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"A fun place to grow!"




The Basics

Children must be signed in and out of the center by parents or another adult.

Parents must complete a tour with their child and the Director, submit the monthly payment, and complete the registration packet (including immunization records) for each child before care can be provided.

Parent Responsibilities

Parents of enrolled children agree to read and follow our policies.

Please call and let a teacher know if your child is going to be absent for any reason.

Please bring your child clean and dressed for the day.

Please have at least 2 spare outfits for your children under age 2.

Parents must label and supply extra clothing, diapers, bottles, wipes, and any other personal needs items for each infant and toddler. 

An adult must accompany your child to and from the facility unless otherwise written.

We require the person bringing the child to the center to remain with the child until the child is accepted by staff.

Children will only be released to persons listed on the enrollment form. 

The person picking up the child may need to show a driver's license or other picture ID.

Any changes in address, phone number, employment, etc. should be given to the Director in writing.

Monthly Tuition

Tuition fees include all sick or absent days during the month, no trades or refunds.

Families who get assistance through the Best Beginnings scholarship program are responsible for paying all charges that the program does not cover.

We reserve the right to terminate the care contract immediately if families do not submit payments.

* We will not give refunds of any kind. *

Personal Belongings

We provide coat hooks and cubbies in the reception area.

Diapers and wipes are stored in the changing area.

Please do not leave any medication or other potentially harmful substances in diaper bags or cubbies.

General Information

We are required to maintain a current, accurate record of daily attendance for all of the children.

Please sign your children in and out of the facility at the reception desk.

We will provide care for children between the ages of 6 weeks and 13 years.

Childcare services are available without discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, creed, disability, sexual orientation, national origin or ancestry. 

If your child is sick or showing any signs of illness, please keep them home.

We have a daily health check for each child when they arrive, and parents will be notified of any changes in their child's health during the day.

Days and hours of operation

We currently offer a flexible daily schedule that meets the needs of our staff and clients.

We may be closed in observance of federal holidays such as President's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Eve, etc.

Please check with us if you are unsure about a holiday closure.

We will follow school closures for other closing days and emergency weather closures.

We reserve the right to close on any additional days as necessary including, but not limited to, staff illness and training days.


Payments or co-payments are due the first day of care of each month.

Tuition is billed monthly and is based on each child's written schedule.

Families with the Best Beginnings Scholarships are responsible for any charges for which that program will not pay and agree to attend at least 85% of their billable days to ensure full monthly payments. 

Trial Period

There is a trial period of 2 weeks from the date childcare begins. If the childcare arrangements is not mutually satisfactory, either party can terminate this agreement without notice – any moneys already paid are non-refundable. 

The facility reserves the right to terminate the childcare contract at any time when families do not submit the monthly payment.

Withdrawal of children

We ask for a 2 week notice when withdrawing a child after the initial trial period.

Expulsion of children

It is our policy to work through any problems with parents and appropriate consultants rather than expel children. However, we will communicate to you immediately if your child is frequently and deliberately causing harm to others and/or is frequently and deliberately destructive. This behavior is unsafe and will not be allowed – immediate expulsion will ensue if the behavior persists.

Violation of our exclusion of care (sick) policy and not paying tuition will also result in immediate family expulsion.

Part Time Child Care

Full time enrollment is our main goal and we do not guarantee part time openings or continuation of part time care in either facility.

Part time care is attendance that is less than 4 full days per week.

We reserve the right to eliminate part time care at any time to best suit the needs of our full time program.  

Educational Program

We use a curriculum that aligns with the Montana Early Learning Standards in all categories.

We do not have televisions at our facilities

Meals and Snacks

We participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program.

We follow USDA guidelines when planning our menus.

Records of meals and snacks are available for your review upon request.

No child will go without nourishment for longer than 3 hours.

We offer the following meals and snacks to all children in attendance:

Breakfast-9 am
Lunch-12 pm
P.M. snack-3 pm

 If your child has special dietary needs (medical condition or personal choice) or has food allergies, parents must notify the center in writing and have a physician's statement on file.

Meals and Feeding Procedures

We will have a personalized Infant Feeding Schedule for children less than 18 months.

Children younger than 12 months must be served formula or breast milk unless written direction is on file from the child's health care professional.

All bottles and accessories must be labeled with your child's name.

Children will eat only when seated to decrease the possibility of choking.

Children will be served family style meals and eat in social groups with a caregiver to guide and encourage, but not force, appropriate conversation and eating behavior.

If a child refuses to eat some type of food, staff will offer the food again a little later or prepared differently the next time.

Food will not be offered as a reward or denied as punishment.

Toilet Training

We will assist in toilet training as part of our daily routine with a written agreement.

Please bring the necessary supplies and extra clothing.

We believe children who are newly toilet trained can do the following:

1. Be able to tell the adult they have to go before they have to go.

2. Be able to pull down their own pants and underwear and pull them back up without help.

3. Be able to wipe themselves appropriately after using the toilet.

4. Be able to get on and off the toilet by themselves, with or without using the step stool.

5. Be able to wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

6. Be able to wait for the restroom if it is occupied without having an accident.

Newly potty-trained children may wear underwear at the facility once they are documented through ProCare as accident free for 2 weeks.

Children less than 5 years of age and older children who require assistance will be accompanied to the toilet by an adult.

Parent involvement/Access to program and facility

Parents of registered children are welcome to visit with their children in the reception area at any time during the hours of operation unless parental access is prohibited or restricted by a court order. If so, we will need a copy of the order. Please understand that we cannot legally limit access to a parent if there is not a copy of a court order on file at the facility.

Parents and legal guardians will always be allowed into the daycare and may visit with their child in the reception area. 

It is important that we communicate concerning the needs and interests of your child. If there are issues or concerns that need to be discussed, please work with us to arrange a convenient time to talk so we can give the issue the attention it deserves.

Medication policies

We will not administer prescription medications.

Discipline Policy

Caregivers will use discipline that is consistent, clear, and understandable to the child.

For acts of aggression and fighting (e.g., biting, hitting, etc.) staff will set age-appropriate expectations for children and guide them in solving problems. 

Positive guidance will be the usual technique for managing children. 

We will not punish children for having problems they have not yet learned to solve.

In addition, staff may:

1. Separate the children involved.

2. Comfort the individual who was injured.

3. Care for any injury suffered by the victim involved in the incident.

4. Notify parents or legal guardians of children involved in the incident.

5. Review the adequacy of caregiver supervision, appropriateness of facility activities, and administrative corrective action if there is a recurrence.

The goal of discipline is to help the child develop inner controls so that they may move toward appropriate social behavior. 

Closing Time Policy

We will charge a late fee of $5 for every 5 minutes of late care.

If a child has not been picked up within fifteen (15) minutes of our closing time, the late care fee starts and a staff person will attempt to call the child’s parents at their work and home numbers.

If they cannot be reached, the staff person will attempt to call the emergency and alternate people listed on the emergency cards. 

The local police and the Department of Child and Family Services will be called after 30 minutes if parents or other adults cannot be reached.


You will be notified in writing of the date, time and destination of any field trip requiring transportation.

We may occasionally take field trips that are within walking distance of our facilities. 


We use security cameras inside our facilities at all times.

We schedule tours outside of normal working hours.

We are a private service and do not allow the general public into the facilities.


It is our goal to help prevent the spread of infectious diseases among children in our care.

We understand that occasionally we all have a stuffy nose or a slight cough.

However, due to the number of infants, toddlers, and young children in our care, we must strictly enforce our exclusion for illness policy.

If a child arrives with, or develops, any of the following symptoms, he or she will be excluded from care:

-Fever of 101 or higher 

-Shortness of Breath




-Severe Cough

-Persistent undiagnosed cough

-Yellow or green snot or mucus

-Skin or eye lesions


-Weeping rashes

-Stiff neck and headache

-Difficult breathing

-Abnormal wheezing

-Complaints of severe pain

We will also exclude a child who is extremely irritable, continuously crying, or requires more attention than we can provide without risking the health and safety of other children in our care.

A child who shows signs of illness shall be isolated from the group and made comfortable. The parents will be notified and asked to remove the child from the center as soon as possible.

A child may not be admitted back to daycare, even with a doctor's note, if the child is still showing symptoms of illness.

Children may only return to care after being symptom free WITHOUT medication for 24 hours.

For prolonged absences related to illness, we require documentation from your child's pediatrician that states the child's illness, dates of absence, and the date considered safe to return to care.


During any emergency situation caregivers will comfort the children, explain the situation, and model for them how to remain calm.

We strive to maintain a safe environment free of physical hazards. Staff will be alert to changes that might be made to improve the safety of the environment. 

When a child is injured, staff should take appropriate first aid measures. This will include, but is not limited to:

-Applying an ice pack.

-Washing with soap and warm water.

-Applying a bandage.

Should the injury appear to be more serious or require further attention, the staff should take immediate action and follow the required emergency procedures to secure the health and safety of the child. Parents will be notified immediately and an injury report completed.


In case of a serious or life threatening medical emergency, a qualified staff member will attend to first aid as needed. Another staff member would notify the family of the child. Attempts will be made to consult with the child’s physician/dentist. If neither is available, the Deer Lodge Medical Center will be contacted. For extreme emergencies, 911 will be called.

In the event a child becomes ill while at the Center, parents will be notified and the child will be moved to front entrance area to wait for pick up.


Fire drills will be practiced at least 8 times a year.

In the event of a fire, evacuation from the building will be through the closest fire exit. Staff will be responsible for supervising the children under their care and leading them to the fire exit. The attendance and emergency information will be with staff.  The group will walk to the yard area, safely away from the building, and line up for attendance. The staff will immediately take attendance.  Should it not be possible to return to the building, staff will walk the children to the Central Park Center. Parents will be notified to pick up their children.


On snow days, or during other hazardous weather emergencies, the program will follow the Public School closing, delay or early dismissal schedule. Parents will be notified via direct message, television announcements, or telephone by program staff to pick up their children due to early closing. In the event conditions require our program to shelter children, we will have additional resources (flashlights, water, radio, food, clothing, etc.) available.


In the event that the facility must evacuate, the children will be driven to the nearest designated evacuation area and notes will be posted to alert parents of the location of the children. Parents will also be notified to pick up their children by phone.

All staff members are trained in Pediatric CPR and First Aid. In the event of a serious or life threatening emergency, we will call 911 first and parents second.