• New Students


    2022-2023 School Year


    Dear Parents and Students,
    In a few short weeks, summer vacation will be ending and the new school year will be beginning. This year promises to be exciting and rewarding for students. It is our goal that each student is prepared to fully participate in the program beginning the first day of school. Please review and complete the following documents to ensure that the proper forms are completed and returned by the first day of school. Should you have any questions, please feel free to call 215-343-2480 and speak with someone in the front office. If you need a question answered specific to the program, the request will be forwarded to me and I will return your call as soon as possible.


    The Early Childhood Care and Education (ECC) program is career-oriented and as such follows industry standards. Specific requirements are mandated by the Department of Human Services to maintain compliance for the licensing of our childcare center. ECC students are required to meet the requirements of the state. The specific requirements of DHS are the FBI Fingerprinting, Child Abuse, Criminal Check, Criminal History Check, Health Assessment or school physical (must be current within the year), TB Test, Hepatitis B vaccination form, disclaimer and two letters of recommendation. Student must bring in clearances the first day of class. If you are unable to access a computer to complete clearances online, please contact me via email at lrich@mbit.org or through the main office and I will provide assistance. Failure to meet these standards will result in students not being able to participate in the program.


    Below is a list of items that your son/daughter will need as a student in the Early Childhood Care and Education Program on the first day of school:
    1. FBI Fingerprint Clearance (first year students only)
    http://dhs.pa.gov/publications/findaform/childabusehistoryclearanceforms/index.htm (scroll to bottom copy code and click on volunteer)
    2. Child Abuse Clearance-free for volunteers (first year students only) https://www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis/public/home
    3. PA Criminal Check Clearance-free for volunteers (first year students only) https://epatch.state.pa.us/Home.jsp
    4. NSOR- free (first year students only) https://www.dhs.pa.gov/KeepKidsSafe/Resources/Documents/NSOR%20Verification%20Application%20%E2%80%94%20English.pdf
    5. TB test required (first year students only)- this is a requirement of DHS for anyone volunteering in child care. Doctor’s often say schools cannot require this. This is true. However, the TB test is required for child care.
    6. Hepatitis B vaccination form
    7. Non-skid closed toed shoes with no heels.
    8. Check for any fees due if not paid over summer
    9. Child Care Staff Health Appraisal (Most be reassessed every 2 years)
    10. 2 Letters of Recommendation for work with children (can be a teacher, neighbor, or guidance counselor-first year only)
    11. Required Supplies (see enclosed list)

    Returning Students


    Dear Students and Families:


    It is hard to believe how quickly the summer is passing by and soon we will all be back in school together. Every year there is some confusion as to what students who are returning need. The Department of Human Services requires us to keep a file on each student. Enclosed you will find a DHS health assessment for students who Health Assessments need to updated. Health Assessments must be completed every 2 years. The TB test does not need to be repeated. Returning students do not need to reapply for Criminal Checks, Fingerprinting or Child Abuse Checks. You will find a new required clearance enclosed. The NSOR Clearance is now required of volunteers. It is free. Should you have any questions please feel free to call me at 215-343-2480 and leave a message to be forwarded to me.


    As is our policy, students are always required to wear lab coats when in the lab and theory room. Please make sure your child comes prepared the first day of school. Non-skid closed toed shoes with no heels and appropriate clothing is required each day including long pants. Students are privileged to have an onsite business to earn their practical hours and are expected to dress and behave in a manner that is professional for a childcare center when in both the laboratory and ECC classroom. Jewelry is not permitted in the theory class or laboratory as it poses potential safety risks for both student teachers and Li’l Bucks children. Students must have fingernail which are appropriate for childcare and do not pose risks to our children. The nail should be no longer than the nail from the nailbed to the tip of the finger. No sharp tipped ends.


    I have reviewed with students if they require a new health assessment. Most 300 Level students will require a new health assessment. I sent home prior to the end of the 2020-2021 school year a request for all 11th grade students to secure an updated physical since they are required to have one for their sending schools. If you are a 12th grader, updated health assessments are extremely important. Students will not be allowed to work in any capacity in the center if their health assessment is expired.


    Please complete the necessary emergency contact info, health history, media and internet permission, etc. and invoice payment via PowerSchool Information Registration System by August 27, 2021. Students will not be permitted to participate in their labs until all forms are completed. Thank you for your assistance and cooperation.


    I am very excited about spending another year getting to spend time with this talented group of students. They are an amazing group of people who deliver the best quality care to Li’l Bucks Partners in Learning children. If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me either by phone at 215-343-2480 ext. 212 or lrich@mbit.org.

    Students are required to wear lab coats at all times when in the lab and theory room (these will be ordered the first week of school). Non-skid shoes with no heels and appropriate clothing are required each day. Students are expected to dress in a manner that is professional for a childcare center. Students who are not dressed for a professional childcare environment will be removed from the classroom and center for the day.
    Please return the enclosed form (s) fully completed, along with your clearances, in the addressed envelope provided by August 25, 2021. In addition, please complete the necessary student information, emergency forms and invoice payment via PowerSchool Information Registration System by August 27, 2021. Students will not be permitted to participate in the labs until all forms are completed. Thank you for your assistance and cooperation.
    We are looking forward to meeting your child. Please feel free to call now or during the school year should any question arise.


    Sincerely,
    Tina Haney
    Early Childhood Education Instructor


    Clearances-It is essential you watch the mail for returned clearance. It is very easy for them to be overlooked as junk mail. Please secure them in a safe place for the first day of school.
    Child Abuse Clearances are free for volunteers. Please make sure you check the appropriate boxes indicating your child is a volunteer.
    Criminal Check Clearances are free for volunteers. Please make sure you check the appropriate boxes.
    The NSOR is a free clearance.
    Fingerprinting should be completed for volunteers. Make sure you select the child care code for DHS.