As a parent and director but most of all as an educator, I believe children learn best when they are encouraged to discover knowledge through choices and self-expression.
I believe that at Miami Gardens Learning Center, the role of the teacher is to provide opportunities to develop each child’s reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills through imaginative play, critical thinking and problem solving. I believe that the ideal learning environment for children is fun yet challenging, creative and nurturing while patient and supportive. Most importantly, I believe that family serves as the primary partner in their child’s educational team.
We teach because every child matters!
Program Philosophy and Goals:
For the Child
1. To provide opportunities for being with other children in a safe setting that is conductive to the development of wholesome social relationships.
2. To provide appropriate experiences that contributes to the developmental needs of the child.
3. To provide opportunities that are based on individual needs, interests, and abilities that will build important foundations for future academic pursuits.
For the Parents
1. To provide care for the child while the parents pursue their own work or other interests.
2. To provide opportunities to meet with and work with other parents and teachers who have as their common concern the interests and needs of the children.
3. To provide opportunities to grow in the understanding of Child Development.
For the Community
1. To help meet the needs of the community for a quality early childhood learning facility.
2. To contribute to the wholesome growth and development of the future citizens of the community.
3. To enhance the role of the school as an integral part of the community.
4. To provide a setting where people of various religious, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds can work together for the common interests.
Miami Gardens Learning Center, provides a full-time childcare program for children ages 1-8. We provide special enrichment programs that will benefit the child, the parent, and community.
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday
7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Prior to the start date care, the following must be received:
• Application for Enrollment
• Health History/Assessment
• Current Physical Examination Record (Yellow Form 680)
• Current Certificate of Immunization (Blue Form 3040)
• Copy of Child’s Birth Certificate
• Copy of Social Security Card
• Parent’s or Legal Guardian’s ID
• Non-Refundable Deposit
• CDS Voucher (If Applicable)
• Signed Acknowledgement of Receipt Form for Parent Handbook
• H1N1 Form
• Photo Release Form
Parents agree that all weekly fees (Full time and part time attendance) will be paid on the first of each week in advance. Payments received after the first of each week will be subject to a $10.00 late fee. Unpaid fees are subject to immediate suspension or termination of care unless reasonable arrangements are made and accepted by both parties.
Full time and part time fees are based on booked days, not attendance, therefore parents are responsible for fees whether the child attends or not. (This includes sick days, statutory holidays and vacation time.) Any parent who gives a full one-month notice of temporary withdrawal for family vacation will have their fees reduced by 50% for the period of time withdrawal.
A fee of $35.00 will be charged for all NSF checks. Upon a second occurrence of an NSF check, all subsequent payment must be made in cash or money order.
Miami Gardens Learning Center opens at 7:00 AM for the parent’s convenience. A responsible adult is expected to bring your child between 7:00 AM and 8:30 AM before all structured activities and classes begin at 9:00 AM. Your child will benefit by becoming part of the daily routine at greeting their friends. Children who arrive between 7:00 AM and 8:15 AM are involved in free choice play, and breakfast. Then from 8:30 the children will begin their classroom activity routine initiated by the classroom teacher. Parents must “Sign in” at arrival.
Private School Students (Kindergarten & 1st Graders): Starts at 8:20 AM and dismissal is at 2:20 PM.
VPK Students: Starts at 9:00 AM and dismissal is at 12:00 PM.
Dismissal time is the responsibility of the parent or adult who is picking up the child. It is extremely important that each child leaves the center promptly, unless it has prearranged through the office. The parent or other responsible adult must sign in, “Sign out,” and wait for their child at the designated area.
If you are not able to pickup your child by 6:00 PM, alternate arrangements must be made. Please notify Miami Gardens Learning Center if an unauthorized person will be picking up your child. Verbal or written permission must be received before we will release a child to anyone who is not authorized on the registration. In the event that a parent cannot be contacted, it is the policy of Miami Gardens Learning Center to call an emergency contact should a child remain in the daycare after 6:05 PM.
*Same fee will be applied for late pick up for Private School students and VPK students after their dismissal time.
A late fee of $25.00 will be applied after 6:01 PM to 6:15 PM. From 6:16 PM to 6:30 PM an additional $20.00, then $20.00 for each additional 15 minutes. This late fee is due upon pickup, or the child may not be able to return to the school until the fee is paid in full.
Unauthorized Persons (Persons not on emergency contact list) will not be allowed to remove a child from the center unless parent/guardian calls or sends a written note. Miami Gardens Learning Center staff will not release a child to an individual who appears to be intoxicated and/or impaired.
Parents need to call the office to notify when their child will be absent or late to Miami Gardens Learning Center. If the child is absent for three or more consecutive days, you will need to bring a doctor’s note to be permitted back into the classroom. Your child’s success at our center is closely interdependent upon regular and consistent attendance. Please telephone Miami Gardens Learning Center when your child is going to be absent due to illness, or any other reason. Remember, three consecutive absences or more require a note from the doctor.
Illness and Medication Policy
Please advise the childcare prior to 8:00 AM if a child will not be attending the center due to illness. Parents agree that a child who is ill (ex. Fever, infection, diarrhea, communicable disease, nausea, vomiting, eyes inflamed, swollen or pink, sore throat, skin rash or sores, excessive runny nose or any other type of illness that may be passed on the others) will be kept at home to protect the well-being of their family and the other children in the daycare. The parents further agree that should a child become ill while in Miami Gardens Learning Center, immediate arrangements will be made to remove the child from the childcare. Children will not be allowed to return to the childcare until they have been symptom-free for at least 24 hours. In some cases, a note from the doctor will be necessary.
Please read the Influenza brochure provided by the school in reference to contagious viruses.
Miami Gardens Learning Center does NOT administer medication to children.
Miami Gardens Learning Center reserves the right to suspend or terminate care of any child without notice. Termination will be considered should it be deemed necessary for the overall safety and well being of the staff and other children in our care. MGLC holds the right to not return any advance paid tuition.
*If your child is terminated from care/school your are responsible to pay any unpaid balances before you receive a transfer form, report card, any shots/physical forms, or any school form you may need to transfer out.
Parents agree that a minimum notice of one full month (notice to be given at the first of any given month) will be given for permanent withdrawal or any child from the care or agree to pay the month’s fee. (No exceptions)
Dress Code (Uniform is Mandatory)
We encourage parents to dress children in uniform. The uniform will consist of Royal Blue polo, khaki pants and school emblem. Children will be involved in outside activities, using the playground equipment, the sand and water table, and other outdoor experiences. Children must wear closed toe shoes, like sneakers, that cover their toes and are not slippery. No sandals, or you will be called to pick your child up or to bring appropriate shoes. We recommend that the child wear Velcro sneakers so if the child feels uncomfortable sleeping with shoes on, he/she may take them off. We strongly recommend that children DO NOT WEAR clothing or accessories that can be hazardous to them or to other children in their daily activities (Hair beads, chains, bracelets, anklets, rings, etc.)
Babies need enough supplies (diapers, wipes, etc.) to last for the whole week. Please do not wait until the last minute to bring more supplies.