THREE STAR FACT SHEET
Choosing the Right Center
We understand that choosing the right center for your child is one of the hardest decisions to make. You want to feel confident that your little one will be cared for in a loving manner while you are gone. We believe there are several factors that contribute to making a good choice in a center for your child. When looking at any child care center, make sure you check out some of these key points.
Are the teachers and staff actively engaged with the children?
Is there a low child to teacher ratio?
Do the teachers take continually take professional development classes to further their knowledge?
Is there a good balance of social, emotional, physical and intellectual learning opportunities?
Are the classrooms, playgrounds, and building entrances clean and safe?
Will you receive verbal and/or written communication from the teachers daily?
Are you encouraged to stop in at any time without making an appointment to see your child or speak with staff?
Do you receive progress reports to monitor your child’s learning?
Safe and Sanitary Practices
Are compliance reports posted and available for parents to look over?
Is there an evacuation plan in case of an emergency?
Are there safe pick up and drop off procedures?
Is there a security system to get in and out of the building?
Are there surveillance cameras?
Is the staff trained in First Aid, CPR, Communicable Disease, and Child Abuse?
Are outdoor play areas fenced in?
Are there nutritious menus that meet all of the food groups?
Do all staff members follow proper hand washing techniques?
Are all toys and equipment cleaned and sanitized on a regular basis?
Teachers and Staff
Are teachers and staff trained for the age which they teach?
Are children learning in the classroom?
Is there opportunity for large group, small group, and individual activities?
Are you comfortable with the staff members in the classroom?
Do you feel that that office staff is courteous and helpful?
Were you well informed about the child care center?
Does the class follow a consistent schedule each day?
Does the teacher plan for all levels of development?
Are there a variety of centers and activities available to the children?
Are the children taught social skills?
Do the children learn through their play?
Is there opportunity every day for reading and literature?
Do the children play outside every day (weather permitting)?
Infants and Toddlers
Are there individual cribs for each infant?
Are there guidelines for sanitizing toys and equipment?
Are the toys safe for young children?
Are care, meal, and nap times designed to meet your child’s personal needs?
Do the teachers use play as an opportunity to teach the children?
Does the center feel cozy and friendly?
Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten
Does the curriculum follow the Ohio State Content Standards?
Is literature used in the classroom every day?
Are writing materials available to the children?
Do the children get many opportunities for hand-on learning?
Do the children seem excited with what they are learning about?
Do the teachers monitor what each individual is learning?
Are lessons planned around the developmental needs of the children?
Does the school transport children to and from the center?
Is there a time and place for homework after school?
Is there a variety of activities to do after school?
Is there a summer program offered?
Is the center open on certain holidays, snow days, and waiver days?
Safety & Sanitation
One of the most important things in the care of your children is their safety. At Hopes & Dreams we have precautions in place to provide your child with a safe and sanitary environment every day. We purchase quality materials to ensure that they are safe and not easily broken. We have scheduled cleaning that is done on a consistent basis. Our playground has routine checks and maintenance to make sure all the equipment is safe for the children. One of the biggest assets to our center in this area is that we have a full time janitor on site. She does our daily cleaning and sanitation, as well as completes all of our ‘handy man’ jobs at the center. Having someone to do these tasks allows our teachers to focus more on the children and not have to worry about getting daily cleaning tasks complete.
To ensure your child’s safety, all of our teachers are required to take First Aid, CPR, Communicable Disease, and Child abuse classes. Teachers are trained to monitor each child’s health on an ongoing basis throughout the day. If your child has a health issue, we have a care plan in his file, as well as in the classroom. Your child’s medication is kept safe in our office, and will be administered according to the paperwork that must be filled out by the parent and/or doctor. We take every precaution necessary to make sure that your child’s health is a priority at Hopes & Dreams.
Tuition & Discounts
"Hopes & Dreams is a wonderful environment where my children can grow emotionally and educationally. The staff provides a safe, enjoyable, and loving environment. I would not choose to send my children anywhere else."
Megan and Ryan G.
"In June of 2010, I started looking for a preschool/daycare for my son to attend. My son was diagnosed with speech/developmental delay and is a special needs child. When I called Hopes & Dreams the first time, I knew this was the place for my son. My first question was about their willingness to accept a special needs child and were they willing to accomadate my son. The answer was yes and he started attending Hopes & Dreams. When I met the founder of Hopes & Dreams, much to my amazement, she also has a child, a stepson, who is a special needs child. Hope and I spent much time talking and she shared with me her journey with her stepson. It was very comforting to me that my son would be spending time in a preschool with some who is a recipient of being blessed with one of these special human beings and understands special needs. He was placed in a classroom with two of the most loving teachers I could have ever asked for. Over the last two years, the progress he has made through physical, occupational, speech therapy and preschol is amazing to me. I am happy he is in the best hands I could ask for.