We believe that the first year of a child’s life is critical to the development of a positive, self-confident, capable learner who will later go on to become a competent, happy and successful adult.
We also believe that a clean, safe, nurturing, high quality, developmentally appropriate environment outside of the home is beneficial to the child. The needs of the whole child must be considered and these needs fall into the domains of cognitive, physical, emotional, and social. I believe that addressing these areas along with helping to develop positive attitudes towards learning will ultimately enhance self-esteem and overall wellbeing.
Program and Standards
Our program integrates each child’s needs, interests, and abilities and focuses on the whole child. Planned within the framework of my philosophy, the daily program addresses all areas of a child’s development including cognitive, social, emotional cultural, and physical development. A multi-sensory approach is used to introduce each child to his environment. Activities are planned daily to incorporate all five senses. We try to offer a stimulating yet safe environment that encourages learning. Our day revolves around a balance of quiet and active activities, taking into consideration the developmental needs and schedules of individual children. All children are encouraged to participate in a wide variety of pursuits depending on their age including dramatic play, music and movement, arts and crafts, story time and language arts, math and science activities, and large and small muscle activities. Weekly Activity Plans are posted on the Parent Information Bulletin Board and are available for you as well.
Tuition and Payment Information
Full time Tuition is based on up to 10 hours per day, Monday through Friday. There might be a limited number of slots for part time or drop in care. For easier financial management, we can only accept MONTHLY payments for service we provide on both a part-time and full-time basis. Tuition is due on the first Monday of each Month. Please note, that some Months carry (5) five weeks therefore, you will need to adjust payments accordingly. It is very important that tuition be paid in a timely manner. If tuition is not received by Tuesday, a late fee of $ 5.00 is assessed for each day the tuition is late. If tuition is not received by end of week, childcare will be refused for the following week until payment is made. Since we are available for child care service throughout the year, there will be no reduction in fees if your child is sick or absent. We will be available to care for mildly ill children. Please see the section on children health. If you care to take a vacation, you will be granted one week of free tuition. Please let us know at least two weeks in advance.
There is a yearly registration fee of $ 75.00 per child. This fee helps to defray the costs of supplies, and the paperwork involved in maintaining a professional service. This fee along with one-week childcare tuition will be collected when the child is enrolled. The week tuition will be held in escrow until the child leaves care and is used to pay the last week tuition payment.
Tuition payments cover all the costs associated with the activities that we do daily as well as meals and snacks. Should we decide to go on a field trip, the cost of the field trip including the entrance fees will be the responsibility of the parents.
What are you getting for your money?
Personally, I am biased towards Family Day Care, but there are some reasons why. First, your child is a member of a close knit small group of mixed aged children. Research has and continues to show us that mixed age groupings are beneficial to young children. Many high-quality centers are embracing this concept. Second, because of its nature, the staff ratios are smaller than you will ever see in center-based care. Third, we provide high quality, nutritious meals and snacks so you can be assured that your child is getting the best possible nutrition away from home. Fourth, we have daily activities planned that are developmentally appropriate.
Our goals are to assure safety and emotional wellbeing while preparing children to meet the demands of later formal schooling. While I do not duplicate the skills that children learn in elementary school, I do provide all the readiness activities that prepare them to be successful students later. Finally, you have one provider who will get to know your child very well. Because of work schedules, children often have two, three or more teachers each day in a day care center. Continuity of care is very important to young children emotional make-up. You will be assured that I will do everything in my power to be available consistently to provide quality day care for your child.
In addition, all our teachers are train professionals. I have a BS in Child welfare from the City University of New York, a master’s in organizational management from Nyack College NY and recently, a master’s in early childhood and Special Education from Touro College. I hold a current certificate in pediatric first aid and CPR, and communicable diseases, and I am licensed to administer medication through the SUNY program MAT and I am accredited through the National Association of Family Child Care Inc. I am registered and involved in Jumpstart Child Care professional activities as well. I am a member of the Ameri-Corp (A National Network of community-based programs that engage American of all ages in result-driven service), also I am a member of NAFFC- National Association for Family Childcare.
Finally, I have had numerous years of experience doing Family Childcare, and teaching in Head Starts, Public school, and Preschools. I don’t know all the answers, but I have a pretty good idea where to look for them.
We believe that a clean, safe, nurturing, high quality, developmentally appropriate environment outside of the home is beneficial to the child.
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