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  • Storybook Early Learning Center contract filled out and initialed and deposit to be turned in promptly to ensure spot is held. Parent's manual is for you to keep. The contract and deposit must be turned in before your child will be allowed to start childcare.




5 days a week



4 days a week



3 days a week



2 days a week



1 day a week



Morning Program

1 day-$50 2day- $100 3day+/$150

1 day-$40 2day- $90/day+/$130

*A Deposit must be made in order to obtain or hold a spot. The deposit is non-refundable, and with a 30 day written termination, will be applied toward your final payment.

  • Emergency Contact Information

  • Over the Counter Form

  • Certificate of Immunizations (from your Doctor)

  • Pediatric Health Statement (to be signed by your Doctor)

  • State Food Program Enrollment Form

  • Pet and Animal Participation Waiver


231 South 23rd St., Bozeman MT 59718



Dear Parents,

Welcome to Story Book Early Learning Center! Your child is precious to us, and we strive to offer an environment where we get to know and care for your child one on one. We are early childhood professionals committed to giving your child quality care and education while you are at work. To provide a loving, healthy, stimulating, and safe environment for your child, we stay current in the child development and early childhood education fields. Our curriculum will nurture your child and allow him or her to explore, discover new experiences, and learn everyday. We use a wide range of indoor and outdoor toys, equipment, and activities to encourage your child's social, physical, and cognitive growth. We value each of the children we serve for their individuality and diverse abilities.

I want you to be as involved as possible with your child's experience here. You are welcome to visit anytime. We are happy to speak with you at any time concerning your child's progress. Please ask us any questions about your child's care and education, and share with us any information or concerns that can help make this a better experience for you and your child.

Story Book Early Learning Center is registered with the State of Montana as a group child care facility. This means we care for no more than 12 children at any time, aside from 9:30-12:30 when we provide spots for four additional Preschoolers. To ensure the safety of your child, all caregivers have had a background check, a Child Protective Services check, and have been certified in CPR and First Aid. All caregivers stay current in the early care and education by participating in at least 8 hours of additional training a year.


Maren Griswold

Owner- Story Book Early Learning Center

Table of Contents

Toddler Daily Schedule

Page 1

Preschool Daily Schedule

Page 2

Rates, Payments, and Additional Fees

Page 3

Your Child’s Spot

Page 4

Leave or Vacation

Page 4


Page 4

Immunization requirements and updates

Page 5


Page 5

Medical Emergencies

Page 5

First Days and Goodbyes

Page 5


Page 5

Toilet Training

Page 6

Nap and Rest Time

Page 6

House Rules

Page 6

Field Trips

Page 6

Special Days

Page 6


Page 6

Screen and computer time

Page 6

Abuse and Neglect (reporting of)

Page 7

Change and/or Termination

Page 7

Supplies and General Information

Page 8

Sample Menu

Page 9

First Steps Toddler Daily Schedule


Arrivals and free play.


Clean up, wash hands and have breakfast


9-9:30 Morning program drop off and indoor or outdoor free play- weather dependent.


Circle time.


Toddler lessons and learning activities: table time, arts and crafts, cognitives and manipulative's.


Diaper checks and potty time.


Indoor or outdoor free play- weather dependent.


Specialized Lesson


Storytime, diaper checks and potty time.




1230 Morning Preschool pick up and free play time.


Cleanup, brush teeth, diaper/potty time and quiet time with books.


Nap Time, children join non-napper activities as they wake up. - We do not wake your children up unless you ask us to at a specified time.


Diaper checks, potty time, wash hands and get ready for snack.


Snack Time


Sports, game, cooking/baking, or project time (practice with fine and gross motor skills).


Indoor or outdoor free play- weather dependent, cleanup, and get ready to go home.

Building Blocks Preschool Daily Schedule


Arrivals and free play.


Clean up, wash hands, and eat breakfast


9-9:30 Morning program drop off and indoor or outdoor free play- weather dependent


Circle Time.


Preschool lessons and learning activities: calendar and weather, letters, numbers, science, social studies, food pyramid, tracing, cutting, computers and worksheet.


Indoor or outdoor free play- weather dependent.


Specialized Lesson






1230 Morning Preschool pick up and freeplay time.


Cleanup, brush teeth, diaper/potty time and quiet time with books.


NAPPERS: Nap Time, children join non-napper activities as they wake up. - We do not wake your children up unless you ask us to at a specified time.

NON-NAPPERS: quiet time activities i.e. reading, puzzles, games etc.


Afternoon lessons: arts and crafts, computers, worksheets, tracing, cutting, movement, etc.


Free Play


Diaper checks, potty time, and wash hands and get ready for snack.


Snack Time


Sports, game, cooking/baking, or project time. (practice with fine and gross motor skills)


Indoor or outdoor free play- weather dependent, cleanup, and get ready to go home.

We are open Monday through Friday 7:30 am -5:30 pm.  Breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack is included.


12-24 MONTHS

*Infants must be able to eat and drink on their own completely independent of baby food, and fall asleep on their own (one nap a day at 1:00) in order to start at Storybook. 




5 full days a week 730-530.




4 full days a week 730-530



1-3 full days a week 730-530




  • 9:30-12:30 pm




$42/day or $9/hour

$39/day or $7/hour

Fees are payable in advance and are due no later than the monthly or bi-monthly payment date agreed to on the Story Book contract. You are paying for a specific slot, so no discounts are given if your child doesn't show up. This includes parent vacation and absence due to illness.

Deposit: A deposit of half a contracted month will be needed in order for your child to start, or to hold a spot for your child. The deposit is non-refundable, and with a 30 day written termination will be applied towards the last month's payment.

Late payment: A fee of $15.00 a day will be assessed if the payment is not received by the due date. If nonpayment is an issue more than three times, the provider reserves the right to terminate service without notice.

Over-time fee: A late fee of $15 per child will be charged per 15 minute intervals for late pickups. Example - 1 to 15 minutes late; you owe $15 per child; 16 to 30 minutes late, you owe $30. This rule will be strictly enforced and more than 2 late notices may result in a Termination of Services notice.

Returned Check: There will be a fee of $30 for any returned checks and you will also be required to pay any additional fees incurred. If two checks are returned, you will be required to pay with cash. If there are continuing problems with payment the provider may terminate service without notice.

The spot that you sign up for is a permanent spot, whether it is part time or full time. If a parent would like to change the number of days originally contracted for, it must be approved by the owner for availability. You will then be able to choose from the available spots as agreed upon with the owner, and renew your contract for those days. A thirty day written notice will be required for any change, or for termination of your child's spot.


Vacation Leave: Story Book will be closed on all major holidays; Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving day (and the day after), and Christmas Eve through New Years Day. It is the parents' responsibility to obtain substitute care on these days. Story Book reserves the right to be closed up to two weeks a year with sufficient notice.

Sick/Personal Leave: Although the provider will make every attempt to be available each day, it is possible that the provider may not be able to staff the daycare due to unforeseen circumstances (i.e. illness, family emergency). In this rare occasion, parents will be notified as soon as possible and will be responsible for finding alternate care.

Child's Absences: The parent should inform the provider if the child is going to be absent due to illness or vacation. You are paying for a specific slot, so no discounts are given if your child doesn't show up. This includes parent vacation and absence due to illness. Payment is due prior to the vacation.

Under no circumstances will parents bring a sick child to daycare. A sick child should be allowed to recover fully after an illness so that other children in the group do not risk exposure and so that the child is able to fully participate in childcare activities. No child will be accepted with a fever of 100 orally or greater, vomiting, diarrhea, runny crusty eyes, or unexplained rash or has had any of these symptoms within the last 24 hours.

The following bacterial infections warrant exclusion. You should treat the child with antibiotics for 24 hours before returning the child to childcare:

  • Strep throat

  • Impetigo

  • Bacterial conjunctivitis (red eyes with colored, pus-like drainage).

  • Other skin infections (draining burns, infected hang nails).

  • Ear infections

Children with symptoms of severe illness, such as uncontrolled coughing, breathing difficulty or wheezing, stiff neck, irritability, poor food or fluid intake, or a seizure, must be evaluated by a health care professional before they may return to the child care facility. Families are required to transport children home from the child care if their child shows any of these symptoms. If you are unable to remain at home with your sick child it will be necessary for you to make alternate child care arrangements at your own expense. In cases of colds, sore throats, and the like, a phone call to the provider is required to decide on acceptance for the day. Should the child become ill during his/her day here, parents will be notified and we will determine the best course of action concerning appropriate care, which may include the child being taken home.


All children who attend child care must be current in their immunizations and be able to show their immunization records. As your child receives boosters or other shots, please let us know so we can keep our immunization records up to date. Copies of current immunization records are required for your child's file.


Both nonprescription and prescription medications, ointments, and creams can be given to your child if needed. Parents are required to fill out the proper forms and to supply all medications in their original containers. These must be labeled with the child's name.


Minor bumps and scratches are inevitable, but every effort will be made to keep the children safe through supervision and childproofing. Minor injuries will receive appropriate first aid and parents will be notified at the scheduled time of arrival. In the event of a major emergency injury or illness, you will be contacted immediately. If parents are unavailable, the emergency contact will be notified. If necessary, your child will be taken to the nearest hospital where you will be asked to meet us. Parents will be notified when an emergency caregiver will be used. If an emergency caregiver cannot be located, parents may be requested to pick up their children. In a case of poisoning the Montana Poison Control Center will be contacted first, then parents will be notified.

Parents are responsible for all costs involved in emergency medical treatment, including emergency transportation if required. Story Book Daycare will not be held liable for any sickness/injury of either parent/guardian or child while on these premises, or while the child is in the company of the provider during field trips or outings.


Sometime the most difficult thing to do is to leave your child in a new environment. It is very normal to have fears and misgivings. Here are a few tips for making the transition as easy as possible.

  • Be excited about your child's new daycare.

  • Make leaving a consistent routine. If you read your child a story before leaving make sure you can do this each morning.

  • Never sneak out on your child. It is important for your child to work out their feelings when seeing you leave. This promotes a trust between you and your child so that when they see you as you leave and then see that you return.

  • Please do not drag out your goodbyes, which only make it more painful for your child and you.

Storybook is a part of the Montana Child and Adult Care Food Care Program “CACFP”. We will serve meals and snacks following the state guidelines for nutritious and well balanced meals. Meals will be served at the following times:

  • Breakfast 8:30-9:00am

  • Lunch 12:00-12:30pm

  • Snack 3:30-4:00pm

Please do not send money, gum, candy, or any other food with your child unless prior agreement has been made. If agreed upon, please make sure to label all your child's items. If baby food and bottles are being used, parents are responsible for supplying these. If a child requires a temporary special diet, the parent is responsible for bringing these food items. Written feeding instructions are required from parents of infants including type of food and/or formula, amount of food and/or formula, and feeding times.


We believe that toilet training should start when a child is ready physically and psychologically. Each child begins to learn this important and independent skill on his or her own timetable. If you feel your child is ready, we will work with both of you to begin this process, but we do have strict policies to follow with potty training if it is to be done at Storybook. We will give you our potty training policy handout when your child is ready to begin the potty training process.


Each child 5 years of age and younger is required to have a rest period. These rest periods are scheduled through the day at specific times; however, if your child is tired they can rest when it is most beneficial to them. If your child no longer naps, he/she may look at books and do games or activities, but must try to remain quiet for the other children. Nap time and quiet time is at 1:00 pm for all children. Nap times for infants are as needed, generally a morning and afternoon nap. A copy of our SAFE SLEEP POLICY is posted on the nap room door.


The following rules are reinforced for the safety and wellbeing of everyone. There is no hitting, pushing, biting, grabbing, kicking, pinching the other children. Obscene language is not allowed. Respectful treatment of other children and all property, toys, and furniture is expected. Willful destruction of property will be charged to the parent at the cost to replace the item.


Occasionally, the provider will take the children on neighborhood walks, field trips, or other out-of-house activities that involve transportation of children by foot, in strollers, or in vehicles owned by the provider. The parents authorize that their child may participate in planned field trips or activities. Advance notice of all trips will be given with a sheet for the parent to sign to keep in the child's records. The parents agree to pay for any admission charge and other expense involved in the field trip, if required. Parents may be requested to provide a car seat for the day. Copies of the emergency forms will be brought along on all outings.


The provider will observe special days with activities (e.g. birthdays, Halloween, Valentine's Day, etc.). We do provide cupcakes, birthday cake or appropriate treat to celebrate your child's birthday; however, you are welcome to bring decorations, games, or treats to help celebrate if you choose, as long as there is enough for everyone. This can be discussed with the provider in advance. If you have any objection to your child participating in the any of these holidays, please discuss this with the provider.


Occasionally, we will have screen time (either TV or computer) that includes educational and instructional videos for lessons. For those parents that do not want their children to have any screen time, your child can read books in the book nook or we will find an alternate activity. Please let us know if these are your wishes. The computer station is available to the preschool class, and is limited to 5 minutes/child per day, for educational games. If you choose for your child not to use the computers please inform us.


The philosophy of Story Book Early Learning Center is that you use discipline to teach a child. This is achieved through love, consistency, and firmness.

  • We use age appropriate rules and discuss the reasons for them with the children.

  • We model appropriate behavior and reinforce positive behavior.

  • We acknowledge a child's successes and failures.

  • We teach children the lessons of making choices and the consequences of those choices.

  • We teach children to use their words to express their feelings instead of hurting each other by hitting or biting.

Rules and guidelines will be explained to the children frequently. Once a child understands the rules and disobeys them, the following developmentally appropriate guidance techniques will be used. These techniques are: Redirection -Removal of Privilege - Last Resort Time Out (reserved for a child acting violently towards other children or teachers) - when a child's behavior is continually upsetting or dangerous to myself or others, a conference will be called with the parents. If the problems cannot be resolved, arrangements will have to be made for the child to go elsewhere for care.


The State of Montana is very clear on this subject, if there are any suspicious marks on your child or we see repeated signs of neglect, we must report it to the Department of Health and Human Services.


This agreement may be terminated by either party by giving thirty day's written notice if the child or children are to be permanently withdrawn from daycare. Thirty day's pay will be accepted in lieu of the thirty day's written notice. The provider will also give the client/parent thirty day’s written notice of intent to cancel this agreement except in cases of family emergency (providers) or gross misconduct on the part of the parent or child. Failure to follow the agreement rules in this contract may be cause for immediate termination with no notice. Best Beginning Scholarship users are required to give thirty days’ notice and payment for termination of services. The provider will give the family a minimum of thirty day’s written notice of any increase in fees or significant changes to this agreement.


The parents will provide:

  • Formula, if necessary.

  • Sunscreen

  • Adequate supply of diapers if your child is in diapers, and diaper rash ointment. If the child is toilet training, parents will provide training pants or pull-ups.

  • Indoor shoes for winter -can be any type of shoes or slippers.

  • Blanket or anything that may help them feel better for rest time to be kept at the daycare home (only needed if this would help your child feel more comfortable).

  • Complete change of clothing appropriate for the weather (to be kept at school). Soiled clothing will be sent home, and a clean change of clothes should be brought back the next day.

  • Bathing suits to be kept at daycare in the summer.

  • Appropriate hats, mittens, boots must be brought to school to be kept here. All items need to be labeled with your child's initials.
  • Skinny toothbrush. Please no spin brushes, or brushes with wide bottoms, they do not fit in our toothbrush sanitizer.

  • Parents should also bring an infant's/child's pain reliever if needed.

We will notify you when your child's supply of diapers, sunscreen, clothes etc. needs to be replenished. If your child brings any toys or games from home they are required to share them. Note: Please write your child's name on all of his/her belongings. The provider is not responsible for these items.

SCHOOL SUPPLIES – for ages 2 and older

  • Crayons

  • Markers

  • Ruler

  • Pencils

  • 1 bottle of Elmers Glue

  • Box of glue sticks

  • Pack of erasable fine or medium tip markers


  • Parents are required to notify Story Book if their child will not be coming for the day.

  • Parents are required to inform the provider of any change in addresses, telephone numbers, and other pertinent information.

  • Parents are required to inform the provider if they are at any other location or phone number than what is listed on their enrollment record and to provide a telephone number for that place

  • Provider maintains an open-door policy for parents during daycare hours.

  • Parents are encouraged to call at any time during the day or evening. If no one can get to the phone please leave a message, and your phone call will be returned as soon as possible.







Breakfast 8:30 am

-Fluid Milk

-Bread or Cereal


-Juice, Fruit or













scrambled eggs


english muffins with peanut butter and



french toast and



Lunch 12:00 pm

-Fluid Milk

-Meat or Alternative

-Bread or


-Fruit or


-Fruit or





grilled ham and cheese,


apple slices


chicken stir fry with rice

and vegetables

(green peas and carrots),



open faced turkey sandwich with

mashed potatoes and gravy, beans


spaghetti with meatballs,

garlic toast,

salad with tomatoes


Buttered fish, seasoned roasted potatoes, snap peas, and cheesy rice

Snack 3:30 pm

One of two components

1. Bread or Bread


2.Fruit or Vegetables


4.Fluid Milk

Milk and

banana bread

“Nuts and Bolts”

cheerios, pretzels

Frozen fruit in yogurt

String cheese,

ritz crackers

Pepperoni and cheese on crackers

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