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Frequently Asked Questions

  • 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, income verification, and birth certificate are required prior to entry. An orientation will be scheduled with the Director or Program Associate. 
  • Children are only dismissed to the child's family members as designated on the enrollment information forms. Parents are required to notify the Center, in writing, 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, show valid photo identification, and sign out when bringing children in the morning and when picking up at the end of the day.

  • 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.
  • 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 so all children can feel the sense of connection from home to school. Birthday celebrations are important passages in time. We provide a special healthy birthday snack (i.e. 100% fruit juice popsicle, lemon icy, fruit salad or healthy allergy safe alternative).
  • The Child and Family Development Resource Center believes that a challenging curriculum and warm, responsive teaching staff help create an atmosphere that reduces opportunities for negative interaction. Anticipation and preventative intervention are teaching strategies used to help children manage impulses and develop communication skills. Through positive guidance, teachers: help children respect the rights and feelings of others; develop empathy through example; praise children's efforts to cooperate and compromise; and give children specific feedback regarding their behaviors.
  • When a child has an illness that requires medication and is contagious, parents are required to pick-up the child. A note from the physician stating the child is no longer contagious is required upon returning to the Center.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 are not permitted. A full set of clothes must be labeled and stored in the child's cubby for emergencies. This includes socks, underwear, shirt, and pants.