Wee Care MDO Policies and Standards
 

Admissions

1. All children must be enrolled by a parent or legal guardian who agrees to be responsible for their behavior and financial   

             obligation.
2. Wee Care MDO accepts children of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities

             generally accorded or made available to students.
3. Age requirements as of September 1
             Young ones class (12-16 months old)
             Older ones class (17- 23 months old)
             Two year olds
             Three year olds
             Four year olds


Calendar

Wee Care MDO currently offers a two days a week or a four days a week program. The two days program is for Tuesday and Thursday from 9 am until 2 pm. The four days program is Monday-Thursday from 9 am until 2 pm. The school year is from
the fist day after Labor Day in September until the week before Memorial Day in May. MDO follows the Santa Fe ISD calendar for early release and closures. In the event of a holiday that falls on a class day, we will make it up that Friday if possible.


Curriculum

Our entire curriculum is Christian based and is adapted for the specific age group. Lessons will include circle time (discussion), Bible stories, colors, numbers, letters, story time, sign language, music, and many other things that prepare them to begin
kindergarten.


Payment

All students are required to pay registration fees and set up tuition payments prior to admittance to a class roster. Tuition may be paid in full or be paid monthly. Monthly payments are due on the first class day following the first day or the month. The
registration fee is a yearly non-refundable fee. If your child is enrolled in the 4 day program there is a $10 a month price break.

Registration Fee (yearly): $50.00
Tuition for two days:
One time payment: $1,170.00
9 Monthly payments: $130.00
Tuition for four days:
One time payment: $2,250.00
9 Monthly payments: $250.00


Payments are not based on monthly care, rather they are equal installments based on the total cost of the year. Please make all checks payable to First Baptist Church of Alta Loma or FBCAL. Also, please include “MDO” along with your child’s name in the memo portion. There will be a $6.00 charge for all returned checks. Additionally, a returned check must be taken care of immediately with cash or a money order in order to secure your child’s place. After two returned checks all future payments must be made with cash or money order. All payments may be given to the director or placed in an envelope with your child’s name on it and then placed in the box on the sign in table. Please do not leave payments in your child’s backpack.
     If any change occurs in the enrollment process or within the handbook, all students will be given the updates immediately and parents must return a new acknowledgement form to be filed in the student’s file. If parents have any questions or
concerns, please feel free to stop by the Director’s office during regular school hours.


Sibling Discount

If you are enrolling two or more children in the program, you will receive a sibling discount. The first child’s tuition remains the same but any additional children will receive a $10.00 a month discount. For two days, the second child’s tuition would be
$1080.00 ($120 a month) and for four days, the second child’s tuition would be $2160.00 ($240 a month).


Late Tuition

If tuition is paid late, there will be a $5.00 late fee for each late class day. If your child is absent the day tuition is due, the late fee does not apply. Please note that unpaid tuition is cause for your child’s immediate dismissal from the program. If there is an
emergency regarding a payment, please talk to the director anytime between 9:00 am- 2:00 pm Monday-Thursday.


Attendance

Regular class attendance is very important to your child and to the class. Each class day begins with prayer time at approximately 9:15 am. It is important for each child to be present for this time in class, as it sets the tone for the day.


Absences

Monthly tuition must be paid for any planned or unplanned extended absences in order to retain your child’s space in the program.


Arrival to School

Teachers will begin receiving children at 8:55 am; the doors will remain locked until that time. You must sign your child in with the time of drop off. We want MDO to be a happy time and place for your child. It is best to offer a quick hug or goodbye, rather than a prolonged farewell. Remember, your child is in good hands. Go and have a great day!


Student Release/End of School Day

Children will start anticipating their parents’ return between 1:45 pm and 2:00 pm. Your child should be picked up no later than 2:00 pm. It is very important to your child that you are on time. MDO children not picked up by parents or authorized persons within five minutes of the program end times are charged $1.00 per minute. This will be based on the clock in the director’s office. You must also sign your child out with the time.


Security

Each child has information on file that contains the names and phone numbers of all persons authorized to pick them up. You may place as many people on the list as you like. Every person must present a photo ID when picking up your child; a copy of that ID will be made and placed in your child’s file.


Visitation and Volunteering

Parents may stop by to visit their child’s classroom at anytime. Please stop in the director’s office first to notify them of your presence. If you would like to volunteer you may speak with your child’s teacher or the director about opportunities, any regular visitors mush have background checks completed.


Clothing

Please dress your children in play clothes. All children need to bring a change of clothes each day in the event of an accident. Remember to update their extra clothes as the seasons change. Flip-flops and high heels are not permitted at MDO. All  sandals must have a back on them.


Diapering and Potty Training

For children in diapers and training pants, bring only disposable ones. We are happy to help with potty training, but the child must stay in disposable pants until completely potty trained. Please bring a package of diapers for your child with his or her name written on each pair. Your child’s teacher will inform you when he or she is running low. Also, each student needs to provide a container of baby wipes. The class will use one box after another until they have been all used. If your child needs special wipes, notify their teacher and they will be the only ones to use them. Children entering the 3 year old and 4 year old classes must be potty trained.


Lunches and Snacks

MDO will provide a daily snack as well as water for the children to drink. Please provide a cup with your child’s name on it. Please take it home daily for washing. You must provide a lunch for your child. We cannot refrigerate or heat any lunches. Your child must easily manipulate the lunch you provide. Hot dogs, sausages, and grapes must come already cut up as well as any foods that might present a chocking hazard. No glass baby bottles or containers are allowed. Meals requiring preparation
are not allowed. Wee Care MDO is not responsible for the nutritional value of your child’s lunch.


Personal Items

Everything that your child brings to MDO needs to have their name on it. We also ask that you please do not allow your child to bring toys from home. We cannot be responsible for toys that are brought. A favorite stuffed animal, blanket, etc. may be brought for rest time only. Please have it packed with your child’s belongings (not visible) with your child’s name clearly marked, if you choose to send such an item.


Rest Time

Your child will have a rest time after lunch. Please send a plastic floor mat (Kinder mat) for your child to nap or rest on. A small pillow and blanket with your child’s name on them are highly recommended for your child’s comfort. Please remember to take these items home on a regular basis for washing. Cribs are provided for the 12-18 month old class.


Movies

Movies are often played in classes during rest time for those children, 24 months and older, which do not sleep. All movies watched will have a G rating.


Cleanliness

Teachers will wear disposable gloves when touching blood or other bodily fluids. This includes diaper changes, first aid, wiping noses and assisting with the toilet. Gloves will be changed after each contact. Hand and other skin surfaces will be washed
immediately and thoroughly. Crib sheets will be changed after each child’s use and mattress and railing will be wiped with a disinfectant cleaner. Each day the floors will be swept and mopped and the carpet vacuumed. The trash will be taken out daily.


Gang Free Zone

We are located in a Gang Free Zone, meaning that under the Texas Penal Code, any area within 1000 feet of a child-care center is a gang free zone, where criminal offences related to organized criminal activity are subject to harsher penalty.


Safety

MDO will ensure the proper ratio of teachers to students. This is in order to provide appropriate safety measures for the children. The school facilities will be well secured. All teachers are certified in basic first aid and CPR. If a child is hurt at MDO,
first aid will be administered, parents will be notified, and an incident report form will be completed and submitted to the parent for review and signature. The parents will receive a copy and the original will go into the child’s file. If the injury is severe enough that the MDO staff deem it necessary for emergency medical professionals to be contacted, we will call them, as well as the parents. MDO is not responsible for the cost of emergency services.


Emergency Preparedness Plans

In the event of any emergency, the first responsibility of staff is to move the children to a designated safe area or shelter known to all employees, caregivers, and volunteers. Staff will carry their student tracking system, first aid kit, emergency lighting, and their binder that contains student’s emergency numbers, emergency medical treatment consent, and numbers for the local authorities and the DFPS.
In the event of a tornado the following would occur until the emergency warning has been lifted:

The three-year-old classes will seek shelter in the bathroom’s and the hallway with all doors locked.
The two-year-olds as well as the young ones will seek shelter in the girls restroom located in the smaller two year olds classroom.
The two-year-olds located in the larger classroom will seek shelter in the adjoining restroom.
The 18-24 month classroom with seek shelter in the adjoining restroom.
The four-year-olds will seek shelter in the kitchenette area.
*All children must remain in the shelter until the emergency warning is lifted.


In the event of a flood, students and staff will evacuate to the main church building at 5400 Main and proceed upstairs. All children under 24 months will be transported in rolling emergency cribs. Any children requiring special assistance, such as
limited mobility, mental, vision, or hearing impairment will be assisted by their teacher or other staff member as the need demands.


In the event of a hurricane with advance warning the school will be closed. Parents will be notified after the event as to when we will reopen.

 

In the event of a communicable disease outbreak, letters will be sent home to the parents notifying them of the disease as well as when students can return if they are determined to have the illness.


In the event of a fire, students and staff will exit the building according to the posted fire evacuation maps and be moved to the Family Life Center at 5400 Main. All children under 24 months will be transported in rolling emergency cribs. Any children
requiring special assistance, such as limited mobility, mental, vision, or hearing impairment will be assisted by their teacher or other staff member as the need demands. Parents will be called immediately.


In the event of an explosion at the church, students and staff will exit according to the fire escape maps and be moved to the Family Life Center at 5400 Main.

All children under 24 months will be transported in rolling emergency cribs. Any children requiring special assistance, such as limited mobility, mental, vision, or hearing impairment will be assisted by their teacher or other staff member as the need demands. Parents will be called immediately.
The three-year-old classes will seek shelter in the bathroom’s and the hallway with all doors locked.
The two-year-olds as well as the young ones will seek shelter in the girls restroom located in the smaller two year olds classroom.
The two-year-olds located in the larger classroom will seek shelter in the adjoining restroom.
The 18-24 month classroom with seek shelter in the adjoining restroom.
The four-year-olds will seek shelter in the kitchenette area.
*All children must remain in the shelter until the emergency warning is lifted.


In the event of an explosion in the surrounding area the following would occur until an all clear is released:

The three-year-old classes will seek shelter in the bathroom’s and the hallway with all doors locked.
The two-year-olds as well as the young ones will seek shelter in the girls restroom located in the smaller two year olds classroom.
The two-year-olds located in the larger classroom will seek shelter in the adjoining restroom.
The 18-24 month classroom with seek shelter in the adjoining restroom.
The four-year-olds will seek shelter in the kitchenette area.
*All children must remain in the shelter until the emergency warning is lifted.


In the event of an intruder with a weapon, Code BLACK will be announced and students and staff will be moved to the back classrooms and the doors locked until authorities clear the area. All children under 24 months will be transported in rolling emergency cribs. Any children requiring special assistance, such as limited mobility, mental, vision, or hearing impairment will be assisted by their teacher or other staff member as the need demands. Students will be on lock down and will be released to their parents AFTER the authorities allow it.


In the event of a chemical spill, students and staff will shelter in place. All doors and windows must be securely fashioned. All children must remain in the shelter until the all clear is sounded.

 

Fire drills will be conducted monthly and severe weather drills will be conducted every three months.


Weather

When severe weather occurs, we will follow the Santa Fe ISD for openings and closings. Please listen to the television and/or radio. If SFISD is cancelled or delayed, MDO will follow their decision. There are no tuition credits/reimbursements for severe
weather days.


Positive Guidance of a Preschooler

Proper behavior will be taught through positive reinforcement and example. Children will be encouraged with love and affection. Children will be taught proper respect for others. Children will be taught common courtesies (please, thank you, I’m sorry, etc.). Parents are encouraged to reinforce these behaviors at home.


Discipline

Teachers will be as preventive as possible by doing advance planning and preparation to ensure children do not have an opportunity to become bored. When a child does disobey a teacher or disrupts the class, the following steps will be taken:


1. The child will be spoken to in a private manner to ensure he/she understands the proper classroom behavior.
2. If the improper behavior persists, the child will then be taken to an area away form the play area and away from other  

     children and will be reminded again of proper classroom behavior. The child will be placed into supervised time out, when  

     appropriate for the child’s age and development, which is limited to no more than one minute per year of the child’s age.
3. The teacher will notify the MDO director if the behavioral difficulty continues. The child may then be placed in time out with

     the director. The parents will be notified that the child was removed from class.
4. If the behavior then continues, the child will be subject to removal from the program.


Harmful Behavior

If a child willfully harms another child (bites, scratches, pinches, pulls hair, etc.) the child will be removed form the area of play. An incident report will be filled out for each child involved. Parents, or those picking up the child, must sign the incident report.
The original will be kept in the child’s file and a copy can be made to go home. Should the behavior continue, the child will be removed from class and sent home for the day. Multiple occurrences will result in a two-day suspension and then expulsion.


Child Biting

Students who bite other students or staff shall be suspended from attending classes for the next class period immediately following a second biting incident. After a third, the student shall be suspended for two class periods. After a fourth biting incident the student may be removed from the program.


Contact Information

It is the parents’ responsibility to maintain and provide the school with current phone numbers that make contact possible during school hours. Parents are responsible for notifying the school of any changes affecting its ability to contact them or other
authorized designees. Enrollment and attendance signifies the parent-guardian acknowledgement of the requirement.


Illness-Injury, Immunization and Medication Policy and Agreement


Student Illness or Injury

MDO will care for minor injuries occurring at school but is not responsible for the treatment of injuries brought to school. Parents shall be notified immediately in the event of a serious injury or illness. If neither parent can be reached in the event of a serious injury or illness, MDO will get immediate emergency medical attention for the child. All emergency or medical service expenses requested by the school related to the serious injury or illness of any student are the responsibility if the parent or guardian. If a child is suspected of being ill, staff will take his or her temperature by the ear and notify the director of the temperature and the reasons they suspect the child is ill.


1. Illness or injury

a. Parents must be notified in case if illness or injury.
b. A child whose illness requires them to be sent home will be separated from the group or class. Ill children will be located in   \

    the MDO office.
c. An ill child will not be admitted to school if any of the following exist:

i. The illness prevents the child from comfortably participating in facility activities;
ii. The illness results in greater need for care than the staff can provide without compromising the health, safety, and

      supervision of the other children;
iii. The child has a temperature of 100.0 or higher;
iv. The child has signs or symptoms of possible sever illness (such as lethargy, diarrhea, or uncontrolled breathing- being

      defined as two or more episodes within a 24 hour period);
v. The child vomits;
vi. The child has mouth sores that are accompanied by any drainage;
vii. The child has eye irritation that is accompanied by drainage or crusting;
viii. The child has been diagnosed with a communicable disease. Any student or employee with a communicable disease

        for which immunization is required by law or is available shall be temporarily excluded from school while ill and

        during recognized periods of communicability. Students and employees with communicable diseases for which

        immunization is not available shall be excluded from school while ill. If the nature of the disease and circumstances

        warrant an  independent physician’s examination of the student or employee the diagnosis of the communicable

        disease, one may be required by the administration. The school reserves the right to make all final decisions

        necessary to enforce its communicable disease policy and to take action to control the spread of such diseases

        within the school or facility. The school may, at its own discretion, conduct routine exams of students when reported

        or suspected communicable and contiguous illnesses are brought to its attention.


2. Readmission

MDO will not allow readmission policy exemptions for any student or child. This policy’s guidelines shall not be altered except by the director or by a school committee action. It is in place for your benefit as well as the benefit of others. We acknowledge that a student’s illness causes much inconvenience to working parents; however, this inconvenience does not negate our
responsibility to provide a non-contagious environment to other students. MDO will exhaust the designated contacts parents have provided until the child is picked up. Students not picked up within one hour will be assessed a “late fee” (see late pickup fee section). Repeated late pickup for illness shall result in withdrawal of the student and forfeiture or all rights to refunds that may have been authorized.
a. Fever, Diarrhea, and Vomiting

i. The child must be FREE of the symptoms, without the aid of
medications, for 24 hours before returning to the facility.

b. Mouth sore or eye drainage

i. The child will be required to present a doctor’s note upon
return to the facility stating the sore or drainage is not
contagious.

c. Communicable disease

i. The child will be required to present a doctor’s note upon
return to the facility stating the time communicability ends or
the child is no longer contiguous.


3. Medication Policy

Our facility will NOT administer medication of any kind unless prescribed by a physician. The parent is required to give the first
prescribed dose in the morning. Only midmorning and afternoon dosages will be given by the facility. Do not put any medications in your child’s bag. Children placed on antibiotics therapy for “contagious illnesses” must have one full day’s dose (24 hours) in their system before returning to school.


a. In order to administer medication, the facility must have written authorization, signed and dated, by the ordering   \

       physician. This includes over the counter medications.
b. The medication must be in its original container, labeled with the child’s name, date, and the prescribing physician’s

       name.
c. The physician’s order must include the exact time the medication is to be given.
d. MDO will supervise the security and storage of ALL medications.
e. Medications, of any kind, are not permitted to be kept in the classroom or carried by students.

 

*Parents may want to request two separate bottles of medication, one for home, one for school, to eliminate the need to deliver medications to school each day.


4. Head Lice

a. If any member of the staff suspects your child of having lice, they will look in their hair for them or the nits.
b. Any child infested with head lice will be excluded from the facility until they are free from lice and nits. A member of the staff upon reentry must check students who return to school after exclusion due to lice.


5. Injuries that occur outside of MDO

If your child suffers an injury that requires medical attention while out of our care, please provide us with a doctor’s note stating that the child is well enough to return to class.


Immunizations

We require that all students provide a copy of their shot records as well as a doctor’s note stating that the child has been seen in the past year and are fit for attendance. All students that are 4 years old by September 1st of the school year must provide documentation that they have received hearing and vision screenings. Staff members are not required to have immunizations.

 

Preventing and responding to abuse and neglect

All employees will receive at least one hour of annual training in child abuse and neglect focusing on prevention, recognition, and reporting child abuse and neglect, including (1Factors indication a child is at risk for abuse or neglect; (2) warning signs indication abuse or neglect; (3) internal procedures on dealing with abuse or neglect; and (4 community organizations that have training programs available to child-care center staff members, children, and parents.

 

We will routinely share information with you and with our employees to increase awareness on issues regarding child abuse and neglect, such as the types, causes and warning signs of abuse and neglect as well as other related information

 

Primary methods of prevention will include the general distribution of information related to child abuse, including how to recognize and report abuse and what resources are available for the prevention, intervention, and treatment of child abuse. We will also utilize services and  interventions targeted to high risk families.

 

We will utilize strategies to coordinate with community organizations that offer services for high-risk families. We will provide direction and information to community organizations that are specializing in the type of assistance needed.

 

If you suspect abuse or neglect of a child, report it. It is better to be safe than sorry. As a resident in the State of Texas you are required to report abuse or neglect. You can call the Abuse Hotline at1-800-252-5400 toll-free 24 hours a day, 7 days a week or
make a report through the secure website, www.txabusehotline.org. You will receive response within 25 hours. If this is a life threatening emergency situation, call your local law enforcement agency or call 911 immediately.


Birthday Parties

If your child is celebrating a birthday during the school year, you are welcome to bring the snack for the day with the teacher’s permission.


Class Parties

Children enjoy parties and celebrating special holidays. You may be asked by your child’s teacher to help with a party.


Breastfeeding Mothers

Mothers have the right to breastfeed. Mothers that are currently breastfeeding are welcome to feed their children in one of our rocking chairs in the young ones classroom. Access to The Minimum Standards for Child Care Centers and Contacting the Houston Area DFPS Licensing Office


Parents may review a copy of the minimum standards for childcare centers any time in the director’s office. You may also go to
www. Dfps.state.tx.us/child_care/child_care_standards_and_regulations/

 

Galveston County DFPS licensing Office

(409) 766-5924
123 Rosenburg Ave
Galveston, TX 77510
www.dfps.state.tx.us
Abuse Hotline 1-800-252-5400
You may also request to review the most recent licensing inspection report.


Thank you for choosing the Wee Care MDO at First Baptist Church of Alta Loma. We pray that we will not only be a blessing and minister to the needs of your child, but that we may also meet your needs as a by-product of taking care of your precious gift from
God. Please join us in lifting this ministry up to the Lord Jesus Christ, for without Him, none of this would be possible. Parents are welcome to stop by the director’s office anytime during school hours or call Erin Withers at (409) 457-8553.
                                                                                                         In His service,
                                                                                                                    Your Mother’s Day Out Staff

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