OUR TEACHERS
Our FELC staff members are here because they are caring and committed to the well being of children. This is a job with a greater purpose. Each teacher brings his or her own unique teaching style to the environment. All teachers are CPR certified and trained in First Aid. They also enhance their knowledge by continuing to learn and educate themselves in child development. This is done through classes, seminars and reading.

TUITION
Tuition is to be paid in full on Monday of each week or on the first day your child(ren) attend. If one of your scheduled days falls on a day FELC is closed, tuition charges still apply. It is not possible to switch your contracted days. You can only add days at an additional cost if there is availability in the room. Families with part-time schedules must maintain the same days per week as stated in their contract. FELC requires a two-day minimum for part time enrollment. Payments must be made by cash, check, or online. Please bring cash payments in an envelope with the family name and amount on the front. Payment boxes are located in the lobby near the Infant Room (double door entrance), in the School-Age Room, and in the office. A late fee of $25.00 is added to your bill each week the tuition is not paid in full. There will be a $35.00 charge on all NSF checks that are returned. Payment is required for all contracted days your child is scheduled to attend whether your child is present or not.

REGISTRATION
There is a registration fee of $75.00 for the first child and $25.00 for every additional child. Prior to enrollment at FELC, you will need to have the following completely filled out and handed into the office­--

Registration Form Tuition Contract
Registration Fee Paid Emergency Card
Immunization/Physical Forms  

WITHDRAWAL POLICY
In the event that you decide to withdraw your child, two weeks written notice is necessary in order to make a smooth transition for parent, child and FELC.

VACATIONS
You will receive a vacation credit after attending FELC for a full calendar year from your start date. This credit is to be used within one consecutive week. The credit will be equal to your regularly scheduled days of care. For example, if you come only on Monday, Wednesday and Friday then only those days will be credited as vacation days. Vacation days cannot be carried over into the following year. A request must be made in writing to the director at least two weeks in advance, so we may plan and schedule accordingly. The credit does not apply to preschool only children or children whose parents are teachers who take the summer off.

ENVIRONMENT
One’s environment is a great force in how a person behaves and feels. The shape of the room, how the space is divided up, the equipment, the temperature, colors and décor all affect how children feel. We want the way we decorate our walls to stimulate thinking and be a showcase of your child’s work.

Each toy in the classroom has been placed purposefully to be used as a learning tool. We believe the environment should support the child’s development by offering interactive experiences that are challenging and safe for their age group. We believe we have achieved this by accommodating a variety of age appropriate activities.

IDENTIFICATION
You may be asked to show your ID if a member of our staff does not recognize you. Please do not take offense; this is just a precautionary step to ensure the safety and protection of your child. Your name will then be matched to the child’s identification card.

DAYS FELC IS CLOSED

New Year’s Day 1st Friday in November - Inservice
Memorial Day Thanksgiving Day
4th Monday of June - Inservice Day after Thanksgiving
4th of July Christmas Eve
Labor Day Christmas Day

IMPORTANT PEOPLE
You are welcome to make unannounced visits at any time. Grandparents and guardians are welcome as well. They are an integral part of your child’s development and we would not want to exclude them in any way. Please make sure all such people are listed on your child’s emergency card.

LOYALTY CLAUSE
While we encourage our families to use our teachers for evening and weekend babysitting, we do have an established policy that states that the FELC teachers may not quit their positions here in order to provide private care. We also ask that the childcare not interfere with the regular working hours of our employees.

MEDICATIONS
If your child needs any medication (Tylenol, Chap Stick and Sunscreen) while he or she is at the center, a medical form must be filled out prior to dispensing the medicine. Because of this, you may want to fill out a form and bring in Tylenol to have on hand at the center. All medicine will be kept locked up in the office medicine cabinet out of the reach of children. We always call and ask before we give your child medicine.

DISCIPLINE
Discipline involves helping a child gain control over his or her behavior and emotions.

Positive methods of discipline used include:

In some situations a child may be asked to have a time out until he/she can calm down and rejoin the activities. Time out is never used for children under the age of three.

IMMUNIZATIONS and PHYSICALS
Immunizations and physicals are required for all children at FELC. Please have your file updated on each trip to your pediatrician. This allows FELC to maintain compliance with the Health Department regulations. Forms may be picked up in the office.

MEDICAL EMERGENCIES
In the event of an emergency, you will be notified immediately. Please make sure that all information on the emergency card is current so that we can contact you if necessary. If you need to update your emergency card or add the name of a person to whom your child can be released, please inform the office.

SICK POLICY
If your child becomes ill at home, please call and let us know that your child will be absent. If you have kept your child home due to illness, please do not send them back until they have been free of symptoms for 24 hours. If your child becomes ill at the center, you will be contacted immediately. We consider it to be an illness when your child is exhibiting symptoms such as a fever of 101 degrees or higher, vomiting, diarrhea, sore throat, eye infection or any other health concerns. Once you have been called, you will need to make every effort to pick up your child within one hour or make arrangements for someone else to come. (Remember: If someone else is picking up your child, you must notify the office.) If we are unable to contact you then we will call a person listed on your child's emergency contact list.

We want what is best for your child, so a phone call will be made to you whenever there is concern about your child’s health. We understand that children get colds and many have allergies. However, if your child has been sent home sick, they may not return to the center for 24 hours, unless they are fever free for 24 hours without the aide of medication, have been on an antibiotic for 24 hours, or have a doctor's note. We want to do our best not to spread any sickness to the other children at the center.

WEATHER EMERGENCIES
FELC, unless extreme circumstances arise, will not close due to bad weather. In case of a tornado watch, the children will continue on with regularly scheduled activities indoors. If a tornado warning should occur while the children are present, children and teachers will take shelter in the designated areas. During this time parents may pick up their children if they so desire. We will hold two tornado drills during the tornado season.

Fire drills will also be done at least four times per year. We will explain to the children what they are and why they are important. A commercial fire alarm is used in the main lobby of FELC.

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