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Toilet Learning And Diapering:

Toilet learning is not required before children enroll in the center.  Staff will work with parent to assist with the process when the child is ready.  When a child is toilet learning, parents should make sure that the clothing worn can be handled independently by the child.  Parents will supply diapers and wipes for their child.  Please label diapers and wipe containers with the child’s name.  Parents should check the check child’s supply of diapers regularly and replenish as needed.  Staff will record on daily report sheets if children are in need of diaper or wipes.

Meals, Snacks, And Food Preparation:

The Early Childhood Education Center participates in the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program.   (CACFP)  Weekly menus are posted on the parent bulletin board.  We make every attempt to provide a variety of nutritious menus for the children.  Children will only be allowed food substitutions for medical or religious reasons with written doctor or religious authorization.  This is in compliance with CACFP guidelines.  Lunch count is called in by 8:00 a.m.  This assists us in using an accurate meal count.  If your child will not be in the center for a scheduled lunch please notify us by 8:00 a.m. 

Due to an increase in food sensitivities, food program guidelines and an increased awareness of childhood nutrition needs, NO FOOD of any kind may be brought into the Center.  This includes snacks for various celebrations as well as food for eating in the car on the way to or from school.  Birthdays and other holidays  can be recognized with certificates or other small tokens.

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.  To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TTY).  USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Arrival And Dismissal Information:


Each child attending the center must be accompanied into the center by a parent or someone given custody of the child that day.  The child should not be left until his presence is acknowledged by the center staff.  We want to make sure that the child is safely within the building and in the care of the center personnel before the accompanying parent/adult leaves. 

You may temporarily park your car in the visitor’s spaces in front of the center when arriving to drop off or pick up your child.  Parents must sign in/out upon arrival and departure so we have record of children’s attendance.  Each child has a mailbox in this area for messages, notes, and billing.  Please check your child’s mailbox daily. The center will close at 5:30 p.m. each day.  Parents who are late to pick up their child due to an emergency, PLEASE call 325-3270.  Parents who are late to pick up their child may be assessed a late fee of $5.00 for every 5 minutes after 5:30.  This will be charged to cover staff expenses.  The center clock will be the official time.

We reserve the right to add a fee for early arrivals and late departures. We also reserve the right to dis-enroll children whose parents are habitually late to pick them up.

Center Closing                  

When the college closes for inclement weather, the center will be closed.  Local media outlets will be notified in case of bad weather closure.  Should the college close after a day of classes has begun, the center will also close.   Parents are expected to pick up their children as soon as possible when such closings are announced.  Parents can contact the college information line at 325- 3700 for information on school closure.