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Enrolling and/or reserving a future space for your child is simple. Contact us to schedule a time for you and your child to visit us in our center. We will be happy to answer any questions that you may have. During your visit, you will have the opportunity to meet us and learn more about what we have to offer. This time spent gives all involved an opportunity to get to know one another and to make sure that all personalities mix well. This is important and helps to ensure that all parties are comfortable with their surroundings and expectations. After this on site visit, the registration process may begin. There are various forms to be completed and others to be read. Once they are read, completed, signed, and the deposit has been paid, your child’s space has been reserved and the final step is to decide on a start date.

Pre Registration

You can now secure your child’s admission with our Pre-Registration Process. Complete the form below and an Admissions Team Member will contact you to secure placement.

What's needed from you

What to bring

Use our day care checklist to make sure your baby is prepared for his day.
Sheets, swaddles and sleep sacks. It is best to start with one your baby has slept on for one night at home. Your baby will notice the familiar scent from home, and it can ease the transition to sleeping in the crib at day care. Whether your baby is still being swaddled or has moved onto sleep sacks, send an extra set in the case of a nap time diaper leak.
Diapers, wipes and creams. Start your little one at day care with a full supply of diapers, wipes and creams that you know works best for him. Check on the supply every few days to know when you need to send in refills. Keep a little extra of each in the bag you take back and forth every day in case your supply starts to run low.
Extra pacifier and lovey. Your baby may have a favorite of each that they go back and forth from home to day care with each day, but you also want to have an extra of both at day care. Purchase a lovey that is just like their favorite from home and pack a few extra pacifiers in a clear labeled storage bag for easy access. It is also a good idea to keep an extra lovey at home in case their favorite gets left at day care and you don’t realize until bedtime.
Extra clothes. Send a clearly labeled bag with a complete set of a change of clothes. Make sure to check these often to ensure they are still right for the season and temperature. In colder temperatures, be sure to send in extra outerwear including mittens, hats and shoes.

Bibs and burp clothes. Purchase a full set of burp cloths and bibs that can be left at day care and used throughout the week. Keep an extra set of these in your diaper bag to take back and forth each day as these get messy and mixed up easily.

Bottles. Please label all bottles.

Labels. Purchase a set of dishwasher safe and machine washable labels. Before the baby’s first day, spend a night labeling all the items that will be going to daycare with your baby and keep extra labels for new things that need to be sent throughout the year.

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We are following CDC and local COVID-19 guidelines, including social distancing, daily health screenings, and additional measures to keep our children, staff and families safe.

Yes, all employees, parents and children will have to pass a daily health screening. The health screening includes a temperature check and a series of COVID-19 related questions that pertain to the individual and their households.

The health and well-being of our families and staff are our highest priorities. In the interest of limiting the opportunity for transmission to our vulnerable community, we are taking the following precautionary measures:

Your household must remain out of the center if any member of your household has (or has been in close contact with anyone who has):

a. A suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 (for example – close contact at school, work, religious service, social gathering); or

b. Traveled: internationally; or domestically, from any area which is the subject of travel restrictions under applicable state and local guidance.         

14 days after the last potential exposure, your household may return provided these three things have happened:

a. At least 10 days have passed since any household member first experienced symptoms; and

b. Symptoms have improved for any household member that experienced symptoms (for example, cough or shortness of breath has improved); and

c. The household has been fever-free for at least 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicines.

Please note, depending on the circumstances we may require you to obtain medical clearance before return to the center will be allowed.

To implement enhanced safety protocols for all areas including daily health screening, distancing, cleaning, and disinfecting. Our goal is to ensure that all of our health and safety practices in every center are in line with recommendations provided by the CDC and requirements of state and local municipalities, and have the well-being of children, families, and staff at their core.

All employees will be in face coverings while working. Those conducting health screenings will wear gloves while conducting the screenings. Those undertaking disinfection activities will be wearing gloves while disinfecting. Teachers will wear gloves for activities that they wore gloves for in the past; diaper changing and bathroom help, wiping noses, first aid and cleaning. They also wear gloves for preparing and serving food. They will not be required to wear gloves all day.

Unless mandated by local state authorities or medically necessary, The Joshua Tree does not require the use of masks for children. To provide a safe and healthy environment, we employ strict exclusion policies for households, regular health screens, increased disinfection, and social distancing practices. Please contact our center directly to learn more.

Prospective parents are being encouraged to visit our link for a virtual tour.

Keystone Stars

Keystone STARS is Pennsylvania’s Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS). A QRIS is a continuous quality improvement systemic approach to assess, improve, and communicate the level of quality in early and school-age care and education programs. Keystone STARS is a program of Pennsylvania’s Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL).

Our Guiding Principles

Keystone STARS is a responsive system to improve, support, and recognize the continuous quality improvement efforts of early learning programs in Pennsylvania. Our system is guided by three core principles:

We believe inclusion, diversity, equity and respect are foundational values embedded in these principles.

Keystone STARS has four primary goals:

OCDEL’s Keystone STARS Program supports all early care and education programs to improve program quality. We encourage programs to think about the Keystone STARS Performance Standards as a tool to support continuous quality improvement (CQI) that impacts services to the children and families in your care.

Keystone STARS – Improving the quality through: