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Does the program make accommodations for children who are allergic to certain foods or need to follow special diets?

Yes. Parents are required to complete a Request for Special Dietary Needs Accommodations form and/or Fluid Milk Substitution Request form. Please request forms from your child's teacher. Completed forms should be returned to the teacher, and reviewed by nutrition staff, then appropriate substitutions and accommodations are made, as needed.

What if my child or family member has a nutrition concern such as: underweight, overweight, picky-eating or more?

BHK staff provide research based nutrition support and strategies that are specific to each child's developmental stage and family need. Teachers and Health/Nutrition Staff will monitor health and nutrition assessments and provide ongoing feedback to parents. At any time, parents are encouraged to discuss nutrition concerns with their child's teacher. BHK Nutrition Coordinator and Contracted Dietician are able to provide additional nutrition support when requested.

Does my child have to be toilet-trained to attend preschool?

No. Children do not need to be toilet-trained to attend preschool at BHK. The age in which a child is trained varies for all children and as such, BHK staff are willing to assist parents in the process.

Children learn by example and it is amazing how children can get excited about using the toilet when they see other children interested in using the bathroom. Sometimes, having your child see what his/her new friends are doing is a more relaxing way for him/her to gain this important skill.

Try sending your child dressed in pants with elastic waists that are easy to pull up and down. Make sure to pack two changes of clothes and a waterproof bag.

How many hours does my child spend in class each week?

Most BHK preschool classrooms operate 7 hours a day (8:30 am- 3:30 pm), 4 days a week (Monday through Thursday). BHK does offer limited classrooms that operate 4 hours per day, 4 days per week based on parent request.

Infant-toddler classrooms operate 9 hours a day, typically 7:30 am- 4:30 pm. Early Head Start funding allows children to attend the full day at no or little cost.

How can I tell when my child is well enough to go to school and when they should just stay at home?

Never send a child to school who has a fever, is nauseated or vomiting. Children with mouth sores with drooling, unexplained rashes with fever or behavior changes, or communicable diseases should see a physician. Children that don't seem to be acting 'themselves', lose their appetite, are clingy or lethargic, or complain of pain, should stay at home.

Before sending your child to school ask yourself, "Can my child still participate comfortably in all activities, including outdoor play?"

Please notify the BHK classroom if your child is out due to illness.

How do I know if my child would qualify for free infant-toddler care or preschool?

BHK operates a federally funded Early Head Start program for children under the age of three and Head Start for children 3-5 years old. If your family meets the eligibility guidelines below, your child can attend at no cost.

Eligibility Criteria:

Family Size & Income

By law, Head Start may provide services to families: (1) with a family income at or below the Federal poverty guidelines; (2) who are receiving certain forms of public assistance; (3) who are applying on behalf of a foster child; (4) who are currently homeless. BHK may also serve a limited number of families with special needs who would not otherwise qualify for the program.

The current 2017 poverty guidelines are:

1 person - $12,060
2 persons - $16,240
3 persons - $20,420
4 persons - $24,600
5 persons - $28,780
6 persons - $32,960
7 persons - $37,140
8 persons - $41,320

For families/households with more than eight persons, add $4,180 for each additional person.

Automatic Eligibility

If any of the following circumstances apply, you may be automatically income eligible for Head Start programs.

• If your family is currently receiving TANF benefits
• If you family is currently receiving Supplemental Security Income
• If you have a foster child placed with you
• If your family is currently homeless

Special Circumstances

If you would like to be considered for Head Start even though you may not otherwise qualify, please call us and describe the special challenges and circumstances of your family.

How do I know if my child is developing normally?

Every child is different, and so is every parent's experience. Children reach developmental milestones at different ages. A developmental screening can determine whether your child is within the typical range. Contact your child's physician for a screening/evaluation.

Children enrolled in BHK programs receive ongoing developmental assessments, with the results shared with parents.

To find milestones organized by period of development and to learn new ways of supporting your child's growth and development visit:

www.healthychildren.org
www.zerotothree.org
www.cdc.gov/ncbdd/actearly/milestones

My child's dad and I have shared custody in which our child lives with her dad and then me for 2 weeks. Can she attend BHK?

Yes. BHK staff works closely with families in providing a consistent routine for children. Both parents and staff can provide each other with unique insight and different perspectives about your child, offering a more complete understanding of her abilities, strengths, and challenges. A home-school connection and ongoing communication is strongly encouraged.

In addition, BHK provides family support services to assist with unique family dynamics and circumstances.

Can my preschool student attend the Great Explorations (GE) program?

Students must be 4 years and 9 months and registered for Kindergarten to attend GE. To maintain our staff to student ratios, school year Great Explorations sites service students in the age range of the registered school population (elementary, middle, or high school).

Do I need to income-qualify for the Great Explorations program?

No. Great Explorations programming is open to all students enrolled in the host school. In select cases, cost of attendance may vary based on student lunch status.

Is there a waiting list for Great Explorations sites?

Great Explorations program enrollment varies by time of year and site. Registrations are accepted on a continual basis. Families are encouraged to submit paperwork before the school year or summer session begins. Occasionally sites reach their capacity. Site coordinators communicate with families when a waiting list has begun and when spots become available.

 

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