Frankie's Friends Development Center
||Executive Director’s Message
I welcome your child into Frankie’s Friends D.C family, where the staff nurtures the healthy growth of children and their families. Frankie’s Friends D.C. is a home daycare center that provides full-day services for families. Children come to this home daycare from diverse cultural, racial and economic backgrounds, and we share a common investment in care, education and nurturing of their children.
It is the aim of our center is to care for the children and their families within an environment that provides a strong sense of security and emotional support while upholding standards set by the Department of Human Services.
The individuals’ needs and the interest of each are taken into consideration while fostering a sense of independence and learning through play. Frankie’s Friends D.C. considers a child’s potential growth in the social, emotional, language intellectual, creative, and physical domains. Varied community and professional resources support our program. It’s our goal to respect them as partners in the task of nurturing their children.
Frankie’s Friends D.C. provides quality childcare for age’s 3 to 5 years. Our child centered program provides opportunities for creativity and problem solving through developmentally appropriate activities that encourage creative problem and inquiry. The activities are scheduled to meet the needs of individual children, and instill a sense of security.
Department of Human Services License
Our license is issued by the Department of Human Services and is posted in the lobby. Representatives of licensing agency will regularly visit, review and evaluate our center for rules and regulations.
Qualified staff with degrees/credentials in early childhood or child development; an enriched, safe, healthy learning environment, which supports all areas of children’s growth and development: physical, social-emotional, cognitive, linguistic, and creativity. A meaningful partnership with families, including family participation in program, decision-making and support for their primary role in the lives of their children.
Policy of Non Discrimination
It is our policy to provide educational opportunity to its client and equal employment to all persons without regard to race, color, creed, nation origin, or sex.
Our primary objects are:
No exclusion or segregation of persons from services because of race, ethnicity, or sex.
No discrimination on basis of race, ethnicity, or sex with regard to recruitment, hiring, positioning assignment, promotion practices, or other conditions of employment.
No contractual agreements for work or other services with agencies or firms that violate state and federal regulations or current court ruling regarding equal employment opportunities.
Abuse Reporting Requirements
By law, each of our staff members must report when there is suspected child abuse or neglect. They will then notify the local office of Child Services.
Hours of Operation
Monday through Friday - 6:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Closed for holidays: Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and the day after, Christmas Day and the day after, New Years Day and the day after, Fourth of July, Memorial Day and Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
As long as the facility is accessible and operational, our center will remain open during inclement weather.
Emergency Center Closing
Frankie’s Friends D.C will close when it is determined that the conditions are unsafe for young children, families and staff. The reason for the center to close could be weather, building maintenance (lack of water or heat) or health related issues (flu episodes). The determination to close will be done by consulting of the Executive Director and Assistant Director. Families may access information by channel 5, radio, or the center’s website.
Sign In: Each child MUST be signed- in upon arrival and signed-out upon departure on a daily basis. Children are released ONLY to the persons authorized on the enrollment form, unless prior notification is received by telephone or written note. Your designee may be asked to show valid identification.
Emergencies: telephone access to and from our center is available from 6:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m.
The Action Plan for weather or fire emergencies is posted in all classrooms, offices, and kitchen.
Our center conducts monthly fire drills, half being announced and the other unannounced. Evacuation plans are posted in every classroom. Teachers take all children’s files, emergency forms and first aid kits.
In event that a child receives injury at our center, an incident report is filled out, a copy is maintained for our center and one is given to parents.
Child Illness/Medical Emergencies
Our center is trained to recognize the signs and symptoms of various communicable diseases. A communicable disease chart is posted in Parent’s bulletin board. Any child, who is suspected of having a communicable disease or illness will be with Director, and provided a cot and blanket for use until discharged to parent.
Our center will call you to pick-up as soon as possible any child who displays any of the following Symptoms:
Diarrhea, stiff neck, severe coughing, vomiting, elevated temperatures, infected skin patches, yellow skin or eyes, unusual spots or rashes, conjunctivitis, difficult or rapid breathing, lice, sore throat/difficult swallowing, 100 degree Fahrenheit temperature with any symptoms.
No over the counter medication will be administered to the child. In order for the center to assume responsibility, the following guidelines must be followed.
1)Prescription medication must be ordered by the physician for the child to receive medication. Prescriptions must be in original container with your child’s name on the prescription.
2)No medication, whether prescription or non-prescription, will be administered to a child without parental authorization. Permission to administer medication forms are available in the office and also included in package of acceptance. The medication form must include the following:
A.Name of medication
B.Amount of Dose
C.Time to be given
D.Date(s) to be given
F.Copy of doctor’s note
Medication should be handed to your child’s teacher rather than leaving it on counter or in cubby
Meals and Snacks
The Center will provide healthy snacks as well as milk and juice
If your child requires a special diet due to allergies, medications age and/ or cultural or religious beliefs, it will be the responsibility of the parent to provide lunch and snacks for their child.
Pre School Staff Ratio: 5 students to 1 teacher and 1 aide when needed
Items from home
Please supply a change of clothing for your child, labeled with his or her name. As seasons change please check and change outfits left at Center. Soiled clothing will be sent home in a plastic bag. If the child is in diapers, we ask that you supply at least one days supply when bringing your child. Favorite blanket and pillows allowed.
All children brush their teeth after breakfast and lunch. Tooth brushes and toothpaste are provided by us.
Every day after lunch, the child will rest or nap on a cot in the classroom. Aide is present to help settle the children. All bedding is wash on a weekly basis by parent. The Center will provide sheets and blankets for cots. If your child has a favorite blanket for security, they are welcomed to bring to school. A child will never be forced to sleep, but required to sit quietly to read or play with a quiet toy.
Method of Discipline
As children mature and try to gain self-control, they may lose control. At such time, children may be redirected to another activity. Sometimes talking about what has happened eases the tension. A child may occasionally need to sit quietly in order to calm down and regain self control. Children are never spanked, humiliated, or embarrassed. If the behavior is persistent, teacher will examine the environment and the events which surround the behavior. Through observation and discussion, teachers will decide the most appropriate way of dealing with the situation. Parents will also be asked to share their ways of disciplining their children.
Fees and Registration
Applications for registration are available in the centers’ front office Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Upon acceptance of your child’s enrollment application a $20.00 non-refundable fee is required.
Parents are charged for the days and times for which the child is enrolled determined upon enrollment (even if the child does not attend).
If a child’s tuition fee is one week past due, our centers’ office will notify the family in writing that the services will cease for the child at the end of week of the notification.
Parents are billed on the first of the month with payment due in office by the 3rd. of the month.
There is a minimum enrollment of 3 days per week required.
There is a $25.00 charge for all checks returned from bank for non-sufficient funds.
Late pick up fee will be charged after closing hours. The fee is to be paid directly to the office staff upon arrival. Fee: $15.00 every 15min after 6:30pm.
Written notice of Vacation is required. If the child is going to be gone from the center two consecutives weeks or more, the family can withdraw and be placed on a priority waiting list, or pay half of the weekly amount to hold or guarantee the child’s position. Our center will fill the vacated position, however the child on the waiting list will be given the first opening that occurs after the time the family wishes to re-enter our center.
Parent-Teacher conferences are held twice a year. Teachers communicate with parents on a daily basis and welcome questions, comments, or suggestions. Additional conferences can be requested by both parents and teacher for mutual discussions to support the growth of the child.
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