Closing Closing the classroom The afternoon staff is responsible for closing tasks. The closing teacher is responsible for making sure these tasks are completed: Sanitize and put away classroom toys in appropriate bins and shelves. Clear all clutter from the tops of cubbies and blue cabinets, entrance counters, etc. Put bag of mouthed toys into […]


Departure End of the day Once inside the classroom, “quiet time” should be planned so children can wind down from the day, families can pick them up in a more relaxed environment, and teachers can begin to clean up the classroom. Suggested quiet time activities are circle time, reading, puzzles, pegs, or table activities. Give […]


Playground By EEC regulations a minimum of 60 minutes of age-appropriate gross motor activity (outside, inside, or a combination of both) must be incorporated into each full-time child’s day. Toddler and preschool children must be taken outside every day, weather permitting. Staff may be advised to stay inside if it is raining or snowing heavily, […]


Clothing Parents are advised to send their child to school dressed in comfortable clothing and shoes for active play. We want children to be comfortable to play freely in their classroom and outside. Each classroom should provide parents with required seasonal clothing lists. SEASONALLY CORRECT CLOTHING For the winter, coat, snow pants, boots, gloves, hat […]


Toothbrushing *Currently suspended until further notice All children must brush their teeth for 2 minutes (with as much assistance as necessary, based on each child’s individual skills) when they are in care for more than 4 hours or after they consume a meal at First Circle. See Appendix for Toothbrushing Policy/Procedure.

rest time

Rest time Children attending school for 4 hours or more are required by EEC to sleep, rest, or engage in a quiet activity as appropriate to their needs. Please be respectful of the rest times of neighboring classrooms. BEDDING Parents must bring the following supplies labeled with their child’s name or initials: Sleeping bag or […]

meals and snacks

Meals and snacks OVERVIEW When children sit and eat together, it’s a chance for them to interact in a more informal way with staff members, for staff to model prosocial behavior, and for children to socialize with each other. Parents are responsible for bringing in meals and drinks for infants and toddlers. Preschool children must […]

handwashing policy

Handwashing policy We teach the children who are developmentally able to wash their hands frequently and that good handwashing takes three things: warm water, soap, and rubbing your hands together for 20 seconds. Required handwashing for children and adults: on arrival after diapering or using the toilet after handling body fluids (blowing or wiping a […]

children’s arrival

Children’s arrival Children arrive at different times in the morning. EARLY DROPOFF Some locations have an early dropoff option before 8:00 a.m. for an additional fee. Children who arrive before 8 a.m. are grouped with children in the same program (Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers). DROPOFF Parents are responsible for bringing children into the classroom and […]


Opening OPENING THE SCHOOL At least two staff members are scheduled to open and responsible for: turning on ALL lights unlocking ALL doors checking attendance voicemail and writing down messages taking down chairs in opening classrooms emptying dishwasher (if applicable), putting all dishes away placing clothes from the washing machine (if applicable) in the dryer, […]