Courteous and respectful behavior between and among all program participants is essential for Community Parents, Inc. (CPI) to achieve its mission, help assure a positive environment and promote the safety and security of children and families and staff. Like employees, parents, volunteers, participants and everyone else involved with the program must follow the Code of Conduct as outlined below.
Respect and promote the unique identity of each child and family and refrain from stereotyping on the basis of gender, race, ethnicity, culture, religion or disability;
- Follow program confidentiality policies concerning information about children, families and other staff members;
- Leave no child alone or unsupervised while under their care;
- All children must be escorted by an adult upon entering and leaving the building to and from the classroom.
- All children must be signed in and out of the classroom daily.
- Hand to hand from parent to staff must be used at arrival and departure.
- Use positive methods of child guidance and not engage in corporal punishment, emotional or physical abuse, or humiliation; not employ methods of discipline that involve isolation, the use of food as punishment or reward, to the denial of basic needs.
- Conduct themselves personally and professionally in a manner that reflects positively upon the program’s reputation and upon the children and families the program serves; and,
- Not solicit or accept personal gratuities, favors or anything of significant monetary value from contractors or potential contractors if they are engaged in the award and administration of contracts or other financial awards.
Community Parents, Inc. will not tolerate behavior by employees, parents, volunteers, authorized caretakers, consultants or anyone else involved with the program that violates the Code of Conduct. Examples of violations could include but are not limited to the following:
- Threats to staff, parents or children, o Physical or verbal punishment of a child o Swearing or cursing o Smoking
- Quarreling, verbal fighting, loud shouting or displays of anger
- Bringing drugs, alcohol or weapons to program sites or events
- Physical violence
- Inappropriate or excessive displays of physical affection between adults and any lewd acts performed in the presence of others.
- Inappropriate dress, for example, a low-cut top, bare midriff, sagging pants below the buttocks or clothes with words or pictures inappropriate for young children while volunteering on the premises or on a trip.
- The use of cell phones or videos for pictures except of your child on the premises is prohibited except for special events (Moving On, holiday birthday or cultural celebration, etc.)
If a parent violates the Code of Conduct, CPI reserves the right to:
- Restrict access to the program, children, classrooms and activities,
- Restrict the parent/guardian/escort’s access to the premises
- Remove the child’s name from the waiting list,
- Contact the police, (911)
- Report to ACS Child Protective Services, Child and Family Well Being
- Take civil or criminal action.
- The staff person who witnesses the violation will speak directly with the parent in private when possible, practical and if safety is not an issue.
- When the safety is threatened, staff will call the police. This could be but is not limited to when parents continue to quarrel, fight or threaten children, staff, or other parents or adults. Staff will notify the Center Manager as soon as practical and as immediately as possible.
- Staff should report violations to the Center Manager promptly. In the
Center Manager’s absence, the most senior management staff person at the central office should be notified.
- The Center Manager will notify the Executive Director who will determine the program response to the violation and will notify the person(s) involved.
- The Personnel Policies Manual of CPI governs employee violations of this policy.
Approved by CPI Policy Council:
I have received a copy of the Parent Code of Conduct:
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(please print legibly) parent/guardian of
give consent for the following:
- Brigance Screenings
- Case Conferences
- Evacuation Drills
- Neighborhood Walks
- Teacher/Coach Observations
- Mental Health Consultant Observations
- Anecdotal Records
- Email sharing with any parent groups within the program
(por favor escribe legible) padre/guardian de
dando consentimiento para lo siguiente:
- *Proyecciones (“Brigance”)
- *Casos Conferencias
- *Evacuación de Alarma
- *Caminatas en el Vecindario
- *Observaciones de los Maestros y Encargados
- *Observaciones de Consulta Salud Mental
- *Archivos de las observaciones
- *Compartir correo electronico con grupos de padres del programa
CPI doesn’t provide transportation to children to and from school but you may authorize a private bus company to transport your child. We would like to take this time to suggest a few safety tips when you’re making that decision.
Bus Safety Tips
- Does the driver have a valid drivers license?
- Does the company have insurance?
- Is there a matron on the bus to assist with the
- Are there seat-belts/car-seats for every child?
- Is there a seat belt cutter on the bus?
- What is the capacity of the bus?
- How many years of experience do you have?
- Do you have references from other parents?
As you are aware, Head Start’s funding does not allow us to provide daily transportation for your children to and from school. Transportation is therefore strictly the responsibility of each parent and is not included in our services. I would like to remind you that children are received and discharged from the classroom hand to hand. It has been brought to our attention that parents have contracted jointly with private bus carriers to provide transportation for their children to and from school. You should be aware that Head Start is not a party to this arrangement and is not liable for any claim or damages resulting in injury in connection with this private agreement. In addition, you should be aware that once you have place a child on a bus or van, they are not in our custody. The bus or van carrier as well as the parents, are solely responsible for the safety of your child until placed in the hand of a teacher or staff member.
In order to assured that we have your permission to receive your child from a bus or van each day, the driver must escort the child/children to and from the classroom and sign them in and out. The escort must be listed on the emergency contact pick-up authorization form. To ensure that each parent understands that this is a private arrangement and that Community Parents, Inc. can bear no liability for the bus carrier’s failure to provide safe transportation, your acknowledgement of receipt and understanding of this Memorandum must be indicated with your signature below. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.
authorize the release of medical information regarding
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4. For each health condition, please answer whether a doctor, medical care provider, or clinic ever used that name to describe your child’s condition.
4. Para cada condición de salud, responda si un médico, proveedor de atención médica o clínica alguna vez usó ese nombre para describir la condición de su hijo.