Our Parents Corner
A warm welcome to all parents and volunteers.
We entourage all parents to help and be involved at AGFHA. It gives you the opportunity to take an active part in your child’s classroom and early development. You are the expert on your child, do please feel fret speak with teachers about goals, objectives, schedules and other classroom activities.
Feel free to click on the links below and explore how you can become involved in AGFHA.
Fees as of April 2018:
- 1 year old class $175/week
- 2 year old class $165/week
- 3 year old class $160/week
- Private 4 year old Pre – K $150/week
- Private 5 year old $140/week
- Before & After School $85/week
- Late Pick up After 6:30pm $15/min first minute; $1 each addition minute
- After-School Daily Rate $95/day with After-School fee
- School Closing Rate $45/day – or $10 an hour
- Summer Camp Rate $120/week
- Annual Enrollment fee $50/child
- Annual Supply Fee $20-$50/year
- Student textbooks Varies
Our application for enrollment is posted here as well as in the main office. You are very welcome to visit us at anytime during normal business hours however we encourage you to make an appointment if you would like to tour our facility. We ask that you provide us with information about your child and their interests in education. It is very important that all parents read the AGFHA’s Parent Handbook.
Once the application has been completed and returned, parents provide the academy with all proper medical records, allergy list, enrollment fee and the first week tuition before your child starts.
We will give you a Welcome Package with a range of information to help your child settle in the the academy, please feel free to ask any questions.
It is important to us that all families and their children feel welcome. We believe it is important to encourage a positive attitude and understanding of difference, whether based on gender, family structure, class, background, religion or ethnicity. Please see our non-discrimination policy located in the handbook as well as the website.
We know that changing or starting a new school isn’t easy. A child’s first day can be filled with excitement and anxiety over the unknown. We focus on making the transition as welcoming and worry-free as possible – for your child and for you. To ensure that’s the case, here are a few things to keep in mind for your first day – and beyond.
- Keeping your child safe: On your first day (or before), you’ll get check-in instructions/codes for entering our secure school facility.
- Getting you acquainted: Be sure to take a tour of your child’s classroom and get an overview of the daily routine. Visit:
- Your child’s personal cubby – we’ll keep their personal belongings safe and place any take-home items here
- Family Communication Center – we post lesson plans, your teacher’s name, announcements, and upcoming event info for every classroom
- Documentation of Learning – we love watching them learn as much as you do, so we take plenty of photos of daily activities and post them around our school
- Keeping you in the know: On day one, you’ll receive your first update about your child’s experience, plus a few photos. After that, we’ll start sending you regular reports to keep you informed and involved every day that your child is with us.
And here are a few things to keep in mind when coming to school:
- Please dress your child in comfortable, washable, weather-appropriate play clothes (including all accessories). Note: flip-flops, sandals, and open-toe shoes not permitted.
- For a child who will be napping, please provide a small blanket.
- For infants, a favorite toy and a family photo to keep by the crib is a good idea.
- For all kids, please provide one change of clothes (add your child’s first and last name on all clothing and personal items in permanent ink).
Our meal program helps pave the way for a lifetime of healthy habits by encouraging balanced nutrition and physical activity in early childhood. Through our program, children are on their way to reaching their full potential and avoiding chronic diseases later in life.
We have joined the Partnership for a Healthier America, and are combining forces with leaders in other industries to achieve the Let’s Move! Child Care standards.
Our program includes the following goals:
- Physical activity: 1-2 hours every day, including outside play when possible.
- Limited screen time: At school, no more than 30 minutes weekly. At home, a maximum of 1-2 hours/day of quality screen time. None for kids ages two or younger.
- Food: Fruits or vegetables during at least two eating occasions per day. Meals served family style. Avoid fried foods.
- Beverages: Water, whenever. No sugar-sweetened drinks. For ages two+: low- or non-fat milk. 4-6 ounces (max.) of 100% juice a day.
- Infant feeding: We support parents’ decisions. Breastfeeding moms can provide milk and are welcome to breastfeed during school time.
In the U.S., health risks tied to poor food choices and physical inactivity have increased significantly. Studies show that one in five children is overweight or obese by age six.
We provide a variety of healthy choices during meals and snacks and encourage children to try new foods. You’re welcome to sample them. Just ask our school director.
Learning about healthy eating is important to AGFHA, as part of our focus on physical development. We encourage finding out about a range of nutritious foods through activities and experiences such as breakfast lunch and snack time. Perhaps you have a simple recipe you would like to share? We welcome you with open hearts and arms.
If your child has a food allergy to cultural dietary requirement, please notify the academy with a doctors excuse and written statement. If we are aware of your child’s needs then we will make sure we have an alternative.
Sample Meal Plans
Please see our sample meal plans below.
Parents Corner Information
We’d rather spend our time playing with the children instead of staring at a computer screen, but we’ll do our best to keep the Parent Corner updated – feel free to remind us if we forget!
For the most up-to-date news, check out our Facebook feed.
The A Gift from Heaven Academy daycare camera service is designed to help busy families stay in touch with their children’s day-to-day activities. With A Gift from Heaven Academy webcams installed at your child’s day care center, parents, and other authorized users (such as grandparents) can safely and easily view real-time images of their loved ones from a standard web browser. From work, home, or on the road, you can stay connected to your family!
Leaving your child in someone’s hands can be one of the most difficult decisions you will make as a parent. Besides being able to view precious moments that would otherwise be missed, our service provides parents with peace of mind, and the assurance that their children are in good hands. If you’d like to have access to the Parents Cam see inquire at the front desk.
Social media is an important part of everyday life for many parents. You can connect with A Gift from Heaven Academy on your favorite social networking sites:
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