Fax: SAME Welcome to Anointed Hands Child Development Center Anointed Hands Child Development Center provides an enriching environment of love, security, and community to children between the ages of 6 weeks and 12 years, their parents and their families who work and/or live in the diverse community of Northeast Philadelphia. Through age appropriate experiences, the children learn respect for others, self-confidence, social skills, to develop curiosity about the world and to appreciate people who are different from them. They grow emotionally and physically and they build a foundation of competence and confidence that prepares them for everyday situations and ultimately, for school.
The years of early childhood are formative ones for children and their families. Quality childcare is a learning experience for parents and children alike, and it is from this philosophy that our center derives its name and approach. The director and staff of Anointed Hands CDC hopes this handbook will be a useful resource as you get acquainted with the center. It will provide you with a guide to the Center’s structure, policies, and procedures. We hope it will answer all of your questions, but if it does not just ask the director, another staff member, or a parent.
Children 6 weeks through their first day of kindergarten are enrolled in our daycare program and children in kindergarten through six grade attend the Before and After school program. Anointed Hands CDC is licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare. Each group has at least two staff. We select staff for their experience, creativity, and sensitivity in working with young children and skill in communicating with families. Our Director is responsible for administrative and educational supervision of the center, and she functions as the primary liaison between staff and parents. All staff members undergo backgrounds checks as required by law and all permanent classroom staff are trained in first aid and CPR.
Anointed Hands CDC values diversity among our families and staff. The center enrolls children and employs staff regardless of race, religion, sex and age, national origin or family structure. We will do our best to adapt our program for special needs children. We welcome families in publicly funded childcare.
Thank you for choosing Anointed Hands CDC. As a team, we can work together to provide a safe, and fun environment for your child.
The goal of our program is to provide a supportive and caring environment that allows children to play and learn at their own developmental pace. By establishing good communication with parents of our children, we try to establish consistency between the center’s approach and home practices. There is a balance between time for individual choices and planned teacher-directed activities to promote skill development. A mix of ages reflects family life and provides younger and older children a chance to learn from one another. The children develop trust through responsive and consistent interaction with our staff in a safe secure environment. Weekly schedules and lesson plans are posted, in the classrooms so that you know what your children will be doing during the day.
Day Care Center
Our infant/toddler classes, for children from six weeks to about two years are designed to provide lots of sensory stimulation through individual and group play, spontaneous and planned activities. There is plenty of time for cuddling, reading stories, and playing outdoors. The routine is flexible to adapt to your child’s needs.
Children move to the preschool center at about three or as space becomes available. A more structured day is planned. Activities help foster independence, socialization, cooperation, and decision-making. While there are group activities, a child who prefers not to participate in the planned project may choose to play with other toys or books nearby. Most children begin and master toilet training during this year.
Preschool classes are for children age three to five, and the Pre-Kindergarten class is designed for children who miss the kindergarten cutoff and will be five in October. Often these children are in their third year of preschool. Activities are planned to encourage independent dramatic play, block building and manipulative activities. Art, music and movement activities encourage creative expression. through their play activities, children develop fine and gross motor skills, pre-reading and writing skills, and social skills. Children learn to use books for pleasure or learning. Planned activities help children learn about the ways people are different and alike. Trips also becomes an important part of the children’s learning adventures.
After School Center
We recognize that children coming from a long day at school have varying needs and the program is planned to address them. Most of our children appreciate an opportunity to unwind. We have a balance between directed activities and those which children can do independently. There are a variety of special interest clubs that encourage children to learn new skills or pursue special interest. Homework time is required for all children.
Your First Day
In the Day Care Center
Upon arrival, please check in with the receptionist. She will welcome you and check to be sure that you have completed all required forms. She will then help you find your classroom and introduce you to the classroom staff. The teachers will have set aside a cubby for your child’s clothing and extra supplies and will have assigned a crib or mat for naptime and a space to store diapers and other personal items.
At the end of the first day, discuss with the staff the plan for the following day. Sometimes it is the parents who need a little more time getting comfortable at the center, and sometimes the children need some additional time getting to know new friends. Remember that when you leave, you are welcome to call the center to inquire about your child’s adjustment. Thereafter, once your child has entered into an activity or gotten connected to a staff member, you may say a casual good-bye, reminding your child that you will return at the end of the day, and then leave. It is best not to hover at the door and watch, because children get confused about whether you are staying or leaving.
You are welcome to visit your child at any time. Parents are required to inform the center by 9:00 a.m. if a child will not be at the center on a scheduled day. Potty training is a team effort between Parent & Staff, we will only potty train your child based on the schedule you give us.
What to bring
On the first day in the infant/toddler center, you will want to bring the following LABELED items for your child:
Two changes of clothes
Two wash cloth
Diapers and wipes, if appropriate
Bottles, formula, baby food, if appropriate
Lunch and snacks, if appropriate
Sheet, blanket for naptime, maybe a soft toy for reassurance
Photo of your child and one of your family
Box of tissue
In the Preschool center, you will need to bring the following:
2 black and white notebooks
2 glue sticks
1 box of tissue
1 pack or box of wipes
2 changes of clothes
1 sheet, 1 blanket for cot
1 optional soft toy for nap time
2 Laminated Folders
In the Before and After School Center
The first day is somewhat different for school age children, because you probably will not bring your child. We will take and pick most of the children up at their schools, while others are brought by their school vans. Some parents are reassured if they meet their children at school the first day and watch them get on the school bus, we will have staff waiting at designated drop-off places to be sure that children are met and escorted to the center. We ask that parents arrive early enough on the first day to meet all the staff and learn about where your child will be at the end of each day.
All school-aged children must bring their own supplies for homework, pencils, crayons etc.
We find that there are seldom problems that arise that can’t be resolved with open communication. If you are comfortable talking with the lead teacher about those issues, that is the first place to start. If you prefer to talk with someone out of the classroom, it is best to schedule an appointment to talk with the program director who is responsible for supervision of your child’s teachers. She will help you think about how to best address the issue or speak directly to the relevant staff people.
Our staff are committed to the idea that the best child care involves the entire family. In a variety of ways, every member of each child’s family is drawn into the center’s activities.
Parent Participation Program
Active parent participation is one thing that makes Anointed Hands Child Dev Center unique and it is a very special feature. Parent participation contributes to a greater sense of community among our families and builds strong sense of ownership of the center and its programs. Each family in the daycare center is expected to invest 24 hours per year, regardless of the number of children enrolled. Each family enrolled in the before and after school center program have a commitment of 12 hours a year.
These are some of the jobs parents do to support the work of the center:
Making games organizing fundraising events
Cleaning taking pictures
Fixing computers chaperoning trips
Typing teaching children about special cultures
Organizing family social events teaching a special interest in the ASC
Parenting workshops organizing refreshments for special events
Career day Grand-Parents day
Story time with mom or dad and many more
Request for assistance are announced in the newsletter, posted on bulletin boards or in the classroom. You may see a task that need doing yourself or have an idea for a special project. Talk with your child’s teacher or the programs director about your idea.
Fund Raising Events
While the center generally meets its operating expenses from fees paid by parents, we depend on fundraising events for scholarships and capital improvements. We count on the participation of all families to assure the success of all fundraising events
Parent Participation Program Information
When you do a project, record the task and the time spent and drop that information in the parent participation box. Hours are recorded and you will receive quarterly updates of your standing. The hours do not expire, so if you forget to record them, record them when you remember.
If you have made a commitment to work and are unable to fulfill your responsibility, we expect you to find another parent to fill in for you. Whether it is a workday, a class trip, or a special project, other people have made plans that count on your involvement. If you are especially busy during one quarter, you may choose to complete your obligation during the next quarter.
Regular communication between parents and teachers is an important element of this partnership. Each group posts the schedules of its teachers and the schedule for the day on a bulletin board inside the room. You will also find the themes for coming weeks. Infant and toddler teachers write notes about feedings, naps, and diapering. Please let us know about important events in your child’s life. Examples, a visit from relatives, a special outing, teething or sleeping problems, times of unusual stress such as visits to the doctor, a family death or divorce. This information will help us be more responsive to your child’s needs. There is a classroom telephone in the infant/toddler center so you can easily contact your child’s teachers for a quick message 215-464-2637 or for the preschool and after school center 215-464-2637. It is best to schedule a time to call during naptime, from about 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Sometimes there is time to exchange news at the beginning and end of the day if the children are not needing the teacher’s attention.
Parent –Teacher Meetings
We encourage all parents to schedule a conference with the staff in a new classroom within the first month. This will give you a chance to talk about how your child is adjusting to the group and ask questions of one another. The staff also performs developmental assessments quarterly in the daycare center, annually in the after-school center, and schedule conferences with parents to share that information. At these private meetings, parents and staff can candidly discuss the development of the child. Many time parents find these discussions helpful in answering their own questions about such subjects as toilet learning, bedtimes, or limit setting. It is helpful if you have thought ahead about questions you have for the teachers.
Parents of school-age children may not feel the same need for formal conferences but are encourage to request one at any time. Our staff are glad to talk with you about how things are going and share news.
At least once a year, in the fall, the teachers will schedule a classroom parent’s meeting to discuss plans and answer questions. This is an excellent time for parents to make curriculum suggestions and talk about ways you can get involved in your child classroom experiences.
The quality of our care for your child will be influenced by the quality of our communication with you. Receiving accurate, frequent information about your expectations, needs, and feelings about your child’s care enables us to do our job more effectively. Please do not hesitate to drop a note or arrange short conference times with your child’s teachers, the program director, or the executive director, especially when you have been unable to stop and chat with the classroom staff at drop-off or pick up time.
Hours and Closing Our regular hours are from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Parents must pick up and drop off their child according to the contracted time
We are closed on the following days:
Thanksgiving Day and the Friday after
New Year’s Eve
New Years Day
Martin Luther King Birthday
We also close for one week each year for Center Cleaning, Staff In-Service, and Vacation Drop –off Time
Children should arrive before 8:30 each morning in order to eat breakfast. All other children must be in the center before 9:00 each morning. Only children accompanied by a doctors not will be admitted after 9:00. This allows for each child to have a chance to be personally greeted. This also allows parents and staff a chance to exchange information and gives the child some important free-choice play time. Children who arrive in the middle of an activity often feel out of sync with their friends. If the class is planning to take a walk, the teachers need to know when the whole classroom has arrived. If your child will not be coming to school on his/her scheduled days, or if he/she will be arriving after 9:00 a.m. please call the teachers and let them know. Occasionally the teachers will let you know that children need to arrive at an earlier time for a class trip.
Parents may accompany their children to the classroom between the hours of 6am-9am to settle your child in and to give their teacher any necessary updates. Please be sure to sign in your child each day. *Doors to the classrooms will be locked from 9am- 6pm, between these hours if you need to drop off or pick up your child, your childs teacher will be notified thru the intercom system to come to the front to assist you. This limits any interuptions in the classrooms during school hours. During these hours the sign in log will be hung in the hallway next to the reception window.
The center closes promptly at 6:00 p.m. this means that you need to arrive 15 minutes earlier than your contracted pick up time to allow adequate time to hear about your child’s day, watch his/her latest accomplishment, collect belongings and chat with staff and other parents. If, because of an emergency, you cannot arrive before contracted pick up time, please call ahead. Staff can reassure your child by explaining what has happened and can adjust their own plans, if necessary.
Please remember that nobody likes to be interrupted when busy. Your child may resist leaving his or friends and activities when you arrive. We encourage you to warmly greet your child and tell him/her that you will gather belongings, check with staff about the day so that there will be a few more minutes to play. This notice will often prevent difficult struggles when its time to leave.
When you have arrived at the center, please remember that you are responsible for your child even if staff members are present. This clarification of who’s in charge here? Is important to prevent disruption of program and potential problems that can occur at transitions when there is confusion about responsibility. Parents must sign their children out at the end of the day.
Tuition Payments and Fees
Rate changes are evaluated every January and are subject to change with a 2-week notice. Fee Schedules are Effective May 1 – April 30:
Full-Time CarePart-time Care
Infant $220.00 weekly $170.00 weekly
Young Toddler $210.00 weekly $145.00 weekly
Older Toddler $190.00 weekly $145.00 weekly
Preschool $170.00 weekly $120.00 weekly
Before & After care $135.00 weekly (Before OR After ONLY) $65.00 weekly
Tuition is due every Friday in advance for the following week. Children will not be admitted to daycare or school if the tuition has not been paid in full.
To insure that all tuition has been recorded properly please put your child’s name on your payments and deposit in a sealed envelope into the tuition safe box in Toddler room. ALL TUITION MUST be in a SEALED ENVELOPE.
IF PAYMENTS ARE LATE THERE WILL BE A LATE FEE CHARGE OF $50.00. AFTER, Monday YOUR CHILD WILL NOT BE ADMITTED.
Your co-payments are due every FRIDAY in advance for the next week. Same rules applied for lateness as the private paying parents.
All days you agree to have your child attend day care your full payment is required (this includes all holidays). All additional days outside of the contract that the child is not in our care your payment in full is still required to hold your space. Tuition is paid all year.
A $35 registration fee is required at time of registration. Late fee Policy
Any child who has not been signed out by contracted time will automatically be charge $10.00 per minute thereafter. You, along with the staff member waiting with your child, will be ask to sign our “late fee” form, and the fee will be collected at time of pick up.
The Before and After School Center
We count on all families to let us know the holiday schedules for your schools as soon as they are announced. We generally serve about four schools that do not all follow the same schedules. In order to plan special adventures, we need as much notice as possible.
We help children learn appropriate behavior. We want children to act with:
Respect for others
To help children reinforce these actions, we:
Model the behaviors that we want to see in the children
Establish clear, consistent and simple limits
Explain the reasons for rules
Remain positive in our approach
In most cases, the way we encourage these actions is to reinforce positive behavior. In some cases, discipline is necessary. Before discipline of any kind is administered, however, a review of other possible causes will be considered. Is the child sick, tired, or hungry? When discipline is necessary, we will:
Redirect the child’s attention to an acceptable action
Explain the negative behavior and help child identify solutions
Miss-out – a lost privilege
Discharge Policy Child Withdrawal
If the parent/guardian finds it necessary to withdraw a child from care, he/she must give a two-week notice to me prior to withdrawal.
It might be necessary for the director to notify parents that care will be discontinued. The director will give a weeks’ notice prior to ceasing care. In rare cases of severe problems, we may be forced to release the child from care without giving a week notice. Care may be terminated for the following reasons:
Child consistently physically or verbally hurts other children
Parent/guardian routinely abuses drop-off and pickup times
Parent/guardian does not work with the staff as a team to provide consistent guidance and discipline
Health Policies and Procedures
• Red Cross first aid and poison center guidelines will be followed.
• All teachers are certified in pediatric first aid, CPR, and rescue breathing annually.
• A first-aid kit is located in each classroom and taken on all trips.
• Emergency numbers are available at all times.
• Parents will be notified of accidents and an injury record is kept for each child.
• Immediate first aid will be given.
• Ambulance will be called and paramedic recommendations followed.
• Parents will be notified as soon as possible.
• When parents are not available, your emergency reference will be called.
• Parents are responsible for any expenses as a result of emergency room care ambulance, etc.
• The hospital used for emergencies: Children’s hospital
• If your child becomes ill during the day, you will be notified and expected to pick your child up within the hour if you are unable to do that you will need to contact some one who can as soon as possible.
• If your child will be missing child care due to illness, please notify the center by phone the previous evening or in the morning of the day of absence by 9:00 a.m.
Communicable disease prevention and reporting
• Your child must be current in his/her immunizations.
• Your child will be kept isolated from other children as much as possible if your child has a communicable disease. Communicable diseases will be reported to the Department of Health.
• Each child will be observed daily for illness.
• Individual bedding, towels, washcloths, glasses, etc., will be used to minimize the spread of infection.
Hand washing, diapering, sanitizing, and laundering policies
• All staff will wash hands before and after diapering, toileting, eating, handling and preparing food, and handling contaminated materials.
• Diapers will be changed regularly and immediately after a bowel movement. Bottoms will be thoroughly cleaned. Other types of preparations must be provided by parents.
• The diapering area will be sanitized after each use, and contaminated utensils/toys will be sanitized.
• Bedding will be laundered as needed or once a week by the parent.
• Bottles and nipples will be washed and rinsed again with hot water before filling.
Management of medication
• All prescribed medication must be labeled with the child’s name and must be accompanied by written permission from the parent for dispensing.
• Medications must be contained in the original containers as prescribed.
Only Prescribed Medication will be given in its original container
• Health Assessment with Immunization records and the date of your child’s last physical examination must be kept up to date.
• Please notify your child’s teacher of any special health problems or concerns regarding your child or family.
Emergency Preparedness and Parental Notification As part of our responsibility to assure the safety of the children in our care. We have developed procedures for responding to emergency situations that may occur. Our Emergency Response Plan provides for our response to all types of emergencies – weather, utilities failure, or catastrophe. Depending upon the circumstance of the emergency, we will use one of the following protective actions for which we have occasionally drills:
Immediate evacuation: All children and staff will be evacuated to a safe area on the grounds of the facility or to another building nearby. In case of fire, smoke, or related emergency parents will find us at (Thunderbird Lanes) located at 3081 Holmes Ave or Smart Aleck's Learning Center 6810 Frankford avenue.
In-place sheltering: Sudden occurrences, weather, or hazardous materials may dictate that taking cover inside the building is the best immediate response.
Modified Operations: Circumstances may dictate cancellation and or postponement or rescheduling of normal activities. These actions are normally taken in case of a winter storm or building issues, however, they may be necessary in a variety of situations.
We will communicate with you in a variety of ways, should it be necessary to implement any of our procedures in response to an emergency. These methods include local television/radio stations, and telephone calls if possible. We ask that you do not call during the emergency. This will keep the telephone lines free to contact the local emergency response support in order to relay vital information. We will call you to let you know that we have taken one of the protective actions. We will also call you when we have resolved the situation and it is safe for you to pick up your child.
We will reach you using the telephone numbers that you have designated on your emergency contact form. We will only release your child to persons whom you have listed on this form. Please check to be sure that your telephone number and escort lists that we have on file are always updated. The safety of the children in our care is our first priority. Thank you for your support and cooperation regarding our plans. Should you have additional questions regarding our emergency operating procedures, please talk with our program director.
When a serious incident involves a child in our care, an incident report is made. This information is provided to the parent/guardian, licensing board, and Insurance Company. The purpose of these reports is to inform and follow-up on actions taken concerning the incident. Incident reports are made for the following serious incidents:
An injury involving serious accidents (falls 2 ft. or more) or motor vehicles
Unexpected illness, contagious disease
Poisoning or medication error
Aggressive or unusual behavior
In addition, the child care provider is required by law to report any observed or suspected child abuse or neglect to the Child Protective Services department.
Types of Developmental Activities
Free play provides an opportunity for children to direct their own learning. The caregiver supervises and helps children, but the child directs the play. There are various centers that the children use free play during the day. While doing this, they are developing
Cooperation – learning to play with others
Social skills – pretending helps children express their opinions and views
Fine motor skills – using scissors, drawing with chalk or pencils help children strengthen their fine motor skills
Math and reading readiness – playing independently with learning toys gets children ready to learn math and reading
Children also learn through planned activities. These activities are usually short, but structured in order to introduce a new concept or reinforce concepts already learned by the children. Activities include
Stories that provide time for reading-readiness skills of listening and retelling and moral reasoning.
Exercise to strengthen overall health and muscles.
Letters, numbers colors & shapes to prepare for grade school.
Arts and craft activities, to build on a child’s imagination.
CHILD ABUSE REPORTING Under the Child Protective Services Act, mandated reporters are required to report any suspicion of abuse or neglect to the appropriate authorities. The employees of Anointed Hands Child Dev Center are considered mandated reporters under this law. The employees of Anointed Hands Child Dev Center are not required to discuss their suspicions with parents prior to reporting the matter to the appropriate authorities, nor are they required to investigate the cause of any suspicious marks, behavior or condition prior to making a report. Under the Act, mandated reporters can be held criminally responsible if they fail to report suspected abuse or neglect. We at Anointed Hands Child Dev Center take this responsibility very seriously and will make all warranted reports to the appropriate authorities. The Child Protective Services Act is designed to protect the welfare and best interest of all children.
As mandated reporters, the staff of Anointed Hands Child Dev Center can’t be held liable for reports made to Child Protective Services which are determined to be unfounded, provided the report was made in “good faith.”
Causes for reporting suspected child abuse or neglect include, but are not limited to:
Unusual bruising, marks, or cuts on the child’s body
Improper clothing relating to size, cleanliness, season
Transporting a child without appropriate child restraints (e.g. car seats, seat belts, etc.)
Dropping off or picking up a child while under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol
Not providing appropriate meals including a drink for your child
Leaving a child unattended for any amount of time
Failure to attend to the special needs of a disabled child
Sending a sick child to school over medicated to hide symptoms, which would typically require the child to be kept at home until symptoms subside.
Children who exhibit behavior consistent with an abusive situation
We believe in providing nutritious meals for children. Meals and Snacks include the following:
Fortified calcium juice, milk
Pancakes, eggs, Bread, oatmeal or waffles
Fortified Calcium juice, milk
Meat or meat alternate
Fruit or vegetable (2 servings)
Bread or alternate
At least 2 of the 4 components
Fortified Calcium juice, milk
Fruit or vegetable
Bread or alternate
Food is always served attractively in kid-friendly portions.
In order for your child to receive a free meal, it is important for you to fill out the income verification sheet. If we do not have your income information on file, you will be responsible for providing your child with all meals, snacks, and drink.
Your child will be transported only in an automobile in safe operating condition that is covered by insurance and operated by a licensed and safe driver.
Your child will at times be in a seat belt or other protective device suitable for his or her age and weight.
There will be occasional field trips to the local parks or downtown Philadelphia area. There will be at least one adult for every four children. You will be notified of any field trips in advance, and we will try to let you know if we will be transporting your child for any other reason.