Little Village is a participant in the Child/Adult Care Food Program sponsored by the Department of Agriculture. The cost of your child’s snacks and lunches is figured in with their tuition. Meals are served family-style, and your child is encouraged to taste everything. Each day, we provide a morning and afternoon snack for your child. These consist of a grain product (such as crackers, muffins, cookies, toast, or a sandwich), along with fruit, fruit juice, or milk. A hot lunch is provided for extended care children. This meal meets the standards set up by the Child/Adult Care Food Program and meets one-third of your child’s daily nutritional requirements. Little Village is a PEANUT FREE school. Due to the increasing number of children
with peanut allergies, we ask that no treats, snacks, or breakfast foods be brought into Little Village that contain peanuts or peanut products or are processed on equipment that processes nut products. Reading package labels will provide this information and warnings.
If your child has a special dietary need, we will try to provide for that need; however, a written request from your child’s physician is required. If for religious reasons your child cannot eat a particular food, we can also meet this need upon written request from the clergy of your church.
If you feel your child has been discriminated against, you may contact:
Colorado Department of Agriculture
Child/Adult Food Care Program
700 Kipling Street, Suite 4000
Lakewood, CO 80215
A physician’s certificate of good health and an immunization form must be completed annually to meet the standards established by the Colorado Department of Social Services.
Only medication prescribed by a physician and accompanied by the appropriate form can be administered at Little Village. Copies of these forms are in the back of your Little Village Handbook. Copies of these forms are available in the Little Village office for your child’s physician to complete. . Medication must remain in the original container bearing the pharmacy label with the child’s name and dosage directions. Each prescription requires a new form (except breathing medication). Medicine must be stored in the Little Village Office. At no time can any medication be kept in a child’s backpack or cubby.
If your child becomes ill during the day, you will be notified immediately. It will then become your responsibility to see that your child is picked up as soon as possible.
If your child is running a fever, vomiting, or unable to participate in the activities of the day for health reasons, PLEASE keep them at home. We do not have the facilities to care for sick children.
If your child is going to be absent because of illness or any other reason, PLEASE notify the Little Village Office at 303-452-2944.
Little Village staff will notify parents of accidents that happen to children and what was done at the time of accident. At the end of your child’s day the following information will be included in a report for parental notification.
1. Child’s name
2. Date and Time
3. A brief description of the accident and the treatment
4. Signature of the staff member attending your child
5. A place for the parent’s signature indicating they were notified.
In the event a child’s accident requires urgent care or professional medical attention a report will be made to the Colorado Department of Human Services Division of Childcare. A copy will be given to the parent and one kept in the child’s file.
Release of Child
We will only release your child to the individuals named on the Little Village registration form, or with a hand-written note signed by a parent or legal guardian. At the time your child is picked up, identification from the individual will be required. If we receive a telephone call authorizing us to release your child, every effort
will be made to identify the caller’s identity. This will be done by returning telephone calls. Be sure to leave a number where you can be reached at the time of a call requesting a child’s release.
PLEASE NOTE: If there is a court order concerning your child’s custody, it is important we have a copy for our records. That would speed up any action the police may take.
Pick up of Children
All children attending Little Village are enrolled under scheduled times. Preschool children are to be picked up at 11:30 a.m. or after lunch at 12:30. Little Village closes at 6:00 p.m. and all day care children need to be picked up by 6:00 p.m. If your child is not picked up within 30 minutes of their scheduled time and we cannot reach you through any of the emergency contact numbers, we will notify the Thornton Police Department and Adams County Department of Social Services.
It is important that you keep us advised of any phone number changes and in the event you will be late that you notify us. Staff members may not take children home with them without special written permission from you as the parent .
UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES IS A STAFF MEMBER TO TAKE A CHILD HOME WITHOUT WRITTEN CONSENT.
If emergency medical care is warranted, the following steps will be taken:
1. Attempt to contact a parent or guardian.
2. Attempt to contact an emergency number.
3. Attempt to contact the child’s physician.
If we cannot contact you or your child’s physician, we will do any or all of the following:
1. Call another physician or paramedics.
2. Call an ambulance.
3. Have the child taken to an emergency room in the company of a staff member.
Any expenses incurred will be borne by the child’s family.
Emergency Medical Care
In the event Little Village facilities need to be evacuated, we would take the children to Good Shepherd Methodist Church, located at 12761 Colorado Boulevard. You would be notified to pick up your children at that location.
Fire Drills are practiced at regular intervals so your child will know what to do in the event of a fire. This will help eliminate some of the fear your child may experience.
In the event of a tornado watch, Staff will keep radio or television tuned to emergency notification information. In the event of a tornado warning, the children will be taken to the hallways, and mats will be placed on their laps until the warning is over.
If we have a blizzard during school hours, we will do everything in our power to keep our regular hours. In the event we lose power to the school, supplying our heat and lights, you will be requested to pick up your children. Staff will remain at Little Village until all children are picked up. We request you keep us informed in the event you are delayed due to the weather.
If a decision is made to close Little Village due to weather, we will try to accomplish that prior to 9:00 p.m. the night before, to allow you time to make other arrangements for your child. If the decision cannot be made the night before, you will be notified by telephone, and we will do our best to have local television stations (channel 9) announce the closing as well. Once a decision is made, we will not reverse that decision. We will base our decision on Adams County School District 12 closing, as well as reports received from local television stations.
If the weather is too warm to safely play outside on the playground, one of the two following options will be implemented:
1. Activities will take place in the gym, such as table toys, coloring sheets, supervised group games, building with bricks, or watching a movie. Based on the abundance of space and staff available, several of these activities may be going on at the same time to allow your child a choice.
2. Utilization of the grassy areas on the north and east sides of the building for outdoor play. These two areas allow the children to still play safely and comfortable outside.