Summit Day School

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Gresham, Oregon Daycare Center

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Summit Day School

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes!!!  We are fully licensed as an Oregon Certified Center through the Oregon Department of Early Learning and Care (DELC).  As an Oregon Certified Childcare Center, both our staff and our Center are held to the highest standards of care.  

 

As per Oregon DELC guidelines, all our staff undergo thorough state and federal background checks before ever entering our Center.  Additionally, all staff are responsible for obtaining and retaining active CPR and First Aid certifications.  Annually, our entire staff must also complete continuing education courses.  These continuing education hours keep staff up to date on the latest research and professional guidelines on everything from student safety and teaching methodologies to sanitation protocols.  And finally, in order for our staff to move into teaching and assistant teaching positions within our Certified Center classrooms, they must first hit specific experience and training benchmarks, as dictated and tracked directly by the state.

 

For us to maintain our overall Certified Center status through OR DELC, our Center itself also undergoes a rigorous annual review.  As part of this process, surprise inspections and visitations throughout the year occur.  During these inspections, licensors from the state drop in unannounced and look to ensure all state protocols are being followed and adhered to.  Additionally, during our annual review, all safety standards, emergency protocols, and general practices are analyzed.  Additionally, the building itself undergoes top-to-bottom inspections from state DELC licensors, the local fire marshal and other safety professionals to ensure all state protocols and safety systems are being followed and in full working order.

Of course… and frankly, we wouldn’t have it any other way.  We whole-heartedly believe childcare is a partnership between families and caregivers. As such, we think it’s really important for us to meet one another prior to beginning care.  
 
We’re happy to host you for a tour at your convenience and can accommodate almost all schedules… although, we do try to avoid tours when our littles are sleeping.  During the tour you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions of our staff.  Similarly, we’ll have the ability to ask you questions about your child, parenting style and anything else you might find important for us to know.  Our ultimately goal is to make your child’s transition as seamless as possible.  The first step in accomplishing this goal is to establish a trusting and consistent relationship with your entire family.  A simple, “get-to-know-you” tour goes a long way in this process.

The best way to communicate with our teachers, staff and Director is through our parent ProCare app. At registration, our Center’s Director can help you download and install the app on your phone or mobile device so that it’s up and running prior to your child beginning care. Via this secure app, your child’s teachers will send you updates and photos of your child throughout the day. This is also the best way for you to contact your child’s teacher if you have questions. If you have an immediate need to contact our Center or Director, you can always call us at (503) 661-9600.

Every child is unique in their disposition, temperment and past experiences. As such, the first few weeks of care looks very different for each child. Many children cry and/or express frustration at drop-off and pick-up during the first few weeks of care. It’s important for families to remember – this is all very normal. As parents, we often assume that if our child is crying at drop-off, that they continue crying the remainder of the day. This is not the case. We often tell our parents, “starting care is usually harder on the parents and families than it is on the child.” Many children cry initially at drop-off, have wonderful, happy, exciting days filled with laughter and play and then cry again at pick-up when mom, dad or other family members arrive. When they see their loved one at the end of the day, it’s almost like the child remembers, “oh ya, I did miss mom or dad today,” and begins crying. To help our families through the apprehension of those first few weeks of care, we provide multiple daily updates on our parent app – something we do with all our children and classrooms, but seems to be all the more important to our families just beginning care.

The Oregon Department of Early Leaning and Childcare advises childcare centers like ours to follow the guidance of our local school districts when it comes to possible weather-related delays and/or closures.  As such, when bad weather and/or poor road conditions exist in the area, we often consult with Gresham-Barlow, Centennial, Reynolds, David Douglas, Portland Public and other local school districts when making our determination as to whether or not we should open late, close early or be closed entirely.  At the end of the day, we will always error on the side of caution when it comes to the safety of our students, families, and staff, but would much rather be open than closed whenever possible.  When we’re closed, we missing seeing all your smiling faces.

Yes, we are open during the summer.  We operate on the same (6am – 6pm) schedule in the summer that we follow during the school year.  As many of our school-age students attend part-time during the school year, we ask that families notify us in advance of the summer months if their child’s schedule will change as we transition from the school year to summer.  During the summer months, we often go on field trips with our older students, when age-appropriate of course.  Families can choose whether or not they want their child/children to attend the field trips.  During the summer, we often go to local parks, splash pads (when we hit stretches of particularly warm weather), and even places like the Portland Zoo.  We do our best to keep summer exciting, engaging and fun.  When attending field trips, students are driven in vans owned by our Center, by Summit Day School employees.  As every member of our Summit Day School team has to be properly vetted and background checked by the Oregon Department of Early Learning and Childcare, we unfortunately cannot allow parent volunteers on our field trips, but we always make sure to take lots of photos so families can see all the exciting things going on with their kiddos.