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and Enrollment: Huckleberry Cheesecake is available to meet
the needs of children ages two months through five years of age,
without regard to race, religion, color, sex, or national origin.
We reserve the right to accept each child with the understanding
that if Huckleberry Cheesecake can not care for him/her, we ask
that the child be withdrawn. Huckleberry Cheesecake requires a completed
registration form and a non-refundable
application fee that is to be paid during time of enrollment. Also,
prior to enrollment, a health certificate with all D.C. immunizations
appropriate to the age of the infant or child is required.
Policy: Huckleberry Cheesecake is not equipped to care for sick
children. If a child becomes ill during the day, we will isolate
the child from the other children and the parent will be notified.
When you are called please come to pick up your child within the
hour. If you can not be reached, one of the other individuals listed
in our files for emergency notification will be contacted. Children
who are ill should be kept at home. Please DO NOT bring your child
to the center if:
- They are too ill to play
- They have a fever
- They have a heavy cough
or thick, discolored discharge from their nose
- It has been less than 24
hours since an episode of diarrhea or vomiting
- They have been treated less
than 24 hours with antibiotics for an infectious condition
At times it may be necessary for your child to receive medication
at the center. For the protection of the staff and child, only medication
prescribed by a doctor can be administered. A medication
permission form must be filled out before the medication can
be administered. Bottles of medication must be labeled with the
child's name, the dosage, and instructions for administering the
medicine written on the bottle. All medicine must be in its original
Huckleberry Cheesecake believes in a positive approach to discipline.
We offer guidance and direction, not punishment. Children are praised
for displaying positive behavior; negative behavior is immediately
discouraged and given minimal attention. At Huckleberry Cheesecake
we expect our staff to:
- Praise and encourage good
- Set realistic limits or
behavior expectations which are clear and developmentally appropriate
- Be consistent once limits
- Redirect the child when
possible to more positive behavior
- Help the child to verbalize
feelings and not to act them out inappropriately. In case of special
problems, the director will contact the parent so that a joint
effort at solving the problem will be made.
Security: Huckleberry Cheesecake is accessible through the main entrance at 1307 19th Street, NW. Entrance to the center
is locked at all times. Admittance is gained through visual recognition
or via intercom identification if the entrant is not recognized
but has been authorized for pick up or visit. In addition, there
is a rear door exit to be used in case of an emergency. All doors
are equipped with an emergency crash bar for quick and easy egress.
Drills: Fire drills are conducted on a monthly basis as required
by D.C. licensing and the Fire Marshall. These monthly drills are
announced and occur at different times of the day. Teachers follow
Huckleberry Cheesecake's approved evacuation plan and procedure
for exit routes and head count confirmation. If an evacuation of
the KPMG Building is required, teachers have been instructed to
transport the children to the following locations:
- Sports Club L.A. Child
Care Center, Ritz Carlton, 1150 23rd Street, N.W. (202) 835-0500
- Capital Kids, 1250 24th
Street, N.W., (202) 293-1460
- Akin Gump Strauss Hauer
& Feld Emergency Child Care Center 1333 New Hampshire Avenue,
N.W. (202) 887-4000
In the event of a true emergency or evacuation, parents will receive a text message or phone call with information about the status of Huckleberry Cheesecake. Parents may also call 703.965-3468 or 703.967-1005 for additional information.
Huckleberry Cheesecake will close, due to weather conditions, if the Federal Government is closed for that reason. If the Government decides to close early because of weather on a given day, we will contact all parents to inform of our attempt to close early. If the Government is open but D.C. Public Schools are either closed for the day or have a delayed opening, Huckleberry Cheesecake will open at 10am.
If you are at all unsure of Huckleberry's status, please call (202) 467-4202 to hear a message; we will update it by 6:30am daily.