The After School Program follows the same behavior guidelines, including suspension and expulsion, as set forth in the student handbook on pages 23-27. The complete handbook can be found at https://www.catholic-schools.org/uploads/1/0/8/5/10857374/ics_student_parent_handbook_18-19.pdf We use positive behavior management techniques to help children learn appropriate behavior needed to be successful in-group care. We will use positive reinforcement, redirection and the setting of realistic expectations along with clear and consistent limits. We will not use discipline or behavior management techniques that are cruel, humiliating or otherwise damaging to the child. This program does not use corporal punishment. In a child care facility, when a child has a pattern of out-of-control
behavior, the child may be removed from the company of other children until the child's behavior has stabilized. Exclusionary practices are only to be used as a last resort in extraordinary circumstances where there is a serious safety concern that cannot be reduced or eliminated with reasonable accommodations. In addition, the child care facility shall develop a written plan with the child's parent to provide individualized social and emotional intervention supports for the child while the child is in care. The plan must include methods for understanding the child's behavior, and developing, adopting, and implementation a team-based positive behavior support plan with the intent to reduce challenging behavior and prevent suspensions and expulsions.
Under the Americans and Disabilities Act, a childcare program cannot discriminate based on a child's disability. The facility administrator or designee will discuss your child's strengths and reasonable accommodations that are needed to meet their needs with you before your child is enrolled in the After School Program. If your child needs additional staff support, we will collaborate with you on developing and implementing a detailed plan to meet your child's needs before enrollment. A Plan of Care will be written to ensure all requirements are met and will conduct regular assessments.
Cold Weather Outdoor Play: Outdoor play will be part of the child's daily activities except when the outdoor temperature/wind chill is lower than 20 degrees or when it's raining. Please provide appropriate clothing every day for weather conditions so your child can enjoy outdoor play.
Sample Daily Schedule:
2:20 to 2:30 Check in
2:30 to 3:30 outside recess
3:30 to 6:00 Pre-K snack- free choice activities, arts and crafts
K snack- then free choice activities
1st grade snack -free choice activities, arts and crafts
2nd & 3rd grade Homework/snack - then free choice activities
4th-6th grade Homework/snack - then free choice activities
Snacks: We will provide one snack, which will follow the USDA Meal Pattern Guidelines for requirements and serving size. Two sample snacks: Banana, Nilla Wafers, Water or Bagels with Cream Cheese, Milk. If your child has food allergies (i.e: nuts, dairy, wheat, etc) you are responsible for providing their snack.
Transportation: This facility does not provide transportation to and from the facility. During Camp Comet, we charter school buses from First Student to provide transportation. In a medical emergency, children will be transported by ambulance to the hospital.
Care Licensing- Parents' Guide to Licensed Child Care (Rev. 2/10/09) Page 1 of 2
PARENTS' GUIDE TO LICENSED CHILD CARE
Choosing care for your child is a significant decision.
When you entrust the care of your child to another person, you are making an important decision.
Visit, ask questions, and carefully compare several programs. Licensed care includes child care
homes, group homes, and centers. Your choice depends on what you want and need for your child.
Licensing is a key to quality child care.
Licensing promotes good care by setting basic standards. Before a center, group home, or home is
granted a child care license, it must meet minimum health, safety, and program requirements (see
summary below). A licensing representative from the Department of Health and Social Services
visits and inspects the facility and investigates complaints. The goal of licensing is to prevent risks to
children; however, licensing cannot guarantee that a facility meets all requirements at all times.
You as an informed parent are a key to quality child care.
Parents are responsible for choosing and monitoring their child's care. Licensors generally visit once a year, but you visit each time
you take your child. Visit unexpectedly sometimes or in the middle of the day. Keep an eye on the quality of care. What do you see
when you visit? Is the environment safe? Are caregivers capable and nurturing? How many children are present? Are meals
nutritious? Are activities appropriate? Watch how your infant responds to the program and listen to what your child says. You are
the person best able to decide whether the child care program meets your standards for safety, health, and quality.
If you have questions or concerns about your child's care.
Discuss concerns with your caregiver. Talk to the caregiver if you observe health or safety problems or if you feel the program needs
improvement. If you are still concerned, or if you believe children may be in danger or a standard is violated, contact your local
licensing office. The Child Care Program Office will investigate your complaint. Your local licensing office address and phone
HOW MANY CHILDREN MAY HOMES, GROUP HOMES, AND CENTERS CARE FOR?
(Children under the age of 13, including children related to caregivers under the age of 12)
CHILD CARE HOMES
No more than 8 children total under age
13, including caregiver's own children
under age 12
No more than 5 children without Fire
No more than 3 children under 30 months
No more than 2 non-ambulatory children
At least 1 adult caregiver
No more than 5 children in nighttime care
including caregiver's own children under
CHILD CARE GROUP HOMES
No more than 12 children total under age
No more than 5 children under 30 months
No more than 4 non-ambulatory children
No more than 5 children in nighttime care
including caregiver's own children under
2 caregivers required
Exception: one caregiver may care for
8 children if home requirements are met
10 children if all are over 30 months,12
children if all are school age AND
caregiver has completed one year of
licensed home child care or the
caregiver meets the college credit, CDA,
or Montessori credential requirements
CHILD CARE CENTERS
13 or more children
1 caregiver for every 5 infants
(birth through 18 months)
1 caregiver for every 6 toddlers
(19 months up to 36 months)
1 caregiver for every 10 preschool
children (3 and 4 year olds)
1 caregiver for every 14 kindergarten
children (5 and 6 year olds)
1 caregiver for every 18 school age
children (7 through 12 years old)
Department of Health and Social Services
Child Care Program Office
542 4th Avenue, Suite 212
(907) 451-3198 (or toll free within Alaska 1-888-268-4632 and ask for Northern office)
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SUMMARY OF STATE CHILD CARE LICENSE REQUIREMENTS
PARENTS Are responsible for selecting safe, appropriate care for their child Are responsible for monitoring their child's care Provide current emergency information and immunization records for their child, and update it at least semi-annually Are encouraged to visit their child anytime the child is in care Receive written child care policies
LICENSING Child care license is required if more than 4 children (not related to caregiver) are in care License must be renewed every 2 years Facility (including building, staff and program) is assessed before a license is issued Complaints are investigated Licensing files are open to public review
CAREGIVERS Are required to care for children in a safe, healthy way May not have a physical, behavioral, or domestic violence problem that poses a significant risk to children in care Administrator, caregivers of a facility, and those 16 or over having contact with children in the facility must have a valid criminal history check that is conducted by the State of Alaska Background Check Unit. Administrator, caregivers of a facility, and those 16 or over having contact with children in the facility must be fingerprinted Caregivers meet early childhood training requirements Caregivers know the whereabouts of children at all times
SAFETY Children are always supervised by an adult Caregiver with First Aid and CPR training is always present Facility is free of hazards inside and out Medicine and toxic materials are labeled and stored safely out of reach Firearms and ammunition are prohibited in a child care center. Firearms and ammunition must be stored as required in regulation for a child care home and group home Electric outlets have child proof cover caps if children under age 5 are in care Emergency information is kept for each child Facility must meet specific requirements for transporting children
HEALTH Facility meets sanitation and safety standards Meals and snacks are nutritious Children are immunized or have a valid exemption Parents are notified if their child is exposed to a contagious or communicable disease Facility must meet regulations if caring for mildly ill children Facility may not care for a seriously ill child unless a medical provider approves attendance Drinking water is safe Smoking is not allowed Medicine is given only with parent permission Food preparation and handling are sanitary
EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES Furniture and equipment are safe and durable Infant walkers are not allowed Toys are adequate and varied Children have storage space for their belongings Children under age 5 must have a cot/mat/bed and bedding that is clean and sanitary for resting Infants must sleep in a safe crib or playpen without materials that could increase the risk of suffocation
PROGRAM Promotes children's healthy development Includes quiet and active, group and individual, indoor and outdoor activities Program includes minimum of 20 minutes of vigorous physical activity for every 3 hours facility is open between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. TV, movie viewing and computer and video game playing are limited to children's programs and do not exceed 1½ hours in a 24-hour period Computer learning activities do not exceed 2 hours a day High risk activities are not allowed Parent permission is required for moderate risk activities (for example, field trips)
BEHAVIOR GUIDANCE Is positive, and never cruel, humiliating, or damaging to the child Sets realistic expectations and clear and consistent limits Is not related to eating, napping, or toileting Child may not be removed from other children for more than 10 minutes Corporal punishment of children in care is not allowed. (Corporal punishment means "the infliction of bodily pain as a penalty for a disapproved behavior. It includes shaking, spanking, delivering a blow with a part of the body or an object, slapping, punching, pulling or any other action that seeks to induce pain."
FIRE SAFETY Facility meets fire safety standards