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Title: Sandhills Children

  • Sandhills Childrens Center
  • Opening Doors for Children
  • A Quality Early Childhood Educational Program

Sandhills Childrens Center Mission and Values
  • Mission To provide services of the highest
    quality for children with and without special
    developmental needs, ages birth through five.
  • Values C ommitted to Quality Services for
  • H ighest Professional Standards
  • I ntegrity
  • L oving and Nurturing
  • D edicated to the Family

Sandhills Childrens Center
  • History
  • Board Membership
  • Program Statistics
  • Agency Involvement and Budget
  • Community Involvement
  • Educational and Clinical Training Site for
    universities and community colleges, Moore County
    Schools- work experiences for child care classes
    and , Eagle Scout projects, Volunteers, Business
    volunteers, Southern Pines All American City
    2012, United Way, and Community Service.
  • Sandhills Childrens Center webpage
  • Parental Involvement- feedback form

State of North Carolina
Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
Department of Public Instruction (DPI)
Division of Mental Health, Developmental
Disabilities Substance Abuse Services
Division of Child Development (DCDEE)
Division of Public Health (DPH)
Division of Medical Assistance (DMA) (Medicaid
Reimbursement) 0-5 Services
Moore County Schools
Richmond County Schools
Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) (Food
Service Reimbursement)
Child Care License 5-Star
Moore and Richmond County Departments of Social
Services (DSS) Subsidized Care
NC Partnership for Children (NCPC) Smart Start
Sandhills Center for MH/DD/SAS 3-5 Developmental
Day Funding Contract with Sandhills Childrens
Center for state funding of developmental day
services to 3-5 year-old children
Childrens Developmental Services Agency
(CDSA) Preferred Provider Contract With Sandhills
Childrens Center for state funding of
intervention services to 0-2 year-old children
Contract with Sandhills Childrens Center For
3-5 year-old preschool services
Parental Involvement in Center Events
Sign up in Classrooms and Front Desk for
Parent Association and Upcoming Events Please
make sure all teachers have your email address.
Sandhills Childrens Center Offers Quality
Early Childhood Programs
  • Partnership with families is key to student
  • Personalized attention from our highly trained
    staff in an inclusive educational play-based
  • Engaging interactions.
  • Responsive and predictable environment.
  • Many opportunities for learning.
  • Teaching that is matched to the child and
  • Language and literacy-rich environment.
  • Developmentally appropriate
    materials, activities, and interactions.
  • Safe and hygienic practices.
  • Appropriate levels of child guidance.

SCC Educational program includes
  • State recognized model developmental day program
  • 5 Star License Child Care (which is highest
    quality) since beginning of star system.
    2012-2013 will be renewal of license.
  • Customized educational service with physical,
    occupational and speech therapies
  • Quality Educational Staff- Educational
    Specialists with 4 year degrees in Birth -
    Kindergarten and support staff with 2 year
  • Staff utilize the research based curriculums
    Creative Curriculum for Infant and Toddlers or
    Preschool North Carolina Foundations for
    Infants/Toddlers or Preschoolers and North
    Carolina Guide for the Early Years
  • Community field trips for children ages 3 through
    5 years old.
  • Transportation for children with special needs if
    needed to access the educational and
    therapeutic services
  • Family Support Services
  • Personalized and Direct hands-on
    floor time interventions with children

Integrated Therapy within Inclusive Settings
  • Teaches acceptance, diversity, empathy and
  • Peer models act as facilitators and leaders of
    the educational day
  • Reduction of interruptions within the routines of
    the day
  • Embedding therapy interventions within
    classroom routines

Developmental, Individualized, Relationship
Based (DIR) Floor time
  • Sandhills Childrens Center has adopted the
    theoretical work of child psychiatrist, the late
    Stanley Greenspan, MD based on neuro-biological
  • Research Interventions Shown to be a positive
    intervention for all children with special needs.
  • DIR approach is designed to woo in order to
    increase socialization, improve language and
    increase learning interactions.
  • Joint attention and the promotion of interaction
    are the main focus of the DIR model, often
    commonly referred to as Floor time.

DIR is
  • Developmental, Individualized and
  • Intensive engagement
  • Child centered meet them where they are at in
    their comfort zone and take them where they need
    to go
  • Emphasis on affect to increase emotional
    connections to other areas of the brain

Just Right
The Role of the Staff
  • Talk often, use varied language (verbal and
  • Be an interactive partner
  • Build relationships
  • Be responsive to children(doesnt mean you are
    spoiling them)

Staff Roles
  • Provide many opportunities for play and
  • Avoid interrupting when a child is engaged
  • Talk to children during routine-based
  • Read, sing use finger-plays and social games.

Promoting Social Emotional Development of Infants
and Young ChildrenPositive Behavior Support
  • We encourage all parents to bring forward their
    suggestions and good ideas about how SCC can
    improve the educational program.
  • Please let us know when you encounter an act of
    kindness that goes above and beyond so we can
    recognize that staff, child or parent.

  • We encourage all parents to bring forward their
    suggestions and good ideas about how SCC can be
    made a better educational program. When you see
    an opportunity for improvement, please talk it
    over with your childs teacher or the director.
    All suggestions are valued and listened to.
  • Please let us know when you encounter an act of
    kindness that goes above and beyond so we can
    recognize that staff, child or parent.

Policies and Procedures Overview
  • Sanitation communicable diseases can be
    prevented through appropriate hygiene, sanitation
    and disinfecting methods.
  • Sanitation and exclusion of children when ill is
    important due to the medically fragile children
    with compromised immune systems that we serve.
  • Hand washing is key!
  • All Adults and Children must wash their hands
    upon entering each classroom.

Medication Administration
  • Medications to be given at home if at all
    possible. Medication administration allowed only
    by staff trained by Child Care Health Nurse.
  • Medication will be administered only if the
    parent or legal guardian has provided written,
    signed and dated consent. All medications must be
    in original containers. We can only administer as
  • Authorization must include childs first and
    last name, name of medication , time the
    medication should be given and how often
    criteria for the administration of the
    medication how much to be given manner in
    which the medication shall be administered (oral,
    topical, injection), medical conditions or
    possible allergic reactions and length of time
    the authorization is valid, if less than six
    months .
  • Medications locked in cabinets exception during
    administration this includes chap stick, sun
    block and diaper rash cream.
  • Medications in separate bottle for home
    administration and school administration.
    Pharmacist can separate for parents when

  • Sandhills Childrens Center wants to protect each
    child attending the center. We know each childs
    typical behavior and look at the whole child
    before making exclusion decisions such as child
    able to participate in the educational program.
  • We provide a Courtesy call to parents when
    children are showing signs of discomfort or
    potential illness.
  • Typical reasons for exclusion include
    temperature over 100 degrees, uncontrolled
    diarrhea, vomiting and rash with fever or
    behavior change. Exclusion depends on the
  • Exclusion when infectious illness are suspected.
    We are not pediatricians and can only ask parents
    to have child checked due to symptoms. We must
    exclude until a doctor has determined the
    illness to be non-infectious.
  • Communication with Educational Specialists and /
    or Director is key in keeping children, staff and
    other adults free of illness.

Inclement Weather Appropriate Clothing
  • Sandhills Childrens Center Administration will
    make the decision about school closures during
    inclement weather. Posting of closings will be
    on WRAL-5 and WTVD - 11 and local radio stations.
  • Outdoor Play and Clothing- we are required to go
    out everyday weather permitting. Please make sure
    children have rain clothing, tennis shoes for
    outdoor play and warm and/or cool clothes for

  • Attendance is very important to each childs
    educational growth. Please contact Educational
    Specialist when child will be out to inform them
    of the reason.
  • -Educational program begins at 900 am
    -Breakfast is served before 900 am
  • Please help the classroom routines by bringing
    children before the educational day begins. This
    helps to eliminate interruptions in the program.
    We want to greet each child and family when they
    enter and this is difficult when educational day
    has started.

Classroom and Curriculum Expectations by
Educational Specialists
Classroom and Curriculum Expectations
  • Parents are dismissed to visit in childs
    classroom for brief presentation by Educational
  • Will offer 2 15 minute sessions for parents to
    visit another classroom if multiple children in
    center. Will notify over page system to end first
    session and end of program for evening.
  • Thank you for attending our parent night. ?

  • Any child can grow up to be special
  • but what a miracle to grow up to be