Welcome to New Horizons! Our staff is looking forward to an exciting time and many positive learning experiences.
New Horizons Child Development Program is especially designed to meet the needs of working parents. New Horizons operates a unique program for children between the ages 6 weeks and 5+ years. The hours of operation are from 7:00am. to 6:00pm. daily except during New Horizons holidays. (See New Horizons Calendar of Events.)
The curriculum areas in each New Horizons program are non-competitive games and sports, physical fitness, arts and crafts, perceptual motor development, cognitive tasks, and cultural activities. Community field trips will be available as transportation, scheduling and funds permit.
A qualified full-time staff conducts the program at New Horizons. All staff members meet the educational requirements established by the State of California Department of Community Care Licensing. Our facility is fully licensed. The staff consists of sensitive and mature individuals who are able to relate well to both children and adults. The staff has the personality and ability to provide children leadership and stability to the program. The staff will maintain a child staff ratio of twelve (12) children to one (1) adult as stated in the Community Care Licensing Regulations.
New Horizons adheres to the State of California discipline regulations for childcare providers.
New Horizons’ goal is to provide a comprehensive childcare environment, which includes parent support for recommending and implementation of the program. In addition, parents are required to perform quarterly maintenance, and to attend parent meetings.
Caregivers provide a support system for the family. Staff provide a loving and nurturing environment for babies and toddlers.
VISITING POLICY: Prior to enrollment, visiting with the child is mandatory. Infant and staff need the opportunity to develop a bonding relationship. Therefore, a minimum of two 1-hour visits to the infant center is necessary to become acquainted.
DAILY ATTENDANCE SHEET must be signed with full name and time of day.
WHAT TO BRING: Disposable diapers, wipes, 2 - 3 changes of clothing, daily formula/food, and snacks. A favorite blanket and/or stuffed animal may be kept in the sleeping area. Remember to label food, clothing, blanket(s), stuffed animal(s), etc., with your child’s name.
New Horizons Infant Program is especially designed to meet the needs of working parents. Basic services will include loving, nurturing physical care for infants from 6 weeks to 24 months. Structured curriculum geared for varied age levels which includes fine and large motor development opportunities, both indoor and outdoor activities as well as activities for sensory stimulation will be provided.
The hours of operation are from 7:00am. to 6:00pm. daily, except on New Horizons Holidays.
DO come to class on your participation day 15 minutes early for set-up and plan be 10-15 minutes after for clean up.
Forms: Enrollment form, Identification/Emergency, Physicians Report, current TB test for child (also for adult if a co-op parent), Child’s Social History, Letters of Permission, Admission Agreement, Tuition Disclosure, Co-op Agreement, Parents’ Rights Disclosure, Personal rights, Parent Interest Survey, and Ethnic Survey.
** 30 DAYS NOTICE WILL BE GIVEN ON ALL RATE CHANGES/INCREASES.
We open at 7:00am. and close a 6:00pm. Our Preschool Program is from 8:45am.- 12:00pm. The teacher is very busy getting projects set up before the children arrive and then get the school in order at the end of the day. (The children work hard and are ready to go home. Please be as close to schedule as possible.) Supervision of all children is of utmost concern. If you are early, plan to stay with your child until the session begins. There are exceptions to schedules such as party days and visiting days. You will be informed of any changes ahead of time by way of the bulletin or a note from the school. PLEASE PHONE the school if your child will not be attending that day. Let us know before 10:00 am.
A written letter requesting withdrawal from New Horizons Membership needs to be submitted after which a percentage of monthly tuition may be returned. Monthly tuition is refundable on a pro-rated basis providing all of the following conditions have been met:
Income from fundraisers helps to make purchases for equipment and maintenance, and pay operating expenses. We will have occasional fundraisers to help with specific operating costs and improvements.
Families are required to do maintenance at the school for a period of 2 hours per family per quarter: Fall, Winter, Spring. Each maintenance hour is valued at $50 per quarter. A scheduled maintenance day will be held one Saturday morning each quarter. Maintenance jobs may be completed 2 weeks before, or 2 weeks after the scheduled maintenance day.
Participate, as agreed, on assigned workday in preschool session. If participation is not possible, arrangements are to be made by the member by trading workdays with another Co-op member, providing a suitable substitute or making up the hours missed in service to the school. Creative Co-op and regular Co-op both consist of 3 hours per week or 12 hours per month. Signatures are required to verify participation. Standard rates will be billed if non-participation occurs.
Parent Meetings are scheduled quarterly and each family is required to attend. Families may attend a Board meeting if they are unable to attend the mandatory meeting. Each unattended meeting is valued at $25 and will be billed to the following months tuition.
New Horizons serves morning and afternoon snacks daily.
New Horizons staff try very hard to maintain a consistent and educationally experiential circle time. Students arriving late are disruptive to the teachers and fellow classmates. Any child arriving during circle time; please be respectful and come in quietly.
Any child or parent, who continually exhibits unacceptable behavior, following a parent/site director conference and remains a problem, is subject to termination from the New Horizons program.
Health forms will be provided to parents for each New Horizons participant and must be completed and returned on the first day of school. (You may request our staff to obtain a copy of medical forms filed at another childcare center.)
YOU WILL BE ASKED TO PICK YOUR CHILD UP IF
These requirements have been set by the California State Community Care Licensing Agency in conjunction with health regulations and adopted by New Horizons.
No child will be released to anyone whose name does not appear on your application without your specific instruction. Remember to update your list of persons authorized to take your child from N.H. We will release children to minors with written permission from parent only.
California Department of Social Services regulations prohibit childcare providers from using corporal (physical) punishment, imposing humiliating discipline or mental abuse, or from interfering for punitive reasons with daily functions of living such as eating, sleeping, or toileting (Ca. Admin. Code, title 22, Div. 6, Chapter 1, Sec. 80072, Chapter 8.5 Sec. 88036.) Note that this standard of behavior for childcare providers is more stringent than for parents, who are permitted greater leeway in administering "reasonable discipline." Under California law, a parent may not even contract with a provider or give permission to administer corporal punishment. (Johnson vs. Ca. Dept. Social Services (1981) 123 Call. App. 3d878).
The following days New Horizons will be closed
New Years Day, Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving and the Friday after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, Christmas day after.
The Parent Board of Directors may vote to close additional day(s).
Each child has a cubby in which to put his lunch and jacket. His projects are put there to take home. We will put any notes or bulletins for you in your mailbox. It is the child’s responsibility to take the things from his/her locker. It is each adult’s responsibility daily to check the Communication Box for bulletins, notices, etc.
Please Note: We request that no facemasks, knives, guns, candy or money be brought to school. The children may bring toys, books or other favorite things to show on their sharing day. Please label sharing toys.
Please bring a complete set of clothing labeled with your child’s name to keep at N.H. Include shirt, shorts/pants, underwear, and socks to use when clothes become soiled or needed due to change of weather. LABEL EVERYTHING PLEASE! Please have all clothes worn by children as comfortable as possible. Do wear play clothes and tennis shoes. Backless shoes and platform sandals are not allowed. Use clothes you will not mind the children getting dirty. Light sweaters, windbreakers and sweatshirts are more practical than heavy jackets. A long sleeve shirt with a sweatshirt works great.
Should a non-threatening crisis occur such as fire or an earthquake, safety procedures at N.H. will be followed and childcare will be given until a parent or other designated person arrives.
Should there be a national disaster, the New Horizon staff will care for the children in their charge. By law, school staff members become emergency service workers in the event of a disaster. Depending on the severity of the disaster, the following procedures will be followed:
In the event of an emergency, please keep the following in mind: