Every child needs one adult who is irrationally crazy about him or her -Uri Bronfenbrenner
A Healthy, Green Environment for Children in Houston
Volatile Organic Compounds come from a wide array of products, including paints, lacquers, paint strippers and cleaning supplies.
The EPA found that, due to a buildup of VOCs, in some cases inside air quality is 10 times worse than outdoors. Although the effects of exposure are not immediately pressing, the EPA found that prolonged exposure to VOCs causes eye, nose and throat irritation as well as headaches and nausea.
Ensuring minimal exposure to these compounds helps protect the health and well-being of your child. During construction, we used no- to low- VOC building materials—including paints, stains and flooring adhesives—that optimize the air and water quality within our center. Our state-of-the-art water filtration system guarantees that you do not worry about what your child drinks.
The Total Approach to Green Day Care
Our commitment to your child’s well-being did not end with the completion of our facility. All of our baby mattresses are made of organic cotton wrapped in a hypoallergenic, food-grade plastic surface, and our low- to no-VOC cleaning supplies also expose your child to as few hazardous compounds as possible.
Caring for your child is our top priority, and as part of that, we strive to ensure that when he/she is grown, the world is in good shape. The Childhood Center believes that being good stewards to our environment is crucial. We must have as little an impact on it as possible, yet we must also maintain a safe environment for your child. Going green wasn’t a decision: it was a responsibility.
What are your ratios for my child's room?
The Childhood Center has lower ratios than the state requires. Our ratios differ in each room. However, during peak hours there will be at least three staff members in each room. See our Curriculum page for a chart of each room.
Are the teachers CPR trained?
There will be at least one CPR certified teacher in all rooms at all times.
What is The Childhood Center's policy on sick children?
A child must be kept home from school if he exhibits any of the following conditions shown below:
- Oral temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher, rectal temperature of 101.4 degrees or higher, armpit temperature of 99.4 degrees or higher
- Diarrhea (three or more in a 24 hour period)
- Pink eye (must be on medication for at least 24 hours)
- The illness prevents the child from participating comfortably in any indoor/outdoor activity
- Nasal discharge that is not clear
- The illness results in a greater need for care than the caregivers can provide
Your child may not return to The Center until he/she is symptom free for 24 hours and/or on a prescribed medication for 24 hours or longer.
Can I observe my child whenever I'd like?
The Childhood Center encourages parents to come and participate with their child. You are welcome to join us at any time.
Will you give my child medicine if he/she need it?
The Center will administer the child’s medication provided by the parents. This includes over-the-counter and prescription medication. These medications include but are not limited to oral medications, topical ointments, and allergy medicine including Epi-Pens and sunscreen. Should you wish us to administer medications, we encourage that parents/guardians follow these instructions:
- A medical form must be completed and signed for The Center’s record-keeping
- Details/instructions in medical forms must match labels on the medicine containers
- All medicines must be in their original containers with labels clearly marked
- Teachers are not permitted to administer medicine. You must turn in all forms and medicine to the front desk
- Teachers will be allowed to administer life saving medicines such as Epi-pens
- We will administer all medicines to the child per instructions on the label or doctor’s orders with the provided tools (i.e., droppers/spoons)
- All medicines that require refrigeration will be kept in a separate refrigerator with no other items
- Staff will record on the child’s medical form the times and date that the medicine was given
- When medicine is to be given for more than 10 school days, a note from the child’s doctor must be turned in. The note must have the name of child, dosage, and dates that the medicine must be given