COMO PARK LANGUAGE AND ARTS PRESCHOOL AND CHILDCARE CENTER
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Parent Handbook

PARENT HANDBOOK 2019-20

1503 HAMLINE AVENUE

SAINT PAUL, MINNESOTA 55108

PARENT HANDBOOK

2019-2020

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Parent Handbook cover page…                                                         1

Table of contents…                                                                         2

Philosophy, Mission, Program contents                                             3

Leadership and Doctrine, Licensing, Capacity and Programs offered…                                               4

Emergency closings…                                                                                 5

Potty Training and Diapering Policies, State requirements for Enrollment…     6

Grievance procedure, Policies for reporting suspected maltreatment…                               6, 7

Drug and Alcohol policy…                                                                     8

Admission, Enrollment, and Withdrawal procedures,                                   8

Financial policies…Disenrollment…                                                             9

General information…                                                                       10, 11

Outdoor play, Pets…                                                                                   11

Children with special needs…      Sunscreen                                                                             12

Behavior Guidance policies, Provision of meal & snacks…                 13

Health Consultant, Health, safety and illness…                                             14

Health, safety and illness…                                                                 14 -16

Medications…                                                                                         16

Emergency Procedures, Field trips, Rest time…                             16, 17

Research/public relation’s activities, Licensing and Insurance…                   18

PHILOSOPHY

The Staff at Como Park Language and Arts Preschool and Childcare Center are committed to deliver a high quality educationally based program for children.  We believe that the social, emotional, intellectual and physical well being of the child is of utmost importance.

MISSION

The Como Park Language and Arts Preschool and Childcare Center staff will partner with parents to develop the whole child and prepare each child for a successful and enjoyable program experience.  Staff strives to create a safe and nurturing environment.

PROGRAM CONTENTS

The Staff at Como Park Language and Arts Preschool and Childcare Center contributes to the education of children through a planned program that is appropriate to their age.

These program goals include:

  • Providing appropriate space, supplying varied and challenging equipment and play materials, and aiding children in the appropriate way to use them creatively and constructively.
  • Developing creative expression and speech and language skills.
  • Promoting intellectual interest and abilities through opportunities to experiment, investigate, explore and to work out solutions to problems, and develop competence and find satisfaction in work and achievement.
  • Furthering emotional stability in an atmosphere where the children will feel safe, accepted and understood.  Children are helped to achieve a healthy balance between emotional control and emotional expression, as well as being encouraged to develop independence and confidence.
  • Developing enjoyment of language, art, literature, music, science, gardening and cooking.
  • Encouraging desirable healthy habits and attitudes.
  • Helping the child further relationships with adults who are friendly, warm and nurturing.
  • Learning to work in groups and to respect human differences.

 

LEADERSHIP AND DOCTRINE

The Como Park Language and Arts Preschool and Childcare Program will strive to promote an attitude of nurturing and love and model positive acceptable behavior.  Children are taught tolerance for others through observation of adults and in interactions with their peers.  By showing respect for others and using appropriate language, staff at CPLAPCC will set the tone for the program.  Staff will adjust behavior expectations to the developmental level of each child, anticipate problem situations and intervene by redirecting the child to an alternative situation, protect the safety of all children by establishing clear expectations and to provide immediate, directly related and appropriate consequences for children’s unacceptable behaviors.

LICENSING, CAPACITY AND PROGRAMS OFFERED

The Como Park Language and Arts Preschool and Childcare Center welcomes children from all backgrounds.  The program is licensed to serve #40 children ages 33 months - 5 years old.

The program is licensed and complies with the requirements of the Minnesota Department of Human Services (651) 431-6500.  The City of Saint Paul office of License, Inspections and Environment Protection can be reached at 651-266-9090

The Como Park Language and Arts Preschool and Childcare Center offer a variety of choices with convenient hours and a dedicated and loving staff.  Our goal is for the children to feel secure and look forward to coming to our program because of our interactions and support between staff and family relationships.

Como Park Language and Arts Preschool and Childcare Center’s facility operates from 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.  Parents and guardians may choose from the following options:

  • FULL DAY PROGRAM  7:30 a.m. -5:30 p.m. is offered either 5, 4 or 3 days a week.

Como Park Language and Arts Preschool and Childcare Center will operate from September-August.  Full time care is offered continuously throughout the year.

*Como Park Language and Arts Preschool and Childcare Center will be closed for the following dates:

Because of its proximity to the fairgrounds, we will be closed during the 12 days of the Minnesota State Fair, including the 3 days preceding the fair.  The program will close for the staff to take their vacations and make any changes to the facility that is needed.

In addition to the Minnesota State Fair time break, CPLAPCC will be closed for the following holidays:

Labor Day                                                         (September 2)                             Thanksgiving Day and after Thanksgiving Day      (November 28-29)                       Christmas Eve and Christmas Day                       (December 23-25)                        
New Years Eve day and New Years Day                (December 30-January 1)           Memorial Day                                                    (May 25)                               Independence Day                                             (July 3)

*If the holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the day will be recognized on Friday or Monday.  Holidays are not exempt from your child’s regular scheduled monthly tuition.

The first day the program will be open is on Tuesday, September 3, 2019

EMERGENCY CLOSINGS

In case of severe weather conditions, the Como Park Language and Arts Preschool and Childcare Center will close on the same schedule as Saint Paul Public schools.  Closing information is broadcast on WCCO-830 AM and television stations KSTP and CARE TV.  If an emergency is declared during the business day, all parents must pick up their children within TWO hours of the closing announcement.

The center will conduct monthly tornado drills from April to September and record in a log indication the time and day.  The site will designate the basement as an area for the emergency shelter and in the event of a tornado or other natural disaster.

POTTY TRAINING AND DIAPERING POLICIES

Diapering procedures and practices will allow only disposable diapers or pull-ups.  Staff will:

  • Change diapers only in the diapering area
  • Separate diapering area from the food storage, preparation and eating area.
  • Dispose of diapers properly
  • Diapering area must have a smooth non-absorbent diaper changing surface and floor covering.
  • Diapering area should be cleaned and disinfected after each diaper changed.
  • Each child will need their own diapers and wipes marked clearly with their name.
  • Wash hands with soap and water according to diapering procedure.
  • Children who have accidents in their underwear, will be put in diapers or pull-ups until they consistently put their pee and poop into the toilet.

Cleaning supplies Staff must use:

  • Disposable towels
  • Cleaning solution or soap and water
  • Disinfecting solution of household bleach and water of ¼ cup bleach/gallon of water.  Spray the area with the solution and let air dry.

Equipment the staff must use:

  • Must be assembled before initiating diaper procedure
  • Disposable, nonabsorbent paper must be used under each child.  Use disposable gloves
  • Liquid hand soap and single service paper towels must be within reach of the diapering area
  • Skin care items must be on a high shelf within reach for the provider but out of reach of children
  • Soiled clothing will be placed in disposable plastic bags and sent home with the parent or guardian.  Plastic bags will be kept out of reach of children.

STATE REQUIREMENTS FOR ENROLLMENT

State regulations require that each child have a health statement and immunizations complete by the time the child enters into our program.  All forms must be filled out completely.  If the parent or guardian is conscientiously opposed to immunizations, a notarized statement must accompany your form.

GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE

In the event of misunderstanding, personality conflict, or specific complaint against the center or about the policies, parents are encouraged to make an appointment with the director to remedy the problem

*Good communications between staff and parents make problem solving easier.  Please take the time to get to know the staff and to let them get to know you.  Time spent in this manner will help the teacher meet your needs.

Generally, verbal communications are best.   Notices and monthly newsletters will be posted on the center’s internal website. 

Parent/teacher conferences are offered twice a year.  These conferences are optional, but highly recommended.  Additional conferences can be arranged if needed.

No child’s record will be made available to anyone other than the child’s parent/s or guardian/s, or legal representative, or the commissioner of the Department of Human Services, unless written permission is given by one of the above listed parties or the center is otherwise required by law to release said information. 

POLICIES FOR REPORTING SUSPECTED MALTREATMENT

Our top priority is the safely and well being of the children in our care.  All staff at the center will maintain a policy on reporting suspected maltreatment of minors in compliance with the Minnesota Statutes, section 245A.145 subdivision 1.   All staff will receive training on the responsibilities of the Reporting of Maltreatment of Minors Act Minnesota Statutes Section 626.556.  Staff are legally required or mandated to report to a supervisor at the facility if there is reason to suspect child neglect or physical or sexual abuse within the preceding three years.  A report must be made immediately with 24 hours to an outside agency.  If immediate danger is suspected, 911 will be called.  Suspected abuse or neglect of children occurring within a family or in the community should be reported to the Ramsey County Social Services Division of Child Protection or to the St. Paul Police Department. 

FAILURE TO REPORT:  The staff understand that a mandated reporter who has reason to believe a child is or has been neglected or sexually or physically abused and fails to report is guilty of a misdemeanor and may be disqualified from employment in positions allowing direct contact with the person receiving services.

The center staff will not use retaliation against any mandated reporter for reports made in good faith. 

INTERNAL REVIEW:  An internal review will be conducted and corrective actions will be taken when necessary to protect the health and safety of each child in our care when the staff has reason to believe or knows that an internal or external report of alleged or suspected maltreatment has been made.  Evaluations will include reviewing policies and procedures. 

DRUG AND ALCOHOL POLICY

Como Park Language and Arts Preschool and Childcare Center prohibits employees, volunteers and subcontractors who are directly responsible for persons served by the program, from abusing prescription medication or being in any manner under the influence of alcohol or any chemical that impairs the individual’s ability to provide services.  Training will be conducted for all staff, volunteers, and subcontractors.

ADMISSION, ENROLLMENT, WITHDRAWAL PROCEDURES, AND DISENROLLMENT

Before your child will be admitted into Como Park Language and Arts Preschool and Childcare Center, all application forms must be completed along with the registration fee and a two week tuition deposit.  If there is no room is available, your child will be put on the waiting list.

Enrollment is on a first come, first-served basis.   During the year, additional days may become available due to children changing schedules or moving, etc.  As this happens, days will be redistributed with the following priorities in mind.  Students already in the program, prospective students on the waiting list, family members of former students and prospective all day students will all be considered before others not in any of these categories.  The center intends to fill openings that will benefit the program best by leaving as few vacancies as possible.

To attend, your child must be in good health and able to fully participate in activities of the day.  Your child cannot begin attending CPLAPCC without a current, signed IMMUNIZATION RECORD and the completed EMERGENCY CARD.  CPLAPCC is required to track immunizations and files an annual immunization report with the Minnesota Health Department.

DISENROLLMENT:  When a parent or guardian finds it necessary to withdraw their child from the program, a 30-day written notice is required.  The registration fee will not be returned.  Como Park Language and Arts Preschool reserves the right to terminate enrollment AT WILL.  Examples of potential situations that could result in suspension/disenrollment/termination include:

ŸIf financial obligations are not met.

ŸIf we feel we are not able to satisfy a family’s expectations.

ŸA child that exhibits unmanageable behavior.

ŸA child with educational or medical needs for which the school does not have the expertise or resources to manage.

ŸFailure to pick up an injured or ill child within an hour of being notified, for the second time in a calendar year.

ŸIf a family shows disrespect/disregard/abusive behaviors/language, harassment, and/or verbal threats toward staff, children, other parents or property of the school.

ŸLack of cooperation from parents or legal guardians with the program’s efforts to resolve differences and/or to met the child’s needs through parent/staff meetings, or failure to seek and use outside resources or referral services for testing, diagnosis, and/or individualized Family Service Plan or Individualized Education Plan so as to gain support for your child..

*When possible, CPLAPCC will provide a two-week notice to parents, but reserves the right to issue an immediate notice of disenrollment as deemed necessary.  In such a situation, the tuition deposit will not be refunded.

FINANCIAL POLICIES

REGISTRATION FEE:  There is a NON-REFUNDABLE yearly registration fee of $150.00/child that does not apply to tuition.  The fee will be used to purchase supplies.

TUITION:  A two-week tuition deposit is required at the time of registration.  Parents and guardians will need to set up a direct deposit account with the school business manager after your child is accepted into the program.  Tuition will automatically be charged the first day of school and then every other Monday until the end of the school year or withdrawal from our program.  The last payment for the school year will be in May, 2019.  The last two weeks of the school year (May 20-24) are covered by your prepaid tuition deposit.  All fees must be paid for the days that your child is scheduled to attend.  Each family will receive a receipt of payment.  There will be a $20 charge if funds are not available on a given tuition due date and your child will not be allowed to attend school until all financial obligations are met.

PICK UP TIMES AND LATE PICK UP:  The building closes at 5:30 p.m..  you should no longer be in the building.  If you will be late, call before 5:00 p.m. to let teachers and your child know.  Parents will be charged a fee of $5.00 per child for the first 5 minutes.  There is an additional $1.00 charge per child for every minute thereafter.  Children become upset when parents are late picking them up.  The late fee will be added to your tuition.  If a child is not picked up by their designated pick up time or closing time, staff will call the parents/guardians or the emergency contact person.  If they cannot be reached, Staff will remain at the center for 30 minutes and continue attempts to reach the parent or emergency contacts.  Staff will call the police and follow their instructions if the child is parents/guardians cannot be reached after 30 minutes.  Chronic lateness is defined as arriving at or after 5:30 p.m. and is cause for termination of childcare services.  Regular arrival and departure times are necessary for optimum and appropriate staffing and for staff to complete their duties.

A child pick up by an AUTHORIZED ALTERNATE must be completed in advance by the parent, legal guardian, or CPLAPCC staff person at the direction of the parent or legal guardian over the phone, and signed and dated by the person completing the form.  The identity of the authorized alternate will be verified with a government photo ID if the staff has never met the authorized alternate before.

VACATION, ILLNESS, HOLIDAYS AND SCHOOL CLOSURES:  Tuition will remain the same regardless of absences, illness, teacher prep days, legal holidays, open houses and school closures.  All families attending 3 or more full days/week during the nine-month school year are eligible for the two weeks vacation at 1/2 rate.  Parents must inform the business manager of intent to use the vacation ½ rate at least 2 weeks prior to the automatic tuition withdrawal.  The two-week tuition fees are evenly distributed from Labor Day to Memorial Day.  Fees for the summer program will be due on the first day of each session that the child/children attend.   The vacation ½ rate is not available to use for the summer program.

RATE CHANGES:  Parents will be notified of any tuition rate changes by May and rate changes will start in September.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Parents are encouraged to dress their children in comfortable play clothes.  We will be painting, gardening and playing outside and your child may get dirty.  Please send comfortable shoes to school and a pair of outdoor shoes that are okay to get dirty.  All clothing, including mittens, hats, scarves and snow clothes should be clearly labeled.  Please provide boots large enough for your child to put on and take off easily. 

Every child should have one full change of clothing appropriate for the current season stored in their cubby or backpack

Clothing should not have any drawstrings on them, including sweatshirts and jackets.  Staff will remove them if needed, drawstrings are a hazard that can lead to injury or even death is they get caught on playground equipment, doors etc.

SHOES:  Flip-flop shoes, Crocs, or open toed sandals are very dangerous for children to wear at CPLAPCC.  Please do not send your child in these types of footwear.

If opportunities arise for children to participate in any research, experimental projects, or public relations activities, parents will be fully informed of these opportunities and written parental permission received before the child will be allowed to participate.

Parents are responsible for logging their child in and out each day and leaving their child in the care of a center staff person.  Prior notice is appreciated when someone other than a parent/guardian is picking up a child.  For safety’s sake, children cannot be released to anyone that has not been authorized by the parent or guardian.

If there is a person to whom your child should NOT be released, please inform the staff at the beginning of the year by filling out the form in your packet.

For all day children please send a blanket and pillow for your child to have for quiet time.  These items must be taken home weekly and laundered. 

Please e-mail or phone the center when your child will be absent for the day.

Please notify the center if there is any change of address, phone numbers and emergency contact changes.

OUTDOOR PLAY

Outdoor play is an important part of the child’s day at our center.  All children enrolled in the program will go outdoors each day, weather permitting.  Please send appropriate outdoor clothing and label each piece. 

PETS

Pets may be a part of the program.  If a child has allergies, the pet will be removed from school.  Staff will supervise children when pets are present at the center.

TOYS

Toys brought from home present problems for the children and the staff.  Personal possessions are often difficult to share or may get broken.  Unless it is for a specific curriculum activity, parents are asked to not bring toys from home.  One small soft toy can be brought to stay at school during the week for your child to sleep with at nap time.

SUNSCREEN

Parents must sign a permission form for CPLAPCC staff to apply sunscreen.  We ask that parents apply sunscreen upon arrival to school.  Preschool staff will re-apply sunscreen before going outside in the afternoon.  When applying sunscreen, CPLAPCC staff will either wear gloves and change gloves between children, or wash their hands between each application of sunscreen. 

CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

If your child has special needs, we ask that the staff be informed regarding these needs PRIOR to registration.  A current IEP must be received so that an ICCP can be created and all staff persons can be trained.  The staff will aim to meet the needs of all children.  We welcome children of all ability levels and needs.  Every attempt will be made at the center to support your child with special needs and contribute to their well-being and success.  At times outside resources will bring services for a child with special needs to our school.  If special needs manifest in an excessively disruptive fashion, a special conference will be held with the parents and referrals suggested to the appropriate community resources.  Cooperation in this process is necessary for the well being of your child and others in the program.  Como Park Language and Arts Preschool is not a special education early development program.  Your local school district, can provide assessment and suggest options based on your child’s needs.  If your child has or is having formal assessments and/or receiving services through an IFSP or an IEP we will work you and the school district to decide if CPLAPCC might be a good placement for your child, even with the supports made by the school district.  Early intervention before age 3 is preferable, and the right program is key to school readiness and success.

BEHAVIOR GUIDANCE POLICIES

We believe in giving children a great deal of positive attention, which generally results in more positive behavior.  When discipline does become a problem, we use a “time out” approach where the child is removed from the activity until they decide that they are ready to behave appropriately, generally 1 minute/age.  Children will be redirected towards constructive activities as conflicts arise.  We will foster positive relationships and security for the children in our program.  If necessary, we will work with parents and with outside resources to aid in behavior management.  CHALLENGING AND/OR HURTFUL BEHAVIORS THAT CAUSE HEALTH OR SAFETY CONCERNS:  Challenging or hurtful behaviors, e.g. biting, hitting, kicking, pinching, pulling hair, are identified as hurtful or challenging behaviors.  CPLAPCC has procedures and policies in place to deal with these.  We believe that most hurtful or challenging behaviors are a young child’s inexperienced attempt to meet his or her immediate needs or frustrations.  The teacher’s role is to observe and note the time and location these occur and to create an environment that is uncluttered, organized and engaging for the children in the classroom.  We support and assist children in their interactions with one another.  Behaviors that persist or cause harm to the child or to others are a safety and health issue.  Outside evaluations and further resources may be needed for the child.  If the behavior becomes unmanageable, it may result in disenrollment as addressed on page 8.

PROVISION OF MEALS AND SNACKS

The Como Park Language and Arts Preschool and Childcare Center will provide breakfast and a morning and afternoon snack.  Breakfast is served between 8:00-8:30 a.m.  Students need to arrive by 8:30 so that breakfast can be completed by 8:40 and before the 9:00 program begins. 

Snack will be served around 10:15 for the a.m. and 3:15 for the p.m. children.  Typical foods include crackers, cereals, fruits or vegetables, apple juice, orange juice, or milk, and/or foods prepared by the children such as applesauce, muffins, etc. 

Lunch time will generally be between 11:15 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.  Parents should provide bags lunches from home for their child.  Please pack appropriate size lunches for the age group.  Uneaten food will be sent home each day so parents can monitor their child’s intake.

SPECIAL TREATS/BIRTHDAYS:  We will have many celebrations at our facility.  We believe that it is important for children to be exposed to many types of cultures, and to celebrate many types of holidays.  We encourage parents to share holidays and celebrations from their heritage with all of the children.  Arrangements can be made with the director to do so.

Sanitation procedures for preparing, handling, washing and serving food, utensils and equipment will comply with the requirements for food and beverage establishments in chapter 4626.  The center will provide a refrigerator for dairy products and other perishables at a temperature of 40 degrees Fahrenheit or less.  Tables used for meals are washed with soap and water before and after each use.

Information concerning a child’s food allergies will be posted in the area where food is prepared and on the refrigerator.

Drinking water will be available to children throughout the hours of operation.

Accommodations will be made for a child’s special dietary needs prescribed by the child’s parent and medical care provider.  All staff will be informed of the diet order and it will be specified in the child’s record.

Children may bring a treat to celebrate a birthday or special occasion.  The Department of Public Welfare requires that any foods brought in are factory-packaged food products or washable foods such as fruits or vegetables.  Please notify the staff in advance if you intend to furnish treats.  As an alternative to treats, we would encourage parents to consider donating an inexpensive book, with the child’s name inscribe, for our reading corner.  Other alternatives to share are:  colorful stickers or simple games or crafts.

CPLAPCC IS A NUT FREE FACILITY.  Due to many children who have both nut and tree nut allergies, we do not allow any nuts or products made in a nut facility to be served or brought in lunches to our school.

HEALTH CONSULTANT

The facility has a contract with Morgan Weinert RN for a Health consultant for periodic advice and an annual review of the Health and Safely Policies required by the Department of Human Services Division of Licensing.

HEALTH, SAFETY AND ILLNESS

The goal of Como Park Language and Arts Childcare Center is to provide a safe, secure, and healthy environment for the children in our care. 

Before a child is admitted to the center, a current physical examination of the child must be obtained and signed by the child’s medical physician. 

Parents must provide documentation at the time of enrollment of current immunizations or a signed notarized statement of parental objection to the immunization, or a medical exemption.

SICKNESS:  DO NOT send your child to school if you notice any of these symptoms:

  • Unexplained rash
  • Runny nose or sore throat
  • Fever 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
  • Cramps or vomiting or diarrhea
  • Listlessness or unexplained irritability

A child should NOT return to our center until temperature is normal for 24 hours and 24 hours after vomiting and/or diarrhea.

If your child has a communicable illness (i.e. chicken pox, lice, strep throat) you must notify the center within 24 hours.  Staff will alert other parents to watch for signs of symptoms in their child.  In the event that a child’s source of medical or dental care diagnoses a child as having a contagious reportable disease, health authorities will be notified within 24 hours of receiving the parent’s report.

*In the event of illness, please call the center to inform us of your child’s illness and absence.

ILLNESS OR INJURY DURING SCHOOL HOURS:  If your child becomes ill during the hours they are at the center, parents will be called to pick up the child.  In the case that the parent cannot be reached by (home, work or cell phone), the emergency numbers which you have provided on your Emergency Information card will be called.  The sick child will lie on a cot in the adjoining room with an adult or on a cot in the office until the parent arrives.

Supervision is a top priority for the staff at our center.  Children are never left alone.  All staff is required to be trained in first aid, CPR, Blood borne Pathogens Exposure Control and emergency procedures.   If a child is accidentally injured, the same sequence of phone numbers will be called as those described above for use in case of illness.  In case of serious injury, 911 paramedics will be called and the child will be taken to the hospital, which you have designated on your Emergency Information card.  All accidents, injuries, or incidents involving a child enrolled at our center will be recorded, including persons involved, date and place, type of injury, action taken, and to who the incident was reported.    An analysis of the accident, injuries, and incident procedures will be reviewed annually and modified as needed.

CHILDREN MUST BE KEPT HOME OR A PARENT/GUARDIAN WILL BE NOITIFIED IF THE FOLLOWING SYMPTOMS OCCUR DURING THE CHILD’S DAY AT THE CENTER.

  • Any illness that prevents the child’s participation in normal daily program activities.
  • HINI.  The child must stay home for at least 7 days after onset of illness; or until free of symptoms (including fever) for 24 hours, whichever is longer. 
  • An illness that results in more care than the program staff can provide without compromising the health and safety of others.
  • Undiagnosed rash or a rash that may be contagious.  A medical exam is needed to indicted these symptoms are not communicable before the child can return to school.
  • Conjunctivitis (pick eye) or pus draining from the eyes or ears.  A healthcare provider must evaluate the child and if antibiotic treatment is needs, the child may return to the center after 24 hours.
  • Head lice or nits.  The child may not return to the center until the first treatment is completed and no live lice are seen.
  • Chicken Pox.  The child may not return to the center until all the blisters have dried into scabs and no new blisters or sores have started within the last 24 hours.
  • Vomiting within the last 24 hours.  The child may not return to the center until after the vomiting has stopped for 24 hours.
  • Diarrhea within the last 24 hours.  The child may not return to the center until diarrhea has stopped for 24 hours.
  • Fever of 100 Fahrenheit temperature or higher.  Child must be fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication before returning to the center.
  • Bacterial infections such as strep and impetigo.  The child may not return to the center until 24 hours after antibiotic treatment begins and there is no fever for 24 hours.
  • If a child is infected with measles (return 4 days after rash has stopped), mumps (return 9 days after swelling begins, pertussis (return 5 days after appropriate treatment begins), ringworm (24 hours after treatment begins), rotavirus infection (return 24 hours after diarrhea has stopped), rubella(return 7 days after the rash appears)  or respiratory distress that cause breathing difficulties, wheezing or uncontrollable coughing, unusual color of skin, eyes, stool, or urine, mouth sores with the inability to control saliva, the child may not return to the center until 24 hours after symptoms subside.

*A child may return to the center after a “same day” physicians visit if:

  • The child is returning from a well child check-up.
  • The child has a note from the doctor allowing a same day return.

**Children and staff who have the symptoms noted above should be excluded from the center:

  • Until a health care provider has determined the symptoms are not associated with an infectious agent.
  • The is no longer a threat to the health of children and/or staff in the program and
  • The child is well enough to participate in normal daily activities.

MEDICATIONS

If children need oral or surface medication while at our center, please fill out a medical permission form available from the center’s director.  All medication must be in its original packaging with the label intact.  The medicine will be kept in a secure cabinet or if required in the refrigerator.  By state law, we can administer only medicine prescribed for the child in the labeled and dated prescription bottle or other medicine with a signed note from the doctor or parent.  Please do not send medicine with your child for self-medication such as cough drops and inhalers.  Please give all medications to a staff member.

EMERGENCY PROCEDURES.

Emergency numbers are posted near all telephones:  911, Poison Control, Department of Licensing, Department of Public Health, and Child Protection.  Emergency Information and phone numbers for all the children are kept in the Director’s office and taken on all field trips and walks.

Procedures for tornadoes and fire evacuation are posted in each room of the building.  Fire drills are performed monthly and tornado drills are performed monthly from April-September.  First Aid kits are located in the office and are taken on all walks, field trips, and on the playgrounds.

SAFETY POLICIES AND PROCEDURES:  Hallways and rooms will be maintained and kept free of objects that could cause tripping or falling. 

Children are asked to walk and not run within the center.  Carpets and rugs will be maintained and free of edges that could cause tripping or falling.  Rooms will be sufficiently lit.  Adult scissors will be stored up high.  All large muscle equipment will be safe and used according to appropriate ages and developmental levels.

To avoid burns, all heat sources will be kept away from children, no flammable cleaning products will be used, and there is no smoking allowed on the premises. 

To avoid poisoning, all cleaning supplies and other poisonous products will be stored and locked and away from children.    There will be no poisonous plants at the center.

To avoid suffocation, heating equipment will be inspected regularly, the rooms, well ventilated and there will be no plastic bags allowed accessible to the children.

To avoid pedestrian and traffic accidents, all children will be supervised in any and all occasions during walks or on field trips. 

FIELD TRIPS

During the year, children will be offered on-site field trips and they might take a neighborhood walk.

REST TIME

Rest time is provided daily in the p.m. for a quiet time and to gather energy.  Rest time is a part of the full day preschool program. 

If a child is not asleep after 40 minutes, the child is welcome to engage in quiet activities on his/her cot so as not to disturb the other children who are resting.  Parents need to send a soft item such as a blanket, pillow or ONE stuffed animal with their child for rest time.  Items will be sent home at the end of the week for the parent to launder and bring back the next week.

RESEARCH/PUBLIC RELATIONS ACTIVITIES

On occasion, the Como Park Language and Arts Childcare Center may be involved in research activities or a public relations event.  Written parental permission must be obtained before each occasion of research, experimental procedure, or public relations activities involving a child. 

LICENSING AND INSURANCE

The Language and Arts Preschool and Childcare Center is licensed and complies with the requirements of the Minnesota Department of Human Services (651- 431-6500).

The Center is covered by the insurance policies of the Kohlnhofer Agency:  952-469-4968


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