Parent Corner

Welcome to Aa to Zz’s virtual parent table!

  • Department of Human Services (DHS) – This is the state agency which oversees child care centers.  They assure we implement child care regulations through annual (at minimum) inspections, assist families with child care tuition (need based), and provide all of the required forms required for our files.
    • Child Care regulations
    • CCIS
    • Child Health Assessment
    • Emergency Contacts
    • Child Welfare Services – This is a state agency, under the Department of Human Services, which; defines mandated reporters, offers information on Safe Havens, provides information on preventative services, gives links to regional and county offices, gives information on reporting suspected child abuse or neglect, and more.
    • Early Intervention – This Department of Human Services agency is an early intervention program, a state-supported network of parents, service practitioners, and others which build upon the natural learning opportunities that occur within the daily routines of a child and their family for children showing developmental delays.

 

  • Keystone STARS – Keystone STARS is an independent quality assurance program which awards state funds to participating centers based upon staff education, learning environment, leadership and management, and family and community partnerships.
  • Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) – This is a federally funded program, managed by the state, which reimburses participating centers for promoting healthy eating habits.  Centers are required to meet the agency’s meal pattern and serving sizes, at minimum, as well as collect and maintain all of the necessary documentation.
  • PACCA
  • Learning Standards
  • Central Penn Parent
  • Military subsidy (GSA, Child Care Aware, etc.)
  • Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) – This Is a federal-state partnership that helps families find secure, affordable health care coverage for their children.
  • (Women, Infant, and Children) WIC – The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children provides Federal grants to States for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk.

 

  • Reggio Emilia
  • Project approach
  • Loose parts
  • Learning through play
  • Process vs. product