EDWARDSVILLE YMCA

ESIC CENTER • MEYER CENTER • ALLISON CASSENS EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT CENTER

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Current Session

Winter 2 (7 Weeks)
Feb. 20th - April 9th

Allison Cassens Early Childhood Development Center

Allison Cassens Early Childhood Development CenterThe Allison Cassens Early Childhood Development Center is a 10,000 sq. ft. center located 2 blocks east of Rt. 159 near the Glen Carbon Wal-Mart. This center is the newest addition to the YMCA of Edwardsville family. We offer parents the opportunity to go to work knowing their child is in good hands. Stop by for a tour today!

190 COTTONWOOD ROAD | GLEN CARBON, IL 62034

618-288-3232

Facility Features

  • CHILDCARE SERVICES 
  • INFANT (6 WEEKS TO 12 MONTHS) 
  • TODDLER (12 MONTHS TO 24 MONTHS) 
  • 2 YEAR OLD 
  • 3 TO 6 YEAR OLD 
  • LICENSED  FULL-DAY CHILDCARE 
  • NURTURING ENVIRONMENT 
  • LOW CHILD-TEACHER RATIOS 
  • HEALTHY MEALS & SNACKS 
  • OUTDOOR PLAYTIME 
  • YMCA MEMBERSHIP NOT REQUIRED

Our Commitment to You

The purpose of the YMCA Allison Cassens Early Childhood Development Center is to facilitate a full day child care program that provides opportunities and experiences to stimulate a child’s physical, social, intellectual and emotional development. The program is licensed and follows a constructive philosophy with open-ended art activities, science, fine and gross motor skills and hands-on discovery in an enriching environment.

All Included in their Day

 WE OFFER YMCA INSTRUCTOR LED PROGRAMMING AT THE CENTER! 

  • NEW Spanish (3-5 year olds)
  • TUMBLING 
  • MUSICAL TOTS 
  • KIDS FITNESS 
  • SWIMMING (SUMMER) 
  • CREATIVE ART PLAY CLASS 
  • BRINGING ART TO THE CHILDREN EVERY DAY!

LEARN GROW THRIVE

The YMCA Allison Cassens Early Childhood Development Center is a full-day daycare dedicated to enriching the lives of children from infancy to 5 years old. We promise to provide a loving, caring, honest, and respectful environment for your child to learn and grow in. Each classroom and the curriculum taught in that room is designed to meet the needs of the children in that particular age group. We will provide the children with opportunities and experiences to stimulate a child’s physical, social, intellectual and emotional development. The program is licensed and follows a constructive philosophy with open-ended art activities, science, fine and gross motor skills and hands-on discovery in an enriching environment.

ALONG WITH PROVIDING QUALITY CARE OUR CENTER OFFERS SO MUCH MORE...

New State Of The Art Playground 

One Free Book Each Month Through “The Imagination Library” 

“Creative Curriculum”

day Care Circle time Build a Bear

Fee Structure & Payment Policy

BUILDING STRONG, BRIGHT FUTURES

WEEKLY FEES

The YMCA Early Childhood Development Center has three schedule options for children two years old or older. Infants and toddlers under the age of 2 are charged for five days a week. The rate schedule is:

5 Days a Week

INFANT $250 Member | $260 Non-Member
TODDLER $250 Member | $260 Non-Member
2 YEAR OLD $200 Member | $210 Non-Member
3-6 YEAR OLD $185 Member | $195 Non-Member

4 Days a Week

INFANT $224 Member | $233 Non-Member
TODDLER $224 Member | $233 Non-Member
2 YEAR OLD $180 Member | $190 Non-Member
3-6 YEAR OLD $170 Member | $180 Non-Member

3 Days a Week

INFANT $186 Member | $193 Non-Member
TODDLER $186 Member | $193 Non-Member
2 YEAR OLD $147 Member | $157 Non-Member
3-6 YEAR OLD $140 Member | $150 Non-Member

YEARLY SCHEDULE

The YMCA Allison Cassens Early Childhood Development Center will be open every weekday of the year from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM with the exception of the following:

New Year’s Day
Labor Day
Memorial Day
Thanksgiving Day
Independence Day
Christmas Day

The center will close at 3:00 PM on: 

Christmas Eve 
New Year’s Eve

DCFS AND CHASI PAYMENTS

The YMCA is happy to accept third-party payments from organizations such as DCFS and CHASI. All approvals must be received before the child attends the center. Please contact the Director if you have any questions about this process.

DISCOUNTS

The Y member rate (listed above) is only available to members of the Edwardsville YMCA. There is a 10% discount for the 2nd child in the same family of members of the Edwardsville YMCA.

REGISTRATION PACKET

A completed enrollment packet will include child information & history, emergency numbers, medical form, birth certificate, annual contract and all required signatures.

REGISTRATION FEE

There is a $75 registration fee for all children to cover individual supplies and records. Registration fee and first week’s child care fees must be turned in no later than noon on the Wednesday before the week the child is to start.

PAYMENT POLICY

Child care payments are due by noon on the Friday before the week of attendance. A $10 per weekday charge will be assessed for each weekday payment is late. If payment is more than two weeks late, the child will not be accepted at the center until the account is paid in full. Payments can be made automatically through your checking or savings account, by credit card, or on-line. Payment can also be made at either the Edwardsville Esic or Meyer YMCA facilities. Cash will not be accepted at the YMCA Early Childhood Development Center. The method of payment must be set up at the time of registration but can be changed with a consultation with the Center’s Director or designated staff.

YOU CAN CALL US AT 618-288-3232 OR EMAIL US AT DAYCARE@EDWYMCA.COM 

information to Know

ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE TIMES
Day CareThe center’s hours are 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM. We cannot accept children before 6:00 AM. Any child not picked up before 6:00 PM will be assessed a $1 per minute late fee. That fee is due as soon as the child is picked up. After 6:10 PM the staff will attempt to reach the parents and/or any designated emergency pick-up individual. At 6:30 PM if no one has been reached and the parents have not made contact with the center with a pickup plan, the staff will call the appropriate child welfare authorities. There will be no exceptions to this plan. We recognize that emergencies do arise. In the event of those, please have a backup plan ready.

INCLEMENT WEATHER CLOSINGS
If the center needs to close due to inclement weather, parents will be notified as quickly as possible. We recognize the need for parents to get to work and thus the need for their planned child care arrangements to be available. Efforts will be made to minimize the number of unplanned closures. There will be no charge for any day the center does not open. All child care accounts will be credited to reflect any days the center does not open.

COMMUNICATION
Good communication is of the utmost importance. When a new family joins us we want to be sure that we can share any concerns or questions that may arise. It is important that there be a similar child care philosophy between the center and the parents. We welcome questions, feedback or discussion of any kind that are oriented towards a positive outcome for the children.

MEALS
We will participate in the USDA Food Program. All parents are required to fill out a USDA Eligibility Form regardless of their eligibility. Meals will consist of breakfast, morning snack, lunch and afternoon snack. Copies of the menus will be posted on the bulletin board in each room, in addition copies of the monthly menus will be sent home. Any child that arrives after their room’s meal time should be fed before they arrive. Other than infant formula (or breast milk) and infant food, no food item from home is permitted. We will never force a child to finish a meal, but we will encourage them to try a bite or two. Sometimes they are surprised by what they like.

SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN
The Allison Cassens Early Childhood Development Center will make all reasonable modifications to our policies and practices to accommodate children with special needs, unless to do so is not in the best interest of the child or of the center. Each child will be evaluated on an individual basis to determine eligibility.

YOU CAN CALL US AT 618-288-3232 OR EMAIL US AT DAYCARE@EDWYMCA.COM 

Visiting the Center

SPOTS AVAILABLE!

Come and visit the facility, meet the staff and learn more about the program anytime Monday - Friday, 6:00am - 6:00pm. We will continue to have open houses in order to welcome new families to the center. Check back for the next open house date coming soon!

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TOURING THE FACILITY
If you are unable to visit the facility during one of our open house dates we are happy to set up an appointment for you to tour the facility individually. To do so simply contact Crystal or Laura at 618-288-3232.

YOU CAN CALL US AT 618-288-3232 OR EMAIL US AT DAYCARE@EDWYMCA.COM 

Daily Schedules

INFANT ROOM SCHEDULE (6 WEEKS TO 12 MONTHS)
The infant room follows the schedule of each individual child and works side by side with the family to keep consistency and to determine what is best for each infant. Each child has an individual crib plus floor space with rugs for playing and exploring. Activities are planned for each stage of an infant’s development. They include art, fine motor, science, gross motor and even math. All programs are adjusted to meet each child’s needs as they learn and grow. Infants are fed on demand. If a parent has another feeding schedule in mind, we will discuss it to see that an infant’s needs are adequately being met.

TODDLER ROOM SCHEDULE (12 MONTHS TO 24 MONTHS)
Besides continuing to bring loving consistency between the toddler’s family and the development center, the toddler room expands our lesson plans to introduce letters, numbers, shapes, colors, animals, etc. We engage the children in daily circle time with songs, reading, sensory and group time. We also have weekly art projects, science, math, blocks, dramatic play and cooking. A sample day:

6:00-7:55 Welcome, Free Play
7:55-8:00 Hand Washing
8:00-8:25 Breakfast
8:25-9:15 Gross Motor (inside or outside)
9:15-9:50 Hand Washing
9:50-10:05 Morning Snack
10:05-11:00 Centers: Arts & Crafts, Sensory, Science, Dramatic Play, Cooking
11:00-11:25 Manipulates, Table Time
11:25-11:30 Hand Washing
11:30-11:55 Lunch
11:55-12:00 Hand Washing
12:00-2:25 Nap
2:25-2:30 Hand Washing
2:30-2:45 Snack
2:45-3:30 Gross Motor (inside or outside) 
3:30-4:00 Circle Time/Songs, Boos and Games
4:00-5:00 Centers: Arts & Crafts, Sensory, Science, Dramatic Play, Cooking
5:00-6:00 Clean Room & Combine with Infant Room

2 YEAR OLD ROOM SCHEDULE
The two year old room follows a schedule similar to that of the toddlers but with more time spent develop-ing each section in more detail. In these rooms we try to build upon the loving consistency that was developed in the younger age level rooms. We want to expand the children’s attention span to learn more, experiment with more advanced art work, and gradually become more independent.

3 TO 6 YEAR OLD ROOM SCHEDULE
Preparing for a successful transition to elementary school begins here! At these levels we will work with your child to pay attention, follow directions and get along well with their peers. Their potential will be unlimited because of their success in developing positive feelings about themselves and the classroom setting.

6:00-7:55 Welcome, Learning Centers
7:55-8:00 Hand Washing
8:00-8:25 Breakfast
8:25-8:45 Calendar Time, Songs and Helpers
8:45-9:05 Circle Time, Story Time, Sharing Time
9:05-9:30 Centers: Arts & Crafts, Sensory, Science, Dramatic Play, Cooking
9:30-9:45 Table Time, Letter Writing, Vocabulary
9:45-9:50 Hand Washing
9:50-10:05 Snack
10:05-11:45 Gross Motor (inside or outside)
11:45-11:50 Hand Washing
11:50-12:15 Lunch
12:15-12:20 Hand Washing
12:20-2:20 Nap
2:20-2:25 Hand Washing
2:25-2:45 Snack
2:45-3:15 Centers: Math, Blocks, Sensory
3:15-3:45 Small Group Work
3:45-5:00 Gross Motor (inside or outside)
5:00-5:05 Hand Washing
5:05-6:00 Clean Up, Free Play

NAP TIME
There will be a designated nap time each day. All children must nap, read or lay quietly during this period. Rest time gives children a much needed break during the long day. Without rest some children are argumentative in the afternoon, short-tempered with others and not pleasant when they go home in the evening. Infants nap at varying times and their schedules will be accommodated. Somewhere around 18 months most children drop down to one nap per day.

FIELD TRIPS
Programming will include walking field trips in the neighborhood. If a field trip requires transportation, parents will be advised at least one week in advance. Information will include type of transportation, departure & return times, along with a permission form. The signed permission form must be returned prior to the child’s departure. We reserve the right to alter or cancel a trip due to inclement weather, safety reasons or any other unforeseen factors.

INDOOR PLAY
We provide a variety of age-appropriate toys for indoor play. Toys may be placed temporarily out of use so that children do not become bored. Younger children are developing organizational skills and can easily get upset or frustrated when there are too many toys to choose from. It is also more difficult for them to help with clean up when there are toys everywhere, because it is overwhelming to them. For this reason, during free play time a child may select one or two things at a time to play with. They will be shown how to put things away before selecting something else.

OUTDOOR PLAY
We will be playing outdoors every day that the weather permits. Please make sure your child is appropriately dressed for outdoor play. Activities will include walks, using the playground and other approved plans. We will not go outside when the temperature is below 20 degrees (including wind chill), or when it is above 95 degrees (including heat index). Parents who do not feel that their child is well enough to participate in out-door activities should be kept home until they are well enough to participate in all activities.

YOU CAN CALL US AT 618-288-3232 OR EMAIL US AT DAYCARE@EDWYMCA.COM 

Special Programs

YMCA PROGRAMMING
Children have the opportunity to enjoy the same great YMCA classes lead by our professional staff all within their curriculum filled day at NO ADDITIONAL COST!

  • Spanish (3-5 year olds)
  • Music
  • Tumbling 
  • Kids Fitness 
  • Swimming (Summer)

CREATIVE ART PLAY
This class is offered daily in loving memory of Deborah Braly.

ART BRINGS: 

  • Improved Motor Skills 
  • Language Development 
  • Decision Making 
  • Visual Learning 
  • Inventiveness 
  • Cultural Awareness 
  • Improved Academic Performance

Our instructor, Brandy Cloud brings an art education and rich teaching background to the program. She works at the Edwardsville Arts Center (EAC) teaching K-Adults art and has been the lead instructor at the YMCA’s Summer Specialty Camp at the EAC for the past three years.

DOLLY PARTON’S IMAGINATION LIBRARY IS...FREE!
It sounds almost too simple to be true, but by reading regularly with your children during their preschool years, you are giving them the biggest boost toward a successful education they will ever get. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library will help you read with your child. There are many ways in which we are able to instill the love of wanting to read and succeed. Every child will have books of their very own, at no cost to you, thanks to United Way of Greater St. Louis, other community partners and Dolly Parton. Each month a new, carefully selected book will be mailed in your child’s name directly to your home. He/she can look forward to new and exciting reading adventures from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library until he/she turns five years old as long as your child remains a student at the YMCA Allison Cassens Early Childhood Development Center. Should the child stop attending YMCA Allison Cassens Early Childhood Development Center he/she automatically exits the program. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a FREE GIFT to our children! All you have to do is encourage your child to find a way to love to read.

YOU CAN CALL US AT 618-288-3232 OR EMAIL US AT DAYCARE@EDWYMCA.COM 

Health Related Policies

ILLNESS
The Allison Cassens Early Childhood Development Center is a “well-child” facility. For the safety of all the children at the center an ill child will be sent home and not readmitted until they are safe to be around the other children and staff.

Under no circumstances may a parent bring a sick child to the center. If the child shows any signs of illness or is unable to participate in their normal routine or if they will expose any child or staff to illness they cannot attend. Sick children want the care of their parents in the comfort of their homes. If other children become ill due to exposure to your sick child, either because they returned too early or were not picked up soon enough, other parents will be unnecessarily inconvenienced and a child could suffer an avoidable illness. Because of these things your cooperation is critical. Every effort is taken to reduce the spread of illness by encouraging hand washing and good hygiene practices.

Children will be visually screened when they arrive in the morning. In the event a child becomes ill and needs to be picked up, the parents are called and are expected to come pick up the child as quickly as possible (one hour at the most). If the parents cannot be reached or have not arrived in the appropriate time, the emergency contact person will be called and asked to come pick up the child.

For the benefit of the other children and our staff, we ask that sick children not return to the center for 24 hours after conditions have returned to normal (depending upon the illness). If a child receives an antibiotic for an ear infection, they may return to the center if they are free of any other symptoms. If you are unsure if you should bring your child call the Director and discuss it. Allergy related and non-communicable illness do not require exclusion if you have a note from your physician.

MEDICATION
The center prefers not to administer medication but if it is necessary we must have written instructions from your physician. All medications must be given to the teacher upon arrival and must be in a container with the pharmacist’s label.

MEDICAL SYMPTOMS THAT REQUIRE EXCLUSION

  1. A temperature of 100 degrees or higher. A child needs to be fever free for a minimum of 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication before they return to the center.
  2. Any fever AND a sore throat, rash, earache, and/or irritability.
  3. Diarrhea: two or more runny or watery stools within a four hour period.
  4. Vomiting: two or more times in a 24 hour period. Please do not bring a child to the center if they have vomited in the night.
  5. Breathing trouble, sore throat, swollen glands, loss of voice, hacking or continuous cough.
  6. Runny nose (other than clear), draining eyes or ears.
  7. Frequent scratching of body or scalp, lice, rash or any other spots that resemble diseases, including ring worm.
  8. A child that is so irritable and/or continuously crying that they require more attention than can be given without harming the health, safety or well-being of the other children in our care.

MEDICAL EMERGENCIES
Minor bumps and scratches are inevitable, but we will make every effort to keep children safe through supervision and child proofing. Minor injuries receive appropriate first aid and when injury or illness occurs, parents will be notified. If necessary the child will be taken to the nearest hospital where parents will be asked to meet us there. If you are not at your usual place of employment, or at home, please make sure we have a phone number where you can be reached. Parents are responsible for all costs involved in emergency medical treatment, includ-ing transportation, if required. The YMCA will not be liable for any sickness or injury of a child or their parents or guardians while they are on the child development property or participating in center-sponsored activity.

YOU CAN CALL US AT 618-288-3232 OR EMAIL US AT DAYCARE@EDWYMCA.COM