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									      Step by Step
Infant Toddler Learning Center




  Impacting Two Generations

       Parent Handbook
           2010-2011

          709 E. Riverview Avenue
           Fort Morgan CO 80701
       Phone: (970) 867-5648 X 46177
            Fax: (970) 867-3347
                    TABLE OF CONTENTS

                                           PAGE NUMBER

ABSENCES & TARDINESS………………………………………..……………….7
AGES OF CHILDREN ACCEPTED…………………………………...……………6
ANNUAL RENEWALS………………………………………………….…………..7
ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE…………………………………………………………9
CLOTHING AND SUPPLIES…………………………………………….………..15
DAILY STRUCTURE……………………………………………………………….8
DIAPERING……………………………………………………………...…………19
DISASTERS……………………………………………………………….………..17
DISCIPLINE………………………………………………………………………..16
EMERGENCIES………………………………………………………….……….. 17
ENROLLMENT REQUIREMENTS…………………………………….…………..6
FEES AND PAYMENTS……………………………………………………………7
FIELD TRIPS…………………………………………………………….…………17
FOOD PROGRAM LETTER……………………………………………...………..14
GOALS AND STATEMENT OF PHILOSOPHY…………………………..………4
HEAD LICE POLICY………………………………………………………………11
HOURS………………………………………………………………………………7
ILLNESS……………………………………………………………………………11
MEALS AND SNACKS…………………………………………………….……...13
MEDICATIONS……………………………………………………………………12
REPORTING CHILD ABUSE………………………………………………..……18
STAFF INFORMATION……………………………………………………….…...5
TIOLET TRAINING……………………………………………………………….17
VISTORS……………………………………………………………………..…….19
WITHDRAWAL FROM THE PROGRAM ……………………………………...18
WEATHER…………………………………………………………………………15




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      Welcome to the Step-by-Step Infant Toddler Learning Center. Our vision is to

be linked with you as parents in your child's learning process while helping you to

earn your High School Diploma. We understand that learning is a never-ending

process. At Step by Step we provide a stimulating environment for your child to learn

through play. Our teachers promote your child in areas of social, emotional &

physical development. Parents' thoughts, ideas and suggestions are greatly

appreciated. We encourage interaction between and your child at anytime. An

enlightening, enriching and rewarding experience awaits both you and your child at

Step by Step.




Sincerely,



Sherri Amen
Director




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                 GOALS AND STATEMENT OF PHILOSOPHY




                    Teen Parent Program Mission Statement
The program is designed to assist teen parents in obtaining their High School diploma,

and to pursue future training or education. The program will

provide quality, licensed childcare to the program

participants’ children. We will teach and promote good health

practices, positive parenting skills, personal growth, decision-

making skills, healthy relationships, and economic self-sufficiency. The program will

help both generations it serves to be happy, healthy, socially responsible, contributing

members of society.




                      Infant and Toddler Center Philosophy
The childcare center will provide a safe and nurturing environment for the children

while their parents pursue a diploma. The center practices inclusion for any special

needs child. The staff and volunteers will model positive parenting skills. The children

will be offered a variety of recreational and enriching activities that will enhance their

physical, emotional, cognitive, and social development. Early intervention will be

offered for any developmental delays to help ensure school success.




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                         ENROLLMENT REQUIREMENTS

Admission
The Step-by-Step Infant Toddler Center offers quality care and development for
children ages 1 week through 3 years of age. The student parent must be enrolled in
high school at one of the high schools in Morgan County. We accept children
regardless of race, color, sex, national origin, or religious beliefs. Enrollment
requirements must be met before your child can attend our center.

All forms need to be filled out prior to the first day of attendance, or your child cannot
attend. At the time of enrollment we suggest that parents familiarize themselves with
policies and procedures of the center set in this handbook. We encourage that prior to
your child’s first day that you visit and observe the daily routines of your child’s
classroom.

Enrollment Forms-these are papers required by the state that need to be kept on file.
Handbook Agreement-After orientation, please feel free to look over the handbook
    at your leisure. I understand that there is a lot of information listed and that it can
    be overwhelming. Please contact the director with any questions, and once you
    feel you understand the information listed in the handbook, please sign and return
    the signature form at the back of the book.
Health Form-This needs to be signed by the doctor and returned before the child
    starts day care. This form needs to be renewed according the physician once the
    child is enrolled.
Immunization Records-Please bring your immunization card to the director to copy
    the dates from before your child starts day care. If your child needs any
    immunizations, you will be asked to get them before your child attends.
Food Program Formula Form-This form needs to be filled out for the USDA before
    your child is enrolled.
Initial Fees-Fees are to be paid in advance.
Confidentiality Form- This form needs to be filled out to ensure confidentiality
    within the center.




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                               ANNUAL RENEWALS


CONTRACT RENEWAL
      Contracts will be renewed annually in September. Any changes that take place
in your family should be reported and changes made on the child care forms
immediately.

POLICY HANDBOOK
      Any time a change is necessary in the Handbook parent(s) will receive two
weeks notice of the change and a new Agreement Page will be signed by parents and
provider indicating the change.

HEALTH & IMMUNIZATION FORMS UPDATE
      The Health Status Form, Immunization Form, and Over the counter Medication
Form must be updated as directed by your physician. The Immunization Record must
be updated according to the age requirements of your child as stipulated by the Health
Department.

                                       HOURS
       The center is open on all Fort Morgan School days from 7:30 –3:30. When the
   Morgan Schools are closed the Step By Step Infant Toddler Center is
  closed. You are required to bring your child to day care directly before
          school and pick your children up directly after school.

                                    FEES
Regular child care fees are $125.00 per week for children under two years
of age and $100.00 per week for children over two years of age. Students
enrolled in the Step by Step Teen Parenting Program are obligated to apply for CCAP
(Child Care Assistance Program) through The Colorado Department of Human
Services, participate in fund raisers to generate money for supplies for the center, do
in-kind work in the center, and pay a parental fee of $7.00 per month. RE-3 School
District can waive the parent fee requested by the Department of Human Services.

                                       ABSENCES
Please notify the center by 8:00 if you and/or your child will not be attending. Call
867-5648 X 46177. You will also need to call your school if you won't be there. If
you are not attending school, your child can’t come to day care. The center is only for
watching children while parents are at school. You will need to call if you are going
to be tardy. If your child is not in the day care, students must attend class and work in
the lab.



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                                DAILY STRUCTURE
Adequate child care is defined as a safe and wholesome environment. This
environment should be a natural learning environment that is loving and comforting. It
should enable the child to be happy, healthy and well adjusted and help develop a
positive self-esteem.
The child is involved in many different activities during the course of the day suitable
for their developmental age on a group and individual basis. The activities may
include arts and crafts, music and movement, structured and free play and field trips.

                FLEXIBLE TODDLER ROUTINE
The times are approximate and organized activities will sometimes
be foregone if the children are deeply engrossed in a creative type of
group play.

7:30-8:30           Free Play
8:30-9:00           Rotate Center Play
9:00-9:10           Hand Washing/Bathroom
9:10 9:30           Snack (see menu)
9:30-10:00          Music/Physical Play                Infant Daily Schedule
10:00-10:30         Outside Recess 5.A.06.a
10:30-11:00         Circle Time
                                                  Babies sleep on demand
11:00-11:30         Lunch
11:30-12:00         Story Time/Music              Babies play on demand
12:30-2:30          Nap/Quiet Time
2:30-3:00           Snack/Free Play               Babies are feed on demand
3:00-3:30           Clean up
                                                  Babies are given one on one time
 All activities done with the infants are done    Diapers are checked hourly
on demand. Most of the child’s play is
individual and not done as a group since          Social interaction encouraged
most infants play parallel with each other
and not together as much as they do when
they become toddlers.

Children outdoors daily. If they can not play outside for a reasonably amount of
  time, gross motor are provided inside. Indoor equipment must meet safety
                                   standards.




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                                ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE

As teachers we have found that some children have a harder time saying good-bye then others. So
we ask that if your child has a hard time transitioning from you to their teachers that it will be easier
on the child if the process is not prolonged. That it will be easier on the teachers to be able to
comfort and reassure the child if you keep your good- byes brief.

SIGN IN / SIGN OUT SHEET
A daily sign in & sign out sheet is kept at the front door. Parents must remember to sign their
child in and out daily. Teachers are also required to enter the time your child arrived on an
attendance sheet located in each room. Please note that a teacher cannot release a child to anyone
who is not authorized to pick him or her up. If someone other than an authorized person arrives to
pick up your child, they cannot be released to him or her. Remember to add on the authorized pick
up sheet anyone who may at anytime, pick up your child. Children are not released to anyone who
seems to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In the event such a situation should arise an
emergency contact is called to pick the child up or local authorities. The Step by Step Center closes
at 3:30 so please be on time to pick up your child. Emergency authorized contacts are called after
thirty minutes of closing. If no one can be reached or the child has been left at the center one hour
after closing, then management must call the proper authorities (social services and the local police).
State Regulations state that we cannot stop a legal parent or guardian from picking up your child
without a legal document. However we may contact you if a situation should arise.

                                         SAFETY
Our first concern is for the safety of each and every individual at Step By Step.
Therefore the following must be upheld at all times
 You must sign your child in and out everyday.
 Staff will check the sign in sheet upon leaving to ensure that all children are gone
  and signed out.
 Only you or a person you have designated on the enrollment forms can remove
  your child from the center.
 We will require a photo ID of anyone other than the parent or legal guardian who
  picks up a child. That person must be authorized to do so in writing by the parent
  or guardian.
 If someone else must pick up your child you must call the center and let the staff
  know the exact name of the person picking up your child.
 The staff must check the sign in sheet and do a head count four times a day to
  ensure that all the children are accounted for.
 When the children leave their room for any reason a note will be posted on the
  classroom door telling of their whereabouts.
 The parent or guardian will be notified immediately of an illness or serious injury
  to the child. All accidents serious or not will be documented and signed by both the
  center director and the parent.

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 If a medical emergency arises while a child is at the center a parent and paramedics
  will be notified immediately. If needed, the child will be transported by ambulance
  to the Colorado Plains medical center.
 If the above should occur an RE-3 accident report will be filed with the School
  District and The Division of child care.
 If the parent can’t be reached then the emergency contact given by the parent or
  guardian will be notified.
 A fire drill will be given monthly and a Tornado drill will be held twice a year.
  Emergency evacuation information will be clearly posted in each room.
 While the children are away from the classroom on a walk or outside the staff will
  be vigilant in keeping all the children together and supervised. If a child becomes
  separated from the group a staff member will immediately attempt to find the
  child. If the child is not located in 5 minutes the parent and authorities will be
  notified.
 It is imperative that you pick your child up by after school each and everyday. If an
  emergency arises and an alternate can’t be found to pick up your child, call the
  center immediately.
 If no authorized individual has picked up the child and a parent or guardian has not
  notified the center by 3:30 PM than the police will be notified.
 For the safety of everyone, visitors must sign in at the office in Sherman School as
  well as with the director of Step by Step, and receive a visitor’s badge. Visitors
  will not be left alone with any child at anytime.
 Children can bring toys, blankets, or pillows from home. Be sure that they pose no
  hazard to the other children in the center and are marked with your child’s name.
 If an item brought from home poses a hazard to anyone then the staff will
  confiscate it immediately.
 The staff needs to be able to reach parents at all times.

                                       DISINFECTING
We do everything in its power to keep the diseases and illnesses at bay. One of the ways we
accomplish this is by disinfecting. Every night the teachers spray down the classroom with a
disinfecting solution. Once a week, each teacher disinfects toys; the stuffed animals are washed in
the washing machine; infants and toddlers bedding is washed weekly or more often if needed. If a
child soils their clothing, the clothes are sent home in a plastic bag. The children’s cots are washed
down daily with a disinfecting solution after nap time. The walls, sinks, tables, bathrooms, cribs,
highchairs, cubbies and other furniture are constantly maintained and washed.




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                                 ILLNESS & INJURIES
Caregivers are trained to watch our children for unusual signs that may indicate illness. We are
aware that sometimes your child may be well enough to attend, but if you are unsure call your
pediatrician. If an occasion arises that your child is sent home we ask that you pick your child up
within one hour of us contacting you. Listed below are some symptoms or illnesses that your child
may be sent home for if his/her caregiver observes them.

   Fever over 100 degrees
   Unexplained rashes or outbreaks on skin
   Pink eye
   Severe coughing
   Difficult or rapid breathing
   Green runny nose
   Two incidents of diarrhea or vomiting within an hour
   Head lice, knits
   Measles, mumps, rubella, or chicken pox
   If your child is sent home, THEY MUST BE SYMPTOM FREE FOR 24 HOURS, ON
    ANTIBIOTICS, and OR HAVE A DR's EXCUSE BEFORE RETURNING TO THE CENTER.

The average child gets sick between five and twelve times annually. Care for mildly ill children is
one thing, but when children are too sick to participate to the extent that it interrupts the care or
endanger the health of other children, it will be necessary for you to make other arrangements for
your child.

You are also required to notify the staff if the child has been ill over during the last 24 hours, Or if
their child has been exposed to a contagious disease. Exposure of a disease does not
mean the child will be excluded from child care, but we will be aware and can watch for
symptoms.


Should an accident occur and your child is injured at school, the teachers apply first aid
immediately, and depending on the severity of the accident the following steps are taken:
           1. Parents are notified (always give caregivers any new contact numbers
              where you can be reached)
           2. If parents cannot be reached, emergency contacts are called.
           3. If the child’s injury is very severe, then 911 are called. If it is necessary
              for a child to be taken to the emergency room by ambulance a member of
              management accompanies the child until parents arrive.
           4. Should the injury be minor, caregivers fill out an accident report and notify parents by
              phone about what occurred.

If a child becomes ill at child care, a staff member will sit with the child in the office and try to
comfort him or her until a family member can pick up the child. When a child becomes ill in the
program, the parent is notified immediately.




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                                           HEAD LICE POLICY
Head lice are tiny insects that live primarily on the head and the scalp. They are found only on humans.
Head lice suck blood and may cause a rash & itchy skin. The eggs or nits are tiny white or dark ovals and
noticeable on the back of the neck & around the ears.

Transmission and Treatment:
Head lice are primarily spread through direct head to head contact, although sharing personal items such as
hats, brushes, combs, and linens may play a role in their spread between children. The best treatment is
combing out all the eggs (nits).

I. The director has the option of sending home any child with live lice for initial treatment (Because of the close
personal contact in the daycare). Children with nits only may remain in the daycare as long as parents are actively
combing out the nits.

There are two options for treatment:
    1. Chemical Method: Initial use of lice shampoo which kills the live lice and 2/3 of the eggs (not recommended
         for children under 2 y/o). Then daily combing of the hair with a special lice comb to comb all the eggs out.
         Lice shampoo may be used a second time 7 – 10 days later to make sure all the eggs are killed. (If combed out
         adequately, this is not necessary).
    2. Non-chemical method: By using regular shampoo & a special lice comb and combing out eggs every day, lice
         and eggs may be eliminated without any chemicals (preferred treatment for under 2 y/o). This should be done
         at home so any live lice will not be transmitted in the day care center.

II. Education of parents & staff is important in appropriate treatment of head lice.
     Focus is on combing out lice & eggs with a special lice comb. Parents should follow through with checking &
        treating family members or contacts, wash clothing & bedding, & vacuuming.
     Letters to parents will be mailed at the director’s discretion.
     Education may be done in groups or individually.

III. Daycare follow-up & prevention:
     1. When there is a case of confirmed lice, all students and staff in the facility will be examined for lice. Close
        contacts of a case will be examined every two weeks - (until no nits x 2 weeks).
     2. Separate cribs & bedding for each child. Teach staff & children not to share personal items.
     3. Launder clothing & bedding in hot water / dryer for a minimum of 20 minutes.
     4. Daily vacuuming of carpet. Furniture vacuumed after a case of live lice.
     5. Combs & brushes should be soaked in a disinfectant solution (1/4 cup bleach to a gallon of water),or lice-killing
        solution for 10 minutes, or boiled for 10 minutes.

    Tidbits:
                Each live louse may lay 200-300 eggs in a month. Combing out all the eggs is the best way
                 to get rid of lice.
                Eggs hatch in 6 – 9 days, capable of laying eggs 10 days after hatching.
                Lice are killed by heat 130-160 degrees. Washing clothes and placing in a dryer will kill the
                 eggs.
                Lice cannot survive off the head more than a week in humid conditions or 2 days in dry
                 conditions. Placing stuffed animals in a plastic bag for two weeks will make sure there is no
                 spread.


                                              HEAD LICE TREATMENT

Head lice are tiny insects that live primarily on the head and the scalp. They are found only on humans.
Head lice suck blood and may cause a rash & itchy skin. The eggs or nits are tiny white or dark ovals and
noticeable on the back of the neck & around the ears.



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Transmission and Treatment:
Head lice are primarily spread through direct head to head contact, although sharing personal items such as
hats, brushes, combs, and linens may play a role in their spread between children. The best treatment is
combing out all the eggs (nits).

There are two options for treatment:
    1. Chemical Method: Initial use of lice shampoo which kills the live lice and 2/3 of the eggs (not recommended
         for children under 2 y/o). Then daily combing of the hair with a special lice comb to comb all the eggs out.
         Lice shampoo may be used a second time 7 – 10 days later to make sure all the eggs are killed. (If combed out
         adequately, this is not necessary).
    2. Non-chemical method: By using regular shampoo & a special lice comb and combing out eggs every day, lice
         and eggs may be eliminated without any chemicals (preferred treatment for under 2 y/o). This should be done
         at home so any live lice will not be transmitted in the day care center.

     Focus is on combing out lice & eggs with a special lice comb. Parents should
      follow through with checking & treating family members or contacts, wash
      clothing & bedding, & vacuuming.
Daycare follow-up & prevention:
            1. When there is a case of confirmed lice, all students and staff in the facility will be examined for lice.
                Close contacts of a case will be examined every two weeks - (until no nits x 2 weeks).
            2. Separate cribs & bedding for each child. Teach staff & children not to share personal items.
            3. Launder clothing & bedding in hot water / dryer for a minimum of 20 minutes.
            4. Daily vacuuming of carpet. Furniture vacuumed after a case of live lice.
            5. Combs & brushes should be soaked in a disinfectant solution (1/4 cup bleach to a gallon of water),or
                lice-killing solution for 10 minutes, or boiled for 10 minutes.

    Tidbits:
                Each live louse may lay 200-300 eggs in a month. Combing out all the eggs is the best way
                 to get rid of lice.
                Eggs hatch in 6 – 9 days, capable of laying eggs 10 days after hatching.
                Lice are killed by heat 130-160 degrees. Washing clothes and placing in a dryer will kill the
                 eggs.
                Lice cannot survive off the head more than a week in humid conditions or 2 days in dry
                 conditions. Placing stuffed animals in a plastic bag for two weeks will make sure there is no
                 spread.

                                                MEDICATIONS
It is our policy that no medication is given without a physician's written permission.
Medications must be in the original container bearing the original pharmacy
label that shows prescription number, name of medication, date filled,
physician’s name, child’s name and directions for dosage.
That includes prescribed, as well as over the counter medication.
Additionally, a parent's written authorization is needed before over the counter
medication is to be given. Management only can administer medication at the times
specified by parents or according to the directions on the prescribed bottle. All medications
must be checked in with management and have a physician’s authorization form. For children
with allergies that require using an epi-pen, management must have authorization and
instructions from a physician. The epi-pen is kept locked in a box. If your child needs
nebulizer treatments, we encourage you to do them at home or while you are in the center. If
the treatments need to be given during the day and the student can not administer it the staff
can be trained by a registered nurse, but we must be notified with enough notice to get the training.

All medication must be taken home each Friday. All medication is locked up.


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                                      Meals and Snacks

Toddlers
 Step-by-Step is a participant in the Child Care Food Program a
child nutrition program. Please see the attached letter for
details. We will provide the following meals and snacks for the
toddlers.
        Breakfast      8:15-8:30 AM
         Lunch        11:00-11:30 AM
        PM Snack       2:00-2:30 PM

We focus on your child’s nutritional needs by providing well-
balanced, nutritional meals & snacks. We encourage children to use their self-help skills by
providing self-service family style meals and snacks. Although we offer meals children are not
forced to eat. If you arrive late and the child does not arrive in time for a meal, feeding the child then
becomes the parent’s responsibilities. Please do not bring food with your child.

PLEASE DO NOT ALLOW your child to bring gum, candy, or food. Special arrangements may be
made for goodies to be brought if permission is given prior to item being brought and if enough is
brought for all. Arrangements will be made to meet special needs your child may have if adequate
notice is given. Parent(s) may feel free to bring necessary special foods or liquids.

PLEASE DO NOT BRIBE YOUR CHILD WITH FOOD FOR ANY REASON.

Sweets are limited and parents should obtain permission before sending such items to the child care
center. This policy keeps your child from being upset if the item sent is inappropriate for the
children in care. Gum is never allowed.

Please do not bring any food other than cafeteria food into the infant and toddler rooms. We are
promoting healthy eating opportunities for the children by setting a good example by healthy foods
around them.

Infants
Infants eat upon demand. Parents, who have children under the age of one, are asked to provide any
food their child may consume through out the day, formula, cereal, jar food and any kind of snacks.
The center can only provide water to mix with the formula or cereal. Infants are to be held while
bottle-feed.




Food Allergies
If your child has food allergies we must have a note form your physician. Please notify us of any
foods not eaten because of religious and/or ethnic backgrounds.




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Family Background
Please talk to the staff about tour family back ground.

You are an active part of the staff in the program. You are to do what needs to be and also take the
initiative to come up with activities for the children.

You are not allowed to say who holds your baby and who doesn’t. We all need to act professional
and keep the child’s interests in mind.

"Shoe-Free" Environment for the Infant Room
With infants commonly on the floor we wants to provide a clean, safe, and healthy environment in
the Infant Room. We practice a "shoe-free" policy in this room. We ask that parents and staff
entering the carpeted area of the infant room please slip a pair of shoe covers over their shoes. We
take this action to prevent outside contaminants from being brought into the room and spread onto
the carpet; particularly during the cold weather with the snow and salt. The infants spend much of
their time exploring on the floor, so it is best that these areas be kept as clean as possible.




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Please read the following letter about the USDA Food Program.




Dear Parent(s) or Guardian,

       Congratulation, the child care center you have chosen participates in the Child Care Food
Program (CCFP), a federal program administered by the Colorado Department of Health. The
primary goal of the CCFP is to improve the diets of children from birth until their 13th birthday,

        Nutrition is as important part of good health and a good child care program. Children need
well-balanced meals to meet their daily energy needs and help build strong bodies and minds.
Through the CCFP, you can be assured that your child is getting balanced nutritious meals. All of
the meals claimed must follow patterns set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. As participants
in the CCFP, your child care home can claim a maximum of one meal and two snacks or two meals
and one snack daily per child. Your child care home receives a reimbursement for claiming these
meals as well as information on nutritious meals for children. Below are the minimum Child Care
Food Program meal requirements for children 1 through 12 years old.

       BREAKFAST
1)     Fluid Milk
2)     Fruit, Vegetable or Juice
3)     Bread / Bread Alternate

       LUNCH
1)     Fluid Milk
2)     Meat / Meat Alternate
3)     Fruit or Vegetable or Juice
4)     Bread / Bread Alternate

       SNACK
1)     Fluid Milk
2)     Meat / Meat Alternate
3)     Fruit, Vegetable or Juice
4)     Bread / Bread Alternate 5.A.02.c


        If you have questions or comments about this program talk with your child’s teacher, or the
director, or contact the: Colorado Department of Health, Child Care Food Program, 4210 East 11th
Avenue, Denver, Colorado 80220, Telephone: (303) 331-8351.

        USDA policy forbids discrimination because of race, color, national origin, age sex, or
handicap. Any person who believes he of she has been discriminated against in any USDA related
activity should write immediately to the Secretary of Agriculture, Washington, DC 20250.




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                           INCLEMENT AND HOT WEATHER
In Colorado, we experience so many wonderful changes in the weather snow, rain, and heat. We do
allow children the opportunity to play outdoors daily. Parents are encouraged to dress children
appropriately for the weather outdoors. For instance, if you can send snow boots, gloves, hats, coats
when there is snow. Hats and sunscreen should be brought in if it is sunny out.




                                 CLOTHING AND SUPPLIES
Children must arrive clean, dressed in comfortable clothes and ready to begin their day of play. A
complete change of clothes including socks and a jacket must be provided for each child. Parents are
also responsible for providing the following items if they are required for your child:

These Items will be kept in your child’s cubby. Please check your child’s cubby regularly to be sure
there is sufficient supplies. The staff will also list these items as needed on your daily sheets. We
prefer that your child does not bring anything extra from home. We are not responsible for lost or
damaged articles. Children are encouraged to bring a favorite blanket or special naptime item.
Children’s belongings should be labeled with your child’s name clearly printed on it. We do not
allow toy weapons. Please send your child with shoes because we do play outdoors and shoes are
required. Please dress your child in clothes for active play. Since children learn best through active
play, it is important that the children are dressed in clothing that make it easy for them to play in, as
well as clothes that can be washed easily.

Outside collaboration
The center works to provide outside resources for parents, these resources include but are not limited
to Nurse Family Partnership, Colorado Plans Medical Center, SARA House, and the Caring
Preganacy Center

                ITEMS TO BE PROVIDED BY PARENTS
                    (TO BE KEPT IN AT THE CENTER)
                              YEAR ROUND
*COMPLETE CHANGE OF       *DIAPERS (if not fully potty *DIAPER CREAM
CLOTHING                  trained) 5.A.8.08a,          *FORMULA
*PACIFIERS AND CLIPS      *LABELED BOTTLES             *JAR BABY FOOD

          WINTER                                               SPRING/FALL
*HEAVY COAT     *HATS                               *LAYERED CLOTHING,
*SNOW PANTS    *BOOTS                               TO ACCOMMODATE TEMPERATURE
*GLOVES                                             CHANGES



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                                            DISCIPLINE
        Child discipline is training to develop self-control and social competence. Through a joint
effort between parents, child, and teachers we develop and implement a plan to redirect a child’s
disruptive behavior. Good behavior is praised. Prevention, setting clear limits, redirection,
distracting, modeling and discussing techniques are used to encourage self-discipline. No harsh
discipline (pinching, spanking, rough handling, hair pulling, hitting, kicking, biting, etc.), corporal
punishment or other humiliating methods are used. Discipline is never associated with food, toileting
or sleep. Verbal abuse and derogatory remarks about the child are not permitted. After teachers have
exhausted all avenues, parents are called in for a conference with management to problem solve and
find alternatives to resolve the situation. Management, teachers and parents are encouraged to try
every method and work toward a mutually satisfactory solution. You are not allowed to call children
“brats” as well as any other derogative names. If you would like to ask a child to quite down, you
may say “hush” or “quite please” NOT “shut up”.

Here are some examples of appropriate ways of disciplining:

    Providing Choices-Would you like to help clean up the blocks or the paint table?

    Redirecting Behavior-Let's go find something to do while you’re waiting for your turn on the
     slide.

    Natural or Logical Consequences-We need to paint on the paper. Please help clean up the
     table.

    Direct Statements-Blocks are for building not hitting people.

    Awareness of Feelings-Tell Billy it makes you angry when he knocks down your blocks. How
     do you think Donna feels when you do that?

    Problem Solving-Let's see, we only have one truck and you both want to play with it. I wonder
     what we could do?

    Encouraging Pro-Social behavior-When everyone helps, it doesn't take very long to clean up
     the room.

    Setting Limits-It is not okay to throw sand. Sand stays in the sandbox.

    Removal from Situation-This is not okay. You and I need to find something else to do
     together.

If you are having a discipline problem at home, please let your child's teacher or the director offer
some choices on how to handle the situation. We know parenting is a tough job and we want the
best for you and your child.

                                   PARENT CONFERENCES
    Each semester their will be a parent conference with each teen parent about his/her child. During
       this conference the parent, the classroom teacher and the director will meet to discuss the
                                        development of the child.


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                                          EMERGENCIES
Although it is our practice to prevent accidents and injuries accidents do happen. In the case of an
emergency staff will call the local hospital if immediate treatment is necessary or the child’s doctor
or dentist. All parents must sign a form giving the staff of the Step-by-Step Center permission to get
their child the adequate medical treatment when or if needed. The staff will make every attempt to
contact the parents or emergency contacts before any action is taken. The parents agree to assume all
financial responsibilities for the ambulance and any medical treatment given to their child.


                             EVACUATIONS AND DISASTERS
Our center conducts monthly drills for fires and tornadoes. In the event of an actual emergency,
children are evacuated from the building. Emergency plans are posted in each room. Parents are
notified if staff and children cannot reenter the building. Teachers take attendance once children are
out of the building and a safe distance from any harm. Emergency bags are provided for each class
containing food, water, first aid kit, and emergency numbers, and a roll call sheet. We ask parents of
infants to bring in one extra bottle, pacifier if needed, two extra diapers, one pack of handy wipes
and ready to serve formula (breastfed babies we ask you bring in an alternative if a bottle of breast
milk is not accessible at the time of evacuation). We can provide bottled water and blankets. Natural
disasters can occur in Colorado. This center has become familiar with practices suggested by FEMA
and the Red Cross.


                                            TELEVISION
The child will not be allowed to watch television. This is a crucial
time for development and we prefer to stimulate the children’s learning through active play, and art
and sensory activities.

                                            FIELD TRIPS
The authorization form signed by you at the time of enrollment grants the center permission to
transport your child. If field trips are taken, you will be notified prior to. Field trips will be done in
the school district’s suburbans with staff that are qualified through the school district as drivers. On
these days, you will be required to bring the child’s car seat, and the staff will take emergency
information for each child as well as a cell phone incase of an emergencies.

                                       TOILET TRAINING
Toilet training begins as an agreement between parents and teachers. We provide unique child-size
toilet areas to help alleviate fears and insecurities. The child must be at least 20 months and be able
to pull his or her own pants on and off and able to communicate verbally the need to use the
bathroom. Teachers should be given an oral or written plan of how parents work with the child at
home to remain consistent at school. There is no force involved. Each child is given the opportunity
to go to the toilet. Ultimately it is the child’s decision to go or not. If your child is toilet training we
        ask that you bring in lots of extra clothes and pull-ups or underwear. If you chose to use cloth
          diapers, the diaper must have an absorbent lining completely contained within an outer
                     covering made of waterproof material that prevents the escape of feces and urine.
                     Staff will change both the diaper and the outer covering as one unit and bag for
                     parent to wash.



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                                PARENT COMMUNICATION
Each classroom has a parent board in the front of the room. The teacher updates information, and
communicates special memos on this board. In addition, each teacher fills out a “Daily
Communication Sheet,” to inform you on your child’s daily activities. It includes how the child
slept, ate, or how they played and concepts learned. Please feel free to communicate any questions or
concerns to your child’s teacher at any time. Please note that if you deem it necessary, you may
request a conference with the teacher at any time.
                       WITHDRAWING FROM THE PROGRAM
A written letter must be given to the Director two weeks in advance if you and your child will be
leaving the program.

                                              TERMINATION
If a student fails to comply with the rules in this contract the student will be terminated form the
program.

                          REPORTING ABUSE AND NEGLECT
By Colorado law, the staff is required to report any incidents or suspicions of child abuse or child
neglect to the Department of Human Services or the Police Department. You also have the right to
report any suspicions or incidents that you observe regarding your child or any other child in the
center. A letter is included following that gives you information that explains how to report
suspected child abuse or child neglect.

Reporting suspicions of child abuse and neglect is always difficult. If there are questions about
physical marks on your child or changes in your child’s behavior, then the staff will make all efforts
to talk to you.

All parents want the best for their children. Sometimes abuse is intentional and sometimes it is not.
In any case, the child must be protected. We will try to respect your values and methods of child
rearing within the bounds of safety and responsible child care practices. However, if it becomes
apparent that the child is being harmed, as a licensed center we are required by law to report it.

Also note that it is unlawful to deliberately make a false report of child abuse.

                                            DIAPERING

   When diapering you must follow the diapering rules posted by the changing centers. Before
 changing diapers you must be trained by a staff member. There are many diseases and germs that
 can be transferred during diaper changes so you have to use universal precautions when doing so.

                                             VISTIORS

If someone is visiting for any reason, they must sign in and wash their hands. If the visitor is going
 on the infant side he or she must ware booties and a smock and wash their hands between infants.



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Dear Parent(s):

Your child was recently enrolled in a child care program that is licensed by the
Colorado Department of Social Services. The license indicates that the program has
met the required standards for the operation of a child care facility. If you have not
done so, please ask to see the license.

Most licensed facilities make every effort to provide a safe and healthy environment
for children. Unfortunately, on rare occasions, an incident of abuse may occur. If you
believe that your child has been abused, you should seek immediate assistance from
your county department of social services. The telephone number to report child
abuse in your county is:

                            Department of Social Services

                                       542-3530

Colorado law requires that child care providers report all known or suspected cases of
child abuse or neglect.

Child care services play an important role in supporting families, and strong families
are the basis of a thriving community. Your child's education, physical, emotional,
and social development will be nurtured in a well-planned and run program.
Remember to observe the program regularly, especially with regard to children's
health and safety, equipment and play materials, and staff. For additional information
regarding licensing, or if you have concerns about a child care facility, please consult
the

                       Colorado Office of Child Care Services
                         1575 Sherman Street, First Floor
                              Denver, CO 80203-1714

                                    (303) 866-5958
Sincerely,



Licensing Administrator
Office of Child Care Services

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                                              CLASS AND LAB
The center is not only a day care for your child while you attend school and earn a diploma, it is also
a class and lab.
Most of your payment for childcare is done through in kind working. This means that you are
working in the center to pay for your day care. When you are scheduled to be in the lab, it is your
responsibility to do what needs to be done to care for the children and promote their education. In
the infant room, there are chores sheets that you need to sign and date as duties are done. You also
need to help staff with situations as they arise. It is understandable that you may want to sit and visit
with other student parents while in the lab, but his is a time to work. Please save your discussions
for classes and your visiting for after school hours. Reading is crucial at this young age, so please
read to children as often as possible to promote literacy and language skills as well as to bond with
the children. You need to document the time that you work in the center on a time sheet. There will
not be any gossip allowed in the center. Please sign the confidentiality form and follow it very
closely. This program is designed to support teen parents and the unique issues they face. In doing
so, some private matters may arise which are not to be discussed outside the center.


Your class time is like any other class. You are required to be on time, have regular attendance and
do the work that is required.




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I ______________________ have read and I understand the contents of this parent handbook and I

agree to follow the rules and policies set forth in this handbook. I also agree that if at any time I no

longer agree with the policies and procedures I shall be given a chance to have my thoughts and

concerns heard by both the staff and the director.




Signature: ________________________________ Date: __________




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