When can I enroll my child?
Anytime! Enrollment is ongoing as long as space is available.
How do I enroll my child?
Please visit our Enrollment page for details.
What information do I need to provide to enroll my child?
Please visit our Enrollment page for all of the forms that we require to start your child at Cedar Gables.
What days and times are you open?
We are open Monday through Friday, from 6:30am - 6:00pm. We are closed to celebrate the 6 national holidays list below each year and are also closed on Black Friday (day after Thanksgiving) and Christmas Eve. We also close early on New Year’s Eve.
New Year’s Day
There is a 2-day minimum, up to 5 days per week. Parents are asked to choose an estimated drop off and pick up time so that we can best prepare for your child’s arrival and departure. Please choose 10 hours or less per day, up to 50 hours per week.
How many days can my child attend? Is there a minimum or maximum number of days per week my child can attend?
How much is child care tuition?
Absolutely! Cedar Gables recommends calling to book an appointment or scheduling a tour online so the Director can ensure there are no other appointments booked and plan time to spend with you and your family. We have an open door policy though, so if you’re just dying to see us you can always stop by any time.
Can I take a tour of the childcare center during hours of operation?
To keep staff to child ratios low, we have a limited number of spots in each classroom. To put your child’s name on the wait list, please visit our Enrollment page and complete the Enrollment Packet as well as pay the registration fee. The Director will reach out to you when a spot becomes available. Individuals who have been on the wait list the longest are contacted first based on the age of their child and availability.
What should I do next if there is no space available for my child?
Cedar Gables will remain open unless the Governor declares a State of Emergency, we receive a state mandate to close, or there are other unforeseen circumstances that compromise the safety of our children, staff, and families.
Is the center open during inclement weather?
Cedar Gables believes children should have the opportunity to play outside every day (weather permitting of course). Outdoor play provides children with many different benefits and learning experiences including Sunshine, Exercise, Executive Function, Taking Risks, Socialization, and Appreciation of Nature. We love being outside!
Will my child have the opportunity to play outside every day?
Cedar Gables provides two nutritious snacks for all children in our program. Parents pack and send the lunch of your choice with your child. By eating meals with friends and teachers, meal times provide enriched social experiences. We often find that children are willing to try new foods while seated with their peers.
Are meals included in tuition?
All full-time Cedar Gables teachers must be 18 years of age or older and have a high school diploma and have experience working with children. In addition, all of our staff must pass a background check and criminal record check. And they must have a passion for and love working with children!
Who can I expect to see taking care of and interacting with my child?
All full-time staff members are required to complete 20 professional development continuing education hours every year. Training sessions are offered on important topics such as CPR and First Aid, communication, learning through play, helping children with special needs, and other topics based on the needs and interest of our staff.
How often is staff training provided?
Yes, a child care health consultant (RN) is on staff and is always on call. We also have a dental consultant to help promote good oral health and an education consultant to help ensure our curriculum is up-to-date with the latest teaching techniques.
Is there a nurse on staff?
Rest time allows children to rest, sleep, and/or relax their bodies. While a child is resting on his/her personal cot he/she can read books and listen to relaxing music. Older children that do not need to take a nap are encouraged to use quiet voices so they and their peers can rest.
What is the nap and rest time policy for children at the center?
Communication is very important at Cedar Gables. Our teachers will communicate with each parent at the end of every day. Classroom logs are kept daily for each child. In addition, we use a technology platform that allows parents to receive real-time updates during the day (if desired) as well as a daily summary via email detailing your child’s day (this new technology we will be implementing before September, please contact us for details).
How will I be informed about my child’s day?
Yes. All childcare facilities must be licensed in Connecticut by the Department of Children and Families (DCF). Our center is licensed (#DCCC.15460), insured, smoke free, and drug free.