Does the center have a philosophy explaining their approach to the care of children, learning and development?
At Family Life Child Care Centers, we allow each child to explore their environment and select materials that stimulate interest and promote growth. The teacher structures the environment by setting up developmentally suitable and stimulating learning centers to increase the child’s interest and arouse his/her curiosity and desire to learn. By participating in classroom orientation, conferences, and observing the classroom teacher, the parent/teacher can strengthen the bond between home and school and offer consistent learning experiences to the child.
Does the child care center meet minimum state qualifications or go beyond?
The Family Life Child Care Centers are licensed by the State of Ohio Department of Job & Family Services. State licensing rules are available for review at each site.
Additionally, all of our centers go beyond the minimum standards and participate in the following:
- The Step Up To Quality program, which recognizes early childhood programs that operate by standards above State licensing requirements.
- The Universal Pre Kindergarten (UPK) program, a comprehensive, high quality early care and education program for 3-5 year old children that will help them enter school healthy and ready to learn. Family Life Child Care Centers have been chosen to participate in this program.
- Council on Accreditation
Does the child care facility offer a safe and stimulating environment?
At Family Life Centers, learning takes place when children are in surroundings where they feel safe and secure. In the classroom, the teachers provide opportunities for learning in an atmosphere of trust and love. Each center allows for children to participate in activities both inside and outside their home classroom with proper supervision. A large, outdoor play area is provided for large muscle play and activities. Activities and materials are chosen to support current levels of growth and encourage higher levels of development.
In addition to environment, Family Life Centers believe that sound nutrition contributes to overall development. For this reason, the center not only follows the appropriate United States Department of Agriculture, Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) recommendations, but also provides a menu that is low in refined sugar, salt, and red meat.
Children in the infant and toddler program are presented breakfast, lunch, and two snacks per day. Preschoolers are presented with breakfast, lunch, and one snack per day. Gum and candy do not fit the nutritional guidelines and should be left at home. Menus are available in the center office, and individual classrooms, as well as on our web site here. Parents of children with special nutritional needs, as recommended by their doctor, may bring in additional supplements to supplement their nutrition.
What sort of curriculum does the center follow?
Family Life Centers utilize the nationally recognized Creative Curriculum and the TS Gold Online Assessment System. This curriculum model allows teachers to focus on the “whole” child, and individualize learning. The Creative Curriculum is aligned with the State of Ohio’s Early Learning Development Standards. A copy of our curriculum is available at each of our centers.
What level of education and training does the staff have?
All administrators at Family Life Childcare Centers hold college degrees in Early Childhood Education or a related field. Degreed teachers lead all preschool classrooms and degreed teachers or staff who meet the Career Pathways level accepted by the State of Ohio’s Step Up to Quality Guidelines, lead all infant/toddler classrooms. Additionally, all early care and education staff receive a minimum of 10 hours of training annually related to child development, which exceeds state licensing requirements. Staff also receive ongoing training in the areas of First Aid/ CPR, Communicable Disease, Medication Administration and Recognition of Child Abuse and Neglect.
Does the center offer information regarding the number of children being supervised by each adult?
Family Life Centers strive to meet Step Up to Quality top ratio recommendations. All of our centers follow a minimum adult to child ratio of 1:4 or 1:5 for infants, 1:7 for toddlers and 1:10 for preschoolers.
Does the center welcome parents and communicate with them?
Family Life Centers are committed to providing open communication between parents and teachers. We operate as open centers, and parents are welcomed to drop in and see their children at any time during the day. Additionally, our centers work to provide ongoing information about events and activities in the classroom to parents and guardians. Monthly newsletters are distributed by each center and individual classrooms also provide individual updates. Family Life Centers also encourage teachers and families to stay engaged with each center by holding open houses and other events throughout the year.