St. Mary's Child Care Center
• Learn about the Center
• Learn about the programs
• Learn about the age groups/ratios
• Learn about the staff
• Learn about the curriculum
• Learn about the waitlist process
• Hours are 6am-6pm, Monday
• Children ages 6 weeks –
• Full-time, part-time and
rotating part-time available
for employees of SMH and
• Full-time available for
employees of Dean &
Affiliates and Community
• Breakfast, lunch and snacks
provided, in addition to baby
SMCCC is closed for seven designated holidays per year:
• New Year’s Day
• Memorial Day
• 4th of July
• Labor Day
• Thanksgiving Day (The center is open on Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, for those who
are scheduled to work at the Hospital and Dean Clinics.)
• Christmas Eve Day
• Christmas Day
• If any of these days fall on weekends, the Center will remain open
for all other days of the year.
• The Center does not close for inclement weather or other school
• The mission of St. Mary's Child Care
Center is to provide children with care
that is child-centered, family-oriented and
community based. The teachers and
support staff believe that a healthy
development of positive self-esteem and a
well developed self-concept is most
significant in the formative years, 0-6.
• Care for children is inclusive of
racial, ethnic, social, economic and
family structure diversity. Your
child will participate in age-
appropriate play, dance, music and
movement, drama and creative visual
• Each child at St. Mary's Child Care Center is treated as an
individual. We have no preconceived notions of age expectations—
when they are toilet trained, when they must learn to count, etc.
We offer a ―no pressure‖ approach to reaching developmental
milestones. Interests, needs, and home situations are all
respected and acknowledged in each child’s primary care situation.
• We see the Center as an extension of the home. Each child has a
right to significant bonding, and they are therefore assigned a
primary care teacher. Parents have one person to check in with,
conference with, and depend upon. This primary teacher then is
responsible for keeping the other program team members
informed. The team teaching concept allows your child and your
family to get to know all program staff and feel confident and
secure in your child’s daily care.
The Child Care Center has a model that includes
parent/teacher conferences on a regular basis.
•Intake Conference: occurs shortly before enrollment
•Parents learn about their child’s program, room
specifics and daily activities.
• The primary teacher will learn more about the new
child and the family.
• Midyear Conferences: held every six months.
• Update for parents on their child’s developmental
progress, activities within the program and update the
primary teacher on any changes with the family.
•Transition Conference: held 4 weeks prior to transition
•Acquaints the parents with their child’s new primary
teacher and program when they become old enough to
move from one program to another.
• Play-based: we believe the most important
learning for young children occurs in their
naturally occurring play. Each program utilizes
weekly, bi-weekly themes that are child-centered
and emergent. The five areas emphasized are:
language arts, pre-math, art, large motor and
• We offer a 4-K curriculum in our Preschool
program that prepares children for Kindergarten.
General Daily Schedule for Toddler and
6:00am Center Opens
9:00 to Scheduled Activities,
11:00 am Group Times, Free Play, Outside Play
11:30 am Lunch
12:00 to 3:00pm Nap and Quiet time
2:30pm Afternoon snack, Free Play, Outside Play
6:00pm Center Closes
* Infant care is individualized according to their own pattern for feeding and sleeping.
Our Age Groupings
Ages 6weeks - 9 months
Ages 3-5 years Ages 9 months-3 years
• Infants (Koalas) 3.5 :1
• Younger Toddlers (Pandas) 4:1
• Older Toddlers (Dreamers) 6:1
• Younger Preschool (Turtles) 10:1
• Older Preschool (Penguins) 10:1
• Our staff is comprised of
21 teachers. Many have 4-
year degrees in Early
Childhood Education or
Some have 2-year degrees
in Early Childhood
Education. Our turnover
rate is low, (2009 –5%) and our
years of experience are
SMH & SMCC Employees Dean/Affiliates &
• SMH & SMCC staff have the option of
either full or part time scheduling for
their enrolled children. Part time • Dean/Affiliates & Community may
schedules can also be flexible and only submit fulltime schedules for
rotating. their enrolled children. The
contracted days can be varied into
• The minimum enrollment requirement any combination of start and end
is the equivalent of 5 whole days in times as needed. A whole day is 9.5
St. Mary's 2 week pay period. hours.
• The contracted days can be split into
any combination of whole days and • Tuition contracts are required for
half days as needed. A whole day is accurate billing.
9.5 hours and a half day is any 5 • Extended days that exceed 9.5
consecutive hours. hours are also available.
• Tuition contracts are required, for
accurate billing, but may be changed
• Extended days that exceed 9.5 hours
are also available.
Scheduling Options cont.
• Full time enrollment is 10 whole days in St. Mary's 2 week pay
period, or 8 extended days.
• Schedules are posted in the classrooms for the upcoming two week
scheduling period and left up for one week.
• Parents must fill in their needed hours of childcare on the
schedules by the deadline of 8am, St. Mary’s payday Friday*.
• If you have a fixed schedule, having your child’s schedule
permanently typed in is also an option.
*When scheduling your child’s attendance it is recommended that parents look at their own work schedules
first, then add additional time onto the beginning and ending portion of their child’s day to ensure adequate
time to drop off and pick up.
SMH & SMCC Dean/Affiliates &
• Payroll Deduction • Check
• Check • All payments are due on
St. Mary’s payday Friday
• All payments are due on for the current session.
payday Friday for the
current session. Many • Current Tuition rates are
employees utilize payroll available on the St. Mary’s
deduction as a stress free Intranet located in the
method of ensuring prompt Childcare Section.
payment. • Available upon request by
– Tuition rates are calling the childcare
posted on St. Mary’s center.
Intranet located in the
Sick Child Policy
• A child must remain at home, or be
sent home if: they have a significant
or increasing fever; they have
explosive or multiple loose stools or
vomiting within 12 hours of
attendance; they are unable to
participate in a daycare day. In
other words, your child must feel well
enough to play, eat meals and go
• Parents should notify the center
when their child is sick and/or
• A child who becomes ill while at the
center will be isolated.
contact person are expected to pick
up within 1 hour of notification.
(Emergency contact person must live within 1
hour of center)
Tour the Center
• Come any day
between 8am and
4pm and take a
look at the Center
in action. For a
guided tour, please
call ahead at 229-
7444 OR 229-
• Upon completion of this enrollment information session, you will
be asked to complete a short quiz to understand the process
• After completing the quiz you will be able to download a waitlist
• Please READ and fill the form out completely.
• Return the form with a $45.00 check (non refundable application
fee) to St. Mary’s Childcare Center (sending through
interdepartmental mail is an option)
• Questions about the form can be directed to Deirdre:
firstname.lastname@example.org or 229-7444