Frequently Asked Questions

  •      What is your enrollment process?

Parents must meet with me to discuss their child's specific needs and to review program policies. If we mutually feel that Katie's Kids is the right fit, a $50 deposit will be collected to hold your child's spot. The $50 will then be credited toward your child's first week of tuition.

The following items must be completed and returned to the center by the first day of attendance.

  •      Intake for Child Under 2 Years (if applicable)
  •      Child Care Enrollment
  •      Alternate Arrival / Release Agreement (if applicable)
  •      Heath History and Emergency Care Plan
  •      First week's tuition and last week’s tuition (less $50 deposit)
  •      Parent / Provider agreement

The following items must be completed and returned to me by 6 weeks after first day of attendance.

  •      Day Care Immunization Record or an electronic record of your child's immunizations
  •      Health Report

 

  •    How does it work for vacation, sick time, and other time off?

Vacation/Personal Days: I will take up to thirteen days off each year.  Regular fees will apply, unless you use a flex day.  I will make every effort to give at least four weeks advance notice for any planned time off so you and your family can make alternate arrangements.

Professional Development Days: I will take up to two days off each year for professional development.  Regular fees will apply, unless you use a flex day.  I will make every effort to give at least four weeks advance notice for professional development days.

Illness: In the event that I or a household resident become ill, I will notify the parents of all regularly scheduled children no later than 6:30 A.M. that the center will be closed.  Regular fees will be charged when I am closed because of an illness for up to three days per year.  Any days over three will be unpaid.

Bereavement Leave: In the case that an immediate family member (parent, grandparent, sibling, spouse, etc.) dies I will take up to three days off and regular fees will apply.  If someone close to me dies who is not an immediate family member I will take one day of paid bereavement leave.

After a child has been enrolled for three months, I will allow five flex days off per year (prorated for part-time enrollments) with no fee required. These days may be used for sick or vacation time. After these days are used, I will require full payment for any absences, for the rest of that year.

Separate from my twelve days off each year, no service will be provided on the following holidays:

  •      New Year's Day
  •      Memorial Day
  •      July 4th
  •      Labor Day
  •      Thanksgiving
  •      Friday after Thanksgiving
  •      Christmas Eve
  •      Christmas Day

All regular fees will be charged for these holidays. If a holiday falls on a Saturday, we will be closed the previous Friday. If a holiday falls on a Sunday, we will be closed the Monday following.

  •      I am a teacher, can I have school breaks off without paying?

I am very happy to work with teacher families, however if you choose to keep your child home on school break days, you will still have to pay your regular tuition fees. I will give your child the summer off as long as you pay a holding fee (one week of tuition), which is credited toward tuition, once your child is back in my care at the end of the summer. Teacher families who take the summer off will not receive the 5 flex days each year that the other full-time families receive.

  •      How much do you charge?

Rates at Katie’s Kids LLC, effective January 1, 2018, are as follows:

Children less than 1 year of age

Full-time care (5 days/week, up to 10 hours/day)         $240                       per week

Part-time care (2-4 days/week, up to 10 hours/day)     $56                         per day

Children 1 year of age

Full-time care (5 days/week, up to 10 hours/day)         $225                       per week

Part-time care (2-4 days/week, up to 10 hours/day)     $53                         per day

Children 2 - 5 years of age

Full-time care (5 days/week, up to 10 hours/day)         $215                       per week

Part-time care (2-4 days/week, up to 10 hours/day)     $51                         per day

Children 6 - 12 years of age

Full-time care (5 days/week, before and after school care)                       $105       per week

Full-time care (5 days/week, after school care)                                            $85         per week

Full-time care (5 days/week, before school care)                                         $40         per week

Full-time summer care (5 days/week, up to 10 hours/day)                         $190       per week

Part-time care (1-4 days per week, before and after school care)            $25         per day

Part-time care (1-4 days per week, day off school, up to 10 hours/day)     $46      per day

Part-time care (1-4 days per week, before school care)                             $10         per day

Part-time care (1-4 days per week, after school care)                                   $21       per day

Hourly rate for extra hours or drop-in care                 $7.00                      per hour

Drop-in care for two children from the same family    $12.00                   per hour

($1.50 per ten minutes, if care exceeds 10 hours, during normal operating hours)

Fee for late pick up of child after closing time           $5.00                      per 10 minute interval (or any fraction thereof) per child.

Fee for late payment.  Fees are to be paid in advance on your child(ren)’s last day of care each week for the following week's services.  If a payment is more than two days late, including weekend days, this fee will be charged for each day payment is not made (including the two days already past):  $10 per day.  If a portion of the fee will be paid by a third party, such as an employer or the county, that payment will be accepted on a separately arranged schedule, described on the parent/provider agreement.

You will be expected to pay for your first and last week of care before your child(ren)’s first day of attendance.

Fee for non-sufficient funds (NSF) or overdrafts. You will be charged an additional fee of $35 if your check does not clear the bank.

The financial terms will be finalized upon signing of the parent/provider contract.

If parent or legal guardian is under age 18, a cosigner must sign the contract to act as guarantor to the contract, and agree to be bound by all financial terms.

Families will receive a minimum of four week notice when a rate increase is planned.

  •      What is included in your fee?

Your weekly tuition fee covers:

  •      Breakfast, Lunch, and Two Snacks (Baby food and generic brand baby formula are provided as well)
  •      Arts and crafts supplies
  •      Liability insurance for my premises and operations
  •      Time spent planning projects and meals, and shopping for groceries and supplies
  •      Sun screen and bug spray, as needed for your child
  •      Continuing education classes
  •      Membership to the 4 C's and other child care groups in the area
  •      New toys and equipment

Child care can seem very expensive, but there are a lot of costs that go into running a quality child care business.

  •      Do you offer a family discount if more than one child from one family is enrolled?

Yes, if you have more than one child enrolled full-time in my center, I offer a 10% discount off the oldest child.

 

  •      I only need child care half days or while my child is not at 4-K, can I pay a reduced fee?

All part-time care is done by the day. Whether your child attends 5 hours or 9 hours you pay the same amount. The reason is that it is very difficult to find another child to fill the few hour window where your child does not attend.

  •      Why are your part-time rates more expensive than full-time?

It is extremely difficult to piece part-time schedules of two children to create a full-time spot. Therefore I have to help cover some of my loss in not having a full-time child in that spot.

  •      Do you have pets?

Katie’s Kids has two gerbils. Prior to adding any additional pets to the center, I will notify parents in writing.

If your child has pet allergies, please inform me verbally and also be sure to write them down on the Health History and Emergency Care Plan under the non-food allergies section.

  •      Do you or any of your family members smoke?

No one in my household smokes. There is no smoking allowed on the premises while the children are in my care.

  •      Do you transport the children?

I do not provide any transportation for the children in my care. We do occasionally take walking field trips around the neighborhood and to the park on Ames Street. I have a wagon that seats 5 and a double stroller.

There is an Oregon School District bus stop right next to my house if you child needs to be dropped off or picked up for school/4-K.

  •      Do you have any employees or help at your center?

Katie's Kids does not have any hired employees at this time. My mother and mother-in-law both live within 20 minutes of Oregon and help out when I have an appointment during the day or need more hands for a fun activity or project I have planned. My mother-in-law usually comes one day each week to play with the kids and help as needed. My husband is also around quite frequently and helps out with the kids as well. Anyone that helps with the children has had a clean background check.

  •      What kind of meals do you serve?

I follow USDA guidelines when planning our menus and I participate in the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program (http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/care/). I try to stay away from juice and sweets. Milk or water is served with every meal. I post a menu each week on my bulletin board so you know what your child will be served.

  •      How do you discipline the children?

Children's behavior will be guided by setting clear limits or rules for children. I will talk with children about expected behaviors and model those behaviors consistently for them. I will state positively what children can do, using specific terms (e.g., "you need to walk" rather than "don't run"). Undesirable behavior will be redirected to another activity. Children will be given a wide variety of age-appropriate activities to choose from and will be given the attention they need before they demand it. Behavior management will be for the purpose of helping children develop self-control, self-esteem and respect for the rights of others.

I understand that there will be times when a child will become distraught, fussy or won’t quit crying. My first action in these situations will be an attempt to determine the cause of the distress. It may be related to a basic need such as hunger or comfort, or it may be that the child just needs some extra time and attention. I understand that crying is normal, and that all babies will have times when they cannot stop crying. At these times, I will stay calm and will do whatever I can to soothe your child. Sometimes this may mean just allowing the child to cry for a few minutes and then trying again. However, there also may be times when I need your advice or assistance, and I won’t hesitate to call you if I feel that it is necessary.

I do use "time outs" to deal with unacceptable behavior.

A "time out" or "take a break" may be used when other techniques have not been successful. A time out will be used to remove a child from a situation that has gotten out of control before a child can hurt himself or others. Time outs will never exceed five minutes and will not be used with children under three years of age. When used, the time out will immediately follow the behavior. I will stay with the child and talk about what behavior was unacceptable, and what else s/he might have done or said instead. Rather than use a specific time-out chair or corner, I will have the child "take a break" near the others so the emphasis is on relax / cool down rather than isolation and punishment. The child will be praised after completing the time out and will be helped to rejoin the group.

I recognize that no single technique will work with children every time. If a child exhibits unacceptable behavior, I will request a conference with parents to consider how to deal with the behavior. If the behavior continues, the next steps may include referrals to appropriate community resources, and / or discharge of the child from care.

In accordance with DCF 250 Licensing Rules for Family Child Care Centers, actions that may be psychologically, emotionally or physically painful, discomforting, dangerous or potentially injurious are prohibited. Prohibited actions include spanking, hitting, pinching, shaking, slapping, twisting, throwing or inflicting any other form of corporal punishment on the child; verbal abuse, threats or derogatory remarks about the child or the child's family; physical restraint, binding or tying the child to restrict the child's movement; enclosing the child in a confined space such as a closet, locked room, box or similar cubicle; withholding or forcing meals, snacks or naps; actions that are cruel, aversive, humiliating or frightening to the child; or punishing a child for lapses in toilet training. These forms of punishment will never be used, even at a parent's request.

  •      What do I have to provide for my child at your center?

Parents are expected to provide the following:

  • Disposable diapers
  • Baby wipes
  • Lotions
  • Blanket/Comfort item for nap
  • Bottles (for infants)
  • Full change of clothing including underwear and socks
  • Clothing suitable for outdoor play for each season
  • Breast Milk, Formula, Baby food (if you choose to not have your child fed what I provide)
  •      Do the Oregon School District buses have a stop near your house?

Yes, the Oregon School District will pick up and drop off 4-K and School-age children near my home.

  •      Where do the children nap?

I have five bedrooms in my home that I use for the children to nap in. I try to have them each in a separate room as much as possible, but sometimes the older children share a room. Each child is provided with a pack-n-play or cot to nap on. I also provide a sheet for each child that I launder weekly.

  •      Does it cost anything to be put on your waiting list?

No, the waiting list is free of charge. If you're interested in sending your child to my center, but there are no current openings, I have a waiting list. Once an opening comes available I will contact all the families on my list. The first family to then turn in their $50 deposit will get the spot. To be put on my waiting list please e-mail or call me with the following information:

  • Your name
  • Child's name
  • Child's date of birth (or due date)
  • Days and hours you need care
  • Your preferred start date
  • Your e-mail and/or phone number
  •      How many children do you care for?

I am licensed to care for up to eight children (including my own until they turn 7 years old).