Early Childhood Handbook

Immaculate Conception Catholic School

Early Childhood Programs
Parent/Guardian Handbook

2011 -2012
1203 Clark Street
Charles City , Iowa

Teacher: Katie Jarvill
Teacher Associate: Amy Spieker
Phone 641-228-1225

TABLE OF CONTENTS

General Procedures and Policies For Preschools and Childcare

Mission Statement of the Educational Apostolate – Archdiocese of Dubuque
* Catholic School Philosophy
Mission Statement * Catholic School Early Childhood Programs
Early Childhood Outcomes—Archdiocese of Dubuque
Admission Policies
Admission
Equal Opportunity/Multicultural Assurances
Program Description
Accidents/Emergencies
Advisory Committee
Change of Address
Child/Staff Ratios
Dual Parent Reporting
Field Trips and Transportation
Special Service
Absences for Preschool
Absences for Child Care
Parental Participation
Discipline
Dismissal Policy
Health/Safety/Compliance Issues
Aids
Asbestos
Blizzard
Chemical Right to Know Law
Chemical Spill
Fire/Tornado Drills
Intruders
Lead in the Drinking Water
Lost or Abducted Children
Mandatory Reporting
Medication Policy
Power Failure
Radon Testing
Smoking/Smoke Free Building
Structural Damage
Student Privacy Act



Preschool Procedures
Arrival
Calendar
Emergency Closing
Make Up/Snow Days
Enrollment
Liturgies/Celebrations
Records
Statement of Health
Waiting Lists
Withdrawal

Day Care Procedures and Policies
Arrival
Calendar
Call-in/Drop-in Service
Cancellations
Checking In/Checking Out
Departure/Pick Up
Dress(Clothing and Shoes)
Emergency Cards
Emergency Closing
Enrollment
Late Pick Up
Liturgies/Celebrations
Lost and Found
Lunch/Snack/Meals
Nap Time
Parking for Parents
Play Program Description
Records
Schedules
Schedules of the Day
Shoes
Staff
Statement of Health
Supplies Needed by Children
Telephone Numbers
Toilet Training
Toys
Waiting Lists
Withdrawal
Appendix A – Teaching Children to Pray
Appendix B – Communicable Disease Chart
Appendix C – Parent/Guardian Handbook Agreement Form
Parent/Guardian-Child Handbook 2010-2011

Philosophy

Mission Statement of the Educational Apostolate-Archdiocese of Dubuque
The mission of the Educational Apostolate of the Archdiocese of Dubuque is to guide individuals to:
respond to God’s call to personal conversion
form Christian Community
grow in knowledge and culture, becoming enlightened and enlivened by faith
shape society in the spirit of Gospel freedom, justice, and love

Mission Statement of Immaculate Conception Catholic School Early Childhood Programs
Purpose: The goal of our preschool is to promote the development of each individual to his/her fullest potential through an educational program permeated with a Christian Spirit and Christian values.  We want children to develop spiritually, emotionally, intellectually, physically and socially, through a Christian atmosphere.

Admission Policies

Admission
The Archdiocesan Educational System maintains a policy of open enrollment in all educational programs.

Equal Opportunity/Multicultural Assurances
Immaculate Conception Catholic School is an equal opportunity employer and school.  No student will be discriminated against because of his or her race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation,  gender identity, national origin, religion, or disability.  However, students are required to meet the school’s academic and financial requirement(s).  As a bona fide religious institution, educational programs governed by the Archdiocesan Board of Education may consider a studnets’s religion, sexual orientation and / or gender identity a qulification for enrollment when such qualifications are related to a bona fide religious purpose.

Enrollment:

To enroll a child, the following must be completed one week prior to admission:
    1. A physical exam form completed and signed by your physician including a record of immunization.
    2.Application   
    3.Medical consent form
    4.Pick up authorization
* A child must be four by September 15th to enroll in the four and five year old class.  A child must be three by September 15th to be enrolled in the three year ol program.
     
Early Childhood Outcomes—Archdiocese of Dubuque

Children Will Demonstrate:
a loving relationship with God and all creation
a positive self-concept, appropriate self-control, and sense of belonging
curiosity about world, confidence as a learner, creativity and imagination and personal initiative
relationships of mutual trust and respect with adults and peers, understand perspectives of others, and negotiate and apply rules of group living
respect for social and cultural diversity for community and social roles
appreciation for fine arts, humanities and sciences
knowledge about the care of their bodies and maintain a desirable level of health and fitness
use of language to effectively communicate through reading, writing, listening, and speaking
ideas and feelings through creative play, drama, dance and movement, music, art and construction
critical thinking, reason, and solve problems
understanding of relationships among objects, people and events (i.e. classifying, ordering, number, space and time)
knowledge of the physical world, manipulate objects for desired effects and cause-and-effect relationships
competence in management of their bodies using both gross and fine motor skills

Program Expectations:
reflect the purpose of infant and child care
realize each child is unique and special child of God
enhance development of a whole child in a setting that models Catholic values and beliefs
develop experiences that foster feelings of self-worth, self-respect and love
develop a cooperative and supportive teaching partnership between family and school
provide an integrated and multi-sensory environment
offer a flexible environment for a child to grow in self-expression and non-competitiveness

Children Learn:
about God through their own giftedness, sense of wonder, love and respect for self and others, awareness of the presence of God in the world and their own relationship with Jesus
about all aspects of the arts
to develop meaningful, learning experiences, facilitate thinking and learning, use language to communicate, sustain a natural curiosity and become an independent life-long learner
to value and respect individual contributions, cultural identity, heritage, accept and demonstrate empathy, establish cooperative social skills, respect and care for the environment and adapt to a changing world
to practice safety procedures, develop motor skills while maintaining physical fitness, learn social skills in a physical activity setting

Program Description

Accidents/Emergencies
Incidents or accidents resulting in injury to a child will be reported on the day of the accident. The written report will be prepared by the staff person who observed the incident or accident and shall include a general description of the incident and of the action taken, if any, by the staff at the Center. If a child is hurt more severely, the staff will transport the child as quickly as possible to the Emergency Room and contact the parents.

Change of Address
Please notify the preschool/childcare immediately if you have a change of address or telephone number. This information must be kept up to date, particularly in the case of an emergency.

Child/Staff Ratios
Child /staff ratios are maintained in accordance with policies established by the Department of Human Services.
Infants: 1 caregiver to 4 children
Two-year-olds: 1 caregiver to 6 children
Three-year-olds: 1 caregiver to 8 children
Four-year-olds: 1 caregiver to 12 children
Five- through twelve-year-olds: 1 caregiver to 15 children

Dual Parent Reporting
According to Archdiocesan Board of Education policy 5124, in the case of a child whose parents’ marriage has been dissolved or a separation of a parent from the home, the name and address of both parents should be on file.

Unless otherwise decreed by a court order, information commonly made available to parents of any child will be made available to both parents.

Field Trips and Transportation
Field trips are part of the curriculum offered at the Center. Transportation is provided through the center transportation, city bus service, parent volunteers, and walking. First aid kits are taken on field trips. Field trips off Center property require an extra staff person. Permission slips will be required in advance of any field trip off Center property.
If students are transported during a field trip, the driver must be 21 years of age due to insurance directives, and the owner of the vehicle must have insurance. In transporting 7 or more children, any vehicle needs to have a minimum of two adults present. We appreciate when parents volunteer to drive for field trips. Many times, a field trip would not be possible without parent drivers. However, due to issues relating to liability and state law, we request the following from parent drivers:

when driving, those parents who bring siblings along for the field trip may transport only their own children. Parent(s) who bring a younger sibling along with them to a field trip are not included in the supervision count.
no children are to be placed in the front seat of a vehicle.
forms provided by the Center regarding insurance need to be on file.
parents who desire that their children ride in a particular car seat should either volunteer to drive themselves or meet the group at the center before the field trip and install their car seat into the volunteer driver’s car.

A modification of the law regulating child passenger restraint requirements went into effect on July 1, 2004.  This law makes NO changes in the child restraint requirements for school buses, however, some changes are required if students are transported in 9-passenger or less family-type vehicles.

The new law requires:
1. A child under 1 year of age and weighing less than 20 pounds shall be secured in a rear-facing child restraint system used in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.
2. A child under 6 years of age who does not meet the description of "1", shall be secured by a child restraint system used in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.
3. A child at least 6 years of age but under 11 years of age shall be secured by a child restraint system used in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions or by a safety belt or safety harness.

Any vehicle operator who violates these requirements will be guilty of a simple misdemeanor and subject to penalty.  For purposes of the new law, "child restraint system" means a specially designed seating system, including a belt-positioning seat or a booster seat, that meets federal motor vehicle safety standards.

Special Services
Students enrolled in the preschool have access to a variety of special services should the need arise. Each Center may consult or invite the services of the guidance counselor associated with the Center. A guidance counselor may consult with the director, staff or parents on a variety of educational and behavioral issues related to the child(ren). Additionally, each Center has access to the AEA Early Access team, which is available for services including speech, audiology and cognitive development.

Absences for Preschool
If your child will not be attending class for any reason, we ask that you inform us as much in advance as possible. It is expected that your child attends preschool consistently with the same registered class as staffing and curriculum is planned based on their scheduled attendance. No refunds or credits will be given for absences. In the event of a long-term absence due to illness, possible adjustments to your fees must be discussed with the director. If your child has any of the illnesses listed below, we ask that they do not attend preschool. Should a child become ill while at the preschool, the parent will be notified and the child isolated from the group. A child isolated at preschool will be placed on a cot away from the other children. In the interest of the child, the parent will be expected to remove the child from the preschool/child care center as soon as possible.

Absences for Childcare
If your child will not be attending the preschool or Center for any reason, we ask that you inform us as much in advance as possible. No refunds or credits will be given for absences. If your child has the illnesses listed below, we ask that they do not attend day care. Should a child become ill while at the Center, the parent will be notified and the child isolated from the group. A child isolated at the Center will be placed in his or her crib or on a cot away from the other children. In the best interest of the child, the parent will be expected to remove the child from the Center as soon as possible.
Please keep the staff informed of any changes in your child’s health status and/or eating habits (i.e., a child who develops an allergy).

Diarrhea and Vomiting - If there is any diarrhea or vomiting, the child may not be brought to the Center. If the child has any loose stools while at the Center, or if the child vomits at the Center, he/she will be sent home. The child may return to the Childcare Center if he/she has been free from diarrhea or vomiting for 24 hours from last stool or emesis. If there is diarrhea of several days duration, a physician should be notified.
Eye Infection - If a child has eyes that are mattering or draining, the child shall not be brought to the Center. The child may return to the Center after he/she is on antibiotic ointment for 24 hours or the eyes have shown marked improvement.
Impetigo - A child with impetigo shall be excluded from the Center for 24 hours after treatment has begun. The return shall depend upon the location of the infected area and if the area is dried and healing well.
Ear Infection - If purulent drainage, the child shall not be at the Center. (Exception: If the child has tubes and has been on an antibiotic for 24 hours.) A child with a diagnosed ear infection with no drainage must be on medication or a release must be obtained from a physician stating that the child is free of communicable disease.
Lice/Pediculosis and Scabies - When pediculosis or scabies is suspected in a child, the parent will be notified. The child will not be allowed into the Center until the child has been treated. A checklist will be sent home with the child of procedures that need to be completed before the child is allowed to come back to the Center/Preschool. A form needs to be completed by the parent stating they have completed the checklist. It is advisable that members of the family be treated at the same time.
Pinworms - When pinworms are diagnosed in a child, the child shall be restricted from the childcare center until the day after appropriate medication. All clothing worn by the child prior to treatment should be laundered. It is advisable that family members also be treated.
Sore Throat - A child with a sore throat may be restricted from the Center. A physician should see the child.
Fever - If a child has a temperature of 100 degrees F. (101 degrees F. rectally) and exhibits any of the above conditions, the child will be sent home. A child with a temperature of 101 degrees F. (102 degrees F. rectally) will be sent home immediately.

Parental Participation
We encourage you to contact us with any questions or suggestions. Please feel free to participate in our program in any way-- such as sharing a hobby with the children or observing a morning’s activities.
Visiting: Parents/Guardians are welcomed and encouraged to visit and observe at any time. Parent visits are especially helpful after a child has had the opportunity to adjust to their new Center. When you visit, you will probably be asked, either by the children or the teacher, to read a story, build with blocks, or get involved in some way.
Participation: Newsletters, informal chats with the teacher, and the things your child tells you about his/her Preschool /Child Care experience are no substitute for actually “being there.” Parents are an important part of our program, and we offer you many different ways in which to participate in your child’s experiences. These might include driving for field trips, sharing special talents with the children, helping at parties, or taping a story for use in the listening Center.

Discipline
It is important to treat each child as an individual in a manner which is appropriate to the child’s development, activity, and general well being. Consistency, positive reinforcement, natural consequences, and positive redirection are used at the Center to shape appropriate behavior in children.
If your child is exhibiting a consistent behavior problem, we will call you to discuss the situation. Please discuss with the staff any changes, observation, questions, or suggestions you might have in dealing with your child. No punishment will be used in connection to rest, food, or toileting.

Dismissal Policy
Occasionally, a child will experience difficulty in adapting to our Preschool/Child Care environment and/or abiding by certain rules of behavior in the group setting. If your child should experience some difficulty, corporal punishment including spanking, slapping and shaking shall not be used. A conference will be scheduled with your child’s teacher and/or the director. We will work closely with you to see if the problem(s) can be resolved. If a child’s behavior and attitude continues to be disruptive to the group or to other children’s welfare, we reserve the right to ask you to withdraw the child from our program.

Health/Safety/Compliance Issues
AIDS
The decision to allow a child with AIDS to attend the Center will be considered separately and individualized to the child and the setting. The decision will be made by a team composed of the Center Director, the Principal (as needed), the child’s parents, the child’s physician, a public health official and an infection control officer. If a child with AIDS has a change in clinical condition, the attending physician will sign a release for attendance at the Childcare Center. If questions arise, an infection control officer will be contacted.

Asbestos
Federal regulations and Archdiocesan Board of Education policy 7113, require us to inform you that there is asbestos in the Immaculate Conception building. The building has been inspected by a certified asbestos inspector and all the asbestos found has been sealed and encapsulated. The most recent inspection was_2007
Blizzard
If road conditions are such that driving is difficult or impossible, children, staff and any parents in the building will remain until roads are passable. All parents will be notified of the situation and appropriate arrangements will be made.

Chemical Right to Know Law
The Chemical Right to Know Law requires that all schools/early childhood centers in the nation prepare a list of chemicals that are known to be present in their buildings and to maintain material safety data sheets (MSDS) on them. The law further states that all chemicals are to be appropriately labeled, storage areas are to be posted for the hazardous chemicals, and employees that work with the chemicals are to be trained in the safe handling of these chemicals. The school/early childhood center is also to acquaint the local fire department with the location of hazardous chemicals in the school. If you want to know what chemicals are used in the school and where they are stored, please contact the director or principal.

Chemical Spill
If there is a minor chemical spill of a non-hazardous substance, the area would be blocked off and cleaned up immediately. However, if it is a serious or hazardous chemical spill, the children would be removed from the building and we would call 911. If there would be a chemical spill within the community, we would follow the Charles City Crisis Management Plan.

Fire/Tornado Drills
Emergency plans for fire and tornado are posted in every room and exit. Fire and tornado drills are practiced monthly so that the children become familiar with the procedure and are not frightened by the loud noises.

Intruders
In the event that an intruder would enter the Center, they would be asked to leave immediately and the police would be notified.

Lead in the Drinking Water
During 1991, all schools/early childhood centers of the Archdiocese were tested for lead in the drinking water. The test results indicated the lead levels were below the established safety levels. Based upon these results and the rules of the Iowa Department of Public Health no additional testing for lead needs to be done at this time.

Lost or Abducted Children
In the event that a child would become lost or abducted, the parents or guardian would be notified immediately and the police would be called. The director will be stipulated as the search person. Steps are outlined in the emergency response plan.

Mandatory Reporting
As outlined in the Iowa code, all providers of Early Childhood services are mandated by law to report any suspected cases of sexual abuse, physical abuse, or neglect. Iowa law states that the preschool and childcare personnel may take, at public expense, photographs of the injured area. Any person participating in the making of, or in the investigation of, a report shall have immunity from any liability, civil or criminal, which might otherwise be imposed.

Medication Policy
The following medications will be administered by the staff:
Cough syrups
Oral prescription drugs
Salves (including ointments and sunscreen)
Acetaminophen
All medications require a permission slip signed and dated by the parent before medications can be administered to the child. Each prescription drug shall be in the original container and be accompanied by a physician’s or pharmacist’s direction.
Since the administration of acetaminophen, etc. may disguise the symptoms of what could be a contagious disease; the staff will administer acetaminophen for analgesic discomforts only.

Power Failure
In case of power failure, flashlights are available. Children would be kept calm and occupied with songs and games. The electric company would be called if needed. If it would get too hot or too cold for the children, parents would be notified to pick up their children early.

Radon Testing
During 1991 all schools/early childhood centers of the Archdiocese were tested for radon. The test results indicated the rooms were below the established safety levels. Based upon these results and the rules of the Iowa Department of Public Health no additional testing for radon needs to be done at this time.

Required Immunization
Age    Immunizations

2 months    First DTP (Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis)   
    First Polio (Oral Trivalent)
    First Haemophilius B (HIB)
4 months    Second DTP
    Second Polio
    Second HIB
6 months    Third DTP
    Third HIB
15 months    MMR (Measles-Mumps-Rubella)
    Fourth DTP
    Third Polio
    Fourth HIB
4-6 years    Second MMR
    Fifth DTP
14-16 years    Td (Adult-type Tetanus-Diphtheria)
Every 10 yrs    Td

For complete protection it is important that all doses be taken. Partial immunization does not insure against the disease.   

Smoking / Smoke Free Building
* Catholic School and Early Childhood programs have been designated as “Smoke Free Buildings.” At no time will smoking be permitted within the buildings.

Structural Damage
In case of structural damage, the children would be taken out of the building immediately. We would proceed to call 911. We would not return to the Center until the building is declared safe.

Student Privacy Act
In conformity with the Student Privacy Act, and Archdiocesan Board of Education policy 5125, * Catholic School and Early Childhood programs do not send out child/student/graduate information to any outside organizations without written authorization of the parent/guardian.


Preschool Procedures
Arrival
Parents are responsible for bringing their children into the preschool. Parents are never to drop a child off and allow him or her to come into the preschool unattended. Likewise, at the end of the day, parents should personally inform the staff when taking a child home. This enhances communication between the Center and your family.

Calendar
A calendar will be provided to parents at the beginning of the school year identifying days that preschool is in session.

Emergency Closing:
The preschool follows the school calendar and as such follows the emergency closing procedures established by Charles City  Community Schools. Please listen to local radio each morning for unexpected late arrivals, early dismissals or snow days.


Enrollment:
To enroll a child, the following must be completed one week prior to admission:
Registration fee to be paid at the time of registration.
A physical exam form completed and signed by your physician including a record of immunization.
Application
Medical consent form (for use in the event of illness or emergency)
Permission slip allowing your child to participate in field trips and to be photographed while at the Center
Pick-up authorization

Records
Each preschool child shall have an admission physical examination report signed by a licensed physician or designee in a clinic supervised by a licensed physician. This report shall include past health history, status of present health, and recommendations for continued care when necessary. A statement of health condition signed by a physician or designee shall be submitted annually thereafter. This does not include the child who has a medical or religious exemption.

Statement of Health
The state requires each preschool age child to have an admission physical exam report. This report includes an immunization record that is in compliance with the Iowa State Health Department regulations. For the preschool age child, a documentation of an annual exam is required.

Waiting Lists
Waiting lists for preschool are maintained after a section has been filled. Parents are called back on a first-come first-serve basis.

Withdrawal
If you find it necessary to withdraw your child from our program for any reason, we ask that you give us two weeks’ notice in writing. If a child stops coming, and written notice is not given, you will continue to be charged the minimum weekly fee until such notice is received, as we can’t give your child’s space to a child on our waiting list unless we know for sure that she/he will not be returning.



















Day Care Procedures and Policies

Arrival
Parents are responsible for bringing their children into the Center. Parents are never to drop a child off and allow him or her to come into the Center unattended. Likewise, at the end of the day, parents should personally inform the staff when taking a child home. This enhances communication between the Center and your family. For childcare, parents are required to check in and out using the computer management system. If you do not use the computer management system to check in or checkout, the computer will automatically sign you in at _______ and sign out at closing, _______. Once the billing is completed, no changes will be made for lack of checking in/out.

Calendar
A calendar will be provided to parents each year (week of September 1) identifying days when the childcare center is scheduled to be closed. Childcare parents should be aware that additional days of closure may be added should the census of the childcare be low. Parents are always given at least a week’s notice on additional closure days.

Call-in/Drop-in service
Call-in services will be provided at the director’s approval only. These services are available if, and only if, census is low and the appropriate staff is available. Such services are billed at a higher rate than regular scheduled childcare

Cancellations
To cancel your child for the day it is necessary to call us at least 24 hours in advance, or as soon as possible, of your child’s scheduled time of arrival. Because staffing is based upon the number of children scheduled, it is important that if your child’s schedule time changes, the Center is notified so we can adjust our staff accordingly. So if you will be bringing your child in later or if you are not able to pick your child up at the scheduled time, please call to notify the staff. There is no problem with schedule changes as long as we are notified in advance.

Checking In / Checking Out
When you arrive at the Center, log into the computer system. Take your child to the staff when admitting your child for the day.
At the end of your child’s day, log out. Only adults may use the computer terminal for logging in and out of the system.
Those enrolled in kindergarten, pre-kindergarten, or elementary school will be checked in and out for school by a staff member. However, this is the parent’s responsibility in all other situations (i.e. doctor’s appointment, etc.)

Departure/Pick-up
Children must be picked up by ______ p.m. If you are going to be late, please call as soon as possible to notify the staff. Child Protective Services will be called in the event that a child has been left at the Center 30 minutes past closing and the parents cannot be reached. A late pick-up results in a penalty of $1.00 per minute after the closure of the Center.

Dress (Clothing and Shoes)
We ask that you dress your child in comfortable clothing so that he or she will feel free to participate in all activities from easel painting to water play. We will be playing outside as often as the weather permits, so please send your child in a coat, hat, mittens, and boots when necessary. Please make sure that your child has comfortable shoes to wear at the Center. Sandals should have backs to enable the children to participate in all activities and to prevent unnecessary slips and falls.
Please make sure that your child has at least one extra set of clothing at the Center. Make sure the articles of clothing are marked with your child’s name. We will not be responsible for unmarked clothing.

Emergency Cards
Emergency forms are on file in each area. There is a card for each child. If the staff should need to contact parents for any reason, the cards are easily accessible.

Emergency Closing
In the event of school closings due to inclement weather, the Childcare will usually remain open. Please listen to area radio stations for announcements.

Enrollment
To enroll a child, the following must be completed one week prior to admission:
Registration fee to be paid at the time of registration.
A physical exam form completed and signed by your physician including a record of immunization.
Application
Medical consent form (for use in the event of illness or emergency)
Permission slip allowing your child to participate in field trips and to be photographed while at the Center
Pick-up authorization

Late Pick-up
If you will be picking up your child later than usual, please call us and let us know, so we can let your child know. We find that children can become anxious if they are not picked up at their regular time.
Only persons listed on the pick-up permission form in the registration packet will be allowed to take a child from the Center. If you know that such a person will be picking your child up, please inform us of this in writing.
The Center closes at ______ p.m. If a child is here after that time, a late penalty in the amount of $1.00 per minute will be imposed.

Liturgies/Celebrations
Insert local information as applies here.

Lost and Found
The lost and found box is located ________. Articles that can be easily lost should be marked with the child’s whole name rather than using initials or first name. Periodically, lost and found items are donated to the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

Lunch/Snack/Meals
Breakfast, a mid-morning snack at ___; lunch, and an afternoon snack at___ are served at the Center.
Menus are posted.
Children eating table food will follow this schedule:
Breakfast______a.m.
Lunch_______p.m.
Children coming after the scheduled time should be fed at home.
Please notify the staff if you wish to bring a snack or a birthday treat. They will be able to tell you how many children are scheduled to attend that day.
Individual bibs and washcloths are provided by the Center for use at mealtime and snack time.
Parents of infants (those not yet eating table food) will be required to provide their own food, formula, milk, etc.
Each meal will incur a separate charge. Snacks are included in the hourly rate.

Nap Time
Our schedule provides for a quiet time after lunch, giving both children and staff a chance to “rest and regroup.” Children will lie down on individual cots. Supervision is provided. Appropriate “quiet” activities are available, as needed, for children who do not fall asleep.

Parking For Parents
Parking is located at_________. No child may be dropped off. You must accompany your child to the Center and log in.

Play Program Description
Insert local policy and descriptions here

Records
Each Day Care age child shall have an admission physical examination report signed by a licensed physician or designee in a clinic supervised by a licensed physician. This report shall include past health history, status of present health, and recommendations for continued care when necessary. A statement of health condition signed by a physician or designee shall be submitted annually thereafter. For the school age child, a copy of the most recent school physical examination and immunization record shall be acceptable. This does not include the child who has a medical or religious exemption.

Schedules
All schedules are due by for the following week. It is very important that these schedules are accurate and on time. This insures that we will have the correct number of staff on hand at all times.
If you have a fixed schedule, provide us with a schedule for our records and indicate that it does not change unless otherwise notified. Please make out a schedule for each child. No schedule will be accepted over the telephone.

Schedules of the Day
Insert local daily schedule here.

Shoes
Please make sure that your child has comfortable shoes to wear at the Center. Sandals should have backs to enable the children to participate in all activities and to prevent unnecessary slips and falls.

Staff
a. Staff Descriptions
The staff includes teachers with college degrees and experience in early childhood education; teacher aides qualified by their education and past experience with children. All staff earns required in-service hours each year as mandated by the Department of Human Services.

b. Volunteers/Student Teachers/Practicuum Students
Occasionally you will see a new face at the Center. Students from the colleges, as well as other community members, will be helping out from time to time. All of these volunteers help us to meet each child’s specific needs. Each has been screened before receiving permission to volunteer.

Statement of Health
The state requires each school age child to have an admission physical exam report. This report includes an immunization record that is in compliance with the Iowa State Health Department regulations. For the school age child, a copy of the most recent school physical exam and immunization record is acceptable. A statement of health condition signed by the parent is to be submitted annually thereafter.

Supplies Needed By Children
Insert local policy here.

Telephone Numbers
Insert local policy here

Toilet Training
Readiness for toilet training varies with each child. Please discuss your child’s readiness to begin toilet training with his/her caregiver. Children need to have good communication skills as well as awareness of their body functions before considering training.

Toys
If your child brings something from home to show the other children or a blanket or stuffed animal to nap with, please have him/her place it in his/her room and the teacher will allow him/her to take it out at the appropriate time.
We cannot be responsible for lost or broken toys.
We would appreciate any donated toys, strollers, cameras, record players, high chairs, playpens, walkers, children’s furniture, books, and children's clothing. We could make good use of your discarded hats, purses, thread spools, etc.

Waiting Lists
Families currently enrolled in the daycare/extended care programs of * Catholic School will be offered enrollment options first.

Withdrawal
If you find it necessary to withdraw your child from our program for any reason, we ask that you give us two weeks’ notice in writing. If a child stops coming, and written notice is not given, you will continue to be charged the minimum weekly fee until such notice is received, as we can’t give your child’s space to a child on our waiting list unless we know for sure that she/he will not be returning.




Appendix A
Teaching Children To Pray

We firmly believe that the relationship of little children to God is very deep and important and influences the rest of their lives precisely because it is so simple. It is natural for little children to want to pray; as Paul says, “His Spirit speaks in our spirit.” The spirits of little children are very open to contact with the Divine Spirit. All we have to do is to elicit this contact gently and freely.

We would like to present here a few guidelines for teaching preschoolers to pray. We believe these guidelines have implications for teaching prayer to school age children at home and in the classroom.

Be open to recognizing God’s presence in your children.
Sometimes you can feel it just by looking into your children’s eyes; sometimes you can sense it when you are finally able to look at your children from a distance, as it were, and be amazed at the mystery of their existence; sometimes it could just be the way one of your children looks at a crucifix or reacts when you say the word Jesus.

Pray affectionately and tenderly with your children.
Particularly if you are open to God’s presence in your children, then the times you do choose to pray with them can be very special. Parents should not be afraid to hold their children’s hands, touch their foreheads, and so on while praying with them or over them. Prayer together should be a spontaneous flow of affection for one another as you rejoice in God’s presence, letting God know your concerns and needs, and praying for others you feel close to.

Be aware of the importance of ritual in a child’s life.
Once you find the right time and place to pray with your children, stick with it, and you will soon find that your children will remind you, if you ever forget, because prayer can become a healthy part of their emotional security.

Formal prayers should be attempted but not forced.
Variety in prayer is the “spice of life.”
Informal prayer, formal prayer, instrumental prayer, and Bible story prayer can all have their place within children’s framework of ritual.
Children need to be continually encouraged to pray for what is important to them. Don't use prayer to moralize.

Be open to special events in the family and to peak experiences in daily life as experiences of God for yourself and your children.
When there is an effort on the part of the parents to see in everything a sacrament of God’s presence, then this attitude flows out to the children. And it is this attitude that will be more important than all the formal prayers they will ever learn and more important than all the phases they will go through about going or not going to church on Sundays. It is this attitude that more than anything else will encourage our children to “lift up their minds and hearts to God.”

Reflection Starters
Have you ever felt you recognized God’s presence by looking into the eyes of your children? If so, relive such a time.
If you are unable to pray with your children, reflect on the kind of prayer you would like to have with them.
Recall the most memorable occasion of prayer with your children.
Try to imagine praying with your children in as many ways as possible.
Action suggestion: Pick one of the guidelines and try to put it into practice.


Appendix B
COMMUNICABLE DISEASE CHART
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SCHOOL AND DAY CARE FACILITIES
DISEASE
Usual Interval Between Exposure Between Exposure and First Symptoms of Disease
Main Symptoms
Minimum Exclusion from School
*Immunization is available
Chickenpox



Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)


Erythemia Infectiosum (5th disease)






German Measles* (Rubella)


Haemophilus* Meningitis


Hepatitis A*



Impetigo


Measles*



Meningococcal Meningitis*


Mumps* (commonly 18 days)


Pediculosis (Head/Body lice)

Ringworm of Scalp



Scabies


Scarlet Fever
Scarlatina
Strep Throat

Whooping Cough* (Pertussis)


13 to 17 days



24 to 72 hours


4 to 20 days






14 to 23 days


2 to 4 days


Variable - 15 to 50 days (average 28 to 30 days)


4 to 10 days


3 to 7 days



2 to 10 days (commonly 3 to 4 days)


12 to 25 days


7 days for eggs to hatch

10 to 14 days



2 to 6 wks initial exposure;
1 to 4 days re-exposure

1 to 3 days



6 to 20 days

Mild symptoms and fever. Pocks are “blistery”. Develop scabs, most on covered parts of body.

Tearing, redness and puffy lids, eye discharge.

Usual age 5 to 14 years - unusual in adults.  Brief prodrome of low-grade fever followed by Erythemia (slapped cheek) appearance on cheeks, lace-like rash on extremities lasting a few days to 3 wks. Rash recurs.

Usually mild. Enlarged glands in neck & behind ears. Brief red rash.

Fever, vomiting, lethargy, stiff neck and back.

Abdominal pain, nausea, usually fever. Skin and eyes may or may not turn yellow.

Inflamed sores, with  pus.


Begins with fever, conjunctivitis, runny nose, cough, then blotchy, red rash.

Headache, nausea, stiff neck, fever.


Fever, swelling and tenderness of glands at angle of jaw.

Lice and nits (eggs) in hair.

Scaly patch, usually ring-shaped on scalp.


Tiny burrows in skin caused by mites.


Sudden onset; vomiting, sore throat, fever, later fine rash (not on face). Rash usually  only with first infection.

Head cold, slight fever, cough, characteristic whoop after about 2 weeks.

5 days from onset of pocks or until pocks become dry.


During acute state or until treatment begins.

After diagnosis no exclusion from school.





7 days from onset of rash.  Keep away from pregnant women.

Until physician permits return.


7 days from onset of symptoms.



Cover lesions when attending school/day care.

4 days from onset of rash.



Antibiotics for 24 hours or until physician permits return.

9 days after onset of swollen glands or until swelling disappears.

None

No exclusion from school. Exclude from gym, swimming pools, contact sports.

After first treatment.


24 hours after antibiotics started and no fever.


5 days after start of antibiotic treatment.



Readmission to school  - It is advisable that school authorities require written permission from health officer, school physician or attending physician before any pupil is readmitted to class following any disease which requires exclusion, not mere absence, from school.

Appendix C
Parent/Guardian-Child Handbook
AGREEMENT FORM
Revised: DATE


 Immaculate Conception  Preschool
1203 Clark Street
Charles City , Ia.

Please return the bottom portion after reading/reviewing the Parent/Guardian-Child Handbook.



TO:Immaculate Conception Preschool

I/we have read the I.C. Parent/Guardian-Child Handbook and understand our responsibility in the matters included in this handbook. I/we have discussed the appropriate items with my/our child(ren).



Parent/Guardian: ______________________________________

Date: _____________________________________


Please return this form to the teacher.
Thank you