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Do children get a naptime?

A nap period is provided for all toddlers and preschooler children after lunch. The nap period will not exceed two hours. A mat will be supplied for your preschool child and a cot for your toddler by Educare. Parents will need to supply a small blanket, pillow and sleeping toy, if needed (stuffed animal, doll, etc.). Please be advised that all napping items must be labeled with your child's name and be able to fit into their cubby. All napping items are required to go home at the end of each week for laundering.

What meals does Educare provide?

Educare will provide a nutritious breakfast and afternoon snack. Educare will also provide a well-balanced, nutritious meal at lunch. Meals are prepared to meet the dietary needs of preschool children. A weekly menu is posted on the Parent's Information wall. Lunch will always include a protein, starch, fruit and dairy from the USDA food program. Milk will always be served to the children twice daily. Breakfast must be completed by 9:00a.m.

What if my child is toilet training?

All classrooms at Educare have self-contained toilets and sinks. In order to maintain the hygiene and safety of every child, Educare requires all preschool classroom restroom doors to remain open. Each teacher uses discretionary procedures to ensure privacy for each child toileting. Toilet training children need to have four changes of easy to pull up and down clothes. This includes underwear, and socks as liquid tends to go with gravity. It is also a good idea to have a spare pair of sneakers in the cubby for the same reason. Belts, zipper and button are discouraged for potty training children. These things can wait until they get a good grasp on using the potty. Children who are potty trained need one change of clothes in their cubby in case of food spills or other emergencies. All clothing should be labeled on the inside fabric of tops and bottoms and in the toe for socks. Preschool children's clothes need to be in a zip-lock bag sealed and labeled in their cubby.

What happens when my child is sick?

As part of our philosophy to provide the highest quality care for your child during your absence, Educare will not accept an ill child. The following guidelines should be considered in determining if your child should be kept home:
  1. A fever above 101F or has had one in the past 24 hours
  2. Vomiting, diarrhea, constant cough, yellow or green nasal discharge or severe wheezing
  3. Symptoms of a Communicable Disease/Illness and/or Body Infestations

If your child becomes ill at Educare we will notify you immediately to pick up your child. If you are not able to be reached we will contact the people on your emergency contact list until someone is notified to pick up your child. Every effort will be made to isolate your child until you or someone authorized by you arrives to pick up your child. It is essential that you pick up your child in a timely manner for his/her sake, as well as that of the other children and our staff.

How does Educare deal with discipline isues?

As all children are unique and individual, our program includes a 30 day probationary period for all new enrollees. If the design of our program does not meet the behavioral needs of a child the Director will conference with the parent to discuss concerns. Working together, a plan will be devised or the removal of the child will be requested.

At Educare, the use of physical punishment is never permitted. Behavior that is disruptive, dangerous, or damaging to the child or others shall be handled with constructive methods of discipline. Redirection of the troubled child is used in a first attempt at solving conflicts. The "time out" method of discipline is used as a last resort. This allows the child to assess the type of behavior he/she displayed. Children are permitted to rejoin group activities after a reasonable amount of time. One minute for each year of age is the practice at Educare. If a child continues to be unresponsive to all effects involving inappropriate behavior, a parent conference will be requested. Parents may be asked to take the child home for the remainder of the day. If the child is a continuous behavior problem, the parent will be asked to withdraw the child.

Who can drop off or pick up my child?

Parents are required to sign each child in upon arrival and sign out each child when departing. All children must be escorted in and out of the building by an adult. Children will not be released to anyone who is not named on their enrollment form and will be asked to answer questions which correlate to the information they have supplied to us on their Educare Parent Information sheet . All persons unfamiliar to us will be required to show photo identification.

How do I enroll?

To comply with the State of Florida regulations, all enrollment papers must be completed and on file in our office before your child attends Educare. These forms include the State of Florida Department of Children & Families Childcare Application for Enrollment, Physical Examination form, Immunization schedule, Educare Parent Information sheet and the signature page from the back of the Parent Handbook. Please see the Director or email educarepc@gmail.com to obtain all necessary forms.

When can I visit and observe my child?

Educare invites parents to visit whenever possible. We advocate an "open door" policy. Feel free to drop in, unannounced, at any time.

Is Educare a licensed facility?

Educare is licensed with the Department of Children & Families license # C20CH6741. Inspections are conducted periodically and randomly and are a matter of public record

How are the teachers and staff qualified to care for my children?

Our teachers are thoroughly screened before joining our staff and have fulfilled the minimum education requirements of the Department of Children & Families. In addition, we have teachers holding the FCCPC (Florida Child Care Professional Credential) or a CDA (Child Development Associate) Degree or in processing of obtaining the FCCPC/CDA within each classroom. Education is highly valued for our teachers, and several of our teachers have their Associates, Bachelors and Masters degrees also. We have two Directors and one holds an R.N. Nursing Degree as well as the Director's Credential for the State of Florida. The teachers and the staff are energetic, positive and loving as we strive to provide the best role models for all Educare children.

What age children does Educare accept?

Educare provides care and instruction to children newborn of age through 5 years old. We also offer after school care for children through 12 years old.

Services

Open Door Policy:

Educare invites parents to visit whenever possible. We advocate an "open door" policy. Feel free to drop in, unannounced, at any time and see the great things that are happening at Educare.

Infant Care:

Educare is proud to offer services beginning with newborns. These little ones are cared for with the same love and tenderness that we gave to our own children. Our Infant room is specially designed and monitored to ensure your child's safety and security while providing the most nurturing environment for their healthy development.

Breast Feeding Moms:

Educare strives to work with breast feeding moms and will design an individualized program to meet their specific needs. In order to reinforce the special bond between a mother and child, moms can visit our campus and feed on-site or provide pumped milk.

USDA Food Program:

The path to a healthy, happy, and successful child begins with nutrition and Educare is proud to offer a food program that exceeds the strict USDA Food Program guidelines. Educare provides breakfast, lunch and snack each day and ensures that the food is well-balanced and delicious. Our food service staff ensures that the menu offers a variety of fruits, vegetables, meats, and dairy products. We are also careful to follow any special dietary or food allergy instructions to meet the needs of individual children. At Educare, ALL MEALS ARE INCLUDED at no additional charge!

VPK:

Educare is proud to be a provider of the Florida Voluntary Prekindergarten program. The Educare VPK program gives 4-year-olds a jump-start on language, reading, math and social skills to better prepare them for kindergarten and beyond! The school-year program provides up to 540 hours of classroom instructional time free of charge for children who turn four by September 1st. Educare also offers VPK "wrap around" services for a small weekly fee. This allows students to extend their VPK experience for the full day.

Before and After School Care:

Educare understands the needs of working families and designs it programs to meet the needs of the parent and child. Our facility opens at 6:30am and closes at 6pm, giving families the opportunity to take advantage of before and after school care. Before and After School Care is available for children up to age 12. Educare provides safe and secure transportation to and from school.

Summer Program:

Educare understands the special needs of families to provide for their children during the summer as well as during school holidays. This is why Educare allows families to take advantage of our full day program during school breaks and the summer.

Field Trips:

Educare believes that sometimes the best educational experiences are found outside of the classroom. Field trips and special activities are a planned part of the Educare after school program. You will be informed of these activities in advance. All field trips require parents to sign a permission slip. Special activities and in-house guests are planned and posted on the school calendar, on the Parent Information wall, for our preschoolers.

Transportation:

Educare believes that the safety and security of each child is our primary concern. This is why we have taken the extra steps to employee a trained and experienced bus driver as well as maintain our vehicles to the highest standards. Educare provides transportation to and from school as well as regular field trips off campus.

Special Events:

Educare works throughout the year to enrich the classroom experience with special guest speakers and events. We are proud to partner with local public safety organizations, firefighters, and others to provide our children with educational and exciting special events.

Parent Education:

Educare understands that a child's primary teacher in life is their parent and we work to reinforce and assist our parents to fulfill this responsibility. Educare is committed to working with community partners to provide educational experiences for our parents. These events are designed to help parents gain the tools necessary to see their child succeed in school and in life.

Lending Library:

Educare believes that children who develop a passion for reading will be successful life-long learners. This is why we have invested in a lending library for our families. We have an ever-growing collection of age appropriate books which can be checked out free of charge. We also encourage parents to check out books and read to their children every day!