Our center operates for well children and staff only. Children who are mildly ill (e.g., minor cold symptoms) may remain at The Early Education Center only with the Directors approval.

Children with symptoms of communicable disease remain with a staff member until the parent or designated representative arrives for the child. We make every effort to reach the parents when a child is ill, but after 30 minutes we will contact the emergency contacts indicated by the parents.

We will not serve children with:
  • a fever of 101 of or above;
  • a fever pf 100° F-100.9° F, if combined with another sign of illness;
  • a skin rash that has not been identified by a phone call or in writing from a physician who has seen the rash;
  • diarrhea and/or vomiting;
  • evidence of head lice or other parasites;
  • severe coughing;
  • rapid or difficult breathing;
  • yellow skin or eyes;
  • conjunctivitis;
  • unusually dark urine and/or gray or white stool;
  • sore throat or difficulty swallowing;
  • stiff neck;
  • infected skin patches
  • pain of which the child complains and interferes with normal activity;
  • evidence of infection;
  • excessive fatigue;
  • a moist or open cold sore.
  • with a physician's statement that the child is free from communicable disease and that returning poses no risk to the child or others;
  • if visibly free from communicable disease, fever free without benefit of fever reducing medications for 24 hours and free of vomiting / diarrhea for 24 hours while on a normal diet;
  • The Early Education Center retains the right to continue to exclude a child despite a physician's statement if that statement contradicts The Early Education Center's policies. When any youngster in a child's class has a communicable disease, parents are informed in writing within 24 hours.
Only prescription medications can be administered for non-contagious illnesses while your child is at the Center during lunch. All medications are to be clearly labeled with the child's name, the name of the medicine, and the dosage. Medicine must be signed in daily and not left overnight at the Center. Medication is given only if parents sign a Center-supplied permission form. Prescription medication must have a prescription label with the child's name and date on it. Medical samples and over-the-counter oral medicines MUST have a written note from the doctor as well as a parent-signed form. Permission forms must be renewed every six months. Such items must be labeled, given to a teacher and taken home daily.

If a child's diet must be modified for health reasons, a physician's written explanation is required. The parent may be asked to help provide supplemental foods.

If your child needs sunscreen or insect repellants they are to be applied before coming to school. There are many products that last all day.

The following procedures and numbers are those mandated and required by the State of Florida.