1. What is the teacher/child ratio?
Infants: 4 to 1, Toddlers: 5 to 1, 2′s: 8 to 1, 3 & 4′s: 10 to 1
2. How is discipline handled?
Above the age of 2 years, Time Out according to age
3. Are you accredited? If so, by who?
Not at this time, but we are working towards being rated on the Quality Rating Scale.
4. What are your hours of operation?
Monday – Friday, 5:30am to 5:30pm
5. What do I do if I’m late to pick up my child?
We would appreciate a phone call to inform us. Every 10 minutes after closing hours is an extra charge of $10.00.
6. How do I know about closings?
Closings are listed through your local television channels (WEEK-TV, WHOI-TV, & WMBD-TV). We will also try to have the closing on our website.
7. What ages of children do you take?
6 weeks to 6 years
8. What sort of activities do the children participate in?
We have schedules for each classroom. All classrooms have a circle-time, curriculum time, center time and large motor time. Our three and four year old’s classes also participate in P.E. and cooking classes.
9. Do you go on field trips? If so, give examples.
Yes. Some examples of the places we go are: Rader’s Pumpkin Farm, the Peoria Civic Center for a Christmas musical, Hult Education Center, the zoo, park, and the Children’s Museum.
10. Do you follow a particular style of teaching? (i.e. Montessori)
At this time, our 3 & 4 year old classroom is using the Ready, Set, Read program. This program helps the children learn the phonics of the alphabet and reading readiness. In the fall of 2012 we introduced a new curriculum called Funshine for the 2′s room and up.
11. Are children evaluated?
Yes, from 6 weeks to 6 years.
12. What about preschool?
Preschool is offered through Christian Life Academy (CLA). However, we have an excellent pre-K program for our 3 & 4 year olds.
13. What type of meals do the children have? Does it cost extra?
We offer both am and pm snacks, breakfast and lunch, which is prepared by our HMC kitchen, at no extra cost.
14. Does the state regulate this facility?
Yes. We are licensed through DCFS for children of ages 6 weeks to 6 years, with the capacity of 53 children.
15. What type of security do you have in place?
We have ProCare keyless entry. Each parent has their own password to enter the facility and allowing them to clock their child IN/OUT with their password. We also have surveillance cameras throughout the facility.
16. Can I come for a visit?
Parents are welcome to visit anytime their child is in attendance.
17. Can I stop by at any time once my child is in your care?
18. How regularly do I get communication from my child’s caregiver?
You may communicate with your child’s teacher when dropping off or picking up your child. If time does not allow you to do so, each classroom has its own telephone. The teachers welcome your calls. You may also email me and your child’s teacher will be notified to email you back with answers to your questions.
19. Can children bring personal items from home?
Yes, such as blankets and clothing. We generally save toys and other personal items for Show-N-Tell Day.
20. What happens if my child becomes sick at Miss Mona’s?
If your child is running a 101° or higher temperature, we will immediately contact the parent(s). The child will be removed from the classroom, as not to expose the other children, and placed in our sick bay where the Director will give TLC until the parents can pick up their child.
21. Do my children have to be immunized?
Yes, as this is a DCFS regulation.
22. How am I alerted of problems like lice outbreak or other children with contagious diseases?
A letter will be sent home to the children’s parents of the classroom that has the outbreak.
23. Do you supply diapers?
24. Can you administer medicine?
Yes. A parent must sign the medication log stating times, amount, type of medication, and signature for permission before doing so.