Drop Off and Pick Up Times
The ECC is open to children and families between the hours of 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The ECC does not offer an extended care option beyond these hours.
A $10 charge will be assessed for the first 10 minutes children or families remain after 5:30 p.m. A $2 per minute charge will be assessed for every minute children or families remain after 5:40 p.m.
As a courtesy, if you are detained, please call (970) 491-7082 to alert us to the situation.
Please note that excessive late pickups, 3 or more, will warrant a meeting with the director and is grounds for immediate dismissal at the discretion of the director.
When dressing your child, please provide simple clothing that is free of complicated fastenings. We often use art materials that may get a little messy at times, so please make sure that your child wears washable clothing to school. The Colorado weather is often unpredictable so provide sweaters and jackets for your child even on sunny fall or spring days. Our playground is shady in the morning and often a little cool. It always better to have too much clothing than not enough! Extra clothes may be stored in your child’s cubby. Put your child’s name on everything. We get quite a collection of unlabeled, unclaimed clothing and other personal items each year. Please also check, from time to time, the “Lost and Found” located in the ECC main office.
Please provide an extra set of clothes and two pairs of extra underwear for your child in case of accidents or spills. These clothes will be stored in your child’s cubby bin.
Toys from Home
We discourage bringing toys from home except for a stuffed animal at naptime. Toys can get broken, lost, or cause conflicts between children at school.
At the ECC our goal is to teach each child self-control and responsibility for their own behavior. Teachers set firm limits to give children the guidelines needed for appropriate self-control. Teachers also explain the reasons for those limits. We never use physical punishment at the ECC. When a child shows inappropriate behavior, the teacher will initially establish eye contact and make sure the child clearly understands their limits. Often a child is given a choice, “You can do this…or this…” with both choices being acceptable to the teacher. Offering choices allows the child to control his/her behavior. If the child refuses to make the choice or seems out of control, the teacher will help the child gain control by suggesting he or she calm down in his or her cubby or the classroom cozy corner. This allows the child time and space to regain control of his or her behavior.
Sample Daily Routine
|Children arrive; Free play||7:30 – 9 a.m.|
|Large group activity||9 – 9:30 a.m.|
|Snack||9:30 – 10 a.m.|
|Outside||10 – 11 a.m.|
|Circle||11 – 11:30 a.m.|
|Lunch||11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.|
|Outside||12:30 – 1 p.m.|
|Nap||1:15 – 3 p.m.|
|Centers/Circle||3 – 4 p.m.|
|Snack||4:15 – 4:30 p.m.|
|Children go home; Free play||4:30 – 5:30 p.m.|
How is your child’s development and progress documented at the ECC?
In addition to daily journals and documentation boards that keep you apprised of your child’s development, the ECC utilizes an authentic assessment tool called Teaching Strategies Gold. At parent-teacher conferences, your teachers will be sharing with you information about your child that they have been documenting with the aid of Teaching Strategies Gold.
What Is Teaching Strategies GOLD®?
Teaching Strategies GOLD® is an authentic, ongoing observational system for assessing children from birth through kindergarten, proven to be valid and reliable by extensive field testing. It helps teachers observe children in the context of everyday experiences, which is an effective way to get to know them well and find out what they know and can do.
Teaching Strategies GOLD® is grounded in 38 objectives that guide teachers throughout the assessment cycle. They are based on research, include predictors of school success, and are aligned with the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework and early learning standards for each state. The 38 objectives are organized into 10 areas of development and learning:
Social-Emotional, Physical, Language, Cognitive, Literacy, Mathematics, Science and Technology, Social Studies, the Arts, and English Language Acquisition.
With Teaching Strategies GOLD®, teachers:
- use a variety of tools to gather and organize meaningful data quickly.
- create a developmental profile of each child to answer the questions, “What does this child know? What is he or she able to do?”
- understand how their observations relate to important objectives for development and learning and use that understanding to scaffold each child’s learning.
- determine if a child is making progress and compare the child’s knowledge, skills, and behaviors to those of most children of his or her age or class/group.
- recognize children who might benefit from special help, screening, or further evaluation.
- generate reports that can be customized easily and shared with family members and other stakeholders.
The ECC is committed to close working relationships between home and school. Parent/Teacher Conferences are held each fall and spring session.
Teachers send a link directly to parents to sign up for Parent/Teacher Conferences via SignUpGenius.
Additional conferences may be scheduled at the request of the parents or teachers.
Parents and Teachers Together
Parent involvement is actively encouraged at the ECC. One way parents can become involved is through participation in Parent and Teachers Together. PATT is a forum for parents, teachers, and ECC community members to communicate ideas, discuss issues, and provide support to the ECC. Over the years, PATT has been instrumental in planning and implementing projects and events at the ECC including the ECC Homecoming Pancake Breakfast and the bi-annual Family Picnics. Additional ways you can become involved might include sharing your culture, participating in a circle time activity, or reading to the children.