Oconomowoc,
Wisconsin

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Almost Home Child Development Center
Policies and Procedures
12/05

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Registration
There are a few forms that you are required to bring in when registering your child.  The
registration form and registration fee will hold your child’s spot until your start date.  On your first day of attendance, we need you to return the completed office information form and immunization record.  Within 30 days of your start date you need to return the child health report that has been completed by your doctor. 

For children under two years, we also have an infant intake form that must be updated every two months to keep us apprised of your infant’s schedule. 

If your child is taking prescription medication, an authorization to administer medication form must be filled out. 

When your child needs an immunization, please schedule the appointment for a Friday or a day in which you will be home with your child on the following day.  This allows you the best opportunity to monitor your child should he/she have a reaction to the shot. 

4-Year Kindergarten
Children who are four years old no later than September qualify for our 4-year Kindergarten program.  The hours are 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Monday through Friday, with childcare available before and after the program.  This is an exceptional program created especially to prepare your child for 5-year old Kindergarten.  Certified teachers teach the program, and class size is limited.  Children previously enrolled in our 3-year old program will have first priority for registration. 

After-School Child Care
After-school childcare is available for children attending specific elementary schools in the area.  Also, care is available to these children on their days off from school.

Breakfast/Lunch/Snacks
Infants must be provided with bottles filled with the prepared formula or milk.  All of the bottles and caps must be labeled with their name. 

If your child arrives before 7:45 a.m. breakfast may be sent with them. 

When your child is ready for table food, they will be provided with a nutritious hot lunch, which is prepared at the center.  Allergies or food restrictions need to be told to the office as well as your child’s teacher so that a sign may be posted in their classroom.  Please do not send an alternative lunch just because your child does not care for a particular menu item.  Children will often retry foods that their friends are eating. 

All lunches will meet the meal requirements for the state of Wisconsin and will contain the four food groups. 

Milk and juice are supplied by the center.  Paper products and disposable utensils are also available at the center.  

Children will be offered two snacks daily.  One snack will be provided by the center, and classmates will bring the other in.  Toddlers should be provided with extra finger foods available throughout the day.  We ask parents to let your older children help prepare and bring a monthly snack from home.  Please check with your child’s teacher for the number of servings needed for the class or see your parent folder for an updated snack schedule.  Your child’s contribution to the class gives him/her a very special feeling.  To help teach the children to be thankful, we say a prayer before our snacks and lunch.  The same prayer is used throughout the school: “God is great, God is good, and we thank him for our food.  Amen”. 

Naps
All children in full-time childcare must have a rest period.  Children will need a sleeping bag with their names printed in large letters on the outside.  Every Friday, sleeping bags will be hung on your child’s hook to be sent home and washed and returned on your child’s next scheduled day.

Illness
IIf your child becomes ill at the child care center (e.g., vomiting, diarrhea, or fever), we will notify you to pick up your child. Children are welcome at the center 24 hours after seeing a doctor or starting antibiotics. Children must also be fever free for 24 hours. Since center-operating expenses are continuous, there are no tuition adjustments given due to illness. For a complete information on illness, see our
illness policy.

Tuition
Parents must contract for a specific number of days per week.  Your
tuition will be billed for the minimum days you have enrolled your child.  Days may be added based on availability.  Since teacher/child ratios are calculated a week in advance, tuition is due by 12:30 p.m. Friday for the following week. Tuition is non-refundable

One week of vacation credit for each family is offered per school year.  Please send your vacation plans in writing to the office two weeks prior to your scheduled days off.  Vacation will only be credited if advance written notice is given.  Our calendar year is from September through August.  Unused vacation credit will be forfeited at the end of that period.  Vacation may be taken as individual days or as one week. 

There are no credits for illness. 

There is an annual, non-refundable registration fee. 

We participate in the Child Care Voucher Program.  Please submit your vouchers directly to the Voucher Corporation for employee reimbursement.  Personal payment must be made to the center on the Friday before the following week as usual.  Additional charges may be incurred for the special events and associated fees. 

Due to different tuition rates as your child gets older, it is the parents responsibility to let the office staff know one week in advance of your child’s birthday.  If the birthday is missed, no credit will be given for incorrect tuition.  

A two-week advance written notice when terminating childcare services is required.  This notice must be given to the office staff.  Families are responsible for their regular tuition payment during that time whether your child is in attendance or not. 

Late Fees
A $5.00 late fee will be assessed for tuition received after 5:30 p.m. the Friday the tuition is due.  An additional $5.00 will be added for each day the tuition is not paid.  If tuition is two or more weeks past due, your child will be removed from the program.

A $25.00 service fee will be assessed for any checks returned by a bank.

A $5.00 late fee will be assessed for any child picked up past our 5:30 p.m. closing time or past the end of the scheduled morning session.  The fee will be assessed for each 15-minute period. 

Center Closings
The center will close on all major holidays, including New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and the day after, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.  We will also close in a snow emergency.  The message will be available through WTMJ and WISN radio stations, and TV12.  Since center-operating expenses are continuous, tuition will not be adjusted for holidays, illness, or snow days (unless advance notice of vacation had been requested).

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Dear Families, 

Please read the attached brochure.  If you would please sign & return this portion of the page to the office upon registration.   

I have read & understand the policies and procedures of Almost Home Child Development Center.  I agree to follow these policies & procedures for the duration of the enrollment of my child(ren). 

Parent/Guardian Signature:  ___________________________

Date:  _____________________

 


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