Introduction

The Crestwood Child Care Center has three main objectives. Our first objective is to enhance the total development of the children in our program. We will provide young children with opportunities to develop physically, socially, emotionally and intellectually. We will encourage this development by providing a variety of learning activities. Through our activities we are meeting the State of Michigan’s Early Childhood Standards.

Materials in the program will be safe and age appropriate for the children. Through the use of learning centers, the child will be able to choose activities in art, math, science, social studies, large motor, small motor, dramatic play, music, language arts, play tables and technology. Our center is equipped with laptops, desktop computers, and iPads. During creative playtime, the children will move from area to area. Children will develop initiative and self-direction as they acquire information about the world around them, both through self-discovery and teacher guidance. Our Crestwood Child Care Center uses Teaching Strategies Gold and Creative Curriculum. We use the Handwriting without Tears alphabet and printing program.

The Center’s second objective is to provide students in Crestwood High School’s Principles of Early Childhood Education classes experience in observing and participating with preschool children. Students are given opportunities to gain insight into human development and to gain experience in planning and assisting with activities of young children. The students will also become aware of the responsibilities and privilege of one’s future role as a parent, and to develop skills and attitudes necessary to prepare them for a career in early childhood, elementary or secondary education.

The Center’s third objective is for the parents and community to gain a better understanding of the child’s total development, to gain awareness of the special needs of children, and to contribute to the wholesome growth and development of the future citizens of the community.

TUITION FEE

  1. The tuition fee is $16.00 per day, which includes a daily snack for each child. Tuition is due on the first Friday of each month. Checks or money orders must be made out to CRESTWOOD SCHOOL DISTRICT these are the only acceptable methods of payment. NO Cash!
  2. No refunds will be made for absences, vacations or withdrawals.

ADMISSION POLICY

  1. Children chosen to participate in the Center are selected on the basis of date and time of application. The children must also be registered in the Crestwood School District.
  2. Child must be four years-old by November 1, 2013 in order to enroll. All students enrolling with birthdays between September 1st and December 1st will be required to sign an enrollment waiver due to the new Michigan Law regarding kindergarten enrollment.
  3. All children enrolled in the program must be toilet trained. No pull-ups are allowed.
  4. Vacancies during the year will be filled from remaining applications on file. Your child will be registered until withdrawn.
  5. You are responsible to pay tuition each month, even if you take a family vacation during the school year. You may hold your child’s place in the program by paying each month’s tuition.
  6. Each child enrolled in the Crestwood Child Care Center must have a physical signed and dated by a physician and one emergency card signed and dated by parents / guardians.
  7. Emergency card can be found on the Crestwood School District website under the preschool programs.

CONTROLLING INFECTION & UNIVERSAL PRECAUTIONS

The following are steps that all staff members must take in order to control the spread of infection:
1. Gloves should be worn whenever there is the chance of being exposed to either blood or bodily fluids.
2. All open sores and/or wounds must be covered.
3. Do not reuse or reshelf needles.
4. Keep your hands and other objects out of your nose and mouth.
5. Protective clothing must be worn if there is a large amount of blood or bodily fluids present.
6. Thoroughly wash ones hands several times a day and definitely after exposure to any blood or bodily fluids.

HEALTH POLICY

  1. A physician must complete a health record for your child before the child can be admitted to the Center. (Please make sure the physician signs, dates and stamps the physical form on the front and back.) Green health forms will be provided.
  2. One child Information card will be provided, and must be completed with ALL necessary information before the child can be admitted to the Center. Each child will need one information card completely filled out.
  3. Parents must inform the Center immediately if their child has contracted a communicable disease and to keep their child home during the illness.
  4. To prevent the spread of infection, parents should observe their children BEFORE sending them to school and to keep them home if any signs of illness are shown. The child may not return to the Center until he or she is able to participate in a normal school day. Your child must be fever free 24 hours before returning to school.
  5. The Center cannot assume the responsibility of administering medication to your child. If the child is ill enough to receive medication, he or she should remain at home.
  6. If your child should become ill during the school day, you will be contacted immediately. If you are not available we will notify the emergency contact person.
  7. In case of an accident where medical treatment is necessary, the Dearborn Height’s Fire Department will be called and you will be notified immediately. If the child must be taken to the hospital, an adult will accompany the child.
  8. The teacher will file written reports of all injuries.

CLEANING and SANITIZING

  1. All table surfaces will be cleaned daily after creative playtime, before snack and lunch with our disinfectant solution.
  2. Our disinfectant solution for our classroom is one tablespoon of bleach to one gallon of water. The sanitizer will be allowed to sit on the table surface or object being cleaned for 30 seconds prior to being dried off with a clean paper towel.
  3. Cleaning will be completed on a daily basis. A thorough cleaning of all toys and classroom materials will be completed at the end of each year.

HEALTH PROCEDURES HAND WASHING

1. Each child and staff member must wash their hands prior to eating their snack and/or lunch. Each child and staff member must wash their hands after toileting.

The following steps should be followed each time an individual washes their hands:

1. Wet hands, apply soap, and scrub for at least 20 seconds.
2. Thoroughly rinse off the soap under warm running water.
3. Dry hand completely with a paper towel.
4. Use the paper towel to turn off the faucet and to open the restroom door when using the restroom.

DISCIPLINE POLICY

  1. The staff at the Crestwood Child Care Center uses only positive teaching methods in the area of child discipline. If a discipline problem arises, the teacher will first discuss the problem with the child. If the problem continues, the parent / guardian will be verbally notified immediately. The teacher will file written reports of all discipline problems.
  2. The Center does not administer emotional or physical punishment. 

ATTENDANCE POLICY

  1. Parents are requested to notify the Center when their child will be absent. You can contact us by phone: 1-(313)-278-0558 or e-mail akuneman@csdm.k12.mi.us. We have voice mail to take calls during the hours the program is not in session.
  2. The child must be brought to the Center and picked up from the Center promptly at the scheduled times. A late fee will be accessed to the parent / guardian who are consistently late. The fee will be $1.00 a minute.
  3. A parent or another responsible adult must accompany the child to and from the Center. No child will be released to enter the parking lot without an adult in attendance.
  4. For the child’s protection, the child will not be released to anyone other than the parent or the person(s) listed on the child’s information card. Teachers must be notified if an adult other than the parent will be picking up your child. The adult must provide us with a picture I.D. with drivers license.

PICK- UP AND DROP-OFF

  1. The Crestwood Child Care Preschool drop-off will be the front circle drive of the high school. A high school student will meet you at your car and you will sign-in your child and time. Do not park and come in or you will be ticketed. If you need to come in, you may call us from your car and we will give you specific instructions what to do. We must follow our security procedures at the high school.
  2. The Crestwood Child Care Preschool pick-up will be the second circle drive of the high school. We will bring your child to your car. Please be patient.
  3. Do not park in the staff parking lot due to limited spaces; the spots are reserved for staff and visitors. If you would like to park please call (313) 278-0558 and we will assist you.

FOOD SERVICE AND NUTRITION POLICY

  1. The Crestwood School District participates in the Wellness Program. At the snack table, the Center will provide an individual container of juice or milk for each child, plus a nutritious snack. Each month a snack and activity calendar will be distributed to our families. Our Food Service Director, of the Crestwood School District, designs our snack menu. The Food Service of Crestwood High School provides our snacks. Examples of the nutritious snacks we serve are: fresh vegetables and dip, fruit, cheese and crackers, string cheese, bagels and cream cheese, breadsticks and marinara sauce, yogurt, cheese pizza, animal crackers, pretzels, sherbet, cereal and bananas.
  2. For birthdays and special party days, parents may bring in store bought items. Please no birthday cakes or cupcakes. No homemade snacks are allowed. Please bring in healthy snack or treat that supports the Crestwood School District Wellness Plan. You are always welcome to attend on the day we celebrate your child’s birthday during our snack time, once you have had an ICHAT Clearance run in advance.

APPROPRIATE DRESS

  1. The children should wear comfortable play clothes. We purchase the highest quality children’s paint, but the paint may still stain the children’s clothes.
  2. Please label all your child’s coats, sweaters, sweatshirts and boots.
  3. Each child should have a complete change of clothing, labeled with the child’s name in a ziploc bag. This change of clothing will be kept at the Center for emergencies. The clothing will be returned to you at the end of the year.
  4. Children should wear gym shoes or shoes with rubber crepe sole for safety reasons.
  5. If your child should wear boots to school, please have a pair of shoes in your child’s tote bag. Please remember to label your child’s boots.
  6. Gum, candy and toys should be left at home, and not brought to school.
  7. The Center will provide a large tote bag for each child to bring to school each day. Tote bags will be distributed at Open House.

Daily Crestwood Child Care Time Schedule for 2013-2014 sessions

Our daily Crestwood Child Care Center has been designed to meet the principles of early childhood education.

Session 1 - 8:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Session 2 - 9:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.

8:00 - 8:10 Arrival for Session 1 
8:00 - 9:15 Creative Play (Breakfast for Session 1)
9:00 - 9:10 Arrival for Session 2
9:15 - 9:35 Group Time: Calendar, Theme, Songs, Story, and Fingerplays 
9:35 - 10:05 Language Arts Activities: Handwriting without Tears, Mat Man and Story
10:05 - 10:35 Creative Play
10:35 - 11:15 Washing Hands and Lunchtime for Session 1 & 2
11:15 - 12:00 Large Motor Activities
12:00 - 12:20 Math Activities: Everyday Math 
12:20 - 12:40 Science
12:40 - 12:45 Afternoon Group Time and Dismissal for Session 1
12:50 - 1:45 Creative Play, Snack for Session 2 and Dismissal

DATES OF OPERATION

  1. The Center will be open three days a week: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Session 1 begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 12:45 p.m. Session 2 begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 1:45 p.m. please bring your child at the scheduled time and no earlier.
  2. The Center follows the Crestwood School District’s school calendar for holidays and days off.
  3. In case of snow days or severe weather emergencies, the Center will be closed when the Crestwood School District is closed. Listen to Radio Station WWJ 950 AM, local television stations, the district’s web site for school closing information.
  4. During a tornado watch students will be dismissed at normal times. During a warning, a tornado sighted in the area, we will keep students in the class and dismiss students when it is determined safe to do so, in consultation with weather and emergency authorities.

EMERGENCY DRILLS

  1. Throughout the school year, Crestwood High School will be conducting Lockdowns, Lock-In Drills, Fire, Tornado, and School Evacuation Drills. We do not know when these drills will occur. The Crestwood School District is being pro-active in being prepared for an emergency. Your child’s safety is our number one priority. The State of Michigan requires each school district to practice each of these drills. During a Lockdown Drill no one is allowed to enter or leave our buildings. If this drill occurs during a preschool session you cannot pick up your child until the drill has been completed. Do not panic! Your child will be safe in our Crestwood Child Care Center. During a Lock-In Drill you may report to the main office at Crestwood High School and we will release your child to you.
  2. In the event of a School Evacuation the entire school will take school buses or walk to our safe site. Once we arrive you will be notified immediately and you will be able to pick up your child at the safe site. The high school students as well as Mrs. Kuneman and Mrs. Skudlarek will accompany the children.

CURRICULUM OUTLINE

The following is a list of our curriculum units for the Crestwood Child Care Center.

Welcome To School
Colors and Shapes
My Family / My Community
Safety and Halloween
My Five Senses
Nutrition and Healthy Eating
Thanksgiving and Sharing
Seasons All Around Us
Days of The Week
Months of The Year
Animals Everywhere
Safari Animals
Arctic Life
Construction Zone
In the City
Community Helpers
Let’s Move
Ocean Life
Growing and Changing
Rainforest
Getting Ready for Kindergarten
Handwriting without Tears
Everyday Math Pre-K
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