CHILD ENRICHMENT CENTER

The Child Enrichment Center is a mission of First Baptist Church Clemson. There are presently 66 children enrolled in our 6 classes for children 6 weeks through 4K. 


Hours of operation are 7:15am until 5:30pm, Monday through Friday year round.


We view each child as a gift from God, entrusted to our care. Our daily activities are age appropriate and include music, books, art, chapel, blocks and outdoor play. The older children also have use of the First Baptist Church Family Life Center. The large gymnasium is a great place to ride bikes or play ball on a hot or rainy day. All classes at the Child Enrichment Center use DiscipleLand  Bible curriculum. The three and four year old classes also use High Reach curriculum in their classrooms. 


Feel free to download and peruse our handbook.


For availability and other information contact:


Becky DeWitt, Director

fbccec@gmail.com


Receptionist

864-653-6671

General Information

Philosophy

The mission of the Clemson Child Enrichment Center, a ministry of Clemson First Baptist, is to develop the intellectual, spiritual, social, emotional and physical attributes of children by offering a developmental curriculum and providing a stimulating enrichment program in a Christian environment.


Admission Policies

  • Children must be at least 6 weeks old to enroll.
  • A child who meets the requirements of admission as set forth herein shall not be excluded from enrollment because of race, color, religion, national origin, or ancestry.
  • The school shall maintain a waiting list in general chronological order of applications received with limited preference being given to siblings of enrolled children and to First Baptist Church members (for initial enrollment only).
  • Children will be expected to participate in all aspects of the program offered. It must be determined that each child is developmentally ready to benefit from the total program. This will be determined through classroom observations throughout the year.
  • Children are grouped according to school age when they enter the Two Year Old Room.
  • The Child Enrichment Center reserves the right to dismiss a child whose needs cannot be adequately met unless it is determined that:

                      • There will be no adverse effect upon other children (either through direct behavior of the child or through staff time

                         needed by other children).

                      • Accommodations can be made with the approval of the CEC Ministry Team.


Registration and Admission Procedures 

Completion of the following forms and payment of the enrollment fee and supply fee constitutes enrollment. The following items must be completed and turned in prior to attending the CEC:

  • Enrollment fee, supply fee, and tuition (all non-refundable) 
  • Current South Carolina certificate of immunization form (DHEC form 1148) 
  • DSS form 2900
  • Parent Handbook Agreement signature form


Curriculum

If young children are to learn, they must have first-hand experiences. Our schedule is very flexible. Children work and play with art materials, manipulatives, blocks, dramatic play, music, books, and other mediums. There is also a regular period for outside activity twice a day. We will have a center-wide biblical curriculum for spiritual development. The Two-Year-Old Class uses Wee Learn curriculum. The Three-Year-Old Class uses High Reach curriculum (similar to High Scope) which focuses on discovery and exploration. The Pre-Kindergarten Class uses Great Start, Grow Smart, SC Preschool Learning Standards. The Creative Pre-K curriculum, Zoophonics and other sources are used to meet these standards.



Payment Provisions 

  • Tuition is currently $550 per month for infants born on or after 9/1 and $535 for older children. Please note your child’s name on the memo line of your check and make checks payable to FBC-CEC. Checks should be placed in the tuition box located in the CEC office area. Receipts may be picked up in your child’s cubby or classroom. Tuition and fees are evaluated annually by the CEC committee. 
  • Registration • A non-refundable enrollment fee of $50 is to be paid upon registering the child. This is a one-time fee as long as your child is continuously enrolled at CEC. If the child is withdrawn and re-enrolled an additional $50 enrollment fee must be paid. • In addition, one month prior to attending CEC, a $200 non-refundable deposit is due. This deposit will be applied to the first month’s tuition. 
  • Supply Fee is $75. The annual supply fee is due by June 1, 2016 for the following school year running mid-August to mid-August. This non-refundable fee will be pro-rated for children beginning mid-year. 
  • Tuition is payable monthly in advance and is due on the first school day of each month. A late charge will be added to any account that is not paid by noon of the 5th day of the month, or if the 5th falls on a weekend, by the following Monday. A late fee of $10 will be added if tuition is paid by the 10th of the month and the fee will be $20 for those paying between the 10th and the 15th. Your child will be dismissed if your account (which includes any outstanding fees or tuition) is 2 weeks past due.
  • A charge of $30.00 will be added to your account for any check not honored by the bank.
  • Each family will be given a yearly statement of childcare expenses for tax purposes by January 31st. 
  • Overtime charges, as given below, will be added to your account for children picked up late: Closing is at 5:30 p.m. First five minutes $2.00/child Each additional minute $1.00/child You will be asked to sign a Late Pickup Slip when you pick up your child. The CEC director will notify you of the charges assessed. Late fees must be paid by the first day of the following month. 
  • Payments of cash will not be accepted by the center. Please note your child’s name on the check or money order memo line. 
  • Tuition Credit – No credit on tuition will be given for any absence including illness or family vacation. No credit on tuition will be given for days missed due to holidays, scheduled closings, or due to circumstances beyond our control. 
  • It is the parents’ responsibility to inform the Director in writing of any changes in schedule, address, telephone numbers, place of employment, or other pertinent information concerning the family. 


Hours of Operation 

Hours for students are from 7:15am to 5:30pm Late pickup fees will be imposed after 5:30pm or announced closing time. We reserve the right to reduce our hours of operation during periods of low attendance.


School Holidays

The CEC school calendar, updated annually in August, is attached to this handbook. Please follow this calendar closely for special days and closings. The Center will be closed for the following: New Year’s Day (or designated New Year’s holiday), Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, July 4th (or designated holiday), Thanksgiving Day, the day after Thanksgiving and the week of Christmas. Also, we will close for one teacher workday in August.



Meals

  • Lunches:  Children should bring a nutritious lunch and drink from home. Microwaves are available in each classroom so teachers can warm up lunches.
  • Snacks:  Parents need to provide a mid-morning snack. The CEC will provide an afternoon snack. 


Parent-School Communication

Parents are informed of the latest developments and announcements relative to the school through the monthly newsletter. 


Discipline 

Our goal is to lovingly help children learn self-control, responsibility and respect for others. The classroom setting provides a wonderful opportunity for children to learn how to be “good citizens”.