Have a question? We have an answer! Continue reading below for support on our frequently asked questions about our program and policies. If you don’t find your answer here, check your Day Early Learning family guide book or ask a member of your center leadership team.
All Day Early Learning classrooms utilize The Creative Curriculum, a research-based early child care and education curriculum. The learning objectives of this curriculum are aligned with Indiana’s Early Learning Foundations.
Each day the curriculum will provide activities and experiences that foster:
- Language and literacy
- Math and science concepts
- Social and emotional growth
- Art, music and dramatic play
- Physical development
- Self-help skills
For more detailed curriculum information for each age group please visit our programs page and select an age group.
Below is a sample of what a typical day looks like in our centers. Each child’s daily routine will be posted in their classroom. Infant classrooms follow the individualized schedules of each child.
6:00 – 8:00: Arrivals/Choice of Learning Center
8:00 – 8:30: Breakfast
8:30 – 9:00: Learning Centers
9:30 – 9:45: Morning snack
10:30-11:00: Outside time (Playground time, walks or large motor play in center community area (when weather inhibits outdoor play)
11:15-11:30: Wind down for lunch (reading, songs)
11:30 – 12:15: Lunch
12:30-2:30: Nap or quiet time
3:00 – 3:30: Afternoon snack
4:00 – 4:30: Outside time
4:30 – 5:30: Learning centers/Clean up
We hope to create a welcoming environment for you and your family to be engaged in your child’s early learning journey. Our doors are always open. Feel free to visit the center to have lunch with your child, volunteer your time and participate in special programs and activities. As your child’s first and most important teacher, your participation is a valuable addition to your child’s success.
Our children are required to spend at least 60 minutes outside playing each day, 30 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes in the afternoon. If the weather is poor (raining or snowing excessively, below 24 degrees with wind chill or above 90 degrees with heat index) they will have physical activity indoors.
To ensure that each child receives individual attention, and in accordance with Indiana licensing requirements, Day Early Learning’s teacher-to-child ratios are as follows.
|Infant (0-12 months)||1 teacher for 4 children, Max of 8 children per class|
|Toddler (1 -2 years)||1 teacher for 5 children, Max of 10 children per class|
|3 years||1 teacher for 10 children, Max of 20 children per class|
|4 years||1 teacher for 12 children, Max of 24 children per class|
Consistency is important for young children. Each child will be with the same teacher and peers for the majority of each day. Sometimes classrooms are combined for short periods of time early in the morning and late in the afternoon.
Providing quality care is not only important for your child but also for your peace of mind. At Day Early Learning each staff member is carefully chosen and has to meet the following requirements.
Day Early Learning carefully reviews each candidate’s qualifications and background. A criminal history as well as a child protection services check is completed on each potential staff member.
Training, Education and Experience
Lead teachers must have or be enrolled in an associate’s or a bachelor’s degree program. Assistant teachers must have or be enrolled in a Child Development Associates credential program.
Day Early Learning is committed to the education and development of each staff member. All teachers are trained in Universal Precautions, First-Aid and CPR and must keep up with regular re-certifications. All staff are also required to continue their education through regular trainings. A minimum of 20 hours of training is required annually. Additionally, Day Early Learning employs Quality Coaches who work directly with teachers in their classrooms to help them enhance their teaching skills.
Day Early Learning centers use a positive approach that helps children exercise self-discipline to solve behavior problems. Physical punishment of any type is prohibited. Teachers communicate to children using positive statements. Children are encouraged to use and develop their words so they can find solutions to resolve conflicts. Teachers will use redirection, make classroom adjustments, and offer individual support through role modeling and positive reinforcement.
If a child’s behavioral problem persists, Day Early Learning calls upon the parents to help. The center director will ask for a parent conference to discuss the situation. It is our goal to maintain a safe environment for all children and staff. If behavior poses a danger to the child or to others, the request of the parent to come and pick up the child will be made.
The potty training schedule is determined by each child’s developmental level, and generally is introduced in the 2 year old room. Teachers work with parents to establish a plan for consistency in training at school and at home.
Yes! We serve a nutritious breakfast, morning snack, lunch and an afternoon snack each day. Our balanced meals are designed to include fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains, while limiting the amount of sugars and processed foods. Our menus are approved by a certified nutritionist and meet the Gold Standard from the United States Department of Agriculture for Child Nutrition Programs. Additionally, our culinary staff are Serv-Safe certified to ensure food safety.
If your child has specific dietary needs or restrictions, we will work with you to create a healthy meal plan for your child. Please provide the center director with a signed note from your physician (for health-related dietary restrictions) or a note from you (for religious dietary restrictions) stating restrictions so that appropriate arrangements may be made to accommodate your child.
Both licensing and the Federal Food Program require our children to be served meals and snacks that are prepared in our kitchen or catered by a licensed vendor. Day Early Learning cannot serve sack lunches or food items brought in by parents.
If you wish to bring in special snacks or treats on your child’s birthday, you may do so as long as the food is purchased from a store. Candles and peanut products are not permitted.
At Day Early Learning we support both breastfed and formula-fed babies and follow you and your physician’s wishes when it comes to your baby’s individual nutrition needs. We provide infant formula and baby food and encourage breastfeeding moms to come in to nurse as often as they wish or provide pumped breast milk.
If your child has any of the following symptoms, you will need to wait 24 hours after the symptoms have subsided, without the aid of medication, before returning him or her to the center:
- A fever above 101 degrees taken orally (102 degrees taken rectally or 100 degrees taken axillary – armpit)
- Diarrhea, vomiting, or rash of unknown origin
- Cold or other illness causing breathing difficulties or other symptoms that prevent the child from participating comfortably in activities
- Positive reaction to tuberculin skin test
- Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
Because the cost of operating the center is ongoing, your regular weekly fee is due even if your child is absent due to illness or other cause.
Please make it a routine to arrive on time every day. To get the full benefit of Day Early Learning’s program, children should arrive by 9:00 am. If you are going to be late or absent, you must notify the center by 9:30 am. Because the cost of operating the center is ongoing, your regular weekly fee is due even if your child is absent due to illness or other cause, or if a holiday falls that week.
Families can take two weeks of vacation time at 50% of cost each year. To qualify, you must have attended a center for at least 3 months, leave must consist of 5 consecutive business days, and you must give advance notice to the center.
Indiana State Board of Health regulations require Day Early Learning to keep up-to-date immunization records on all children enrolled. Please help Day Early Learning stay in compliance by supplying these records after every well-child visit to your medical provider.
Day Early Learning strives to serve our working families. All Day Early Learning centers are closed in observance of the following holidays:
- New Year’s Day
- Martin Luther King Day (except IU Health Day Early Learning)
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Thanksgiving Day and Friday After
- Christmas Day
*Our Day Early Learning State Government Center, Federal Building center, Fort Harrison center and Eastern Star Church center observe additional holidays.
As an essential service to working parents, Day Early Learning Centers will not close for severe weather, including snow, unless there is an official mandate to stay off the roads. In the event of an emergency closing, the center administrator will attempt to contact all parents. The most up-to-date closing information will be found on the homepage of the website and on the Day Early Learning Facebook page. Do not rely on the TV networks; they aren’t updated as frequently.
We do not refund for snow closings. If there is a problem with one of our facilities and we must close, we will help place your child in another Day Early Learning Center, space permitting. If your child does not attend another center during that kind of closing, we will refund the cost of the day(s) affected.
Weekly fees are due the Friday before the week being covered. A late charge will be applied if the fee isn’t paid by end of day on Tuesday of the week being covered. Click here to learn more about our rates and fees.
We welcome many different financial aid options, including CCDF vouchers (Child Care Development Fund), On My Way Pre-K and the Indy Preschool Program. Additionally, Early Learning Indiana offers a Tuition Assistance Program for families based on income. These scholarships are derived from the contributions of generous supporters: United Way of Central Indiana, corporations, foundations and individuals. Please visit our tuition page or check with a member of your center management team to see if you qualify.