DAYS OF SERVICE FULL DAY PROGRAMS:
These programs operate up to 245 days a year and are closed for the legal holidays recognized by the district: Labor Day, Veterans’ Day, Thanksgiving Day (two days), Winter Recess (Christmas eve through January 1), Martin Luther King Day, Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day. Our all-day programs do not have winter or spring breaks. You will be notified, in advance, of any other planned days that the programs will be closed.
If during the enrollment process you were informed that a fee would be charged for the care of your child/ren, you will receive a monthly billing statement:
- Billing is charged one (1) month in advance.
- Payment is due ON OR BEFORE THE SEVENTH day of each month.
- Only personal checks or money ordersare accepted. Checks should be made
payable to WUSD.
If your payment is not received by the seventh of the month, you will receive a Notice of Action (NOA) terminating your child from our program.
The district encourages open communication between the home, and your child’s teacher. The following communication procedures will help the program respond to the needs of parents in a more timely and efficient manner. If parents have a concern/question, the following chain of contact should be observed:
First: Contact your child’s teacher.
Second: If the situation remains unresolved, contact the director at 375-7650.
PARENT(S)/GUARDIAN(S) and CHILD/REN’s RIGHTS
Please refer to the California Community Care Licensing forms given to you during the enrollment process.
Information on each child is gathered through formal and informal observation as they interact in each environment. Adults involved in the program document the children’s developmental progress in a variety of ways (anecdotal notes, pictures, samples of children’s work, etc.). These observations recorded in the CDE/CDD Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP) assessment instrument help the teachers to design future daily activities that focus on the individual needs of the children in the program.
A Notice of Action will be issued terminating your child from the program for the following reasons:
- Failure to follow Attendance Policies
- Failure to remain within the eligibility requirements (Full Day Programs Only)
- Failure to pay your family fee (if applicable), recertify, or complete the required
paper work within the allocated time frame (Full Day Programs Only)
- Failure to comply with the State health and safety policies
A child may be terminated for inappropriate behavior that is not corrected with adult interventions and/or behavior that endangers children, themselves or others. Inappropriate parent/guardian behavior may also result in termination.
Parent education workshops are held throughout the school year. Your child’s teacher will provide you with a schedule of the dates as well as registration forms..
PARENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE (PAC)
At least one parent representative is selectedfrom each class every year to serve on the Parent Advisory Committee. This representative will meet a minimum of three times each year to contribute to the overall program by:
- recommending ideas (e.g., snacks, field trips, fund-raising)
- sharing parent feedback on program quality and operational concerns
- making recommendations for program revisions
- suggesting topics for future parent education meetings
- invite guest speakers
- seek training opportunities in parent involvement
- invite community members to share important information
A minimum of two parent-teacher conferences are scheduled each year. This is an opportunity to discuss your child’s developmental progress. The teacher will share the outcomes of the developmental assessment completed based on your child’s participation in the program. During the conferences, the parent(s) and teacher will set goals for future expansion of the child’s skills at home and school.
We participate in the Federal subsidized meal program provided by the district. The meals served meet Federal Child Care Food and National School Feeding Program guidelines. This program requires that all children be offered cow’s milk, unless there is a written statement from a physician requiring another type of milk. Chocolate milk will be offered occasionally. These nutritious meals are also culturally and developmentally appropriate for the children being served. Breakfast, lunch and snack are provided each day for our all day preschoolers and toddlers. The morning state preschool children receive breakfast; the afternoon children receive lunch only. The menu is posted in the classroom and also sent home monthly. Please let us know if your child has special dietary needs or food allergies that require modifications to the scheduled meals. Please visit the district website for up-to-date information on wellness and nutrition www.wusd.edu/wellness. Meals are served in a style to encourage self-help and social skills
NAPS/REST PERIODS – FULL DAY PROGRAMS ONLY
Up to a two hour nap/rest period is scheduled each day
for our preschool and toddler children. Cots, sheets and blankets are provided.
The program focuses on recognizing and reinforcing positive behaviors of children. In the event a child is behaving inappropriately in one area, we redirect her/him to another. We deal with discipline in an age appropriate manner fostering children’s ability for self-regulation. We do this by being clear and consistent, offering choices and sometimes not paying positive attention to certain behaviors. We strongly emphasize that they use words to express their feelings. We let them know that it is OK to be upset, but they need to express their concerns with words rather
than actions such as hitting, kicking or pushing. We also encourage them to independently solve problems and resolve conflicts by providing support and guidance.
Corporal punishment is strictly prohibited by the State of California for use in public school environments; hence, it is never an option for any adult participating in our programs.
ADULT STANDARDS OF CONDUCT
On a rare occasion, parents bring outside concerns to their child’s school site and express them in ways that may frighten the children. Please remember to refrain from loud, abusive conduct while on site or around staff and children. Any verbal or physical misconduct is a violation of the State Education Code, which protects staff and children
in these situations. Specifically, we consider the following adult behaviors to be in
conflict with our program philosophy. Any parent, or parent representative, who displays any one of the following behaviors, may be prohibited from participation in the program or in any child’s activity.
No child or adult will be physically abused. This includes shaking, grabbing, hitting, pushing etc., on the school premises or at any school related activity.
Adults or children using abusive language will not be allowed on the premises or at any school related activity.
Alcoholic beverages and controlled substances will not be allowed on the premises or at any school-related activity. Prescribed or over-the-counter medication must be enclosed in a locked cabinet at all times.
No child will be released to anyone who appears to be intoxicated or under the influence of a controlled substance.
Smoking is prohibited on the school’s premises or at any related activity.
If you have any questions concerning these expectations, please contact the director.
CODE OF ETHICAL CONDUCT
Standards of ethical behavior in early childhood education are based on commitment to core values that are deeply rooted in the history of our field. The teachers and administrators in the Washington Unified School District Half and Full-Day Programs have committed to:
- appreciating childhood as a unique and valuable stage of the human life cycle
- basing our work with children on knowledge of child development
- appreciating and supporting the close ties between the child and family
- recognizing that children are best understood in the context of family, culture and society
- respecting the dignity, worth and uniqueness of each individual (child, family member and colleague)
- helping children and adults achieve their full potential in the context of relationships that are based upon trust, respect and positive regard.
Listed below are areas about which parents often have questions. We have found, through experience, certain uniform policies work best. We appreciate your support and assistance in addressing the following issues:
Birthdays are special days. If you are planning on sharing the event in class, please let the staff know in advance (three days prior to the event would be appreciated). We welcome special treats (homegrown vegetables and fruit) to be shared with the children in the class. Generally there are 24 children in preschool.
Friends, not enrolled in any of our programs, are unable to visit/participate due to licensing requirements.
Our classrooms are equipped with developmentally appropriate materials that all of our children have access to during the class time. We do not want any items brought to school, because it can create conflicts, hardships and hurt feelings.
Tapes, CDs, software and videos are available. Suggestions for other titles can be made for future purchase. Personal copies of such items are subject to staff approval, prior to use in the program and recommended to remain for individual use at home.
Valuables such as treasured items, expensive jewelry and money, must be left at home.
Any items of clothing loaned for emergencies that do not belong to your child need to be promptly returned.
We appreciate and value the diverse cultures represented in our programs. Please let your teacher know of unique rituals or celebrations you would like to share with your child’s class.
Our program solicits donated goods and services from the community. If you are aware of specific opportunities, please let the staff know.
Age and subject matter appropriate books, records and materials supporting the curriculum are gladly accepted and welcomed.
We welcome any item that you can share or would like to donate to the class from your native country.