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Parental Participation and Access

As noted in our Philosophy Statement, we hold to the premise that parents are the primary
educators in their child’s life. We view our responsibility as caregivers to be an extension of the home, not a replacement. Recognizing that parental involvement is essential to your child’s preschool education, we welcome and encourage your participation whenever possible.

At Academy Of Young Minds, parents are invited to participate in their child’s activities in a variety of ways. Parents may assist in the classrooms for special events or holiday parties. They may accompany their child on field trips or simply observe or participate with their child in the classroom.

Our center has established an open door policy where parents are cordially invited to observe any of our programs or visit your child at any time. However, we do require that all visitors check-in with the Director or Administrator. While you are at the center, please feel free to communicate any comments or concerns you may have about your child’s care or our program in general. An appointment will be set up at the earliest possible time to discuss these comments or concerns. Should you wish to talk with the Director or a specific teacher, we ask that you give us prior notification of your visit in order that we can arrange a mutually convenient time to discuss your concerns. (Please remember that teachers are not available for conferences during class time, as they are required to give all children their full attention at that time.) For the safety and protection of your child, this open door policy is limited to the custodial parents and/or custodians and guardians of children enrolled in our program. Non-custodial parents and other relatives of children enrolled in our program will not be afforded this open door visitation policy unless we have signed and dated written permission from you.

At least once during the school year, teachers of every age group at the center will arrange to have a parent-teacher conference in order to discuss your child’s progress, behavior, social, and physical needs. If an in-person conference cannot be scheduled, a telephone conference may be substituted. Additionally, teachers will periodically issue progress reports which are designed to point out your child’s progress, strengths, and weaknesses. This general assessment will assist you in focusing on specific areas or needs in your child’s development.

The center will publish a monthly newsletter in order to keep you informed of the various activities and upcoming events that are planned throughout the year. This newsletter may also provide recognition for new student enrollment, condensed teacher biographies, student/teacher of the month awards, the monthly menu, as well as other interesting insights and happenings at the center, such as family night, date night, and seasonal events.



Staff/Child Ratio

Academy Of Young Minds enrolls children from ages 6 weeks to 12 years. The center’s current license capacity can be found on our license, which is posted in the lobby.

Our center will have one teacher for:

1. Every five infants who are at least 6 weeks old, but less than 12 months old,
    with a maximum group size of 2:12.

2. Every six infants who are at least 13 months old, but less than 18 months old,
    with maximum group size of 2:12.

3. Every seven toddlers who are at least 18 months old, but less than 30 months old,
    with a maximum group size of 2:14.

4. Every eight toddlers who are at least 30 months old, but less than 36 months old,
    with a maximum group size of 2:16.

5. Every twelve preschool children who are at least three years old,
    with a maximum group size of 2:24.

6. Every fourteen preschool children who are four years old or five years old,
    and who are not school children, with a maximum group size of 2:28.

7. Every eighteen school-age children who are up to twelve years old,
    with a maximum group size of 1:18.


Nutrition

Breakfast, hot lunch, and snacks are provided by the center every day. Our prepared meals constitute one-third of the child’s recommended daily dietary allowance and includes food from all the basic food groups. All of the center’s meals are prepared and served in accordance with the strict nutritional requirements of the State of Ohio Health Department.

Breakfast is served between 8:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. each morning. Our kitchen stops serving breakfast promptly at 8:30 a.m. Children arriving after this time will need to be fed at home prior to arrival at the center.

A hot lunch is served between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

A variety of nutritional snacks are served between 2:30 p.m. and 2:45 p.m.

Individual dietary needs or special food allergies must be brought to the attention of the Director. After communicating these needs and completing the proper forms, we will be happy to accommodate your child’s modified dietary requirements and prepare his/her food accordingly.

Parents of infants not on table food will be responsible for providing pre-mixed formula, jar food, and cereal. You will be asked to provide a schedule for feeding, as well.