Information for ABQ Children's Academy parents

ABQ Children’s Academy takes every measure necessary to ensure the health, safety and learning-readiness of your child every day they come to school. But we need your help.
Our school policies outline how you, the parents, can contribute to your child’s success at ABQ Children’s Academy.

Attendance Options and Tuition Rates

ABQ Children’s Academy offers a number of attendance options to meet each family’s needs. Students at any developmental level may attend:

◊ Half day (8:00 am – 11:30 am)
◊ Full day (8:00 am – 3:00 pm)
◊ 2 days/week (Tuesday, Thursday)
◊ 3 days/week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
◊ 5 days/week

Tuition for each full-day attendance option is as follows:

2 days/week  ◊  $280.00/month
3 days/week  ◊  $420.00/month
5 days/week  ◊  $700.00/month

We are a CYFD-approved Child Care Assistance provider, so some or all of your child’s tuition costs may be covered.

Please contact us for tuition rates for half-day attendance.

Days and Hours of Operation

ABQ Children’s Academy operates according to the Albuquerque Public Schools academic calendar from August to May. We offer before- and after-school care from 7:00 am until 6:00 pm. Before- and after-care availability may vary with some holidays.

Parents will be notified of any school closing because of emergency or inclement weather via text or email.

Summer camp is available for students 18 months all the way up to 12 years of age in June, July and August.

Policies

By registering your child at ABQ Children’s Academy, you agree to abide by the following school policies:

Dress Code

Student should be dressed appropriately for the weather. We encourage parents to dress children in clothes that accommodate active play. Please be aware that activities may result in the soiling or staining of clothes. We require at minimum one full change of clothes be left at the school in case of soiling. When extra clothes are used, we request that another outfit be sent to school the following day.

Discipline

At ABQ Children’s Academy, we strive to deter misbehavior and proactively and positively address undesired behavior. To that end, our teachers follow a protocol that helps to prevent and resolve most problem behaviors:

1. Students are to be kept actively engaged to limit the opportunity or environment for misbehavior.

2. Upon the first incident of an undesired behavior, the student is given a verbal warning.

3. If the student continues to display the undesired behavior after the warning, he or she will be redirected to a new activity.

4. If redirection does not change the behavior, the student will be seated at a table with learning manipulative apart from other students and given the opportunity to self-soothe.

5. Teachers will follow-up with a one-on-one conversation after the student has had time to relieve stress.

If these steps are not sufficient to resolve problem behaviors, our teachers may introduce natural or logical consequences. To the greatest extent possible, we consistently apply consequences for inappropriate actions or undesired behaviors, always following these guidelines:

◊ All expectations for our students are to be age-appropriate and communicated to the student using language they understand.

◊ Consequences are to be individually determined for each child to ensure they are appropriate to his or her developmental level.

◊ Consequences are to be clearly communicated to students.

◊ Positive reinforcements are preferred as a means to create and maintain a nurturing and respectful environment among both students and teachers.

We work together—with our colleagues, parents and the child—to understand why a behavior persists and to encourage new, positive behaviors.

Health and Safety

Sign-in/out

Children must be signed in and out every day with full signature by an authorized adult.

Immunization

The State of New Mexico requires that each student’s file include a signed record of all immunizations.

Health Inspection

Guide to symptoms of child illness and when to keep them home from schoolBefore drop-off, you should thoroughly check your child for signs of illness before he or she associates with peers. The ABQ Children’s Academy staff have the right to send a student home at any time if he or she shows sign of any illness. Please see the Parent Handbook for guidelines on when it is safe to send your child back to school.

Sick Child

If your child becomes sick or injured while at school, guardians will be contacted for pick-up. If a guardian cannot be reached, other contacts in child’s records will be contacted for pick-up.

Communicable Diseases

Notify the school if your child has a communicable disease. A doctor’s note is required before your child may return to school.

Medication

If your child needs any medication during the school day, the medication must be in the original bottle and labeled in permanent marker with full name, dosage and date of prescription along with proper paperwork. All medications remain in a locked box and administered per prescription documentation by our director.

Accident Reports

An accident report will be completed by supervising staff for any incident except minor scratches or abrasions made during play or daily activities. All reports are signed by authorized guardian of the student and filed in child’s records.

Child Abuse

All staff members are trained to identify signs of child abuse and are required by law report any sign of any form of child abuse to proper authorities. ABQ Children’s Academy follows all regulations as stated in The New Mexico Child Welfare Handbook.

Emergency Plan

In case of serious injury, the ABQ Children’s Academy director or your child’s lead teacher will take charge of your child’s care. Emergency professionals will be contacted immediately, followed by parents or legal guardians. Parents or legal guardians assume any expenses not covered by the school’s insurance policy; consent forms are held in child’s records.

In case of an emergency, the following actions will be taken to ensure our students’ safety:

1. Teacher will account for the number of students present.

2. Teacher will gather classroom emergency back pack, which contains students’ information and adequate supplies to properly care for each child.

3. Teacher will have all students line up and exit the building.

4. Teachers will escort students to the office building parking lot at 10200 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87112. If that location is not available or is not safe, the children will be escorted to Matheson Park at 10809 Lexington Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87112.

5. Upon arrival at designated location, teacher will contact parents or legal guardians of each child. If legal guardians are not reached, teacher will contact other emergency contacts listed on the students’ information sheets.

6. Teacher will stay with the children at the designated safe location until they are picked up by an appropriate adult.

In the event that a special needs student is enrolled at ABQ Children’s Academy, we will update the emergency plan to accommodate their needs. Parents will receive a copy of the ABQ Children’s Academy Handbook, which outlines all our policies and guidelines.

Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns regarding our policies.

Your child already loves learning. ABQ Children’s Academy helps them love school!