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Early Education Center | "Tiny Dots"

HOURS AND DAYS OF OPERATION : The Center is open from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM , Monday through Friday. The Center is closed on designated County holidays: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King’s Birthday, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving and the day after, and Christmas. There is no reduction in fees for holidays.

ENROLLMENT : Children are enrolled based on eligibility criteria and on a first-come, first served basis. Tiny DOTS Board members have priority for enrollment.

FEES: A non-refundable registration fee of $25.00 is required when the child is accepted for enrollment. Tuition is due prior to the child’s attendance each month. There is a late charge of $5.00 for tuition not received by the 5 th of the month. Fees are not refundable for absences, or holidays. Parents may request, in advance, a short-term leave of absence of at least four-, but no more than twelve-weeks-per-year, allowing another child to be admitted. In that case, the child would have to wait for a suitable opening before being readmitted, and an additional registration fee would be charged. A Late Fee may be charged to parents picking up their child(ren) after 6:00 PM . The charge is $5.00 for the first 15 minutes and $2.00 for every 5 minutes thereafter.

LEAVING THE PROGRAM: Two weeks notification of a child’s withdrawal from the Center is required. A family withdrawing a child from the program with less than two weeks prior notice is responsible for payment of two weeks tuition, whether or not the child continues to attend.

ILLNESS POLICY: The Center cannot accommodate ill children. Please keep children at home if the child displays any of the following symptoms: Temperature of 101 o or more, vomiting, diarrhea, unusual rashes (until diagnosed), symptoms of conjunctivitis (pink eye) until treated, or overall appearance of being too sick to participate in all the activities at school. Children will also be excluded for the following common childhood illnesses: chicken pox, measles or rubella, mumps, roseola, hepatitis, meningitis, pneumonia, salmonella, shigella, and giardiasis. If a child displays any of the stated symptoms while s/he is in attendance at the Center, the parent will be called to pick up the child. All parents will be informed if a child in the Center has been diagnosed as having a contagious condition.

DAILY SIGN-IN/SIGN-OUT: Parents are required by California law to sign their child in every day, indicating the time of arrival and full signature; and to sign-out, citing the time of departure and full signature.

LUNCH AND SNACKS: The Center will provide a nutritious morning and afternoon snack for each child. Parents may elect to purchase a hot lunch, prepared by Center staff for an additional fee, or provide a nutritious lunch from home each day. In situations where children require a special diet or for religious reasons cannot eat the food prepared by the program, the parent must provide for the child’s lunch and snacks. A copy of any dietary restrictions or food allergies will be kept in the child’s file and posted in his/her classroom. It is not possible to heat or microwave lunches for toddlers, preschoolers, or kindergartners. This would require a teacher to be away from the classroom. Infants’ food and bottles will be warmed, as requested.

DISCIPLINE: The Center staff provides a set of reasonable, consistent rules, developed to keep the children safe and to provide for the constructive use of materials. When dangerous or inappropriate actions must be stopped, children are reminded of those rules, and given options for acceptable behavior. The Center does not use any of the following techniques for discipline: physical punishment of any kind; withholding food; separation from the group for extended periods; or name-calling, derogatory comments, threats, or any other kinds of verbal or emotional abuse. Discipline techniques used in the Center include: short time-outs to allow a child to cool off; keeping a child next to an adult to help him gain self-control; restricting a child from an area of the classroom or yard where s/he is consistently having trouble; and helping children discuss and resolve problems.

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