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(269) 782-3771
603 McCleary Street
Dowagiac, MI  49047
Day Care Handbook

    Welcome to St. John’s Daycare and Learning Center.  We pray that you and your child(ren) will feel happy, safe, and loved during the time he/she is with us.  We invite and encourage you to stop in and play with us when you are able.

    The information in this booklet is for your benefit.  Be sure to take the time to read this handbook and familiarize yourself with our program and policies.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to speak with our Director. 

    At St. John’s Daycare and Learning Center our goal is to serve our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ by assisting parents in the nurturing growth of their children in a Christ-centered environment.  We supply developmentally age appropriate experiences that provide the children with hands-on activities that will further their spiritual, intellectual, social, physical, and emotional development.

    Our Biblical Foundation

    St. John’s Daycare and Learning Center is founded on these eternal truths, as revealed in God’s inerrant Word:

    There is only one true God; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

    God created all things and created man as the crown of that creation.

    Man’s fall into sin has corrupted the entire human race, making all people subject to eternal damnation.

    God, in His grace and mercy, sent His own Son, Jesus Christ, to suffer and die, to pay for the sins of all people.

    All who, by the work of the Holy Spirit, believe that Jesus is their Savior receives forgiveness of sins, eternal life, and salvation.

    Christians will strive to show their love to God by using their gifts and talents to help spread the Word of God.  They will help fellow Christians and all human beings in every possible way.


    Our philosophy is to provide quality care and age appropriate activities in a Christian environment. 

    Admission Policy

    We provide childcare for children  birth -12 year old all year, including a latchkey program for children in school.  We offer  a preschool program for three and four year olds from September through May.

    Non-discriminatory Clause:
    "God our Savior wants all men to be saved and to come to knowledge of the truth." (I Timothy 2:4) Therefore, St. John's Lutheran Daycare and Learning Center admits children of any race, color, or national and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available in administration of its program policies, admission policies, or other daycare-administered programs.  Membership in our congregation and participation in our school is open to all, on a racially non-discriminatory basis.  

    St. John’s Daycare and Learning Center has been started as a part of St. John’s Lutheran Church.  We seek to aid the St. John’s Lutheran Church in providing daycare services for: 
    1. the families of the church    
    2. mission prospects for our congregation 
    3. the families of our community.  

    Please note:  Since the daycare exists primarily to aid and benefit the church, enrollment for a church family may take precedence. While this unlikely to happen, it is important to note that if the occasion arises, a church family in need of daycare may increase enrollment to the extent that another student currently enrolled in the daycare program might be asked to find other accommodations.  Sufficient notice will be given if this should occur.    

    Enrollment for the daycare is subject to these guidelines given by the School Board (the governing board selected by the Voters of St. John’s Lutheran Church).

    Probationary Period
  • There will be 4 week probationary period for each child during which they will be evaluated in the classroom.  At any time during these 4 weeks, the parent may be notified if the child is not working well within the program, if our program is not adaptable to the need of this particular child, and if the child will be allowed to continue at our center.  Excessive violent behavior is grounds for immediate dismissal.
    Registration Fee
  • A non-refundable registration fee of $30 per family is charged upon enrolling your child in any program.  This fee is payable again after your child has not been in attendance for more than a year. 

    A re-enrollment fee of $15 will be charged after an absence over 4 months to one year.
    Hours of Operation

    St. John’s Daycare and Learning Center is open from 6:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M., Monday through Friday.  We are open year round with the following exceptions:

    • The center will be closed on the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve at 3:00 P.M., Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve at 3:00 PM.
    • Parents will be given as much notice as possible if additional closures are needed due to low enrollment or occasionally a day after a holiday. 
    • In cases of bad weather when the Dowagiac schools are closed, the Preschool & Noah’s Ark program will be cancelled, but the daycare will usually be opened.  
    • If the Noah’s Ark/Preschool teacher decides to have class when public schools are closed due to weather, she will contact each family.
    Arrival & Departure

    All parents are required to sign in at arrival and departure on the computer in the entry hallway.  The children will not be released to anyone except a parent/guardian or someone designated by them on the child’s information card.  In the event it is necessary for someone else to pick them up, the parent/guardian will call and/or write a note giving the name of the person and his/her description.  The Director/staff may ask to see I.D. before releasing the child.  These guidelines are in place for the safety of your child. 

    Key Cards must be used for entrance every time.  This is for the safety of everyone, and is the reason the security system was installed.  Occasionally, we can buzz you in, but generally the employees are otherwise occupied and not always available to answer the buzzer.  If this becomes an issue and you do not use your card for two continuous weeks, we may refuse you admittance until you purchase another key card.  There is a $5 deposit required for each key card.  You may have as many as you need.  This $5 will be refunded when you turn in a key.

    Children's Records

    Prior to the first day of attendance, the following records must be completed:

    • Child Information Card    
    • Certificate of Immunization 

    Within 1 month of the child's first day of attendance, the following records must be completed:

    • Children ages birth to 2-1/2 years - Physician Health Form (Valid within 6 months prior, updated yearly.) 
    • Children ages 2-1/2 years and older - Physician Health Form or health screening results. (Within 12 months prior, updated every two years.)

    Other required forms

    • School age children - a signed statement that the child is in good health and an immunization record is on file at the child’s school
    • Signed Written Information Documentation Form

    Children’s records are kept in the office and are confidential.  Information in the file that may be helpful to all staff will be used at the Director’s discretion (date of birth, allergies, etc.).

    Health Care Plan

    Many communicable diseases can be prevented through appropriate hygiene and sanitation practices. Contamination of hands, toys, and other equipment in the room plays a role in the transmission of disease in childcare settings.  Illnesses may be spread by way of:

    • human waste, such as urine and feces

    • body fluids, such as saliva, nasal discharge, eye discharge, open skin   sores, and blood

    • direct skin-to-skin contact

    • touching a contaminated object

    • the air, in droplets that result from sneezes and coughs

    Since many infected people carry communicable diseases without symptoms, and many are contagious before they experience a symptom, caregivers need to protect themselves and the children they serve by carrying out, on a routine basis, universal precautions and sanitation procedures that approach every potential illness-spreading condition in the same way.  St John’s staff will follow the following procedure to provide as healthy an environment as possible for everyone who comes in to our center.


    Hand washing

    Hands shall be washed with soap under running water.  Children’s hands will be washed: immediately before and after eating, after using the toilet, after playing on the playground, after sneezing or coughing into hand, and whenever hands are visibly dirty.  Workers’ hands shall be washed: prior to starting the work day and care of children, immediately before handling food, feeding children, or giving medication, after using the bathroom, assisting a child in using the toilet or changing diapers, after coming in contacting with any bodily fluids, after handling garbage, and whenever hands are visibly dirty.

    The following will not be used as a substitute for soap and running water: hand sanitizers, water basins, and pre-moistened cleansing wipes except when soap and running water is not available.


    Hand Washing Procedure

    The following procedure will be used by staff and children for hand washing:

    • Adjusting the water to a comfortable temperature.

    • Moistening hands with water and applying soap.

    • Rubbing hands together vigorously until a soapy lather appears and 

      continuing for at least 20 seconds.

    • Rubbing all areas of the hands and fingers.

    • Rinsing hands under running water until they are free of soap and dirt. 

    • Drying hands with a clean, disposable paper or single-use cloth towel. 

    Guidelines for hand washing will be posted in all bathrooms and by hand washing sinks.


    Handling Bodily Fluids/Universal Precautions

    The staff will follow procedure learned in their blood-borne pathogen training when handling potential exposure to blood, including blood-containing body fluids and tissue discharges, and any other potentially infectious fluids. 

    Cleaning, sanitizing, and hand washing is to be done after any exposure to bodily fluids (whether staff’s or children’s or parents/guardians).  




    Cleaning and Sanitizing

    The following steps will be followed for cleaning and sanitizing:

    • Wash the surface or article vigorously with warm water and detergent.

    • Rinse the surface with clean water.

    • Submerge, wipe, or spray the surface or the article with a sanitizing solution

    • Let the article or surface air dry.

    Examples of acceptable sanitizing solutions are:

    • Water and non-scented chlorine bleach solution mixed according to state health


    • Commercial sanitizers specified on the label to be safe for food contact 

      surfaces and used according to the manufacturer's directions.


    Tables are cleaned and sanitized before and after meals and snacks.  Resting mats are cleaned and sanitized weekly (as long as the same child uses the same mat each day during the week). Crib and cot sheets are laundered at the center weekly.  Blankets and pillows are to be sent home on Fridays for laundering.  Toys are cleaned and sanitized regularly and as needed when an illness is present.


    Diapering procedures  

    Parents will be responsible for providing diapers and diapering supplies for their child.

    Diapering is done at the changing station located in the bathroom of each room.  A large poster is posted above the changing table to instruct workers.  Logs are maintained of diaper changes for each child up to age 2 yrs. 9 mos. 


    Children/Staff Health

    Material is provided to the staff on the recognition of disease symptoms including the flu and colds, unknown rashes, and developmental deficiencies.  The center’s policy regarding what symptoms indicate the child should remain at home includes; a child ….

    • with any reportable illness or condition that may be contagious.

    • with chicken pox-until the child is no longer infectious or lesions are crusted over.

    • who has vomited.

    • who has two loose stools accompanied by at least two other symptoms of illness.

    • who has pink eye or pus draining from an eye (until medicated for 24 hrs.)

    • who has lice, ringworm, or scabies that is untreated.

    • who has a temperature of 100.4 degrees or more.

    • who has an undiagnosed rash.

    All families will be notified when any of the children in the center contract a communicable disease.  If a child develops any of the above symptoms, they will be separated (with supervision) and parents will be called to come pick up the child within one hour.  If the illness worsens and/or causes a risk, the child will be taken to the emergency room.  STAFF/VOLUNTEERS will also be excluded from the center for the same symptoms listed above.  They will be sent home if becoming sick while at work.


    All contaminated areas, toys, and equipment will be cleaned and sanitized to help prevent further infection to other children.  


    The state requires that All children be current on their immunizations or have a waiver signed by the health department.  A record must be on file at the center for children under the age of five. or five but not yet attending school.  School age children’s immunization record must be on file at their school.  Updated immunization records must be provided to the center when new vaccines are received.



    If a parent requests us to give any medication to their child, they are to fill out a medication authorization form for each medication and include the correct medication name.  The medication must be in the original container and clearly labeled with the child’s name. The medication will be stored in the cabinet in the office or a safe location in the room.  A log is kept of the date and time when the medicine is given, who gave the medicine, and the dosage given.

    NOTE:  No medications will be administered to children 2 years of age or younger without a doctor’s written permission.


    Health Resources

    Health resources are available to assist St. John’s caregivers with information and training. These resources include speakers, written materials, videos and training from SMC, Lee Memorial Hospitals, medical professionals, local health departments, and the American Red Cross. Health and safety information is also available to parents on the entry way tables and bulletin boards including monthly updates of recalled products.  You may inquire in the office if you need other resources.

    Pest Management
  • Parents will be given an annual notice in September that states that we will give 48 hours or more notice before applying any pesticides on the premises.  Liquid spray or aerosol insecticides will not be used in any room unless the room will be unoccupied by children for not less than 4 hours or longer if required on label.

    Daily Activities: Goals and Objectives

    Although parents have been given the primary responsibility for the training of their children, the church is to assist the parents in their God-given directive to train their children in the knowledge and instruction of the Lord.  Therefore, the following process and activities are included in the program to achieve the goals of encouraging spiritual, intellectual, social, physical, and emotional growth.

    1.  Spiritual Growth Includes:

        a.  Recognizing sin and the Lord's forgiveness.

        b.  Knowing that our Lord loves and protects.

        c.  Believing and trusting in Jesus as our Savior.

        d.  Knowing God the Father as our loving protector.

        e.  Believing in Heaven.

        f.  Learning that Christ's love should motivate living as the Lord expects.

        g.  Learning to show that love through prayer and daily living.

        h.  Realize that the good news of Jesus is a message to be shared.


    2.  Intellectual Growth Includes:

        a.  Increase attention span.

        b.  Learning simple organizational skills.

        c.  Beginning deductive thinking.

        d.  Learning communication skills.

        e.  Developing problem solving skills.

        f.   Introduction to mathematical skills.

        g.  Introduction to literacy Skills.


    3.  Social Growth Includes:

        a.  Learning independence.

        b.  Accepting compromise.

        c.  Learning to share.

        d.  Assuming responsibility for care of self and possessions.

        e.  Taking turns.

        f.  Recognizing how one's behavior affects others.

        g.  Showing respect for others.

    Developing an awareness regarding the proper behavior of Christian children 


    4.  Physical Growth Includes:

        a.  Developing large and small muscle coordination.

        b.  Caring for one's own personal needs: eating, dressing, hygiene.


    5.  Emotional Growth Includes:

        a.  Learning appropriate ways to respond to others' feelings.

        b.  Learning appropriate ways to express feelings.

    Developmentally Appropriate Activities

    Activities for the children will be based on stated curriculum areas and goals.  Each child’s skill level will be considered.  Concrete materials and manipulatives will be used.    We attempt to help the children grow in all areas by using the following activities:

        Word of God Lessons

        Creative Dramatics and Finger Plays

        Listening Activities

        Reading Readiness (alphabet introduction)

        Writing Readiness (learning to spell and write his/her name, drawing etc)



        Math and Counting Activities

        Science Experiments and Observations

    Outdoor walks or play periods will be planned at least once daily.  The State of Michigan requires outdoor play of at least 10 minutes be              provided (except in extreme condition). For this reason we require that each child comes to the center with appropriate outside apparel every day. 

    A rest period is scheduled after lunch; parent's can decide whether their child will take a nap or rest quietly.

    Any child ages 1-5 who is here for 5 or more hours shall be provided a cot/mat on which to rest and/or sleep.  Each cot/mat will have one child’s name on it to be used only by that specific child.  Each child needs to bring a small pillow and small blanket to sleep with.  These are to be taken home every Friday, laundered, and returned on Monday.  Children 6 years or older will do quiet activities during rest time to reenergize.  If they wish to sleep/rest, they may bring a pillow and blanket as well.

    Our program includes Bible stories, songs, prayers, art projects, and finger plays that reflect basic Christian beliefs. Christian pictures will be displayed in the center.  Christian materials such as books, puzzles, and games are also available for the children’s use.  We emphasize the religious aspects of holidays rather than the cultural aspects.  

    A detailed schedule listing specific activities and times is posted in each classroom and is provided when registering.  Please see the lead teacher for your child if you have any questions regarding your child’s daily activities.

    School Programs Offered

    The starting date for all preschool classes will be the Tuesday after Labor Day.


    Noah's Ark:   (must be 3 years old before the first day of school and toilet trained)   Extends the children's warm world of home and leads them into discovery of the world beyond home.  With the number of working mothers in our society today, we feel this offers an alternative to daycare.  Activities will vary, but include:  listening to God's Word, story time, singing, art, large muscle development, and language development.  The program will assist in building a strong relationship between home and school, and will establish groundwork for the child's formal learning.  Noah's Ark will be offered on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, from 8:30 to 11:30 A.M. There will also be a three day program offered on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings from 8:30 to 11:30 A.M. Children are allowed in the classroom starting at 8:25 A.M.  Children are to be picked up no later than 11:40 A.M. from the classroom.  Children remaining after 11:40 will be taken into daycare.  


    Four Year Old Preschool:  (Must be 4 before the first day of school and toilet trained)

    Builds on the 3 year-old program as well as expands the variety of experiences for the child in the social, emotional, and intellectual areas of growth.  There will be teacher-directed activities as well as student choice activities during the structure of the day.  The children will be encouraged in their growth spiritually and academically.  Upon completion of this course, the child should be ready to proceed to Kindergarten.  The four-year old sessions will be held 5 days a week from 12:30 to 3:30 P.M.  Children are allowed in the classroom starting at 12:25 P.M.  Children are to be picked up no later than 3:40 P.M. from the classroom.  Children remaining after 3:40 will be taken into daycare.   


    Latchkey Program:  (Before and After School Only)

    Children may be dropped off at the center before school and after attending another school.  All schools have a bus pick up/drop off here.  Parents are to call their child(ren)’s school and the bus garage to arrange bus transportation to/from St. John’s.  Parents are also responsible for informing the center of their child’s transportation arrangements.  If arrangements change at any time, parents are responsible for informing the bus garage, their child’s teacher, and the daycare center.  Parents should inform the center if their child will be coming after a half day of school or during days of no school. 

    Church Participation

    Church attendance as well as Sunday School attendance is recommended but not required.  The children in the Noah’s Ark and Preschool programs are expected to participate in the Christmas Eve program and also to sing during a couple of Sunday church services.

    Everyone is invited to worship with us each Sunday as well as attend Sunday School and Bible Study. Worship times are posted in the center’s entryway.

    Guidance and Discipline of Children

         Positive guidance will be used to minimize the need for discipline.  This will be accomplished through room arrangement, alternative activities, redirection and transitions (minimal waiting).  Time out is only used to stop aggressive behavior or allow an upset child to calm down. It is never used for children under 3 years of age. 

    Our Positive discipline techniques will include:

         1.  Focusing on positive behaviors.

         2.  Giving children choices.

         3.  Build self confidence by letting the child do what they are able to do.

         4.  Set limits based on each individual child’s needs. 


    When discipline is necessary (such as with biting, bullying, aggressiveness, & extreme disrespect), the following methods will be used with regards to child’s age.

    •  Removing the child from the scene and speaking to him/her about the behavior and the consequences caused by said behavior.  

    •  Suggest how to handle it in a Christian way in the future and explain what the consequences will be if it continues.  

    •  They will then apologize to all involved.  

    •  If behavior continues after another warning, the child will be removed from the room and spoken to by the director or superintendent (Pastor) and the parent will be informed upon picking up the child.  

    •  Future incidences will call for immediate contact of a parent.  If the behavior continues suspension and/or expulsion from the program may occur.


    At no time will corporal/physical punishment be used including: hitting, spanking, shaking, screaming, biting, restricting movement by binding or tying, isolating in a closed area, humiliating, depriving a child of food, rest, or toilet use, or excluding from outdoor/gross motor play or daily learning experiences.  Non-severe restraints (holding as gently as possible) may be used to prevent a child from harming himself, others, or property. It will be used no longer than necessary to control the situation.

    Supervision of Children
  • Staff members will show a loving, caring, positive attitude to all children within the center.  The safety of the children will be our first and foremost concern.  Staff members will use a soft, calm, and caring voice when speaking to the children.  All children will be treated equally according to their abilities.  Staff members will strive for consistency within the center.  A positive relationship will be nurtured by placing the staff member at the child’s level.


    Children will be provided with a safe and pleasant environment in which clear limits are consistently enforced.  At least one adult will be in the area at all times (including nap times).  During times when children are awake, caregivers will be actively involved with the children.    


    Children will use the bathroom connected to their room.  Latch key children are to use the hallway bathroom, one at a time.  Whichever bathroom is used the child is to use the facilities and quickly return to their assigned room.  All children (4 and older) should be able to perform bathroom skills by themselves.  This includes undressing, cleaning their bottoms, and redressing.  All children should have a spare set of clothing available at the center in case of accidents.

    Food Services
  • We do not provide meals or snacks.  Parents are responsible for sending appropriate nutritious snacks (2) and meals for their child(ren) every day.  If you do not send any or enough nutritious food for meals we will provide one and you will be charged.  All snacks/meals are to be in a ready-to-eat format.  Micro-wave directions must be on all food items that you want us to micro-wave.  We do have a refrigerator.  Lunch bags and boxes must be labeled with a first and last name and date each day. Other food or beverage not in a lunch bag or box must be labeled with the child’s name and date. 


    Parents of infants must provide an adequate supply of formula and/or baby food each day.  If there is not enough, parents will be called and asked to bring more.


    Wednesday is Pizza Day.  The cost is $2 per child and includes a drink.  Morning snack time is around 9:30 AM, lunch time is at 11:30 A.M., and afternoon snack time is around 2:30 P.M.  We suggest sending nutritious snacks.  We do have snacks on hand that can be purchased for 50 cents.


    We can store boxes of cereal or other breakfast items for children who eat breakfast at the center.  Any food stored at the center must be labeled with the child’s first and last name and date opened.  Opened non-perishable foods must be used within 7 days.  Milk for cereal will be provided.  (2% for children under 2 years and 1% for children over 2 years of age.)  Water will be offered at snack and lunch time and provided whenever requested.  The center also provides plastic spoons/forks, napkins, and cups. 


    All tables and surfaces where food is handled will be cleaned and sanitized in the steps previously described (water/soap, rinse, sanitize).

    Toys from Home

    Please keep all toys at home.  St. John’s has items needed for your child to have fun with while they are here.  In the event a specific item is needed the Director will send a note home.  During the summer children have been asked to bring items such as bikes, roller blades, etc.  A note will be sent home specifying when such items are needed and what we will be doing with the items.


    Children should come to the center in comfortable, washable clothing.  Daily activities require clothing that allows the children to stretch and move, get messy, and be worry-free in.


    Please keep a complete change of clothing in your child’s daycare bag every day in the event of water/paint spills and /or bathroom accidents.


    The children will have outdoor play everyday, weather permitting.  Please have your child dress in appropriate clothing for the season and the day.  Since staff must be with all the children, no child will be allowed to stay inside unsupervised.  If your child is too sick to be outside they should be kept home.  Hats, coats, gloves/mittens, boots, snow pants, etc. are required wear in the winter months.

    Withdrawal of Child
  • Children may be withdrawn from the center at any time by letting the Director know verbally or in writing at least one week in advance.  All outstanding tuition and fees must be paid prior to your child’s last day at the center.
    Dismissal Policy

    A trial period of four (4) weeks is required when enrolled.  A child who does not adjust or requires more attention than we can provide will be disenrolled.

    A child may also be dismissed at any time when: 

    •  a child is unable to adjust to the setting.   

    •  a child repeatedly harms other children or staff.

    •  a child exhibits excessively disruptive behavior.

    •  a child repeatedly destroys property.

    •  there is a lack of cooperation from parents.

    •  there is a failure to pay fees or set up a payment plan for fees.

    Our Staff

    The members of our staff are Christians who have both the desire and the gifts to share the love and joy of Jesus Christ. All religious activities will be according to the Lutheran doctrine as taught by the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod.


    St. John’s Lutheran Daycare seeks out and hires qualified staff.  Education and experience are taken into consideration.  Background verification and Michigan ICHAT is completed on all staff. All staff  must obtain a written statement from the Family Independence Agency indicating they do not have a history of substantiated neglect or abuse of children before having contact with children.

  • All staff will complete blood borne pathogen training and orientation upon hire.  All staff will take First Aid classes (every three years) and C.P.R. (annually).  Caregivers in the infant and toddler rooms have received training in SIDS/Shaken Baby.  All caregivers complete 16 hours of training yearly in available topics including; child development, curriculum, child discipline, health/safety, nutrition, working with parents and families, guidance & observation.  At least twice a year staff will review licensing rules, center rules, medication policy and emergency procedures/evacuations.

  • All volunteers/parents will have an abuse/neglect clearance from DHS on file before having contact with children. Volunteers/parents will be supervised by a staff member at all times.   A criminal history check will be on file (if our policy changes) before a parent/volunteer could have unsupervised contact with a child.  Anyone listed on the sex offender register, convicted of child abuse, or having a felony threating harm to an individuale within previous 10 years will not be employed or allowed to volunteer at our center.

    Child Abuse Reporting
  • All staff are state mandated reporters.  Suspected cases of child abuse will be reported to Department of Health and Social Services.  Procedures for filing suspected child abuse will be reviewed annually. 

    The following steps will be followed when abuse is suspected: 1) personally and immediately report to Child Protective Services (CPS) any suspected abuse or neglect.  2) A written report is to be provided to CPS on Form DHS-3200 within 72 hours of reporting by telephone.    


    Employees realize that they do not have to inform the director or any other person of reporting the suspicions.  They also realize that doing so does not relieve them of mandatory reporting as described above.

    Emergency Policy

    The staff will be trained as to the procedures to follow in case of emergencies and reviewed twice a year. A detailed emergency plan and evacuation routes are posted in each room.  In the event of a fire we will go outside quickly and meet in the vacant lot to the north of the center.

    In the event of tornado we will go first to bathrooms in the school and if there is time then we will proceed quickly to the church basement.  Other natural or man made disasters.  If a disaster such as flood, sewage, power outage, or chemical leak occurs that requires evacuating the building we will follow the fire procedure.  If we are not allowed back into the building the children and staff will be moved to the church basement if safe to do so, and parent will be notified by phone, e-mail or text. A notice will be posted on the center’s front door as to where we are.  

    In the event of an evacuation  and we are unable to go to the church basement we will use cell phones to contact City and County Public Transportation to take all children to SMC. Parents will be informed of this movement through phone calls, texts or e-mails.  The relocation site will be posted on the premises where it is visible from outside.  We will notify the local police department as to where we are located.  If we are able to remain in the center but need to close we will contact all parents with children still in our care by phone or text.  These procedures will be posted in each room and included in employee orientations and reviewed annually. Emergency drills will be conducted according to state requirements.  Our Crisis Management Plan will be explained at orientation and reviewed twice a year.

    Children with mobility issues or minor special needs will be assisted by the lead teacher or another staff member available.

    Accident, Injury, Incident
  • Minor injuries such as bumps, bruises or minor cuts will be handled using the first aid kits in each room.  A center accident form will be filled out and signed by the caregiver, director and parent and placed in the child’s file.  For more serious accidents or injuries first aid will be administered and the parents will be contacted.  If necessary the child will be taken to the emergency room.  A state required accident form will be filled out for these cases.  A qualified first aid staff member with CPR training will be present at the center at all times.

    Policies and State Code
  • Copies of St. John’s Childcare & Learning Center handbook and Michigan Licensing Rules for Child Care Centers are available on the table outside the office for parents to review at anytime.  All parents receive a copy of the handbook when enrolling.  A licensing notebook with current and past inspections and correction and any special investigation reports is available in the office for you to review upon request during operating hours. This information can also be found on the childcare licensing website at

    Children's Photos
  • At least once a year a profession photography company such as Life Touch will come to take school type photos.  This usually is sometime in November and a Christmas theme is used.  At times a staff member may take photos of children to use in our building, for promotional use, internet and social media use.  If you do not want us to use your child’s photo please give us a written statement saying so and inform your child’s teacher/caregiver.  If we do not receive a signed statement, we will assume that permission is granted to use your child’s image.  Foster children are never photographed.

    Payment/Fee Policy

    Weekly payment

    •  You will receive an E-mail or a paper statement in your file at the end of the week.  Payments are due weekly or bi-weekly.  All payment are to be paid to St. John’s  Daycare

    •  Your child may not be admitted to Daycare if previous balances are unpaid.

     •  Payments may be in the form of cash, checks, or credit cards

     •  If you are unable to meet your payment obligation you must contact us to make arrangements for payment.  Failure to do so requires a meeting with the Board of Education.  If none of the above take place your child will be dismissed from the center and legal action may be taken and you will be responsible for any fees and collection costs incurred.  


    Late Pick Up Fees

    •  A fee of $5.00 per 10 minutes will be charged for each child remaining after closing time.


    Returned Check Fees

    •  There will be a $25.00 fee for all returned checks.


    Fee Changes

    •  Changes in fees or policies may be made periodically.

    •  All parents will be informed at least two weeks before any changes in rates and/or fees.