PARENT’S GUIDE TO SUMMER GROUPS

DROP OFF & PICK-UP

Drop off Time: 8:30 a.m.Pick-up Time: 11:30 a.m.

**There will be no supervision before 8:30 a.m.  Pick up outside at 11:30 a.m. in the same location as drop off.

Late arrival or pick up: If you’ll be dropping off/picking-up more than 10 minutes late, please text or call Stephanie at 303-807-1836 so we can be sure to wait for you or tell you where to meet us.

Location: Cook Park, 7100 Cherry Creek Drive South, Denver, 80224. Drop off/pick up will take place on East Mexico Avenue, on the south side of park (between S. Colorado Dr. & S. Oneida St). Exact location will be communicated to each family prior to child’s first day of program. See COVID-19 POLICIES & PROCEDURES for drop-off/pick up safety reminders.

CONTACT DURING PROGRAM HOURS

  • To arrange an earlier pick up time, if your child/children will be absent or if you’ll be late to pick up, please call us at 303-773-3960 or email us at programs@connectusnow.org.
  • If it’s critical that you speak with a staff member during program hours and you’re unable to reach us at the number above, please call Stephanie Schiff’s cell phone at 303-807-1836.
  • If you’re unable to reach Stephanie, please call Chris’ cell phone at 720-534-8072.

To reach us outside of program hours, please call 303-773-3960 or email programs@connectusnow.org.

INCLEMENT WEATHER

Program will be canceled in advance whenever inclement weather is forecasted. We will make every effort to provide as much notice possible prior to canceling. There are areas in the park where we can seek shelter if inclement weather occurs unexpectedly.

CLOTHING AND OTHER ITEMS

BRING FIRST DAY (if applicable):

  • Extra set of clothing in a labeled, zip-lock bag (recommended for younger children in case of accidents)
  • Epi-pen, inhaler, special snacks for dietary restrictions, etc.—all labeled!

WEAR EACH DAY:

  • Play clothes-okay to get dirty or stained
  • Sneakers
  • Sunscreen-apply prior to arrival each day

BRING IN BAG/BACKPACK (labeled with child’s name):

  • Hat or visor
  • Swim suit & towel
  • Water bottle

PLEASE LABEL ALL ITEMS TO ENSURE THEY ARE RETURNED TO YOU!

SNACKS AND BIRTHDAYS

Snacks: Typical items served include fruit, pretzels, fruit snacks, granola bars, popsicles, graham crackers. If your child has food restrictions or allergies, be sure to indicate that on the Medical/Emergency Form. If you are providing your child’s snacks, please label with his/her name.

Dietary Restrictions: If your child has dietary restrictions, please indicate that on the MED FORM and whether or not you or Connect Us will be providing your child’s snacks.

Birthdays: If your child’s birthday occurs during the session, we would love to celebrate it. If you’d like to provide a birthday snack for his/her group, please let us know. We can only except store-bought items that have not been opened.

ALLERGY ALERT!

We do not provide snacks with peanut butter, nuts or nut products. Some children have an allergy to nuts, a potentially life-threatening condition. If you provide a snack for your child’s group, please do not bring anything that contains nuts or nut products.

MEDICATIONS, CARDIOPULMONARY RESUSCITATION (CPR), ILLNESS, COVID-19

Medications: Connect Us staff will not administer any medication to a child unless it is an emergency, such as an allergic reaction that requires an Epi-pen. Please review the Medical/Emergency Form for details regarding emergency procedures.

CPR: All programs have staff certified in CPR.

Illness: Many games involve physical activity. Children who are not feeling well should not attend groups. If a child tells us they do not feel well, they will be asked to sit out of games and parent/guardian will be contacted to pick them up. Please refer to COVID-19 POLICIES & PROCEDURES.

SAFETY

The well-being of our participants is our first priority! Groups are staffed and structured to optimize safety and to ensure that every child is nurtured. Our facilitators actively promote an appreciation of personal and cultural differences and expect participants to treat others with kindness and respect. When a conflict occurs between children, we typically address it in the group; allowing children to work on communication and problem-solving skills.

BEHAVIOR

Connect Us programs are all about relationship-building, teamwork and the joy of group play. If a participant isn’t having fun or has a negative attitude, it can be detrimental to the group. Facilitators use a number of strategies to address this and other disruptive behaviors, however, they are not therapists. If behaviors persist, we may suggest that a written Behavior Agreement is implemented with the child. This strategy is highly effective when the same behavior expectations are reinforced at home.

If a child is aggressive toward other children or staff or is repeatedly disruptive after adult intervention, it may be necessary to remove the child from the program. If we are unable to accommodate a child, we will refund the cost for days he/she did not attend. Connect Us reserves the right to dismiss a participant from our program if we are unable to meet the child’s needs.

CANCELLATION

We will gladly refund days missed due to medical or family emergencies.

PARTNERING WITH PARENTS

Parents/guardians are always welcome to speak with our staff at pick-up. If you’d like to discuss your child in-depth, please call 303-773-3960 or email programs@connectusnow.org to schedule a meeting.

Your input is critical to our results! If at any time you have questions or concerns or would like us to reinforce anything you’re working on at home, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Thank you for entrusting us with your child/children!

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