Child Care

On this page you’ll find frequently asked questions about our program including times, fees and payment information. Please click herefor a full version of our parent handbook in PDF format.

Curriculum Information

We use the Creative Curriculum developed by Teaching Strategies, Inc. This curriculum is developmentally appropriate, focuses on hands-on learning and has an assessment component. Language development and emerging literacy are encouraged through the use of whole language approaches, which present learning throughout the day in meaningful activities. Our curriculum is integrated, we use strategies, which include learning and activity centers using thematic units. These themes or projects bring together content from various subject areas like language, math, art and music. Children are taught mathematics thought the understanding of order and pattern in the world around us. In order to understand how numbers apply to real life, children are given many opportunities for hands-on experience with pegboards, blocks, number lines, and materials for counting and measuring. Rather than memorizing isolated facts and rules, children actively participate in their learning. Children are place with their age appropriate peers, which provides the opportunities to work and play together. Children have the opportunity to develop a relationship with a caring adult and with their peers.


Child Care Costs

Prices current as of 10 December 2008

There is a $50 registration fee per child per year.

Weekly Fees:

Infants (0 – 12 months) $120
Creepers/Toddlers (12-24 months) $105
2 years old $100
3 and 4 years old $90
after school care $60
school vacation, full day and summer camp
full day care $85

Tuition must be paid on Mondays. If your tuition is not paid by Tuesday evening Northtown will suspend child care services. All fees are non-refundable


How to Pay

Tuition is due Mondays on prepayment basis. If tuition is not paid by Monday evening a $10 late charge per child will be added and NORTHTOWN CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER services will be suspended immediately until payment is made. You are required to pay tuition whether your child attends the NORTHTOWN CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER or not. We cannot waive tuition weeks for sickness or vacations.


What about absences?

We cannot deduct days missed from your fee. Your fee pays only for direct operating costs such as staff, snacks, materials, and transportation. All these must be available for your child. When you enroll you are reserving the time, space, staffing, and provisions for your child whether your child attends or not.


What if I’m late to pick up my child?

We close promptly at 6:00P.M. A late charge of $10 per child per 15 minutes will be charged. Late charges are to be paid on the same evening. In case of emergencies please contact us so that we can make alternative arrangements for your child.


What if we withdraw our child?

Your Child may be withdrawn from the program with a two-week notice. Should a refund be due because of mid-month cancellation, you must contact the NORTHTOWN CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER office and request it. You are responsible for a full two weeks after notice is given.


Returned check fees

A $30 fee applies to all returned checks. All payments must be made in cash after submitting an NSF check.


School pickup

After school pickup is available on normal business days and school holidays for McLeod, Spann and Ann Smith Elementaries.


Daily Schedule

6:30am -8:00am Arrival
8:00am-8:30am Hot Breakfast
8:30am-11:00am Individual class schedule based on on age
11:00am-12:00pm Lunch
12:00pm-2:00pm Rest period
2:00pm-2:45pm Restroom time and afternoon snack
2:45pm-4:30pm individual class schedule based on age
4:30pm-6:00pm playground/sports/pickup and close

 

Summer Schedule for school age children will vary. You will receive a full summer schedule with Calendar at the scheduled summer camp parent meeting.


When are we closed?

Christmas Eve closed at Noon, Christmas Day closed, New Year’s Eve close at noon, New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and the day after. Should the holiday fall on a Saturday we are closed the Friday prior, if the holiday falls on a Sunday we are closed Monday.


How old does my child have to be?

Here at the NORTHTOWN CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER we serve children six weeks old through 12 years of age. Children will be placed in groups based on their age on September 1 of the current school year. Parents must supply all required registration forms including immunization from 121 from the Mississippi Health Department.


About our food…

We will serve a hot breakfast, morning snack, hot lunch and an afternoon snack. A healthy snack will be served daily when the school age children arrive from school. A calendar with the daily menu is posted in the foyer. Beverages will be milk, juice or water. Visit Rosie’s kitchen for more information.