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How do I apply to enroll my child?Thank you for your interest in SouthSide! Click here to go to the application page. Please note that a visit to the Center is required before an application will be processed.
What ages do you serve? We serve children from six weeks to five years old. If a child is eligible to attend kindergarten (turns five before August 1) he or she is not eligible to attend SouthSide.
Do you offer part-time child care? No, we are a full-year, full-day program. In order to benefit fully from our comprehensive program, regular attendance is a must!
What payment methods do you accept? We accept cash, check or ACH.
Can we apply anytime during the year? Applications are accepted year-round. If space is not available you will be placed on a waiting list for a space in your child’s age group. At that time you can let us know if you also want to be placed on the waiting list for the next oldest age group. We usually fill classrooms between June and September. It is very important for you to notify the Center if your telephone number, e-mail address or home address changes so that we can reach you should a space for your child become available.
Can I visit SouthSide? Yes, all prospective families are required to visit our Center before finalizing the decision to enroll their child. During this visit, we can answer any questions you have about SouthSide and provide you with you more information about the program and the services we provide. Please call to schedule a visit after you have completed the Application Form.
Is there an application fee? There is no fee to apply to the Early Head Start or Head Start programs. (Click here to see if you are eligible.) For those who do not qualify for Early Head Start or Head Start, there is a one-time, non-refundable application fee of $75 to apply or to be placed on the waiting list.
What else do I need to complete the enrollment process? In addition to the completed application form and fee (if applicable), you must provide your child’s up-to-date immunization record and copy of his/her most recent physical before we can proceed with enrollment or place your child on the waiting list. At enrollment, we will collect additional information and a complete application, as well as a deposit equal to one month’s tuition (this may be paid over 12 months).
SouthSide receives government and United Way funding – why do you have to fundraise? Although tuition for three of every four children at SouthSide is subsidized by government and United Way funding, the cost of providing our outstanding comprehensive education significantly exceeds what we receive from those sources. Our high quality program – including teachers with Bachelor’s degrees or higher in early childhood education and related fields, full-time mental health professional, a mentor teacher, a family services division, and a schedule that allows teachers time outside of the classroom to plan lessons, receive coaching and develop strategies – is supported by private fundraising. These features are very important in preparing all of our children for great success in elementary school and beyond.
Who can pick up my child? Only the people that you list on the Center’s enrollment forms or update forms may pick up your child. Parents are required to provide a minimum of two authorized individuals in case you cannot get to the Center by 5:45 p.m. We require written authorization from parents to add an individual to the pick-up list – we will not accept telephone authorization for pick-up.
Do you give medicine at the Center? We may administer medications to children only after a parent has completed and signed the Center’s medication authorization form. Parents must provide the medication which will be stored securely at the Center. Over-the-counter medications require a doctor’s note that includes dosage and the name of the medication. Prescription medications must be supplied in the original container and a copy of the prescription is required.
What are your sick child policies? The health and safety of children and staff are important to us! We follow State of Missouri regulations for licensed childcare providers, and we ask for your help to prevent the spread of illness at SouthSide. Children must be picked up following two incidents of diarrhea or vomiting in one day; a fever of 99° or higher (measured under the arm); a rash of unknown origin; or the presence of live lice or signs of bedbug bites. Children may not return until they have been symptom-free for 24 hours and we reserve the right to require a doctor’s note before allowing a child to return. In the case of head lice, children may return once treated and if there are no live lice. If you are keeping your child home for any reason, including illness, we ask that you please call to notify the Center. Fees are not credited for illness or absence.
Are there scholarship funds available? There are no tuition scholarships available at this time for families that do not qualify for Early Head Start or Head Start.