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Table of Contents

General Center Information ............................................................................................................................... 2 Communication .................................................................................................................................................. 3 Enrollment Policy ................................................................................................................................................ 3 Fees ..................................................................................................................................................................... 3 Payments & Schedules ....................................................................................................................................... 4 Open Door Policy ................................................................................................................................................ 5 Custody/Court Orders ........................................................................................................................................ 5 Dress Code .......................................................................................................................................................... 5 Supplies............................................................................................................................................................... 6 Donations ........................................................................................................................................................... 6 Infant Daily Schedule .......................................................................................................................................... 7 Toddler Daily Schedule ....................................................................................................................................... 7 Preschool Daily Schedule.................................................................................................................................... 7 Meals .................................................................................................................................................................. 8 Discipline Policy .................................................................................................................................................. 8 Parent-Teacher Conferences .............................................................................................................................. 8 Children’s Observations...................................................................................................................................... 8 Cultural Awareness ........................................................................................................................................... 11 Special Needs.................................................................................................................................................... 11 Suspected Child Abuse ..................................................................................................................................... 11 Health & Safety Policies .................................................................................................................................... 11 Curriculum Planning ......................................................................................................................................... 14 Emergency Procedures ..................................................................................................................................... 16 Termination of Service ..................................................................................................................................... 19 Withdrawal ....................................................................................................................................................... 19 Parent Notification of Licensing Notebook ...................................................................................................... 19 Parent and Family Resources ........................................................................................................................... 19 1| Happy Apples – Parent Handbook (Updated 2019)


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Mission Statement At Happy Apples Child Development Center, we believe in the value and individuality of each child we serve. Our childcare experience is designed to promote each child’s own individual social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development. As caregivers and educators, our mission is to provide a safe and developmentally appropriate learning environment, which fosters a child’s natural desire to explore, discover, create, and become a lifelong learner.

Philosophy Our program is built around the concept that children are born ready to learn. As caregivers, we strive to create a learning environment that is safe, stimulating and encouraging.       

Children develop knowledge of their world through active interactions with caregivers, peers, materials, and events. Learning is sequential, building on prior understandings and experiences. Learning proceeds at different rates in each area and each child; children will show a range of skills and understandings in any one area of development. Learning in each area is interconnected. Young children learn best through experiences, which incorporate several areas of development. Learning is embedded in a culture. Children learn best when their learning activities are rooted in a familiar cultural context. Learning begins in the family, continues in early care and education settings, and depends on parent involvement and caregiver guidance. All children have the potential to achieve the Standards with appropriate support and instruction.

General Center Information ADMINISTRATION Director: Ann Wiegand Office: 231-894-2503 Address:

Cell: 231-286-6917

115 W. Lewis Street, Whitehall, MI 49461

HOURS OF OPERATION Happy Apples is open Monday through Friday from 5:30am to 6:30pm. The center is closed for the following holidays. New Year’s Eve & Day Memorial Day Independence Day

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Labor Day Thanksgiving (2 days) Christmas (2 weeks)


Weather Related Closings Happy Apples will remain open during most severe weather. The Director will monitor the weather and local news stations to determine when it is appropriate to close the center early or cancel care for the following day. In the event that Happy Apples closes early or cancels care for the following day, parents will be contacted and informed of the situation. Children should be picked up in a reasonable amount of time to ensure all parents, children, and staff can travel safely home.

Communication It is the parent’s responsibility to notify Happy Apples with any changes in information such as;   

New address/phone number/work information Someone other than a parent is picking up your child (Note: We will not release your child to someone who is not listed on the “Emergency Contact” form without written notice from the parent) If your child is ill or not attending Happy Apples for the day(s) scheduled

It is Happy Apples goal to keep parents up-to-date on current situations. Every month a newsletter is put out with any information you may need to know about what your child is doing while at Happy Apples. It is very important that parents look in their mailboxes on a daily basis. Parent mailboxes are located in the front office by the sign in sheets.

Enrollment Policy The forms listed below must be filled out before your child can start. Some of these forms will need to be updated yearly.     

Child Information Card – must be updated yearly or as changes occur Enrollment Form & Income Eligibility Form – must be updated yearly Food Allergies/Medical Forms Health History – must be updated yearly Topical Non-Prescription Medication Form – must be updated yearly

There is a $10.00 registration fee for the first child and a $5.00 fee for each additional child that is enrolled from the same family. This fee is to be paid before any paperwork is given to prospective enrollment.

Fees FULL-TIME Full time hours are 32 or more hours a week. The following are the current full time rates per child.  

$4.25/hour – for children 2-1/2 years old and up $4.25/hour – for children under 2-1/2 years old

PART-TIME Effective April 1, 2018, Happy Apples will no longer be accepting part time children.

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Fees are subject to change and all parents will be given a written notice of any and all changes.

Payments & Schedules Payments are due in advance. Schedules and payments are due for the following week on Thursday, by 6:00pm. Payments can be made with check or cash. Happy Apples will charge a $10.00 late fee for payment that is not turned in by Monday. If you need to make arrangements for your bill, please come and talk to Ann. Happy Apples will charge a $25.00 returned check fee and after 2 returned checks you may no longer pay by check, only cash. We understand that things may come up and sometimes you will need to change your schedule. This is not a problem most of the time. If you need to change a day or hours please call Happy Apples as soon as you know about the change, as the staff is scheduled according to how many children are in attendance. If your child misses a scheduled day, there will be no fee as long as you call Happy Apples prior to the time your child is scheduled. However, if this is a reoccurring issue, Happy Apples may request a doctor’s slip for your child. If your child does not attend Happy Apples on a scheduled day and there is no call, you will be charged the normal hourly fee that your child was scheduled to attend.

DHS PAYMENTS DHS payments are accepted as partial payments. Parents are responsible to pay the percentage that DHS does not pay. Parents are also responsible to pay the full amount until DHS payments are approved through the Department of Human Services. DHS will only pay back payments to the date that the application was received in the Department of Human Service office, not the date the child started daycare services. DHS ONLY PAYS THE PERCENTAGE OF $2.50 PER HOUR for children who are 2-1/2 and up.

LATE PICK-UP If you are running late, please call Happy Apples and let the staff know. You will be charged for the time your child stays at Happy Apples. If you receive DHS assistance and you are later than 6:30pm to pick up your child (ren), you will be charged the full hourly amount. Happy Apples is only licensed to be open until 6:30pm, therefore we cannot charge DHS for time after 6:30pm.

ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE Your child is going to miss you when you cannot be with them. This is a very normal reaction and all children respond differently. Some are hesitant, while others cry. It is normal for your child to cry on arrival, especially for the first few weeks. Try not to get upset over their crying because it will stop within a few minutes after you leave. If your child does a significant amount of crying at drop-off time, please make your stay brief. It is harder on a child when you prolong your stay with too many hugs and kisses. A quick hug and kiss and let them know you will return is a great way to let them know you love them and yes you will be back. Usually within 5 minutes after a parent leaves, the children are playing and happy. If you are worried, please call Happy Apples and check on your child to make sure they are happy and content. If any child cries for more than 15 minutes straight, the parent will be contacted. Please try to make sure your child is not throwing toys, hitting other children, or running up the halls during drop off and pick up times. This is a time of testing to see if they can get away with breaking the rules because their parents are here. Children tend to act up a bit at departure times. This is normal since they are excited to see parents, and upset about leaving their friends. Children of all ages adjust to the transition of going home differently. Most do not like to be too rushed (sometimes a quick look at what they have been doing all day will make the departure a lot easier) and some do not like to wait too long once they are ready to depart.

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Please do not let your child run out to the car when they are leaving. There could be a car coming into the driveway and they may not be able to see your child.

Open Door Policy Please come by anytime to check on your child. However, please keep in mind that most young children are used to a certain routine and when they see their parents come through the door, they are going to think it is time to go home and when you leave without them they are going to be pretty upset. Also, please keep in mind that your own child may tend to act up because you are present and that is very normal behavior, so do not be alarmed.

Custody/Court Orders Happy Apples will need a copy of any court order(s) that pertain to the child (ren) in our care. These will include, but are not limited to:   

Custody of the child (ren) Visitation rights, if parent is picking up at Happy Apples Order to pay child care bill (If you have an order to split the weekly amount of child care with the non-custodial parent, Happy Apples will need a copy of that order. Happy Apples also has the right to share information with each parent. If one parent does not pay the bill, that will affect if the child (ren) can continue to attend Happy Apples.

Happy Apples has no legal authority to tell either parent that he/she cannot pick up their child unless we have a copy of the court order stating that one parent has been granted temporary or permanent custody. Happy Apples will need a photo copy of the court order with the court’s signature to keep in the child’s file.

Dress Code Please send your child in play clothes, or clothes that may get dirty. Happy Apples will do their best to keep your child clean, but things do happen. We will be working with messy materials, such as painting, and other activities throughout the day. Children should arrive dressed for play and clothing should be comfortable for outdoor play. Please make sure your child has rubber-soled shoes or sneakers (see below). If your child wants to arrive with sandals or other shoes on that is fine, but please make sure you bring other shoes to change into. Make sure to bring hats, mittens, boots and coats for cold weather. Each child must have a change of clothing in case of an accident. These clothes should be labeled with your child’s name.

OUTDOOR PLAY We also spend a lot of time playing outside. Every day the children will go outside, except when the temperature is below 30° F or raining out. In the summer months, if the heat index is too high then we will keep the children inside. We ask that children wear rubber-soled shoes for outdoor play. Sandals, jellies, crocs, and flip-flops hinder a child’s ability to participate and often create safety hazards. You may provide a pair of water shoes that follow the shoe guidelines for water play. Happy Apples believes that outdoor play is important for every child, each day. Please do not ask that your child stay inside, as we do not staff for one-to-one care.

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Supplies The following are supplies that parent(s) need to send to Happy Apples with their child every day. Please write your child’s name on all belongings. Please do not allow your child to bring toys from home. A blanket and stuffed animal are acceptable for rest time.

INFANTS        

Diapers Wipes Pacifier, if needed Formula/Breastmilk Baby Food (until the child eats table food) Bibs Complete change of clothes (as they get soiled, we will leave them in a plastic bag in your child’s box to be taken home) Sunscreen, in the summer

TODDLERS & PRESCHOOLERS    

Diapers/Pull-ups Wipes Complete change of clothes (as they get soiled, we will leave them in a plastic bag in your child’s box to be taken home) Sunscreen, in the summer

Licensing rules require that all diapers are changed when wet or soiled. Parents must supply all diapers and wipes. Parents must also provide Happy Apples with any ointments or powders that their child may need (a medication form must also be filled out). Toilet training will be agreed upon by both the parents and Happy Apples so that a consistent routine can be established. Parents must send enough formula or breastmilk to last the child for the hours they are in care. All formula must be pre-made and in bottles ready to heat and serve. Bottles must have the name of child, date, and contents listed on each. Breastmilk must come in bottles. All unused formula or breastmilk will be discarded at the end of the feeding. Happy Apples is not allowed to make any formula per licensing rules. All bottles must come pre-made.

Donations Happy Apples appreciates any of the following donations for our projects:       

Construction Paper Computer Paper Crayons Markers Glue Paint Paper products, such as paper towels, toilet paper, paper cups, paper plates, plastic silverware

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Infant Daily Schedule Infants will be allowed to eat and sleep on demand. Happy Apples will give infants floor time and tummy time, along with plenty of one-on-one contact with the Caregiver. Infants will also have outside time throughout the day. Happy Apples encourages all children to brush their teeth, so staff will used a gauze pad to clean the infant’s gums after they eat or drink a bottle.

Toddler Daily Schedule 5:30 – 8:00 6:30 – 8:30 8:30 – 9:00 9:00 – 9:15

Arrival / Free Play Breakfast / Teeth Brushing Outside / Large Motor Circle Time / Story Time

9:15 – 10:00 10:00 – 10:15 10:15 – 11:00 11:00 – 12:00 12:00 – 12:15 12:15 – 12:45

Learning Centers Morning Snack Learning Centers Outside / Large Motor Wash up / Story Time Lunch / Bathroom / Teeth Brushing

12:45 – 2:45 2:45 – 3:00 3:00 – 4:30 4:30 – 5:00 5:00 – 5:15 5:15 – 6:30

Rest Time Afternoon Snack Outside / Large Motor Learning Centers Story Time Free Play / Pick-up

Preschool Daily Schedule 5:30 – 8:00 6:30 – 8:30 8:30 – 9:00

Arrival / Free Play Breakfast / Teeth Brushing / Free Play Outside / Large Motor

9:00 – 9:15 9:15 – 10:00 10:00 – 10:15 10:15 – 11:00 11:00 – 12:00 12:00 – 12:15

Circle Time / Story Time Learning Centers Morning Snack Learning Centers Outside / Large Motor Wash up / Story Time

12:15 – 12:45 12:45 – 2:45 2:45 – 3:00 3:00 – 4:30 4:30 – 5:00 5:00 – 5:15

Lunch / Bathroom / Teeth Brushing Rest Time Afternoon Snack Outside / Large Motor Learning Centers Story Time

5:15 – 6:30

Free Play / Pick-up

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Meals Happy Apples participates in the USDA Child Food Program. Parents will be given a form (attached) that will need to be filled out by your child’s first day of care. Happy Apples will be reimbursed for some of the food that we feed the children. It is a big help with the price of food these days and it allows purchasing more nutritional food items for your child. Meals will consist of breakfast, morning snack, lunch, and afternoon snack. Menus will be posted, but if you would like a copy to take home, please ask. If your child has allergies, or requires a special diet, then you will need to provide a written note from your child’s doctor stating this information. Due to food allergies, no outside food is allowed at Happy Apples! Please do not let your child bring snacks with them.

Discipline Policy Happy Apples believes that discipline should promote self-control, self-esteem, and cooperation. Happy Apples has expectations for behavior that are clear, consistent, and developmentally appropriate for the children. When inappropriate behavior occurs, the staff at Happy Apples will: 1. 2. 3.

Redirect the behavior. If this fails the staff will discuss the problem with the child to resolve the issue. Occasionally a child will need to be removed from the situation until they are able to gain self-control. If all discipline measures produce unsatisfactory results, Happy Apples will contact the parents for a meeting.

Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES swill there be any spanking, physical abuse, verbal abuse, name calling, or isolation used. Neither food nor sleep will ever be withheld from children as a means of punishment.

Parent-Teacher Conferences Happy Apples will conduct Parent-Teacher Conferences twice a year. They will be done in January and in July. These can be done in different ways. For example, being face to face or via telephone or email; whichever works better for the parent. The purpose of the conference is to let the parent know how their child is doing and if there are any concerns on the teacher’s part or the parent part. These meetings will be scheduled regularly, but at any time the parent or teacher can request a meeting before the scheduled conference.

Children’s Observations Happy Apples will use Ages and Stages Observation Forms to complete observations on all children. This tool will be used to discuss the children’s growth and development at the parent-teacher conferences. If the staff at Happy Apples feels that there is adequate reason to meet with parents before the scheduled conference to go over the ASQ, then a meeting will be set up with the parents and teachers.

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Happy Apples Child Development Center 115 West Lewis Street Whitehall, MI 49461 Dear Participant/Parent-Guardian: This letter is intended for adults/parents or parents/guardians of participants enrolled in a day care center. Happy Apples Child Development Center offers healthy meals to all enrolled participants as part of our participation in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). The CACFP provides reimbursements for healthy meals and snacks served to participants enrolled in care. Please help us comply with the requirements of the CACFP by completing the attached Household Income Eligibility Statement (HIES). In addition, by filling out this form, we will be able to determine eligibility for free or reduced price meals. 1. Do I need to fill out a HIES for each participant enrolled in care? You may complete and submit one CACFP Household Income Eligibility Statement for all participants enrolled in day care in your household only if those in day care are enrolled in the same center. We cannot approve a form that is not complete, so be sure to read the instructions carefully and fill out all required information. Return the completed form to: [Happy Apples Child Development Center, 115 W Lewis St. Whitehall, MI 49461]. 2. Which adult and child care institutions can receive free meal reimbursement without providing household income information? Adults receiving Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Food Assistance Program (FAP) Family Independence Program (FIP), or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) are eligible for free meals. Children in households receiving FAP, FIP, or FDPIR can get free meals. Foster children and children enrolled in Head Start Programs are also eligible for free meals. 3. Who can get reduced price meals? You may get low cost meals if your household’s income is within the reduced price limits on the federal income eligibility guidelines, effective July 1, 2019 until June 30, 2020, shown below: Family Size 1 2 3 4 For each additional family member add:

Yearly Income $23,107 $31,284 $39,461 $47,638 $8,177

Monthly Income $1,926 $2,607 $3,289 $3,970 $682

Weekly $445 $602 $759 $917 $158

Refer to the Instructions for Participants/Parents/Guardians Household Income Eligibility Statement on how to complete the HIES. Find the category that most closely defines your household and follow the directions for completing each part of the HIES. If your household income is greater than the levels shown on the above CACFP income guidelines, it is not necessary for you to complete the HIES form. Families with Children: Your family may be eligible to receive health insurance, called MIChild, through the State of Michigan. MIChild is a health insurance program for uninsured children of Michigan’s working families. To determine if your family is eligible, call 1-888-9886300 for an application or access an online application at the MIChild website (www.michigan.gov/michild). You can also access the MIChild brochure that briefly explains the insurance program. Your family may be eligible to receive Women, Infants & Children (WIC), a health and nutrition program that has demonstrated a positive effect on pregnancy outcomes, child growth and development. To determine eligibility, call 1-800-26-BIRTH or access online information at Women, Infants, & Children (WIC) website (http://www.michigan.gov/wic) to learn about WIC and locate a local WIC agency. 4. May I fill out a form if someone in my household is not a U.S. citizen? Yes. Participants and family members do not have to be U.S. citizens to qualify for meal benefits offered at the center.

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5. Who should I include as members of my household? You must include all people in your household (such as grandparents, other relatives, or friends who live with you). You must include yourself and all children who live with you. You also may include foster children who live with you. 6. How do I report income information and changes in employment status? The income you report must be the total gross income listed by source for each household member and the frequency the income is received. If recent income does not accurately reflect your circumstances, you may provide a projection of your income. If no significant change has occurred, you may use last month’s income as a basis to make this projection. If your household’s income is equal to or less than the amounts indicated for your household’s size on the federal income eligibility guidelines listed above, the family day care home will receive a higher level of reimbursement. Once properly approved for the higher reimbursement rate, whether through income or by providing a current FAP, FIP, FDPIR case number, or listing the name of other categorically eligible programs, you will remain eligible for those benefits for 12 months. You should, however, notify us if you or someone in your household becomes unemployed and the loss of income unemployment causes your household income to be within the eligibility standards. 7. What if my income is not always the same? List the amount that you normally receive. For example, if you normally receive $1,000 every two weeks, but you missed some work in the last two weeks and only received $900, put down that you receive $1,000 per every two weeks. If you normally receive overtime, include it, but not if you only receive it sometimes. 8. What if I have foster children? Foster children that are under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court are eligible for free meals. Any foster child in the household is eligible for free meals regardless of income. Households may include foster children on the HIES, but are not required to include payments received for the foster child as income. 9. We are in the military. Do we include our housing and supplemental allowances as income? If your housing is part of the Military Housing Privatization Initiative and you receive the Family Subsistence Supplemental Allowance, do not include these allowances as income. Also, in regard to deployed service members, only that portion of a deployed service member’s income made available by them or on their behalf to the household will be counted as income to the household. Combat Pay, including Deployment Extension Incentive Pay (DEIP), is also excluded and will not be counted as income to the household. All other allowances must be included in your gross income. In the operation of child feeding programs, the U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.) If you have other questions or need help, call 231-894-2503. Sincerely, Ann Wiegand Director Happy Apples Child Development Center

Non-Discrimination Statement In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html) online, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call 866-632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of The Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: 202-690-7442; or (3) email: program.intake@usda.gov. This institution is an equal opportunity provider. Rev. 6/2019

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Cultural Awareness Happy Apples will accommodate any child who may have different cultural traditions. To be able to accommodate the child, Happy Apples may request information and conferences with the child’s parents. The staff will become as knowledgeable as possible about the child and family culture. Some of the ways Happy Apples will be able to do this includes:     

Treating families with respect and sensitivity Learning accurate information about the families and their culture and traditions Encourage families to be involved in their child’s learning at Happy Apples Ask families what the best way to communicate with them is (verbal, written, text, email) Families where English is their second language are encouraged and assisted in becoming knowledgeable about the cognitive value for children of knowing more than one language and provide them with the strategies to support, maintain, and preserve home language Happy Apples will continue to acquire training to further their knowledge of culture, language, and diversity

Special Needs Happy Apples accepts children with special needs and will accommodate them as much as possible. Special Need children will be part of the whole classroom and will have the opportunity to socialize with their peers. Together, with the families, we will put together a plan if needed for the child. Routine conferences will be held to assess any issues and to evaluate planning measures. Happy Apples goal is to welcome any child with special needs and to work with the family to give the best possible care to the child. Happy Apples will meet this goal by doing the following:      

Maintaining open communication with the parents Accommodate child’s learning style Have appropriate supplies and materials Teachers will gain appropriate education to be able to work with the child Sharing all information with parents Help families find the services that pertain to their family and child

Having a plan for special needs children will help both the families and Happy Apples by knowing what to expect. Happy Apples teachers will be able to better care for the child when both parties are making the child’s care the priority. When the parents take an active part in sharing information, that information can help Happy Apples meet the needs of the child.

Suspected Child Abuse The State of Michigan requires that all members of childcare be observant and report to the State any and all cases of abuse to a child. Therefore, Happy Apples staff is obligated to report to the State any suspected cases of child abuse and/or neglect.

Health & Safety Policies To provide a healthy and safe environment, Happy Apples staff is required to take the following actions on a daily basis: 1.

2.

Wash hands of children and adults  Before and after eating or handling food  After using the restroom and after changing diapers  After coughing or wiping nose  All staff will wash hands upon arrival and before any contact with children Provide tissues throughout the center

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3. 4. 5.

Teach children and adults to sneeze and cough into a tissue Clean and sanitize diaper changing area after each use Clean and disinfect all toys and play areas

A child who becomes ill while at Happy Apples will be removed from the classroom in order to limit exposure of other children to communicable disease. Happy Apples reserves the right to make the final determination of exclusion due to illness. Any exceptions to our illness policy will require a written note from a licensed physician stating that the child is not contagious. Parents will be notified by telephone. If you are not available, we will leave a message and wait for a return call. Staff will let you know if your child has a temperature or if their behavior has changed in any way. If the child needs to be picked up, staff will call the child’s first emergency contact.

ILLNESS Our first priority at Happy Apples is providing a healthy, safe learning environment for all children. Children will be sent home as soon as possible if any of the following is experienced: an illness prevents the child from participating comfortably in activities (as determined by the staff); an illness results in a greater need for care than the staff can reasonably provide without compromising the health or safety of other children in the classroom; or a child is experiencing any of the following conditions:                      

Fever of 101° or higher, accompanied by behavior changes or other signs/symptoms of illness Signs/symptoms of severe illness, including: lethargy, uncontrolled coughing, inexplicable irritability or persistent crying, difficulty breathing, and/or wheezing Diarrhea (not associated with diet changes or medications) until diarrhea stops or the continued diarrhea is deemed not be infectious by a licensed health care professional. Blood in stools not explainable by dietary change, medication, or hard stools Vomiting (two more instances in past 24 hours) until vomiting resolves or until a health care provider determines the cause for vomiting is not contagious and the child is not in danger of dehydration Persistent abdominal pain (continues more than 2 hours) or intermittent pain associated with fever or other signs/symptoms of illness Mouth sores with drooling, unless a health care provider determines the sores are not contagious Rash with fever or behavior change, until a physician determines that it is not indicate a communicable disease Pink eye (conjunctivitis) until after treatment has been initiated Head lice, from the end of the day until after first treatment Scabies, until after treatment has been completed Tuberculosis, until a health care provider states that the child is on appropriate therapy and can attend Impetigo, until 24 hours after treatment has been initiated Strep throat, until 24 hours after initial antibiotic treatment and cessation of fever Chicken pox, until all sores have dried and crusted (usually 6 days) Pertussis, until 5 days of appropriate antibiotic treatment has been completed Mumps, until 9 days after onset of symptoms Hepatitis A virus, until 1 week after onset of illness Measles, until 4 days after onset of rash Rubella, until 6 days after onset of rash Herpes simplex, with uncontrollable drooling Unspecified respiratory tract illness accompanied by another illness which requires exclusion

NOTICE OF EXPOSURE & REPORTING DISEASE If a child or staff member is found to have a communicable disease, all parents will be notified. In the event a child is reported to have a communicable disease, the Director will notify the health department.

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MEDICATION AUTHORIZATIONS Staff members may not administer medication to any child unless a parent has completed a Medication Authorization Form. Parents must indicate a start date and end date, a reason for the medication, and the dosage. If a child becomes ill while at Happy Apples and parent requests that medication be given, verbal authorization can only be given to the Director. A Medication Authorization Form will be completed by the Director and must be signed by a parent upon pick-up. Medications must be stored in a locked box (refrigerated medications) or in a high cabinet (non-refrigerated medications) while in use at Happy Apples. The Medication Authorization Form must remain with the medication at all times. Unused medications must be immediately returned to the family and will not be stored at Happy Apples. Medications may be administered only by Lead Teachers and the Director. When a medication is given, the teacher will document the type of medication administered, the dosage, and the time it was given as well as any unusual reactions. Expired Medication Authorization Forms must be turned in to the Director to be filed in the child’s permanent enrollment file.

DOCUMENTATION OF ACCIDENTS/INCIDENTS Staff members will document accidents and incidents that occur at Happy Apples using an Accident/Incident Report. All biting incidents will be documented as accidents. If a biter breaks the skin of another child, an accident/incident report needs to be completed for the biter as well as the child who was bitten. If the injury is serious, a parent needs to be contacted before pick-up. The parent shall sign the report the same day as the incident. A copy may be given to the parent.

DOCUMENTATION OF ALLERGIES A child with allergies must have an Allergy Action Plan posted in a visible location in the classroom. If the allergy is food-related, an Allergy Action Plan must also be posted in the kitchen area. All staff working in the classroom of child with allergies must review the Allergy Action Plan to ensure understanding of emergency procedures should the child have an allergic reaction. All allergic reactions must be documented with a Health Incident Form.

HAND WASHING PROCEDURE All adults in Happy Apples classrooms need to follow ALL the steps identified below to prevent the spread of disease to children and staff members. HOW TO WASH YOUR HANDS MOST EFFECTIVELY      

Use soap and warm running water Rub hands vigorously for at least 20 seconds (sing the “ABC’s”) Wash all surfaces, including backs of hands, wrists, under fingernails Rinse hands well with the water running Dry hands with a disposable towel Turn off water with the paper towel

PEST MANAGEMENT POLICY State Licensing requires all parents and guardians to be notified of any pesticide applications. This notice will contain information about the pesticide, including the purpose of use, locations, date of application, and a toll free phone number.

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Curriculum Planning CURRICULUM Curriculum at Happy Apples includes the child-initiated and teacher-directed activities and experiences offered to young children that support and enrich their development physically, emotionally, socially, and cognitively. Happy Apples uses the Creative Curriculum for Infants, Toddlers and Twos and the Creative Curriculum for Preschool as guides for planning the curriculum in each of its program rooms. Each classroom has weekly lesson plans, posted in the classroom. These plans contain a number of activities, designed to foster each child’s development, and the development of the group as a whole. Lesson plans should be changed in order to accommodate the children’s changing interests. Each classroom is set-up in centers, which include blocks, dramatic play, books, gross motor, fine motor, and art. Outdoor play is important to a child’s physical development and must be included in both the morning and afternoon schedule. Self-selection or “free-play” is a daily part of the curriculum and means a child has the opportunity to choose which center or activity he/she participates in. This promotes creative expression and development of important social skills.

DAILY SCHEDULE AND ACTIVITIES The Lead Teacher will create a daily schedule and plan activities that meet each child’s developmental abilities and needs. Every staff member is responsible for the carrying out the schedule and activities. The daily schedule and activities create a balance between active and quiet times; large and small group, and individual activities; small and large muscle activities; indoor and outdoor play times; as well as times for self-selection and teacher-directed activities. Consistency from day-to-day is particularly important to the overall well-being of the children and classroom environment. Children thrive on consistency! Routines should be maintained whenever possible for arrivals and departures; meals and snacks; resting or nap times; personal care routines like diapering/toileting and hand washing; and transitions.

FREE PLAY “Free-play” (also called child-initiated activities, free choice, self-selection) must be incorporated into the morning and afternoon schedule. Teachers are expected to actively participate with the children during free play activities by asking questions about what the children are doing, participating in their pretend play, reading books when prompted, encouraging children to try new activities or play with a new toy, etc.

OUTDOOR PLAY Outdoor play must be incorporated into the daily schedule for both the morning and afternoon, in almost all weather conditions. In the event of rain, severe wind/cold (the temperature must be at least 30° F), or extreme heat, children are permitted to remain indoors. There is less structure in an outdoor learning environment; however, it is expected that staff members actively engage in activities when prompted by the children. Outdoor play is an opportunity for children to run, jump, climb and use their bodies in ways that would otherwise be unsafe in an indoor classroom. In addition, a large amount of social interaction takes place when children play outdoors. Because they are engaged in fewer teacher-directed activities and more child-directed play, children are able to choose their friends and who to interact with. The outdoor learning environment is an extension of the indoor classroom. Concepts taught indoors can be expanded upon while outdoors. For example, building with blocks on an uneven surface outside, or playing with toy cars in the grass teaches children about different textures, sounds, and smells because the environment is naturally different from the indoors. Lesson plans must include an outdoor learning component.

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NAP/REST TIME Children will not be forced to sleep but may be encouraged to lie quietly for a period of time. The length of time a child should have to remain resting varies by child. There is no hard and fast rule regarding the maximum amount of time a child should have to remain resting. Children should be provided alternative quiet activities if unable to rest.

TOOTH BRUSHING At least once a day, children over 1 year of age will practice brushing their teeth after a meal. Happy Apples will provide a toothbrush for each child. Toothbrushes must be labeled with the child’s name, allowed to air-dry before being stored in a ventilated container, and should not come into contact with other toothbrushes. Storage containers will be washed and sanitized weekly. Toothbrushes must be discarded if contaminated. Toothpaste will not be used with the children.

WEAPONS/VIOLENT PLAY There is a strict policy of allowing no weapon play at Happy Apples. Children are not permitted to play with weapons of any type or size or to pretend that other items are weapons, including their fingers, hands, or blocks. Redirection should be used when a child is engaging in weapon or violent play. If a child brings a weapon to Happy Apples, the weapon should be placed out of sight and sent home the same day with a note explaining the policy about weapons. Competitive behavior is minimized in our programs. In young children, competition often increases negative behavior and decreases acceptance of others. Bullying is not considered acceptable behavior; all efforts will be made to guide children in finding appropriate ways to interact with others.

PETS & VISITING ANIMALS Staff may introduce a class pet to the classroom. Pets and visiting animals that are brought into the classroom must be carefully considered for their temperament, health risks, and appropriateness for young children. No animal may be brought into Happy Apples without first notifying and receiving permission from the Director. Once approved by the Director, pets and visiting animals must have documentation from a licensed veterinarian or animal shelter to show that the animal(s) is fully immunized and that the animal is suitable for contact with children.

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Emergency Procedures These are the emergency procedures that Happy Apples staff members will follow.

MEDICAL EMERGENCY PROCEDURE It is important that parents complete and update, as needed, an Emergency Contact and Parental Consent Form. This form contains contact information for both the parents as well as the individuals authorized to pick up the child in the event of illness or emergency. In addition, the form allows Happy Apples staff members to seek emergency medical or dental care from authorized care providers in the event of serious injury. It is the responsibility of the parent to complete this form and to make corrections to this information when necessary.      

If a serious accident, injury, or illness occurs, two staff members will respond to the child while another staff member calls 911 if needed. Children will be moved to another location while staff members attend to the hurt child. The Director will notify the child’s parents. If a parent cannot be reached, the individuals listed as emergency contacts/authorized pick up persons on their form will be called. A staff member who witnessed the emergency situation will accompany the child to the hospital, bringing the child’s physical exam, immunization records, and Emergency Contact & Parental Consent Form. Staff may not transport an ill and/or injured child in a personal vehicle. If a child has an injury that does not need medical attention, staff will administer First Aid. Staff must fill out and file an Accident Report with parents and Happy Apples.

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If smoke alarms go off or you detect a fire, all staff must stop what they are doing and blow the black whistle. If it is a small fire, attempt to extinguish the fire using he nearest fire extinguisher. (IF YOU ARE ON DUTY IN A CLASSROOM at the time of the fire, follow the instructions below and evacuate the children first.) Exit the building and proceed to the designated meeting place (EMPTY PARKING LOT ACROSS THE STREET). o Staff in the preschool and young toddler room will take children out the back door and through the playground. o Staff in the young toddler room will take children through the side door. o Infant teacher will put all infants in the fire safe crib and roll them through the front door. Infant teacher will grab attendance sheets for roll call. Call 911 as soon as you have reached the meeting place.

IF THE FIRE ALARM SOUNDS WHILE YOU ARE ON DUTY IN A CLASSROOM:  Assist in the evacuation of the children from your classroom.  Collect the classroom first aid kit and attendance clipboard. o Staff member closest to the outdoor exit is responsible for leading children out that exit and to the designated meeting place: empty parking lot across the street. Every classroom must stay together as a group. o Staff member farthest from the outdoor exit is responsible for ensuring everyone has evacuated the classroom.  The last staff member to exit the classroom must turn off all lights and close all doors.  Once assembled at the designated meeting place, the Lead Teacher is responsible for using the attendance sheet to ensure all children are accounted for. If the Lead Teacher is not present, the Assistant Teacher will assume this responsibly.  The Director will verify, as soon as possible, that all children are accounted for. **FIRE DRILLS WILL BE PRACTICED MONTHLY** The Director will initiate all drills and maintain records of all drills

LIGHTNING All children must immediately return indoors when lightning is observed. Children playing under or around a tree must be immediately removed from the area.

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If the city wide tornado siren goes off, all staff must assist in the evacuation of children from the classrooms. Collect the classroom first aid kit and attendance clipboard. o Staff members will take all children to the hallway. o Children will kneel facing forward towards the wall with their hands on the back of their heads. o For young infants, teachers will kneel over the infant covering them with their bodies. o Staff member farthest from the interior exit is responsible for ensuring everyone has evacuated the classrooms. Once assembled in the designated shelter area, the Lead Teacher is responsible for using the classroom attendance sheet to ensure all children are accounted for. If the Lead Teacher is not present, the Assistant Teacher assumes this responsibility. The Director will verify, as soon as possible, with Lead Teachers that all children are accounted for. All children and staff must remain on the floor in the hallway and wait to receive an “all clear” from the Director. During a tornado warning, the Director will be responsible for monitoring the weather information by radio and will keep staff members informed of emergency weather changes. **TORNADO DRILLS WILL BE PRACTICED MONTHLY** The Director will initiate all drills and maintain records of all drills.

POWER FAILURE Staff members and children should remain in the classroom and if possible, proceed with activities as usual, or may go to the outdoor playground until power resumes. If power cannot be restored within a reasonable amount of time, the center will close and parents contacted. Happy Apples must meet all of the following criteria to remain open:  Adequate lighting is available  Temperature will remain between 68° and 72° at children’s level  Toilets can flush  There is running water

CHEMICAL SPILL Environmental or Outdoor Chemical Spill: If the center receives a notification from the Police Department that there has been a chemical spill in the area, or if staff members observe an unusual odor while outdoors:  Staff members and children must immediately return to their classrooms.  All doors and windows must immediately be closed.  The Director will monitor the situation and provide information to staff members as it is available. Further action taken will depend on instructions received from the Police Department. Indoor Chemical Spill: (including the mixing of chemicals which creates hazardous fumes)  Immediately notify the Director of the situation then assist in the evacuation of the children from your classroom.  Collect the classroom first aid kit and attendance clipboard. o Staff member closes to the outdoor exit is responsible for leading children out that exit and to the designated meeting place: empty parking lot across the street. o Staff member farthest from the outdoor exit is responsible for ensuring everyone has evacuated the classroom.  The last staff member to exit the classroom must turn off all lights and close all doors.  Once assembled at the designated meeting place, the Lead Teacher is responsible for taking attendance to ensure all children are accounted for. If the Lead Teacher is not present, the Assistant Teacher assumes this responsibility.  The Director will contact 911 to inform them of the situation. Further action taken will depend on instructions given.

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INTRUDER OR DANGEROUS ADULT A dangerous adult is considered someone who is displaying inappropriate or threatening behavior, carrying a weapon, or showing signs of intoxication from either drugs or alcohol. This also includes and individual that is prohibited by court order from picking up or having contact with a child. IN THE EVENT OF AN INTRUDER OR DANGEROUS ADULT:  Staff members in the immediate area will position themselves between the children and intruder/dangerous adult.  A staff member will call out the password to alert the rest of the staff.  If at all possible, staff will lead children out of the building to a safe spot and call 911 immediately. If staff is unable to get children out of the building, all children will go into one room, as far away as possible. Lock the classroom door, and have all children sit on the floor, far away from doors and windows.  The Director or staff member will instruct the intruder to leave the premises, maintaining visual contact with the individual until the police arrive, or until the individual leaves.  If there is an intruder outside the center, the staff must lock all doors and windows and close all window blinds. Staff will move children into the back hallway by back bathroom and call 911 immediately. Staff and children must remain in this area until emergency personnel arrive or are told to relocate the children. IN THE EVENT OF AN INTOXICATED PARENT:  The Director and Lead Teacher will talk with the intoxicated person about alternative arrangements for pick up, while another authorized pick up person is contacted.  If another authorized pick up person cannot be reached, the child must be released to the intoxicated parent.  The Director or Lead Teacher will inform the parent that the police will be notified.  Call 911 and inform them of the situation. Provide as much information as possible, including parent’s name, make/model of the car, and license plate number.

MISSING OR ABDUCTED CHILD In the event of a missing child, the Lead Teacher will search for the child in the immediate area, while another staff member calls the Director to help with the search. If the child cannot be located in a reasonable amount of time, the Director will notify 911 and the child’s parents. In the event of an abducted child, the Lead Teacher must immediately contact the Director, 911, and the child’s parents.

BOMB THREATS If a staff member receives a bomb threat or locates a suspicious package, the Director must be immediately notified. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO MOVE A SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE. The Director will contact 911. IF YOU ARE ON DUTY IN A CLASSROOM:  Position yourself between the children and impending threat, as much as possible.  Collect the classroom first aid kit and attendance clipboard. o Staff member closes to the outdoor exit is responsible for leading children out that exit and to the designated meeting place: empty parking lot across the street. o Staff member farthest from the outdoor exit is responsible for ensuring everyone has evacuated the classroom.  Once assembled at the designated meeting place, the Lead Teacher is responsible for taking attendance to ensure all children are accounted for. If the Lead Teacher is not present, the Assistant Teacher assumes this responsibility.  The Director will verify that all children and staff are accounted for.  The Director will contact 911 immediately.  Children and staff must remain out of the building until emergency personnel have given the all clear to enter.

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Termination of Service Happy Apples Child Development Center may terminate care if the terms of this contract and policies are not followed. If I, the Director, feel the child is not adjusting well to Happy Apples or if the behavior of the child is endangering the staff or children, I may terminate services. The following are some examples, but are not limited to:      

Forms not being filled out Constantly late or too many no shows/no calls Child is not adjusting to daycare (crying a lot, biting, hitting) Weekly childcare not being paid on time Child’s behavior Two weeks without any communication

Withdrawal If for any reason you decide to stop bringing your child to Happy Apples, a two week written notice is required. This will allow Happy Apples time to advertise to find a child to fill your child’s spot. Payment is due for the two week notice period, whether or not the child is brought to daycare.

Parent Notification of Licensing Notebook All childcare centers must maintain a Licensing Notebook which includes all licensing inspection reports, special investigation reports, and all related corrective action plans (CAP). The notebook must include all reports issues and CAP’s developed on and after May 27, 2010 until the license is closed.   

This center maintains a Licensing Notebook of all licensing inspection reports, special investigation reports, and all related corrective action plans. The notebook will be available to parents for review during regular business hours. Licensing inspection and special investigation reports from at least the past two years are available on the Bureau of Children and Adult Licensing website at www.michigan.gov/michildcare.

Parent and Family Resources Community Resources

DIAL 2-1-1

Community Mental Health

231-722-4357

Department of Human Services

231-733-3700

2700 Baker St. Muskegon, MI

MACC

231-981-4670

5161 Dicey St. Montague, MI

Muskegon Area Intermediate School District

231-767-7253

Early On

Poison Control

1-800-222-1222

Shoreline Elementary

231-893-1050

205 E Market Whitehall, MI

White Lake Public Library

231-894-9531

3900 White Lake Dr. Whitehall, MI

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Consent Statement I have read and understand the information contained in the Parent Handbook for Happy Apples Child Development Center. I agree to abide by the terms and conditions listed to place my child/children in the care of Happy Apples Child Development Center for the purpose of providing daily normal care.

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