Newcomb Children's Center is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Children will not be admitted before 7:30 a.m. We encourage children to arrive before 9:30 a.m. to ensure that children have time to make an easy transition to the group. Children who arrive after this time frequently have a more difficult time participating in morning activities and settling in for naptime after lunch. On those rare occasions when you cannot avoid arriving after 9:30, please call the center to notify your child's teacher that you are on the way.
Please walk your children into the center each morning. It's our policy, and it helps children feel comfortable about being left in our care. Also, please remember that it is the parents' responsibility to notify the teacher of their child's arrival for the day.
It is best to use the angled parking area on Plum St. Please do your best not to block driveways and service alleys, and to keep the sidewalks clear. If you have an extended conversation or after-class visit scheduled, please try to schedule them during non-peak parking periods, or park your vehicle somewhere other than Plum Street. After accepting your child for enrollment, each family will be asked to select a personal sign-in code which will allow you to enter the Broadway and Plum St. buildings. Your code will be activated your child's first day at Newcomb Children's Center and will be deactivated after your child's last day. Only authorized people should have the code, so it is important to keep it confidential. Please do not allow unknown people to follow you into the building.
When dropping off children, please remember to sign your full name on the clipboard for the proper class. The clipboards hang in your child's classroom. Please remember to indicate the time you arrived. It's important to make time to accompany your child to the classroom and ensure that a staff member is aware that you are dropping off your child. Either in the morning or the afternoon, you should check your child's cubby or mail pouch for important communications.
The center closes at 5:30pm. Please remember to sign your child out using the classroom clipboards. (Please remember to indicate the time you have checked out!) All children should be collected by the center's closing time every day. If for some reason you will not arrive by closing time to pick up your child, please call the center to let the staff know you are running late. We cannot accommodate schedules that require child care past our closing times. Emergencies should be the exception rather than the rule. There is a late fee of $2.00 per minute per child for the first 10 minutes, and $5.00 per minute after that. Late fees are billed immediately and are due upon receipt.
The center keeps on file a copy of the names of the people you have authorized to pick up your child. This list should be kept current and should include only the names of the people you want to have access to your child.Please fill out an Authorized Pick Up Form to notify us that someone other than your child's parents will be picking them up. These forms are available in the administrative office. Persons the staff does not recognize will be required to show a valid driver's license before the center will allow the child to leave. Please keep in mind that as you take your child by the hand and say goodbye to the teacher, you become legally responsible for your child. For safety reasons, we cannot allow children to run in the hallway or to play outside on our playground equipment unless staff members are present.