Services


Our Program

Smart-Start strives to make each child feel loved, valued, and capable. Although play is valued as an important aspect of childhood and children are given many opportunities to participate in creative, child initiated activities, intentional teaching is also an important component of our center. Research indicates that the first 5 years are the most important time to stimulate a child's interest and capacity to learn. In both the childcare center and in the pre-school, children will have opportunities to develop in these areas: Pro-social cooperative interaction with others, language development, literacy and alphabet knowledge, counting and number concepts, creative expression through art. music, and movement, large motor coordination and balance, fine motor and writing readiness, dramatic play, and science and nature awareness. 
 
CHILD CARE
Child care is more than just daytime supervision for your child. At Smart-Start Quality Child Care, your child has a fun, nurturing environment to explore, learn, and socialize with his or her peers. Our caring staff is dedicated to providing a safe setting with creative activities for your child to enjoy.
 
CHILD DEVELOPMENT
Your child’s mind is growing rapidly during the first few years of his or her life. Smart-Start Quality Child Care is proud to offer engaging and enriching activities that both challenge your child and prepare him or her for a lifetime of learning.

Enviornment

SSQCC desires that there be a safe, positive and nurturing environment for all children who attend our facility. SSQCC believes that most children desire to "please", and misbehavior is generally a sign that they need attention and acceptance. For this reason, we try to ignore most mild misbehaviors and give attention to those children who follow the rules. The students learn quickly that the best way to get noticed is to be cooperative and obedient. We want each student to feel safe and accepted and that the childcare environment is fun, rewarding, and positive. For this to happen, we enforce the following rules:
 
1. Be Kind! People are not for hurting! Neither children nor staff are allowed to "touch" or "talk" to another person in an unkind way.

2. Be Safe. Use walking feet indoors. Only take reasonable risks.

3. Be Neat. Take what you need, use it wisely, and put everything away when you are finished.
 
 
When a child forgets one of these rules, they are invited to either change their behavior immediately or go to their seats until their brain remembers and a teacher can give them a guidance session to teach them a better way to handle their problem. Guidance sessions will always occur when there is a conflict between two or more children involving physical aggression or disrespect for another person's rights. We do not believe in "punishing" a child for misbehavior, but rather teaching them the right way to behave. We believe in guiding a child as firmly as necessary but as gently as possible. Our staff is trained to use positive child guidance techniques. If a child becomes belligerent/dangerous to others and the staff is not able to console or help the child regain control, a parent will be called and asked to take the child home. If a child has to be sent home three times, a request is made to make other child care arrangements. SSQCC will work with you in helping your child to learn the joy and happiness that comes from being cooperative and obedient.

Pre-School

Smart-Start Montessori Academy is an academic pre-school and private kindergarten for children ages 3 to 6. The morning classes are held 8:00am to 11:00 am and the afternoon classes are from 11:45 am to 2:45 pm. The preschool is a separate service and additional costs do apply if you choose to enroll your child in the pre-school as well as the child care center.  Teachers walk the students to and from preschool for their assigned class time.

Preschool Rates:  
2 days/week (Tu/Th): $175.00/month 
3 days/week (M/W/F): $225.00/month
5 days/week (M/T/W/Th/F}: $300.00/month
Full Day Kindergarten: $500.00/month

Fees & Hours of Operation

SSQCC charges a flat monthly rate according to the child's age. 

Infants (0-12 months): $700.00/month 
1 Year Olds: $650.00/month 
2 Year Olds: $600.00/month 
3 year olds: $550.00/month 
4 to 5 Year Olds: $500.00/month 

HOURS OF OPERATION
Monday - Friday: 6:00 am - 6:00 pm.
Late pick up fees are charged for children not picked up by 6:00 pm.
 
HOLIDAYS
SSQCC is closed the following holidays: 
New Years Day 
Memorial Day 
Independence Day 
Labor Day 
Thanksgiving and the Friday after it 
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 
(When the holiday is on a Saturday or Sunday, SSQCC will follow federal government and close the same day they do.) 

Meals

At Smart-Start Quality Child Care we participate in the Child and Adult Food Care Program providing nutritious meals for breakfast, lunch and snack.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs). Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible Agency or USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at How to File a Program Discrimination Complaint and at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.