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					                        PARENT HANDBOOK
                                2008-2009




CEEYC Parent Handbook     2007-2008 Edition   1
                        Cornerstone Early Education & Youth Center, Inc
                                    TABLE OF CONTENTS
Table of Contents         ……………………………………………………………………                          Pages 2 & 3
Mission Statement         ……………………………………………………………………                          Page 4
Governing Body            ……………………………………………………………………                          Page 4
Licensing          ……………………………………………………………………………..                            Page 4
Registration       ……………………………………………………………………………..                            Page 4
Health Appraisal          ……………………………………………………………………                          Page 4
First Day          ……………………………………………………………………………..                            Page 4
Financial Policy          ……………………………………………………………………                          Page 4
Vacation Policy           ……………………………………………………………………                          Page 5
Tuition Fees       ……………………………………………………………………………..                            Page 5
Returned Checks           ……………………………………………………………………                          Page 5
Late Pick-Up Policy       ……………………………………………………………………                          Page 5
Usable Space              ……………………………………………………………………                      Page 5
Outdoor Area       ……………………………………………………………………………....                          Page 5
Riding Toys               …………………………………………………………................              Page 6
Access to Space by Children    ……………………………………………………………                        Page 6
Indoor Area        ……………………………………………………………………………….                            Page 6
Sleeping Accommodations        ……………………………………………………………                        Page 6
Toileting Areas ………………………………………………………………………………                                Page 7
Sanitation         ………………………………………………………………………………                             Page 7
Hand washing ………………………………………………………………………………                                   Page 7
Standard Precautions      …………………………………………………………………….                         Page 7
Diapering          ………………………………………………………………………………                             Page 8
Food Safety        ………………………………………………………………………………                             Page 8
Storage of Personal Belongings ……….. ………………………………………………….                     Page 8
Doors, Windows, Climate Control ………………………………………………………….                       Page 8
Outdoor Climate …………………………………………………………………………….                                Page 9
Lighting                  ……………………………………………………………………..                        Page 9
Water and Sewage          ……………………………………………………………………..                        Page 9
Hazardous Finishes and Surfaces …………………………………………………………                        Page 9
Emergency Planning        ……………....……………………………………………………..                     Page 9
Firearms           ……………………………………………………………………………….                            Page 9
Pets               ……………………………………………………………………………….                            Page 9
First Aid Kits      …….…………………………………………………………………………                           Page 9
Telephones         ……………………………………………………………………………….                            Page 10
General Safety Practices ……….……………………………………………………………                          Page 10
Transitioning      ………………………………………………………………………………..                           Page 10
Parent Communication ……………………………………………………………………….                             Page 10
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                             Cornerstone Early Education & Youth Center, Inc
                                     TABLE OF CONTENTS,CON’T

Program Goals and Planning ……………………………………………………………………………                                                                                      Page 11
Inclusion Policy ……………………………………………………………………………………………                                                                                          Page 12
Documenting Children Progress ………………………………………………………………………..                                                                                   Page 12
Program for Toddlers …………………………………………………………………………………….                                                                                        Page 12
Program for Preschool-Age Children …………………………………………………………………..                                                                                Page 12
Napping/Rest Time ………………………………………………………………………………………                                                                                           Page 13
Program for School-Age Care ………………………………………………………………………….                                                                                     Page 13
Spiritual Development …………………………………………………………………………………..                                                                                       Page 14
Curriculum Guide ………………………………………………………………………………………..                                                                                          Page 14
Child Abuse and Neglect ……………………………………………………………………………….                                                                                       Page 15
Discipline …………………………………………………………………………………………………                                                                                              Page 16
Positive Behavior Management ……………………………………………………………………….                                                                                     Page 16
Health Care ………………………………………………………………………………………………                                                                                           Pages 17-18
Administering Medication ……………………………………………………………………………….                                                                                      Page 18
Minor Injuries and First Aid ……………………………………………………………………………..                                                                                  Page 19
Food and Nutrition ………………………………………………………………………………………                                                                                          Page 19
Releasing Children ………………………………………………………………………………………                                                                                          Page 19
Security System ………………………………………………………………………………………….                                                                                           Page 19
Transportation ……………………………………………………………………………………………                                                                                            Page 20
Smoking, Alcohol and Drugs …………………………………………………………………………...                                                                                    Page 20
Cell Phones ………………………………………………………………………………………………                                                                                              Page 20
Forms …………………………………………………………………………………………………….                                                                                                 Page 20
Holidays Observed ……………………………………………………………………………………..                                                                                          Page 20
Weather Emergency ……………………………………………………………………………………                                                                                            Page 20
Parent Responsibilities …………………………………………………………………………………                                                                                       Page 20
Clothing and Personal Possessions ………………………………………………………………….                                                                                  Page 20
Picture Permission ……………………………………………………………………………………..                                                                                         Page 21
Parking ……………………………………………………………………………………………………                                                                                                Page 21
Community Notification Program ………………………………………………………………………                                                                                    Page 21
Pictorial Permission Form ..........................................................................................................          Page 22
Receipt of Handbook Acknowledgement …………………………………………………………….                                                                                  Page 23
Ouchie Report …………………………………………………………………………………………..                                                                                            Page 24
Incident Report ………………………………………………………………………………………….                                                                                           Page 25
Medication Form ………………………………………………………………………………………..                                                                                           Page 26
Sample Schedule ……………………………………………………………………………………….                                                                                            Page 27




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Mission Statement
To provide a Christ-centered learning and nurturing experience for children whose parents need help in securing early education.


Governing Body
The Cornerstone Early Education & Youth Center, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c) (3) corporation.
Its operation is governed by the Cornerstone United Methodist Church’s Council of Elders.

         Council of Elders:
         Paul Owens                 Carolyn Williams       Jim Sapp               Dave Strouss
         Glen Tosten                Monnie Givens       Gloria Seibert


Licensing
Cornerstone Early Education & Youth Center, Inc. (CEEYC) is licensed by the Department of Health and Social Services of the State
of Delaware. We are located at 3135 Summit Bridge Road / Route 896, Bear-Glasgow, Delaware 19701. The center’s hours are
6:30 am – 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday, on a year-round basis.

         Name                          Title                            Phone Number                 Email Address
         Nikkie Bowe                   Early Education Director         (302) 836-6445, ext.30       nbowe@cornerstonedelaware.com
         Ralynn Norris                 Administrative                   (302) 836-6445, ext.38       rnorris@cornerstonedelaware.com
         Jim Sapp                      Financial Resources Dir          (302) 836-2862, ext.27       jsapp@cornerstonedelaware.com

Registration
A. “The Parent Right to Know Act” form shall be given at the time of tour. A copy of the signed document shall be given to the
parent/guardian and in the event that the parent/guardian does not enroll, the signed document shall be kept on file as proof of
presenting the information.
B. To enroll your child in the center you must complete a registration form. A $50.00 non-refundable registration fee, $10.00
security card fee per card (refundable upon return of the card(s) to the center on your child’s last day at the center) and first and
last week’s tuition are required to hold your child’s spot for two weeks. A family interview will be conducted prior to enrollment being
accepted.


Health Appraisal
A completed health appraisal including immunization record must be received before your child can enter the center. By state
requirements, the center requires an updated health appraisal annually. It is your responsibility to know when your child is due for
yearly physical, immunizations, etc. If health appraisal is not received before the time of expiration your child will not be able to
attend until received. Health Appraisal forms are available in the CEEYC Office. Please take the form to your child’s health care
provider on the day of the physical, immunizations, etc. so he/she can complete it at that time. If your provider will not complete the
form at that time, notify the CEEYC office immediately. Please turn in the form to the CEEYC office NO LATER than one week after
the appointment.


First day
The following paperwork must be completed before your child’s first day:
 1) current health appraisal completed, signed, dated by physician, 2) completed child information form, and 3) signed tuition
agreement, 4) first and last weeks payments. (The last week’s payment is considered a deposit and will be used for your child’s last
week at the center.) Cot covers must be provided by parents/guardians. Crib-size sheet, crib-size pillow and a crib-size blanket are
required. If you prefer, you may purchase a one-piece unit consisting of a cot cover, blanket and pillow called a “Kidnapper”. These
can be purchased from the office for $25.00. An extra change of clothes must be provided. For children who are not yet toilet-
trained, disposable diapers or pull-ups and wipes must be provided.

We realize that a new environment may be confusing or overwhelming the first few days. Therefore, we recommend you reinforce
that his/her new school is a safe place and that it will be fun. Keep the time spent dropping off to a minimum. We realize that it may
be even harder on the parents, so please feel free to call as often as necessary to check on the progress of your child that day and
throughout the first week.

Financial Policy
The weekly fee for the Early Education Center is as follows:
2 year old classes           $155.00           Registration Fee         $50.00     Curriculum Fee $100.00
Preschool through Pre-K      $150.00           Registration Fee         $50.00     Curriculum Fee $100.00/$150.00
Full Day Kindergarten        $160.00           Registration Fee         $100.00    Curriculum Fee $250.00
Before & After Kindergarten $90.00             Registration Fee         $50.00     (additional $12 .00 per day if attending all day)
School Age Child Care         $90.00           Registration Fee         $50.00     (additional $12.00 per day if attending all day)

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AM or PM Care Only             $50.00            Registration Fee        $50.00   (additional $20.00 per day if attending all day)

Tuition Fees
Tuition is charged for each week a child is enrolled, even if the child is not in attendance. Weeks during the year shortened by
closings due to holidays, inclement weather, etc. will also be charged as a full week. Tuition is due the Friday before the week of care.
The registering parent/guardian is responsible for paying tuition. If payment is not made on time a $25.00 late fee will be assessed
to your account. Care will not be provided until your account, including late fees, is paid in full. Two weeks written notice is required
when withdrawing from the center in order to receive credit for initial deposit. Less than two weeks written notice will result in your
forfeiture of initial deposit.

Vacation Policy
The center is closed for staff development the week prior to the start of the new school year. Families are not charged for this
week. No other vacation credit is given.


Returned Checks
Returned checks must be redeemed immediately with cash along with a $20.00 returned check fee. The Business Office reserves the
right to request cash-only payments.


Late Pick up Policy
The center closes promptly at 6:00pm. Late pick-ups will result in a $25.00 fee promptly at 6pm, as well as a $1 per minute per child
paid in cash directly to the teacher. In addition, we have a ten-hour policy, meaning that children should not be at the center more
than ten hours per day. A $10.00 fee will be assessed in half-hour increments at the beginning of the ten-hour point.


Usable Space

         We shall maintain all areas of the facility in a clean, safe condition free from hazards to the health and safety of children.

         We shall ensure that all structures, fences, equipment and grounds are maintained so as to be free from any hazard to health
         and safety.

         We shall ensure that grounds drain either naturally or through installed drainage systems so that there is no standing drainage
         water on the premises.

         We shall ensure that garbage and rubbish are stored securely in non-combustible, covered containers in separate areas
         inaccessible to children and is removed on a regular basis but not less than once every week.

         A.        Outdoor containers, other than dumpsters, shall be cleaned after each collection.
         B.        Indoor trash containers shall be emptied daily and kept clean.

         We shall ensure that trash collection receptacles are stored in designated areas away from the children's play areas.

         We shall ensure that all areas accessible to the Center determined to be unsafe including steep grades, cliffs, open pits,
         swimming pools, high voltage boosters, propane gas tanks, streets or roads, driveways, railroad tracks, or parking lots, are
         fenced off or have natural barriers to protect children.

Outdoor Area

         We shall maintain or have access to an outdoor play area with at least seventy-five (75) square feet for each child for the
         maximum number of children who will use the playground at one (1) time.

         A.        The outdoor play area shall be large enough to accommodate at least one-fourth (1/4) of the licensed capacity of the
                   facility at any one (1) time.

         B.        The play area shall be accessible by a safe route.

         We shall ensure that outdoor play areas are fenced and safe.

         We shall ensure that the protective surface of the outdoor play area beneath and in the fall zones of climbing equipment, slides,
         swings and similar equipment is of approved resilient material which absorbs falls.
         We shall ensure that all surfaces of the outdoor play area are made up of materials that do not present a safety or choking
         hazard. Only pea gravel shall be acceptable as cover for the outdoor play area if using a gravel or stone-like surfacing.


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         We shall ensure that the outdoor play area has equipment for vigorous play and large muscle activity with attention to the needs
         of the diversity of children served and their abilities to participate and is free of hazards.

         A.        Staff shall inspect the outdoor play area before children begin to play to ensure there are no hazards present and
                   play equipment is safe for use.

         We shall ensure that outdoor play equipment is securely anchored unless portable by design, in good repair and placed with
         regard for safe use.

         We shall ensure that the outdoor play area has a shaded rest area for children.

Riding Toys

         We shall ensure that bicycles, tricycles, scooters, and other riding toys are the size appropriate for a child, in good condition
         and free of sharp edges or protrusions that may injure a child.

         We shall ensure that all children wear approved safety helmets while riding bicycles with wheels of twenty (20) or more inches
         in diameter.

    A. Children shall not share helmets unless helmets are made with a nonporous interior lining and easily cleanable straps. All
    interior and exterior surfaces of the helmet shall be wiped clean between users.

    B.   Helmets shall be removed before allowing children to use playground equipment.


Access to Space by Children

         We shall ensure that interior space designated for the use of children is available to children when the Center is in operation
         and is arranged to allow each child adequate space for free movement and active play.

Indoor Area

         We shall ensure that a Center has at least thirty-five (35) square feet for each child. Measurements shall be from wall to wall
         on the inside.

         A multi-purpose room shall be allowed to count toward the indoor square footage of a Center when the room is routinely
         available for usage every day the Center is open.

         We shall ensure that the floors of all rooms in a Center have a surface which is safe and cleanable.

Sleeping Accommodations

         We shall ensure that each child, except school-age children who do not sleep at the Center, has clean, age-appropriate individual
         rest equipment such as a crib, playpen, cot, bed or mat and bedding.

         A.        A child's rest equipment shall be labeled with the child's name and used only by the child while attending the program.
         B.        Mattresses and sleeping equipment shall be covered with non-absorbent, cleanable coverings.
         C.        Cots, beds, mats and mattresses, and crib mattresses shall be cleaned and sanitized at least weekly and when soiled or
                   wet.
         D.        Rest equipment and bedding shall be cleaned and sanitized prior to being assigned to another child.
         E.        Each child under eighteen (18) months of age and not walking shall sleep in a crib or playpen. A child who is between
                   twelve (12) and eighteen (18) months of age and is walking may sleep on a cot, bed, or mat and bedding with written
                   permission from the child’s parent(s)/guardian(s).

         We shall ensure that sleeping mats are stored so that there is no contact with the sleeping surface of another mat or are
         disinfected after each use.

         Parents\guardians shall ensure that seasonably appropriate top and bottom coverings, such as sheets and blankets, are provided
         for each child and that they shall be cleaned weekly and when wet or soiled.

         We shall ensure that rest equipment is placed at least one and one-half (1 ½) feet apart while in use with children sleeping in
         alternating body positions aligning their head to the feet of the child next to them.


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          We shall ensure that rest equipment is maintained in a safe condition.
Toileting Areas
          We shall provide soap, toilet paper and single service towels or hand drying device in the toilet room(s) and make them
          accessible to the children.

          We shall ensure that all surfaces in a toilet room are smooth, cleanable and non-absorbent.

          We shall ensure that toilet room(s) in a Center are maintained in a sanitary condition and cleaned daily or more frequently if
          needed.

Sanitation
         We shall ensure that areas and equipment are washed with soap and water and disinfected as required.

          We shall ensure that staff wash and disinfect the following equipment items or surfaces after each use:

          A.        Potty chairs which have first been emptied into a toilet;
          B.        Sinks and faucets used for hand washing after the sink are used for rinsing a potty chair;
          C.        Diapering surfaces
          D.        Food preparation and eating surfaces such as counters, tables, and high chair trays;
          E.        Toys mouthed by children;
          F.        Mops used for cleaning;
          G.        Bibs;
          H.        Thermometers.

          We shall ensure that staff\custodians wash and disinfect the following equipment items or surfaces at least daily:

          A.        Toilet and toilet seats;
          B.        Sinks and faucets;
          C.        Diaper pails and lids;
          D.        Drinking fountains;
          E.        Water table and water play equipment;
          F.        Play tables;
          G.        Mats that are not stored separately;
          H.        Smooth surface non porous floor;


Handwashing
        We shall ensure that staff and children wash their hands regardless of glove usage with soap and running water and use single
        service towels for drying hands:

          A.        Before and after eating or handling food;
          B.        Before and after giving medications;
          C.        Before and after caring for a child who may be sick;
          D.        Before and after using a water-play table with other children;
          E.        After toileting or diapering;
          F.        After coming into contact with blood, fecal matter, urine, vomit, nasal secretions or other body secretions;
          G.        After handling animals or their equipment or after coming into contact with an animal's body secretions;
          H.        After playing in a sandbox;
          I.        After outdoor play;
          J.        After cleaning;
          K.        After taking out the garbage.

Standard Precautions
        We shall employ standard precautions for protection from disease and infection. Spills of body fluids (i.e. urine, feces, blood,
        saliva, nasal discharge, eye discharge, and injury or tissue discharges) shall be cleaned up immediately, as follows:

          A.        For spills of vomit, urine, and feces on any surface including the floors, walls, bathrooms, tabletops, toys, and diaper-
                    changing tables shall be cleaned with soap and water and disinfected;
         B.         For spills of blood or body fluids containing blood and injury and tissue discharges, the area shall be cleaned with soap
                    and water and disinfected. Non-porous gloves shall be used in these situations;
         C.         Staff involved in cleaning contaminated surfaces shall avoid exposure of open skin sores or mucous membranes to
                    blood or body fluids containing blood and injury or tissue discharges by using non-porous gloves to protect hands when
                    cleaning contaminated surfaces;
         D.         Blood-contaminated material and diapers shall be disposed of in a sealed plastic bag with a secure tie; and
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            E.        Mops shall be cleaned, rinsed, disinfected, wrung dry and hung to dry.
Diapering

            We shall ensure that the diapers and other clothing of children are changed when wet or soiled.

            A.        We shall check diapers at least hourly including visually inspecting children’s diapers at least every two (2) hours.
            B.        Parent/Guardian shall ensure that a supply of clean diapers and extra clothing are available for each child .
            C.        Soiled clothing shall be placed in a sealed plastic container or bag and labeled with the child's name and returned to
                      the child's parent(s)/guardians at the end of the day.

            We shall ensure that we have a diaper changing area with a clean, washable and non-absorbent surface.

            We shall have an established procedure for changing diapers to include at least the following steps:

            A.        We shall ensure that staff members use a diaper changing area
            B.        We shall ensure that staff members wash and dry each child during each diaper change with an individual disposable
                      sanitary wipe or single service washcloth;
            C.        The diaper changing area shall be cleaned and sanitized with a disinfectant solution after each use;
            D.        We shall ensure that disposable diapers and disposable covers are disposed of in an appropriate manner;
            E.        We shall ensure that soiled non-disposable diapers are not emptied or rinsed. They will be placed in a sealed plastic
                      container labeled with the child's name and returned to the child's parent(s)/guardians at the end of the day;
            F.        We shall ensure that staff members changing children's diapers wash their hands and the hands of the child with soap
                      and water immediately after each diaper change;
            G.        We shall ensure that this procedure is posted in the diapering area.

Food Safety

            We shall ensure that a kitchen / food preparation area is provided with the necessary operable equipment to prepare, store,
            serve and clean-up all meals and snacks for children and staff.

            A.        The Center shall have a hand-washing sink in the food preparation area, separate from the sink used for food
                      preparation and dishwashing.

            We shall ensure refrigeration to keep perishable food cold (forty (40) degrees F. or colder).
            We of a Center shall ensure that all single service dinnerware or utensils provided for meals or snacks are discarded
            immediately after use.

            We shall ensure that all food in a Center is clean, wholesome, free from spoilage and adulteration, correctly labeled and safe for
            human consumption.

            We shall ensure that storage areas for food are cleanable and free of food particles, dust and dirt.

            A.        All food items shall be stored in closed or sealed containers which are labeled.
            B.        All food items shall be stored off the floor.
            C.        Food items shall be stored separately from cleaning materials.

            We shall ensure that the kitchen or food preparation area is constructed and supervised to prevent access by children unless
            staff is conducting a specific educational activity within the kitchen or food preparation area. Staff shall organize and supervise
            such educational activities to ensure the safety of all children participating.

Storage of Personal Belongings

            We shall provide children with individual storage space for personal belongings so that clothing or bedding used by a child does
            not come into contact with that used by other children.

Doors, Windows and Climate Control

            We shall ensure that all closets and bathrooms are provided with doors that can be readily opened from both sides.

            We shall ensure that all heating and cooling equipment is safely shielded to prevent the injury of children.




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        We shall ensure that room temperatures in rooms used by the children are maintained at a minimum temperature of sixty-five
        (65) degrees F. and a maximum of eighty-five (85) degrees F. at floor level unless there is conflict with Federal and State
        energy Laws. We will be required to temporarily close if the minimum or maximum room temperature cannot be maintained.
Outdoor Climate

           We shall be aware of extreme weather conditions such as air quality or wind chill factor that could affect the well being or
           health of children and limit outside playing time when such extreme weather conditions exist.

Lighting

           We shall have sufficient natural and artificial lighting to allow for the supervision of the children.

           We shall ensure that parking areas, pedestrian walkways, or other exterior portions of the premises subject to use by
           occupants after dark are illuminated.

Water and Sewage

           We shall ensure that the temperature level of the water from all water taps accessible to children in care in a Center not
           exceed 120 degrees F.

           We shall ensure that drinking water is always available to children and supplied to them upon their request.

Hazardous Finishes and Surfaces

           We will not utilize any rough surface or finish where such surface or finish may present a hazard to children in care.

Emergency Planning

           We have a written emergency plan describing procedures for both natural and man-made disasters for such situations as a fire,
           flood, earthquake, extreme weather conditions, power failure or utility disruptions, chemical or toxic spills, bomb threat, or
           terrorist attack.

           We have a written evacuation plan of the Center posted in each room the children use.

           A.        Monthly evacuation drills shall be practiced from all exit locations at varied times of the day and during varied
                     activities including nap time. Each drill shall be documented and include information on the date and time of day of the
                     drill, the number of children and staff members who participated, and the total amount of time necessary to evacuate
                     the Center.

           We have developed a written plan for procedures in the event that children and staff must remain at the Center for an
           extended period due to a natural or man-made disaster. This plan shall include a list of emergency supplies for the care of
           children and procedures for feeding children and staff during the extended stay at the Center.

Firearms

           We shall ensure that firearms and/or ammunition not be within the Center’s premises at any time.

Pets

           We shall ensure that any pets kept by or located in the Center are documented by a licensed veterinarian as not being carriers
           of illness that would be a hazard to children, are free from disease and vaccinated as prescribed by law or as recommended by a
           licensed veterinarian.

           A.        Animals in the Center shall be housed in protected containers and away from food preparation, storage and serving
                     areas and toilet facilities.
           B.        Animals shall be handled by children only under close staff supervision.
           C.        Animals shall be cared for in a safe and sanitary manner.
           D.        Animals such as ferrets, turtles, iguanas, lizards or other reptiles, psittacine birds (birds of the parrot family), or any
                     other animals that are known to be carriers of illnesses shall not be kept at the Center.

First Aid Kits



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                   We shall have, in locations readily accessible to staff, but not to children, first aid kits. They are to be taken with
                   the teacher to and from areas in the building as well as off site events. We will also include emergency contact
                   information for each child in the first aid backpack.

Telephones

         We shall ensure that we have a working, listed telephone.

         We shall post the following emergency telephone numbers by a telephone accessible to all staff:

         A.        911: Providing access to ambulance or emergency medical services, police and fire departments;
         B.        Poison Control Center; and
         C.        Child Abuse Reporting Number.

         We shall keep the following telephone numbers for all children in attendance in a place accessible to the telephone and to all
         staff:

         A.        Telephone numbers where parents/guardians can be reached; and
         B.        Telephone numbers of the health care provider designated by parents/guardians.

         We shall ensure that an operating phone is available to make emergency calls while on field trips or any excursion, including
         walks, outside of the Center.

General Safety Practices

         We shall ensure that all containers of poisonous, toxic, or hazardous materials kept in a Center are prominently and distinctly
         marked or labeled for easy identification as to contents and used only in such manner and under such conditions as will not
         contaminate food or constitute a hazard to the children in care or to staff.

         We shall ensure that every exit, exit access and exit discharge in a Center are continuously maintained free of obstruction.

         We shall utilize approved products and procedures to ensure that the Center is protected from insect infestation and the
         products and procedures do not present a hazard to children.

         We shall ensure that all buildings used by us are rodent free.

         We shall ensure that children in our care not swim in areas posted as being unsafe. An individual with current water safety
         instructor training or senior lifesaving training from the American Red Cross or its equivalent shall be on duty when the children
         in care are swimming.

         We have child-proof receptacle covers for all electrical outlets not in use and accessible to children or has electrical outlets
         that are of the child-resistant ground-fault circuit-interrupter (GCFI) type.

Transitioning

         It is our goal to ensure transitions are as smooth as possible for both you and your child. Generally, transitions of children
         moving from a younger classroom to an older classroom occur once (1) per year. Usually this occurs in August at the beginning of
         the new school year. For younger children, such as those in the toddler program, transition may occur when a child reaches the
         age of two and a half years or three years old, depending on the child’s date of birth. We allow time for the child to meet
         his/her new teacher, as well as spend time in the new classroom prior to the transition date. We encourage parents and
         guardians to meet the new teacher and visit the new room, as well. We will offer conferences with parents/guardians prior the
         child’s transition. We will have an Open House prior to the start of the new school year to allow new and currently enrolled
         children to meet the teacher and visit the new classroom. We shall ensure that our staff works with the parent(s) and/or
         guardian(s) to utilize and create a positive transition plan when admitting a new child into the center using procedures such as
         the phased-in entry to the program, exchange of pertinent information concerning the child and assignment of primary staff
         member, especially for a toddler.

         We shall ensure that staff create and utilize a positive transition plan when a child is moved from a particular group or room
         due to the child’s age change, or reassignment of staff members using such procedures as the exchange of pertinent
         information concerning the child, and phased-in entry to a new room, group and/or with newly assigned staff member(s).

Parent Communication


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The Center maintains an open door policy, so you are able to visit anytime without notice. We realize how very important open
communication is to the overall welfare of your child and ultimately the relationship between your family and this center. Our staff
and teachers are available to you and we encourage you to openly communicate your needs so we may better serve you. If a teacher is
not free to talk with you, please understand that the children and their safety come first during class time. The teacher will be happy
to talk with you either by telephone or in person at a conveniently scheduled time. Daily notes will be sent home with the children
explaining the activities of their day. Their eating, napping, disposition and activities will be noted so you can share with them about
their day. A daily schedule and a weekly activity plan are posted in each classroom. We encourage parents to read these and become
involved any way in which they can. We will send home with your child a monthly newsletter informing you of some of the class
activities, topic units, upcoming events and interesting tidbits for parents. Two (2) parent conferences are offered during the year,
one in the fall (November) and one in the spring (April/May). Conferences may be either handled with a telephone call or an in-person
meeting and will always include documentation of child’s abilities and progress. Parents having any questions about the center or any
procedures may, at any time, consult the Delacare: Requirements for Early Care and Education manual issued by the State of
Delaware, Department of Services for Children and their Families kept in the director’s office. Parents/guardians are free to bring
any concern to the attention of the center director or any member of the board.

Program goals and Planning
Each classroom shall keep posted a lesson plan of developmentally appropriate activities on a monthly base. The plan shall reflect the
goals and include:
          A.       Activities shall be varied, developmentally appropriate, may be related to themes, culturally meaningful and
                   educationally valuable and promote the development of language, literacy, reasoning and problem-solving skills,
                   understanding of numbers and other mathematical and scientific concepts, large and small muscles skills, social skills,
                   understanding and self-regulation of emotions, self-esteem and positive self-image, as appropriate to the ages and
                   developmental levels of children in care. Adaptations of activities shall be made for children with disabilities to
                   enable them to reach goals described in IEPs, IFSPs, and Section 504 plans.
          B.       Activity plans shall also be based on best practices and accepted research in the field of early care and education and
                   in alignment with principles of foundations of learning and development as set forth by the Delaware and/or United
                   States Department of Education.
          C.       “Delaware Early Learning Foundations for School Success” regarding preschoolers is on the Delaware Department of
                   Education Website at:http://www.doe.k12.de.us/early_childhood/Standards/preschool.htm
          D.       “Delaware Infant and Toddler Early Learning Foundations:” “A Curriculum Framework” regarding infants
                    and        toddlers        is      on        the       Delaware         Department          of    Education        at:
                    :http://www.doe.k12.de.us/early_childhood/Standard/InfantToddlerFoundationSTANDARDS.pdf

It is the objective of this center to promote the healthy growth and development of each child according to his/her own potential,
while also sharing with them God’s love and that of His Son Jesus Christ. To accomplish this goal, we offer a variety of activities on a
daily basis that encourage creativity, curiosity, self-expression, language development, social skills, music appreciation, motor
coordination, imagination, independence and cognitive development. Interwoven into these activities will be Biblical stories, spiritual
songs, Golden Rule and the Ten Commandments. We are currently using “A Beka Book” as our academic and Bible curriculum. We will
stimulate individual growth in the following areas:

          A.        Language and literacy area (including books and writing materials);
          B.        Dramatic play area;
          C.        Construction/block area (unit blocks and accessories);
          D.        Creative arts area (drawing materials, clay or play dough); and
          E.        Manipulative/mathematics/problem solving area (including puzzles, small construction toys, objects to sort).
          F.        Cooking or food exploration;
          G.        Science and nature investigation;
          H.        Music and rhythm; and
          I.        Multi-sensory play tables using materials such as water, sand, rice or beans.

We shall ensure that activities and materials reflect children’s cultures, and communities, including both familiar and new materials,
pictures, and experiences. Staff shall consult with parents/guardians about care practices specific to their children’s culture and
community, and provide as much consistency as possible in their direct child care practices especially concerning infants and toddlers.

We shall ensure that television, digital video display (DVD), and video cassette viewing shall be as follows:

          A.        Prohibited for children younger than two (2) years of age;
          B.        Not permitted without the written approval of each child’s parent/guardian;
          C.        Limited to programs which are age-appropriate and educational; and
          D.        Not to exceed one (1) hour daily per child or group of children.




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                    i.        Viewing time periods may be extended for specific special events or occasions such as a current event,
                              holiday or birthday celebration. Written documentation shall justify the reason(s) for extending the time
                              period.

We shall ensure that the use of the computer shall be as follows:

          A.        Prohibited for children younger than two (2) years of age;
          B.        Not permitted without the written approval of each child’s parent/guardian;
          C.        Limited to programs, games and websites which are age-appropriate and educational;
          D.        Provides protections from exposure to inappropriate websites such as those that are sexually explicit, violent, or use
                    inappropriate language;
          E.        Supervised by a staff member; and
          F.        Not to exceed one (1) hour daily per child or group of children.

                    i.       Usage time periods may be extended for special projects such as homework, researching topics, or special
                             events or interests of a child or group of children. Written documentation shall justify the reason(s) for
                             extending the usage period.
We shall ensure that our program provides physical care routines appropriate to each child's developmental needs.

Inclusion Policy

Young children with disabilities who are eligible under the IDEA have a right to services to meet their individual needs. CEEYC will work
with early intervention programs and parents/guardians to meet the developmental needs of their child. A copy of the plan and training
needed to be implemented must accompany the child so that it may be implemented by the center and teachers. CEEYC and families will
benefit from inclusion, especially when professional development and resources are in place. Together we can meet the needs of all
families and their children.

Documenting Children’s Progress

          We shall use a developmental profile for documenting the progress of individual children preschool-age and younger in relation
          to appropriate developmental and educational goals. This documentation shall be done annually and used to identify possible
          concerns, and activities and experiences that may benefit the child.

          We shall ensure that information gathered to document a child’s progress is kept in the child’s file and shared with the
          parent(s)/guardian(s) at a conference. With the parent(s)’/guardian(s)’ permission, information may also be shared with other
          professionals when referring the child for special services.

Program for Toddlers

          We shall ensure that with the approval of the Early Childhood Administrator or Early Childhood Curriculum Coordinator,
          individual plans are developed for each toddler in care. The plan shall include age and individually appropriate goals and describe
          specific activities and experiences to be provided by staff in support of these goals. Staff shall record these and note
          developmental milestones, accomplishments, and concerns. Plans shall be reviewed at least three (3) times over a one (1) year
          period. This information shall be shared with the toddler’s parent(s)/guardian(s).

          We shall ensure that staff interacts with toddlers at their eye level, and whenever appropriate, sitting on the floor with the
          toddlers, providing the following opportunities throughout the day:

          A.        Offering frequent face to face interactions with the toddlers;
          B.        Having conversations with toddlers during play, feeding, and routine care;
          C.        Reading to and looking at books with toddlers individually and in small groups;
          D.        Encouraging children to play with one another with adult help;
          E.        Providing materials and encouragement for pretend play alone and with other children and adults;
          F.        Providing varied materials, sights, sounds, and other experiences for toddlers to explore with all their senses;
          G.        Providing opportunities for children to walk, run, climb, stack, balance, scribble, draw, and develop fine and large motor
                    skills;
          H.        Responding to toddlers’ words and actions with interest and encouragement;
          I.        Giving names to objects and experiences in the toddlers’ environment; and
          J.        Supporting toddlers’ development of independence and mastery of feeding, dressing, and other skills.

Program for Preschool-Age Children



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         We shall ensure that staff interacts with preschool-age children at their eye level, and whenever appropriate, sitting on the
         floor with the children, providing the following opportunities throughout the day:


         A.        Offering frequent face to face interactions with children;
         B.        Having conversations with children during play, meals and routine care;
         C.        Reading to and looking at books with children individually and in groups;
         D.        Using rhymes, songs, and other ways to help children connect sounds and letters and develop other literacy skills;
         E.        Helping children develop mathematical and scientific concepts through play, projects, and investigations of the
                   Center’s environment;
         F.        Supporting the development of social competence through play and cooperative work with other children;
         G.        Providing materials and encouragement for more extended and complex pretend play alone and with other children and
                   staff;
         H.        Providing varied materials, sights, sounds, and other experiences for children to investigate and talk about;
         I.        Providing opportunities for children to walk, run, climb, stack, balance, scribble, draw, write, and refine fine and large
                   motor skills;
         J.        Responding to children’s words and actions with interest and encouragement;
         K.        Giving names to objects and experiences in the children’s environment; and
         L.        Supporting children’s development of independence and mastery of skills.

Napping/Rest Time
         A.       We shall provide opportunities for rest/sleep for each child in attendance according to the child's individual physical
                  needs.
         B.       An alternative quiet activity shall be provided for those children who have rested or slept for thirty (30) minutes and
                  do not appear to need or want additional rest or sleep.
         C.       The rest area(s) shall be lighted enough to allow for visual supervision at all times.

Program for School Age Care

We shall ensure that staff interacts with school-age children providing opportunities, materials and equipment. We shall ensure that a
         program of indoor and outdoor activities and supplies and equipment is provided based on the ages and developmental levels of
         school-age children served.

         A.        Children shall be given daily opportunities for active physical play such as active games, sports, dancing, running,
                   jumping, climbing or exploring the environment.
         B.        Children shall have daily outdoor activities after school. If weather conditions do not permit outdoor play, children
                   shall be given opportunities for active physical play indoors.

         C.        Children shall have daily opportunities for socialization, conversation, relaxation, and quiet activities such as board or
                   card games, reading, homework and studying.
         D.        Children shall have monthly opportunities to participate in projects that require an extended time period to complete
                   in such topics as science, math, social studies, language arts, cooking, drama, creative arts or, music.
         E.        Supplies and equipment shall be adapted to suit the different ages and interests of the school-age children and
                   include books for all reading abilities.
          F.       The quantity of materials and equipment available to school-age children shall be sufficient to allow children the
                   opportunity to freely choose activities or materials. There shall be a system of sharing items such as computers
                   that are in high demand but cannot be supplied to all children.

         G.        Children shall have the opportunity to take responsibility consistent with their ages for choosing, planning, carrying
                   out and evaluating their own activities.
         H.        Children shall be given opportunities to experience a diversity of activities that reflect the various communities,
                   languages and cultures of the children in attendance.

Each classroom shall have posted a daily schedule so that parents\guardians may easily reference their child’s typical day.


The center has developed four programs giving parents continuity in their child’s life. We offer the following:
                  1)   Early Education Center-Two (2) years through Pre –k
                  2)   *Full Day Kindergarten
                  3)   **Kindergarten
                       ***School Age Child Care (SACC) -First grade through the Eighth grade (serving the Appoquinimink School
                       District)
                  4)    ***Summer Camp-Kindergarten to 12 years old.




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*Our Full Day Kindergarten program will prepare your child for first grade by focusing on academics (reading, phonics, math, science,
etc.) and the Bible. Please refer to kindergarten information packet for further information.

**Our SACC program offers indoor and outdoor activities suitable for the age and developmental levels of the children served. There
will be opportunities for play, socializing, games, arts & crafts and a quiet study area for homework. The children will sing songs and
take part in a daily devotional time, where they may pray and learn about Bible characters and events in order to develop their faith.
A nutritious breakfast and snack are provided. Children are given opportunities to take responsibility consistent with their ages for
planning, carrying out and evaluating their own activities.


*** Our Summer Camp programs have a full day of activities both indoors and out, with an emphasis on building relationships and
character. Games, swimming, arts & crafts, cooking, Bible study, music, snacks and field trips are provided.

All programs begin promptly at 9 am. We ask that if you will not be in by 9am that you contact the office. It is important for the
teacher to know when your child is expected so that we have lunch prepared for your child.


Spiritual Development


2 & 3 year olds:
         1.) Pray short simple prayers.
         2.) Learn that God made everything.
         3.) Learn that the Bible is a book about God and Jesus.
         4.) Learn about God as a loving and kind Father.
         5.) Sing and talk about God.

3 & 4 year olds:
         1.) Hear and enjoy Bible stories.
         2.) Recognize and develop a sense of belonging to a group that loves Jesus.
         3.) Understand that prayer is talking to God; pray simple and spontaneous prayers.

5 & 6 year olds:
         1.) Understand that God made them.
         2.) Trust that God loves them.
         3.) Begin to develop a sense of conscience.


Curriculum Guide
1.)      2 & 3 year olds:
         a. Shapes: The child will:
                             1.    Identify by saying the names: circle, triangle, square, etc.
                             2. Manipulate four shapes in projects, art activities, toys and games.
         b. Sizes: The child will:
                    1.    Identify by distinguishing large and small.
         c. Colors: The child will:
                             1. Identify primary colors (red, blue and yellow) by saying the name of the color.
                             2. Recognize other colors (orange, green, black, white, purple and brown).
                             3. Use colors in activities that combine areas of learning, such as coloring a triangle red,
                                   painting a square yellow, coloring the small dog brown and the large dog black, etc.
         d.    Pre-Arithmetic Activities: The child will:
                             1. Count objects aloud with teacher assistance.
                             2. Be able to count to 10 with teacher or by himself/herself.
                             3. Manipulate numbers in puzzles and toys.
                             4. Be exposed to numbers by using them in art activities (pasting various numbers on paper,
                                   painting or coloring large numbers, etc).
         e.   Pre-Reading: The child will:
                            1.    See and recognize her/his name in various places around the classroom.
                            2. Be able to pick her/his name out from a group of other names or words.
                            3. Know the first letter of her/his name and be able to pick it out of a group of letters.
         f. Concepts: The child will be able to:
                         1.     Pick out which object is different from the others in a series with obvious differences. (3’s)
                         2. Group objects that belong together and exclude the object that doesn’t belong in a given group (3’s).
                         3. Name simple body parts (head, hand, foot, leg, mouth, etc.)
         g. Music: The child will be able to:

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                          1.    Sing simple songs in a group.
                          2.    Recite simple four-line poems or finger play with assistance.

2. 4 & *5 year olds
     a. Shapes: The child will:
                     1.    Identify by saying the words “circle”, “triangle”, “square”, “rectangle”, “oval”, “star”, and “heart”.
                     2. Be able to distinguish a given shape among other shapes.
                     3. Use shapes in pictures, collages, games and toys.
                         4.    *Begin to identify word with shape.


    b. Sizes:   The child will be able to:
                        1.    Identify large, medium and small.
                        2. Put objects in order of big, bigger and biggest etc. (graduation in size).
   c. Colors: The child will be able to:
                        1.    Identify primary and secondary colors along with black and
                              white by saying the name of at least 9 colors.
                        2. Mix primary colors to form secondary colors.
                        3. *Begin to identify color words.
   d. Pre-Reading activities: The child will:
                       1.    Do activities to encourage left to right progression.
                       2. Be able to determine what object or shape comes next in a pattern (pattern recognition).
                       3. Recognize his/her name.
                       4. Be able to print his/her name.
                       5. Be able to do a project or play a game using the positional terms such as first, second, third: first-last.
                       6. Identify objects in these positions: on, under, over, through, around, in, above, below, beside, top, bottom
                             and middle.
                       7. Recognize by saying the name of many letters in the alphabet (at least 5).
                       8. Become acquainted with letters and beginning sounds through papers, projects and games.
                       9. *Identify simple words around the class: table, chair, etc.
                       10. *Identify simple words such as: a, the, and, mom, etc.
      e. Pre-Arithmetic Activities: The child will:
                     1.     Recognize the numbers 1 to 10 by saying the name.
                     2. Count 10 or more objects.
                     3. Count aloud from 1 to 20 (30 for 5’s).
                     4. Print numbers from 1 to 5 (6 to 10 if ready).
                     5. Count objects at least to 5 and identify a written numeral for that number of objects.
                     6. *Begin to count 1 to 100.
                     7. *Count objects at least to 10 and identify a written numeral for that number of objects.
    f. Concept Development: The child will:
                    1.     Be able to determine likeness and differences in a group of objects.
                    2. Be able to determine how objects are related to one another (relationships).
                    3. Be introduced to scientific concepts suitable to his/her age (magnets, plants, float/sink, etc.).
                    4. *Solve simple word problems.
                    5. *See simple patterns in objects.
                    6. *Repeat simple patterns.
                    7. *Sequence a series of events.
    g. Art Materials: The child will use:
                    1.     Paste and glue.
                    2. Paints.
                    3. Crayons, pencils and markers.
                    4. Chalk.
                    5. Collage materials, various textures.
                    6. Clay and play dough.
                    7. Scissors (will be able to cut circles, curved and straight lines).
    h. Music: The child will be able to:
                     1.     Sing and remember the lyrics to simple songs.
                     2. Memorize finger play and poems of up to 8 short lines.
                     3. *Clap to a simple rhythm.
                     4. *Move to music
*Objectives met by some 5 years olds in support of public kindergarten program.


Child Abuse and Neglect

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1.   State law in Delaware requires professional personnel involved with children report all cases of actual or suspected child abuse.
     This applies to staff personnel with Cornerstone. In the event that child abuse is observed, suspected, or reported, the Senior
     Pastor or his/her designee shall be immediately notified. In no case will the suspected abuser be confronted or questioned until
     the affected child is physically safe. The Senior Pastor or his/her designee will notify Child Protective Services or the police and
     the parents of the apparent victim. The attorney for Cornerstone shall also be notified. Because of the widely publicized nature
     of such reports involving a church, a public statement shall be prepared and presented by the Senior Pastor or his/her designee
     if questioned by the public media. In all cases, the confidentiality of information concerning such reports must be observed,
     except of course while responding to investigating personnel, in order to protect the reputation of an individual presumed
     innocent.

2.   Although the formal investigation shall be conducted by Child Protective Services, an evaluation of whether to retain the staff or
     volunteer in his/her position shall be conducted immediately by his/her supervisor. Only appropriate authority of these policies
     shall take disciplinary action but immediate separation of the individual from the situation may be prudent or required. The
     decision to separate or not separate the individual from his/her position or the situation shall be reviewed by the Pastor and the
     Council of Elders at the earliest opportunity.

3.   In the event that child abuse is observed, suspected, or reported where the suspected abuser is not a staff member or
     volunteer, such abuse shall be reported to Child Protective Services or the police. No further action need be taken by
     Cornerstone personnel.

4.   Each employee must read and sign a statement “clearly” defining child abuse or neglect and outlining the employee’s responsibility
     to report all incidents of child abuse or neglect. If an employee is suspected of child abuse or neglect, that person may not work
     directly with children until an investigation is completed. If involvement is proven, that employee will be discharged. If an
     employee suspects child abuse or neglect in any situation, we ask that they bring the concern to their immediate supervisor in a
     written and verbal manner prior to reporting to a state agency.




Discipline
What is discipline? Discipline is many things. It is helpful guidance, encouragement and support for children trying to achieve self-
control and acceptance by adults and peers. It is helping children to understand why certain behaviors are more desirable than
others. It is a strategy for setting limits. It is giving, sharing, teaching and loving. Discipline is also not many things. It is not
denying, frustrating or shaming. Punishment is only a small part of discipline: sometimes discipline does mean restricting. Effective
discipline is based on a good relationship between a caregiver and child. Its effectiveness rests on the affection and respect that
exists in that relationship. The key to discipline, then, is the caregiver. A good caregiver is firm, gentle, patient and understanding.
Caregivers model the behavior they want the children to learn. They not only talk to children to make clear what behavior they are
asking for; they are also good listeners. Listening to children leads to a personal relationship and an understanding of why they are
having problems following the rules. Consequently, the caregiver can judge each child on his/her own level of maturity and establish
expectations of that child accordingly. Children need limits as much as adults want to provide them. Neither children nor adults are
happy in a chaotic, disorderly atmosphere. Good discipline is a strategy to create and maintain order in the environment. We feel the
best way to establish and maintain order in a classroom is to provide an atmosphere where the children are busy and happy. We
provide a variety of toys in sufficient quantities so children have choices without taking toys from each other. Providing variety and
changing activities in order to prevent boredom helps to limit behavior problems. Our rooms are arranged so children do not have to
disturb other children’s activities when they are walking between areas. The room design should not provide long runways that tempt
children to break indoor play rules by running. Daily routines are also important for discipline. When a routine is clearly established,
children understand that all their needs for food, rest, play and quiet times will be met. Establishing rules is an essential part of good
discipline. They set the limits that both children and adults want. Telling children what to do, rather than what not to do, gives
children more direction. It is easier for children to remember to “walk” than to plan what to do instead of running. Because children
need to know what to expect from other people in their environment, especially adults, consistency in enforcing rules is important.
However, there is a difference between consistency and rigidity. There may be justifiable exceptions to rules, such as when children
are over-tired, reacting to stress at home, less mature than the majority of the group in which they are placed, or celebrating special
events. Another key to good rule enforcement is careful supervision. Often the caregiver can see a problem developing and by
redirecting the activities can intervene before rules are broken.

Delacare Requirements from the state:
A center shall ensure that all staff use positive age-appropriate methods of discipline and guidance of children, which encourages self-
control, self-direction, self-esteem and cooperation.
                       A.      Praise, rewards and encouragement, rather than punishments, shall be emphasized.
                       B.      Responses to a child’s behavior shall be appropriate to the child’s developmental level.
                       C.      Corporal punishments inflicted in any way on a child’s body including shaking, biting, pinching, slapping or
                               spanking shall be prohibited.
                       D.      Children shall not be humiliated, frightened or verbally, physically or sexually abused by staff.
                       E.      Children shall not be deprived of food or toilet-use as punishments.

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                        F.     Children shall not be tied or placed in mechanical restraints as a punishment.
                        G.     Children shall not be isolated without supervision.
                        H.     Children shall not be punished for not going to sleep, toilet accidents, failure to eat all or part of food or
                               failure to complete a prescribed activity.
                        I.     A center shall have a written statement in plain language regarding the discipline and guidance of
                               children. This statement shall be posted in prominent location and shared with all parents, staff,
                               including substitutes, and volunteers.


Positive Behavior Management
We will emphasize positive disciplinary methods as suggested in the Delacare Requirements. These may include redirection, modeling,
positive reinforcement, time-out and verbal reprimands. The establishment of rules maintains safety and a sense of fair play. All
disciplinary action will be relative to the actions of the child and will take in consideration the child’s age, temperament, needs and
developmental level. We will attempt to aid the child in the development of an internal sense of right and wrong and self-control.
Verbal abuse or physical punishment is prohibited at all times. Please see attached Aggressive Behavior Policy.


Health Care
At the time of enrollment the center must have on file an age-appropriate health appraisal conducted within six months prior to
admission for each child enrolled. The health appraisal shall be certified and signed by a licensed physician or nurse practitioner and
shall be updated yearly. At registration, we will provide the form* for your physician to complete and sign. A person capable of
recognizing signs of communicable disease, physical injury, or other evidences of ill health will observe each child upon arrival. A child
arriving at the center noticeably ill, with a rash or with a fever will not be admitted for that day. Any child exhibiting signs of illness
during the day will be brought to the attention of the directors. They will remove the child from the classroom and call the child’s
parent or guardian. If the director is unable to reach parents/guardians, the director will call other emergency numbers available, as
well as continue trying to reach the parents/guardians. The directors will care for the child in the office area until parents or
authorized person arrives to take the child from the center. If a child is seriously injured or ill it may be determined to be in the
child’s best interest to call first for emergency aid and then promptly call parents. Other than parents/guardians or other authorized
persons, a 911-service vehicle will transport the child from the center. All injuries and illness are to be noted in classroom log and
child’s file. If it is a serious injury, a report also must be made to the State.


The Department of Services for Children, Youth and their Families in Delacare: Requirements for Early Care and Education has
provided the following requirements for health exclusions:
A center shall not permit a child who has symptoms of illness specified below to be admitted to the center or remain at the center
unless written documentation from a licensed physician, or verbal with written follow-up, states the child has been diagnosed and
poses no serious health risk to the child or to other children. The symptoms of illness for possible exclusion shall include, but not be
limited, to any of the following:
          A.        Temperature: infants four (4) months old and younger, equivalent to 100 degrees or greater even if there has not
                    been a change in behavior;
          B.        Temperature: children older than four (4) months, equivalent to 101 degrees or greater; accompanied by behavior
                    changes or other signs or symptoms of illness - until medical evaluation indicates inclusion in the facility. Oral
                    temperature shall not be taken on children younger than four (4) years (or younger than three (3) years if a digital
                    thermometer is used). Rectal temperature shall be taken only by a licensed health care professional;
          C.        Symptoms and signs of possible severe illness (such as unusual lethargy, uncontrolled coughing, inexplicable irritability,
                    persistent crying, difficult breathing, wheezing, or other unusual signs) - until medical evaluation allows inclusion;
          D.        Uncontrolled diarrhea, that is, increased number of stools, increased stool water, and/or decreased form that is not
                    contained by the diaper - until diarrhea stops;
          E.        Blood in stools not explainable by dietary change, medication, or hard stools;
          F.        Vomiting illness (two (2) or more episodes of vomiting in the previous twenty-four (24) hours) until vomiting resolves
                    or until a health care provider determines the cause of the vomiting is not contagious and the child is not in danger of
                    dehydration;
          G.        Persistent abdominal pain (continues more than two (2) hours) or intermittent pain associated with fever or other
                    signs or symptoms;
          H.        Mouth sores with drooling, unless a health care provider determines that condition is noninfectious;
          I.        Rash with fever or behavior change, until a health care provider determines that these symptoms do not indicate a
                    communicable disease;
          J.        Purulent conjunctivitis (defined as pink or red conjunctiva with white or yellow eye discharge), until after twenty-four
                    (24) hours after antibiotic treatment has been initiated;
          K.        Scabies, until twenty-four (24) hours after treatment has been initiated;
          L.        Pediculosis (head lice), until twenty-four (24) hours after treatment has been initiated;
          M.        Tuberculosis, until a health care provider states that the child is on appropriate therapy and can attend care;
          N.        Impetigo, until twenty-four (24) hours after treatment has been initiated;
          O.        Strep throat or other streptococcal infection, until twenty-four (24) hours after initial antibiotic treatment and
                    cessation of fever;
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         P.        Varicella-Zoster (Chicken pox), until all sores have dried and crusted (usually six (6) days);
         Q.        Shingles, only if sores cannot be covered by clothing or a dressing; if not exclude until sores have crusted and are dry;
         R.        Pertussis, until five (5) days of antibiotic treatment;
         S.        Mumps, until nine (9) days after onset of parotid gland swelling;
         T.        Hepatitis A virus, until one (1) week after onset of illness, jaundice or as directed by the health department when
                   passive immunoprophylaxis (currently, immune serum globulin) has been administered to appropriate children and
                   staff;
         U.        Measles, until five (5) days after onset of rash;
         V.        Rubella, until six (6) days after onset of rash;
         W.        Herpetic gingivostomatitis (cold sores), if the child is too young to have control of oral secretions; or
         X.        Unspecified illness if it limits the child’s comfortable participation in activities or if it results in a need for greater
                   care than can be provided without comprising the health and safety of other children.

                   Symptoms which indicate any of the following diseases:
                              i. Chicken pox                         ii. Impetigo              v. Strep throat
                              iii. Lice                              iv. Scabies
The child may return to the center when a licensed physician indicates the child poses no serious health risk to the child or to other
children.
As stated in Delacare, a center shall not permit a child with a reportable communicable disease, as specified below, to be admitted to
or remain at the center unless: written documentation from a physician or advice from the Division of Public Health indicates the child
poses no health risk to other children. If there is conflict between health care provider and The Division of Public Health regarding
the exclusion of the child, we shall follow the instructions of The Division of Public Health.
Reportable Communicable Diseases:

         Respiratory                                                            Gastro-Intestinal
         Diphtheria                                                          Giardiasis
         German Measles                                                      Hepatitis A
         Hemophila Influenza Disease                                         Salmonellosis
         Measles (Rubella)                                                   Shigellosis
         Bacterial (spinal) Meningitis
         Mumps
         Pertussis (whooping cough)
         Rubella
         Tuberculosis
We shall report any reportable to The Division of Public Health in accordance with The Division of Public Health procedures.

We shall ensure that when a child has been diagnosed as having a reportable vaccine-preventable communicable disease, all children who
         have not been immunized against the disease are excluded from the Center in accordance with Division of Public Health
         procedures.

It is also our policy that each parent whose child may have been exposed to a reportable communicable disease shall receive written
notice of the outbreak of such disease at the center.


Administering Medications:
Staff members authorized in accordance with state law only performs the procedure of administering any type of medication
(chemical substance). These individuals are certified as having completed the “Administration of Medications Training Program”
created by the Department of Services for Children, Youth and their Families. Medication can not be administered to any child unless
the center has received written permission from the child’s parents for each medication to be administered. All prescription
medication shall be in its original container, properly labeled, and authorized by the child’s health care provider. Medication shall be
given only to the child whose name appears on the prescription. Parents will leave the medication with their child’s teacher in a labeled
box. Medications that require refrigeration will be stored in a sealed, labeled box in our on-site refrigerator. All non-prescription
medication shall be in its original container, properly labeled with child’s name and directions for its administration. Any deviations
from the label instructions shall be in writing from the child’s health care provider. Unused medication shall be returned to the
parents when no longer needed by a child. The teachers will keep a record of all administration of medication including dosage, time
administered, by whom administered and any adverse effects observed. The center utilizes a medication form which must be
completed by the parents/guardians. (We prefer that parents give the initial dosage of a medication at home the night before or at
least an hour before arrival at center). When a child is receiving medication, the staff member will record the required information
and will advise the parents of the occurrence of any health problems, such as diarrhea, vomiting, continuous hunger, refusal to eat,
nosebleeds, skin rash or high temperature. Fever reducers or combination fever reducers will not be administered by the center due
to the possibility of masking other serious conditions.

We shall ensure that the parent(s)/guardian(s) of a child provide the following information for each medication given:

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         A.        The name of the child;
         B.        The child’s date of birth;
         C.        Medication allergies;
         D.        Doctor’s name and phone number;
         E.        Pharmacy and phone number;
         F.        Name of medication;
         G.        Dosage (amount given);
         H.        Time (when given);
         I.        Route of administration (oral; eye, nose or throat drops; topical; or vaginal or rectal suppositories);
         J.        Expiration date;
         K.        Start date;
         L.        End date;
         M.        Reason for medication;
         N.        Any special directions.

Minor Injuries and First Aid
Minor injuries such as bumps, scratches, bruises and scrapes will be reported to parents at the end of the day. A notation about the
incident and treatment will appear in “comments” section of your child’s daily log and/or on an “ouchie report”. First aid actions, such
as compresses, cleansing, or application of bandages may be performed by, or under the direction of, persons certified in First Aid
training. Blows to the head, deep cuts, bites which break the skin and other more serious types of minor injuries will be reported to
parents by telephone as soon as possible. We will maintain record of incidents for each child in their file which is kept in the office.
A report will be filled with the Office of Child Care Licensing and accident or injury which results in death or inpatient or outpatient
treatment.



Food and Nutrition
Our center will provide breakfast at 7:30am, lunch at 11:30am and an afternoon snack as soon as children wake from their naps and as
soon as children return from school. We follow a program very similar to the USDA food program and will meet or exceed all
nutritional requirements set by the state for children in our care. Kitchen staff is trained in “ServSafe” and sanitation procedures.
Our menu plan will be developed monthly and all families will receive a copy. The menus will be posted in the classrooms. Additional
copies are available for families within two households or if your copy has become lost. Each classroom has an allergy list posted and
signs on the doors if a child has an allergy that is life treating. We do not prepare meals with peanut products. All peanut products
are purchased pre-made and prepackaged from our food supplier. Families are not permitted to bring food from home except for a
special diet when prescribed by their physician. Occasional treats for the classroom or a party is permissible if enough food is
provided for each class member and should be arranged with the classroom teacher. Also, if your child is going to arrive later than
9:00 am please call the Early Education Center in advance so that your child will be included in the lunch count. Please no gum or candy.
We will encourage, not force, your child to eat. Mealtime should be a pleasant time, beginning with a prayer of thankfulness and
providing a social opportunity for the children. This is a time for introducing a variety of food textures and finger foods in the
training of self-feeding and nutritional education.


Releasing Children
Children will be released only to those persons named by parent on the initial information card, unless we are informed differently by
telephone or note. A person picking up a child should be prepared to identify him or herself satisfactorily. Identification asked for
shall be such things as a driver’s license or an official photo I.D. We will need to record the license number or make a copy to be held
for twenty-four (24) hours. If a parent calls requesting emergency release, he or she will have to give their social security or driver’s
license number, which is on file on the child’s information card, to affirm this. It will be assumed that both parents have the right to
pick up the child, unless you provide the center with a copy of a court order stating otherwise. We will need to discuss how the
director or other staff members should handle the non-custodial parent who arrives to pick up the child. Without a copy of the court
order, we can not refuse a parent. If we have a court order and a non-custodial parent leaves with the child, the director or staff
members will immediately call the police and report the situation. We will not place the child or staff at risk in a confrontation with
the non-custodial parent. If a person appears to be intoxicated or otherwise incapable of bring a child home safely we will NOT
release the child into their care and will promptly notify the other parent or guardian and if necessary we will notify the police and
report the situation. CHILDREN WILL NOT BE RELEASED TO ANYONE UNDER THE AGE OF EIGHTEEN (18).


Security System
A security system is in place and only the parents will receive access cards to the center. A $10.00 fee will be charged if the access
card is lost and needs to be replaced. At the time of withdrawal, the card must be turned in to the office. If card is not returned to
the office, $10.00 will be deducted from the deposit fee. Any authorized person picking up your child must first report to the office
for verification and approval to pick-up. Please do not allow those without cards to enter the center with you. It is important that
everyone uses his or her own access card to enter the center.

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Transportation
Children under age 2 will not be transported other than in an emergency and then only by calling 911. Children Pre-School through
school-age will occasionally go on field trips. Transportation will be provided by an outside bus company. Parents will receive
notification/permission forms in advance. The permission forms must be filled out, signed and returned as soon as possible.

    A. A child preschool age or younger shall only be transported on a school bus that is properly equipped for child safety
    restraints unless written permission is received from the parent(s)/guardian(s) of that child allowing the child to be transported
    on a school bus unrestrained. The Center shall explain to parent(s)/guardian(s) in the Center’s written transportation policy that
    while child safety restraints on school buses for children preschool age or younger are not currently required by State Law, the
    National Highway Traffic Administration recommends that children in this age group always be transported in school buses
    properly equipped for child safety restraints.

    B.   Transportation shall be on that of a school bus


Smoking, Alcohol and Drugs
Smoking in the presence of children is prohibited to protect their health and safety. The use of alcohol or drugs on the premises will
not be tolerated. We ask for your support and cooperation in taking these measures.

Cell Phones
Cell phone usage in the building is prohibited. Your children have not seen you all day and need your full attention. In addition your
child’s teacher may need to speak with you about your child’s day.



Forms and Attachments:
Located in back of Handbook (pages 21-26).

Holidays Observed
New Year’s Day                                                        Martin Luther King Day
President’s Day                                                       Good Friday
Memorial Day                                                          Independence Day
Labor Day                                                             Thanksgiving (Thursday and Friday)
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
Calendar of Events, which will include all the days off as well as special events, will be sent home the first day of the new school year.

Weather Emergency
During a snow or other related weather emergency, every effort will be made to keep the center open. However, when the safety of
the children and staff is jeopardized the decision may be made to close early or in some cases not to open. Notice of such a closing
will be broadcast on WSTW. The full name will be announced as ”Cornerstone Early Education & Youth Center”. You may also call the
center at (302) 836-6445 to listen to the voice mail message giving you updates as they are made.


Parent Responsibilities
Cornerstone Early Education and Youth Center recognizes the parents/guardian who enrolls a child to have the authority and
responsibility for making decisions relative to that child.


         Direct Responsibilities:
         1.    To pay all fees in accordance with the Financial Policy of the childcare center.
         2.    To observe the hours of operation of the center.
         3.    To be aware of the policies and procedures recorded in this handbook or posted on parent bulletin board/calendars.
         4.    To complete all required forms and to update information as needed.
         5.    To provide items necessary for the child’s welfare while in care.
         6.    To comply with all requirements regarding health, immunization and illness.
         7.    To communicate vital information about the child to the center.
         8.    To attend at least one open house or parent/teacher conference annually.
         9.    To comply with center rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
         10.   To keep center-issued security card with you upon entering the center each day. You will be charged $10.00 for
               replacement cards.
         11.   To be responsible for Parent Handbook. You will be charged $10.00 for replacement Handbooks. Addendums, Calendar
               of Events, memos, letters from the center, etc. are considered extensions of the Handbook and are considered to be
               rules and policies of the center.

Clothing and Personal Possessions

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When deciding on what to wear for the day, please keep in mind the kind of activities the children are involved in daily (active outdoor
play with plenty of running and jumping, painting, sand, water play, glue etc.). We feel comfortable play clothes (shorts, jeans,
leggings, sweats, etc.) and sturdy shoes will give your child the freedom to participate without worrying. During winter weather, warm
coats, boots, gloves and hats will be needed, since we go outside frequently. Clothing must be marked with your child’s name. We will
not be responsible for expensive jewelry or toys brought to the center. Please have your child leave toys and other personal
possessions at home, unless the teacher has requested that the children bring in something to share. We realize it is often very
difficult for pre-schoolers to share special things with others and the situations can lead to squabbles or lost belongings. An
exception to this may be a sleeping buddy who only comes out a naptime. Toy guns and other violent playthings are not permitted.


Items to be provided for the child:
1.  Complete change of clothing (seasonally appropriate). Children from time to time may have potty accidents, spill something on
    his/her clothes, etc. so a complete change of clothing is required.
2. Bedding must be taken home every Friday to be washed. Please be sure to return on Monday.
3. While a child is in the potty-training stage, please supply enough extra clothing to allow for potty-training potty accidents.

Picture Permission
The children in their classrooms are always doing something special. The center feels no better way exists to keep those special times
remembered than to take a picture. We are asking that you give us permission to take pictures of your child and to be able to share
some of our special moments with others. Please sign the permission form in the back of this handbook and return to the office. We
appreciate your cooperation and hope that you will agree that there is no better way to remember but by pictures.

Parking
When either dropping off or picking up your child, it is of the utmost importance that everyone parks in the designated parking areas.
Please do not park in the upper level or directly outside the childcare/church doors. This is a fire lane and is a direct violation of the
fire code.

Community Notification Program
 This is a community awareness program that informs the child care center of any sex offenders that have moved into or work in our
community. This binder is located in the office and is available upon request.




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                        Cornerstone Early Education & Youth Center, Inc
                                PICTORIAL PERMISSION FORM




My child, _____________________________ has my permission to be photographed where he/she is
participating in an activity for their classroom or in an event that the childcare is having.


I realize that these photographs will be used in the most respected way in sharing with others the
enjoyment of their day at the center. These pictures will be displayed on bulletin boards through the
center or in their classroom, used in our parent newsletter or in the church’s weekly witness.




_________________________________                            _________
Parent’s Signature                                           Date

_________________________________                            _________
Parent’s Signature                                           Date




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                        Cornerstone Early Education & Youth Center, Inc
                        RECEIPT OF HANDBOOK ACKNOWLEDGEMENT



I/We have received the Parent Handbook and all the information has been read and understood. I/We
agree upon and will abide by stated policies and procedures that are stated in this handbook by
Cornerstone Early Education & Youth Center. I/We give permission for the following:

       1. Permission to my/our child/ren to view TV shows, DVDs and videos, as well as play computer
          games in the classrooms. All shows, DVDs, videos and computer programs/games will be age-
          appropriate, educational and will be supervised by an adult. Viewing/playing will not exceed one (1)
          hour per day. Viewing time may be extended occasionally for special occasions such as holidays,
          current events, snow days, etc.
       2. Permission for certified CEEYC staff members to apply Rocky Mountain brand sunscreen to
          my/our child/ren. Information regarding Rocky Mountain brand sunscreen is available in the
          office on request.
       3. Please provide an email address so that we may better communicate with you:



___________@___________________________

____________________________________                              _______________
Signature                                                              Date

____________________________________                              _______________
Signature                                                              Date



Please sign and return this page to the office.

Thank you for your time spent in learning about our center    .



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                                “Ouchie Report”

Child:_______________________________Date:____________Time:________

Description of Incident:______________________________________________
________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________

Incident Observed By:_______________________________________________

Parent Notified:        NO               YES        Time:__________
                          (CIRCLE ONE)



First Aid Given:___________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________



First Aid Administered By:___________________________________________

Parent Signature___________________________________________________




                        Please return signed report to office


REVIEWED BY: ___________________________TITLE:
________________________
DATE:________________

COMMENTS:_________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________
___________________



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                                          INCIDENT REPORT


DATE: _____________________                      TIME: ________________

OBSERVED BY: ___________________________________________

CHILD’S NAME: ___________________________________________

DESCRIPTION OF INCIDENT:
________________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________



WAS FIRST AID ADMINISTERED TO THE OTHER CHILD?
YES _____ NO _____ IF YES, PLEASE EXPLAIN:
________________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________________
________________________________



CENTER’S COMMENTS/CONCERNS/ACTION TAKEN:
________________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________DIRECTOR’S/PROGRAM DIRECTOR’S
REVIEWED BY: ______________________________________________

IS A MEETING WITH PARENT’S WARRANTED: YES _____                   NO_____



2 copies are to be made (1) given to parent, (1) office file

__________________________________________                        __________
Parent’s Signature                                                Date

PARENT’S COMMENTS/CONCERNS:
________________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________________




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Medication Form

   A New Medication Form must be filled out each week.
   Only One Medication per form.
   Medication must be in its original container with proper dosage.

Today’s Date: __________________________________

Child’s Name: ______________ Teacher: ____________

Date of Birth: ______________
Allergies:__________________________________

Name of Medication:
___________________________________________________

Dosage: __________________Route: Mouth __________                Topical __________
                                       Ears ______               Nose __________
Reason: __________________                                       Eyes    __________

Time to be given: _____12 noon            _____3pm

Name of Physician & Phone #:
____________________________________________
____________________________________________

I hereby give my permission to a qualified medication certified staff member at
Cornerstone Child Care to administer the above medication to my child named above.

Name of Parent/Guardian (Print)
___________________________________________________
Signature___________________________ Date: ____________

Please continue this medicine the following days (please circle)
                          Monday       Tuesday        Wednesday   Thursday   Friday
Comments:__________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________
If we may have a question while administering the medication, please leave a
number where we may reach you: ___________________
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                               Preschool I - DAILY SCHEDULE
                                            (sample)


6:30-7:30                            Arrival / Before Care Activities /Free Play

7:30-8:00                            Breakfast

8:00-8:30                            Supervised Play Centers / Potty

8:30-9:15                            Learning Centers (letters, writing, numbers, cutting, art and or cooking, etc.

9:15-10:15                           Outside / Large Motor (Weather Permitting)

10:15-11:00                          Circle Time / Potty / Prepare for Lunch

11:15-12:00                          Lunch

12:00-2:00                           Nap / Rest Time

2:00-2:30                            Snack / Potty

2:30-3:00                            Finish any seat work from am / Activity Centers

3:00-3:30                            Group Games / Activity Centers / Free Choice

3:30-3:45                            Potty / Story Time / After Care Activity’s begin

3:45-4:45                            Outside / Large Motor (Weather Permitting)

4:45-6:00                            After Care Activities / Free Play / Potty



This schedule is an outline of our day and it is kept very flexible in order to best meet the needs of the children.




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