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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is Peaceful Beginnings?

A: Peaceful Beginnings is a non-profit, Christian child care center located in Peace Lutheran Church. We offer part-time and full-time care for children while parents are working or are otherwise engaged. We also offer a morning preschool school program for parents who would like their child to have a preschool experience before starting school.


Q: What kind of Curriculum does Peaceful Beginnings offer?

A: At Peaceful Beginnings, we offer a play-based curriculum. In a play-based curriculum, each day provides opportunities to learn about reading, writing, math, self-help and social skills through real, meaningful situations. By offering developmentally appropriate activities, children are learning important knowledge, skills, and attitudes that may help them to be successful in school and in later life.


Q: How do I find out what my child does during the day?

A: The infant, one, and 2 year old room post their daily activities general information, and the children’s nap times on a board outside their room. The preschool room posts their daily activities, and general information such as upcoming events and letters and child of the week, on a wipe off board on the door to their room. On the wall next to the door, they post their lesson plan, monthly calendar, pictures of special events, and other news items. In addition, the preschool room sends home a calendar for each month. For the summer months, the school age room will send out calendars with the summer activities and field trips in May. The preschool room will do the same in June. Although we know drop-off and pick-up times are pretty hectic, we ask that you try to check the boards daily. Having some information about your child’s day could spark meaningful conversations with him/her and pave the way for good and open communication with your child for the rest of his/her lives.


Q: When I left this morning, my child was upset and crying. How can I find out if they are okay?

A: Always feel free to call the center. Although your child’s teacher may not be able to take your call, the director could quickly check to see if your child has settled into their routine. Likewise, if your child seems to be having a rough day, the teacher may call you to see if something out of the ordinary happened at home so steps can be taken to help the child to get though the hard time they are having. We understand that you are concerned about your children, and there is nothing wrong with checking up on them during the day.


Q: How will I know how my child is doing developmentally or how he/she is doing in the daycare environment in general?

A: The State of Wisconsin requires centers to make available at least twice each year for parent and staff communication regarding the child’s adjustment to the program and the child’s growth and development. At Peaceful Beginnings we conduct general assessments of the children in May and in November. If you have any concerns about your child’s development or behavior, please talk with your child’s teacher. The teacher will monitor your child and inform you of any problems or delays observed. She will also work with you so a consistent routine is established at both Peaceful Beginnings and at home.


Q: My children are always singing songs and saying prayers that they have learned at Peaceful Beginnings. Is there a way I can get a copy of the songs and prayers so I can learn them?

A: Most of the teachers have the songs that they sing with the children in their head-- not down on paper. They will do their best to give you the words and the melody, if you ask. Also, check the internet. It is great source for children’s songs and finger plays.


 Q: How and when do you take my child’s temperature?

A: In the past, we took a child’s temperature under his/her arm. In this setting, taking it orally is not sanitary, and we are not allowed totake it anally. All of those methods can be inaccurate. Currently we use a thermometer that takes the child’s temperature at the temple. We will continue to do so until a more accurate method is developed. Please be assured that we only take your child’s temperature if the warning signs of possible illness are present in your child. Our criteria for deciding to exclude a child from Peaceful Beginnings focuses more on the needs and behavior of the ill child rather than on factors more easily measured. More simply put... The exact temperature is less important than how your child is feeling.


Q: I lost my parent handbook….Can I get a new one?

A: Of Course! Please contact the director and a new one will be issued to you. A copy of the parent handbook and the State of Wisconsin’s licensing rules can be found by the sign-in and-out book for your quick reference.


Q: Why do I have to sign my children in and out everyday?

A: The most important reason is the safety of the children. If we would have to evacuate the building, the sign-in and-out book is taken along to make sure every child is accounted for. At the end of the night, the book is checked to make sure that every child has gone home safely and is not hiding in the bathroom or behind a large toy. The State also requires that we maintain a written record of the daily attendance of each child. It also aids in scheduling the teachers and when planning how much food needs to be served.


Q: When is tuition due?

A: Fees for full-time and part-time care are due in advance on the first day of attendance every week. If you need to make other payment arrangements, please contact the director.


Q: Why do I have to pay a holding fee to save my child’s spot if I take him/her out for the summer?

A: The Center has a policy for families to pay a holding fee when not using the Center's services. The holding fee is a financial commitment by the family to the Center. The Center relies on having the enrollment at capacity to control the cost per child. If the Center does not operate at capacity the cost per child increases, which would in turn necessitate a rate increase to cover the Center's costs. The summer holding fee is a courtesy; less than full price to save a space that we might otherwise fill at full rate.


Q: Why do you require that children attend Peaceful Beginnings at least two days a week? Why don’t you allow children under the age of 18 months to come part-time?

A: Studies have shown that a child adapts better with consistent routines. The experience at a day care should be a positive experience for the child. Without the consistency of at least 2 days per week, the child does not adapt well. In addition, it is difficult to maintain an effective staff-to-child ratio with part-time attendance.

Studies have also shown that a child needs strong bonds with caregivers during infancy in order to feel secure enough to venture out on his/her own. It is hard for children under the age of 18 months to adjust to different caregivers and different environments. We feel being in the same environment on a consistent basis is in child’s best interest.

Q: How long has Peaceful Beginnings been open?

A: In 1976 Peace Lutheran Nursery School was started. The program began as a preschool program for children ages 3 to 5 years old. Children came two days a week for two hours a day, September through May. In May of 1995, Peaceful Beginnings Christian Child Care Center was opened.

We are licensed by the State of Wisconsin as a group day care center. The State allows us to care for up to 64 children at one time, ages 6 weeks to 12 years. We employ 11 part-time and full-time teachers, a director, and a cook, all of whom are certified by the State to teach in an early childhood setting. Our child care center offers young children a Christian setting in which to grow, to learn and to develop physically, spiritually, intellectually and socially.

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