The ELC provides equal opportunity for children and staff, and
does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion,
nationality, creed, sexual orientation, marital status, age or
handicap in accordance with Title IX of the Educational Amendments
for 1972 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The
building is wheelchair accessible. If your child needs special
accommodations, please talk with administrative staff.
Religious and Celebration Policies
In respect for all families, holiday and birthday celebrations
are for families to celebrate privately according to personal
beliefs and values. Birthdays and holidays are not celebrated
at the Center.
Commitment to Non-violence
Corporal punishment will not be used. We will not hit, spank,
or humiliate children. We also want to ensure all children understand
they will not be hurt at the ELC. For this reason, families
will not be permitted to hit or spank children while here. We
encourage families to discuss ways positive discipline can be
used at home with staff.
We ask families help us provide a nurturing environment by
ensuring children do not come to school in clothing that reinforces
violent characters or actions. And of course, children may not
bring a weapon (toy or real) to school.
ELC teachers are educated to set-up environments and activities
that encourage appropriate behavior. As children experiment
with behaviors, staff offers discipline as a learning tool and
to help ensure a safe and positive experience for all. A positive
discipline approach that includes setting limits, discussion,
and logical consequences is used at the Center. There are three
principle rules which are communicated to the children: 1) Respect
for people; 2) Respect for self; and 3) Respect for property.
Redirection or ignoring behavior enacted to obtain a response
are considered appropriate for dealing with minor forms of misbehavior.
If a child continues to be disruptive or threaten harm to another
child or program equipment, he/she will be removed from the
immediate area. Children are held accountable for their behavior
and are encouraged to make responsible choices. Children are
also encouraged to use their language and express their emotions,
ideas, and needs.
Note: Other policies on attendance, late
arrivals, appropriate dress and other similar policies are outlined
in detail in the Family Handbook.
Please review this document for this information.