Safety & Security Policies

Of the Color Us Kids Learning Centers

At Color Us Kids, our highest priority at all times is the safety and well being of the children in our care. Below are some of the security measures that we have taken to ensure their safety and protection.

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Secure Entrances

Our doors remain locked at all times, with a keypad entry and provided personal access codes to families. There is an additional keypad at the front desk for signing children in and out. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, parents are not allowed to enter the building at this time. Parents and prospective families may call their local center and request a visit.

Monitored Classrooms

Our facilities are equipped with closed-circuit cameras in each classroom and an observation window on each classroom door. Telephones in each classroom allow parents to speak to teachers at any time, but the teachers can only dial “911” from these phones. Because of our open-door policy, parents can visit classrooms at any time. (Open door policy is currently limited during the COVID-19 pandemic due to CDC guidelines. Temperature checks are now required before entering the building. Please contact your school directly for more information.)

Staff

All Color Us Kids Learning Center employees are subject to a criminal background check, fingerprints, and must provide a ten-year work history before employment.

Administrators and caregiver staff are required to complete and maintain current CPR and First Aid Training. During the first year of employment, administrators and caregiver staff must also complete extensive training in the following:

  • Disease control, cleanliness, basic hygiene, illness detection, illness disposition, or childhood injury control.
  • Identifying, reporting, and meeting the needs of abused, neglected, or deprived children.
  • Safety and injury prevention.

Additionally, caregiver staff must complete at least eighteen (18) clock hours of approved training in child care issues every year.

Traffic & Transportation

Our centers are designed with a covered entrance for your convenience during inclement weather. One-direction traffic is allowed through the port only.

Color Us Kids provides transportation to and from the elementary schools in the area and scheduled field trips. For the safety of all children, we have implemented a transportation policy, which is available for viewing below. Parents of school-age children must be aware of their responsibility to notify the center immediately when there is a change in their child’s daily transportation schedule. (Field trips are currently limited due to CDC guidelines. Please contact your center for more information.)

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Pick-up /Release of Child to Others

Color Us Kids must have specific authorization from the parent or guardian to release a child to anyone other than those listed on the child’s enrollment form. Proper identification MUST be obtained before the child will be released. If there is ANY question, the child will not be released, and the parent or guardian will be contacted immediately. Parents are asked to make sure that the staff is aware of the child’s arrival and departure. Parents must escort their child(ren) into or out of the center when picking up or dropping off. Color Us Kids will not allow any child to enter or leave without an adult escort. (Our drop-off/ pick-up policy is modified during the COVID-19 pandemic due to CDC guidelines. Please contact your school directly for more information.)

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Fire & Emergency

Our center is completely equipped with sprinklers, an electronically monitored fire alarm system, a security alarm system, and emergency exit lights over each exit door. Each room has a posted emergency evacuation plan and diagram. Safety is emphasized regularly in all classrooms and during our staff meetings. Fire and emergency evacuation drills are conducted periodically. In the unlikely event that the center is severely damaged and considered unsafe, plans have been made to evacuate the Carrollton location to Carrollton Elementary School and the Douglasville location to the New Georgia Public Library. Should an emergency occur, the director will notify parents and post a notice at the center.

All staff members are trained in CPR and First Aid. In case of an emergency, we will notify you and/or your physician immediately. If you are unavailable, we will inform the person(s) listed on your child’s enrollment application as the emergency contact. First aid will be administered immediately, if necessary. We have made emergency arrangements with local hospitals, including Tanner Medical Center and Wellstar Paulding Hospital.

Administration of Medicine

Medicine can only be administered to a child upon written authorization by the parents or guardian using the standard Color Us Kids medication form. In each case, the parent or guardian must complete, sign, and date the form and deliver it, along with the medicine labels, to the director. Medicine forms must be filled out weekly. Our staff performs three separate checks before dispensing medication to ensure that the correct child’s proper medication and dosage are given. No medicines are kept in the classroom, including medication for teachers. Medications are secured in the office medicine cabinet (or kitchen refrigerator if temperature control is required) – always out of reach of children and in a separate room.

State Law requires that all medicine must be:

  • In the original container,
  • Clearly labeled with the name of the medication,
  • Clearly labeled with the child’s name,
  • Labeled with a prescription number,
  • Clearly labeled with the dosage to be administered,
  • Clearly labeled with the date.

Illness & Disease Control

Please also review our Sanitary Procedure and Disease Control Policy and Updated Covid-19 Policy below.

We take every precaution to safeguard your child against illness. However, most children experience an average number of infections. If a child displays illness symptoms, we remove the child from the classroom and sit with him/her in the office until a parent or guardian can pick him/her up.

If a child appears ill, has a high fever (100+), is vomiting, or shows evidence of a contagious disease, we ask that parents not bring him/her to the center. Color Us Kids imposes this requirement for protecting all of the children and teachers at the center. Children must be without fever for 12 to 24 hours without the use of Tylenol, etc., before returning. 

Parents are notified if a communicable disease is introduced into the center. Likewise, we require that parents notify the center immediately if their child contracts a communicable disease. Children with such a condition cannot attend the center and will not be re-admitted without written permission from a physician.

Color Us Kids Learning Center is licensed and inspected by the state of Georgia and meets all health and safety standards.

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COVID-19 Preventative Measures

We take the sanitation and cleanliness of our facilities very seriously. Our thorough safety policies and health guidelines reflect that dedication. Our buildings and classrooms are sanitized and cleaned throughout each day, and proper hand-washing procedures are always part of our daily routines.

In all of our schools, we will rigorously follow COVID-19 preventative guidelines, and we encourage your family to do the same.

  • All staff members are required to wear masks and gloves the entire day.
  • Staff will be washing their hands and your children’s hands throughout the day.
  • We will perform daily temperature checks upon arrival before entering the school. Temperatures of 100 degrees or higher will not be permitted in school.
  • We will be practicing social distancing in our lobby, halls, and parking lots.
  • Every meal is provided in the classroom rather than in a congregate/ communal setting.
  • Schools have established safe pick-up and drop-off procedures, with only children and teachers allowed in classrooms. Staff will pick the children up from their cars in the morning and walk the children back to their cars at the end of the day.
  • We will avoid touching our faces and kindly reminding children to do the same.
  • Staff will stay home – and children must be kept home – if COVID-19 symptoms are present.
  • If a child or staff member has a positive test result for COVID-19, they will be required to stay home for 14-days and receive a negative test result before they return.
  • Staff will be avoiding any contact with people who are sick.
  • In addition to frequently sanitizing our facilities, we have installed air purifiers in every center, effectively killing 99.9% of airborne germs.

For questions or more information about our policies, please contact your local Color Us Kids Learning Center.

Sanitary Procedures & Disease Control Policy

Every child’s and teacher’s health and safety in our centers is our main concern, and we are taking every precaution to prevent exposure or spread of COVID-19 within our centers. We are actively partnering with local health departments and closely following guidelines from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): CDC Childcare and K-12 Guidance to guide our decisions.

We are strictly following the CDC guidelines and procedures to prevent any possible exposure to disease. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, only students and staff will be allowed to enter the building at this time. Parents and prospective families may call and schedule a visit.

The risk of spreading serious illness in a child care center is tremendous. It is our responsibility to control and reduce that risk as much as possible. The following procedures were developed for that purpose.

  1. Always wash your hands after assisting each child with pottying or diapering changes. DO NOT CHANGE OR POTTY SEVERAL CHILDREN AND THEN WASH. This will spread bacteria from one child to the other and to you. There is a proper handwashing procedure posted above all sinks. The proper diapering procedure is posted in the infant room.
  2. Always sanitize diaper changing areas after each use, even if the diaper was only wet. Afterward, lie or sit the child down and immediately sanitize the area thoroughly. Use a clean disposable towel to sanitize the area. DO NOT USE THE CHANGING TABLE FOR A FOOD TABLE OR WORK TABLE. Dispose of diapers in the closed container provided at the changing table. Never change a child in a crib!!!
  3. Always wash children’s hands after they have used the bathroom. The little ones can do this with a clean, wet washcloth or wet paper towel. The older children can use the sink. This is not only a sanitary procedure but also a learning experience for the children.
  4. Always have the children wash their hands before eating, and of course, wash your hands before handling food.
  5. Keep noses wiped and faces clean. Secretions from the nose and mouth carry a massive amount of bacteria. Always use a clean tissue for each child (not their bibs or shirts) and throw the tissue away, and WASH your hands.
  6. SANITIZE TOYS
    • Infants – Toys should be sanitized several times a day, immediately after a child plays with them and before the next child gets them. Seats, walkers, swings should be sanitized at the end of the day. Other usual sanitary procedures should be followed routinely.
    • Toddlers – Toys should be sanitized at least twice daily – once during nap time and once at the end of each day. Any toy that has been in a child’s mouth should be sanitized immediately. Toys that go outside should be sanitized regularly. If a child should soil the sheets, they should be changed immediately. Potties should be sanitized during nap time and at the end of each day. Trash should be emptied several times during the day, specifically during nap time and whenever necessary. Soiled diapers should be placed in a covered trash container.
    • Preschoolers – Follow hand washing and bathroom procedure carefully. Keep toys and equipment clean and safe by checking them regularly for loose screws, broken parts, etc. Do not allow children to share combs, brushes, clothing, food, etc. Sanitize bathrooms during nap time and at the end of each day. Make sure toilet tissue and paper towels are always available. Sanitize toys daily, more often if necessary.

7. Be sure that children do not share pacifiers, bottles, cups, glasses, or any other eating utensils. If this happens, thoroughly wash the item and either give it to the appropriate child or put it away.

8. There is so much we can do and we must!!!! Please keep these procedures nearby for future reference and make them a habit. You will be expected to follow them at all times.

Transportation Policy

  1.  All bus drivers must be at least eighteen (18) years of age and have a valid driver’s license.
  2. CHILDREN ARE NEVER TO BE LEFT UNATTENDED ON THE FACILITY BUS! EVERY CHILD MUST BE IN A SEAT AND BUCKLED BEFORE THE BUS MOVES! The bus driver or staff will assist each child on and off the bus to avoid falls. If picking children up from the elementary school and a child has not come to the bus, the driver will signal someone in charge at the school and ask them to check for the child. The driver will inform that person that they cannot leave the children on the bus unattended. It is the elementary school’s responsibility to ensure their child (ren) are escorted safely to the Color Us Kids bus. If an emergency occurs and you must leave the bus, the driver will help the children off the bus calmly, and they will form a human chain with each child holding hands. The driver will keep the children with them at all times.
  3. In the event of an accident, the bus breaks down, or the children are not safe remaining on the bus while waiting for help, the bus driver will calmly assist the children off the bus to a safe environment away from harm and the road.
  4. Upon entering and exiting the bus, the driver will complete the school transportation form. The School Transportation form is found in the transportation binder required on each Color Us Kids operating bus.
  5. The driver must make sure that trash is removed from the bus after every trip. He or she must check the bus for children’s belongings. When the driver’s seat is empty, the parking brakes must be engaged, transmission in park, the ignition is turned off, and the keys are removed. The driver should never leave the bus motor on without a driver seating in the seat. The bus driver should lock the bus after each trip. 
  6. NO CHILDREN ARE ALLOWED IN THE FRONT SEAT AT ANY TIME!!!

ALWAYS:

  • Check first to ensure that there are no children left on the bus.
  • When you arrive, contact the director to check the bus immediately upon arrival, to see that no children are left on the bus. The director must then sign the transportation book.

*Our vehicles are inspected annually by a licensed mechanic. A copy of the standard inspection report is kept on file in the office and is reviewed during state visits.

Discipline Policy

During the early childhood years, our children are leaming and exploring many things, and being in charge of their behavior is one of them. At Color Us Kids Learning Center, we believe in establishing consistent, easy-to-understand limits and having teachers who respond to inappropriate behavior with insight, sensitivity, and skill.
When clear, consistent, and age-appropriate limits are present, children increasingly become responsible for themselves. We want the child to understand why their behaviors are inappropriate and how they can modify them.

Society has rules and limits everyone has to live by. Children need rules and boundaries to prepare them now to be better citizens tomorrow. They must learn self-control. They need discipline. They also need independence, but independence within limits set by adults.

Discipline and punishment are two completely different concepts. One of the most confusing concepts to an adult is the DIFFERENCE between discipline and punishment.

Look at the chart to learn how COLOR US KIDS expects you to teach self-control through discipline.

You can see that there is indeed a BIG difference between discipline and punishment. Discipline is geared to teach self-control. Teaching discipline means that the child learns new appropriate behaviors, so they won’t need to use the old misbehavior any longer. The purpose of punishment is to penalize and punish for misbehaviors. Our children deserve more. 

They deserve to be taught rather than be punished as a consequence of their actions. The emphasis of each is so very different.

Discipline is concerned with the future. The goal is to teach our children how to behave not just for today, but for always. Discipline builds correct and appropriate behaviors for life.

Punishment is only concerned with the behavior currently happening. There’s no thought about tomorrow. Because there is no concern with the future, the misbehavior will reoccur. 

OUR POLICY AT COLOR US KIDS IS LEARNING THROUGH DISCIPLINE INSTEAD OF PUNISHMENT!!! 

It’s essential to understand why a child is misbehaving. This can help you handle the situation. The following are a few reasons a child may misbehave: 

  • Boredom 
  • Needs not being met 
  • Food allergies 
  • Illness 
  • Inability to entertain themselves 
  • Testing out new behaviors 
  • Release of frustration or tension 
  • Lack of sleep 
  • Reinforcing misbehavior 
  • Inconsistency 

At Color Us Kids Leaming Center, only positive methods of disciple and guidance are used. This is set to help provide self-esteem, self-control, and self-direction for the child.

Discipline is individualized and consistent for each child, appropriate to the child’s level of understanding, and directed toward teaching the child acceptable behavior and self-control.

At Color Us Kids, we use redirection as a method to guide children toward appropriate behavior. If a child is engaged in behavior not conducive to a safe and happy learning environment, the teacher will ‘redirect’ the child toward appropriate activity. “Redirection” is a method used to help guide the child toward appropriate behavior.

The use of physical punishment or harsh language is prohibited at all times. 

Under other extreme situations, it may become necessary to remove the child from the classroom altogether. The director may need to speak with the child, or the child may benefit from supervised quiet time outside the classroom. This is considered an opportunity to allow the child to redirect their own behavior.

If this is not successful, it may become necessary to communicate the behavior problem with the child’s parents. This will be preceded by a written behavior report completed by the child’s teacher and presented by the director to the parent.

The teacher/caregiver must NEVER discuss the child’s behavior in front of the child or any other child or without the director’s presence or permission.

Along with the parents, the director and the teacher/caregiver shall create a plan to redirect the child’s behavior. This may involve reward incentives at the center as well as at home. It must be a cooperative plan.

If this is not successful, it may finally become necessary to unenroll the child from the center permanently. This shall be done in writing by the director only after every alternative has been exhausted, and it has been determined that such action would be in the interest of all the children as well as the specific child involved.

For more information, please contact the nearest Color Us Kids Learning Center.

F.A.Q.

Are there secure entrances at Color Us Kids?

Yes, our doors remain locked at all times, with a keypad entry and provided personal access codes to families. There is an additional keypad at the front desk for signing children in and out.

What precautions are being taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19?

Every child's and teacher's health and safety in our centers is our main concern, and we are taking every precaution to prevent exposure or spread of COVID-19 within our centers. We are actively partnering with local health departments and closely following guidelines from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): CDC Childcare and K-12 Guidance to guide our decisions.

We are strictly following the CDC guidelines and procedures to prevent any possible exposure to disease. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, parents are not allowed to enter the building at this time unless they have scheduled a visit.

What is your procedure for emergencies?

In the unlikely event that the center is severely damaged from fire or other destruction, and is considered unsafe, plans have been made to evacuate the Carrollton location to Carrollton Elementary School and the Douglasville location to the New Georgia Public Library. Should an emergency occur, the director will notify parents and post a notice at the center.
All staff members are trained in CPR and First Aid. In case of an emergency, we will notify you and/or your physician immediately. If you are unavailable, we will inform the person(s) listed on your child's enrollment application as the emergency contact. First aid will be administered immediately, if necessary. We have made emergency arrangements with local hospitals, including Tanner Medical Center and Wellstar Paulding Hospital.

How are classrooms monitored?

Classrooms are monitored at all times with equipped closed-circuit cameras in each classroom and an observation window on each classroom door.

Can I send a prescription or over the counter medication to be administered to my child?

Yes. 

Medicine can only be administered to a child upon written authorization by the parents or guardian using the standard Color Us Kids medication form. In each case, the parent or guardian must complete, sign, and date the form and deliver it, along with the medicine labels, to the director. Medicine forms must be filled out weekly. Our staff performs three separate checks before dispensing medication to ensure that the correct child's proper medication and dosage are given. No medicines are kept in the classroom, including medication for teachers. Medications are secured in the office medicine cabinet (or kitchen refrigerator if temperature control is required) - always out of reach of children and in a separate room.

State Law requires that all medicine must be:

  • In the original container,
  • Clearly labeled with the name of the medication,
  • Clearly labeled with the child's name,
  • Labeled with a prescription number,
  • Clearly labeled with the dosage to be administered,
  • Clearly labeled with the date.
Can I send someone else to pick-up my child?

Color Us Kids must have specific authorization from the parent or guardian to release a child to anyone other than those listed on the child's enrollment form. Proper identification MUST be obtained before the child will be released. If there is ANY question, the child will not be released, and the parent or guardian will be contacted immediately. Parents are asked to make sure that the staff is aware of the child's arrival and departure. Parents must escort their child(ren) into or out of the center when picking up or dropping off. Color Us Kids will not allow any child to enter or leave without an adult escort. (Our drop-off/ pick-up policy may be modified during the COVID-19 pandemic due to CDC guidelines. Please contact your school directly for more information.)

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What Our Families are Saying

“Great daycare! All of the teachers that interact with my kids only have nice things to say and I always walk away with a good feeling. Considering I have three kids that spend majority of their day there, it is important for me to trust the people my kids are with. My children love going to daycare everyday!” – Jessi S.

“I just want to thank you all for making this experience beyond amazing. Being a first time mom in a new city you all have definitely helped me with a huge change. You all are so amazing at what you do. I have never seen one child leave that daycare dirty at all, and all the staff knows every single kid. You are there to greet everyone first thing in the morning, and you make everyone feel welcomed. I thank you all for making my son and I feel welcomed since day one. Your appreciated for all that you do!” – Amahni F.

“Great place! My kids went here when they were a little younger and I still compare daycare’s to this place. Ms. Shay, Ms. Brandi, and all the staff were amazing and I loved that they always had themes for everyone to participate in.” – Katie G.