Below you will find some of the Center's policies highlighted
in the Handbook given to new parents.
Admission Policy and Procedure. Green Tree Early
Childhood Center welcomes all children regardless of their race,
religion, sex, national origin, lifestyle or special needs. We practice
non-discrimination in client services and employment practices.
Interested families are invited to tour the facility, interview
the director, observe your child’s potential class, and complete
the appropriate forms. Since the child’s well being is our
most important concern, we ask that the parents fill out all registration
forms completely and thoughtfully. Please keep these forms current
by updating them whenever any information changes, including changes
in address, phone numbers, emergency contacts, people that can pick
up the child, recent immunizations or well-child checkups.
will be admitted on the date of the parent’s choice after
forms and fees are presented. Should there not be a space available,
the child is placed on a waiting list and parents will be notified
when a space becomes available. Children of federal employees and
siblings of enrolled children are given priority on the waiting
list. Part-time enrollment is an option for federal and non-federal
families based on consideration of available space and enrollment
projections. Drop-in care is available for children currently enrolled
at Green Tree, again depending on space availability. (See below
for further information about drop-in care.) Because of staffing
and budgeting considerations, Green Tree does not provide rebates
should the Center be closed due to holidays or inclement weather.
and Snow. We want to ensure the safety of the children
at Green Tree. When snow or hazardous road conditions exist, the
Center will close according to guidelines set by the Seattle Public School District. Closure is not at the discretion of the Center. Green Tree will not go over ratio at any time; please be
prepared to stay with your child until we have sufficient staff
to maintain our licensed ratios. In the event that the weather worsens
after the Center has already opened, and the Seattle Public School District
decides to close the schools, you will be contacted by
the Center to come and pick up your children immediately. For this
reason it is particularly important that you keep the Executive
Director and the teachers advised of where you can be reached at
Precautions. In the event of an earthquake, the staff
have been in emergency evacuation procedures. We ask that parents
prepare an “earthquake kit” for each child enrolled
at Green Tree. See your child’s teacher for more information.
Sign In/Out Procedure. It is very important that your
child be signed in and out each day. The parent or guardian must
sign the child in on the clipboard located in the classroom before
leaving the child in the care of the center. Please write your child’s
name and time of arrival as well as the estimated time you plan
to pick-up your child A full signature is required. Please, also
sign out with a full signature and the time when you pick up your
child. It is necessary for this to be done each day.
Clothing. Children should wear clothes
that are suitable for active play, washable, and easy to manage
by them selves. Everything must be clearly marked with your child’s
name. Each child also has a “cubby” for his or her things.
Please be sure to keep an extra set or two of clothing (including
socks) in the cubby.
excursions, make sure each child has a raincoat and boots. Each
child should have a sweater or jacket to allow active movement.
For the winter, please don’t forget mittens and hats. In the
summertime, have a swimsuit and towel on hand. In order to establish
a nurturing atmosphere in which all our children will be comfortable,
we ask that your child not wear clothing to school that depict mean
or scary characters.
Field Trips. Infants and toddlers are
taken for stroller walks whenever weather permits. Preschoolers
take walks to the library, monorail rides to Seattle Center, and
occasional field trips to special events by Metro bus. Our staff
to child ratio will be increased appropriately to provide adequate
supervision. Before any field trips are taken, parents must sign
a permission form and return it to a lead teacher (see attached
What To Bring From Home.
Clothes: In addition to changes of clothing, please bring a blanket
for naps. Please also keep abreast of your child’s supply
of disposable diapers and wipes.
Parents are responsible for providing bottles, formula and baby
food for infants, and food substitutes for waddlers and older children
with special dietary needs.
We encourage children to leave their toys at home, with the possible
exception of a naptime friend or transitional object. Feel free
to discuss this with the teachers.
Birthdays and Other Holidays
While it is important to us to recognize special days in children’s lives we strive to celebrate them in ways that are child-centered, educationally oriented and developmentally appropriate. Every effort is made to be culturally sensitive. Please share with your child’s teachers any celebrations that are important to your family, and how you celebrate them, so that these could be included in the classroom planning.
Please coordinate birthdays with the classroom teacher. Green Tree will provide a special snack for birthdays or if you choose to bring a snack to celebrate a special day we encourage healthy alternatives such as frozen yogurt, fruit bars, or cereal bars. All food brought to share with the class must be store bought and labeled with the ingredients (this is a licensing requirement).
Policy. We strive to keep the children busy and interested
with a variety of suitable activities each day. We are positive
and sensitive to individuals and are determined to avoid stress
and resolve conflict. We encourage children to verbalize and listen
to each other, and we work to see that they understand the limits
and expectations. This should prevent most problems before they
even occur. When preventative measures fail, gentle verbal reminders
and suggestions are offered. Children are taught specific skills
for problem solving and conflict resolution. No one is ever allowed
to slap, spank, or otherwise physically punish a child who is in
our care. Our most severe disciplinary measure is a brief “time
apart” from the group followed by a teacher/child discussion.
This is not considered punishment, but a way to provide safety for
the group and security for an out-of-control child.
Children to the Next Group. It is very important that
children be developmentally ready for the next level in the Center.
This decision is left to the child’s teacher, who considers
many factors when contemplating a move and who will consult with
the child’s parents and the director. The primary factor in
moving to the next group is the well being of the child. Transitions
are gradual, so that a child can get to know the caregivers, the
other children and the environment a little at a time.
Parents are welcome in the Center and may have free access to all
areas used by their children at any time.
Please check your child’s cubby, mailbox, and your family
folder daily for notices. We welcome frequent discussions with parents.
There will be scheduled room meetings and conferences which parents
are encouraged to attend. Parents should feel free to make additional
appointments as they wish.
The bulletin board at the front door also has notices that affect
the Center as a whole. Scheduled times of any parents’ meetings
and open Board meetings will be posted there. Please watch the bulletin
board also for information about classes and events of interest
If you have a problem or concern about policies, staff or other
aspects of Green Tree, please direct your concerns to the director
or a member of the Board and your issues will be addressed promptly.
Hours of Operation. The
Center will be open at 7:00 am and close at 6:00 pm Monday through
Friday, except on the following federal holidays:
New Year’s Day
Martin Luther King Jr’s Birthday
Worthy Wage Day
Day after Thanksgiving
day after Thanksgiving is not an official federal holiday. Green
Tree is closed on that day in appreciation of our staff.
close promptly at 6:00 pm; there is a late pick-up fee of $2.00
per minute. Please expect to be billed for each minute after 6:00.
This late fee is to reimburse the inconvenienced staff member.
Disaster Plan. Please
see binder on the counter at main entrance of the center for details
regarding the center’s disaster plan. The Washington state
licensing department requires that we obtain a signature from each
family to ensure familiarity with and access to the disaster plan.
There is also a copy of the plan in each classroom and office. If
you would like your own personal copy of the plan, please let the
office know and we will furnish you with a copy.
Courtesy towards staff.
2. Sign your child in and out each day.
3. Non-interference with staff on disciplinary matters not involving
your child; report problems to the Lead Teacher and the Executive
4. Respect the limits of the classroom.
5. Participate actively in fund raising activities.
6. Do not leave child before 6:30 am.
7. Pick up your child by 6:00 pm. You will be billed $2.00 per minute
after 6:00. Please call the Center if you are running late.
8. Don’t discuss other children in the room.
9. Be positive.
10. Keep your child home if ill.
First and foremost, staff are responsible for the health and safety
of all children in the Center. Staff must be in compliance with
the Health and Safety Policies described in this handbook, or as
may be set forth by the Executive Director.
2. Staff members must report all potential hazards (safety, health,
environmental) to the Executive Director immediately.
3. Staff are responsible for maintaining a child-centered approach
through the problem-solving philosophy and for building the self-esteem
of all children in the Center.
4. Concerns about education or development of the children should
be brought to the attention of the Executive Director immediately.
5. Suspected child abuse should be reported to the Executive Director
6. Staff must respect confidentiality of all children/parents/staff
in the Center. Staff should not discuss children with parents of
other children or discuss difficult problems with parents in the
presence of the child being discussed: a conference should be scheduled.
7. Staff is responsible for ensuring that children do not leave
the Center other than in the custody of an authorized escort.
8. Staff should participate in staff meetings and in-house training
10. Staff members must conduct themselves in a professional manner
while on the premises or in the exercise of their duties with respect
to their position.