Footsteps

Welcome to Footsteps!

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Footsteps is a program designed to offer children the maximum in spiritual, intellectual, and physical growth. The curriculum allows the child opportunities to learn about God. Basic moral principles are taught that help provide the children with a good foundation for facing the future. Much emphasis is placed on the home, loving, sharing, giving, and obeying. Each school day is divided into three main segments: classroom participation, Montessori Learning Centers, and physical exercise. Footsteps provides many other activities during the year such as Community Helper visits, Holiday parties, and dress-up days. Every activity is designed to broaden their scope of understanding and to guide their environmental
experiences into a positive atmosphere for learning. It is the sincere hope of those involved in the planning of this program that it be used to the glory of God. Please call the office at 713-666-9403 or e-mail Reni Burns for more information.

Reni Burns
Reni Burns, Footsteps director

You can download both the enrollment form and the parent’s handbook by clicking on the two separate documents below. **Filling out and submitting an enrollment form does not guarantee a spot for your child. Please call Reni at 713-666-9403 or email her at reni.burns@gmail.com and inquire about availability. These forms are placed here for your convenience only, and do not guarantee admission or a spot into the Footsteps program.**

Enrollment Form (Word document)
Footsteps Parent’s Handbook (Word document)
Monthly Calendar (.pdf)

Enrollment Process

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Footsteps is a program offered three days a week, Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, for children who are age 12 months through five years on, or before, September 1. We are open from 9:30 a.m to 2:30 p.m. Admission is open to any child without discrimination of race, color, national origin, sex, religious belief, or political beliefs. Priority registration for West University Church of Christ members and current enrollments will be held by the first week of March each year. All children must be re-enrolled if they plan to return to the program the next year. The following forms must be accompanied by the registration fee and immunization record. For an updated Fee Schedule please contact Reni Burns @ 713.666.9403

Policies

Safety
All children must be signed in and out daily. Each parent’s name must be signed clearly and the time arrived must be indicated next to child’s name. Parents should leave any notes or special instructions on the clipboard, so that the teacher can readily see them. No child will be released to anyone other than a parent, without written authorization. Any person authorized to pick-up children must be prepared to show photographic identification before the child will be released to them.

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Planning ahead to prevent problems, defining limits, redirection and positive reinforcement are all techniques used at the Mother’s Day Out program. There will be no corporal punishment. Occasionally, brief periods of “time out” will be used. Biting is a very serious and dangerous occurrence with little children. If this occurs, the staff will attempt to work with the child and the family to stop the biting. If biting continues, however, a child may be subject to dismissal from the program.

Illness
Children who have vomited, had diarrhea, fever or a rash within the last 24 hours must remain at home. They may not return until they have been symptom free for 24 hours, without the use of acetaminophen, Kaopectate, or other suppressive medications. If a child becomes ill with a contagious disease, it is imperative that the school is alerted in order to notify other parents and, if neccessary, the proper authorities. If a child becomes ill while at school, he/she will be isolated, and parents will be called to pickup the child immediately. In case of sudden illness or accident, the program will immediately attempt to contact parents; if unsuccessful, those persons listed as the contact in times of emergency will be called. In extreme emergencies, the child will be transported by ambulance to the closest hospital.

An ill child will not be admitted to school if one or more of the following conditions exist:

1. The illness prevents the child from participating comfortably in program activities.
2. The illness results in a greater need for care than the staff can provide without compromising the health, safety and supervision of the other children.
3. The child has an oral temperature of 100.4 degrees or greater; rectal temperature of 101.4 degrees or greater; underarm temperature of 99.4 degrees or greater; accompanied by behavior changes or other signs or symptoms of illness unless a medical evaluation indicates that the child can be included in program activities.
4. Signs and symptoms of possible severe illness such as: lethargy, uncontrolled breathing or diarrhea, vomiting of two or more episodes in 24 hours, rash with fever, mouth sores with drooling, wheezing, behavior change or other signs or symptoms of illness unless medical evaluation indicates that the child can be included in program activities.