nasal discharge persisting longer than two days if accompanied by any of the following symptoms: fever, persistent cough, eye drainage, or ear pain.

REMEMBER IMMEDIATE PICK UP OF A SICK CHILD IS REQUIRED IF YOU ARE NOTIFIED.

First Aid & Emergency Protocol

The Creative Arts Early Learning Center will not administer any medications without your permission. Any non-life threatening injury will be handled on a case by case basis. Cuts and scrapes will be cleaned and bandaged or a cold pack will be applied to the area. If we feel the non-life threatening injury needs more extensive medical treatment than we are qualified to give: a parent or guardian will be notified and asked to pick up the child and seek proper medical attention.

If a child suffers a potentially life threatening injury or experiences a sudden illness, we will rush the child to the hospital and parents will be called immediately. The Creative Arts Early Learning Center is not liable for any expenses incurred for your child’s medical services.

Behavior and Discipline

At the Creative Arts Early Learning Center, we will have children with a variety of needs in the areas of motor skills and social skills development. We will provide an environment with structure and one in which the adults in the center will respond to the needs of each child with respect and warmth. The school’s schedule provides a consistent daily routine for children to follow and adult leadership to assist the children. Each class will have a consistent structure as well. We will regularly look at the environment we provide so that we can make appropriate adjustments as needed to help children develop self-control and social skills. When behavior problems occur between children or between children and adults, we will use the following methods:

• Positive reinforcement of appropriate behaviors.
• Natural consequences for inappropriate behaviors (e.g., picking up after themselves or loss of
  that activity or privilege).
• Redirection toward positive and appropriate behaviors.
While we do not believe in physical punishment or restraint, we will intervene to provide for the safety of others.

Communication

So we can all have a positive experience, please communicate all concerns with us. We are here for your child, and are devoted to giving the most rewarding experience possible. We strive to have an environment in which parents and school staff can openly communicate via phone, notes, email, or one on one conversation and parent meetings, if needed. Please be aware that an appointment may be needed in order to properly address your concerns as time is limited during our school day.