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Ravenna Child Care and Preschool

PARENT HANDBOOK

Center Policies and Information for the Early Childhood Education, Preschool Child Care and School Age Child Care Programs Ravenna School District

Ravenna Child Care and Preschool Center 3590 State Route 59 Ravenna, OH 44266 330 297-4139

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Welcome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mission Statement and Purpose . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 6

Philosophy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Curriculum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Programs Available . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Hours of Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Licensing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Enrollment and Non-Discrimination Policy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Orientation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Fees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Attendance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Arrival and Departure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Cellular Phone Use While in Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Pick Up By Intoxicated Parent or Authorized Representative . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Non-Custodial Parent Policy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Absence Policy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Withdrawal From Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

Termination of Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Parent Participation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Volunteers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Supervision of Children. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Communication. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Grievance Policy for Parents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

Illness and Communicable Disease . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Medications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Child Guidance and Management ........................................................ 28 30

Problematic Behaviors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Biting

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Outdoor Play Policy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Naptime . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Child Abuse Policy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Additional Policies and Procedures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 CACFP Nondiscrimination Statement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Agreement Between Parents and Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34

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WELCOME Welcome to the Ravenna Preschool and Child Care Center. We are here as a support to you and your family. We will make every effort to make this an educational experience for your preschool child as well as an enjoyable and worthwhile experience for school age children attending our center. We hope this Parent Handbook will help you understand the policies and procedures of the center. If you have any further questions, please feel free to speak to us. Our formal way of sharing information with parents is through the handbook, center postings and written letters. We also have an active website with the ability to communicate to our families. Current program information and a monthly newsletter can be viewed on the website to keep families informed about our center. Preschool teachers also provide regular on-going communication to parents by sending home monthly classroom newsletters. Even with all of this, we believe the best way for you to learn and know about Ravenna Child Care and Preschool Center is by talking with us. Someone is always available to respond to your questions, concerns, and comments. It is important to us that you feel you are always welcome in the Center and that we are partners with you in supporting your child's growth and development. We are looking very forward to having your child attend our center. It is our goal to provide a safe, educational and fun atmosphere for your child(ren). In order to do so, we must all abide by the same policies. Please remember that we have an open door policy and any concerns, questions or comments are always welcomed. We pledge that the care and nurturing of your child(ren) are our first priority. All children regardless of race, or religion are welcomed. Please take the time to read this handbook carefully and sign the last page and return it to the office as soon as possible.

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HISTORY The Ravenna Child Care Center opened August 1988 as a before and after school program for grades kindergarten through five. It soon expanded to a program offering care for children in grade six as well as summer child care. The primary purpose of the center was to provide quality care and a safe environment for Ravenna school children before and after school. Children initially responded to questions asked by their teachers and indicated that they were left alone in the morning or went home to an empty house every afternoon. A parent needs assessment was sent to district parents and their responses revealed that they would use some type of child care program if given the opportunity. This information influenced the decision to start a child care program in the Ravenna School District. Ravenna Preschool began in the spring of 1989 as a pilot program with approximately 26 children enrolled. With the use of grant funding and with the ever-increasing demand of preschool learning experiences, the program has expanded considerably in size over the years and has provided services for children each year. Ravenna Preschool is housed in the first floor wing of Brown Middle School. It is currently a program receiving Ohio Department of Education funds to serve forty-eight income-eligible 3and 4- year old children and their families. Eight classes operate in four classrooms. The program not only serves the grant-funded children; families paying full tuition are also enrolled. During the 2005-2006 program year, the Ohio Department of Education changed the name of the Public Preschool program to the Early Childhood Education program. The Early Childhood Education program operates under the umbrella of the Ohio Department of Education's Office of Early Learning and School Readiness. Licensed teachers are responsible for teaching and guiding young minds with the assistance of an aide in each classroom. The program follows the calendar of the Ravenna School District and the requirements of the Ohio Department of Education. Teachers are required to: conduct a minimum of two parent-teacher conferences annually, complete state-mandated assessments, plan a program of instruction using an approved research-based curriculum, and implement the early learning content standards.

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MISSION STATEMENT The mission of the Ravenna Child Care and Preschool Center is to provide a quality preschool and child care program that promotes the well-being of children in our community. PURPOSE The purpose of the Ravenna School District's Early Childhood Education program is to provide developmentally appropriate, hands-on, concrete, and child-centered learning experiences to meet the total needs of the child. Since we recognize parents as the primary teachers of their own children, we strive to form a partnership with parents in order to strengthen and enrich the learning experience. The Early Childhood Education program is designed to meet the developmental needs of the children. A qualified, certified teaching staff provides a developmentally appropriate curriculum that stimulates growth in the areas of intellectual, linguistic, social, emotional, and physical development. Each child is allowed the opportunity to express his/her own ideas and feelings through a well-rounded curriculum including activities in the areas of art, large and small motor development, language literature, science, math, dramatic play, music and creative movement. The purpose of the Ravenna Child Care program is to provide a safe, comfortable environment for Ravenna School District children to recreate, learn and enjoy themselves while their parents or guardians attend work or school.

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PHILOSOPHY We believe: · · · Children learn best through their own interests and play. The teachers and caregivers should plan experiences around the children's interests to let them grow, learn and explore the world around them at the child's developmental level. The teachers and caregivers should plan the curriculum to incorporate children's interests, to strengthen areas in which an individual child is challenged, to extend their development in areas where they are strong and to make learning fun. We believe children should be given opportunities to develop to their highest potential. All children should be loved and all members of the community, families, children and staff should be treated with respect. Parents should be partners in their children's child care experiences. A diverse community is important in learning to cooperate and respect others. Children, staff and parents should feel safe when they are here. Reasonable limits, consistently maintained, give children a sense of security and help them gain self-control.

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CURRICULUM EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION PROGRAM We believe that young children are very intelligent, social people who construct knowledge through actively experiencing the world around them. A well-qualified staff working with parents can enhance and enrich the child's learning environment to provide opportunities for the child to develop more fully their interest potentials. The administration and teachers of the Early Childhood Education program believe it is important that children learn by doing and we encourage hands-on experiences. Teachers and caregivers are required to know where a child is developmentally and where he/she should be in order to plan an enriched, stimulating curriculum around this knowledge. The High/Scope Cognitively Oriented Preschool Curriculum has been selected for the Early Childhood Education program because it provides the children with hands-on, concrete, active learning experiences. The curriculum provides children with experiences that promote choices and opportunities to plan, as well as to problem solve and develop language skills. The use of learning centers is another integral part of the preschool program. Important behaviors that children develop during this time are how to plan, follow through on a plan, problem-solve, and interact with other children. The curriculum is developed around the four significant areas of all children's development: social, emotional, physical, and cognitive. These are the four concepts that guide all adult interactions with children, whether formal or informal. Social Children learn through interaction with adults and other children. At Ravenna Child Care and Preschool, children are provided opportunities to develop social skills such as cooperating, sharing, helping, negotiating, and communicating with others. Emotional Children learn best when their physical needs are met and they feel psychologically safe and secure. Adults facilitate the development of self-control in children by using positive guidance techniques, such as modeling, redirecting children to acceptable behavior, and providing positive reinforcement. Physical Children are provided daily opportunities to develop large muscle and small muscle skills through a variety of indoor and outdoor play activities. Children gain physical knowledge through having their needs met and through learning to meet their own needs. Cognitive As Piaget has noted, "From infancy, children are mentally and physically active, struggling to make sense of the world...children construct their own knowledge through repeated experiences involving interaction with people and materials." The Ravenna Preschool curriculum encourages using this inherent curiosity to motivate children to become involved in learning activities. EARLY LEARNING PROGRAMS CURRICULUM IMPLEMENTATION Developmentally Appropriate The curriculum is implemented by each teacher in a manner that is developmentally appropriate for the children in the classroom. For example, activities for three year old children may be different than the activities planned for five year old children preparing to enter kindergarten.

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Individualized Teachers plan to meet the needs of all children in the classroom at each child's own developmental level. They may plan preschool activities and routines because it is appropriate for the entire group of children. A teacher may, however, plan a different activity for a child who may have lower skills in one area. Builds on Children's Interests Teachers develop lesson plans that consider what the children are motivated to explore. If children are curious about dinosaurs, that topic becomes part of the curriculum. Child-Oriented Activities are designed considering children's cognitive and emotional development. We focus on concrete things that are important to children: falls leaves, morning frost, visiting the grocery store. We do not focus on abstract concepts, like holidays, that are beyond the comprehension of young children. Invites Family Involvement Each room is unique because of the families and staff in that room. We encourage that uniqueness becoming part of the curriculum. Teachers can guide families on how to become involved in developmentally appropriate ways. For example, children may enjoy tasting a food that is special to your family or children may enjoy a parent reading a book during Community Readers Week. Indoors and Outdoors Curriculum is not limited to the child's classroom. It may be walks in the hall or around the building, block building on the playground, painting in the school halls, or a picnic on the grass in the playground area. Children will not be taken outside when the temperature drops below 32º F or rises above 90º F. Air quality, heat index, wind chill, and age of children are always considered in making decisions to play outside. Indoor spaces are used as an extension of the classroom and as an alternative to outdoor play when weather is inclement. Encourages Active Participation Activity choices are based on encouraging children to become actively involved with classroom materials, how their bodies move, and the physical properties of the world. SCHOOL AGE CHILD CARE We believe the primary purpose of the Ravenna Child Care program is to provide quality care and a safe environment for Ravenna school children in a home-away-from-home atmosphere. Activities are carefully planned to develop children's cognitive, social, emotional, and physical skills by incorporating a themebased curriculum. Within this framework, we believe the following apply to all children: · · · Each child should be recognized and valued as an individual. Children learn by doing. Children benefit from a "child responsible" program.

Our program is designed to reinforce some of the skills your students gain in school through using biweekly monthly themes. These themes explore science, history, art, language, and much more. Each theme integrates reading, math, science, writing, and verbal skills. The child care staff encourages students to explore their personal interests within the theme. Within this framework there is a balance between teacher and student directed activities. The daily routine outlines when these times generally occur. The themes are continuously altered by the students' interests or

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involvement with a theme or project. Students display their creations and successes throughout the center. There is also scheduled time for large motor activities every day. Times for all activities are posted. School age child care children are provided with age-appropriate materials with which to be creative. There are games, books, microscopes, art supplies, and writing materials. Some groups have access to computers. The caregiver-parent relationship is encouraged during drop-off and pick-up times. Bulletin boards are located throughout the center to keep parents informed about the upcoming events, daily activities, and much more. Our program focuses on respect and teamwork. We believe this involves child care staff, parents, and students. If a child is exhibiting negative behavior in our program we discuss the problem with the student and help them develop a plan for positive behavior. If a student refuses or is having trouble with their plan, a parent conference may be requested to discuss the problem and together seek a new and unified solution. If a child is suspended from school or bus transportation for behavior or absent from school due to health issues, they will not be able to attend child care during that time.

PROGRAMS AVAILABLE

ACADEMIC YEAR

Early Childhood Education Program The Ravenna School District receives a grant from the Ohio Department of Education Office of Early Learning and School Readiness to operate the Early Childhood Education program. Children eligible for services under this program must be between the ages of 3 (on or before August 1) and not age eligible for kindergarten (age 5 on or before August 1). The program provides a developmentally appropriate preschool experience that is suitable for the age of the child, as well as to the individual development of the child. The funded number of children must come from families whose incomes do not exceed 200 percent of the federal poverty level. Children from families whose income is 100 percent or below the poverty level attend tuition free. Children from families whose income is between 101 and 200 percent of the poverty level attend on prorated tuition basis. Once a program has reached the funded number, age appropriate children from families whose income is above 200 percent of the poverty level may be enrolled (provided space is available) on a full tuition basis.

Preschool Child Care Children enrolled in the Early Childhood Education program and from families whose parents are working or attending school may also attend preschool child care. The preschool child care program is available Monday through Friday from 6:15 am until 8:30 am and from 11:00 am until 6:00 pm. Preschool Child Care is also available to children on non-school days and calamity days if enrolled on a full-time basis to receive child care as stated in the previous paragraph.

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School Age Child Care

School age children may be enrolled in the School Age Child Care program if parents are working or attending school. The program is offered before school and after school, on calamity days, and on nonschool days. The program provides educational and recreational activities to address the following curriculum areas: personal discipline, social development and emotional well being, recreational skills, and health and safety skills; with attention to the needs of individual children, including those with known disabilities. The children will be supervised, yet have alternative choices. Children will be placed in age appropriate tracks, kindergarten through sixth grade. The activities for each track provide a wide variety of indoor and outdoor learning activities, including: arts, crafts, cooking, special interests, floor and table games, puzzles, creative activities, and others. The children are offered both structured (teacher directed) and unstructured (child directed) choices of activities. School-agers are in the process of learning how they fit in the larger world. Through playing games and participating in sports, children will have the chance to develop decision-making skills, teamwork, a sense of fair play, and learn how language can be used to communicate ideas and feelings.

Calamity Day Care On snow or calamity days when the elementary schools are closed, the Early Childhood Education program will also be closed. The Superintendent of the Ravenna School District determines calamity days for the school district. The announcement of these closings will be made by the Superintendent through the district's automated AlertNow system and also can be heard on local radio and television stations. Whenever a decision has been made to close schools due to inclement weather, the child care center will be opened for child care, except in cases where there is no heat and/or electricity. On snow or calamity days, there will be no school district food service available. The program will provide two snacks and lunch on those days. Only children who are registered for child care may attend on these days.

Non-School Day Care There will be a required sign up process for non-school days as follows: Presidents Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, winter break, and spring break. Additionally, sign up will be required for NEOEA Day, Records Day and Conference Days when schools are closed. Notifications regarding sign up will be provided in advance so that parents who need child care will have the opportunity to sign up for care. Signs will be posted throughout the center informing parents of the sign up dates. If a family signs up for day care on a non-school day, they are required to attend. If the child does not attend, once signed up, families will be responsible for payment.

SUMMER Early Childhood Education and/or Preschool Child Care The Early Childhood Education program is not required to be held during the summer by the Ohio Department of Education. Summer sessions will be scheduled at the discretion of the director.

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School Age Child Care A summer child care program will be offered to children completing grades kindergarten through sixth grade. The program will include a blend of activities such as: arts and crafts, outdoor play, swimming, field trips, cooking, games, and free time. Services are provided to school age children Monday through Friday, 6:15 am ­ 6:00 pm. The program begins the day after school has ended for the academic year and will be in session until 3-5 days before the fall school year begins.

HOURS OF OPERATION The Ravenna School District Early Childhood Education program follows the schedule of the Ravenna School district. All holidays and school breaks are the same as those of the school district. The calendar/schedule is distributed to families annually and is always available in the office. Classes are in session Monday through Friday. Morning classes meet from 8:30 am until 11:00 am. Afternoon classes meet from 12:00 noon until 2:30 pm. Whenever feasible, additional class options may be offered. On snow or calamity days when the school district is closed, the Early Childhood Education program will also be closed. The announcement of these closings will be made by the Superintendent through the district's automated AlertNow system or can be heard on local radio and television stations. If services are provided on snow or calamity days, only those children also enrolled in the preschool child care program will be allowed to attend. The child care center is open from 6:15 am until 6:00 pm. throughout the year, operating a school year and a summer program. The center is open for children enrolled in the school age child care program each day during the school year, including snow or calamity days. There will be a required sign up process for all non-school days. Notifications regarding sign up will be provided in advance so that parents who need child care will have the opportunity to sign up for care. Signs will be posted throughout the center informing parents of the sign up dates. During the academic school year, child care will not be open on the following days: · · · · · · New Year's Day Good Friday Memorial Day Labor Day Thanksgiving Day (and the following day, Friday) Christmas Day (and the day before or after*)

During the summer the child care center is open each weekday. We will not be open on the following days: · · July 4 3-5 days before the beginning of the school year*

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*some variations may be necessary due to school district calendar While we make every effort to remain open during school breaks, we do reserve the right at all times to cancel child care on non-school days whenever the costs of staffing exceed the number of families in need.

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LICENSING The Ohio Department of Education licenses Ravenna Child Care and Preschool Center. Licensing inspections are conducted twice a year. If you have any questions concerning the licensing regulations, if you wish to report any suspected violations of the licensing rules or if you wish to file a complaint about the center, you may contact the Ohio Department of Education at 614-466-0224 or the Department Ombudsperson at 877-644-6338. All licensing inspection reports and substantiated complaint investigations are posted for parents to view on the Parent Information Board located in the main hall of our facility.

ENROLLMENT AND NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY Enrollment is open to all children. The center accepts children from ages 3-12. Our preschool program enrolls children from age three through five (not age-eligible for kindergarten). Our school age program, th for kindergarten through 5 grade, provides care during the school year and summer months. It is unlawful for any staff member or child care staff member to discriminate in the enrollment of children at Ravenna Child Care and Preschool on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. On the first day of attendance, a child must have on file all requested paper work. Children may not be left at the center without a parent until the center office has received the following completed information: Early Childhood Education program Registration Requirements (includes preschool grant, self-pay tuition and ODJFS) Registration Form/Application * Doctor's examination/physical examination with immunization record*/** Dental Examination Form*/** A complete Emergency Medical Authorization form*--This form follows your child at all times and in case of an emergency will be used by emergency personnel to find you or to transport your child for medical treatment. Correct completion and honesty is a necessity for the safety of your child. Family Input Form* Child and Adult Care Food Program form* USDA School Lunch Program form and/or approval* (child care children enrolled in morning classroom) A statement saying you have read, understand and accept the policies as set forth in the Parent Handbook* Work Verification Forms for students enrolled in Child Care/All forms must be signed by the employer* Child's birth certificate Child's social security card Two proofs of residency Registration fee paid (self-pay applicants only) Custody papers, if applicable Medication Authorization form* (optional) *These papers are available at the office. **These are valid for thirteen months from date of exam. Parents assume responsibility for updating examinations before the expiration date. Children cannot attend class with expired forms. Requirements to qualify for the grant program; one of the following must verify income: · · W-2 forms from previous year Payroll statement

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Tax form 1040 or 1040A from the previous year AFDC case number Food stamp case number

Registration for the school year begins in April and continues throughout the summer until all slots are filled. All registration should be completed by preschool screening, which is held in mid-August. Spaces for preschool classes are assigned on a first come, first serve basis. If a space is still available, a child may enroll through November 30. Students continuing in the Early Childhood Education program from the previous school year must complete the registration process in order to continue in the program for a second year. Preschool Child Care Registration Requirements: The paperwork submitted for the Early Childhood Education program is sufficient for admission to the preschool child care program. The parent Work Verification Form must be completed and submitted in order to attend preschool child care. Registration for the school year may be completed in April and continues throughout the summer. Students continuing in the preschool child care program from the previous school year must complete the registration process in order to continue in the child care program for a second year. School Age Child Care Registration Registration for the school year may be completed from July 1 through August 15 (early registration). After that date, the program will accept registration with a late fee. If space is available, a child may register during the school year. Registration for the summer program may be completed in April through May 15. Late registration is held from May 16 through June 1. If space permits, a child may register during the summer. On the first day of attendance, a child must have on file all requested paper work. Children may not be left at the center without a parent until the center office has the following: Child Care Registration Requirements (school age): · · · A complete Registration Form Registration fee paid A complete Emergency Medical Authorization form--This forms follows your child at all times and in case of an emergency will be used by emergency personnel to find you or to transport your child for medical treatment. Correct completion and honesty is a necessity for the safety of your child. Work Verification Form-- This form provides the center with information about employment and/or education training. All forms must be signed by the employer. If necessary, a Medication Authorization form should be completed for the administration of medication. A statement saying you have read, understand and accept the policies as set forth in the Parent Handbook ORIENTATION Helping your child feel comfortable at Ravenna Child Care and Preschool is our goal. We have found that a process of orientation involving you meeting with us is a time that parents find informing. Parent Orientation sessions are scheduled at the beginning of the school year. Notification may be sent to each parent and/or signs announcing the meetings are posted in the center. Parent Orientations for children

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enrolled in the Early Childhood Education program are held monthly through October for children enrolling after the first week of class. For children enrolling during November, individual orientation sessions may be held on an as needed basis. Parent Orientation sessions for the school age child care program are scheduled to take place at the beginning of the program year. Signs announcing the meetings are posted in the center. Brief orientation sessions may be scheduled throughout the year to meet the needs of individual parents during the time of enrollment.

FEES Monthly fees are charged for the Early Childhood Education/Public Preschool program participants regardless of attendance and the number of days per month the center is open. Payment is due on the first school day of each month. Since monthly notices will not be sent, it is the parent's responsibility to meet this due date. Payment may be made in the office by check, money order or the exact amount of cash. We do not make change for cash payments.

Checks or money orders for the Early Childhood Education program should be made payable to: Ravenna Preschool If paying for two children enrolled in public preschool with one check, a notation should be made on the check of the amount paid for each child. Weekly fees are charged for child care regardless of attendance and the number of days per week the center is open. Payment for the weekly child care service (Monday through Friday, or other days which may constitute a full week based on school schedule) is expected promptly on the last attendance day of that week (usually Friday) or no later than the first attendance day of the following week (usually Monday). Our office is open until 6:00 pm on Mondays to receive payments for preschool and child care. Since weekly notices will not be sent, it is the parent's responsibility to meet this due date. Payment may be made in the office by check, money order or the exact amount of cash. We do not make change for cash payments. Parents who receive support from the Portage County Department of Job and Family th Services must submit their co-payment no later than the 10 day each month. A signed co-payment agreement must be on file. Checks or money orders for the preschool child care program or school age child care program should be made payable to: Ravenna Child Care If paying for two children enrolled in child care with one check, a notation should be made on the check of the amount paid for each child. Late Payment One-two weeks late ­ receive written notice of past due account. Three - four weeks late ­ receive written notice of past due account and child's enrollment will be terminated; collection of account will be turned over to Portage County Prosecutor

th If payment for previous month is not paid in full by the 10 day of the following month, a late fee of $25.00 will be added to the account. This charge applies to both programs: public preschool and child care.

Notice of past due account will become a part of each parent's payment record.

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NSF Check Any check returned to us for non-sufficient funds will be charged $20.00 and the unpaid amount must be paid in full by cash or money order.

Refund Policy In the event that a child's account is paid in advance and the child must leave the program, the parent may apply for a prorated refund. This request must be made in writing two weeks prior to the child's last day of attendance. If the request is not made in this manner, the refund will not be made. ATTENDANCE

Early Childhood Education Program Since learning is an ongoing process and many learning experiences build upon previous ones, it is important that each child enrolled in the Early Childhood Education program have regular everyday attendance. The teacher will maintain attendance records submitting this information daily to the preschool office. The information is reported on a daily basis to the Ohio Department of Education through the DASL/EMIS system which provides our funding. If children are enrolled and do not maintain regular attendance, families may be requested to withdraw from the program in order to provide an opportunity for another family. Children who arrive more than five minutes after the start of preschool will not be admitted to class without Director's authorization. Such authorization will be given after documentation is provided for the following: doctor and dentist appointments, documented transportation problem, life-threatening situations. Parents arriving to preschool after the start of class should stop at the Director's office for admission to class. Early Childhood Education program children must attend the entire school session in order to be eligible to attend Preschool Child Care on that day. We are first and foremost a preschool program. Preschool child care is an option that can be provided after the entire preschool session has been attended for the day. Parents of preschool children should report absences to the office by 8:30 am on the day of the absence by calling (330) 297-4139, extension 3101.

Preschool Child Care Child care for preschool children enrolled in the Early Childhood Education Program is available as an option to assist working families or families attending school. Parents receiving assistance with child care payments from Jobs and Family Services should report absences to our office by 8:30 am on the day of the absence by calling (330) 297-4139, extension 3101. Families receiving assistance with child care payments from Jobs and Family Services will be allowed ten absences per six month session, from January 1 through June 30 and from July 1 though December 31. Whenever two consecutive absences occur, Jobs and Family Services will be contacted by the office staff and attendance information will be given. Parents receiving Jobs and Family Services support are required to give a two week notice when withdrawing the child from the center.

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School Age Child Care Children enrolled in the School Age Child Care Program are expected to attend the program on a daily basis, unless the parent notifies the office staff that the child will not be in attendance. When children are absent from school, they cannot attend child care on the same day of the absence. Children who are suspended from school or suspended from the school bus will not be permitted to attend the program during suspensions. Refunds or prorated adjustments will not be made for school or bus suspensions. Parents of school age children should report absences from the after school child care program to the office by 3:00 pm on the day of the absence by calling (330) 297-4139, extension 3101. If a parent does not contact the office regarding the absence, a $10.00 `search fee' charge will be added for each day that calls must be made by office staff to locate a child. This charge will be added to the weekly billing statement. The `search fee' must be paid by the residential parent or the parent who completed enrollment forms for the child/children to attend, specifically in cases where numerous persons share in the responsibility of child pick-up. In the event that a scheduled child does not arrive at the center and the parent does not contact the office, the child care staff will make the following contacts: 1. 2. 3. 4. child's school child's parents/guardians authorized persons proper law enforcement officials.

All contacts will be documented and parents will be charged the search fee. Parents receiving assistance with child care payments from Jobs and Family Services should report absences related to both morning and afternoon sessions to the child care office. These families will be allowed ten absences per six month session, from January 1 through June 30 and from July 1 though December 31. Whenever two consecutive absences occur, Jobs and Family Services will be contacted and attendance information given. Parents receiving Jobs and Family Services support must give a two week notice when withdrawing the child from the center. Please note: Child Care Aides are not responsible for informing office staff of child absences. The only acceptable method of notification when children will not be attending child care will be parent contacting the office staff. The office staff must be notified by parents in person or by telephone no later than 3:00 pm on the day of the absence. ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE ALL PARENTS MUST CLOCK THEIR CHILD/CHILDREN IN UPON ARRIVAL AND OUT BEFORE DEPARTURE. THIS MUST BE DONE FOR ALL CHILDREN ATTENDING ANY OF THE CENTER'S PROGRAMS, WHICH INCLUDE: EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION PROGRAM (GRANT, TUITION, ODJFS) OR SCHOOL AGE CHILD CARE. WE USE A TIMECLOCK SYSTEM TO ASSIST IN MAINTAINING ACCURATE ATTENDANCE RECORDS. WE ALSO USE THE TIME CLOCK TO MAINTAIN RECORDS FOR THE CHILD AND ADULT CARE FOOD PROGRAM (CACFP). ALL CHILDREN ATTENDING THE CHILD CARE PROGRAM (PRESCHOOL OR SCHOOL AGE) MUST ALSO BE SIGNED IN/OUT AT THE TIME CLOCK. PRESCHOOL CHILDREN NOT ATTENDING CHILD CARE MUST BE SIGNED IN/OUT IN THEIR CLASSROOMS. CHILDREN USING RAVENNA SCHOOL DISTRICT TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM ELEMENTARY OR PAROCHIAL SCHOOLS WILL BE CLOCKED OUT AFTER BUS DEPARTURE EACH MORNING BY CHILD CARE STAFF AND CLOCKED IN EACH AFTERNOON UPON ARRIVAL.

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Early Childhood Education Program Preschool classes are in session from 8:30 am until 11:00 am/ and from 12:00 pm until 2:30 pm. The ODJFS option will meet until 11:30 am each weekday morning. Parents of enrolled children must adhere to the preschool hours and rules governing drop off and pick up. Parents are responsible for escorting their child into the preschool classroom, no earlier than five minutes before class begins and no later than five minutes after the beginning of class. Under-age siblings and under-age relatives should never drop off and/or escort preschool children to their classrooms. For safety reasons, no child is to be dropped off in the parking lot. Parents are requested to arrive in our halls outside classroom doors no earlier than five minutes before dismissal time. This pertains to both morning and afternoon sessions. At the end of each session, children will be released to parents at the end of the entire classroom period. Parents are requested to remain outside the classroom until 11:00 am or 2:30 pm, waiting until the teacher opens the door for parents to enter. Children will not be admitted to class if arriving more than five minutes late without permission of the preschool director. All children enrolled in the preschool program must be clocked in/out daily at the time clock. All children must also be signed in/out daily. Preschool children attending child care must be signed in/out by the time clock. Preschool children not attending child care must be signed in/out in their classroom. It is important that each child be picked up promptly at dismissal time. It can be very upsetting to a child for a parent to be late. Any child who is not picked up within five minutes of dismissal will automatically be placed in child care and the parent will be charged according to the current weekly rate. Charges will be according to the weekly rate, regardless of the time spent in child care. Since we care about your child's safety and well-being, we try to be very careful about child pick up. Only persons authorized by you may pick up your child. Their name(s) must be on file in the office, otherwise we will not release your child. Photo identification from unfamiliar persons may be requested by preschool staff. Children will only be released to adults over the age of 18. Please do not ask a sibling under the age of 18 to pick up your child. If you want someone to pick up your child who is not listed on the registration form, we must have a written and dated note signed by the parent. It is recommended that if all possible, pick up people be listed at the time of registration. Drop off/pick up people should have the child's PIN number for clocking the child in and/or out. They are also are responsible for completing the sign in/sign out form maintained either in the classroom or at the time clock. The parent or authorized person must be identified at the office before going to the child's classroom. They must wait until the class is dismissed and let the teacher know that the child is being picked up. The child must be signed out and clocked out before leaving the building. Preschool Child Care Pick Up 1. 2. 3. 4. Go to the child's group. Notify staff that you are there to pick up the child. Sign out and clock out the child. Escort the child safely from the premises.

Since we care about your child's safety and well-being, we try to be very careful about child pick up. Only persons authorized by you may pick up your child. Their name(s) must be on file in the office, otherwise we will not release your child. Photo identification from unfamiliar persons may be requested by staff.

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Children will only be released to adults over the age of 18. Please do not ask a sibling under the age of 18 to pick up your child. If you want someone to pick up your child who is not listed on the registration form, we must have a written and dated note signed by the parent. It is recommended that if all possible, pick up people be listed at the time of registration. All children must be picked up before 6:00 pm. Any child remaining at the center after 6:00 pm will be charged a late fee listed on preschool fees schedule provided at the beginning of the year. If an emergency arises that will delay pick up, we must be notified immediately and another pick up person must come. If a child remains at the center beyond 6:30 pm and the parent has not called us, these steps will be taken: 1. 2. 3. 4. Call the parent's work place and/or home. Call authorized pick up persons. Call emergency authorization persons. Call the local police department.

School Age Child Care Ravenna Child Care Center opens at 6:15 am and closes at 6:00 pm. Parents needing child care must adhere to the center hours and rules governing drop off and pick up. Parents (or designees) are responsible for escorting their child into the Child Care Center, supervising the time card clock in, hanging up coat, and bringing the child to the correct room. It is the parent's responsibility to see that the child is clocked in each day. If a child is not clocked in, parents will be informed and extra charges may apply. Children may not arrive earlier than 6:15 am. A child arriving prior to this time would be unsupervised until 6:15 am. This would certainly be an unsafe practice and would be subject to the conditions listed under child protection. Only an authorized person may pick up a child. Photo identification will be requested by the staff to ensure the correct pick up person. If you want someone to pick up your child who is not listed on the registration form, we must have a written and dated note signed by the parent. It is required that all persons responsible for picking up children be listed on the registration form. Children will only be released to adults over the age of 18. Please do not ask a sibling under the age of 18 to pick up your child. The parent or authorized person must go to the child's group and notify the staff person which child is being picked up. Next, the time child must be clocked out. If the child is not clocked out, parents will be informed and extra charges may apply. All children must be picked up no later than 6:00 pm. Any child remaining at the center after 6:00 pm will be charge a late fee as listed on the child care fees schedule provided at the beginning of the year. If an emergency arises that will delay pickup, we must be notified immediately and another person must come. If a child remains at the center beyond 6:30 pm and the parent has not called us, these steps will be taken:

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Call the parent's work place and/or home. Call authorized pick up persons. Call emergency authorization persons. Call the local police department.

CELLULAR TELPHONES It is in our best interest to have open communication and eye contact with families during the times when they are in the building. Therefore, the use of cellular phones is not permitted during drop off and pick up. When you arrive to drop off or pick up your child, please put your phone on vibrate and take your call upon leaving the building. It is important that we have the parent's or authorized adult's full attention when they are in the building. There are many times when the center staff must communicate related to child's behavior, billing concerns, illnesses, distributing information about the program, etc. When parents or authorized adults are using their cellular telephone during the entire time that they are at the center, it does not provide the opportunity for us to freely discuss issues that need immediate attention. If you enter the building talking on the cellular phone, a staff member will remind you of our policy and ask that you refrain from cellular phone use during the time that you are in the building.

PICK UP BY INTOXICATED PARENT OR AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE Ravenna Child Care and Preschool will not permit parents or authorized representatives who are intoxicated to pick up children from our center. We do not wish to expose the center to any legal action for improper release of children, but more importantly, we do not wish to expose the children enrolled in our center to any danger resulting from their parents' or authorized adult's impaired faculties. We will expect, therefore, our staff to be alert to the possibility of parental intoxication, and if there is evidence of such intoxication by means of speech, gait, or manner, that the staff member will call a second staff member to corroborate. If both staff members agree that the parent is intoxicated, the staff will not permit transportation by the impaired person. The Ravenna Police Department will be called to assist the program staff in determining the course of action to be taken. If the parent insists on removing a child in spite of these actions, a conference will be held the following business day between the parent and the director that could result in termination of the child's participation in the program.

NON-CUSTODIAL PARENT POLICY A parent of a child enrolled at the center who is not the child's residential parent will be permitted unlimited access to the center and be afforded the same rights as the residential parent unless there is court documentation limiting access and contact by the nonresidential parent. This documentation must be on file in the office. Upon entering the center, the non-custodial parent must report to the director or designee in the child care office.

ABSENCE POLICY Absence Due to Illness If your child is ill and must miss preschool, it is the parent's/guardian's responsibility to notify the preschool by telephone at (330) 297-4139, extension 3101, preferably before school begins. The center is open at 6:15 am and you may leave a message on voice mail. Please give the following information whenever calling in absences:

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Child's name Child's teacher Nature of child's illness When the child returns to preschool, the parent must submit a written excuse (note) to the teacher explaining the reason for absence. This procedure is required for absences lasting one-two days, even when a phone call has been made related to the absence. If a child is absent for three or more consecutive days and/or due to a communicable disease or illness, the parent must bring a note from the child's physician informing school that the child is free of communicable disease or illness and may return to school. Children will not be admitted to preschool class without a note from his/her physician for absences lasting three or more days. In some cases, due to the nature of the communicable disease or illness, a note may be required for absences less than three days. All notes and other documentation related to children's absences will be turned into the office and placed in the child's file. If a child has less than 90% attendance without excused absences, we reserve the right to terminate the child's enrollment so another child may have the opportunity to attend the preschool program. The office should also be called during summer months whenever the child is unable to attend. A child absent from preschool during the summer months due to illness related to a communicable disease must have a note from his/her physician informing program staff that the child is free of communicable disease or illness and may return to the program. Children will not be allowed to return without a note from his/her physician if absence is due to communicable disease or illness. Preschool children whose parents receive assistance with child care payments from Jobs and Family Services for preschool child care should report absences to the child care office. These families will be allowed ten absences per six month session, from January 1 through June 30 and from July 1 though December 31. Whenever two consecutive absences occur, Jobs and Family Services will be contacted and attendance information given.

Other Preschool Absences Absences due to family emergencies, appointments, etc. should be reported to the office by telephone before the school day begins (8:30 am or 12:00 noon). It is the parent's/guardian's responsibility to notify the preschool by telephone at (330) 297-4139, extension 3101. The center is open at 6:15 am and you may leave a message on voice mail. Please give the following information whenever calling in absences: Child's name Child's teacher Reason for absence When the child returns to preschool, the parent must submit a written excuse (note) to the teacher explaining the reason for absence. This procedure is required for absences lasting one-two days, even when a phone call has been made related to the absence.

Absences from School Age Child Care Parents of school age children should report absences from school age child care to the office by 3:00 pm on the day of the absence by calling (330) 297-4139, extension 3101. If a parent does not contact the office regarding the absence, a $10.00 `search fee' charge will be added for each day that calls

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must be made to locate a child. The custodial parent completing enrollment papers for the child will be responsible for paying the `search fee'. This charge will be added to the weekly billing statement. In the event that a scheduled child does not arrive at the center and the parent does not contact the office, child care staff will make the following contacts: 1. 2. 3. 4. child's school child's parents/guardians authorized persons proper law enforcement officials.

The office should also be called during summer months whenever the child is unable to attend. A child absent from school age child care during the summer months due to illness related to a communicable disease must have a note from his/her physician informing program staff that the child is free of communicable disease or illness and may return to the program. Children will not be allowed to return without a note from his/her physician if absence is due to communicable disease or illness. Parents receiving assistance with child care payments from Jobs and Family Services must report all absences to the child care office. These families will be allowed ten absences per six month session, from January 1 through June 30 and from July 1 though December 31. Whenever two consecutive absences occur, Jobs and Family Services will be contacted and attendance information given.

All contacts will be documented.

WITHDRAWAL FROM CENTER

Early Childhood Education Program If a child is absent from preschool without notification by the parent for a length of one week, the child's enrollment will automatically be terminated and the space will be made available for another child. A two-week written notice is required for a child to be withdrawn from the program. Notification of student withdrawal from the program must be conducted in writing or by telephone.

School Age Child Care A two-week written notice is required for a child to be withdrawn from the program. Notification of student withdrawal from the program must be conducted in writing or by telephone. A non-attending student will be automatically withdrawn at the end of the school year or at the end of the summer program. A parent requesting a refund of prepaid fees must follow the refund policy (see page 14).

TERMINATION OF SERVICES Ravenna Child Care and Preschool may and will terminate services for a family, if any, although not limited to the following, occur: · · · · Nonpayment of fees The center's policies as stated in this handbook are not followed Director's recommendations to parents concerning a child continued inappropriate behavior are not followed Any harassment of staff, children or other parents

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PARENT PARTICIPATION Parents may always visit Ravenna Child Care and Preschool Center at any time, although it is requested that consideration be shown during nap time. If a parent is able to come for lunch, please let your child's teacher know so we can order an extra lunch. Parents are also encouraged and welcomed to participate in Ravenna Child Care and Preschool Center in any manner that they are able. Parent volunteers are welcome in the classroom to read, extend our themes with their knowledge, to share a love of music, or help with an activity or field trip. Any activities planned for classes and conducted by parents must be approved two weeks in advance by the Director. These activities must be related to the teacher's lesson plan. If the teacher is absent on the day of a planned activity, the activity must be rescheduled. Parents are not permitted to give personal parties for children or staff on our premises at any time. We recognize that many parents work and are unable to help during the day, but volunteer jobs or needs will be posted by the preschool teachers whenever the need arises. Usually parents are not available to the child care program. The Ravenna Preschool Parents group was created as a parent, staff and friends group to help plan social and educational events for the children. The group also initiates the fundraising activities for the center in order to pay for the events planned and implemented throughout the year. Parents are encouraged to attend, to bring ideas not only for social and community events, but also ideas on how to improve the center. The director or her designee attends all meeting to update parents on the center and to listen to ideas and answer questions. The meeting calendar is available at the beginning of each academic school year.

VOLUNTEERS Ravenna Child Care and Preschool welcomes volunteers of all kinds. Adults who can help in a classroom or read a story are always a treat. All volunteers who volunteer on a regular basis must have a medical statement, references, and a BCII report on file. No volunteers are ever left alone with children for any reason. We also have a commitment to the early childhood field and we often serve as a practicum and/or student teaching site for early childhood students from local colleges and universities.

SUPERVISION OF CHILDREN All children are supervised at all times by a staff member and there is a supervisor or designee at all times as well. A child of school age is allowed to go unescorted to the restrooms and run errands inside the building. Ravenna Child Care requires that all school-age children enter and leave with a parent/guardian/ authorized adult or authorized transportation. We will not allow a school-age child to leave our care without an adult. A group of no more than six students, fourth grade or older, may engage in activities which pose no physical risk to their safety in a room without a child care staff member as long as the staff member can see or hear the children at all times and check on the children periodically.

COMMUNICATION Communication between families and staff is crucial if Ravenna Child Care and Preschool is to meet the needs of the families and children it serves. Parents are encouraged to share events that are important in their children's lives outside the center as it will help the teachers or other staff to respond to the children's individual needs. Examples of such events are any family changes, ranging from a new pet, a parent going out of town, to a death in the family. Other examples are changes in your child's diet, any administration of medication instructions, changes in pick-up routine for the day and location of children's personal items. Parents can write instructions or notes to the teachers or tell them directly.

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The staff is always happy to discuss a child with his/her parent. However, it is often difficult to communicate when staff is greeting children and helping them separate from their parents. Please make arrangements to discuss questions or concerns of an extended nature on the phone during teacher's lunch hour or before or after school. In this way, regular classroom sessions will not be disrupted.

How the Center Communicates: · · Newsletters: Preschool teachers write monthly newsletters to parents to inform them about the activities planned for the month. A general center-wide newsletter is published three-four times per school year. Conferences: Parent-teacher conferences are held three times each year. These sessions include a written report on your child's development and progress. These dates of these conferences are provided on the annual preschool calendar distributed at the beginning of the school year and/or upon enrollment. If the child appears to be having difficulties in the classroom, the teacher or director will contact the parent or guardian for additional conferences in order to obtain insight into the child's behavior. Mailboxes: Preschool students have mailboxes in their classrooms. Letters and notices are placed in the child's mailbox frequently during the school year. Parents are encouraged to check these mailboxes daily. Parent Roster: A parent roster that includes names and telephone numbers of parents who have children enrolled at the center is available upon request for parents to communicate with each other. The agreement to have your name listed is found on the Child Enrollment Form that is completed during registration. This roster may also be used by room parents to inform families of upcoming events. Please be advised the roster will not include the name or telephone numbers of those parents who have requested not to be included and room parents will not contact them at any time. Bulletin Boards: Notices with information that affect the entire center are posted on boards and walls throughout the center. Website: Our website pages can be accessed through the district website. The website provides a great deal of information about our program, including: a calendar of upcoming events, menus, links to child-friendly websites, classroom pages, and parent handbook.

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GRIEVANCE POLICY FOR PARENTS It is the intent of the Ravenna Child Care and Preschool Center to provide all parents and guardians with an avenue for discussing and resolving any concerns that they have in regard to the care being provided by the center. When a concern has been identified, the parent should first discuss the issue with the teacher or child care staff. It is suggested that in order to facilitate the conversation, an appointment should be scheduled and the individual requesting the appointment should prepare a written list of pertinent discussion points prior to the appointment. Notes of what was discussed and agreed to during the meeting are also encouraged. Once the teacher or caregiver has addressed the issue, based on the response, the parent or guardian should consider the issue resolved. If the teacher or child caregiver was unable to address the issue because of its administrative nature, or if the parent or guardian is dissatisfied with the response or outcome, he/she should then discuss the issue with the Director. At that meeting, the parent or guardian should be prepared to discuss what has transpired to-date. The Director will research the issue and respond to the parent in a follow-up meeting, or at the initial meeting if no research is needed.

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A parent or guardian who remains dissatisfied with the response should address their concerns in writing to the Ravenna School District Board of Education office. The appropriate personnel will handle the concern, as they deem appropriate. HEALTH A healthy environment protects both children and staff, makes children feel cared for and encourages the development of healthy habits for a lifetime. It is a cornerstone of good child care and a priority at Ravenna Child Care and Preschool. Our established practices are intended to ensure such an environment and include: · Daily health screening of each child upon arrival at the center. · Cleaning and sanitizing procedures. · Frequent handwashing by staff and children following established procedure. · Use of disposable gloves for toileting accidents, surfaces contaminated with body fluids (blood, urine, stool, vomit, mucus) and cleaning equipment.

Daily Health Screening The receiving teacher or child care staff must perform a health check on each child every day upon arrival at the center. The check includes observing the child's appearance and behavior and asking the parent/guardian about the child's well-being since last attending the center. Any observation, such as an injury the child has sustained since being at the center, must be documented on the injury report to parent. While we cannot take the child's temperature, we can check for signs of fever, along with other signs of illness. It is the responsibility of teachers to observe children throughout the day and to notify the director immediately if a child's appearance or behavior indicates he/she is unwell. When it has been determined a child is ill, the teacher or child care staff is responsible for notifying the office staff. The parent will be contacted to pick the child up from the center.

Handwashing Proper and frequent handwashing is the most effective way to prevent the spread of infection and must be done throughout the day at the following times: Staff: · · · · · · · · · · Upon arrival at work Before and after handling food After using the toilet or helping a child with toileting After contact with body fluids After removing disposable gloves used for any purpose Before and after administering medication After performing cleaning tasks or handling garbage After handling pet, their cages, equipment After play on the playground Before going home

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Before and after using water tables, after sand play After play in the playground After handling pets, their cages, equipment before going home

Children must be given the help they need to wash properly. Modified Diet A modified diet is one that eliminates the use of any one or more of the four food groups or alters the amount of food required to be served to meet one-third of the recommended daily dietary allowance. A food supplement means a vitamin, mineral, or combination of one or more vitamins, minerals and/or energy-producing nutrients (carbohydrates, protein, or fat) used in addition to meals or snacks. If the child has any of these needs, including allergies to certain food items, the parent/guardian must have the physician complete an Authorization for the Administration of Medication form for center to make appropriate adjustments. For the Early Childhood Education Program, students requiring modified diet food items will be provided with appropriate substitute items. For the child care program (preschool or school age), providing meals and snacks for a child with special dietary needs may be provided as prescribed by the child's source of medical care or the program may require the parent to provide the prescribed diet items that are not part of the program's menu plan. ILLNESS AND COMMUNICABLE DISEASE Children who complain of or display symptoms of illness will be separated from the rest of the children. Parents will be notified and must take the child home. Contagious Diseases If your child contracts a contagious disease, please contact us so we can take the necessary precautions. Head Lice Due to the nature of children playing together, head lice does occasionally occur. A common myth is that they are caused by uncleanliness. This, of course, is untrue. If a child is scratching his/her head frequently, we will check for head lice and nits. If these are found, the parents will be notified and the child must be taken home and properly treated. The child may return to school following proper treatment. A second treatment must be given one week following the first one. At this time the child must be free of all lice and nits. Information about this is available in the preschool office or from your physician. Further, each child that has had some proximity will also be checked. Any clothes, carpet, etc., will be treated as well. Exposure to Communicable Disease Parents will be notified either by letter or posted notice when the staff knows that the children have been exposed to a communicable disease. If a child is mildly ill, the child will be isolated and observed for a short period before parent removal will be required.

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Prevention of Communicable Disease In order to aid in the prevention of communicable disease within the Preschool setting, periodic cleaning and sanitizing of classroom equipment and materials will be done. Sick Children If a child is observed with any of the following symptoms, the child will be isolated; the parent will be notified and must take the child home: 1. diarrhea (more than one abnormally loose stool within a twenty-four hour period); 2. severe coughing, causing the child to become red or blue in the face or to make a whooping sound; 3. difficult or rapid breathing; 4. yellowish skin or eyes; 5. conjunctivitis; 6. temperature of one hundred degrees Fahrenheit by the auxiliary method when in combination with other signs of illness; 7. untreated infected skin patch(es); 8. unusually dark urine and/or gray or white stool; 9. stiff neck; 10. unusual spots or rash; 11. sore throat or difficulty swallowing; 12. vomiting; 13. evidence of lice, scabies, or other parasites/infections. If your child is ill and must miss school, it is the parent's/guardian's responsibility to notify the school by telephone, preferably before school begins. The center is open at 6:15 am or you may leave a message on voice mail. Please give the following information when calling in absences: Child's name Child's teacher Nature of child's illness When the child returns to school, the parent must write an excuse note to the teacher explaining the reason for absence. If a child has less that 90% attendance without excused absences, we reserve the right to terminate the child's enrollment so another child may attend. If the child is absent due to a communicable disease or illness or absent for more than three consecutive days, the parent must bring a note from the child's physician informing school that child is free of communicable disease or illness and may return to school. Children will not be admitted to class without a note from his/her physician.

MEDICATIONS Any child receiving medication, either prescription or over-the-counter, at the Child Care Center must have an Authorization for the Administration of Medication form filled out. This form must be completed by the child's physician and parent/guardian and then approved by the Director before medication may be administered. Topical medications, such as sunscreen, also require the approval of the child's physician and parent. The Authorization for the Administration of Medication form is available at the Child Care office. Medication may not be dispensed without this form. Children are not permitted to take medication on their own.

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CHILD GUIDANCE AND MANAGEMENT The philosophy of the Ravenna Child Care and Preschool Center requires that guidance and discipline support the total development of children. Guidance techniques are used to lead children towards positive behavior. Discipline, defined as training that is expected to produce a particular character or pattern of behavior, is used when children's actions harm themselves, others, property or the environment. Approaches to guidance and discipline are positive and developmentally appropriate. Specific techniques are listed below and should be implemented according to the age and developmental level of each individual child. All staff is responsible for the guidance, management and discipline of the children in their care and to use the strategies listed below when developmentally and individually appropriate. Teaching staff are responsible for maintaining a partnership with parents regarding guidance and discipline as well as communicating regarding typical and atypical behaviors and successful strategies for guiding the child(ren).

Prevention through Classroom Management and Physical Environment Planned environments that are structured to encourage developmentally appropriate, constructive activity and play while eliminating danger set children up for positive, successful experiences. The physical environment and daily flow of activities are observed for possible cues or causes, which trigger difficult situations. This proactive approach provides a pathway to prevent discipline situations from occurring. Consistent Expectations and Limit Setting Children are given basic, clear and concise rules to guide their behavior, build self-control, self-esteem and problem solving skills. Boundaries and expectations expand as children develop. All adults respond in a similar way so children know what to expect. Positive Attention to Appropriate Behavior Positive behavior is noticed, encourages and discussed with children. Conversations are descriptive and personal with the intent to build children's motivation for positive behavior. Positive Direction The use of positive direction includes the following three parts: · Tell children what to do instead of what not to do. · Explain why you are setting a limit while separating the child from the behavior. · Offer choices when realistic. Focused Attention and Active Listening Respect for children's feelings and point of view are demonstrated by bending low and giving full attention to the child. Active listening means listening for both verbal and non-verbal messages and reflecting these messages back to the child. Children are given the right to explain their actions and adults respond accordingly. Natural and Logical Consequences Children learn from the consequences of their choices and behavior. When the behavior has a natural and logical outcome that is undesirable, children begin to learn to change their behavior to prevent that outcome. Adults are available to talk with children about what happened and why it happened and to help children to become more responsible for their actions.

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Redirection and Choice Divert a child's attention away from an undesirable activity with another or turn a child's attention to an appropriate use of a material. Offer alternative choices of equal value to the child.

Ignoring Inappropriate Behavior and Modeling Used only when the behavior causes no danger to the child, others, property or the environment, ignoring inappropriate behavior deemphasizes its desirability to the child. Do not ignore the child, only the behavior. At all times, adults should model appropriate use of the environment, equipment and materials for the children. The use of modeling serves as a technique for children to learn how to interact appropriately. Objects are only removed from children's choices as a last resort.

Supervised Quiet Time Supervised quiet time, a temporary separation from an activity, is only used as a last resort when children behave in an extremely inappropriate manner or clearly too upset to manage their feelings on their own. Children are always with an adult or an adult is nearby. It should be carried out quietly and privately and should not be viewed as punitive, threatening or humiliating. This time is used to allow children to calm down and then talk about their feelings and needs. The center's actual methods of discipline shall apply to all persons on the premises and shall be restricted as follows: (1) There shall be no cruel, harsh, corporal punishment or any unusual punishments such as, but not limited to, punching, pinching, shaking, spanking or biting. No discipline shall be delegated to any other child. No physical restraints shall be used to confine a child by any means other than holding a child for a short period of time, such as in a protective hug, so the child may regain control. No child shall be placed in a locked room or confirmed in an enclosed area such as a closet, a box or a similar cubicle. No child shall be subjected to profane language, threats, derogatory remarks about himself or his family or other verbal abuse. Discipline shall not be imposed on a child for failure to eat, failure to sleep, or for toileting accidents. Techniques of discipline shall not humiliate, shame or frighten a child. Discipline shall not include withholding food, rest or toilet use. Separation, when used as discipline shall be brief in duration and appropriate to the child's age and developmental ability and the child shall be within sight and hearing of a preschool staff member in a safe, lighted and well-ventilated space. The center shall not abuse or neglect children and shall protect children from abuse and neglect while in attendance in the preschool program.

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PROBLEMATIC BEHAVIORS Most behaviors exhibited by children can be addressed in classroom situations through the guidance and discipline techniques discussed in the previous section. Occasionally, a child demonstrates a repeated pattern of problematic behavior. In these situations, the center used the following steps: · · · Staff will complete Infraction Report. This form is used to document problematic behaviors. The Infraction Report is given to parent/guardian to sign and return. A continuum of consequences listed below may be the result of continuing problematic behaviors: Warning and redirection Supervised quiet time Parent contacts (notes, telephone call) Parent conference to plan strategies for resolving behavior Program time out (temporary) Dismissal from program · Infraction Forms are filed in student's folder to serve as official documentation in the event the child requires referral or is dismissed from program. BITING Nothing is more scarier, more frustrating and more stressful for the children, parents and staff than biting. It is also what experts call "an unavoidable consequence of young children in group care". There is no blame to be placed and unfortunately, and more importantly in this situation, there is no quick and easy solution. Children bite for many reasons. In our experience, biting usually occurs because the children do not always want to use words to express their: desire for an object, frustration with the situation, or need for attention. While we can theorize why biting occurs, this does not help us with the anger and frustration while the biting is continuing. The following steps are those we as a staff follow to try to extinguish the behavior: · · · · The child who bites is immediately removed from the situation and the attention is given to the child who has been bitten. We keep a log of each biting incident and look for patterns such as time of day, over stimulation, frustration, stress. We work with the biting child to resolve conflicts and frustrations in an appropriate manner. We shadow the biting child when the child is with other children.

We work with parents to make sure we are consistent in our response to the biting and we try to reduce the child's stress while at the center. In our experience, we have found the biting incidents will decrease as we consistently respond in the same manner. We ask for your understanding and patience as we work through these situations.

OUTDOOR PLAY POLICY As required by the State of Ohio all children will go outside if the weather permits. We have a fenced playground and we also take walks around the school. If there are advisories issued due to the weather, the children will remain inside.

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NAPTIME Preschool children in attendance for a full day are provided a nap period after lunch. The length of naptime does not exceed 1 ½ hours each day. The center provides a sanitized cot, and a cot sheet and blanket that are washed weekly. Children are asked to rest for a portion of naptime if they do not sleep. If children bring a small stuffed animal for comfort during this time, it cannot exceed eight inches in length. All children are required to remain on their cot until naptime has ended, whether sleeping or not.

CHILD ABUSE POLICY Child abuse/neglect can be in the form of physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, neglect and/or maltreatment. Any Ravenna Child Care and Preschool employee, as mandated by the Ohio Revised Code, Section 2151.421, who believes that a child less than eighteen (18) years of age has suffered any type of injury that suggests abuse or neglect, must and will immediately report such information to the director. The County Department of Job and Family Services Child Abuse Emergency Reporting Service will then be contacted. It is therefore important to communicate with your preschool teacher and/or the child care staff about any serious injury that may have occurred at home.

ADDITIONAL POLICIES AND PROCEDURES For Early Childhood Education Program and School Age Child Care

Dress Code Clothing should be comfortable enough for a child to actively participate in a variety of activities. They should be made simply enough for the child to go to the bathroom without needing adult help getting into and out of their clothes. Shoes Shoes must have enclosed toes on them to prevent playground material from slipping inside and becoming very uncomfortable. Since we have very smooth surfaced floors at our center and composition soled shoes cause children to slip and fall, each child must have rubber soled shoes to wear. Also, girls should not wear the following: mule-type shoes, sandals (nor boys), and shoes with heels higher than one inch. The type of physical activities your child is likely to be engaged in would be unsafe in these types of shoes. We want each child to be safe! Outerwear Hats, mittens, warm coats, and boots are needed on cold and snowy days. If the temperature is above 32 degrees Fahrenheit, we will go outside. Labeling clothing It is requested that parents write their child's name on clothing, as well as book bags and backpacks. This will help eliminate problems and mix-ups when children own items that may be identical to other children's items in the program.

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Birthdays and Other Celebrations It is part of our program to celebrate birthdays and other celebrations conducive to the public theme. However, if these activities are in any way offensive to you, please inform the Director and an alternative solution will be sought. During these celebrations, we do not accept homemade candies, cookies, cakes, or any other food from our parents. We prefer that parents send birthday tokens, such as pencils, stickers, etc. to commemorate their child's birthday. Because we are participating in the USDA food program, snacks are provided to our children daily and we must eliminate birthday acknowledgements which include food items.

Change of Clothes Parents need to provide a complete change of clothes including underwear and socks for each child attending any of the preschool options. The child's clothing should be place in a small, child-sized shoe box labeled with his/her name. Your child's cubby will be the place where you will find your child's soiled clothes wrapped in plastic should it be necessary to change clothing due to an accident.

Things to Bring Each child should bring a bookbag with his/her name clearly marked with his/her name. This will facilitate bringing items and notes to and from school. Children may bring items from home only at the teacher's request for special events.

Children may not bring: yu-gi-oh cards, sports cards, toys, guns, weapons of any type

Parents Lunching with Children Parents are welcome to eat lunch with their preschool child. Please contact the teacher in advance so space may be made available in the classroom. Visiting parents are expected to follow the regular lunch procedures and assist the child in displaying proper table manners. The child will be required to eat the school lunch, if approved for the school lunch program.

PARENT VISITATION Custodial parents and guardians are welcome to visit the child care center at any time. Parents have unlimited access to Ravenna Child Care and Preschool Center. We encourage your questions and would like you to inform us regarding your concerns. We ask that upon entering/departing the center you inform the main office staff of your arrival and departure.

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CACFP NONDISCRIMINATION STATEMENT "In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, and Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 202509410 or call (800) 795-3272 or (202)720-6382 (voice and TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer."

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POLICIES AND PROCEDURES AGREEMENT BETWEEN PARENTS AND RAVENNA CHILD CARE AND PRESCHOOL

The center will be open for child care from 6:15 am until 6:00 pm. Parents are expected to escort their children into the building and see that the child is under supervision of a staff person before leaving the premises. Parents are expected to clock their child in/out and sign the attendance roster daily. A fee will be charged weekly for each day children are not clocked in/out. Parents, family members and other authorized persons agree to refrain from using cell phones at all times while in the facility. Parents and other family members agree to contact the center related to absences for all children. Parents of school age children who do not properly contact the office staff related to absences will be charged and pay a `search fee' for each day the office staff must conduct telephone search while attempting to locate the absent child. The fee will be paid by the custodial parent who enrolled the child. School age children who are absent or suspended from school are not permitted to attend child care on the day of the absence or suspension. Refunds and/or charges will not be adjusted for absences. Children who are suspended from the school bus are not permitted to attend child care on the day of the bus suspension. Refunds and/or charges will not be adjusted for absences. The morning Early Childhood Education class will be held from 8:30 am until11:0 am (11:30 am for ODJFS) during the normal school year. The afternoon Early Childhood Education class will be held from 12:00 noon until 2:30 pm during the normal school year. Summer academic hours (if applicable) are established by March 1st each year and at that time, parents are notified. Each child shall be picked up by 6:00 pm. A late fee of $10.00 will be charged for pick up between 6:01 pm and 6:05 pm; $20.00 for 6:06 pm-6:10 pm, and $1.00 per minute beginning at 6:11 pm. The center will be open on non-school days and calamity days, providing that there are necessary utilities, such as working heat, electricity, and water. This center will be closed for the following holidays: New Year's Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and the day after, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day. The center will be closed for 3-5 days at the end of the summer program and before the fall program begins, depending upon school calendar. All children should wear clothing suitable for indoor and outdoor activities and play as well as for arts and crafts. Parents are asked to see that children do not bring toys, cards, and weapons to the center.

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POLICIES AND PROCEDURES AGREEMENT BETWEEN PARENTS AND RAVENNA CHILD CARE AND PRESCHOOL

Children who become ill may not remain at the center. The parents will be called to pick up the child. Children absent from the center with a contagious disease will not be readmitted without a signed statement from a physician indicating that the child is no longer contagious. Please refer to our Illness and Communicable Disease policy for further clarification on pages 23-24. Routine visits to a doctor, clinic, and dentist are the responsibility of the parents of children enrolled in the Early Childhood Education program. A child will not be permitted to attend if current annual medical or dental examinations for children are not on file. Child will be permitted to play outside daily, weather permitting. If you do not want your child to participate in outdoor activities, please bring a note form your child's physician to the Director stating the reason and length of time. Each preschool child must have a change of clothing that is left in the center to be used as a change of clothes or for emergencies. All clothing must be marked. The center is not responsible for lost clothing. Parents must cooperate with the center in carrying out all state laws, rules and regulations affecting the operation of Ravenna Child Care and Preschool. Although we request your cooperation in not disrupting our programs, parents are permitted access to all parts of this center while their child is present, adhering to notification of office staff policy upon arrival. Parents/Guardians will abide by the Child Management and Guidance procedures as well as other procedures regarding behavior of children enrolled at Ravenna Child Care and Preschool. Parents/Guardian will abide by center policies regarding reporting child's absences. Parents/Guardians will pay all fees in a timely manner as discussed in the Parent Handbook or be subject to termination from the center. This agreement may be changed at any time in order to comply with state regulations. I have read and understood the Ravenna Child Care and Preschool Parent Handbook. I agree to abide by these policies. In the event that I do not abide by these policies, I understand that my child(ren) will not be able to attend. Signatures: _______________________________, Director ________________ Date

_______________________________, Parent/Guardian ________________ Date _______________________________, Parent/Guardian ________________ Date _______________________________, Child's Name (please print)

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