Wilson Child Care and Early Learning Programs provide individual, high-quality, educational services in a least restrictive environment to all children. The program utilizes a positive approach that incorporates research-based practices while addressing social and emotional development. We understand that children may demonstrate behavior(s) that require additional support and guidance to prevent suspension and expulsion from the program(s) they attend. The Early Childhood program teams work collaboratively with children, peers, parents/guardians, family members, outside agencies and specialists. Our objective is to create a solid foundation and to support a comprehensive process to facilitate the child’s learning, growth, and success in all areas of development.
Our program encourages positive behavior supports by:
- Establishing a program that is suitable for the ages and needs of the children.
- Teaching age appropriate behavior management.
- Establishing rules and routines that encourage behavior which is respectful of self, others and the environment.
- Using strategies and techniques which teach children how to productively navigate the classroom and interact with peers, staff and classroom visitors.
- Offering positive reinforcement and modeling to encourage appropriate behaviors and promote a positive self-image.
If your child’s behavior requires more intensive support, it is essential that parents/guardians and center staff work together. Therefore, you may expect the following:
- Classroom staff may begin communication that identifies the concern.
- Parents/guardians may be asked to seek outside resources to support the child.
- Classroom staff may collect information to determine the cause of behavior.
- Classroom staff may implement strategies for environmental support to assist the child in demonstrating appropriate behavior and/or social-emotional growth.
- A conference may be held to discuss next steps in our shared efforts to support the child.
The program may find it necessary to suspend or terminate Child Care and Preschool services under the following circumstances:
- If the Child Care Staff/Program is unable to establish a relationship between the parent that meets the needs of the child.
- Failure of the parent to comply with recommendations to access resources to benefit the child and assist the child in understanding and following established classroom expectations.
- When the child presents a threat to themselves or others.
- If the program is unable to make reasonable accommodation for the child to safely participate in program activities.
- If the child’s behavior becomes incompatible with the program, they may be referred to another program that may best meet their needs. The program may provide the parent/guardian with a two week notice of withdrawal for the family to seek alternate care.
Physical restraint of a child may be required in extremely limited circumstances to protect the child, other children, and staff. If physical restraint is used, the parent/legal guardian will be notified immediately. The incident shall be documented on an Incident form and reported to the Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Schools.
The outlined procedures are intended as guidelines for behavior and discipline.