GENERAL INFO

CPR and FIRST AID CERTIFICATIONS:

Unlike other childcare centers and preschools in Omaha that only have a few key employees certified, we encourage each and every member of our staff to become CPR and First-Aid Certified. Our entire management team is certified in both at all times. Through the National Safety Council's Greater Omaha Chapter, we provide paid training opportunities to each of our employees. We currently have 32 employees certified in CPR, and 29 employees certified in First-Aid.

TORNADO and FIRE SAFETY:

At Millard Children's Academy, we have a specifically designed and structurally reinforced tornado shelter in our basement level. During tornado emergencies, both children and staff will take refuge in the shelter and all doors will remain locked. Fire and tornado drills are conducted by the Academy on a regular basis to ensure proper procedures are followed in case of emergency.

MEDICATIONS:

At Millard Children's Academy, we understand that children, while otherwise healthy, may need to have medications administered while under our care. We strictly follow the Five Rights of Medication Administration:

  • The Right child
  • The Right medication
  • The Right dose
  • The Right time
  • The Right route

We keep ALL medications under lock and key, they are only administered via written parental instructions, and only members of our experienced management team are authorized to give medications using firm sanitary guidelines and procedures.

SPECIAL DIETARY REQUIREMENTS:

At Millard Children's Academy childcare center and preschool, we realize every child is unique. If your child has special dietary requirements due to allergies, medical reasons, or religious or personal beliefs, we have strict guidelines in place to ensure their needs are met. We have cared for children with Asthma, Diabetes, Severe Allergies, strict religious beliefs, and many other personal needs. Please read through our TESTIMONIALS page to gain perspective on our commitment to these issues.

FINGER GUARDS:

At Millard Children's Academy, we know that a child's curiosity can get the best of them. We know that the hand is quicker than the eye. In our efforts to provide as safe an environment as possible, we have installed Finger Guards by Fingersafe®USA on as many doors as we can throughout our Academy. Finger Guards offer finger protection for the hinged side of doors that prevent fingers from being pinched, crushed, or even amputated at the hinged end of doors. These devices force fingers away from the hinge side of a door as it is closing, helping to prevent injuries.

SNOW DAYS:

Since its inception, Millard Children's Academy has rarely closed for snow days or inclement weather. In fact, since January 2000, we have closed for snow exactly three times: two full days and once at 3:00 PM.

The point is that we know many of our parents have to work and are counting on us to be there no matter how extreme the conditions may become. We get that! We will always do our very best to be open when we say we'll be open.

VISITATION:

Millard Children's Academy has an open door policy for our parents and legal guardians. They are invited to visit the Academy at any time. Parental input is always welcome and encouraged. If any parents have a special hobby or talent they would like to share with the children, please let the Director know. Grandparents are especially welcome (with prior parental permission).

PROGRESS REPORTS & CONFERENCES:

In response to parental feedback, and to improve upon our communication efforts in regards academic achievement and social development, in 2012 we implemented semi-annual progress reports for our Preschool children. In April and October of each year, we provide formal reports designed to give parents direct feedback on their preschooler's performance. These reports allow all of us to better track their path toward Kindergarten readiness and social advancement.

If any parents would like a personal conference with the Director and/or teachers, they are encouraged to do so and they can be scheduled by calling 402-861-0778.

ENROLLMENT POLICY:

Each child must meet all current State of Nebraska age and health requirements in order to qualify for enrollment. Millard Children's Academy accepts children regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, and disability. There are NO registration or enrollment fees for families enrolling at the Academy. All State of Nebraska proof of immunization requirements must be met prior to enrollment. Parents are asked to keep the Academy informed of any changes in personal information, including work and cell phone numbers, in case of illness or emergency. Whenever possible, parents are encouraged to give the Academy a 2-week notice of their intention to remove their child from the Academy.

MEALS and SNACKS:

Parents of infants still on formula and/or baby food are required to supply these items based on their individual child's needs. Once your child is on whole milk and table food, MCA provides all meals at no extra charge.

Each child's nutritional needs will be met while they are at the Academy. Breakfast is available to all children between 6:45 AM and 8:00 AM. The Academy serves a mid-morning and mid-afternoon snack, along with a balanced lunch. Schoolers are given a snack upon arrival after school. All meals and snacks are prepared in our on-site kitchen strictly following USDA guidelines. We do not allow "sack" lunches to be brought from home. Some children may have severe food allergies that can be life-threatening by merely being exposed to certain foods. We need to be able to control the food items in our Academy.

POTTY TRAINING:

Millard Children's Academy's staff will aid parents in their efforts to potty train their children and parents are encouraged to ask our staff for that assistance. Children in diapers must use disposable diapers or disposable pull-ups. Parents are required to supply disposable diapers or pull-ups, diaper wipes, and ointments as needed and are encouraged to mark each item with their child's full name. Our staff will notify parents when a child's supply is nearly exhausted. Your child CAN start in our preschool program even if they are not fully trained. They usually pick it up pretty fast by getting lots of encouragement, plenty of help, and often by seeing the rest of their peers using the potty.

NAP TIME:

Depending upon the age of each child, and compliant with their parents' wishes, they will be given an opportunity to rest and/or nap. A small pillow and blanket should be kept at the Academy at all times for each child's use during nap time. Parents are expected to take pillows and blankets home on a weekly basis for laundering. Parents of infants and toddlers are encouraged to communicate with their children's teachers as often as possible in order to determine their daily needs.

BIRTHDAYS:

A birthday is a very special day in the life of a child. The Academy will celebrate birthdays during morning snack time. If a parent wishes to provide treats or snacks for a child’s birthday, please let the Academy know in advance. Due to potential allergens, we do not allow home, store, or bakery-made snacks. A listing of snacks that we allow can be found on the current Safe Snack Guide at SnackSafely.com. Since the guide is updated quite frequently, please reference it each time you wish to bring snacks.

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