Learning Center is located at the First Christian Church campus at 1301 West
Louisiana, Midland, Texas. The Children's
Learning Center is a united program combining Preschool (3 and 4 year olds) and
Mother's Day Out
(6 weeks to age 2). The telephone number is (432) 682-5021. The Director's office is located on the south side of
the building parallel to Michigan Ave, Room 107.
PURPOSE AND PROGRAM GOALS
The Mother’s Day Out
and Preschool Program is an outreach ministry. Both the Preschool and Mother’s
Day Out are licensed by the State of Texas Department of Protective and
Preschool and Mother’s
Day Out are open to all families in the community and the surrounding area
regardless of race or economic background. The Children’s Learning Center is
supported primarily by the tuition paid from participating families.
Parents and educators are becoming increasingly aware of
early childhood experiences, and how these experiences influence future
development of the young child. In our program, emphasis is placed on the needs
of the individual child. Each child is helped to experience success and is
given many opportunities to learn through new activities and experiences. We
believe that children learn through play and we have a balance of open ended
activities and academic activities. Our curriculum is centered on thematic
units which are creative and informative. The program is planned to meet the
needs in all areas of development: social, emotional, intellectual, physical,
spiritual and aesthetic. Specific program goals enable the child to:
1. Develop the ability to communicate
effectively with teachers and classmates, to hear and imitate sounds used to
form words, and to understand and follow simple instructions.
2. Develop a growing concept of the
relationship of numbers, time, space, and form.
3. Have opportunities for observing and
understanding nature and science.
4. Learn more about self and others
through informal role play and through interaction with peers.
5. Understand that God has something to
say to each person in every situation that will be encountered.
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6. Learn how to understand what God has to
say to each person through knowledge of the Bible, especially in relation to
Jesus Christ, and through the work of the Holy Spirit in self and in others.
7. Become aware that each person is worthy
of God's love
and the love of other human beings.
8. Grow in assuming personal
responsibility for self and others and growth in independence.
9. Develop understandings, attitudes and
skills including decision making appropriate for the child's particular age.
10. Experience the loving care of adults
whose own lives exemplify commitment to the Christian community. God’s love for
each individual is demonstrated through the care of Christian teachers and
Particular emphasis is
given to the development of Christian character traits such as compassion,
forgiveness, initiative, integrity,
thankfulness, cooperation and respect. Bible verses are included
Other special activities include math
madness, Spanish, chapel, fun fitness,
camp library, cooking activities, and science
for preschool classes. Mother’s Day Out classes
rotate daily to library, science, and chapel.
Mother’s Day Out and Preschool participate in
Open House. Preschool does an annual Christmas
Program, Thanksgiving Feast and Spring
Program. Mid-year evaluations and year end parent-
teacher conferences are done in Preschool.
All Mother’s Day Out
and Preschool classes are staffed by two adults.
Day Out program is developed for children from 6 weeks to age 2 and operates
Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. The nursery has approximately 10
babies per day. The toddlers have approximately 15 children per day. The MDO
classes have approximately 17 children per day. Our summer program operates
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Class sizes are never
above the state mandated ratios.
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The prerequisite for Preschool children: All Preschool
children need to be completely potty trained by the beginning of the school
year. These classes will have approximately 17 children and will
operate on Monday-Wednesday-Friday or Monday-Friday. The
Preschool operates from
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Extended days are offered for all preschoolers from 12:00
p.m. - 3:00 p.m. daily.
The CLC has inclusion classes for children with
developmental differences. Inclusion teachers have or are receiving
supplemental education. We supplement our instruction with additional emphasis
on sensory, motor and social activities. A consultation with the Preschool
teacher is mandatory for the children that fall under the S.E.A.S. program.
The program will follow the Public School Calendar as
closely as possible. If M.I.S.D. is closed for bad weather, the CLC
will be closed. If M.I.S.D. delays school opening, we will delay until 10:00
a.m. For any reason, if there were an early dismissal, we will notify you
by telephone or notes if we know in advance.
Enrollment is held
in the spring for the following school year. Children may also be enrolled at
other times if space is available.
Enrollment forms may be obtained in the Director's office. These forms include
information concerning your child, tuition, and class selection. In order to
enroll your child, an Admission Requirement form, a current Immunization
record, and a form signed by a Dr. are required by the State of Texas. The
completed enrollment form accompanied by payment of a non-refundable
registration/supply fee is required. Enrollment is open to any child regardless
of race, religion, sex or cultural background. Parents will be notified of
policy changes in advance.
The Children’s Learning Center has budgeted money for a
limited amount of children’s scholarships. If your family is in need of a
scholarship please ask the directors for an application.
School begins at 9:00 a.m. Parents must decide to walk their
child in or use the carpool line. You may drop your child off in their
classroom at 9:00 a.m. and pick your child up at 12:00 p.m. or 3:00 p.m. in
their classroom. If you elect to use the car pool line, several teachers will
be at the car pool line each morning by 8:55 a.m. to unload until 9:10 a.m. This encourages
independence and will make your child feel very grown up. Car pool line in the afternoon is no longer available.
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THE CARPOOL LINE IS
FOR UNLOADING BY THE TEACHERS. IF YOU PLAN ON GETTING OUT OF YOUR CAR, PLEASE
PARK AND COME IN AND GET YOUR CHILD. WALKING IN FRONT OF THE CARPOOL LINE IS NOT
TUITION AND FEES
Learning Center=s rates
are set at the point which offsets expenses of operation, staff and
equipment. Individual statements are not
sent out, and all tuition is due on or before the first day of each month. Checks should be made payable to CLC.
Additional charges are as follows:
1. Late tuition charge: All fees are due
on or before the first day of each month.
A late fee of $10.00 will be made effective on the tenth day of the
2. A registration/supply fee will be due
with the enrollment form. A
registration/supply fee is required to preregister your child. This fee is non-refundable.
3. Monthly tuition is from the first of
the month to the end of each month.
Tuition is not pro-rated or carried over to the next month. Full tuition
is due regardless of scheduled days off.
charge of $25.00 will be added onto your tuition for any checks that are
returned to us that are marked insufficient funds.
5. If your child has attended the CLC
program for any part of a given month, tuition for that month is not
families will be asked to keep their accounts current. After two (2) months of
delinquent payments on accounts, the child/children will be asked to leave the
7. Drop in fee is
$20.00 a day.
8. The CLC
closes at 3:00 p.m. If your child is not picked up by 3:10 a late fee of $10
will be administered. At 3:10 children will be brought into the CLC office.
If your child will be absent because of illness, vacation,
or any other reason, please inform the office as soon as possible. Tuition fees must still be paid for these
days to hold your child's
place in his/her classroom.
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Each child has his/her own way of adapting to a new
environment. Some will protest and some will never have a reluctant moment.
Please remember to expect a period of adjustment as often growing experience’s
cause concern and stress. Rely on the staff to help your child as we are glad
to have the opportunity to be a part of your child’s life and a service to you.
Keeping the children on our campus safe is a top priority
for us. We use the Shelby Next App to take attendance. A report is sent to the
office. This report is used in the afternoons for parents to sign their child
out. Please remember your child must be signed out daily with your signature
and time picked up. Telephones are installed in each classroom allowing
teachers to call 911 or the CLC office anytime. Security cameras have been
strategically placed around the campus allowing us to monitor and view
The first responsibility of staff in an emergency or
relocation is to move the children to a designated safe area or alternative
shelter known to all employees, caregivers, parents, and volunteers. Staff will
continue to care for the children until they are released to the proper person.
The CLC will conduct monthly fire drills to practice getting
out of the building quickly and safely. If the buildings on the West side of
the campus are on fire, we will evacuate and meet in the courtyard behind the
CLC office. If the buildings on the East side of the campus are on fire, we
will meet outside the Family Life Center. The Children’s Learning Center has a
fire extinguishing and smoke detection systems which are approved and inspected
by the local fire marshal and fire extinguishing company. In the event of a
tornado, we will relocate to the Family Life Center (gym). In a tornado we will
have the children get into the fetal position with their hands over their
Shelter In Place/Lockdown: Quarterly we conduct emergency
preparedness drills which include natural disasters such as tornadoes, floods,
and lockdown procedures such as an intruder with a weapon. During a lockdown
drill the teachers and children remain in the corner of their locked classrooms
until given the all clear. During lockdowns all outside doors will be locked
and no one will be allowed in with the exception of emergency personnel.
Evacuation and Relocation: The
teachers and directors will take their emergency backpack which includes a copy
of the emergency contacts for each child in their class, a first aid kit
including water and a flashlight, and the sign in/out clipboard. In the event
we have to evacuate the premises, classes will meet on the West side of the
buildings on G Street. The infants will be evacuated in cribs and the older
children will be carefully walked over as a group to Holy Trinity Episcopal
Church at 1412 W. Illinois Ave. The direct line to Holy Trinity Episcopal
church is 432-683-4200. In the event we have to evacuate the neighborhood we
will relocate to Midland College Childcare Center at 3600 North Garfield. The
infants will be transported in infant carriers and the older children will be
seat belted in the Church bus. The direct line to the Midland College Childcare
Center is 432-685-4573.
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Communication: The directors
and teachers will then notify the proper authorities and a parent/guardian in
the event of an emergency. The Children’s Learning Center emergency contact
number is 432-682-5021. All teachers will comply with the regulations listed in
the Minimum Standards Rules and Regulations handbook Section 746.1301.
A gang-free zone is a designated area around a specific
location where prohibited gang related activity is subject to increased penalty
under Texas law. The specific locations include day care centers as a result of
House Bill 2086 that passed during the 81st Legislature, Regular
Session, Chapter 42 of the Human Resource Code includes section 42.064,
effective September 1, 2009.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
Snacks & Lunches: Please be sure your child finishes their
breakfast before coming to school. Parents
need to provide nutritious snacks and juice for their child’s class on a
rotation basis. Parents will provide a
healthy lunch for their child daily. Pack a lunch that does not need to be
heated and bring their eating utensils. A cold pack in your child’s lunch will
keep it fresh and cold until lunch time. Please refrain from sending carbonated
drinks in your child’s lunch.
Illnesses: We are not staffed to provide care for
sick children. Children that are ill
must be kept at home. Any time your
child becomes ill during the day, a staff member will contact you to come get
him/her immediately. We would appreciate
your most prompt response to picking up your child as we do not have facilities
to accommodate sick children. If no one
has picked up the child within 30 minutes of the initial notification, then one
of your emergency contacts will be notified.
Immunization Requirements – All children enrolled in the
Children’s Learning Center must provide a current immunization record for all
If your child has
had a temperature or severe diarrhea, or vomiting he/she should be kept home 24
hours after the symptoms disappear.
You will be notified if your child is exposed to a contagious
disease. See attached Policies and
Procedures for Illness.
Medication: We will not administer any medication
without a parent signature on the Medication Authorization Form. We will not
keep any medication including aspirin in the office. Only the Director or the Assistant Director
will be able to give the medication. PLEASE DO NOT SEND ANY KIND OF
MEDICATION IN BACKPACKS.
Safety: Every possible precaution is taken to protect
your child, but unfortunately accidents do happen. Our staff can act quickly and
accurately in an emergency. Please keep your phone numbers and emergency call
numbers current so that in case of an emergency, we will be able to contact a
parent/guardian. Also, in case of an emergency we would call 911 or transport
them to Midland Memorial Hospital.
Confidentiality: The director,
teachers and staff of The Children’s Learning Center will not disclose
information about the children enrolled to anyone but the legal guardian of the
child. This includes but is not limited to: neighbors, grandparents, aunts,
uncles, cousins, friends, boyfriends/girlfriends, and stepmothers/stepfathers.
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Injuries: If a child is recovering from any type of
injury and if the supervision of the child takes away from the normal class
environment, the Director or Assistant Director has the right to approve or
disapprove the admittance of the child back into the program. In addition, a doctor's
written release and a doctor's
written instructions for the child's
observation are required.
Hearing/Vision Screening: It is a mandatory
requirement by the State of Texas Minimum Standards Rules and Regulations
Handbook Section 746.629, that all 4 year old preschool children enrolled
receive a Vision/Hearing Screening. If a
child has had a recent screening by his or her doctor, the CLC will need
complete documentation by the doctor's
Nursing Mother’s –Provisions will be provided for nursing
mother’s to breastfeed their children.
Safe Sleep: (See enclosed Minimum Standard Form
Vaccinations: Please be advised that the Children’s
Learning Center at First Christian does not participate in any vaccinations for
Outside Play: Children in our program will spend some
time outside each day. We feel that
outdoor play is important for your child's
healthy growth and development. Please
dress your child accordingly. Provisions will not be made for children to spend
time in the office during playground time.
Water Activities: Currently the CLC does not participate in
any water activities such as sprinkler play, wading or swimming pools.
Invitation Policy: Personal invitations to parties
and events for the children in your child's
class need to be mailed unless everyone in the class is invited. This will
alleviate any hurt feelings.
PROCEDURES FOR RELEASE
Children are released only to those persons authorized on
the Admission Information Sheet (Form J-800-2935). Any change in routine arrangements, whether
temporary or permanent, should be given to the teacher or Director in writing
and will need to provide a picture I.D. before a child will be released.
Parent Notification: We communicate with parents through
office newsletters and classroom newsletters. In the event of an emergency we
would contact through phone calls, emails, and text.
Parents may visit the childcare center at any time during
the childcare centers hours of operation to observe their child, the childcare
centers operation, and program activities without having to secure prior
Parent participation and interest is encouraged. We invite
you to visit and observe the Children's
Learning Center in action. However, we encourage independence and cooperation
with the CLC staff for initial adjustment time. It is very hard for the
teachers to conduct class with parents in the room. We invite parents to
observe from our viewing windows. Parent volunteers are needed for Preschool
class parties and other special activities. Please inform the teacher ahead of
time so that plans may be made for your visit. Conferences may be arranged by
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CLOTHING AND PERSONAL BELONGINGS
Wear casual comfortable play clothes that is easy for your
child to remove when he/she uses the restroom. Please keep in mind that we do
go outside and we do projects that include painting. We have smocks for
painting but they are not always foolproof. Please be sure your little girl
wears shorts or leggings under their skirts and dresses. Be sure that shoes are
appropriate for climbing such as tennis shoes. Please no flip flops, sandals,
crocs or boots. Rubber soles are best.
Please send a spare set of clothes including underwear
and socks in case of accidents. These should be given to the teacher and
updated when the seasons change.
Be sure to mark everything with your child's name. Children should not bring gum,
food, money, guns, knives, or toys. The school is not responsible for any items
brought from home.
Our biting policy is as follows: After several bites by the
same child, a conference will be called with the parents. If the biting
continues, the child could be asked to leave for the day, the week, or other
alternatives may be discussed. It will
be at the discretion of the directors as to expelling, promoting, or deciding which
alternative to use to alleviate the situation
Guidance and discipline will be consistent and based on
individual needs and development. No
cruel or harsh punishment will be used.
Staff will promote acceptable behavior and self-discipline. A positive
approach will be used to offer alternatives to direct unacceptable behavior. A
child will be removed from a situation or deprived of certain privileges if
he/she cannot behave. If disruptive or abusive behavior continues after parents
have been notified, the child will be sent home. At the discretion of the
directors if the child’s behavior does not improve, the child will be permanently
removed from the program.
Reporting Child Abuse: The CLC supports the State of
Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services guidelines on reporting
child abuse. If the CLC suspects that a
child is being abused or neglected or is in danger of abuse or neglect, we must
report these suspicions to the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory
Services or to a local law enforcement agency. The Abuse Hotline for Texas is
Licensing: The CLC is licensed to provide childcare
for 244 children through the Texas Department of Family and Protective
Services. They can be contacted at
3401 North A Street
Midland, Texas 79705
As a parent, you are entitled to a copy of the Minimum
Standards for a Licensed Childcare Center.
You may either ask the director/assistant of the CLC or you may view a
copy on their website: www.tdprs.state.tx.us.
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Policy and Procedures for Illness
spread quickly in classrooms.
You need to keep your
child at home if any of the following has or is occurring:
(redness of the cheeks and body)
(within the past 24 hours)
(within the past 24 hours)
(now or within the past 24 hours)
NASAL DISCHARGE (not clear)
TIRED OR LISTLESS
CRANKY, GENERALLY NOT
For the protection of the other children and teachers, we
will ask you to come get your child if they are: RUNNING
A FEVER, VOMITING, and/or HAVE 3 LOOSE STOOLS.
We appreciate your help and
cooperation in following these policies and procedures.