Safety is our highest priority at Today’s Life Schools & Childcare. Today’s Life is licensed by the State of Minnesota, and our caring teachers all have degrees in child development, a valid CDA or early childhood education, exceeding the qualifications set by state law.
All of our quality staff members are fingerprinted and must pass a background check every 2 years. They are trained in first aid every 3 years and CPR every 2 years, as well as Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) and Abusive Head Trauma (AHT) yearly. Each child development teacher goes through a full orientation and two-week basic training program upon being hired. In addition, each teacher receives the required amount of in-service training every year to stay current on early childhood learning standards. Today’s Life carries liability insurance for each child in attendance. Field trips are always in-house.
As required by the state of Minnesota, Today’s Life annually reviews our risk reduction plan that identifies the general risks to children served by our center. We establish specific policies and procedures that minimize identified risks and trains staff on the procedures. As a parent of a child at Today’s Life, you may request to see the plan.
Today’s Life conducts daily maintenance checks on all equipment and supplies. Cribs are inspected once a month. Our fenced outdoor playground area is located on site. The playground is checked for safety daily, and children are educated on how to safely use all equipment. Staff members position themselves so they can supervise the children on all areas of the playground while respecting the staff/child ratio at all times.
Each parent is required to sign their children in each morning at drop-off and again at pickup. Any adults, other than the parents, who are picking up a child are required to show a valid Minnesota State ID and must be previously authorized by the parents.
Today’s Life follows the health guidelines of the State of Minnesota. If a child exhibits symptoms that suggest the presence of a communicable disease, they are to remain home for the day. Full guidelines on sickness can be found in our handbook that parents receive upon enrollment.
We have monthly evacuation drills to our designated shelter area to prepare children for emergencies such as fires or tornadoes. A fire system automatically closes fire doors as soon as the alarm goes off, and the children are well versed in advance about what they should do in that scenario.
If you have a question, never hesitate to ask a teacher or the center’s director. There is no such thing as a silly question when it comes to the safety of your child.