General Operating Policies

Parents must accompany their children upon arrival into the building. Do not send your child into the building alone. Pickup of your child by anyone, other than those people listed on your release form, will not be allowed without advance notice from you. You must come inside the building to pick up your child. Children will not be sent out of the building to a waiting car. Children may not leave the building for any reason without a supervising adult. Children may not re-enter the building for any reason, at any time, without an accompanying adult.

It is important that each child has an extra set of clothing at the center, two sets of clothing for infants and toddlers please (socks, underwear, shirt and pants). A special blanket is also important for your child's nap time. Diapers, wipes and all food and clothing items MUST BE LABELED before they are left at the center.

WEATHER PERMITTING, ALL CHILDREN will participate in outside play daily.

There is a required quiet time for resting on individual cots every day. Books, soothing music, and storytelling are often shared during this part of the day.


  Payment Policies

A non-refundable registration fee is due at the time of registration. The amount of this registration fee is automatically credited towards your child's first tuition payment.

A non-refundable deposit of two weeks tuition is due with the registration fee or at least four months before your child begins. This deposit is applied to your child's last two weeks of attendance when a three week notice of withdrawal is given in writing to the director. A week notice in writing must also be given to the director for schedule changes.

Tuition is due and payable, in advance, on the first of each month. Payments are always based on full time attendance. Absences from the center for sick days, inclement weather or vacations are not refundable. Extra fees are charged for tuition payment after the seventh of each month, late pick up, early drop off, and returned checks.

A ten percent (10%) discount is applied to the tuition of additional students from the same family attending during the same period. This discount applies to the lower tution amount and for all programs offered at the Northwest Children's Center, Inc.


  Health

If your child becomes ill during the day, you will be called to pick up your child. An isolation area is available so your child will be comfortable while waiting for you. If your child is running a temperature or is not feeling well, please do not bring your child to the center.

All medication to be administered at the center must be accompanied with a signed "Administration of Medication" form by you and your physician. The parent must present the medication and signed authorization form to a head teacher upon arrival. Please see the head teacher for the form that must be used.


  Food

It is the parent's responsibility to send lunch daily. Please do not send candy, gum or soda. Children over a year old should be fed breakfast before they arrive at school. All prepared bottles, nipples and baby food must also be provided daily. Mid-morning and mid-afternoon nutritious snacks and milk at lunchtime will be provided for older children.


  Calendar

This children's center is open fifty-one (51) weeks per year, closing the week between Christmas and New Year's, and the following holidays:

Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, and a two-day Thanksgiving holiday (Thanksgiving day and the following day).

The center is open five days a week from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


  Parents

Please help us keep our lines of communication open so that special occurrences, both at home and at school can be shared. We will both be better able to understand and guide your child. Is there anything you would like to share with us about your family's race, home language, culture and/or family structure?

Your suggestions and ideas for making this children's center a better place for your children to be are important to us. Please remember you are your child's first and most important teacher. Do not hesitate to join us for any part of our day. You are always welcome.

For additional information, please call Suzanne Rutner at the Northwest Children's Center,Inc., 860-635-3485

 Accredited by NAEYC’s National Academy of Early Childhood Programs