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Program Details

Age Requirements

Program activities are for kids who will be attending Kindergarten in Fall 2018.

    Behavioral Issues

    Children are encouraged to take responsibility for their own behavior and generate ideas for solving social conflicts. Discipline is constructive in nature and includes these techniques:

    • Being fair and consistent with limits.
    • Positively modeling and redirecting children.
    • Letting them know when a specific behavior does not work.
    • Quietly separating them from the group, for no more than 5 minutes. 

    The following techniques will never be used on your child:

    • Corporal punishment or threats of corporal punishment.
    • Punishment associated with food, naps or toilet training.
    • Pinching, shaking, hitting, or biting a child.
    • Putting anything in or on a child’s mouth.
    • Humiliating, ridiculing, rejecting or yelling at a child.
    • Subjecting a child to harsh, abusive or profane language.
    • Placing a child in a locked or dark room or bathroom with the door closed.
    • Requiring a child to remain silent or inactive for inappropriately long periods of time.

    A teacher found using any of the above listed techniques will be fired. 
     
    If a child does not respond to positive guidance and redirection, and is posing an emotional problem for him/her self or others, or is a physical threat to others, the following steps are taken

    1. The child is warned that repeating the behavior will result in his/her separation from the group. Alternatives are suggested to the child.
    2. If the child repeats the action, he/she is removed from the group to a private place within sight of a teacher. The teacher tells the child he/she will return to discuss the situation when the child has calmed down.
    3. In 5 minutes, the teacher returns the child to discuss what happened, why it was unacceptable and what the child must do to control his/her behavior.
    4. The child is invited to return to the group when he/she is ready. If the child needs or wants more time alone to calm down, he/she may take it. 
    5. When the child returns to the group, the teacher warmly welcomes him/her back to the group and tries to make the transition as smooth as possible.

    Parents will be notified if any behavioral issues of concern. We will work with the parent to resolve any behavior issues outside normal child development. Should the child’s behavior cause a continued threat to him/herself and/or others, we will discuss with the parents alternative group child care arrangements that may better benefit the child.

    Cost

    The cost of this program is $600 per month. Included in the price of the program is lab materials, snack, and beverages.  

    Fees are due on the first day of each month and no later than the 5th of the month. Payments not made on time are subject to a late charge of $20 after the 5th. A fee of $25 will be charged for any returned checks.

    No refunds or reductions will be made for absence due to illness, withdrawal, vacation or any other circumstances.

    Drop-Off/Pick-Up

    When you bring your child to The Scholar Ship, an adult over the age of 16 must accompany your child to their lab and sign your child in. Children are not allowed to write anything or sign in/out for parents on attendance sheets. Under no circumstances should a child be dropped off outside. Children will not be accepted until the posted arrival time of 8am.

    The Scholar Ship assumes no responsibility for your child until the child is signed in and accompanied to the lab. Please ensure you make contact with your child’s teacher and let them know your child has arrived. Please work with your child’s teacher in appropriate “ goodbyes” that will best meet the developmental stage of your child. We encourage parents to bring children to school between 8-8:15am and no later than 8:30am.

    Our utmost concern is the safety of your child. If you are unable to pick your child, we will only release your child to those for which you have authorized on your enrollment form. Any person picking up your child besides the parent(s) will be required to show a picture ID and sign your child out before your child will be released. Children will not be permitted to leave with ANYONE except those persons listed on the enrollment form. Any change in authorized pick-ups must be in writing, texted, or emailed to us.

    Enrollment

    The Scholar Ship accepts all children regardless of race, color, sex, creed, disability, political persuasion, national origin, or ancestry.

    Food

    Please make sure you have served your child breakfast before you drop him/her off every day. 

    It is the responsibility of the parent to provide a healthy lunch for their child. The lunch should be brought in a lunch box with an ice pack in it. A microwave is available to heat any food that requires warming. Food should be “ready to eat”. Please put your child’s name on the outside of your child’s lunch box and any other containers.  Please do not send any candy, chips, chocolates, sodas or other unhealthy choices as your child’s meals.

    Parents are welcome to join their child for lunch or leave early to take their child out for lunch. 

    Group Size and Ratio

    Program size is 20 kids max with a 1:10 ratio or better (based on enrollment).

    Holidays

    We will be closed in observance of the following holidays:

    • Labor Day
    • Thanksgiving (Thursday and Friday only)
    • Christmas (2017 - Monday and Tuesday only)
    • New Year (2018 - Monday and Tuesday only)
    • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
    • Presidents Day
    • Spring Break (March 12-16)
    • Good Friday
    • Memorial Day

    There is no reduction in tuition for holiday closings as these closures were factored into your monthly fees (20 days on average per month). Should the lab need to close for any other days than those listed above, you will be provided with advance notice, if possible, and a reduction in fees will be given. We cannot be held responsible for closures due to weather.

    Hours of Operation

    Doors open at 8am and close at 1pm. If a Parent/Caregiver arrives before 8am or after 1pm, they will be assessed a fee of $5 for that day, per child, payable at the end of the day.

    Information Changes

    Parents are required to notify us immediately if there is a change in name, address, phone number, place of employment, or emergency contacts.

    Medicine

    In order to administer any medications to your child, the following guidelines must be followed:

    1. Parents must sign an authorization and include times for teacher to administer each medication according to the label directions.
    2. The medication must be in the original container labeled with the child’s full name.
    3. Teachers can only administer the medication in amounts according to the label directions or as amended by a physician.
    4. Teachers can only administer the medication to the child for whom it is intended.
    5. Teachers cannot administer the medication after expiration date.
    6. If your child has a periodic and recurring medical problem, such as headaches, asthma attacks or allergic reactions, the parent or the child’s health-care professional may sign a medication authorization allowing teachers to administer the medication when symptoms occur for up to a six-month period. The authorization must include information on symptoms to watch for. Parents will be notified immediately after administering the medication.

    Personal Items

    Your child will be provided with a place to keep personal belongings. Each child must have for emergency use: one complete change of clothing (no shoes) labeled with his/her name and placed in zip-lock bag. When there is a messy activity, they will be asked to wear lab coats. 
     
    They are allowed to bring a single stuffed animal every day, unless they will be throwing it around the lab. Please DO NOT allow your child to bring any of the following to school:

    • Small toys that are potentially a choking hazard
    • Jewelry of any kind
    • Candy or chewing gum
    • Personal electronic games or devices

    Registration Requirements 

    To complete registration, parents/guardians must:
    1. Schedule a visit with the teachers to meet the child, tour the lab, and go over program details. 
    2. Pay a non-refundable annual registration and materials fee of $100 for each child.
    3. Submit a copy of the child's current immunizations.
    4. Complete an online Registration Form for each child that will be participating in the program.  

    Sick Kids

    To ensure the health of all the children, your child must not come to The Scholar Ship if the child has one of the following symptoms: 

    • Temperature of 100 or greater in the last 24 hours
    • Medicinally induced normal temperature
    • Lethargic, or breathing abnormally
    • Diarrhea
    • Vomited at least twice in the last 24 hours
    • Rash with low-grade fever
    • Mouth sores
    • Uncontrollably runny nose
    • Head lice

     

    Children with a communicable disease cannot return to the lab until a doctor has agreed to the return. In the event that your child was exposed to a communicable disease, a notice will be placed on the front desk notifying you of the symptoms to look for and if medical treatment is necessary.

    Should your child become ill at The Scholar Ship, your child will be isolated from other children and you will be asked to pick up your child within one hour of notification. If the parents cannot be reached, the person listed on the registration form will be contacted. The school reserves the right to terminate care if parents continue to be unreachable in the event of an illness.

    There will be no reduction in fees because of absence due to illness.

    Termination

    We will make multiple reasonable attempts to alleviate a situation before recommending termination. Termination of a child will only be made for the following reasons:

    • Retention of the child would be detrimental to the health and safety of the other children in the school.
    • The parent fails to pay fees according to policy.
    • Parent habitually brings a sick child to the school.

    In the case of a school termination, a two-week, written, dated notice will be given to the parent/guardian. All outstanding tuition must be paid until the ending date. This policy does not apply if termination is due to non-payment, termination can be immediate.

    Weekly Themes 

    Click here to see the September 2017-August 2018 calendar to see what each week's theme is.

    Withdrawing From Program

    It is requested that parents give a one-month notice in writing if it becomes necessary to withdraw their child. Without this notice, parents will be liable for two weeks tuition.