Frequently Asked Questions about The Mead School Child Care Program
Our goal is to help you fully understand the vibrant learning community that is The Mead School. We welcome all inquiries, but our FAQ section provides answers to questions most commonly asked by applicant families.
Should you seek additional information, please contact Aneceia Forbes, Child Care Coordinator, at 203-595-9500 x24 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- What is your program philosophy?
- Is the program accredited?
- Do student to teacher ratios meet or exceed state standards?
- What is your approach to grouping children in each center?
- Does each center have a consistent team of designated teachers?
- Are there opportunities to communicate with teachers?
- Where do children spend time throughout their day at Mead?
- Is there a particular time for arrivals and departures?
- What kind of supplies are parents expected to provide?
- What is your policy for sick children attending The Mead School Early Learning Center ?
- Are teachers trained in CPR and first aid?
- What is your policy for closure due to inclement weather?
- Do you offer a payment plan?
- What is your discipline approach?
- How often do children go outside during the day?
- Your contract requires families to commit to the entire program year. What happens if we decide to withdraw?
- Is there an Open-Door Policy?
- Is there a difference between full and part-time enrollment?
- Do you have a list of parent references?
- Can we visit the campus?
The Early Learning Program is a play-based, hands-on, socially interactive learning environment committed to nurturing the development of the whole child. From our youngest infant to our oldest preschooler, we see each child as a developing human being, a life long learner, and an active participant in the learning process. We understand that each child develops at his or her own unique pace and we work to create an environment that addresses each child’s emotional, social and intellectual needs.
At Mead, we believe in establishing and maintaining open lines of communication with parents as a vital part of our approach to nurturing and educating the whole child. We communicate continuously with parents in a variety of ways, including daily conversations, weekly letters and e-notes, informational bulletin boards, parenting workshops, parent association meetings, family events and goals conferences. Our responsive staff is always willing to set up a mutually convenient time to discuss questions and comments about your child’s experience.
Our program opens each day at 6:15 AM and closes promptly at 6:00 PM. We find that most families fall into a fairly consistent routine with regard to drop off and pick up times. When planning for your routine, please keep in mind that each center maintains a specific schedule of activities.
In the morning, it is important to leave plenty of time for children to separate from their parents, transition into the center and create shared experiences with their peers before moving into the more structured part of the day. Ideally, this means that most children arrive no later than 9:00 AM, especially those ranging in age from two to five.
In the afternoon/evening, it is important to leave time for children to finish up whatever they might be working on before heading home.
We fully understand the need for a late arrival or early pick up from time to time. When times like this arise, we ask that you be in touch with your child’s teaching team. Together, you can put a plan in place to support a change in schedule.
With symptoms such as vomiting, fever and diarrhea, we ask that children be symptom-free for 24 hours before returning to Mead. We do not have a policy regarding runny noses or the common cold. We look at the whole child (symptoms and behavior) and ask for clearance from a health care practitioner when needed. Our complete policy can be found in our family handbook.
We understand that young children are learning how to be pro-social and for many, this is their first experience interacting with a group of peers. Rather than discipline, we support this process by using a wide variety of positive guidance techniques that enable children to develop a repertoire of strategies to use whenever they are feeling stuck. Among other things, we want children to learn how to understand, express and advocate for their needs and wants, respect the needs and wants of others, learn how to negotiate, compromise and problem solve.
Parents are welcome visitors and often participate in their child’s experience in a variety of ways. We often have nursing mothers in the Infant Center. Family members are encouraged to share books, stories, activities or important traditions with their child’s class. The best way to do this is to work with your child’s teaching team so that everyone can plan accordingly.
We hope you do! We encourage you to visit while the program is in session to get the full Mead experience. We offer individual tours during the day as well as three Open Houses and weekly Take-A-Look Thursday tours throughout the year so that you have a chance to speak directly with staff and parents. Many parents like the Open House and Take-A-Look Thursday as an extra opportunity to observe their child in the center with their teachers.