Huckleberry Cheesecake

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Application 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each child with the understanding that if Huckleberry Cheesecake can not care for him/her, we ask that the child be withdrawn.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.

Illness 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, until they are symptom free for 24 hours. Please DO NOT bring your child to the center if:

  • It has been less than 24 hours since a fever over 100.3
  • They are too ill to play outdoors
  • 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

Medication: 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 prescription container.

Discipline: 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 behavior
  • Set realistic limits or behavior expectations which are clear and developmentally appropriate
  • Be consistent once limits are established
  • 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.

Facility 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.

Fire 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 Stepstone Building is required, teachers have been instructed to transport the children to the following locations:

  • 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.

Snow Policy: 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.

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