Located in Downtown Springfield at 501 S. 4th St Springfield, IL 62701  217-523-0122

Parent’s Handbook

[togglebutton]Greeting [/togglebutton]
[togglecontent] Welcome to Children’s House, a Ministry of Central Baptist Church in Springfield. The Bible teaches us that children are dear to the heart of God. Jesus demonstrated a great love and special care for children.

Central Baptist Church and the staff of Children’s House feel a deep responsibility to see that every child is treated with respect and dignity, and is nurtured in a positive atmosphere and a safe environment. This is our pledge to the children and to their families. Every child that comes our way is considered a sacred trust. We trust that you provide the same positive nurturing for your child or children at home and we pray that God’s richest blessings will be yours. We invite you and your family to join us for an hour of worship on Sunday mornings at 8:30 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. We have special worship opportunities for children.

Should you have special concerns about your child’s care we encourage you to contact the Children’s House director. However, should other needs or interests arise, please feel free to call the church office staff or any of the ministers of Central Baptist Church. We can be reached at (217) 523-3639, and we will be delighted to hear from you.

Josh Sabo
Pastor [/togglecontent]

[togglebutton] Philosophy and Purpose [/togglebutton]
[togglecontent] The heart of our philosophy is the love of Christ and his caring compassion for each person. The “whole child”- spiritually, emotionally, socially, mentally, and physically- is our concern. As we observe, guide, and have fun with each individual child, we will learn the needs, the maturity level and the potential of each. Then we may make plans to challenge individuals to grow and meet their needs to develop their potential.

The purpose of Children’s House shall be to provide the city of Springfield and the surrounding community with a child care program that seeks to enhance the child’s feeling of worth, competence and responsibility through a wholesome, loving, learning Christian atmosphere. Our daily regimen is structured care promoting child contentment, development, and skill. We maintain flexibility to accommodate the needs of parents and employees. Children’s House offers full time and drop-in day care services, and a summer school-age program. [/togglecontent]

[togglebutton] Children’s House Parent Representatives [/togglebutton]

[togglecontent] Each October, two parents  from the day care center are asked by the Director to serve a one year term and one parent a 2 year term. These parents attend all of the Team meetings and are asked to be a voice for the Children’s House parents. The parent representatives are non-voting members but their suggestions and opinions are taken very seriously, and are very important to the Team and the day care director. Their work and home telephone numbers are printed in the Children’s House Newsletter so parents can contact the reps with concerns or questions. [/togglecontent]

[togglebutton] Summer School-Age Program [/togglebutton]

[togglecontent] We also offer a summer program for children ages 6-9. The summer program starts in June and ends in August. The program is filled with exciting activities, including various field trips such as miniature golf, bowling, picnics in the park, swimming, and roller skating. Tuition payments are due on Monday or Tuesday. Activity fees are due upon registration. There will be no refunds on Activity Fees as the tickets are purchased ahead of time. There will be a $5.00 fee late for late payments and a $25.00 fee for each returned check. [/togglecontent]

[togglebutton] Health [/togglebutton]

[togglecontent] We are licensed to provide care for healthy children. Each child must have an examination by a licensed physician within six months prior to admission. This medical evaluation is valid for two years
but immunizations must be kept up to date.
If a child becomes ill during the day, a parent will be contacted and the child must be picked up.
Parents are asked to keep their child home if he/she exhibits and of these symptoms which might
indicate a contagious disease: fever, rash, constant hacking cough,green runny nose, sneezing with
colds, redness of the throat or eyes, vomiting or diarrhea, or extreme fatigue. When a child is sent
home with a fever, he/she must be fever free for 24 hours without the aid of a fever reducer before returning to day care. Children who return before the required 24 hours will be sent home. [/togglecontent]

[togglebutton] Weather and Building Emergencies [/togglebutton]

[togglecontent] Children’s House will be open on all working days except when an emergency such as loss of electricity, breakdown of heating system, or drives and parking lots are inaccessible by winter storms,
necessitates a decision to close the building. If  closing is necessary due to weather, a decision will be made by the Director in conjunction with the Senior Pastor. Local TV and Radio stations will be informed by 6:30 am. If  a weather event or emergency occurs during the working day that requires children to be picked up parents will be notified by phone and email.                                                Fire drills and tornado drills are held regularly. In the event of a tornado warning the children will all be taken downstairs to the basement level until it is safe to return to the classroom or leave. [/togglecontent]

[togglebutton] Conferences and Visitation [/togglebutton]

[togglecontent] Please feel free to talk to our teachers. Conferences will be held at parent request and at the time of your child’s’ “Ages and Stages” evaluation.  [/togglecontent]

[togglebutton] Day Care Curriculum Objectives [/togglebutton]

[togglecontent] 1. To provide a brief daily lesson on a variety of subjects which encourage development of language and comprehension skills.
2. To coordinate language arts, music, visual arts, science, and health in order to develop the whole child.
3. To set aside a weekly sharing time in which each child is encouraged to speak and gain self confidence in the group.
4. To provide field trips and visits by resource persons to expand the child’s horizon.
5. To allow free play for children to interact and practice developing appropriate relationships with peers and adults.
6. To provide guided playtime for developing self-discipline, logical thought, and consequential behavior.
7. To assign duties which develop independence and self-sufficiency in routine tasks.
8. To promote large and small motor coordination in supervised recreation.
9. To incorporate Christian love in daily conversation and interaction but without teaching Baptist doctrine.
10. To bring forward the Christian concepts of God and Jesus at Christmas, Easter, and other appropriate times. [/togglecontent]

[togglebutton] Child Pick Up Policy [/togglebutton]

[togglecontent] In the event that a child is not picked up at 5:30 p.m., the following actions will be taken. At 5:35 p.m., we will try to contact the parents. At 5:45 p.m., we will call the child’s emergency contacts. If the child is still in our care at 6:00 p.m., we will contact the authorities. A late fee will also be assessed. [/togglecontent]

[togglebutton] License [/togglebutton]

[togglecontent] Children’s House Child Care is licensed by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services to care for children 6 weeks to 9 years of age. We also meet the standards set forth in regular inspections by the Department of Public Health and the State Fire Marshall’s Office. [/togglecontent]

[togglebutton] Hours of Operation [/togglebutton]

[togglecontent] Children’s House is open Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. We will observe the following holidays:

• New Year’s Day
• Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday
• Lincoln’s Birthday
* Professional Development Day (Casimir Pulaski)
• Memorial Day
• Independence Day
• Labor Day
* Professional Development Day (Columbus Day)
• Veterans’ Day
• Thanksgiving Day and the following day
• Christmas Eve Day and Christmas Day

After attending Children’s House for six (6) months, your child will be granted one week of vacation per year thereafter. Vacation days do not accumulate from the previous year and your child may not be in attendance during this time. Your vacation must be a full week and it can not be split between two or more weeks. You will not be charged for your vacation week. You are asked to give two weeks notice prior to using your vacation time. [/togglecontent]

[togglebutton] Security [/togglebutton]

[togglecontent] For the safety of the children and staff, Children’s House has installed a security system on all entrances, which include the north and south daycare entrances and church office entrance. Between
the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., the doors under the portico and the one on Jackson Street will be
locked. You must ring into the day care office, identify yourself, and wait to be admitted. [/togglecontent]

[togglebutton] Chapel Services [/togglebutton]

[togglecontent] The Pastor and staff members of Central Baptist Church lead chapel services twice a month for children ages three and four. They are 20 minute sessions filled with a Bible message, songs and
prayer in the sanctuary. The services are not centered around the Baptist belief system, rather they are
meant to bring the children together as a community for a celebration of God’s gifts to us. [/togglecontent]

[togglebutton] Finances [/togglebutton]

[togglecontent] Children’s House shall be financed primarily by student tuition and fees, secondarily, by the Central Baptist Church budget, and by other church groups and private memorials, grants and the Federal Nutrition Program (CACFP).

A non-refundable registration fee of $30.00 will be assessed upon application to our child care. Payments are due each Monday or Tuesday, or the first day of the week that the child attends. There will be a $5.00 fee for late payments and a $25.00 fee will be charged for returned checks. If an account goes unpaid for two weeks, that following Monday the client will be asked to pay for that week’s care and all subsequent weeks’ care in cash or certified check until parent is current. If payment is not made, the child/children can be expelled.
There is also a $25.00 charge for parents arriving after the 5:30 p.m. closing. At 5:45 p.m., parents will be billed another $25.00 for every additional 15 minutes their child is in the center.

The child care fees are different if your child is a “regular” versus a “drop-in”. A “regular” is a child
who has assigned days to attend. A “drop-in” is a child who is registered with the center and has a
medical form on file but only attends occasionally. “Regulars” who attend part time can reserve
occasional drop-in time at the drop-in rates. Rate sheets can be obtained through the office.
Children’s House does provide discounts to families with more than one child at the day care and the
Central Baptist Church members. For parents with more than one child at the day care, we offer a 5%
discount off the regular rates for second sibling and subsequent children, excluding drop-ins. Central
Baptist Church members receive a 10% discount for each child enrolled at regular rates and $2.00 off
each session, per child, registered as a drop-in.

Refunds will not be made for periodic absences. The weekly or monthly fee will remain the same
regardless of the child’s attendance or the closing of Children’s House due to holidays or bad weather.

Contract: Upon enrollment, you are required to sign an Enrollment and Fee agreement. This agreement can be broken or changed with a two-week written notice from the parent. Contracts are renewed annually. [/togglecontent]

[togglebutton] Policies For Parents [/togglebutton]

[togglecontent] 1. Parents must sign children in and out each day. We must be advised if someone other than a parent is to pick the child up. This person’s name should be on the consent form and he/she will be
required to show a driver’s license before the child will be released.
2. Parents should give advanced notice if their child will not be attending their scheduled day or
time.
3. Parents should send an extra set of clothing (labeled) to leave at Children’s House in case of an
“accident”.
4. Parents may send a special blanket, toy, pacifier, etc. for their child to keep at Children’s House.
Items should be taken home on Fridays to be cleaned.
5. Parents of infants will need to provide diapers, wipes, formula, and two complete changes of
clothing.
6. Parents should check with your child’s teacher, in advance, for birthday and other treat
arrangements. We request that birthday party invitations and presents not be brought to Children’s
House. We do not want to hurt anyone’s feelings.
7. Children’s House Staff will not toilet train children under the age of 2.
8. Parents may park in the church parking lot while dropping off or picking up your child at the day
care. It is also permitted on the right side of the ramp with a ten minute limit. Parking during the
day is not permitted unless you are engaged in activities at Central Baptist Church.
9. Breakfast may not be brought into the rooms. You may sit in the hallway with your child while they finish eating.
10. All children are to be escorted to their classrooms by parents.
11. Parents should send their older children dressed in play clothes that the child can manage alone. Shoes without slippery soles or heels and sleeves that will roll up will cause fewer problems. Please no flip flops and avoid clothes with drawstrings. Please clearly label all clothing and school bags with your child’s full name. Shorts or pants need to be worn under dresses.                                            12. Parents of children in the day care are encouraged to volunteer a service for your child’s class. This may take the form of driving for a field trip, donating refreshments for parties, and/or visiting the classroom to share a skill or talent. You are required to provide a car seat for children to use on their field trips if your child is under five years of age or under forty pounds.                                        13. Parents shall be aware if the Policies for Children.                                                    14. Children need to wash their hands with soap and water upon arrival to the classroom, after wiping or blowing their noses, after out door play and after coming into contact with any solid object.  [/togglecontent]

[togglebutton] Discipline [/togglebutton]

[togglecontent] There are many ways to keep children’s interests high and frustration level low, which create positive behaviors.  Playing, learning, friendships, and respect for others are all behaviors given positive  attention, while inappropriate behavior is redirected or dealt with in  accordance with the incident.  Physical punishment is NEVER used at Children’s House.  Guidance will always be positive,  productive, and immediate when behavior is  inappropriate. However, when it does become necessary to manage a child’s behavior, and he or she is more than 24 months old, the child will be directed to a quiet area until the child has         regained composure. Separation of the child from group activities is one minute per year of child’s age.  During this time, the teacher will then discuss with the child what happened and how next time the child might handle the situation differently.  Instead of physically reacting to the situation, the child is encouraged to use his/her words to express how he/she feels.  If several occurrences have occurred within the day or the child continues to be unmanageable, he/she may be taken out of the Center temporarily.[/togglecontent]

[togglebutton] Meals [/togglebutton]

[togglecontent] Our meals are prepared on site by a qualified, experienced food service manager according to the required standards for a balanced meal. On special occasions a meal maybe purchased outside of the center.A menu is posted on the bulletin board near the sign-in desk. The children are given breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack. In the Infant room we provide a high iron formula, high iron cereal, and baby food following a monthly infant menu in accordance with the Federal Nutrition Program (CACFP). In the Infant room only, you have the option of providing your own baby foods and formula to meet each infant’s individual needs. Mother’s are welcome to breast feed or provide breast milk for their child as well. [/togglecontent]

[togglebutton] Policies For Children [/togglebutton]

[togglecontent] 1. At Children’s House we take care and respect ourselves, each other and the environment around us.
2. We walk inside the building and are allowed to run outside.
3. We sit on our bottoms in our chairs with our feet on the floor.
4. We use quiet voices inside the building.
5. We touch other people gently and talk nicely to others.
6. We ask for a toy we want instead of taking away from others.
7. We wash our hands when entering the classroom, before and after eating, after using the restroom and after wiping our blowing noses.

8. We rest with our heads on our beds or cots during nap time.

9. We hold hands with a partner while on walks.

10. No gun play, war toys, or violent videos are allowed. [/togglecontent]

[togglebutton] Weather Policy [/togglebutton]

[togglecontent]In accordance with DCFS policy, children are to go outside at least once a day if the weather is appropriate for outside activity following the recommendations on the child care Weather chart. With that in mind, children need to have appropriate clothing for outside play. [/togglecontent]