Sunshine and Stars Child Care, LLC

Providing Child Care and Enrichment

Other Information

Other Information

30 Day Provisional Period of Enrollment

     There is a 1-30 day provisional period of enrollment. This provisional period benefits both parties. In this time determination can be realized to determine if Sunshine and Stars can provide for your child’s needs, and to determine how a child will fit into the existing Sunshine and Stars Community. If it is realized that Sunshine and Stars cannot meet a child’s needs for care, a week’s notice will be given and ½ registration fee will be refunded.

Full time positions take precedence over part time care positions. 

Children With Special Needs

     We try to accommodate children with special needs in our small center. Parents need to disclose all important information to us at the pre enrollment interview, and give important information such as an IEP, FSP and any documented observations. This is so we can provide care in the best interest for your child. All children must function at a 2 yr old developmental level since we are a small center and can only accommodate children at age 2 and up for our teacher child state ratio. PA Keystone STARS requires us to obtain/request IEP information.

Preschool Early Intervention

The Preschool Early Intervention Program of the Berks County Intermediate Unit (BCIU) is a public special education service provided to children, 3 to 5, who are experiencing a delay in development.

For more information, please contact Deb Kohler at 610-987-8562 or debkoh@berksiu.org.

Pets

     We believe if a family loving atmosphere., therefore we incorporate live animals pets with in our classroom setting. All animals are up to date with all vaccines, licenses and are seen by a veterinarian on a regular basis. Children are encourage to handle pets with care, respect and proper handling.

DPW Reg § 3270.118. Pets.

(a) A pet or animal present at the facility, indoors or outdoors, shall be in good health and known to be friendly to children.

(b) Contact with pets by the children is permitted only when a staff person is physically present.

          (c) A veterinarian’s certificate of current rabies immunization is required for a cat or dog at the facility. The certificate shall be on file when the cat or dog is present.

Center Closing Dates and Inclement Weather

Closings

During inclement weather or unscheduled closings, the center will update information on our answering machine. When there is inclement weather please be mindful that the driveway and steps maybe a bit slippery. They are cleaned and salted in the AM prior to opening and then rechecked. Parent’s must keep their contracted time of arrival. In an event of a early closure, parents will be contacted and asked to make arrangements for pick up their children as soon as possible.

 

Holiday Closures

Sunshine and Stars is closed for observance of major holidays and include:

Independence Day July 4

Labor Day

Thanksgiving Day

Day After Thanksgiving

Christmas Day

Day After Christmas

New Year’s Day

Good Friday and Saturday

Memorial Day

Other Days as announced

Other

Christmas Eve-CLOSE Early

New Year’s Eve- CLOSE Early

End of August Teacher Vacation/Transition Week

Tuition is still due on closed days as contracted.

 

Major and Federal Holidays that we are closed/varies depending on when the holiday falls

Babysitting services maybe available if enough children are signed up

 

 

Standards, Curriculum and Assessment for Early Childhood Education

-Our Center Uses the PA Early Learning Standards

Early Learning Standards for Infants and Toddlers

The Early Learning Standards for Infants and Toddlers were developed as a joint project of Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Department of Public Welfare as part of Governor Rendell's commitment to early childhood education and care. The Early Learning Standards for Infants and Toddlers are meant to guide the development of programs serving children birth to three years of age.

Early Learning Standards for Pre-Kindergarten

Over 30 years of research confirms the foundational importance of early education and care for children’s school and life success. As Pennsylvania seeks to emphasize its early learning programs, a standards-based approach to pre-kindergarten programs is vital. Children are born with an incredible capacity and desire to learn. It is critical that their first steps are in the right direction. Research-based standards are essential to building the foundation for a strong start—one that effectively provides children with skills and gives them the confidence to stay the course, graduate from high school or college, and contribute productively to communities and workplaces.

The Early Learning Standards were developed as a joint project of the Departments of Education and Public Welfare as part of Governor Rendell’s commitment to early childhood education and care. The Early Learning Standards are meant to guide the development of pre-kindergarten programs, and were developed by a Task Force consisting of early childhood practitioners and administrators, policy analysts and researchers, and university faculty.