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                                            YMCA EArlY
                                         lEArning CEntErs
                                          •	 age-appropriate developmental activities
                                          •	 core values practiced and taught
                                          •	 daily progress reports
                                          •	 nutritious meals and snacks
                                          •	 nAeYC accredited
                                          •	 kdhe licensed and SrS contracted

                                                        Need-based	financial
                                                        assistance is available.



Greater Wichita YMCA | We build strong kids, strong families, strong communities.
                              W        elcome to the Greater Wichita YMCA early
                                       learning Center (elC). the elC provides
                              a safe, healthy, and nurturing environment where
Your Guide to                 each child’s individual development is recognized and
                              supported. developmentally appropriate activities and
Child Care:                   experiences are planned daily and designed to promote
locations & hours 3           each child’s physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and
elC basics            4-6     creative growth.
 Information on purpose,
 goals, admissions, special   the elC is licensed by the kansas department of


                                                                                                                                                                       elC hours
 needs children, events,      health and environment (kdhe) and accredited by the
 communication, what to       nAeYC. Caring child development professionals guide
 wear/bring                   and encourage your child’s learning. Children participate
billing & Payments       4    in active exploration through play, movement, and social
                              interaction, ensuring your child’s success in school.                      ELIGIBILITY
Parent Involvement 6                                                                                                                                ELC Hours of opErATIon
                                                                                                         enrollment is available for:               Unless otherwise posted, the elC will be open Monday
health Policies          7    We are interested in you and your child, and we look                         •	 Infants - 2 weeks to 12 months        through Friday from 6:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Children’s daily
                              forward to getting acquainted with you. We hope you                          •	 toddlers - 12 months, walking         attendance shall not exceed ten hours.
behavior Policies 8-9                                                                                         independently to 2 ½ years
                              and your child enjoy your elC experience.
Food Program           10                                                                                  •	 Preschoolers - 2 ½ years to           Children must be signed in and out daily using parent’s/
                                                                                                              kindergarten eligibility              guardian’s full signatures. Parents/guardians are responsible
School Age Care        10                                                 Wichita YMCA                                                              for coming into the elC to leave/pick-up children.
                                                                   early learning Center                 eligibility is considered upon
                                                                                                         completion of the application forms Parents/guardians are responsible for notifying the elC by
                                                                                                         and receipt of the enrollment fee.  9:00 am if their child will not be attending or of any schedule
Go to the center                                                                                                                             changes for the day.
of the booklet for                                                                                       Children are placed in an Infant,
                                                                                                         toddler, Preschool, or Mixed Unit The	ELC	must	be	notified	in	advance	of	exceptions	when	
your pull-out                                         WE BuILd sTronG kIds, sTronG
                                                      fAMILIEs, sTronG CoMMunITIEs.                      based on developmental milestones another person(s) is picking a child up. A picture Id of the
enrollment Guide                                                                                         and availability of space. Fees are person(s)	will	be	requested	as	verification.
                                                      Need-based	financial	assistance	may	be	available   charged based on child’s placement. emergency numbers must be provided if parent/guardians
                                                                                revised June 2009        An ongoing waiting list is maintained      are not at work site.
                                                                                                         at each elC site. Applications for         If children are picked up after 6:00 p.m., a late fee will be
                                                                                                         enrollment should be completed at          charged. the fee will be incurred at the rate of $1.00 per minute
                                                                                                         each site and will be considered on an     beginning at 6:01 p.m. the late fee must be paid at the time
                                                                                                         individual basis.
                                                                                                                                                    the child is picked up or on the following morning. the late fee
                                                                                                         It is a policy of the YMCA that staff      must be paid before the child returns to the elC. If late pick-up
                                                                                                         and volunteers are restricted from         becomes a chronic problem, let us help you make other pick-up
                                                                                                         providing childcare and/or transporting    arrangements before dismissal procedures are started.
                                                                                                         children outside of the YMCA program.
                                                                                                                                                    If any child is left in the elC after 7:00 pm, 911 will be called.
                                                                                                           east branch YMCA
                                                                                                                                                    the elC will be closed on the following days:
                                                                                                           9333 e. douglas
                                                                                                                                                      •	 new Year’s day
                                                                                                           316-685-2059
                                                                                                                                                      •	 Memorial day
                                                                                                           South branch YMCA                          •	 July 4th
                                                                                                           3405 S. Meridian                           •	 In-service day (one day tbd in August or September)
                                                                                                           316-942-9782                               •	 labor day
                                                                                                           Andover branch YMCA                        •	 thanksgiving day and the Friday after thanksgiving
                                                                                                           1115 e. US highway 54                      •	 Christmas day
                                                                                                           316-448-1060 (opens August 2009.         Full tuition is due during weeks in which
 2                                                                                                         Call 316-264-1610 ext. 251 to be added
                                                                                                           to a waiting/mail list prior to open.)
                                                                                                                                                    closure days occur.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              3
    elC basics                                                                                                                         3. to ensure proper credit to your account
                                                                                                                                           please include a completed payment coupon.
                                                                                                                                       4. A $10 late fee will be charged for each late
                                                                                                                                                                                             spECIAL EvEnT rEquEsTs
                                                                                                                                                                                             traditional holidays are recognized in a simple, yet
                                                                                                                                                                                             meaningful way at the elC. because we know
ELC MIssIon/purposE                                       AdMIssIon rEquIrEMEnTs                                                           payment.                                          young children are easily fatigued or confused
the purpose of the early learning center is to            before children are admitted to the elC, parent/                             5. A $10 returned item fee will be charged for        by the excitement generated prior to or during
put Christian principles into practice through            guardians must pay an annual nonrefundable fee                                   any returned drafts/checks, in addition to any    celebrations, we treat the events in a matter-of-
programs that promote healthy lifestyles, strong          and complete admission materials including:                                      applicable late fees.Accounts with more than      fact way.
families and positive youth development to build            •	 An enrollment/agreement form.                                               one returned check will be required to pay          •	 As children show interest, they are encouraged
healthy spirit, mind and body for all, regardless of        •	 A parent agreeement form.                                                   by money order or credit card.                         by teachers to explore their own perception
ability to pay.                                             •	 An appointment of agent form.                                                                                                      of the holiday. our goal is to enhance, not
                                                                                                                                       6. delinquent accounts will result in immediate
                                                            •	 A	certificate	of	health	assessment.**                                                                                              confuse, children’s understanding of their own
pHILosopHY                                                                                                                                 suspension of elC services.
                                                            •	 A food program form.                                                                                                               and other’s traditions.
the goal of each Greater Wichita YMCA elC                   •	 A notarized custody declaration (when                                   7. A two week written notice is required
is to create a learning environment for children,                                                                                          if children transfer or exit the elC. Your          •	 the making of decorations, crafts, and gifts
                                                               applicable)                                                                                                                        often inadvertently adds to a child’s stress
a warm “extended” family atmosphere in which                                                                                               account will be charged two additional
children feel secure, comfortable, and important.
                                                          ** A certificate of physical examination (performed within the last
                                                                                                                                           weeks if no notice is given.                           perceptions about doing something “right”.
                                                          six months), a written physician’s release for children under the age                                                                   because our activities are child-centered and
the educational and recreational activities, the          of 6 weeks and a complete record of the child’s immunizations are            8. Please keep track of your payment stubs,
nurturing staff, and the philosophical belief that play   required to be on file at the ELC on the child’s first day of attendance.                                                               “process” rather than “product” oriented,
                                                                                                                                           booklets, checks, and receipts for easy                items,	will	be	quite	simple,	reflecting	the	child’s	
is an important way of learning for a young child         Immunization records must be updated throughout the program
                                                          year. Returning children are encouraged to have annual well-child                reference. the YMCA provides yearly                    own understanding and developmental level.
are all part of our child centered environment.           assessments. (See immunization schedule on page 8.)                              statements of your payments.
 •	 Parents	are	the	first	and	most	important	                                                                                          9. third Party billing: Anyone receiving              An important part of childhood revolves around
                                                          CHILdrEn WITH spECIAL nEEds                                                                                                        the need to internalize aspects of family and
    teachers in a child’s life.                           our goal is to meet the individual needs of each                                 supplemental childcare funding (SrS,Youthville,
 •	 Families require a safe, pleasant, and                                                                                                 and others) who is paying a family fee must pay   society rituals. to do this, children may need time
                                                          child within the structure of our program, while                                                                                   after	a	significant	event	to	play	and	recreate	their	
    dependable early learning center as parents/          maintaining a safe and healthy environment for all of                            his	or	her	family	share	the	first	day	of	each	
    adults pursue necessary responsibilities.                                                                                              month. Fees not covered by the third party are    understanding of that event.
                                                          the children and staff. Children with special physical
 •	 development follows a universal pattern,              and emotional needs will be accepted if the program                              the sole responsibility of the parent/guardian.   holiday observances vary greatly from family to
    yet each child is a unique person growing at          is determined to be in the child’s best interest.                            10. early learning Center payments may be made        family. If your family has special traditions that you
    his or her own pace and style.                                                                                                         weekly, biweekly, or monthly, the Monday          would like to share with the other children, please
 •	 Children are holistic learners, innately curious      Families with special needs children must                                                                                          make arrangements with the classroom teacher.
                                                          schedule an interview with the Child Care                                        before	the	first	week	of	your	service	period.
    and constantly constructing knowledge about                                                                                                                                              We encourage activities that develop awareness
    the world around them through play.                   executive director prior to attendance.                                                                                            and respect for all cultures and heritages.
                                                                                                                                      WITHdrAWAL/dIsMIssAL GuIdELInEs
 •	 trust, respect, and sensitivity for self,             fInAnCIAL AssIsTAnCE
                                                                                                                                      two weeks written notice is required for
    others and nature are crucial elements for            Parent/guardian(s) eligible to receive supplemental                                                                                BIrTHdAYs
                                                                                                                                      withdrawal.
    the productive relationships and positive             funding must complete the approved applications                                                                                    birthdays are a special time. We enjoy celebrating
    growth in this increasingly complex society.          and forms through the respective agencies (i.e.                             the YMCA elC reserves the right to ask a family        them	together	to	affirm	each	child’s	significance	as	
                                                          early head Start, head Start, SrS, Youthville). A                           to withdraw a child from the elC for, but not          a person. Classes will develop their own simple
desired Child & Family Goals & outcomes:                  formal, written agreement must be received prior                            limited to the following reasons:                      ceremonies based on the developmental stages
 •	 to allow children to learn about themselves,          to the child’s start date.Agency reimbursement is                              •	 When the program cannot meet the needs           of the group.
    their feelings, and about others.                     accepted in lieu of all or part of fee payments.                                  of the child or when the child cannot adapt
                                                                                                                                                                                             You are welcome to take part by joining your child’s
 •	 to develop positive and effective ways of                                                                                               or adjust to the group setting.
                                                          pAYMEnT poLICY                                                                                                                     class for all or part of the day.
    communicating with others                                                                                                            •	 Chronic behavior problems or acts of
                                                          Upon enrollment, and every September thereafter,                                                                                      •	 If you would like to bring a special snack, we
 •	 to discover and explore their environment                                                                                               aggression.
                                                          an annual enrollment fee is due. the amount will                                                                                         ask that you plan healthy edibles within our
 •	 to use and develop thinking and social skills                                                                                        •	 non-payment of tuition according to the
                                                          be indicated on your parent/guardian agreement                                                                                           nutritional guidelines. Staff is happy to offer
                                                                                                                                            payment policies.
Children will:                                            along with your child’s weekly tuition rate.                                                                                             recipes and ideas.
                                                          Families	shall	be	notified	a	minimum	of	30	days	                               •	 lack of cooperation by the parent/guardians
 •	 Grow and develop.                                                                                                                       with regard to YMCA policies and/or state          •	 For safety reasons balloons are not permitted
 •	 Clarify values.                                       in advance of any changes to center fees.
                                                                                                                                            regulations as outlined for licensed childcare        for younger children. there is a danger of
 •	 Develop	specific	skills.	                             tuition is due regardless of attendance, and                                      facilities.                                           children chewing and swallowing them.
 •	 Improve personal & family relationships.              payment is required in advance.                                                •	 A child’s absence, with no notice to the elC,
 •	 Appreciate diversity.                                                                                                                   for one week.                                                WE BuILd sTronG kIds, sTronG
                                                           1. only check, money order, bankdraft or
 •	 have fun.                                                 Visa/MasterCard payments made payable                                                                                                      fAMILIEs, sTronG CoMMunITIEs.
                                                                                                                                      be assured that prior to dismissal actions being
                                                              to YMCA are accepted.                                                   taken, the staff will work closely with families,                  Need-based	financial	assistance	may	be	available


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                                                           2. Payments can be made online at www.
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                                                                                                                                      making every effort to resolve problems.
                                                              ymcawichita.org, at the elC site or any
                                                              YMCA branch.                                                            www.ymcawichita.org
    elC basics
CLoTHInG And suppLIEs                                    pArEnT/GuArdIAn’s roLE                                       HEALTH poLICY
                                                                                                                                                                          elC health policy
Children should arrive simply and comfortably            Parent/guardians	are	the	first	teachers	of	their	            Children	 that	 display	 significant	 signs	 of	 illness	
dressed in street clothes for play and participa-        children and are an important part of the elC.               shall be excluded from the program until they
tion in elC activities (kdhe 28-4-438b), and that        their active role enhances their children’s                  are symptom free for 24 hours. If your child is
day’s weather.                                           experiences and allows them the opportunity                  sent home with a temperature, he or she may not
Please bring:                                            to participate in shaping their child’s care and             return to school until the child’s temperature is
   •	 Infants: two boxes of tissues, baby wipes,         education. our goal is to provide a warm, wel-               normal without medication. A doctor’s notice
      bibs, burp cloths, formula/breast milk, and        coming atmosphere where parents/guardians                    may be required prior to the child’s return.
      baby food                                          and staff work together as partners to promote
                                                         continuity, support, and respect for families and            the parent, legal guardian, or other person
   •	 toddlers: two boxes of tissues, bibs, and                                                                       authorized by the parent will be contacted
      tippy cups                                         their cultures.
                                                                                                                      immediately when a child has a sign or symptom
   •	 Preschoolers: two boxes of tissues                 CoMMunICATIon                                                requiring exclusion from the facility. Children will
All children must have:                                  the policies and procedures outlined in this                 be required to be picked up within a thirty-minute
   •	 two complete changes of clothing,                  handbook have been developed in order to                     period, as the elC’s do not have the facilities for
      permanently labeled with child’s name              help	define	the	dynamic	relationship	that	exists	            sick childcare.                                               MEdICATIon poLICY
      (underwear, socks, shirts, and pants/ dresses)     between children, parent/guardians, and early                                                                              kdhe licensing regulations do not permit
                                                         childhood professionals as we work together for              Significant	 signs	 of	 illness	 include	 but	 are	 not	      childcare agencies to administer prescription
      to be left at the elC.
                                                         the	benefit	of	families.                                     limited to:                                                   or nonprescription medication to children
   •	 A daily supply of diapers or training pants for
      infants and toddlers (at least one diaper or       effective communication between parent/                        •	   Auxiliary temperature of 100°F or greater              without the authorization of a physician and
      pair of training pants per hour of care)           guardians and teachers is the key to a child’s                 •	   Unusual lethargy                                       the written authorization of parent/guardians.
   •	 A new toothbrush and tube of toothpaste            comfort and success at the elC.                                •	   Uncontrolled coughing                                  request to Administer Medication forms are
      every January and June for preschoolers and                                                                       •	   Irritability                                           available at the elC.
                                                         Classroom teachers will schedule a progress                                                                                  •	 nonprescription medications such as tylenol,
      toddlers to be used only in the elC                                                                               •	   Persistent crying
                                                         conference with each child’s family at least two                                                                                 cough medicine, etc. may be given if parent/
   •	 A blanket or towel for use at naptime. (this                                                                      •	   Difficulty	breathing	or	wheezing
                                                         times a year. other conferences requested by                                                                                     guardian completes a medication form. this
      item will be sent home on Fridays to be                                                                           •	   Uncontrolled diarrhea
                                                         the parent/guardians or teachers may be held at                                                                                  policy includes all medications, including
      laundered and must be returned on Monday)                                                                         •	   Vomiting
                                                         a time mutually agreed to.                                                                                                       nonprescription items for diaper rash, etc.
      this is strictly enforced, as it is a licensing                                                                   •	   Unidentified	rash
      requirement.                                       Staff will respond professionally to concerns and                                                                            •	 Aspirin cannot be administered
                                                                                                                        •	   head lice, or scabies
                                                         questions. We ask that you speak to staff at times                                                                               without a physician’s written authority.
If your child has an accident and has no spare                                                                          •	   Any known contagious diseases                            •	 All medication to be administered must
                                                         when they are not responsible for supervising
clothing, a parent/guardian will be expected to bring                                                                 Parents/guardians are required to report all                        be given directly to the elC staff in its
                                                         children.
clean clothing to the elC within thirty minutes.                                                                      communicable diseases to the elC, and provide a                     original container and clearly marked with
                                                         You are always welcome to spend time with                                                                                        the	child’s	first	and	last	names.
Children are required to leave all personal items                                                                     notice from the physician as to the date the child
                                                         your child at the center. If you have any special                                                                            •	 Prescription medication must contain
and valuables (i.e. toys, money) at home with the                                                                     is able to return to care.
                                                         skill or talent, we invite you to share it with                                                                                  written instructions as to quantity, time
exception of quiet time items.                                                                                        The	 KDHE	 and	 families	 will	 be	 notified	 when	
                                                         your child’s class.                                                                                                              for administering, name and telephone
dIvorCEd/sEpArATEd pArEnTs                                                                                            children have been exposed to a communicable                        number of the physician and any other
                                                         Please feel free to eat lunch, read stories, join
If divorced or separated parents share custody,          a	field	trip,	or	enjoy	the	outdoor	environment	              disease.                                                            pertinent information.
every effort will be made to see that both parents       with your child.                                             In case of emergencies, staff members are trained               •	 A doctor’s note regarding dosage for
receive communications from the elC. If one                                                                           in	first	aid	and	CPR.		An	“ouch”	report	is	used	to	                 prescription and nonprescription medicine is
of the parents has restricted access for custody         Informal conversation between parent/guardians
                                                                                                                      report all minor accidents to parent/guardians.                     required for children under two years of age
or visitation and that restriction will effect elC       and teachers happens daily. In addition, parents
                                                                                                                      A YMCA “Incident/Accident” report is used to                    •	 YMCA personnel will not be responsible
arrangements,	 please	 furnish	 the	 center	 office	     are offered other means of communication:
                                                                                                                      report major accidents to parent/guardians, the                     for administering injectable medication.
with	 a	 certified	 copy	 of	 the	 custody/visitation	     •	 bulletin boards at the entrance to the elC              YMCA, and the kdhe. If an accident is serious,
arrangements.                                                                                                                                                                       CoLd/HoT WEATHEr poLICY
                                                              and throughout the center describe daily                the parent/guardian will be contacted immediately,            All children will spend some time outside each
the YMCA does not become involved in custody                  activities and announce special events.                 and the child transported to the closest available            day, weather permitting. If the wind chill factor
disputes. Please do not ask staff or the director to       •	 Periodic notes, daily charts, a monthly                 hospital.                                                     is below the human safety factor of plus 15°F,
document and/or discuss any actions or behavior               newsletter, and calendar are distributed.
                                                                                                                                                                                    or the heat index is above 95°F, the children will
of another parent.                                                 WE BuILd sTronG kIds, sTronG
                                                                                                                                 WE BuILd sTronG kIds, sTronG                       remain indoors. If your child is too ill to play
                                                                                                                                 fAMILIEs, sTronG CoMMunITIEs.
                                                                   fAMILIEs, sTronG CoMMunITIEs.                                                                                    outside, he or she is too ill to be at the center.

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 elC behavior policies



GuIdAnCE And dIsCIpLInE poLICY                                                                                                                                             ABusE/nEGLECT poLICY
                                                          •	 When a child’s behavior becomes                        •	 Provide duplicates of popular toys. Infants
the purpose of discipline is to guide children as                                                                                                                          elC staff members are required by law to
                                                             challenging and disruptive and can no                     and toddlers do not understand the concept
they develop the appropriate problem-solving                                                                                                                               report any suspected child abuse or neglect to
                                                             longer be maintained through common                       of “sharing”.
techniques (kSdhe 28-4-427). the elC will                                                                                                                                  SrS Child Protective Services.
                                                             behavior management techniques or                      •	 Place a toy or item in “time-out”—not the
implement the following sequence of guidance:
                                                             threatens the safety of the child, other                  child. Infants/toddlers have short attention
  •	 Child’s disruptive and aggressive behavior                                                                                                                            ConfIdEnTIALITY
                                                             students, and/or staff a parent teacher                   spans and are naturally active. time-out for
     is redirected.                                                                                                                                                        All	family	records	are	confidential.		Only	authorized	
                                                             conference shall be arranged immediately.                 infants/toddlers is not appropriate.
  •	 If redirection does not solve the behavior                                                                                                                            ELC	staff	has	access	to	files.		Regulatory	agencies	
                                                          •	 the parent(s), teacher, and Program director
     issue, the child is placed in a “time out” (the                                                              prEsCHooL GuIdAnCE TECHnIquEs                            such as SrS or kdhe have legal access to class lists
                                                             shall develop a behavior intervention plan
     number of minutes of “time out” is based on                                                                  Any of the above methods of guidance PlUS:               and	files	in	the	course	of	duties	involving	licensing,	
                                                             designed to meet the special needs of the
     the child’s age, and “time out” applies only to                                                                •	 Allow preschool age children to make                supervision, or special services.
                                                             child.the plan should consist of strategies and
     children ages two years and older.)                                                                               acceptable choices and let the natural
                                                             techniques that will be effective in controlling                                                                •	 no information will be released to any other
  •	 based on continued disruptive and aggressive                                                                      consequence of the decision be the teacher
                                                             the child’s behavior and identify each adult’s                                                                     person or agency without parent’s written
     behavior, the site director will conference                                                                       (as long as the consequence is not dangerous).
                                                             roles and responsibilities, as well as a time                                                                      permission.
     with parents to develop a behavior plan and                                                                       be sure to offer choices you can live with!
                                                             frame for improvement and next steps.                                                                           •	 each family’s name, address, telephone num-
     follow through as outlined in Aggressive                                                                       •	 help children to solve problems. offer
                                                          •	 If the behavior continues over a period of time,                                                                   ber and child’s birth date are included on
     behavior section.                                                                                                 suggestions when necessary and allow the
                                                             parents may be counseled to seek a more                                                                            a class list that may be distributed only to
AGGrEssIvE BEHAvIor                                          appropriate childcare setting. the YMCA                   child to decide.                                         other enrolled families and staff. If you want
Children who demonstrate aggressive behavior                 elC can serve as a resource and referral for           •	 talk about the “rules” of the elC. remind the            your address and/or phone number deleted
are experiencing stress/distress and need support            parents as they locate other options.                     children. Children learn by repetition. Allow the        from the list, you must notify the elC in writ-
and guidance during and following an incident. In                                                                      preschool age children to help set the “rules”.          ing within one week of enrollment.
YMCA CdCs, the following guidelines are utilized        InfAnT/ToddLEr GuIdAnCE                                     •	 time-out should be used sparingly. over
                                                        TECHnIquEs                                                                                                           •	 Center staff routinely use photographs
when dealing with a situation in which children                                                                        use of “time-out” or any method of guidance              and videos of the children as part of the
display aggressive or destructive behavior.               •	 remove tempting items that are off limits to              causes the method to become “old hat”
                                                             infants/toddlers.by nature they are curious about                                                                  curriculum. In addition, children’s pictures
   •	 respond promptly to the situation.                                                                               which causes it to lose its effectiveness. time-         or videos may be used for publicity. If you
      Comforting	first	any	child	that	was	injured.		         people and things.they are just learning.
                                                                                                                       out provides the child the opportunity to                object to your child’s picture or video being
      State clearly to both children that hurting         •	 distract (this is called redirection) the
                                                                                                                       think—cool off—calm down. time-out is not                used for publicity, you must notify the elC
      others is not all right and redirect both              infant/toddler away from the activity that
                                                                                                                       about your ability to control the child. Provide         within one week of enrollment.
      children to different activities. (see Guidance        is not desired by attracting the child with a
                                                                                                                       a “time-out space” for the child that is nearby
      & discipline Policy for procedure)                     better choice.
                                                          •	 Ignore the behavior, if the child is not in danger        and which allows you to clearly supervise the                   WE BuILd sTronG kIds, sTronG
   •	 Any time a child is injured staff will document                                                                  child. Invite the child to rejoin the group when
                                                             or causing someone else to be in danger.                                                                                  fAMILIEs, sTronG CoMMunITIEs.
      the situation using an incident report.                                                                          he/she is ready. talk about behavior, feelings
   •	 Factual documentation shall be kept that            •	 Use the word “no” sparingly. “no” should be                                                                               Need-based	financial	assistance	may	be	available
                                                             only used when the infant/toddler is approaching          and reassure the child when he/she rejoins
      reflects	the	environment,	circumstances                                                                          the group. never place a child in time-out for
                  surrounding the behavior and               danger. over using the word “no” may result
    8                consequences for the child.             in the child learning to ignore you.
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elC food service                                                                                                                                             parent notes
                                                                                                                  Site name: ________________________________________________________


                                                                                                                  Site Address: _______________________________________________________


                                                                                                                  Site hours: open from _________ a.m. to _________ p.m., Monday through Friday.


                                                                                                                  Site director: ______________________________________________________


                                                                                                                  Site telephone #: ____________________________________________________

food sErvICE
the elC features nutrition education and healthy               WE BuILd sTronG kIds, sTronG
                                                               fAMILIEs, sTronG CoMMunITIEs.                      Cell Phone #: ______________________________________________________
eating programs.
  •	 Menus and meal service schedules are                      Need-based	financial	assistance	may	be	available
     posted.                                         BEforE/AfTEr sCHooL (k - age 12)                             Questions to Ask: ___________________________________________________
  •	 breakfast, lunch and one afternoon snack        If you are in need of programs for children who
     are served daily to all children.               have entered school,YMCA still has a lot to offer.
  •	 Infant bottles and tippy cups must be
     labeled with the child’s name.All bottles are   YMCA’s School Age Child Care (SACC) before                   _________________________________________________________________
     required	to	have	a	fitted	lid.                  and after school programs are available in select
  •	 An adequate amount of food will be served       schools through the Andover, Augusta, Circle,
     to meet nutrition requirements for children.    el dorado, Goddard, Maize,Valley Center and
                                                     Wichita Public School districts.                             _________________________________________________________________
  •	 nutrition information is available from the
     program director.                               YMCA’s SACC program is a good place for
  •	 outside food is not allowed in the elC.         children to learn and grow. SACC programs:
  •	 Meals are planned as relaxed, social              •	 challenge children to accept and demonstrate            _________________________________________________________________
     experiences, and are served family style             the positive values of caring, honesty, respect
     so that children develop self-help skills.           and responsibility.
     Although never forced to eat, children are        •	 offer a balance of activities including daily           _________________________________________________________________
     encouraged to sample small portions of               recreation, educational enrichment, healthy
     each item. teachers are seated at the table          meals & snacks and more.
     with children and are models of appropriate       •	 include nutritious meals and snacks
     behavior and dining habits. they will be          •	 are kdhe licensed and SrS contracted.                    If you have any questions or concerns that your director is unable to address, please
     sensitive to the individual eating patterns     SACC also features day camps for children
     of each child.                                                                                               contact emily lies at the YMCA Childcare/Camping branch at (316) 264-1610 ext. 250.
                                                     when school is not in session during winter/
  •	 Children are asked to arrive at the posted      spring breaks, in-service days and many holidays.
     meal time in order to participate.
                                                     enrollment handbooks for SACC programs are
                                                     available online at www.ymcawichita.org. they                  PleASe retAIn thIS PArent hAndbook For reFerenCe AS QUeStIonS
                                                     may also be picked up at any Greater Wichita                                      ArISe throUGhoUt the YeAr!
                                                     YMCA location.

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                                                           YMCA CHILd dEvELopMEnT CEnTEr proGrAMs
                                                         dId YoU knoW?                                                    •	 turns no one away due to inability to pay. Financial assistance is
                                                         YMCA is the largest provider of child care in                       made possible by the YMCA Strong kids annual campaign and United
                                                         the Greater Wichita area and its programs                           Way of the Plains support.
                                                         feature	the	following	benefits:                                  •	 Partners with Child Start, early head Start, head Start, raising a
                                                             •	 licensed by the kansas department of                         reader, Smart Start and USd 259.
                                                                health & environment (kdhe).                              •	 Children participate in active exploration through play, movement, and
                                                             •	 Accredited by the national Association                       social interaction, ensuring your child’s success in school.
                                                                for the education of Young Children                       •	 Staffs	caring	professionals	trained	and	certified	in	early	childhood	
                                                                (nAeYC).                                                     care and education. Staff update their skills annually and participate in
                                                             •	 Accept supplemental funding from the                         on-going professional development.
                                                                department of Social and rehabilitation                     In collaboration with:
                                                                Services (SrS) and other third party                                                   Early Head
                                                                payers.                                                                                Start and
                                                                                                                                                       Head Start



We build strong kids, strong families, strong communities.                                                                                |          www.ymcawichita.org
 our MIssIon: to put Christian principles into practice through programs that promote healthy lifestyles, strong
 families, and positive youth development to build healthy spirit, mind and body for all, regardless of ability to pay.

 Greater Wichita YMCA
 402 n. Market
 Wichita, kS 67202
 www.ymcawichita.org

				
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