Policy for serving children with disabilities

      If a child has been diagnosed with any medical condition we ask to be notified during enrollment to ensure appropriate placement. Records of evaluations done by a medical professional or other professionals are requested. Family Support Staff, our disabilities coordinator and other consultants will work with the families to ensure that all professional recommendations are addressed. The center does not provided transportation but we will work with your transportation company to ensure the child arrives to and from necessary outside services.

Accident Policy

      When a child has an accident at school that does not require emergency medical or dental treatment, the parent will be called immediately to inform them. The parent may decide to come and get the child or leave them at the center until the end of the day. Teachers write accident reports, which are signed by themselves, the Director, and the parent. Parents receive a copy of the report.


Allison’s Infant & Toddler Center only provides general liability insurance for accidents that occur at the center. All parents need to provide their own medical insurance for their children.

Medical Emergency Procedure

      Our child care program will always try to provide a safe environment for your children, but occasionally, children are hurt or injured. All staff is CPR & First Aid certified. In the event of a medical emergency, we will immediately secure the safety of the injured child, as well as, any children who are directly involved with the incident. Then, we shall contact the parent or other person listed on the emergency release form if the parent is unavailable. We will continue to call individuals listed on your child’s contact list until we are able to reach someone who can come provide a comforting support for the upset and injured child. If your child requires immediate emergency care, paramedics will be called to provide transportation to the nearest hospital. The staff member, who is most familiar with your child, will accompany the child and await the arrival of the parent or other authorized persons.  All parents are responsible for any medical bills incurred as a result of medical treatment received by his/her child.

      Staff must complete an Ouchie Incident Report, which is signed by the parent and assistant director following an incident. In case of emergency the children will go to the Sherman Park Library at 5320 s. Racine.

Medical Policy

      Each child enrolled in our program must have a complete and current physical and dental examination on file. This is required by the Department of Children and Family Services Licensing Standards.

A complete physical includes:

  • A hemoglobin or hematocrit test to determine anemia. The doctor must include a number reading of these test results.

  • A TB test. The doctor must include the results on the physical form.

  • Current immunization records including 3 Hepatitis B vaccines

  • Lead Test. The doctor must include a number reading of these test results.

  • Varicella vaccine

  • diabetes screening

  • any other doctor’s findings

A completed dental must also be submitted before the child’s first day of school. The Assistant Director will partner with parents to follow up on any problems reported or follow up care required by the doctor or dentist. They will also assist parents in making sure immunizations, medical, and dental records are kept current.

Acute illness

If your child becomes sick during the day with a fever, diarrhea, vomiting, etc. we will notify you and will expect for you or someone to pick your child up. If your child is ill for more than three days a doctors statement is required to re-enter.

  • Discharge Policy

Unfortunately, there are times, despite the best efforts of our staff, when a child must be discharged from the program. This will only happen after several attempts have been made to meet the child’s individual needs. The teachers at Allison's Infant & Toddler Center consistently keep the best interest of the child in mind; however, certain children may demonstrate the inability to benefit from the type of care offered by our program. The teachers must also keep in mind the health and safety of the other children in the classroom; therefore, if a child’s presence is detrimental to the group, he or she will be discharged from the program. We will gladly provide a list of local agencies and programs, which may be more beneficial to the child’s growth and development.

We reserve the right to discharge children and/or families from the program for the following reasons:

  • A child will be discharged from the program if a change in his/her age makes him/her ineligible for participation in the program.

  • When the child or family does not meet eligibility requirements.

  • When parents/guardians/family members display inappropriate behavior that is harmful to self or others in the classroom, building, neighborhood, play yard and field trips.

  • When parents/guardians fail to provide needed information for initial or re-determination of childcare payment assistant.

  • When parent/guardians fail to cooperate with meetings, conferences, and/or additional planning that is needed to assist in child’s health and well being.

  • When the child does not have current physical or dental exams, current immunizations, or fails to receive follow-up treatment as outlined on health forms.

  • When parents do not meet the time line for turning in important documentation.

  • When parents/guardians do not pay Co-Payment fee or late fees.

  • When parents/guardians consistently pick their child or children up after their agreed pick-up time.



      Childhood disease and illness are part of growing up. If there is a communicable diseases that has been reported on the facility, notice will be posted. You are encouraged to consult your pediatrician. We will report such diseases to local health authorities.

      If your child has been exposed to a communicable disease outside the facility we would appreciate you for informing the facility.

Children absent due to communicable diseases may not return to the facility without a signed statement from their pediatrician indicating the child is no longer contagious and can return to the facility.

Please make sure we have an emergency contact number in the event your child should become ill. If the phone number has changed pleases make sure to give the new numbers to the facility director.                                               

Illness / Exclusion Policy

    Staff will complete a visual health check of each child upon arrival at the center. If any of the symptoms listed below are observed, we will ask you to take your child home for the day. The teaching staff has been trained in caring for children who are mildly ill, but we may exclude a child with a minor illness if one of the following conditions exist: the illness prevents the child from participating comfortably in activities or the illness requires more care than the child care staff can provide without compromising the health and safety of the other children. If a child becomes ill or shows symptoms of a contagious illness during the day, he/she will be removed from the class and the parent will be contacted to pick up the child as soon as possible. An illness report will be sent home with the child indicating the requirements for return to school.

      The following are indications of illness for which a child should stay home or will be sent home:

  • fever 100 ° or higher

  • vomiting

  • communicable rashes

  • pink eye

  • strep throat

  • chicken pox

  • severe cold

  • diarrhea

  • bronchitis

  • measles

  • head lice

  • ringworm

  • difficulty breathing

  • any other signs of possible severe illness or communicable disease.

Your child must be fever free for 24 hours before returning to the center. 

If your child is absent due to contagious illness, a note from the doctor stating the nature of the illness and that he/she is free of contagion is required before re-admission. If your child is absent from school for 5 days due to illness, a doctor’s note is required for readmission.


      Cooperation with our health policy will minimize the spread of illnesses at the center.

Medication Policy

      If your child needs medication while attending the center, you must complete a medication consent form available in the nurse’s office. You must present this form along with the medication to the nurse. The medication must be in the original labeled container with the child’s first and last name, the date the prescription was filled, the medication’s expiration date, and legible instructions for administration. A copy of the physician’s prescription is also needed. In accordance with local public health requirements, non-prescription medication shall not be dispensed unless accompanied by a doctor’s prescription.

      We may administer medication to a child in the program when the following criteria exist:

  • when the medication dosage cannot be given at home, outside of school hours.

  • When refusal to administer medication in the program would pose a significant hardship or require absence from the program of a child in the recovery phase of an illness that is otherwise well enough to attend the program (I.e. ear infection after the first day or so).

  • When a child has a chronic medical problem that may require the urgent administration of medicine (i.e. asthma, severe allergy, diabetes).

Medication will be stored and administered by a medical professional. All medication must be brought to the nurse’s office. DO NOT LEAVE MEDICATION IN YOUR CHILD’S CUBBY!




Prevention of Child Abuse

      The administration and staff at Allison's Infant & Toddler Center are committed to ensuring that children enrolled in the program are provided positive and enriching experiences which assist in their physical, social, and emotional development. Children will be supervised by program staff at all times.

      All staff are mandated reporters under the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act. Allison's Infant & Toddler Center is in support of this act which states:

Any child care worker or other staff having reasonable cause to believe a child known to them in their professional or official capacity may be an abused child or neglected child shall immediately report or cause a report to be made to the Department of Children and Family Services.

      Child abuse is defined as damage to a child for which there is no reasonable explanation and includes non-accidental physical injury, emotional or verbal abuse, neglect, sexual molestation, and purposeful or inadvertent exposure to materials, conduct, or events which are inappropriate for the age and development of the children in question.


      In the event of a fire, the evacuation procedure will be followed. The procedure is reviewed by all staff and posted in each classroom at all the exits. Monthly fire drills occur to help children and staff to become familiar with the procedures.

Children enrolled at 5522 S. Racine will be taken to the library; children enrolled at 234 E. 115th St. will be taken to Roseland Community Health Center if the school building is unsafe to reenter. Children enrolled at 440-442 E. 71st St will be taken to Park Manor School.  Teachers and staff will contact parents from that location for pick up as soon as possible.