Annunciation Children's Center exists to provide coordination of individual family resources and the resources of the Annunciation Orthodox School in meeting the developmental needs of children for adequate adult supervision and guidance when they are not in school and their parents are at work.
Statement of Goals for our Children:
- To create a relaxed, trusting, intimate atmosphere where children are encouraged to pursue their own interest, develop friendships and grow in confidence, independence and respect for themselves and others.
- To provide a caring staff that shows genuine respect for the children and have confidence in each child’s esteem.
- To create a stable environment that is inviting comfortable, attractive, orderly, and manageable by the children and a happy exciting place to be.
- To provide for the children a variety of developmentally appropriate activities including expressive art, construction, active play, sports, games, dramatic play, crafts and reading.
- To form a schedule that allows time for each child to observe, reflect and become absorbed in activities according to his/her own interest and talents.
- To give individual guidance to children based on careful observation of each child’s needs while keeping the parents’ views and goals in mind.
Goals for Parents:
- To provide affordable care for the children of working Annunciation parents during those times from 7:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. when the children are not in school, including school vacations and early dismissal days.
- To assure parents that their children will be in a safe, healthy environment, where their emotional, social and physical needs will be met.
- To provide a quality program complementary to the school experiences of their children.
- To provide two-way communication between parents and Annunciation staff: to insure that parents are always well informed about the program and their individual child’s experiences here. Also to ensure that staff members are well informed about the child’s family values, so that parents and staff can work as partners in meeting the needs of the children.
In order for a student to enroll in Extended Day Care, the following must be completed by the parent and on file in the Center office.
- Enrollment form
- Authorization for emergency medical care
- Physician signature on medical form
- Immunization record filled out by physician's office
- Registration contract
- Enrollment Fee
A statement will be sent monthly. There will be a $25.00 late fee charge for past due accounts. If, at the end of each grading period during the school year, fees have not been paid in full, the student’s records may be withheld.
Late Pick Up Charge: A charge of $2.00 each minute thereafter 6:00 P.M. will be assessed if not picked up.
Hours of Operation
The center is open Monday through Friday from 7:00 A.M. until 8:00 A.M. and from 3:00 P.M. until 6:00 P.M. The center is open from 7:00 A.M. until 6:00 P.M. on parent conference days and some Holidays.
Arrive and Departure
When you and your child arrive in the morning please make sure the child is in the building. A staff person will sign the child in and out. Children will be released only to persons listed as authorized to pick the child up on their enrollment form. If someone other than the parents is designated to pick the child up, the parent must notify the Director in advance and that person will be required to present their driver’s license or other form of ID before the child will be released to him or her.
You will receive a copy of our calendar upon enrollment.
We will observe the same bad weather days as the school.
For the welfare of all our students, please keep your child home if there is any sign of illness. A child may not attend the Center when any of the following exist or have existed in the previous 24 hours.
If these or other illnesses develop while in the Center, the parents will need to make arrangements for the child to be picked up from the Center. The Director will make this determination.
If a medical emergency should occur, parents or the child’s emergency contact will be notified immediately. In the event of a life emergency, 911 will be called and parents or the child’s emergency contact will be notified immediately.
The State of Texas requires that children in the Center stay current on all immunizations. Any changes in the health status of the child, along with updated immunization, should be reported to the Director. If a child does not stay current on immunizations, they will not be able to continue in the program.
If medication needs to be administered to a child during the Center’s hours, the following procedure must be followed:
- Medication must be labeled with the child’s name
- Medication must be left in the Director’s office
- Parents must fill out a medication form (in the Office)
- Prescription medication must be in the original container with the label and be dispensed according to directions on the label
- OTC medication must be in the original container and will be administered according to the parents’ directions and the age and weight dosage directions on the medication.
Annunciation Children Center serves a daily snack. Parents are responsible for the nutritional quality of their child’s lunch and for meeting their child’s daily nutritional requirement. Please send a lunch that does not require refrigeration or heating before serving.
Clothing and Items
Children need to wear comfortable, washable clothes that they are able to manage as independently as possible. Please label coats, hats, gloves, and sweaters with your child’s name. Due to the mulch surface of our playground socks and tennis shoes are the best footwear for the children’s comfort and safety.
Hearing and Screening
Texas State Law requires all children who are four year of age or older by September 1st of each school year to undergo hearing and vision screening. The results must be on file in the Center Office by the end of the first semester in order for the child to remain in the program.
Pest Control Treatment
The building is treated for pests by a licensed pest control company. Treatment will not occur when the children are in the building.
Discipline and Guidance Policy
Individualized and consistent for each child
Appropriate to the child’s level of understanding
Directed toward teaching the child acceptable behavior and self control
The staff may only use positive methods of discipline and guidance that encourage self-esteem, self control, and self direction, which include the following:
- Using praise and encouragement of good behavior instead of focusing only upon unacceptable behavior.
- Reminding a child of behavior expectations daily by using clear positive statements
- Using brief supervised separation or time out from the group, when appropriate for the child’s age and development, which is limited to no more than one minute per year of child’s age.
Drop –in Care is offered on a space available basis. The cost is $15.00 per hour. Drop in care may be used only twice in one week before a monthly charge is added.
Annunciation Orthodox School, having grown from a ministry of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, celebrates the diverse and individual qualities of all children and their families. AOS provides a superior education in a secure and stimulating Christian environment, which encourages the individual child to achieve academic, spiritual, emotional, social and physical excellence, and to become a responsible member of society.