EACDC Handbook

MISSION STATEMENT
To provide developmentally appropriate practices in a high quality setting that is loving and nurturing while developing a Christian character in an environment based on Christian principles.

We believe that a healthy self-concept is a child’s most valuable asset. Every aspect of our program is concerned with encouraging a child’s positive image of himself/herself.

PHILOSOPHY

We believe that a healthy self-concept is a child’s most valuable asset. Every aspect of our program is concerned with encouraging a child’s positive image of himself/herself.

We believe that young children learn best by doing. Our age appropriate curriculum is stimulating and is geared toward concrete, hands-on exploration. We encourage creative expression and independence. We believe that a child’s early experiences provide the foundation for a lifetime. Our program will provide experiences for a child to grow socially, emotionally, physically, intellectually, and spiritually. It is important for parents to understand that all children will receive Christian teaching as a part of this program through daily prayer, bible stories, and activities through reading and videos.

We structure our program and curriculum in order to achieve the following goals:

  1. Reinforce Christian principles of sharing, caring, and loving.
  2. Foster a positive self-concept in children.
  3. Expose children to different ethnic cultures.
  4. Encourage children to think, reason, and experiment.
  5. Encourage independence.
  6. Develop social skills.
  7. Encourage language development.
  8. Enhance physical development and skills.
  9. Encourage and demonstrate sound health, safety, and nutritional practices.

Our teachers facilitate a hands-on approach to learning by offering a variety of activities to stimulate interest through the use of age and developmentally appropriate materials as well as taking into consideration the individual needs of each child.

Our guidance policy is designed to foster a self-concept. Consistency, redirection, problem solving skills and positive reinforcement are techniques used by our teachers. In learning how to get along with others, conflicts are expected and are viewed as a learning experience for young children. Corporal punishment is never used. Limitations and guidelines are explained simply and geared toward the appropriate age level. Children are encouraged to make natural and logical decisions requiring them to be responsible for their own behavior.
Children as young as 20 months of age are welcome to attend our Pre-School program. School age children are welcome to attend our Before School and/or After School Program. There will be a two-week trial period to determine if this is the best placement for your child. We require completed enrollment forms, medical information, emergency release and authorization, current annual medical information, current immunization record (DHEC 1148 form), and forms provided by the Department of Social Services on each child no later than the child’s start date. The medical exam record is required within two weeks of enrollment or your child will not be able to attend school.
We operate Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Our doors open at 7:00 am. A late fee charge will be applied if your child is picked up after 6:00 p.m. Our program begins promptly at 8:15 am. Please have your child arrive no later than 8:15 am.

We will be closed the following days:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Memorial Day
  • One week in the summer (subject to change)
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day and the following
  • Christmas Day (plus 1 or 2 days)

BAD WEATHER
Please tune in to Channel 7 (WSPA-TV) or listen to WSPA radio 98.9 for announcements regarding school delays or closings.

Each child is required to bring a book bag to school daily. Personal belongings brought to school from home should be clearly marked with your child’s name. Sweaters, coats, lunch boxes, book bags, blankets, pacifiers, etc. should be marked. We discourage sippy cups and ask that they are kept at home. We discourage toys brought to school unless requested by the teacher.  Toys from home create problems with peers. From time to time, we will provide experiences permitting children to bring items from home. Electronic games are not allowed at the Center or School.
EAS has an excellent school program and excellent students. We want our students’ appearance to reflect that excellence. We desire our students to honor God with their attire, adornment, grooming, and appearance. Our dress code is intended to help our students focus on their inward attractiveness as well as the outward adornment.

We require our students to follow the dress code guidelines while on campus, at school functions, and on school sponsored trips unless specific instructions are given to indicate an exception. Students will be excluded from functions until their attire meets expectations. If necessary, the parent will be contacted to correct the situation.

The Principal has the final authority in dress code decisions.

Specific instructions will be provided for off campus activities, please refer to the event permission slip and detailed information for each event. See Special Functions for more details.

All clothing and accessories for boys and girls should comply with the following guidelines.

  1. Any make-up or nail polish should not be obvious and should only enhance a healthy, natural look. See Special Functions for additional information about toe nail polish.
  2. No form of jewelry, other than a wristwatch, may be worn.
  3. Clothing should fit properly so that pants, shorts, skirts, etc., sit at the waist or upper hip and do not reveal undergarments.
  4. Shirts, tops, blouses, dresses, etc. must not reveal undergarments, midsection, torso, back, chest, breasts, or cleavage. They should not be clingy or sheer, and should fit properly.
  5. Sweaters and fleece jackets, IN SOLID COLORS. EAS or Pathfinders sweatshirts are acceptable in the classrooms, but are not intended to take the place of uniform shirts.
  6. Acceptable hair standards must be maintained.
  7. Shoes (closed toe and back strap); socks must be worn with shoes. Fully enclosed shoes must be worn during Physical Education class and recess. See Special Functions for additional information about shoes.
  8. Stockings and tights are acceptable. Leggings are acceptable when worn with school approved skirts or jumpers.
  9. Shirts and blouses must be tucked in during school hours.
  10. On designated spirit days, students should wear appropriate clothing and accessories. The Christian guidelines of grooming should be followed. Clothing with TV/Movie characters or inappropriate slogans or symbols will not be allowed. Skinny jeans are not acceptable. Skinny jeans for our dress code are defined as made of denim, fit snug through the legs, and taper completely at the bottom of the leg.
  11. Please keep the uniform in good repair. Holes should be mended or patched. All clothing should be clean and neat.

Hair – Boys

  1. Lengths and styles should be kept neatly cut so that it is off the ears and not touching the collar. Unnatural hair colors are unacceptable.
  2. Hair needs to be well kept and maintained daily.

Hair – Girls

  1. Hair should be clean and neatly styled, unnatural hair colors are unacceptable.

Girls

  1. Jumper: School Uniform jumpers in blue plaid, khaki, black, or navy**
  2. Skirts and Skorts: School Uniform skirts in blue plaid, khaki, black, or navy **
  3. Capris: Khaki, navy, or black**

**Jumpers, Skirts, Shorts, and Skorts should not exceed 4 inches above the back of the knee when standing. We require tights, leggings or shorts under jumpers and skirts.

Boys/Girls

  1. Shorts: Khaki, navy or black must be cotton TWILL, and have front pleat, or straight design. (no cargo shorts, no denim material)
  2. Pants: Khaki, navy or black (must be cotton TWILL and have front pleat or straight design. (no cargo pants, no denim material)
  3. Shirts: Long or short sleeve polo shirts in any solid colors. Oxford shirt in white or light blue; turtlenecks in all solid colors. Shirts should not have symbols or designs on the front. Manufacture/Brand logos under 1 square inch are acceptable. A red polo shirt is required for special days and performances unless otherwise stated. The orange EAS logo T-shirt is REQUIRED for field trips and other special events unless otherwise stated. (Be sure that the shirt covers the top of the back pocket, when untucked.)
  4. Sweaters: Solid color sweaters. No sweaters are allowed unless distributed by the following; EAS, Pathfinders, ALIVE, Mount Pisgah Academy or Fletcher Academy
  5. Belts: Must be worn with pants, shorts, capris, and anything else that has belt loops. An exception is allowed for Pre-K, Kindergarten, and 1st grade students. Belts should have a clasp or buckle. Sash belts should have a clasp; scarves are not a sash belt.

No uniforms are required on half days, except the first day of school, and as otherwise posted.

EAS, ALIVE, Pathfinder, Mount Pisgah Academy and Fletcher Academy T-shirts are allowed on Fridays. T-shirts must be long enough to stay tucked in. The principal has the final authority on what is acceptable.

Special Functions Dress Code
We believe our students should consider what they wear to church functions to be ready for an audience with Jesus. Girls should wear modest church dresses, skirts, or slacks. Open toed shoes and toe-nail polish is acceptable for girls, as long as it meets the overall goal of honoring God with our appearance. Dresses and skirts should meet the top of the knee when standing. Boys should wear dress pants and a collared dress shirt, tucked in, with a belt. Dress shoes or boots are required, athletic shoes aren’t appropriate for church functions. Ties, sweaters, dress jackets, etc. are optional and acceptable, as long as they meet the overall goal of honoring God with our dress. When we are at Special Events, off-campus, we will follow the dress code of the host organization, if their rules are more stringent.

Alternatives to Special Dress Events
You MAY have special event clothing approved prior to the day of the event by the Principal or his/her designee. This could avoid an embarrassing situation or exclusion from the event. You may also request pre-approval of church dresses before performances and other school.

We provide a mid-morning and mid-afternoon snack. Please feed your child a nutritious breakfast before arriving so that it does not interfere with our daily schedule. Our program begins promptly at 8:15 a.m. Lunch is also included in your weekly tuition. All vegetarian meals follow the U.S.D.A. guidelines. Children may bring a nutritious lunch from home if you choose. A menu will be sent home at the beginning of each month.
If anyone other than yourself or those listed on the Authorized Pick-Up Form will be picking up your child, you must notify the teacher in writing. We will not release your child to an unknown person or person not listed on the Authorized Pick-Up form unless we have a parent written permission letter with the parent signature and date. We will also ask to see a photo I.D. before releasing your child.

A late fee will be charged for children who are picked up after 6:00 p.m. See Program Fees for more information.

Children will be supervised at all times. There is at least one staff member at all times on the premises who is trained in CPR and First Aid. A fire drill is practiced monthly. If a child is suspected of being a victim of child abuse or neglect, for the child’s well being, we are required by law to report it to the Department of Social Services.
We ask parents/guardians not to bring sick children to school. If your child was sick the night before (fever 100 degrees or higher, vomiting, diarrhea, pink eye, lice, or any other contagious illness), do not bring the child to school the following morning. If your child is too sick to go outside, please make arrangements to keep him/her at home. When a child becomes ill during school he or she will be separated from the other children. The child’s parent or emergency contact person will be notified to come pick him/her up. In the event of a fever, diarrhea, vomiting or any other contagious illness, we require that your child be “fever free, vomiting free, diarrhea free, etc.” for 24 hours before returning (“free” means without medication given to your child). 

Children must be physically fit to attend our program. A child is not physically fit if he or she has symptoms of fever, diarrhea, vomiting, unknown rashes, conjunctivitis (pink eye), or other communicable illnesses that are contagious. Head lice and ringworm must be treated properly before the child may return to our program. Evidence of treatment must be given to the teacher.

CompuChild, Kids Computer Classes, will come to our Center twice a month for those children who would like to take age appropriate computer classes. The monthly charge is $14.00.

Spartanburg Gymnastics will come once a week to teach your child gymnastics. The monthly charge is $20.00.

Amazing Athletes will come once a week to teach your child life skills through sports. The monthly charge is $35.00.

Two conferences will be scheduled each year for the Pre-K Class. Parents are welcome and encouraged to schedule conferences with the teacher and director any time there are questions or concerns. All other classes will have conferences as needed. Please make an appointment with the director.
We believe that every child in our program is a child with special needs at some time while in our care. Developmental delays and/or physical disabilities are not the only reasons for a child to have a special need. We include areas such as divorce, separation, death, or a new baby in the family as only some of the areas of special needs. We will work closely with the family to make the transition as smooth as possible from home to the center.
We are licensed with the Department of Social Services in the state of South Carolina and comply with all standards put forth by the Department of Social Services. Children are admitted regardless of race, color, creed, sex, national origin, or religion.