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PARENT HANDBOOK

August 2012-July 2013

Dear Families,

Welcome to Cradle to Crayons Learning Center in Liberty, MO! We are happy that you have chosen us to care for your children. We hope that this handbook will help introduce you to Cradle to Crayons and answer many of your questions. No matter what age your child is or where they are developmentally, we are here to meet both their needs and your needs alike. Our program is founded on Christian values and principles and is committed to meeting the individual needs of children through a challenging and nurturing environment. We provide a safe and healthy atmosphere for children to grow socially, emotionally, physically, cognitively and creatively. By using an interactive curriculum, children will learn primarily through play with their interests being the motivational factor for the learning that takes place. Our staff of warm, caring, professional childcare providers maintains a positive and stimulating atmosphere where your child is cared for and respected. Your child is very special and it is our goal to attend to all of his/her needs, personal and developmental. You are an important part of our Cradle to Crayons family and we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for sharing your precious children with us. Sincerely, Ashley Vaughn Ashley Vaughn Cradle to Crayons Director (816) 415-3808 [email protected] Amber Williams Amber Williams Cradle to Crayons Assistant Director (816)415-3808

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Center Organization

Cradle to Crayons Learning Center LLC is a licensed program through the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. We comply with all child care regulations set forth by the Bureau of Child Care. Cradle to Crayons Learning Center will perform in a professional manner in all areas of its operation. Our professional staff will develop all program areas to meet the individual needs of the children on a consistent basis. We serve ages 6 weeks through 12 years. Child Caregivers At Cradle to Crayons Learning Center, we understand the value of highly trained, professional staff. Each caregiver receives on-going in-service training through staff meetings and early childhood conferences and workshops held throughout the year. Our employees are trained in Pediatric CPR, First Aid, and Blood Borne Pathogens. Your child will remain with the same caregiver throughout most of the day in order to develop a close loving relationship. We strive to be available to share information each day with you and to allow time for concerns and questions. Please feel free to call your child's caregiver and/or the Director at anytime.

Enrollment

The following must be completed and submitted to Director in order to enroll your child into the program: Cradle to Crayons Enrollment Form Medical History Report Form Immunization Card Signed Parent Handbook Registration fee One week's tuition-this pays for your child's final week of care Less than full-time care: Due to a high demand for spots in the program, parents must register their children for a full week and pay the full weekly rate. In the event that parents need half-week care, the Director will evaluate any additional half-week requests and work to accommodate both requests. For example, if a parent requests care for Monday-Wednesday-Friday, we will look to fill the Tuesday-Thursday spot with another request. If we are unable to fill the additional days outside of a parent's request, parents will be asked to pay the full weekly rate. Registration Fee and Tuition A non-refundable registration fee is charged to cover the paper work and other costs involved in registering each child. The current registration fee is $50.00. This will be charged annually. Tuition is billed on a weekly basis and includes a morning snack, lunch, and afternoon snack. Registration fees and tuition will be reviewed on an annual basis. Current enrollees will be given a 30 day notice of any increase in annual registration fees and/or weekly tuition.

Childcare Services and Payment Contract

The billing period is from Monday to Friday. Billing is completed on Monday for the current week. Payment is expected in full on Monday. If payment is not received by Wednesday, a reminder not will be sent home. If payment is not received in full by Friday, the child will be discharged from the program until payment is received. Children on the waiting list will be given the opportunity to fill the spot at that time. There will be a late fee charge of $5 a day. Payment for weeks in which holidays occur will remain the same as all other weeks. Discharge Policy Your child may be discharged if: · A problem continues which negatively affects other children in attendance at Cradle to Crayons, such as threats directed towards children, staff or self. · There has been no payment for the current week by close on that Wednesday · Failure to meet Cradle to Crayons policies Withdrawal If you desire to cancel enrollment you must give two weeks written notice. If a notice is not given as described, you will be charged for two weeks of fees, based on an average week or at the Director's discretion. Vacation/sick days may not be used for these two weeks. After notice is given, vacation/sick days may not be redeemed. Vacation/sick days will not be available to use until your child has been at the center for 6 months. Waiting List In an event that an age group should be full at any time, the child's name would be placed on a waiting list. As vacancies occur, pre-registered children would have first priority. In an event that an expectant mother is pre-registered and there is an opening prior to her starting, the opening may be filled by a temporary child.

Child Staff Ratios Age of Child 6 weeks- 24 months 2 years 3-5 years School age Ratio 1 caregiver to 4 children 1 caregiver to 8 children 1 caregiver to 10 children 1 caregiver to 15 children

Weekly Rates Age of Child 6 weeks ­ 24 months 2 year olds 3 year olds (after 8/1) Preschool (3 by 8/1) and potty trained Tuition Per Week $200.00 $190.00 $180.00 $175.00 $50 before and after school School age $30/day for full day $140 for full day week Daily Drop In (Only when spots are available) PER Day - $60.00 day $45.00 per day for siblings of current enrollees

Daily Drop-Ins are permitted for full-day care only (8 hours or more) on a space available basis. Parents need to fill out the proper enrollment information. We would also need to have a current physical and current immunization records on file. All the policies, including illness, in this handbook apply. The Center requires a one day notice for drop-in children. If you schedule a drop-in reservation, and for some reason your child does not attend, the center requires a one day notice of cancellation, or you will be billed accordingly. If your schedule becomes more consistent, you may wish to enroll in our regular program rather than utilize the drop-in care to assure placement within the Center when care is needed.

Days and Hours of Operation Cradle to Crayons Learning Center is open year round Monday through Friday from 6:00am to 6:00pm. We observe major holidays which are listed on the following page.

2012-2013 Holidays/Staff Training Day Cradle to Crayons Learning Center will be closed the following days: Labor Day Thanksgiving Christmas Day New Year's Day Martin Luther King Day President's Day Memorial Day Independence Day Staff Training /Work Day Monday, September 3 Thursday, November 22 Tuesday, December 25 Tuesday, January 1 Monday, January 21 Monday, February 18 Monday. May 27 Thursday, July 4 Friday, July 19

Inclement Weather Policy In the event that we have inclement weather causing conditions to be hazardous to our families, the Director of Cradle to Crayons will decide prior to opening whether or not to open for the day. Families will be notified by telephone or television broadcast on KMBC Channel 9 or KSHB TV 41. If the facility must close during operating hours because of snow or storm, the Director will notify families by telephone. Absentee Policy for Illness and Vacation After 6 months of enrollment, children will be eligible for 5 vacation/sick days. After being at the center for a year, children will be eligible for 10 vacation/sick days. These days do not carry over year to year. If possible, we ask that parents give us a 24 hour advance notice of a child's absence in order to staff accordingly. This applies to both illness and vacations. We ask that parents contact the Director with information regarding the child's absence. We understand that illnesses are unpredictable and strive for flexibility with our parents. Any additional absentee days will be charged the full rate. Absentee days may not be used in the event of withdrawal. Absentee days are not redeemable or reimbursed after leaving the center. It is the responsibility of the parent to tell the Director when they would like to use the vacation days so that the correct rate is paid. These days will be documented in each child's file. The weekly payment will be prorated the week following the absence. If the vacation/sick days are not used the following week, they may not be used for that absence.

Health and Well Being

The State of Missouri requires that there be a medical form in your child's file. 1. Medical examination must be signed and dated by your physician 2. Cradle to Crayons Medical History Report - completed, updated and signed by the physician and yourself, these forms are intended to protect your child, and we appreciate your cooperation in keeping them current. Illness We strive to prevent the spread of illness and ask that you keep your child home if he/she is experiencing any of the following symptoms: · A fever of 100 or greater before child care, accompanied by behavior changes or other signs or symptoms of illness-until medical evaluation indicates inclusion in the Center · Symptoms or signs of possible severe illness, such as; uncontrolled coughing, irritability, persistent crying, unusual lethargy, wheezing, or other unusual signs · Strep throat until 24 hours after an antibiotic started · Diarrhea; runny, watery, or bloody stools within the last 12 hours · Vomiting 2 or more times in the last 24 hours · Rash with fever or behavior change · Scabies or other infestations · Impetigo 24 hours after treatment has begun · Chicken pox 5-7 days after blisters appear · Pertussis, mumps, rubella, shingles, herpetic gingivostomatitis · Hepatitis A- until 1 week after onset · Sore throat with fever · Eye discharge (white or yellow) or pink eye; until 24 hours after starting treatment; if treatment is not sought then when the discharge clears · Child is irritable, continuously crying or requires more attention from a caregiver than what they can provide without hurting the health and safety of other attending children · Respiratory illness ­ RSV ­ until 1 week after diagnosed Your cooperation is greatly appreciated!

Your child may return when: 1. When the above suggestions are met 2. They are fever or symptom free for at least 24 hours before returning to daycare 3. They have been treated by a doctor or a doctor permits them to return to the Center. We ask that our parents provide the doctor's release to the Director as soon as possible. If your child becomes ill while at the center, then you will be called to pick up your child within 2 hours. Exposure to communicable diseases and any infectious illness should be reported promptly to the center, so our staff can look for any early symptoms. The center will notify parents when a child has been exposed to an infectious disease. Cradle to Crayons Learning Center has the final say regarding when your child can return. We reserve the right to have precedent over the physician. Medication Policy Medication prescribed or ordered by a physician or dentist will be administered during the time the child is at daycare. Parents will need to give written authorization and instructions by filling out a Medication Permission Form. This form needs to be filled out before the child will be given any medication at the center. All medications brought to the center should be in its original container. They need to be properly labeled with: · the child's name · medication name · amount to be administered Over the counter medication will be given according to the instructions on the label. Over the counter medication can only be given 5 consecutive days at the Center. Child Accident Form Our staff takes every effort to ensure the safety of your child. Unfortunately accidents do occur. In case of that event, an accident form will be filled out by Cradle to Crayons staff for every detected injury that occurs. A copy with your signature will be retained for your child's file. A child coming into the program with injuries may require an accident form, so that both the parent and staff are aware that they did not occur at the Center. Child Incident Form An incident form will be filled out by Cradle to Crayons staff if your child exhibits behavior that is not acceptable and does not adhere to the classroom discipline policy. A copy of this form with your signature will also be kept in your child file. Biting Policy We understand that biting is a developmental stage for some children. We try to redirect the behavior and figure out what the trigger is for the biting. However, if the biting persists there will be a meeting with the parents, director and teachers. Following the meeting, a child who bites twice will be sent home for the day. We will try this technique for 2 weeks, and if the biting continues will give you a two week notice for dismissal.

Clothing Please dress your child according to the weather with appropriate hats, mittens, and coats during the winter months. Mark all items with your child's name. Be sure your child has indoor shoes to wear. This helps keep our center clean! Dress your child in appropriate clothing so that they feel free to participate in all activities. We are not responsible for damaged clothing. We also ask that parents provide an extra set of clothing for their child that will remain at the facility. This will help our teachers tremendously in the event of any accidents that may occur. Emergency Plans Emergency plans for fire and tornado are posted by each exit door in each classroom and are practiced monthly, so that your child is familiar with the drill and not alarmed in case of a real emergency. In case of an actual fire, the children will be escorted out of the building according the Emergency Action Plan and parents will be contacted immediately, if phone lines are operable. The Sears building will be the designated area that children and staff will go to in the event of a fire. Other plans such as intruder, intoxicated parent, are practiced routinely and/or they are gone over by staff. This prepares them in case the need should arise. In the case of a medical or dental emergency the parent of the child will be notified.

Arriving and Leaving the Center

Attendance Children will not be able to attend daycare for the day if they are not dropped off by 10:00am. If your child has an appointment and will be later than 10:00am, the Director must be notified. Authorizing Individuals to pick up your Child On the enrollment form, you will find a line asking for the names of the individuals who are authorized to pick up your child. You may authorize as many individuals as you wish in writing on your form. You must leave a written note in the morning or tell the staff member if such a situation arises. We will not allow your child to leave with an unauthorized person. This is for the safety and protection of your child. We will check the ID of the person listed to pick up your child. Please remember to keep this form updated with your current phone number and address changes. Checking In and Out It is required that all children be escorted inside the center and that the arrival time is recorded on the attendance sheet in your child's classroom. When picking up your child please communicate with a staff person and record the departure time on the attendance sheet. Please notify the center before 9:00am if your child will not be coming for the day. Meals Menus will be posted in each of the classrooms and will be provided to our parents. All meals served at the Center meet the nutritional guidelines set by the Department of Human Services. We follow specific requirements for the kinds of foods served and the way they are served. Snacks and lunches are catered and prepared by one of Kansas City's premiere food providers who have received numerous awards in Food Excellence. Parents are welcome to eat lunch with their child by notifying the Center that morning. Arrangements can be made to bring in food for children with special dietary needs established by the physician. Birthday, holiday treats, or special treats are permitted. Please check with your child's teacher so you know how much to bring and what is an acceptable treat.

Involvement

Family Involvement There will be a quarterly Cradle to Crayons Learning Center newsletter emailed to parents. It will include information on upcoming events and information about activities. It may also include messages or requests for families. Informal parent participation in the center is always welcome. Parents are invited to visit the center at any time. On some occasions, such as classroom parties, parent's help may be requested. Volunteers Cradle to Crayons Learning Center encourages volunteers! Volunteers are important and can often serve as a mentor in your child's life. All volunteers are required to have a criminal records check. On occasions there are students who are in need of training for required courses. These students will be doing extras for your child, such as reading stories, art activities, and helping with your child's development. We welcome parents and grandparents to observe at any time. They may even share an interest with the children such as a hobby or a book. Donations Cradle to Crayons Learning Center wants to be affordable for all parents. It also wants to maintain good caregivers to provide for your family. We open our doors to donations of toys, books, etc. All donations will be noted and appreciated. Fundraisers From time to time Cradle to Crayons may do fundraisers to raise money for needed toys, supplies, and educational materials. These fundraisers are a positive way to show community and family support for early childhood education.

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Classrooms

Infants (6 weeks to 12 months)

In our infant room our emphasis is on the individual needs of each infant. We provide the utmost security, love and nurturance for the little ones in our care. Planned activities provide ample opportunities for exploration of a stimulating and safe environment. All of our materials are selected to provide a variety of natural learning experiences for your infant through manipulation and sensory awareness. Language development is emphasized with planned and spontaneous opportunities for communication between the staff and the children. The center will keep a written record of each child's activities during the day in each of the following areas: · the amount of time the infant has slept · the diaper changing and any irregularities in the child's bowel movement · and the achievement towards any developmental milestones. Biting is common among young children and occasionally it happens while the child is at the Center. It can occur for the following reasons; teething, cause and effect, attention, imitation, stress, frustration, and independence. We know that is can be very uncomfortable for both parties that are involved. When a child bites we will do our best to properly treat it. An incident form will be filled out for the biter and an accident form will be filled out for the injured. The biter may also help comfort the injured, by holding the ice pack on the bite mark. This often teaches the biter that biting hurts and is unacceptable behavior. In order to prevent the spread of illness, all toys in the Infant Room are disinfected after each use. This is in accordance with state guidelines. Families are to furnish the following items for their infant: · infant formula, bottles, baby food · disposable diapers, wipes, lotion · blanket, crib sheet · Pacifier (if needed) · a change of clothing. Please be sure to label your child's belongings. SIDS Policy: Please dress your infant in clothes that provide warmth for sleeping. Blankets are not placed in cribs and no toys, pillows, or boppies are allowed in cribs without a doctor's note. Your infant will always be placed on their back when in their crib. No infant will be placed in a car seat, boppy, or bouncy seat to sleep. New research on infant development states that infants need tummy time for brain development and muscle development. If a child medically needs to be placed on their abdomen to sleep, then a written note from the doctor needs to be brought to the Center.

Infant Schedule: Our teachers do "care teaching" opportunities. They surround their curriculum around the needs and development of your child. Teachers will simulate your Childs cognitive, emotional, and physical development. There will be singing, talking, holding, reading, and playing throughout the day. As well as following the schedule parents would like to have for their eating and napping. Diapers will be changed/ checked every two hrs. If not before. At the end of the day parents will receive a sheet with every feeding, changing, and nap their child had. Along with the activities they worked on that day. (Example- worked on reaching for objects or pushing up) There will be two assessments a year to see the development achievement of your child. (Times for Feeding and Naps will be followed at parents' request) Arrival-9 am- greeting parents and children. Breakfast may be brought to be feed to the infant. 9- Diapers changed every 2hrs unless needed before hand. 9-10- floor time (working on sitting up, reaching for objects, rolling over, singing, and playing) 10-11- Nap time (if recommended by parents) Infants who are a wake will have time in bouncers, walkers, and swings. 11- Diaper changes 11- 12- Lunch (bottles, baby food, ect.) 12-12:30- Story time (teachers will have infants on floor while reading to them and singing songs) 12:30- 1- Infants and teachers will interact with puppets, rattles, mirrors, noises, holding, and talking. 1- Diaper changes 1- 2- Naps (upon request) - Diapers will be changed upon waking up 2-3- Snack time (bottles, baby food, ect.) 3-4 - Play time (bouncers, swings, bumbo seats, musical toys, ect.) 4- Diaper changes 4- 5:30 - dismissal Until the caretaker gets use to the infant and their schedule we will ask to write down the schedule from home. The schedule should include how much the child eats and how often and when a nap takes place and how long.

Toddlers (12 months to 24 months) & Early Preschool (2 - 3 year olds)

We provide a relaxed and loving atmosphere for all age groups. Our consistent daily routine will help these young children become familiar with their surroundings. Our day consists of group time when we have a story and calendar time, and discuss many other topics. After morning snack we have learning centers where the children are put into small groups. Learning centers provide your child with many different activities to promote growth with their large and fine motor skills. They are opportunities for your child to learn to count, identify colors, identify shapes, work with puzzles, play with blocks, play with play dough, and color. In our 2-year old classroom, we have time for music, finger plays, dancing, flannel board stories, and other games. We have a time to stretch our muscles either inside or outside with large motor activities. Naps are also part of the children's day. When signs of toilet learning are shown, we will provide patient guidance using appropriately sized facilities to help establish proper toileting habits. Children 12 months and older will have their own cot for naptime with written permission from parents. The sheets are sent home each Friday to be laundered. Families are asked to furnish the following item for their toddler: · Sheet and blanket · Kleenex (when requested) · Diapers and wipes (if needed) · Extra set of clothing . Please be sure to label your child's belongings.

Toddler Schedule: Your toddler will be doing hands on activities while still developing with confidence. Arrival- 9- free play (table toys or puzzles), Also breakfast will be given to children who need to eat. (Parents must bring breakfast for child) 9- Diapers changed (hands will be washed afterwards) 9:15-9:45- Snack 9:45- 10:15- Circle time (books, songs, alphabet, colors, numbers, body parts, words will be talked about) 10:15- 11- outside/ centers (depending on weather) Centers: (push toys, coloring, play dough, dress up, books, and blocks) 11- Diapers changed (hands will be washed afterwards) 11:15- 12:00- Lunch (lunch will be provided by the center) 12- 2- Nap 2- Diaper changed as children wake up 2- 2:30- Craft time 2:30 - 3 - outside/centers (hands will be washed when coming in) 3:15- 3:45- Snack (provided by center) 4- Diapers changed 4- dismissal- free play/ centers/ table toys

Two & early 3 year olds schedule: Arrival- 8:30: free play/ breakfast (puzzles, books, table toys) (Breakfast must be brought by parent) 8:30- diapers/potty 9-9:30 morning snack (provided by center) 9:30-10:- Circle time 10-10:30- Activity/ centers 10:30- diapers/ potty 10:30-11:20- Outside (wash hand after coming in) 11:30-12- lunch 12-2:30 - Nap 2:30-3 - diapers/ potty as children wake up from nap 3-3:30- Snack 3:30- departure- outside/centers

Preschool - 3 Year Olds (before August 1) to 5 Year Olds

At Cradle to Crayons Learning Center, we strive to provide your child with the best possible learning environment. These children also thrive for routine in their classroom setting. So their day consists of music, small and large motor activities, calendar time and learning centers. At this age children learn by doing. New skills are being developed every day. They like to spend a lot of their time pretending. Dress-up clothes, pretend "props", and puppets are a few of their favorites. Our Lead Teachers will create daily lesson plans that reflect a Christian curriculum, giving your children the opportunity to learn character development along the way. This curriculum is designed as a two-year program that prepares your child for kindergarten. Lots of children at this age are very energetic and active. That's why large motor activities inside or outside are an important part of their day. Naps are also included in their schedule. Your child's needs will be met by providing a daily schedule, which includes established routines but is flexible enough to encourage spontaneity and to take advantage of any new learning experiences. Families are asked to provide the following items for their 3, 4 or 5 year old: · Sheet and blanket · Kleenex (when requested). · Extra set of clothing. Please be sure to label your child's belongings.

PreschoolArival-8 - Free time 8-8:45- Morning circle time/ craft 8:45- 9:15- Music 9:15- 9:45- Snack 10-11- language arts (writing, spelling, and reading) 11- 12 outside 12-12:30 Lunches 12:30- 2:30 Nap 3:00-3:30 Snack 3:45 -departure- outside/ centers

School Age ­ Kindergarten through 5th grade Our school agers are provided a safe and loving environment before and after school. Our staff provide a small group time in the morning before school where the children are involved with a weekly Bible story. They are also given time to choose from a variety of activities with their friends. A morning snack is provided before the children are taken to school. After school the children are given an afternoon snack. They have quiet time to work on their homework or read. The children are then given some outside time or a several activities to choose from. Through the summer, during holiday breaks or other days that school is out, the school agers may go a variety of field trips outside of the center. Some field trips that our school agers have gone on include: bowling, Science City, Kaleidoscope, Penguin Park, Martha Lafite Wildlife Sanctuary, Chips Chocolate Factory.

Christian Curriculum Disclosure At Cradle to Crayons Learning Center, we have positioned ourselves as one of the premiere child care programs in the area. We accomplish this by using a solid curriculum that is reflective of not only educational components, but character building pieces as well. Your child will participate in educational and faith-based activities throughout any given day. This includes bible stories, Christian music, pretend play centers and more. It is important that all of our parents are aware of the curriculum used in their child's classroom, which is why we are making our resources available to parents as a way to help with promoting healthy development or child-rearing. Feel free to discuss any topic of concern with your child's teacher, we are here to help. Parent/teacher conferences are offered as requested. Written curriculum plans are posted, as well as daily schedules in each room. Ask your child's teacher for further details. Our curriculum plans are based on developmentally appropriate practices and individual learning styles and needs. By signing this parent handbook, all parents grant permission to Cradle to Crayons Learning Center to teach the curriculum described above. Our daily schedule provides a balance of quiet and active, indoor and outdoor activities and child and adult initiated activities, as well as promoting gross and fine motor skills. Our planned activities take into account the development of the children. Please see the schedules posted in each classroom. Toys Please DO NOT send toys from home with your child as they may get lost or broken. Books and CD's/tapes that a child wishes to share with the class should be marked with the child's name and given to the teacher. If your child's class has a "sharing day" you will be notified. Toy guns and weapons are not allowed at Cradle to Crayons at any time. Discipline Policy We use positive behavior guidance techniques such as modeling and encouraging expected behavior, redirection, and setting clear limits. "Think Space" is used when necessary, with one minute per year of age used as the maximum time away from the regular activities. Children feel comfortable and confidant knowing their child care teacher's expectations match and respect their developing capabilities. Incidents of aggressive behavior towards other children or staff will be reported to families in writing. After two incidents, the Director will call the family. After the third incident, a conference will be held with the family, childcare staff, and Director. If incidents continue, the child will be suspended from the program until further notice. Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting/Appeals Under the Missouri Child Care Code employees of a licensed Child Care Center are mandatory reporters of child abuse and must report it immediately to the Department of Human Services when in the course of working with a child, the employee has the reason to believe that the child has suffered a non-accidental injury as a result of abuse or willful neglect. Families shall have the right of written appeal with regard to settlement of controversy or disagreement with decision of the Director or Center. The Director will be given a copy of the written appeal and will set up a meeting with the owners of Cradle to Crayons Learning Center. Owners will reserve the right for final decision on any and all disagreements.

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Center Payments and Procedures Policies

· Our billing period is from Monday to Friday. Billing is completed on Monday for the current week. Payment is expected in full by Monday. A late fee of $5.00 per day will be charged to accounts not paid by Monday of that week. If payment is not received by Friday, the child/children may not attend until payment is received. Their spot will be opened to a child on the waiting list. · After 6 months of enrollment, children will be eligible for 5 vacation/sick days per year. If possible, we ask that parents give us a 24 hour advance notice of a child's absence in order to staff accordingly. This applies to both illness and vacations. · A $30 charge is assessed for non-sufficient fund checks. After 3 such occurrences, payments must be made by cashier's check. Payment for all services must always be made by check or credit card (online option available). Parents may also set up to have their account automatically drafted weekly. We do not accept cash. · Additional services are billed separately and due upon receipt. · Rate changes due to a birthday take place on the Monday following the birthday. It is YOUR responsibility to notify us of this change. · Voluntary cancellation of service by you REQUIRES a 2 WEEK ADVANCE WRITTEN NOTICE. If a notice is not given as described, you will be charged for two weeks of fees, based on an average week or at the Director's discretion. Vacation/sick days may not be used for these two weeks. After notice is given, vacation/sick days may not be redeemed. Vacation/sick days will not be available to use until your child has been at the center for 6 months. · Any changes (i.e., change in hours, birthday of a child, etc.) require that you initiate the change. · All general policies stated above pertain to ALL the rate schedules and services. When a child is registered you assume all responsibility for cost incurred. THE ABOVE WRITTEN POLICIES ARE PROVIDED TO YOU AS A CONVENIENCE AND TO AVOID ANY MISUNDERSTANDINGS. IF YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND ANY POLICY OR PROCEDURE, PLEASE ASK.

OTHER FEES

Registration Fee: The current registration fee is $50 annually. Drop-in Fee: A $60 fee will be charged for any parent needing care for one day. If a child is

picked up later than what you have scheduled or dropped off early, the drop-in rate will be assessed per child. Your child must be pre-registered in the Center 24 hours in advance for drop-in care.

After Hours Fee: The Center closes at 6 pm. All children should be out of the Center by 6 pm.

Parents should arrive no later than 5:55 pm to allow enough time to visit with the teacher, collect the child's belongings, and sign out.. Consequently, a $1 a minute fee will be charged for each minute past closing time. In the event parents cannot be reached after 15 minutes past closing time, the emergency contact person will be notified to come pick up the child.

PARENT CONTRACT

I understand and agree that a two week written notice is needed to end my child care services. If no notice is given, I am responsible for paying a 2 week rate and vacation/sick days may not be used. Our billing period is from Monday to Friday. Billing will be completed on Monday for the current week and payment is expected in full by Monday. A late fee of $5.00 will be charged per day to accounts not paid by Monday. Children may NOT attend after Wednesday the week payment is due until payment is received. If my account with Cradle to Crayons Learning Center is left delinquent, I understand that my child will be discharged from the program and his/her spot will become vacant. I have read, understand, and agree to follow the policies and procedures outlined in the Cradle to Crayons Learning Center Parent Handbook, including the Christian Curriculum Disclosure Statement. Our start date for child care services will be: __________________________________. Our earliest drop-off time will be ____________________________________________. Our latest pick-up time will be ______________________________________________. In order for the center to schedule adequate staff and meet adult/child Licensing ratios, I understand that any change in my child's drop-off or pick-up time must be communicated with the Director.

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