SAFETY IS FIRST AT ALPHA ACADEMY TX
We take the safety and care of your children very seriously. We take extra meaures to ensure we are taking necessary Covid-19 procedures such as disinfecting and wearing masks when necessary.
food & nutrition
Alpha Academy will meet your child’s nutritional need for that part of the day which he/she spends in the center by providing a mid-morning and mid-afternoon snack, as well as, a well-balanced lunch through the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and USDA guidelines. At our Alpha Academy our school-age program dinner will be served daily for extended care participants through our CACFP as well and healthy snacks (as listed by the Texas Department of Agriculture) are available for school aged children as students arrive from public school. If you child has a special nutritional need or requires an adaptation to our menu, we will work with your family to create a plan.
We are a nut-free facility, so please do not send any snacks or foods with your child that contains peanuts, peanut butter, or other nuts. On days that the providers serve meals, milk, fresh fruit and vegetables are available for children who bring lunches from home.
we care for your child
CHILD/PARENT SEPERATION PROCEDURES:
It’s natural for your young child to feel anxious when you say goodbye. Although it can be difficult, separation anxiety is a normal stage of development. With understanding and these coping strategies, separation anxiety can be relieved—and should fade as your child gets older.
For children with normal separation anxiety, there are steps you can take to make the process of separation anxiety easier:
1. Practice separation
Leave your child with a caregiver for brief periods and short distances at first
2. Schedule separations after naps or feedings
Babies are more susceptible to separation anxiety when they’re tired or hungry.
3. Develop a “goodbye” ritual
Rituals are reassuring and can be as simple as a special wave or a goodbye kiss.
4. Keep familiar surroundings when possible and make new surroundings familiar
Let him or her bring a familiar object to school. (Sippy cup, special blanket, or a favorite snack)
5. Have a consistent primary caregiver
6. Leave without fanfare
Tell your child you are leaving and that you will return, then go —don’t stall.
7. Try not to give in
Reassure your child that he or she will be just fine—setting limits will help the adjustment to separation.