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|Field trip to Halloween
Our goal is to provide a
safe, healthy, caring and learning environment for young children to
explore. Our practice is to promote the development of the whole child.
We consider the whole child not just cognitive, physical, and emotional.
Classroom activities will
be based on hands-on experiments and age-appropriate tools, and include
phonics and Chinese language, math and science, arts and crafts, music
and movement, social play, gardening, and computer lab.
Every child is different,
and has different developmental needs. We offer support and encouragement
through their interest and curiosity to build up their self-esteem.
Individual attention helps children to gain confidence during this period
of development. Children need to feel important as an individual, and
learn to respect themselves and treat others, as they would want to
be treated. Our program
is to aid children in the development of sanitary health habits, learn
to share, be polite and thankful.
Parent participation may
be required for our program. We would like to see parents communicate
to each other about themselves, children, and share ideas about the
program. That will help us to improve the program, and serve the children
in a better way.
Days and hours of Operation
We are happy to have
you and your child in our state licensed preschool program serving ages
between 2 to 5. Choo Choo Train is open Monday through Friday from 8:00
a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Sign in/Sign out
You may drop-off and pick up your child at any time during the school
hours. Your child must be awake, alert, dressed, hair brushed, ready
to play, and learn. Please make sure you sign in and sign out with your
full signature on the sheet. Please record the time and date. Choo Choo
Train will not release any child(ren) to anyone not listed on the child's
authorization form unless the parent or guardian has notified us. It
is your responsibility to update the emergency pick up form.
Please bring a small blanket marked with your child's name and placed
in a pillowcase. You may want to add a small stuff animal or doll if
it will help your child go to sleep. It is your responsibility to take
nap items home every Friday, laundry and return to school on Monday.
Please bring your child(ren) two or more sweat pants. Items must be
properly labeled with your child(ren)'s name. We are not responsible
for soiled clothing.
Every Wednesday is our share day. Your child should be encouraged to
bring something to share with the class.
Parents must provide diapers and wipes as needed. It is the parents'
responsibility to check their child's diaper supplies. Choo-Choo Train
will provide disposable diapers and pull-ups, depending on what your
child(ren) need. A $1.00 fee per diaper or pull-up will be charged if
we supply them.
Breakfast / Snacks / Meals
Children may eat breakfast between 8:00 a. m. to 8:30 a. m. Parents
are responsible for their breakfast. Snacks are provided free of charge
based on the guidelines for the state food program. Morning snack is
served between 9:45 a. m. to 10:00 a. m; afternoon snack is served between
3:45 p. m. to 4:00 p. m. It is your responsibility to inform us any
FOOD ALLERGIES your child(ren) may have. Children need to bring
their own lunches, drinks, and utensils. Please pack nutritious food
that your child likes. Please do not send candy or soda. Children tend
to choose these items first and then are unable to finish the nutritious
food you prepared for them. All lunches are kept in the cubbies. The
staff cannot possibly refrigerate, heat, further prepare (wash, cut,
peel or mix) and administer food at the premises for every child, nor
do they regulate the food that is eaten or the order in which it is
eaten. We ask parent(s) /guardian(s) to provide ice packs for lunch
boxes. All lunch boxes and containers should be clearly labeled with
child's name in permanent ink.
Nutritious treats are welcome for birthday party. Please let us know
ahead of time so we can plan accordingly.
You are required to attend the conference. These conferences give parents
and teacher an opportunity to discuss the child's development. We will
give you at least two weeks notice to ensure that your calendar is noted.
We must have prior written (Emergency Form for our files) or verbal
authorization from you for someone, other than yourself or your spouse,
to pick up your child(ren). Persons picking up your children must have
proper identification on hand before your child(ren) will be released
into their custody. WE DO ASK FOR PROPER IDENTIFCATION! It is
LEGAL for either parent to pick up the child(ren) unless we have a copy
of a court order restricting visitation on file.
Field Trips / Transportation
Field trips are a part
of our program. They will help your child learn and explore the world.
School will notify you in advance of any field trips, and consent forms
will be sent home. Parents must return the permission slip on time and
provide an appropriate car seat or booster seat for your child. Only
children with written authorization will be allowed to participate.
Parents are always welcome to join and help us. Transportation will
be provided by the parents/guardians during field trips. All drivers
must bring a current driver's license and proof of insurance for the
vehicle. School will not provide transportation at any time. Examples
of field trips: Pumpkin patch, Happy Hollow Zoo, and Children's Discovery
Child Car Seat Law
As of Jan 1, a new California law states that children under the age of 8 or shorter than 4 foot 9 must continue to use a booster seat.
You will be notified if your child(ren) become(s) ill during the day.
If we are unable to contact the parents we will call the next available
person listed on the child's emergency release form. The child should
be picked up as soon as possible to prevent the spread of infection.
You must inform us if your child(ren) has/have been ill during the night
or over the weekend. There is no fee reduction if the child(ren) is/are
ill. Also, the child(ren) will be separated from the other children
if he/she develops any of the symptoms listed below:
a. Diarrhea (loose, watery, mucous-filled stools).
c. Fever (at temperature of 99 degree Fahrenheit or higher)
d. Sore throat (with fever or swollen glands).
e. Pink Eye, or conjunctivitis, (until treated for 24 hours)
f. Rash (especially with a fever or itching)
g. Lice (we will examine everyone without mentioning any
names or causing any child embarrassment).
h. Active sneezing or coughing.
i. Colored discharge from nose.
j. Or any other symptom that indicates illness or potentially
A child who is brought to
the school with any of these conditions or symptoms cannot be admitted,
and will have to be taken home by the parent immediately. If any of
these symptoms develop after a child has been admitted to the school,
the parent will be informed of their child's symptoms, and will need
to make arrangement to bring the child home. Please call and let us
know if your child will be unable to attend on a given day.
You must fill out medication
release form (which will be kept on file for every medication in every
instance) for us to administrator prescription medications only. The
medication release forms must be complete by you the morning you bring
the child(ren) in for care and the medication is to begin. The written
permission must include the name of child, name of medication, specific
instructions, which include dosage and time medication to be given.
You must provide the dispenser to administrator the medication. Medications
must come in the original container with unaltered prescription label.
Re-admission after an
Your child(ren) may be readmitted only when their presence will not
endanger the health of the other children. Your child(ren) may return
a. Fever is absent for at least 24 hours.
b. Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea has subsided for 24 hours.
c. Three doses of antibiotic have been given over a 24 hours
for knowing Strep infection.
d. Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye) has diminished from the eyes
and there is no discharge.
e. Child completely over the contagious stage of illness.
f. Child feels well enough to participate
You must give us a copy of each child's immunization record on the first
day of school. Records must be updated annually. In case of serious
emergency we will contact the child's physician for medical assistance.
For minor injuries we will wash with soap and water, apply ice and Band-Aid.
The parent will be notified if more care is required. An accident report
will be placed in the child's file. In the event of a 911 emergency,
the child, accompanied by a teacher, will be transported to the nearest
hospital by ambulance. The parent(s)/guardian(s) and physician will
be notified immediately. All expenses shall be paid by the parent(s)/guardian(s).
One fire extinguisher is maintained and located in prominent location
within the school. Practice fire drills are conducted on the monthly
basis. Under the direction of their teacher, children will evacuate
the building and remain at the school playground with the teacher until
it is safe to re-enter.
All children will be taught to "DUCK and COVER" under all available
furniture. In the event of a major earthquake children will remain in
the school with their teacher unless advised by authorities to evacuate.
If the children are moved to another location that location will be
posted on the school entrance doors.
Holidays and Vacations
School recognizes the following holidays:
New Year's Day
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Thanksgiving and the day after (2 days)
Christmas Vacation (1 week)
Two days for teacher in service (TBA)
There are no tuition adjustments
for holidays. If there are any changes in the above schedule we will
try to give at least one month's notice.
Choo Choo Train is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:30
p.m. There is a $1.00 per minute late fee if your child is picked up
after 6:30 p. m. Please sign the late pick up slip and pay the staff
person who remained with your child, no later than the next day. Staff
should not have to ask for payment.
Absences and Withdrawal
There are no tuition adjustments for your absences, no credits for family
vacations, illness, or changed of work schedule. If a child must be
absent for at least one month and we receive a written request one month in advance, we will retain the child's place for a period
of up to two months for reduced tuition of 50% of normal fee. For absences
of less than one month, there will be no tuition reduction. For absences
more than two months we cannot guarantee a space upon the child's return.
We will place the child at the top of the waiting list. A thirty day
advance written notice must be given to us to withdraw your child from
Choo Choo Train Preschool without charge.
Children need adults to help them learn how to behave in acceptable
ways and develop alternate ways of behaving. Our goal is to provide
a safe place and help your child(ren) develop self-control. If a child's
behavior consistently opposes this goal and the below steps have been
unsuccessful in changing the behavior, the child may be dismissed from
Choo-Choo Train Preschool. CORPORAL PUNISHMENT IS NEVER USED AT OUR
SCHOOL. If several discipline problems exist in the classroom, the
director/ teacher will arrange a conference discuss it with the parent(s)/guardian(s)
and offer suggestions or assignments to remedy the conflict. The parent(s)/guardian(s)
will be asked to support the philosophical approach of the school in
correcting the problem. In the event that the child shows no sign of
improvement the school will conclude that the child will not benefit
from the program and dismiss him/her, see "dismissals" below.
Techniques used at Choo Choo
1. State the unacceptable and acceptable behavior
2. Redirect child to different activity
3. Peace corner: removal from the group for a short period
4. Follow up between teacher and parent/guardian
Choo Choo Train Preschool reserves the right to dismiss any child who
is not suited to the program, is not benefiting from the school environment,
or who exhibits uncontrollable behavior patterns including: chronic
biting, pinching, and hitting. Furthermore, a child will be dismissed
if it is determined that parent(s)/guardian(s) not or will not support
the philosophical approach of the school. Choo Choo Train will terminate
childcare services if one or more of the following instances occur:
1. You are continuously delinquent in your account.
2. You fail to honor the obligations listed in this handbook;
you fail to cooperate with me.
3. We are unable to meet the needs of your child(ren).
4. It is not in my best interest or the other children enrolled
in the school, to have your child(ren) in attendance.
We agree to arrange a time to discuss any complaints, questions, or
concerns you may have about your child(ren)'s care. We also agree to
participate in problem solving or information exchange sessions that
will be of mutual benefit to us and the child(ren).
Rights of the licensing
Parent(s)/guardian(s) attention is hereby directed to section 101200
of Title 22 regarding Licensing rights: "Rights of Licensing Agency
(Section 101200 (b) &(c)) The Department or Licensing Agency shall have
the authority to interview children, or staff, and to inspect and audit
child facility records without prior consent. The licensee shall make
provision for private interviews with any children or staff member;
and for the examination of all records relating to the operation of
child care center. The Department has the authority to observe the physical
condition of child(ren), including conditions that could indicate abuse,
neglect, or inappropriate placement.
We offer music lessons.
There's none utilized at this time.
Person Accepted for Care
Choo Choo Train School will not discriminate against race, religion,
Each parent must complete a registration packet for each child. To schedule
a school tour, face to face interview, and discuss about admission and
agreement are necessary in order to have the child participate with
Forms to be completed
prior to admission
The following forms must be completed before admission could be finalized:
1) Personal Rights form and Parents' Rights form
2) Identification and Emergency Information card
3) Child's Pre-admission Health History (Parent's Report)
4) Consent for Emergency Medical Treatment form
5) Immunization record of the child
6) Physician's Report
7) Signed Admission & Tuition Agreement
Handbook subject to change