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Are your centers licensed?

All of our classrooms are licensed through the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Seven of our classrooms are currently accredited through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

12 of our classrooms are star-rated through Ohio's Step-Up-To Quality program. Other centers are in process.

What ages do you accept?

In our Infants and Toddlers program, we serve ages six weeks to three. Our preschool program serves children ages three through the time they enter kindergarten.

What programs are available when I consider enrolling my child?

We offer part-day, part-year center-based programs, as well as full-day, part-year programs. We also offer full-day, full-year programs. Home-based services are available for families wishing a more individualized approach. In this model home visits are made weekly and your child participates in small group clusters two times per month.

We also partner with private child care centers and family child care providers to offer the Head Start serviced in their settings. This may be a good choice for you if you have younger and older children who are also using that child caper site.

How do I enroll my child?

You may call 226-5664 or 937-2-ENROLL to be directed to the nearest location. You will be asked to come in or you can make an appointment to complete the application.

What do I have to bring to the application appointment?

You will need to bring proof of child's birth, proof on your income and the child's shot record. What are the Health Requirements for my child before they start the program?

Children are required to have a physical exam by a doctor. Once accepted into the program, you will receive the health exam form to take to the doctor. Children must also have at least one of each of the required immunizations: 1 MMR, 1 HIB and 1 DPT.

What are the hours the sites are open?

Part-day sessions run from 8:00-11:30 or 1:00to 4:30.

Full-day sites are open from 7:30 -5:30 or 6:30 to 6:00 depending on family need.

There are some six-hour programs that run from 9:00 to 3:00.

Is there a cost to attend your programs?

Head Start is provided at no or low cost to income-eligible families. If you are a family needing full-day services, your first step is to apply for child care benefits through the county offices of the Department of Job and Family Services.

How many children are in each classroom?

Infant and toddler centers: 8 children with two Teachers

Preschool full-day: 17-20 children with 1 Teacher and 1 Assistant Teacher

Preschool part-day, sessions: 17 children with 1 Teacher and 1 Assistant Teacher

Teacher Aides are assigned to classrooms as needed.

Will my child be fed at the center?

Children are provided with nutritious meals that are approved by a certified dietitian. Part-day centers provide children breakfast and lunch or lunch and a snack depending on the session they are attending. Full-day centers provide children with breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack.

Will mychild be ready for kindergarten?

Throughout your child's Head Start experience, learning activities will be planned to support your child's overall development. Reports of your child's progress will be provided to you at a minimum of three times per school year. These summaries will show your child's progress towards readiness targets written by the Ohio Department of Education.

Trained professionals will be working with your child on a daily basis to help them be successful in kindergarten. Throughout the year, activities will be sent home to support your child's learning at home.

How will you keep my child safe?

Teaching staff have been trained to prevent safety concerns by following procedures to maintain safety and cleanliness in the classroom and playground. Toys are routinely disinfected to avoid the spread of germs and staff follows approved health and nutrition standards when preparing and serving meals. Teachers will only release children to those people approved by parents and guardians. Staff are also certified in first aid and CPR.

Will my child go on field trips?

In order to provide additional learning experiences to children, special visitors and field trips are planned throughout the school year. Parents and guardians will always be informed well in advance to obtain permission to attend and to also invite your participation.

At times, bus services are contracted to provide transportation to and from a field trip location. All drivers maintain a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) to ensure that children are safely transported.

What do you do when a child misbehaves?

Our educational approach is designed to prevent behavior problems in the classrooms. Multiple sets of toys are available and children have opportunities to make their own choices throughout the day.

Classroom rules are established and reviewed frequently. Daily routines are displayed with pictures so that children can learn what to expect throughout the day.

All children will occasionally need redirection to a more appropriate activity. When this occurs, teaching staff have been trained to manage this with care and respect for children.

What types of support do you offer to families?

Families are encouraged to complete a Family Needs Assessment and Partnership Agreement in order to receive valuable support in reaching family goals. Family Support Specialists are available to each family to assist with child/family concerns as well as to provide community referrals when additional help is requested.

Are parents welcome in the centers?

Absolutely at any time! We respect parents as the first and most important educators of their own children and as such we count on your assistance and participation with us as we serve you and your children. You can contact the center at any time if you would like to volunteer, just observe a session, come and read to the children or go on field trips with the children.

What do the children do all day?

Each day in your child's classroom, a daily routine provides children with consistency and predictability.

Following is a sample routine that your child will follow:

Children Arrive/Health Checks/Handwashing: Teachers will greet children warmly and complete a brief health check. Children will wash hands for breakfast.

Breakfast and Tooth Brushing: Teachers will eat with children and actively talk with children at the table. Children begin to brush teeth after they have eaten and cleaned their places at the table.

Greeting Circle: Teachers will share the day's events and review the greeting board. Children will sing songs, use flannel board stories, finger plays and stories.

Small Group Time: Teachers will plan activities according to extension from stories, children's interest or introducing materials and vocabulary words.

Planning Time: Children plan and think through what, with whom and how they will complete their activities at work time in interest areas and workstations set up based on curriculum domains and children's individual development. They discuss this in a small group with their teacher.

Work Time: Children carry out their plans while working alone or with others. Teachers interact with children to support their activities.

Recall Time: As children finish cleaning up, the teachers meet with them in small groups to share work time activities and problem solve new ways to use materials.

Large Group/Music and Movement: Teachers will provide a variety of music, instruments, and movement for children to explore.

Active Outdoor Play: Outdoor activities daily. Gross motor activities will occur inside in bad weather.

Handwashing/lunch: Family style - Teachers eat with and actively talk with children at the table.

Cot Set Up/Story Time: Children will be read a story and take a nap or rest time.

Handwashing/Snack: Active Physical Play: Outdoor activities - gross motor inside if weather is bad.

Self Chosen Activities in Classroom Learning Areas: Children choose areas of interest. Teachers have planned activities for individuals and groups.

What do you teach my child?

Love of learning and preparation for school is the goal we have for all children.

This is best done by working to:

  • Help children learn to make choices
  • Help children learn self-discipline
  • Help children learn to work with other children and adults
  • Help children increase their vocabulary through a variety of experiences and activities
  • Help children learn to express thoughts, feelings and ideas
  • Help children develop their creativity

The High/Scope curriculum is used and it is aligned with Ohio's Early Learning Content Standards.

The following are taught through planned group and individual activities:

  • Language and Literacy: alphabet awareness, phonological awareness, comprehension and concepts about print
  • Mathematics and science: A focus on classification, seriation, number, space and time
  • Social skills: problem solving, relating with other children and adults, critical thinking abilities
  • Creativity: Music appreciation and singing and introduction to a wide range of art materials

Teachers work with children in the following areas:

  • Language and Literacy
  • Early Math
  • Music and Movement
  • Self-Help
  • Nature and Science
  • Creative Self Expression
  • Social Development
Will my child be ready for school/kindergarten?

Throughout your child's learning experience at Miami Valley Child Development Centers, activities will be planned to support their overall development. Reports of your child's progress will be provided to you at a minimum of three times per school year. These summaries will show your child's progress towards readiness targets written by the Ohio Department of Education.

Trained professionals will be working with your child on a daily basis to help them be successful in kindergarten. Throughout the year, activities will be sent home to support your child's learning at home.


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