Children's Learning Centers FAQ
Your child may be picked up only by the people that you have authorized in writing, and are listed in our files, to do so.
Breakfast, lunch, and snacks are provided for all children by the center. We serve balanced, nutritious meals and snacks. Parents of infants may provide their own formula and baby food or choose to use ours.
Our lunch is prepared by the campus cafeteria and transported in certified carriers to the center. Breakfast and snacks, which are usually foods that require no cooking (e.g., cereal, milk, fresh fruit, etc.), are provided by the center.
Parents need to supply diapers (not pull-ups) for their child and a small box of wipes labeled with their child's name.
All children in the group are required to go out together as part of the day's planned activities. We go outdoors to play every day except during rainy or frigid weather.
Children who attend the center must be free of communicable disease and be able to fully participate in our program. Therefore, children who are sick must stay at home until well.
Children are welcome to share books, tapes or curriculum materials with their friends; however, children should leave their toys at home. Infants and toddlers who are experiencing separation anxiety may bring something comforting from home to ease their transition.
Our centers offer a complete program of daily activities designed to enhance the physical, emotional, social and intellectual needs of each child in an age-appropriate environment.
You should try to enroll your child as soon as you have registered for classes for the next semester. Children who are currently enrolled in our centers are given priority during the priority registration period. Following this two-week period, enrollment is on a first come, first served basis.
Children under the age of three do not need to be toilet trained. When your child enters the older groups (i.e., 3-5 year olds), it is necessary to be toilet trained.
Our centers always maintain the state-required ratios and often exceed what is required. In the infants and toddler rooms (i.e., children under the age of three), the ratio is 4:1, or 5:1 for a group of 10. In the older groups (i.e., 3-5 year olds), the ratio is 8:1.
We make every effort to help parents customize their schedules in order to meet their educational and personal needs, although a three-hour per day minimum is required. Our goal is to work out a schedule that will help you succeed in your classes and graduate.
The director has access to your schedule and will be able to contact you in class. If we are unable to contact you, we will call the emergency numbers that you have provided when enrolling your child. If there is an emergency and we cannot find you or your contacts, the director of the center will take the appropriate action as explained in the Parent's Handbook.
All center staff are fingerprinted and cleared by the New York State Clearance Board. In addition, the director also carefully checks references from previous employment. New employees are on probation for the first six months, and all employees are supervised and evaluated on a regular basis.