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Early Childhood Daycare CT

    1. The school is closed on the following holidays:
      • New Year's Day
      • Good Friday
      • Memorial Day
      • The Fourth of July
      • Labor Day
      • Thanksgiving Day
      • The Friday after Thanksgiving
      • Shut Down Week - December 23-27

      • We close at 2 p.m. on the day before Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve.
      • At Early Beginnings every family is entitled to one week of vacation for no charge that is the equivalent to the number of days their child attends. Two weeks notice must be given for this family vacation time. If your care requirements are different during the summer, you may reduce your time to 50%, which allows you to save your child's spot for the fall, and you may use Early Beginning for 50% of the time on a scheduled basis.
    2. Children will be eligible to enroll in the Preschool Program in September if they are three, their third birthday occurs before January 1st and, they are toilet trained. Any other time of the year, a child must be three to enroll in our  preschool program.
    3. Children in the preschool program must be toilet trained and be able to use the bathroom with little help. Pull-ups are not allowed.
    4. A health certificate, filled out by the child's physician, is required before attending school. As of 1/1/2011 ALL CHILDREN BETWEEN 6 MONTHS AND AGE 5 must have a flu shot per state regulations.
    5. Operating hours are from 6:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. at Early Beginnings
    6. Organized Program Hours:
      • Unlimited Program - Children can attend 6:30 a.m. - 5:45 p.m. five days a week. Preschool programs are held both in the morning and in the afternoon.
      • Full Day Program - or 8:30-3:30 p.m. with a flexible drop off and pick-up (hours may be extended as needed) (2 day a week min.)
      • Before/After Kindergarten - hours as needed
      • School Age Program - hours as needed
      • Other programs with prior approval

        We ask parents of children who stay until closing to arrive by 5:30 p.m., so the child will not be rushed and the teacher has time to discuss the child's day with the parent.
    7. Notification is required if your child will be picked up by anyone other than those stated on the registration form. Proper notification includes written consent signed by the parent or guardian and presentation of proper identification by the person picking up the child.
    8. No sick child will be allowed to stay (i.e. temperature, rash, or conjunctivitis). A sick child will be separated from the other students and allowed to rest on a cot until a parent or other designated adult comes. Before returning to school, a child must have a normal temperature for 24 hours or, in cases of contagious illness, have permission from a doctor.
    9. Proper behavior is expected at all times. We reserve the right to ask you to withdraw your child, if, in our judgment, it is in the best interest of your child and the other children.
    10. Please dress your child in comfortable clothing that will be easy for them to remove. Children need to be able to use the bathroom with little or no help. Drawstrings on clothing are a safety hazard; make sure tops and jackets are free of these. Children play outdoors weather permitting; please dress them appropriately (boots, snowpants, mittens, and hats in cold weather).
    11. Lunch is brought from home and should be simple. We do not allow chocolate or peanuts. Hot dogs and grapes are prohibited for children under 3. LUNCHES FOR AGE 3 AND OLDER WILL NOT BE HEATED. Parents are encouraged to use a thermos for heated items. Milk is provided with lunch, or juice, if the child is allergic to milk. If a child is allergic to milk, parents are encouraged to supply the substitute. Refrigeration is offered on a very limited basis. REMEMBER, EARLY BEGINNINGS IS A NUT-FREE CENTER.
    12. Nutritious snacks are provided twice a day. Special birthday snacks are always welcome, if they are simple. You may provide a cake, cupcakes, cookies, or some other type of simple snack. No chocolate, please.
    13. For all children, at least one complete set of extra clothing should be kept at the school in case of spills or toilet accidents and should be changed with the seasons. Please label all clothing and place in a small bag with your child's name on it.
    14. Early Beginnings provides diaper wipes. Parents provide diapers and diaper cream for their child. The non-prescription topical medical form must be filled out for the diaper cream.
    15. Children staying for rest time at our early childhood daycare CT are required to bring a SMALL pillow, crib sheet, and blanket in a NON-PLASTIC bag with the child's name on it. Bedding will be sent home at the end of each week for laundering.