We hope to build strong partnerships between school and home, between teachers and families, and between children and their environment. This will create the richest development
of our children, their families, their school, and their communities.
Our programs are designed to meet the developmental needs of young children and provide experiences that enrich and enhance each child’s cognitive, language, social, emotional,
physical, and creative development. Within the center’s daily schedule, each child has opportunities to create, explore their environment, learn problem solving and personal
interaction skills, and learn concepts through first hand experiences. Children develop a positive self-concept through a balance of self and teacher directed activities.
Opportunities for solitary play as well as group activities are provided. Staff serve as positive role models and provide care that is supportive, nurturing, and responsive to each
child’s needs. We respect families as the primary and most important providers of care, and we believe parents and teachers are partners in children’s care and education.
We serve children from 6 weeks of age through school age. Our programs are determined by the age of the children enrolled and the space available to accommodate them. Our
programs are all flexible to help meet the needs of the community.
When our facility has space available, we do provide a summer camp program for school-aged children. Our summer program focuses on outside activities and excursions. We limit
any type of academic activities during this time.
Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. If our center has reached capacity, your name will be placed on a waiting list. Once on the list, your child will be
enrolled according to age, days needed, and position on the waiting list. All clients will be considered for enrollment without regard to race, color, national origin, religious creed,
ancestry, sex, or handicap.
During your child’s enrollment, he/she will be given a developmental assessment. This assessment is to determine if he/she is acquiring the skills required for his/her age level. Staff
will then inform you of the results and conferences will be held, if needed. The developmental checklist used is also used in planning daily activities. If we suspect any child to have
developmental delays, he/she will be referred to the most appropriate service available, outside of our center.
- To develop Gross motor skills such as walking, skipping, and balancing.
- To develop Fine motor skills such as eating, drawing, and cutting with scissors.
- To develop Self-help skills such as dressing, toileting, and tying shoes.
- To develop Language skills such as speaking and following directions.
- To develop Cognitive skills such as thinking, reasoning, and memorizing.
- To develop Socialization skills such as taking turns and interacting with others.
- To develop Creativity skills through expressing own thoughts and ideas.
All staff employed at our center meet the following requirements…
- Pennsylvania Child Abuse History clearance
- FBI fingerprinting
- Pennsylvania State Police Criminal History clearance
- Minimum one year child care experience
- Annual CPR and First Aid training
- Annual fire and safety training
- Written evaluations annually by director and parents
- Minimum of 6 hours of professional training
- T-shirts required to designate staff (exception is Friday )
Staff to Child Ratios:
The following are the state minimum staff to child ratios:
- 1:4 infants (6 weeks-12 months)
- 1:5 young toddlers (13 months-24 months)
- 1:6 older toddlers (25 months-36 months)
- 1:10 preschool (3 years and older)
Keystone Stars Program:
Our center participates in this program. It is a 4 star tier system, each star requiring different degrees of education and higher standards to meet with each star received. This is
designed to improve the quality of child care center programs and its staff members.
We feel that the key in solving behavior problems is to be consistent with rules to follow through with any warnings given. It is also very important to praise the behaviors that you
wish to see and ignore the negative whenever possible. All staff will use time out as a last resort to correct negative behaviors. This can be in a chair, away from an area of play, or
time away from a specific toy. Time out is given to a child for 1 minute per each year of the child’s age.
Breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack are provided by our center. We do accommodate children with food allergies. Menus are posted in the center weekly. If your child will not
eat what we provide, due to preference, you can provide a substitute item. However, there is no financial reimbursement for this. All meals served to the children, under the Child
and Adult Care Food Program, are served at no separate charge regardless of race, color, national origin sex, age, or disability. There is no discrimination in admission policy, meal
service, or the use of facilities. The complaint procedures: Any complaints of discrimination should be submitted in writing within 180 days of the incident to the USDA, Director,
Office of Civil Rights, Washington D.C. 20250
Our facility has been designed with features to protect your child…
- Sprinkler system
- Fire alarm system with strobe for hearing impaired children
- Hot water tanks that do not exceed 110 degrees
- All poisonous and toxic materials are inaccessible to children
- Facility and equipment are clean and in good condition
- Fixed safety glass in all windows
- Facility and equipment are child size
- Emergency exits in front and rear of building
- Fire retardant walls, ceilings, and floors
- 2-3 entrance doors to prevent child from running out main doors
- Doors locked for parents and approved drop off/pick up people only access
In the rear of our facility, we have decks for the children to use. There are two separate areas, one for the young children, and one for the older children. We also take the
children to the Tarentum Park for walks and play. Each area is surrounded by a fence to ensure the child’s safety. It is a state requirement that the children go outdoors. However,
we use our judgment when the weather does not cooperate.
We will provide you with an annual calendar of the days our facility will be closed.
Parents are responsible for providing transportation to and from our center. If children are in the public school system, transportation is arranged according to the school and bus
company. Staff members walk students to and from bus stop daily if attending before and after school.
We believe that children will reach this milestone when they are ready. We do encourage children to potty and do want them potty trained before moving into preschool.
Staff members can administer medication to your child during the day. Specific guidelines on this will follow at the time of enrollment.
All children 3 years of age and older will have the opportunity to participate in regular bus field trips. Children younger will go on walking field trips. A permission slip will be
required for your child to attend each trip.
Emergency Evacuation Plan:
Our center participates in monthly disaster drills. These include fire, flood, tornado, train derailment, etc. In the event of an emergency, this practice will help keep everyone calm
and as safe as possible.
When children are enrolled, parents must provide photographs of everyone that is authorized to pick up their child/children. This allows for any staff person to recognize family
and friends that enter the facility. Children will not be released to anyone that has not been authorized by the parent enrolling the child.
Parents are encouraged to participate in any aspect of our program.
We welcome anyone to visit our facility at any time. If you have specific questions or concerns, we do recommend that you call our director to set up an appointment. This will allow
for ample time to discuss any issues.
|Mary Jo Decroo-Boyer, Director
About the Director
Mary Jo Decroo-Boyer received her degree in Early Childhood Education from Clarion University of Pennsylvania in 1988. Mary Jo
has been committed to providing the best possible child care for all children so that parents can leave their children and feel
confident they are in a safe, loving environment. Mary Jo is married and has 3 daughters. In her free time, she is actively involved in
her daughters’ cheerleading and swimming activities.
About Our Center:
Our child care center is a state licensed facility for children 6 weeks of age up to school age. We provide daily meals in accordance
with the Federal Food Program guidelines. We are active participants in the Keystone STARS program to improve the quality of the
care we offer. All staff is committed to providing a high quality early learning program through their continued enrollment in early
childhood education courses.
The mission of Dynamite Daycare is to provide children with a safe, loving environment that is enriched with daily hands-on learning