The Center for Young Children and Families offers many opportunities for the children to explore the campus and the community. Children will often take walking trips to the bakery or hardware store, have a picnic on the green, go to the library, and make other short trips. Families must complete a blanket permission slip for these short-walking trips. For trips with a specific visiting destination (such as the HUB), parents will be notified in advance and given an additional permission slip to be completed.
Field trips are an integral part of an early childhood education program. These trips offer children opportunities to observe, explore, and discuss aspects of their environment. All trips are supervised by the staff. The Center has many wonderful trips available within walking distance and we try to limit field trips to walking locations
No child is required to go on any field trip. If you do not wish your child to attend a field trip, childcare will be provided at the Center in another classroom. Please understand that field trips are chosen carefully by the staff to complement curriculum and to provide interesting and appropriate opportunities for the children to become acquainted with the world outside of the Center.
When children participate in any field or walking trip, staff carry a child’s family and emergency contact information and any special medical information and instructions we have for the children in a field trip notebook. This information helps us to contact families immediately in an emergency and to meet the child’s individual medical needs, if necessary. A fully stocked first aid kit, including any emergency medicines your child may require, is carried on all trips. The staff carries a cell phone with them on trips and the Center has on file a field trip plan which includes Departure and arrival back to Center times, exact travel routes and any stops to be made. Staff call the Center office when there is any variation to the plan. Cell phones are used by staff to contact the Center and other necessary entities in emergency situations.