A child is considered to be enrolled at Community Christian only after the registration fee has been received, the administrator confirms the availability of space and the required paperwork is received.  This includes basic enrollment and health information.  Any change to this information needs to also be changed in their file.  This is for the safety of your child.  A medical form signed by a physician or certified nurse practitioner is required to be submitted within 30 days of admission.  This medical must be updated every 13 months.

Children must be fully toilet trained upon admittance to our program.  Do no send your child in pull ups.  Each child must be self sufficient in and unassisted in dressing and undressing themselves, be able to wipe suitably, flush the toilet, and wash and dry their hands.  We reserve the right to decline any Application.

A family leaving with an unpaid balance and no attempt to pay within 4 months are not permitted to enroll another child in our program.

Parent Participation

 Parents are encouraged to participate whenever possible in activities. Parents have access to the facility during hours of operation. All parents and visitors must first check in with the administrative office. Please first check with your child’s teacher to plan accordingly.
Teachers are available to discuss a child’s progress and needs. However, due to staff responsibilities and schedules, parents are asked to make appointments with staff when it is necessary to engage in lengthy conversations. This gives staff the opportunity to focus on you and your child.
Please address any questions or concerns with your child’s teacher or the administrator. Feel free to communicate any concerns when they occur. Often, issues can be addressed promptly to prevent further concern. The staff at Community Christian understand you are trusting us with your little ones. We want our relationship to be a good one.

Discipline Policy

Our policy is established to create and maintain a positive orderly environment and to help minimize any discipline problems. Teachers and the administrator are aware and understanding of a child’s feelings of guilt. If a problem occurs, the child will be spoken to and asked to try an alternative behavior. Occasionally a child may be required to sit on a chair for several minutes until the staff feels he/she can return to the activity safely and appropriately. If necessary, the administrator may request a conference with a parent.
1. There will be no cruel, harsh, or unusual punishment.
2. No discipline technique shall be delegated to any child.
3. No physical restraints shall be used to confine a child.
4. No child will be placed or confined in an enclosed area.
5. No child will be humiliated or subject to profane language or other verbal abuse.
6. Discipline will not be imposed for failure to eat, sleep, or for toileting accidents.
7. Techniques of discipline will not shame or frighten a child.
8. No corporal punishment will be used.
If a child misbehaves:
• He/She may be separated from the group.
• If the child continues to misbehave, the Administrator will counsel him/her and work with the teacher to direct more constructive behavior.
• In unusual circumstances, should disruption continue, the parents, teacher, and the administrator will confer for a workable solution.

Supervision Policy

A major responsibility of the staff is to ensure the health and safety of each child entrusted in our care. Staff persons are alert to the safety needs of their children, anticipate hazards, and take appropriate precautionary and preventative measures.
ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE: Parents are required to bring their children into the classroom and to sign the child in by their classroom door. Any special messages, medications, pick-up notes, etc. are to be given to the teacher. Children may not be dropped off at the entrance of the building or be sent inside alone. Staff must be made aware of each child’s presence before the parent departs. At the time of pickup parents are asked to make contact with their child’s supervising staff member to ensure that staff are aware the child is being picked up. Parents are responsible for the supervision of their child before and after pick up.
SUPERVISION OF PRESCHOOLERS: At no time will a child be left unattended. Staff will supervise children at all times, including naptime. If a child becomes ill, they must be isolated in the care of a staff member.
• Children remain in a group supervised by the teacher
• Children are permitted to make unaccompanied trips to the restroom
• the restroom is for the exclusive use of the center
SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN ARRIVING TO THE CENTER FROM SCHOOL: If a child is scheduled to be in attendance and does not arrive, we will first contact the parent to confirm that the child is scheduled to be at the center that day, and then contact the school that they are to have arrived from. We will then consult with the parent to determine further action. For this reason, it is very important that parents contact the center when their child is not going to be attending.
RELEASE OF A CHILD: Staff will release children only to persons on the release form on file provided by the parent. If an emergency arises the parent must provide a written signed note giving the person permission to pick-up their child. Staff will check ID’S of anyone they do not recognize. Please let people know about this ahead of time so they bring a photod ID and they are not offended. The children’s safety is our priority! Staff will not release children to anyone, including parents, who appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Emergency contacts will be called to transport the child home. Police will be notified if necessary.
CUSTODY AGREEMENTS: If there is a custody issue involved with your child, you must provide the center with court papers indicating who has permission to pick up the child. The center may not deny a parent access to their child without proper documentation.
CHILD ABUSE REPORTING: All staff members are mandated reporters of child abuse. If staff has suspicions that a child is being abused or neglected, they MUST make a report to the local children’s services agency. The safety of the children is always our first concern.

Additional Information

• Children should be dressed in comfortable play clothes. All clothes should be marked with the child’s name. Especially jackets, sweaters, boots, mittens, hats, and scarves.
• An extra set of clothing in a zip lock bag should be provided for each child and will be kept at school. Weather appropriate clothing should be provided for both warmer and colder seasons.
• For those children in Day Care, parents are requested to provide ONE item for rest time that should be brought in a backpack and left on your child’s hook. All rest items should be able to fit in your child’s backpack. The school provides a blanket.
• Birthdays will be celebrated. A child may bring a treat from home for his/her class. Let your child’s teacher know if you are sending in a birthday snack.
• Individuals other than parents of the child must have identification and written permission from the parents before the school can release the child.
• Children must be brought inside the building and signed in upon arrival.
• School closing due to inclement weather or any other emergency will be announced on radio station WAKR. We close if Coventry Local Schools closes OR delays due to weather.
• The phone number for the Department of Human Services is1-800-2821190.
• All parents or guardians are permitted access to the Center during the hours of operation. Visitors must sign in the administrative office. If you wish to speak to your child’s teacher, an appointment will be necessary.
• A class roster, including children whose parents have given consent, is available upon request.
• All parents are encouraged to participate in special activities that are planned. These special activities will be posted so that you will have the opportunity to sign up to be a helper.
• Parent/Teacher conferences are scheduled once a year. Parents may also request a conference whenever they feel it is needed. Verification of one conference per year must be in the child’s file.
• Licensing rules are available upon request.
• Videos rated “G” are used occasionally.
• Toys from home are not permitted in school unless it is something specifically for a show-n-tell.


A Medical Statement signed by the child’s physician and currently dated is required upon enrollment, and is due annually thereafter.
Our facility does not accept children without proper immunizations.
Children must be fully toilet trained upon admittance to our program. Children are not permitted to wear pull ups. Each child must be self-sufficient and unassisted in dressing/undressing themselves, able to wipe suitably, able to flush the toilet, and able to wash and dry their hands.
Carefully planned hot lunches are provided each day. A well-balanced menu provides at least one-third of the child’s nutritional requirements. Morning and afternoon snacks are included in our program. The Center has chosen to operate by the rule that no child shall bring a packed lunch unless medically necessary and required by a physician. Please see Allergy Policy for additional information.
Nap or rest periods on individual state approved cots are provided for the children. Rest time is from 1:00-3:00pm for all children. Children who do not sleep may get up for quiet activities.
Staff working at the Center is free from all communicable diseases, and follow the same communicable disease rules as the children.
Research has shown that children stay healthier when they have daily outdoor play. Based on this information and state requirements, outdoor play will be included for day care children in our program on a daily basis. We will limit the amount of time outside when the temperatures are very warm or very cold. Children will not be taken outside when the temperature (wind chill and heat index factored in) drop below 20 degrees, or rise above 90 degrees. If the situation requires it, we will also adjust outdoor time due to rain, threatening weather, ozone warnings, etc. On days that outdoor play is not provided due to these conditions, we will include a time for indoor gross motor activities. Please send your children with the proper clothing so they may be comfortable and safe whenever we are outside. This includes; winter coats, hats and mittens for outdoor walks and snow pants and boots when outdoor snow play is planned. You will be notified ahead of time when we have a planned outdoor snow play so that all children can dress appropriately.

Policy for a Child Who Shows Signs of Illness

Any Child who is suspected of being ill or having a communicable disease is isolated immediately in a space set aside for isolation and care of a sick child. An staff member is at all times within sight of the child. A child who becomes ill during the day is discharged to the care of the parents as promptly as possible.
The communicable disease chart is located on the bulletin board in our lower hallway.
We provide the children with a clean and healthy environment. However, we realize that children become ill from time to time. If this is your child’s first group care experience, it is possible that they may experience more frequent illnesses at the beginning before their immune system becomes more active.
We observe all children as they enter the program to quickly assess their general health. We ask that you not bring a sick child to the center. They will be sent home. Please also plan ahead and have a back up care plan in place if you are not able to take time off from work/school.
Any child who has been discharged due to illness will be readmitted when the temperature has been normal for 24 hours without medication, other symptoms have disappeared, or upon a doctor’s statement of acceptable health.
We feel that if a child is well enough to be at school, he/she is well enough to go outside for fresh air. Occasionally a doctor may request that a child be kept indoors. We will be happy to comply with the request.
A child with the following symptoms of illness will be immediately isolated and discharged to a parent or guardian:
1. temperature of 100 degrees F
2. skin rash
3. diarrhea and/or vomiting
4. evidence of lice/parasite
5. severe coughing
6. difficult or rapid breathing
7. yellowish skin or eyes
8. conjunctivitis
9. dark urine or gray/white stool
10. stiff neck
11. sore throat or difficulty swallowing

Dispensing Prescription Medication

A child requiring prescription medication must have both a Child Health Care Plan and a Request for Administration of Medication filed in the administrative office. We will administer prescription medication only. Medication must remain in its original container. The administrative office must approve all new prescriptions. A note must accompany all antibiotics from your physician stating when the child is released to return to school and the time for the first dose.

Allergy Policy

Due to health and safety factors connected with the increase of children suffering from food allergies, our policy is as follows:
• If a child is allergic to any type of food, we require that the parent provide snack and lunch (if applicable) for their child each day they are attending Preschool.
• Parent must inform the school if the allergy is severe enough to require isolation from children who are eating something to which they are allergic.
• If allergy is severe enough to require an EpiPen or Benadryl, please provide these medications along with a Child Health Care Plan and a Request for Administration of Medication to the administrative office.

Meals & Snacks

We provide a morning snack at 10:00am, lunch at 11:30am, and an afternoon snack at 3:00pm. Each of the snacks will contain at least two nutritional foods. The lunches will meet all day care licensing requirements. Please let us know ahead of time if your child is not permitted to have any type of foods due to allergies. We request a note from your physician concerning this.
If your child requires a food supplement or a modified diet, you must secure written information from physician regarding this information. We require the parent to provide snack and lunch. Please speak with the administrator for more details

Center Safety Policies

1. No child will be left alone
2. Parents sign in each morning, providing the name of person picking up the child. Upon departure, child’s teacher will mark his/her name off the daily list.
3. There will be immediate access at all times to a telephone for emergencies.
4. Monthly fire and tornado drills will be conducted.
5. A fire and weather emergency plan is posted in the main hallway and in each classroom.
6. A person trained in first aid, communicable disease, and child abuse prevention will be on the premises at all times.
7. In the event of an accident, the staff that was with the child at the time of the incident fills out a report. One form will be given to the child’s parent and one placed in their file.
8. The Center will notify Children’s Services Agency of any suspected abuse or neglect.
9. The Center will not use any spray aerosols while children are in the area.

Emergency Plan for Extreme Emergencies

Community Christian has devised several procedures which will be carried out in the event that an emergency occurs while your child is in the care of the Center. In the event of a fire, or tornado, staff will follow the written instructions posted in each classroom. These describe emergency evacuation routes and the procedures to be followed to assure that children arrive at their designated spot. In order to prepare children for the unlikely need to evacuate, we conduct monthly fire drills and periodic tornado drills.
Should we need to evacuate due to fire, weather condition, loss of power, heat, water, or any other emergency situation, our emergency destination will be the gymnasium of Coventry Middle School across the street. A sign will be posted on the front door of the center indicating that we have been evacuated and the location where you can pick up your child. In the event that there is a severe tornado warning, we will take all children and staff to the lower hallway where Pre Kindergarten classes are located. All parents will be called to notify you of our location in an emergency situation. Parents will be contacted as soon as possible to come to pick up your child. If a parent cannot be reached, we will contact the emergency contacts as listed on your child’s enrollment.
There is always one staff member present that has received training in First Aid/Communicable Diseases and CPR. In case of a minor accident/injury staff will administer basic first aid and TLC. In the event of a more serious injury, first aid will be administered and the parents will be contacted immediately to assist in deciding an appropriate course of action. If any injury is life threatening, the Coventry EMS will be contacted, parents will be notified, and a staff member will accompany the child to the hospital with all available health records.
Staff may not transport children in their vehicles. Only parents or EMS are permitted to transport a child. An incident/injury report will be completed and given to the person picking up the child on the day of the incident/injury. If a child requires emergency transportation, the report will be available within 24 hours after the incident.

Summer Camp Field Trip Safety Plan

The Center must have written permission from the parent for the child to attend a field trip and to be transported.
We will be taking periodic field trips. Transportation will be provided by a separately contracted buses. Before departing a count will be taken of all children, they will be marked on a separate attendance sheet specifically created for the trip and have a center I.D. tag.
Upon arrival at the destination, another count will be taken to assure that all children arrived safely. This process will be repeated upon leaving the destination, and returning to Community Christian. During the course of the field trip, each staff member will have specific children that they are responsible for supervising. A first aid kit will be taken on all field trips.
Swimming will be provided for school age children occasionally. A lifeguard will be present at all times and childcare staff will also be actively supervising children. Parents will be provided with permission slips ahead of time, which will need to be signed. The permission slip will also include the staff/child ratio that will be followed while the children are at the pool and specify if additional adults will be in attendance.
Younger children will be provided water play opportunities here at Community Christian. These will include sprinklers and small wading pools (less then 24 inches deep). Parents will also be asked to sign written permission slips prior to children engaging in this type of water play. Please remember to send bathing suits, towels, and sunscreen for your child. Sunscreen must also have a medication form completed for it. If your child burns easily, please include a lightweight T-shirt that they may wear over their swimsuit.

Sample Schedule

6:30-9:00       Arrival/Self selected activities
9:00               Pre School & Pre Kindergarten begin
9:00-9:15       Daily Orientation (Prayer/Weather/Calendar/Theme for the week)
9:15-10:00     Learning Centers (Art, Science, Home Living, Blocks, Books, Games, etc.)
10:00-10:20   Pick up and Snack
10:20-10:45   Circle Time (Story, songs, games, finger plays, etc.)
10:45-11:00   Outdoor play time (weather permitting)
11:00-11:30   Bible Story & Songs
11:30               Pre School & Pre Kindergarten children dismissed
11:30-11:45  Wash & prepare for lunch
11:45-12:30  Lunch
12:30-1:00    Outside play (weather permitted) or self-selected an activity
1:00-3:00      Quiet/Rest time 3:00-3:30 Bathroom/Wash/Snack
3:30-6:00      Games, Free Play, Outside or Gym Activities.
During the hours between 9:00-11:30 the children are involved in gym for large motor development, music, and chapel time. The schedule is made to be flexible in order to best meet the specific needs of the children.