Frequently Asked Questions
What is required for admission to the Center?
Each family is asked to complete an enrollment package which provides the Center with information and insight about the family and their goals. A record of current immunizations and a physical exam, signed by a physician are required prior to entry.
How safe is the Center?
Children are only dismissed to the child’s family members as designated on the enrollment information forms. Parents are required to notify the Center if any changes or additions are made. Name, driver’s license number, and address must be on file for each authorized adult. Parents or their designee are required to sign in and out when bringing children in the morning and when picking up at the end of the day.
What kind of activities or experiences will my child be involved in?
Play is the means by which children develop skills, abilities, dispositions and content knowledge. The classroom environment is intentionally created to provide the young child with many opportunities to engage in thinking and problem solving skills. Centers include blocks, a literacy station, math and science investigation tables, writing area, library, creative arts, and dramatic play. Our philosophy is focused on the child’s active engagement in order to assure that appropriate learning and development occurs within each child’s individual abilities.
Does the Center honor holiday and birthday celebrations?
The varied and rich cultural diversity in our families allows us the opportunity to introduce many holiday celebrations and family traditions into the classroom. We rely on our families to share their favorite activities, and foods so all children can feel the sense of connection from home to school. Birthday celebrations are important passages in time. We request that special foods or snacks be approved prior to the celebration to assure that nutritional needs are considered. We can provide a list of recommended foods that are typically successful for these special days.
What is the discipline policy?
The Child and Family Development Resource Center believes that a challenging curriculum and warm, responsive teaching help create an atmosphere that reduces opportunities for negative interaction. Anticipation and preventative intervention are teaching strategies used to help children control impulses and develop communication skills. Through positive guidance teachers: help children respect the rights and feelings of others; help children develop empathy for others through example; praise children’s efforts to cooperate and compromise; and give children specific feedback regarding their behaviors.
What if my child is ill?
When a child has an illness that requires medication and is contagious, parents are required to come immediately to bring the child home. A note from the physician stating the child is no longer contagious is required upon returning to the Center.
What types of foods are served for lunch and snack?
The Center follows meal patterns established by the United States Department of Agriculture and the Connecticut State Department of Education, Nutrition Unit. Snacks include fresh vegetables, fresh fruit, juice, and crackers. Water is always available.
Will my child be required to be toilet trained before entering?
No, toilet training is not required. The staff works along side the family in supporting older toddlers and pre-school children as they become independent and able to take care of their personal needs.
What should we bring to the Center?
Each child has an individual “cubby” for personal belongings, coats, and stuffed animals for rest. Blankets and sheets are provided by the Center; however a favorite blanket may also be brought to school to assist with the nap time transition. Food, candy, toys or other personal possessions should be left at home or in the car. Breakfast foods may be allowed with prior communication with the classroom teacher. A full set of clothes must be labeled and stored in the child’s cubby for emergencies. This includes socks, underwear, shirt, and pants.