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QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

Q.  ARE PRESCHOOL PROGRAMS AND DAY CARE CENTERS THE SAME?

A.   We have a planned curriculum for both programs but they are different. Our childcare center houses the afterschool program for Kindergarten through 5th Grade where they enjoy being together as a group. Homework help and fun activities are a part of their day at the Center. The preschool curriculum is for 18 months through kindergarten readiness program for ages 4/5 that help children develop a positive outlook on learning and being part of an organized group of peers. This helps them to become more curious about their world and comfortable in trying different things. Working together and successfully handling the tasks that are a part of their busy day.

 

Q.  WHAT IS UNIVERSAL PRE-KINDERGARTEN AND DO YOU OFFER IT?

A.  Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) is a program developed by the Clarence Center School District and implemented by some community based early childhood programs throughout the district. Clarence Center Preschool is a part of the UPK district program. The preschool program that we offer has been planned along with the Clarence School District and all our preschoolers participate. Some children will be chosen in a lottery to receive the 2 ˝ hours a day for 5 days, paid for by the district which is referred to as the UPK Program. This is the only difference – all children will be a part of the UPK readiness program during their hours here at Clarence Center Preschool.

 

Q. IS THERE A DAILY ROUTINE?

A.  Yes – both centers have a basic schedule that we follow.  Depending on age of children and activities, times vary throughout the day. This helps the children to transition to other activities when they know what comes next.

      Basic example: morning greetings, free play, clean up (bathroom & hand washing), snack time, circle time, activities, outdoor play, clean up, lunch, rest, free play – inside & outside (weather permitting) and goodbyes.

 

Q.  IS REST TIME REQUIRED?

A.  New York State Office of Child and Family Services which licenses all centers requires a rest period for all children. So yes, rest time is required. Some benefit from this and take full advantage of this time to sleep. Some children do not need to sleep. Giving children’s bodies some inactive time to relax is important especially after a full morning of activities.

 

Q.  AM I ABLE TO OBSERVE MY CHILD DURING THE DAY?

A.   Parents are welcome to observe their child at any time. Each room has observation windows that allow you to watch your child unnoticed. This helps the classroom run normally without any interruptions to the children while your observation is taking place.

 

Q.  ARE THERE OPPORTUNITIES FOR PARENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN ACTIVITIES?

A.   Yes. Parents are invited on field trips and to special presentations throughout the year. We also have informal times of sharing that may include a visit with the children. Parent participation is always welcome, and encouraged!

 

Q.  IS THERE ANYTHING I CAN DO TO HELP MY CHILD AT HOME FOR THEIR TIME AT DAY CARE OR PRESCHOOL?

A.   Yes. Be positive about the experiences your child will have here. Foster more independence in your child - dressing themselves, table manners, washing hands, finding things for themselves, etc. Give your child some responsibility at home on a regular basis, such as putting away toys, setting the table and clearing away their dishes. These things will help them develop a positive attitude about their accomplishments, at school as well as home.

 

Q.  WHAT IF MY CHILD IS SICK OR HURT AT DAY CARE?

A.   Please be assured that your child will be well cared for in any instance. You will be notified at once about a sick child and may be asked to come and pick him/her up early. If they do not feel well at night or in the morning before school and are not able to participate fully in the program, then they should be kept home. In the event of a minor injury, there will be a written accident/incident report for parents to sign when picking up your child. In case of an immediate emergency, 911 will be called first and then we will call the family. Our first concern will be your child.
 

Q.  HOW DO YOU ENSURE MY CHILD’S SAFETY WHILE AT THE CENTER?

A.   Both centers have locked doors from 9am until late in the afternoon. There is an intercom system throughout both buildings so the teachers, director and owner may be in contact with each other. Our staff is required to be Infant, Child and Adult CPR and First Aid certified by the American Red Cross. We are also M.A.T. trained to administer medications. Our children practice fire drills monthly to be prepared in an emergency. The outdoor play space is fully fenced in all around the building and the playground area has safe, soft ground cover. The equipment is checked regularly to ensure your child’s safety at play.

   

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Clarence Center Preschool, Inc.
5990 Goodrich Rd. P.O. Box 152
Clarence Center, NY  14032
(716) 741-2606