Parent Resources

The information below is provided for all parents and guardians of children who attend Little Tyke.

Contact you center Director for a complete copy of our Little Tyke Handbook.

Holiday Closings

We will be closed on New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Due to fixed costs, averaged over a calendar year, there is NO reduction in tuition for these holidays. Tuition charges for these holidays will be calculated as though the child was present, if it is the child’s regularly scheduled day of attendance. When one of these holidays falls on a weekend the Holiday may be taken on Friday or Monday. The center will post which day.

Bad Weather Policy

On icy mornings please call the Center to make sure we were able to open. On icy days our vans will operate at the discretion of the Director for the safety of the children. On days, other than holidays, when the Center cannot open, a tuition adjustment will be made.

___

Arrival and Departure

Upon arrival, parents are required, by state law, to leave the child in the care of a staff member. Each child must be signed in and out daily by either the parent or staff member depending on each center’s individual policy.

Little Tyke will not release your child to anyone, other than those authorized on your child’s enrollment form, without written authorization from the parent. Identification (valid driver’s license) will be checked on ANY person we do not recognize on sight. Children will not be released to other children, i.e. older brothers and sisters, unless specifically listed on the enrollment form or approved in advance by the central office.

Please do not allow your child to leave the building ahead of you. Your cooperation will help ensure the safety of your child.

Late Pick Up Charge

Parents who pick up their children after the regular closing time will be charged a late fee. If there has been no communication from parents, legal authorities will be contacted for children left at the center one hour after the closing time of the center.

___

Transportation

Transportation to and from area public schools is available. If your child is participating in our transportation program, you must notify your Director of any schedule changes before the bus run begins. Little Tyke cannot be held responsible if the Director has not been notified of changes. An additional fee will be assessed if the center is not notified of changes. Children under four or less than thirty-six inches tall will not be transported.

___

Open Door Policy

Little Tyke has an open door policy. That means that parents are encouraged to visit the center and participate in center activities. Open communications between parents, teachers, and the Center Director is essential to your child’s success at Little Tyke.

The location of special notices and announcements will vary from center to center. Your Center Director will inform you of their location. The use of bulletin boards, newsletters, and monthly calendars are some of the most common forms of communication with our parents.

Little Tyke teachers and Center Directors also make themselves available whenever possible for informal chats about your child. It’s an integral part of the Little Tyke concept. We encourage you to ask about your child’s day, but please remember the staff on duty are responsible for a group of children. You may request a conference at anytime. Feel free to contact the Director about any questions or concerns you, as a parent, may have.

CCMS Child Care Financial Assistance

In 1989 Child Care Associates was selected to field test the Child Care Management Services (CCMS) program — one of several programs administered by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). The goal of CCMS is to help families find affordable, quality child care so the parents can work or attend school/training.

Texas Department of Family and Protective Services

About Child Care Licensing

  • Regulates all child-care operations and child-placing agencies to protect the health, safety, and well-being of children in care, largely by reducing the risk of injury, abuse, and communicable disease.
  • Establishes and monitors operations and agencies for compliance with licensing standards, rules, and law.
  • Informs parents and the public about child care and about the histories of specific homes, child-care operations, and child-placing agencies in complying with minimum standards of care.
  • Provides technical assistance to providers on meeting licensing standards, rules, and law.

United States Consumer Product Safety Commission
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard or can injure children. The CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products – such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals – contributed significantly to the 30 percent decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.