Procedures

Adult/Child Ratio

  Ages LCCC Ratio State of Ohio Ratio
INFANTS 6 WEEKS – 18 MONTHS 1-4 1-5
TODDLERS 18 MONTHS – 3 YEARS 1-6 1-7
PRE-SCHOOL 3,4 YEAR OLDS 1-10 1-12
PRE-K 4-5 YEAR OLDS 1-10 1-12
SCHOOL AGE 6-12 YEARS 1-15 1-18

Open Door Policy

The center complies with and is licensed by the Ohio Department of Human Services. A copy of our license is posted in the administrative office. Parents are welcome to review the laws and rules governing the day care center. Please speak with the director.

All of our parents and guardians are welcome to visit all areas of the center at any time, but are asked to check in with the director upon entering the center.

For safety and protection of your child, this open-door policy is limited to custodial parents and guardians of children enrolled in our program. Non-custodial parents and other relatives and friends of children enrolled will not be afforded this open-door visitation policy unless we have signed and dated written permission from the parent or legal guardian.

*The Ohio Department of Human Services, toll free number 1-800-686-1581, may be used by any person to report suspected violations by the center.

(Chapter 5104 of Revised Code or Chapter 5101:2-12 of the Administrative Code)
*The center’s licensing record includes, but is not limited to, compliance and evaluation report includes but is not limited to, compliance and evaluation report forms from the Department of Human Services, Fire and Health Departments. Inspections have been done by these departments on a regular basis. These records are available upon request from the Department of Human Services and from our director.

Pre-Admission Interview

A pre-admission interview will be conducted before the child’s first day at the center. The parent/guardian will meet with an administrator or designated staff person, tour the center, meet the staff members and discuss the child’s orientation. Your questions and detailed explanation of the program will be discussed. This a good time to begin our communications by reviewing the policies listed in the Parent Handbook and the appropriate available on line. All files shall be kept confidential.

Time of Operation

The Center is open weekdays from 6:30 am to 6:00 pm. The center will be closed for seven major holidays. They are as follows: New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Parents will be billed for all of these days except the day after Thanksgiving.

It is very important that families DO NOT ARRIVE BEFORE 6:30 AM, and it equally important that the CHILDREN ARE PICKED UP NO LATER THAN 6:00 PM.

Late Fees

Although our staff is dedicated, each staff member has a family and home for which he/she is responsible. In case of emergency, please notify the center immediately. A fee will be charged for late pick-up.

THE FEE IS TO BE PAID IMMEDIATELY AND DIRECTLY TO THE CHILD’S TEACHER. THE LATE FEE IS AS FOLLOWS:
6:05-6:15 = $5.00
6:16-6:30 = $10.00
6:31-6:45 = $20.00
6:46-7:00 = $30.00

In the event a parent will be late in picking up a child, it is expected that every attempt will be made to contact LCCC to inform the staff of the delay and the expected time of arrival. If a parent is extremely late and all attempts to reach emergency contacts have failed, the child will be taken to the Lakewood OH\Police Department.

In the rare case of severe weather or blizzard, every attempt will be made to open the center for parents who must go to work. Please listen to FOX 8 NEWS for the listing of our center, IF we should ever have to close. If your child will not be attending due to inclement weather, please let us know as soon as possible.

On most school holidays, we offer a fully day program from 6:30 am – 6:30 pm for schoolagers on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Before and after child care is only offered at Lincoln Elementary School, 15614 Clifton Boulevard, for children attending Lincoln Elementary School. Hours of operation are on school days from 7:00 am to 9:00 am and from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. We also offer summer camp.

Separation

Separation may be difficult for the children and their parents. Some children at certain ages have more difficulty than others. Be assured that we will help your child and acknowledge his/her feelings as he/she works through these normal developmental stages. Again, the parent’s positive and understanding attitude are most important. Simple daily routines make children comfortable.

  • Spend a few minutes in your child’s classroom.
  • ALWAYS tell your child (using approximately the same word each day) that you need to leave but will return for him/her.
  • Give your child lots of hugs and kisses and say “goodbye.”
  • Depart. It can be painful if parents stay too long.

If your child has or develops separation anxiety, the administrators or teachers will be happy to discuss your child’s situation with you in more detail and give you regular progress reports.

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