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    LITTLE SHEPHERDS Learning Center

    Preschool & Kindergarten at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church

    5475 Brand Road Dublin, OH 43017

    Church office – (614) 766-6377

    Church web page –www.princeofpeacedublin.org Center Cell phone – (614) 209-4554

    Center email - Littleshepherdschool@gmail.com Includes COVID 19 protocols

    Parent Handbook

    2020-2021

    “I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will fill you with knowledge and understanding.”

    Jeremiah 3:15

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    A. ORGANIZATION PAGE

     Prince of Peace Lutheran Church Mission Statement 4

     Ohio Job & Family Services Licensing Information 5

     Little Shepherds Mission Statement and Goals 6-7

     Staff requirements

     NAEYC – Accreditation goals and Standards 8-11

     Family Involvement – COVID 19 updates

     Curriculum – ODE Early Learning and Development Standards

     PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS AND DAILY SCHEDULES

     Little Lambs – 2 & 2 ½ year old toddlers 12

     Lambs – 3 year old preschoolers 13

     Rainbows – 3 year old preschoolers 14

     Shepherds – Pre-K 4 year old preschoolers 15

     Disciples – Pre-K 4-5 year old preschoolers 16

     Disciples – Prek 5 yr old preschoolers 17

     Kindergarten Enrichment – 5-6 year olds 18

    B. REGISTRATION AND TUITION

     Pre-admission interviews 19

     Tuition fees and Yearly Supply fees/COVID 19 cleaning supply

     Roster Information for staff only and Photo release

     Parent Initiated withdrawal & fee policy

    C. GENERAL OPERATING POLICY AND PROCEDURES

     Hours of Operation/Calendar/Snow days 20

     Arrival – Drop-off Arrival system

     Late fee policy

     Dismissal – Dismissal to Others

     Parking Lot Safety

    D. HOME/SCHOOL RELATIONS

     Parent Communication 22

     Classroom visitation policy – COVID 19 protocols

     Concerns and Complaints

     Parent-Teacher Phone Conference at your request

     Preschool Developmental Assessments

     Developmental Screening and Referral

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    DAILY PARTICIPATION 23

     Preparing your Child for Participation

     COVID 19 limits family group gatherings this year

     Class plans for exclusionary days due to covid

     Dress - Indoor/Outdoor Play

     Toilet Trained; what does this mean

     Diapering & Hand washing

     Snack Time – Snack ideas – Birthdays 24

     Food Allergy Alerts

     NO Field Trips policy

     Supervision and Attendance

    E. HEALTH AND SAFETY

     Child Guidance and Behavior Management 25

     School Initiated withdraw policy

     Safety – Fire Drills, Tornado Drills and Emergency Evacuation

     No Swimming and Water Safety;

     No pets policy

     No smoking on premises

     Lock Down drill policy and procedures

     Child Abuse Reporting Laws 27

     Incident Reports and Medical Emergencies 28

     Medical, Dental and General Emergency Plan

     Child Medical Statement

     Required Immunization records

     Child Health Screenings

     Care of Children with Handicapping or Health Condition

     Care of Children with Difficult Behaviors

     Child Medical/Physical Care Plan

     Children with Allergies

     Administration of Medication

     Management of Communicable Disease Policy 30

     Guidelines for Keeping Your Child Home

     COVID 19 Health Screening for Attendance July 2020 32

    F. LITTLE SHEPHERDS ASSESSMENT PROCESS & GOALS

    Age appropriate developmental checklists 33-40

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    A. ORGANIZATION Prince of Peace Lutheran Church Mission Statement Proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ and welcoming all to grow with us in God’s love through: worship, learning, service, and fellowship. Little Shepherds Preschool & Kindergarten has been established by the church council and congregation, and is governed by the Preschool Advisory Board. This board will carry out activities supporting the objectives of the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in establishing and maintaining its preschool. A list of Preschool Advisory Board members and Staff members will be made available prior to the start of each school year. Little Shepherds PreSchool is a private non-profit organization.

    Ohio Department of Job & Family Services Licensing Information This facility is licensed to operate legally by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. The center is required to provide to parent’s information required by Ohio Administrative code. Little Shepherds Learning Center at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church obtained a provisional license to begin operation September 2001. In November 2001 we obtained our full license to operate with complete compliance. The State of Ohio licensing governs the health, safety, discipline, programming, space utilization, equipment, teacher/staff ratios, and staff employment requirements. A copy of the Rules for Licensing Child Day Care Centers and licensing records are available for review in the preschool office. The current license and inspection reports are posted in the preschool office in room 5. The center’s licensing record including compliance for and evaluation forms from the health, building, and fire departments are available upon request from the State of Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. A toll free number, 1-866-635-3748, is available for any person wishing to report a suspected violation by the preschool of Chapter 5104 or Revised Code or Chapter 5101-1-12 of the Administrative Code. No Weapons permitted

    Nondiscrimination Policy - Little Shepherds admits students of any race, color, national and

    ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin or disability in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; in administration of its educational policies or admissions.

    Ohio Department of Job & Family Services Child Care Licensing Section

    Columbus District Office 50 W. Town Street 6th Floor Mail address: P.O. Box 182709 Columbus, OH 43215 Columbus, OH 43218

    (866)886-3537 Fax; (614) 728-2111

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    Ohio Department of Job and Family Services CENTER PARENT INFORMATION

    REQUIRED BY OHIO ADMINISTRATIVE CODE

    The center is licensed to operate legally by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. This license is posted in a conspicuous place for review. A toll-free telephone number is listed on the center’s license and may be used to report a suspected violation of the licensing law or administrative rules. The licensing law and rules governing child care are available for review at the center. The administrator and each employee of the center is required, under Section 2151.421 of the Ohio Revised Code, to report their suspicions of child abuse or child neglect to the local public children's services agency. Any parent, custodian, or guardian of a child enrolled in the center shall be permitted unlimited access to the center during all hours of operation for the purpose of contacting their children, evaluating the care provided by the center or evaluating the premises. Upon entering the premises, the parent, or guardian shall notify the Administrator of his/her presence. The administrator’s hours of availability and child/staff ratios are posted in a noticeable place in the center for review. The licensing record, including licensing inspection reports, complaint investigation reports, and evaluation forms from the building and fire departments, is available for review upon written request from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. It is unlawful for the center to discriminate in the enrollment of children upon the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin or disability in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, 104 Stat. 32, 42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq. For more information about child care licensing requirements as well as how to apply for child care assistance, Medicaid health screenings and early intervention services for your child, please visit http://jfs.ohio.gov/cdc/families.stm This information must be given in writing to all parents, guardians and employees as required in 5101: 2-12-30 of the Ohio Administrative Code.

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    Little Shepherds Mission Statement and Goals Little Shepherds is dedicated to providing loving care and early Christian education to the children of our congregation and community, as well as to support families in the discipleship of their children. We seek to provide a Christian atmosphere where children can discover a loving God as they begin to develop life competencies. Our purpose is to provide a safe, warm, nurturing, loving Christian environment that promotes the development of each child. We tend to the child’s spiritual, emotional, social