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Childcare Resource and Referral

 

Children are guided by staff members dedicated to their work. Personnel not only administer the predetermined curriculum but guide a child's behavior as well. The ratio of staff to children must always be sufficient to maintain constant supervision and also allow the implementation of the developmental program. The primary goal of the program is to offer experiences to enhance the intellectual, emotional, social and physical growth of each child. Children must be dependents of active-duty military. DoD employees and retired military may also use the program on a space available basis. An established waiting list places active-duty members in a priority position. Children must be at least six weeks old to attend the full-time program.

Fees
The appropriate fee range for each child enrolled in the full-time program will be based on the family's earned total income. Total family income will be verified using the military sponsor's (or federal
employee) most recent Leave and Earning Statement for military spouses and non-military personnel. Contact the program for current fee information.

Health Rules
The Child Development Program requires the cooperation of all parents to insure that contagious diseases are not brought into the facilities. Children with symptoms of illness or known to be ill will not be admitted. This will aid in reducing the spread of colds, flu or other easily transmitted diseases among the children. Children who become ill while in the program will be removed from their classroom and their parents will be notified to come for them immediately (within one hour from call).  All medications given to a child must be logged into the Medication Log Book, located at the front desk, along with name of medication, amount of dosage, time, date and signature of parent. If a child is ill or injured in the program and the parent cannot be reached, he/she will be taken to the nearest medical facility for emergency care via a hospital ambulance. A staff member shall accompany the child and wait until the parent arrives. We require current immunization records. If there are extenuating circumstances, it will be necessary to have a physician's statement. The immunization policy applies to children who attend any Child Development Program.

Child Abuse & Neglect Procedures
Child abuse/neglect cases that originate in the home are often identified at child development centers. The suspicion or identification of child maltreatment carries with it significant responsibilities for child development personnel. By law, all personnel in child development facilities must report suspected cases to the proper authorities. If child abuse/neglect is suspected, child development personnel will contact the base Family Advocacy Representative (FAR) office and Child Protective Services (CPS). The FAR shall contact civilian authorities and other base personnel as necessary, including the child's parents. In the event a staff member is suspected of child abuse, the staff member will be immediately reassigned to duties not involving children until the investigation is completed. The Child/Youth Program Director is responsible for ensuring that there is a complete follow through on all cases, and shall work in coordination with FAR and the appropriate military and civilian agencies. If you suspect child abuse/neglect, report it to Family Advocacy Program at (301) 757-1872 or Child Protective Services (301) 475-4733.

Infant Care
Only disposable diapers and plastic bottles may be used by the infants/children in the program. These items must be labeled with the child's name. No glass bottles or dishes of any kind are permitted in the facilities. According to fire regulations, infants may not be brought into the facilities in pajamas or without age appropriate footwear.

Clothing
All personal clothing must be clearly labeled with the name of the child. The program will not assume responsibility for unmarked clothing or belongings. Children should be dressed in clothing that is easy-fitting and comfortable. A sweater or jacket should be brought to the facilities in all but the warmest, summer months. Clothing which is easily put on and taken off (without adult help) gives your child added confidence and avoids bathroom accidents. Avoid "dressy" clothing ... children should not fear getting dirty. They must feel free to participate in all activities. Sturdy shoes to prevent accidents are strongly recommended. No open-toed or open-heeled shoes are permitted.

Nutrition & Rest Time
The Child/Youth Program participates in the USDA Food Program. All parents must complete, annually, a Child Care Food Program application. Each child is served a breakfast, hot lunch and afternoon snack. Parents are not permitted to bring food into the program, except in cases where children have special dietary needs (supported by a doctor's note) or for children enrolled in the infant care program. For scheduled events such as birthdays or holidays, parents may bring in selected items of food for the celebration Note: All food items brought into the facilities by parents must be in the original package. Baked items must be in clearly marked packages or boxes that state where the purchase was made.

Rest and relaxation are important to a child's physical growth development. Children in our program have a rest period from 1230 to 1430, based on classroom schedule. Infants and toddlers rest according to their own schedule.

Parent Involvement
The Parent Involvement Board acts in an advisory capability to provide the Commanding Officer with recommendations, made through the CYP Director, for improving services or operations of the program. It is open to all parents whose children attend any of the child development programs including Child Development Home. The group meets quarterly with advance notice to the parents. Parent conferences are scheduled twice a year. If you desire a conference at any other time, contact your child's program assistant.

Discipline & Touch Policy
The Child Program believes that discipline is a positive learning experience, setting behavior limits and guidelines to lead children to maturity. Discipline fosters achievement and leads the child to self-discipline so that he/she will behave positively without parental guidance. It will also help the child develop a sense of pride and pleasure when he/she does what is expected. The goal of our program is to help our children grow so that they are just as well-behaved, just as thoughtful, and just as sensible as if someone were there looking over their shoulders. Our discipline policy sets clear and precise limitations. These limitations vary from age to age, and by classrooms and programs. The program assistants will spend time discussing the rules with the children and accept feedback, if appropriate. This discipline policy works only with parental support. Positive touch is absolutely necessary for the healthy growth and development of children. Children should be held and hugged when they feel the need. Appropriate touching recognizes that children deserve respect for personal privacy and space. Appropriate touching is necessary when the safety and well-being of the child is involved. Examples of appropriate touching are hugs, lap sitting, reassuring pats on the shoulder, naptime back rubs, and holding hands while on walks. These expressions of affection are natural for adults working with young children. Some children may require more physical contact, such as an infant who needs to be held being fed or rocked to sleep, but each child is a special and unique individual and no child will ever be made to feel uncomfortable.

Parent's Responsibility
To ensure a consistent level of care, parents are required to do the following:

Sign children in and out at the front desk upon arrival and departure, with phone number, point of contact, and time. Children must enter and leave through the lobby.
Children must be accompanied by the parents to their classroom.
Provide a change of clothing for all ages of children. Please remember to label all clothing.
Bring your child dressed for, or provide clothing for outdoor play activities.
Abide by the program policies and procedures and refrain from requesting exceptions.
Notify the program, at least two weeks in advance, for withdrawal from the full-time program.
Keep the program informed of any changes in your schedule and phone numbers where you may be reached.
Notify the program of your child's absence due to vacation or illness.

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