Policies
Open Door Policy / Parent Participation
Parents are welcome to visit and observe class at any time. We are delighted to include parents in our daily activities, utilize them as classroom volunteers or have them join us for special events. Please remember that this is YOUR early learning center. If you have any questions or concerns, please talk to us about them. A brief exchange is usually possible at drop-off or pick-up. If there is a need for longer discussion, we are happy to set up an appointment. Parent-teacher conferences are offered twice a year, but an additional conference can be scheduled at any time. We also have a suggestion box located at the bottom of the stairs for anyone who wishes to communicate in writing. Communication is the best thing for you, the best thing for us, and most importantly, the best thing for your child.
Vacation
Each year, Kids` Korner closes for the last week of August and the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day. These weeks enable us to schedule staff vacations, repairs and maintenance. Your weekly tuition fee is waived for these vacation weeks.

Families whose children have attended Kids’ Korner for 6 months or more may take one additional tuition-free week of vacation per calendar year. Such vacations must be requested in writing at least 30 days in advance.
Late Pick-up
Our facility closes at 6:00 P.M. and it is not possible to provide care after that time. (Please keep in mind that we have families too.)

A late fee of $25.00 will be charged to anyone arriving after 6:00 PM.
Financial Assistance
Kids’ Korner participates in Pennsylvania’s Subsidized Child Care Program. Low income families can apply through the Child Care Information Service Office in their county of residence to receive financial assistance with child care costs. It is not necessary to enroll your child at a center in your own county. Any participating provider is acceptable. Brochures and contact numbers are available at our Center.
Illness Policy

When you place your child in our care, you must plan on sick days. A child should not be brought to our center if he feels too sick to participate. We reserve the right to deny admittance to your child in this case. We realize that unpredictable sick days make life complicated for everyone, but even a healthy child gets sick now and then and cannot be around other children. The best approach is to have an alternate child care plan available for sick days. If your child is vomiting or has diarrhea or fever, he should be kept home. Of course, children with contagious conditions such as chicken pox or conjunctivitis (pink eye) must also be kept home until they are no longer contagious. We would appreciate a phone call if your child will be absent.

Should any of these conditions develop during the day, you will be asked to pick up your child and bring him home. If you cannot pick him up in a timely manner, or if we cannot reach you, we will call someone from your emergency contact list. Your child may return to care when all symptoms have resolved and diet, sleep and activity level have returned to normal.

We reserve the right to ask for a doctor’s note if there are any concerns about contagion. Please understand that strict enforcement of this policy is for the protection of your child.

Medication
Any medicine that must be administered to a child while he is in our care must be brought in the original container with the label intact. A medicine chart is kept beside the refrigerator in the kitchen. Please sign the chart, provide all the information requested, and leave the medicine in the appropriate container. Be sure your child’s name is on the medication. It is also important to let a staff member know that your child is signed up for medicine. A separate medication chart is provided for infants in the infants` room.
Special Needs
Kids’ Korner administrators and staff members are devoted to the welfare of all children. We will make every reasonable effort to accommodate the needs of children with learning differences or disabilities. Please let us know if your child is receiving early intervention services or has an Individual Education Plan (IEP). Children can often receive support services while in our care. We are happy to work with other professionals to maximize learning opportunities for each and every child at our Center.
Birthday Celebrations
We love to celebrate birthdays! Please let your child’s teacher know if you would like to bring in treats for the class. We will light a candle, sing “Happy Birthday” and take a photo or two. The birthday child wears a special crown and receives a small gift.
Drop-off and Pick-up

You must bring your child inside the building and wait until one of our staff has greeted both of you. You may stay as long as you wish until you and your child both feel comfortable about saying good-bye, but please remember that prolonging good-bye is usually not a good idea. You know your child best and will be able to use your own judgment. Some tears are expected, especially if this is a new experience. Though it is hard to believe, tears usually stop a short time after Mommy and Daddy leave.

You must come inside to pick up your child. A daily chart will be given to you at this time. This gives you a summary of your child’s day. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

Please notify us in writing, in advance, if someone other than those listed at registration will be picking up your child. If no notice is given, your child will not be released to anyone else.

Things to Bring

Please send the following items with your child:

  1. A complete change of clothing (to be kept in his cubby in case of accidents);
  2. Disposable Diapers and Wipes
  3. A Blanket and two (2) fitted crib sheets for nap time (These will be sent home on Fridays for laundering.)
  4. A brown bag lunch labeled with child’s name. No beverage needed, milk is provided for the lunchtime beverage.
  5. For Infants, Prepared Bottles & Baby Food
  6. All necessary paperwork
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