Our policies

Our History. The Stepping Stone Education Center of Phoenixville, Inc. (SSEC) was incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation under 501(c)3 regulations on

January 5, 1985. SSEC does not come under the umbrella of any church or civic organization and as such is responsible for its own board, staff, budget, equipment, materials and liability insurance.

An elected Board of Directors administers our preschool established under generally accepted corporate bylaws of the state of Pennsylvania. Our mission is to provide an affordable, quality, early childhood education that prepares children for successful academic experiences, in a safe, loving, and nurturing environment.  Our programs help children develop emotionally, socially, intellectually and physically while also providing support and stability for families. Parents and other individuals interested in preparing preschoolers for life are invited to attend the Board of Directors’ monthly meetings. Please see the school calendar for dates and times.

In September of 2008, the Stepping Stone Education Center was blessed to move to Franklin Commons and expand our class offerings! We now have classes for infants, toddlers, and two year olds. We are also pleased to offer a Kindergarten Enrichment class, Before and After School for first thru fifth graders and a Summer Camp for school agers!

Our staff of experienced early childhood education teachers keeps a detailed progress report on each child so parents can see their child’s stages of development. Parent and Teacher conferences are held in the fall and spring. Our staff also works hand in hand with local school districts, Intermediate Units and other social agencies.

 Parent Partnership Policy. We encourage all parents to become education partners in your child’s preschool experience by:

-Arriving on time each day to drop off your child and walking into the classroom with them.

-Arriving on time each day to pick up your child and hearing the announcements given by the teacher at the end of class or reading the announcement board in your child’s classroom.

-Reading the Parent Bulletin Board and monthly Newsletter to stay informed about your child’s activities.

-Participating in field trips and classroom activities (without siblings).

Attending Stepping Stone Education Center family events.

-Maintaining an open relationship with the staff and Board of Directors.

-Keeping the lines of communication open with your child.

 Student Discipline Procedures

Purpose … to prepare each child for adulthood by giving them ways of coping that are in line with Christian values and standards.

Focus …for the child to choose appropriate behavior

Goals … to accept each child, to underline a Christian value and to take each child to a higher level of maturity.

Process

  • Confirm child’s feelings
  • Explain what child did that was not acceptable
  • Have child explain, if possible, why behavior is not acceptable
  • Decide together, “What do you need to do now?”
  • Decide together, “What can you do differently next time?”
  • Help child to carry out the follow through from the above questions

If behavior persists … Remove child from the group for a short period of time

Notify Director of child’s behavior

Work with the child’s grownups to improve behavior

Keep grownups informed of behavior improvements

Non-Negotiables … Showing disrespect to any child

Encouraging a child to retaliate

Punishing

Spanking

Tuition Payment Policy. Upon registering for services at Stepping Stone Education Center, each registrant is required to sign a contract of agreement. The agreement states the tuition required for the class in which the student is registered for, be it a weekly or monthly payment.

Payment for part-time students is due by the 10th of each month. The payment for full time students is paid a week in advance, on Friday, or can be paid on a monthly schedule due by the 10th of each month.

If payment is not received by the dates specified, a late fee of $15 will be assessed to the student’s account. If payment is not paid in full by the following month (30 days past the 10th of the previous month), then the Stepping Stone Education Center reserves the right to deny services.

Part Time Class:  Payment is due by the tenth of the month.

Full Time Class: Payment is due each Friday in advance for the following week.

Please make checks payable to: Stepping Stone Education Center.

Checks may be mailed to: Stepping Stone Education Center, 400 Franklin Avenue Suite 250, Phoenixville, PA  19460, or dropped in the lockbox outside the office at the school.

There is a $25.00 fee for each check that is returned from the bank for insufficient funds.

Tuition is not refundable or transferable.

Teachers CANNOT accept any hand delivered payments!

Fund Raising Policy. Since tuition does not cover the full cost of your child’s academic education, it is necessary to conduct fund raising activities. These activities are determined by the Board of Directors and reviewed each school year. Parents are also expected to participate whenever possible by helping with Stepping Stone Education Center family events and fundraisers.

Attendance Policy. Please call in all absences or any changes in your child’s pick up routine by 9:00 am. Please read and follow the Health Policy that follows.

We follow the Phoenixville Area School District calendar for major holidays. For snow closings, listen for the district’s name or number 856 on the radio or television; or call the Stepping Stone Education Center to hear a telephone message with details.

Health Policy

***** All children must submit a current Health Assessment Form*****

ALL SNACKS AND LUNCHES MUST BE PEANUT/NUT FREE!!!

Please be aware that there are students in our school with a severe allergy to peanuts and nut products.   It is important for you to be aware that nut, peanut and peanut/nut by-products can be found in unusual places. Please check all food/snack labels when sending in classroom treats.

For everyone’s safety…Please keep your child home if they are

showing signs of illness whether they want to stay home or not!

The following is a list of common childhood illnesses and our policy for each one.

CHICKEN POX is a very contagious virus that produces multiple red, raised bumps on the surface of the body. Children are contagious approximately two weeks before breaking out and remain so until the sores have begun to crust over (about one week). Do not send your child to school until all sores have been crusted over.

COLDS are a common viral infection that involves the upper respiratory tract. Most children will get six to ten colds a year that will last about one week each. A cold by itself is not reason to keep your child home. Nevertheless, if your child has a persistent cough that could be distracting to the class, or a fever, keep your child home.

DIARRHEA is usually caused by an intestinal virus that produces frequent, loose or watery stools. If your child has had more than two diarrheal stools since getting out of bed on a school morning, keep your child home that day.

EAR INFECTIONS (Otitis Media) are an infection of the middle ear. It is common for an ear infection to develop after a bout with the common cold. Ear infections are not contagious; however, the associated symptoms of fever and pain may prevent your child from going to school. Occasionally, fluid may remain in the middle ear after an infection. This may cause some temporary hearing loss. If your child is not hearing well, please tell the teachers so that they can make the necessary adjustments for your child’s classroom needs.

FEVER is a symptom, not a disease. Your child is considered to have a fever if the rectal temperature is greater than 100.4F, the oral temperature is greater than 99.5F or the axillary temperature is greater than 98.6F. If your child has a fever, do not send him/her to school until the fever has been gone for twenty-four hours without the help of any medicine.

FIFTH DISEASE is a viral infection that produces a lace like rash on your child’s arms and legs as well as a “slapped cheek” appearance on the face. There is no reason to keep your child home from school because he/she was contagious the week before the rash broke out.

IMPETIGO is a bacterial skin infection that has yellow, crusted lesions on the skin. Your child must have completed twenty–four hours of topical antibiotic therapy before returning to school.

HEAD LICE is an infestation of the hair/scalp with the head louse. Sharing hats, combs, or brushes with an infected person easily transmits lice. Treatment consists of using an anti lice shampoo that will kill nits (eggs) and lice. Your child can return to school after treatment is complete.

PINK EYE (conjunctivitis) is a bacterial infection of the eye that is highly contagious and easily transmitted. The “white” part of the eye may be pink or red. There may be yellow or green drainage from the eye. You may have noticed your child’s eyelids were stuck closed or crusted over in the morning. If your child has been diagnosed with pink eye, he/she needs to have completed twenty-four hours of an antibiotic therapy before returning to school.

SCABIES is mites that burrow under the skin and cause severe itching. They are very contagious and may take thirty days from time of exposure until signs of itching appear. Your child may return to school after being treated with a scabicide.

STREP THROAT is a bacterial infection of the throat that is very contagious. If left untreated, rare but serious complications can occur. If your child has been diagnosed with strep throat, twenty-four hours of antibiotic therapy must be completed before returning to school.

VOMITING occurs in response to a stomach virus and is often associated with diarrhea. Vomiting usually lasts for twenty-four hours. Please do not send your child to school if vomiting has occurred within six hours before coming to school.

References:

Dershewitz, R.A. (1993). Ambulatory Pediatric Care. Philadelphia: Lippincott

Schmitt, B.D. (1992). Instructions for Pediatric Patients. Philadelphia: Saunders