FAQ Section


Question:

What are the rates?

Answer:

Please e-mail me for 2016/2017 rates:

My rates are based on my small enrollment of 2 children. This way I am able to offer a better quality of care to the children and their families enrolled in my infant and toddler program.

I now have a new tuition schedule for 2016/2017: Please e-mail for the rates. Slots available are based on current enrollment.

Full Day Half Day

8:00am-4:30pm 8:00am-1pm

4 days 4 days

Please email for rates




Question:

Why do you have a three step interview process?


Answer:

I have chosen a three step interview process based on my experience both as a licensed FCC provider and as a parent who has used both FCC and preschool programs. The three step interview process enables both myself and the families to have the time to get to know each other briefly by phone and ask questions of one another with limited interruptions. Looking for a quality FCC program that will fit your child's needs is an emotional step. By first speaking with families by phone I am able to give my full attention to the parents, their needs and their questions/concerns. The in-house interview is much like the phone interview in that I am able to give my full attention to both the parents/guardians and their child! The tour is brief but the information I offer and the time we spend to get to know one another is important. In addition both the phone interview and the in-house interview allows me to also feel comfortable with whom I am allowing into my home which is very important to both my infant and toddler program and family! If the in-house interview has went well for both parties concerned I will invite you back for a 15-30 minute observation at 8:30am in the morning so that you may meet the children enrolled and see us together.


Question:

Why do you charge a non-refundable application fee of $40.00


Answer:

I did not always charge an application fee. However, over the years I have realized my self worth! I built my program up over the last 17 years through hard work, time, operating costs. I spent evenings well into the morning hours, and weekends building my program. I still spend some evenings and all my weekends juggling between family and my infant and toddler program. My time and the costs to my time/office supplies deserve recognition. Therefore I charge a non-refundable $40.00 application fee.


Question:

Why won't you let me tour to help me decide if I want to fill out an application and pay the non-refundable application fee of $40.00


Answer:

The entire process is in place to protect my time, my program and my family. The step by step process also insures that the families who apply have a chance to get to speak with me, visit my family day care and hopefully meet the children and their parents at a drop off.


Question:

How long have you been operating a child care?


Answer:

17 years. I received my license, #384000643, to operate my infant and toddler program in August 1999.


Question:

Do you have ECE or Child development units/credits? (Early Child Care)


Answer:

Yes, I have 30 ECE/Child Development units. More then enough to obtain a teacher permit to teach in a preschool classroom and one class away from a site supervisor permit. I also have an A.A. and nearly my B.S. in accounting. I also have a certificate of achievement for infant/toddler care.


Question:

Do you offer part time care?


Answer:

My program is 4 days a week. If enrollment allows I may be able to accommodate a 3 day week. Please call me for the rates.


Question:

What do I have to bring in for my child when he/she is enrolled?


Answer:Diapers, 2-3 extra outfits in case their outfits are soiled.

Bottles if applicable. Bottles must be labeled with your child's name, date to be given at child care. Breast milk must be dated with expressed date, date to be given in child care, labeled carefully with this information and labeled with your child's name.

Lunch must be brought in a lunch bag with ice packs installed or added ice packs included in special insulated bag. This includes infant food and formula (breast milk)

Sunscreen if needed, (form must be signed giving permission to apply)

A special blanket or friend for nap time only.

Diaper ointment, (form must be signed giving permission to apply)I do supply diaper ointment but form must be signed.

Older children 2 and up enjoy a note written by his/her parents read by me in the morning circle time.


Question:

Do you and your co-owner (husband) have a current CPR and first aid certification specializing in pediatrics?


Answer:

Yes, we do! We renew every two years prior to the expiration.


Question:

Have you taken a health and safety course?


Answer:

Yes, both my husband and myself!


Question:

Do you close for all major holidays?


Answer:

Yes, all school holidays as well. Except school furlough days. I put together a list of holidays, vacations and possible closings together every summer for an entire year.


Question:

Do you take vacations?


Answer:

Yes, (All included in fee) I close 1 week in the summer. I close for school spring break for 1 week, and 2 weeks during winter break which is also included in fee.


Question:

How do you inform parents of scheduled closings or emergencies?


Answer:

Every year, as stated above, I hand out a list of school holidays, major holidays, vacations, etc. that Valdivia Family Day Care will be closed for the year. As for emergencies they cannot be determined. In most cases emergencies will be covered. If I have no coverage I will have to call families with less then 24 hours notice. So far I have not had to do this! As far as closings for personal days, doctor appts. CPR class or a yrly. medical exam, they will be announced as soon as possible. 24 hours notice to 30 days notice. I always do my best to give the most notice as possible to be considerate of my families and their needs!


Question:

How many weeks per year do you take for vacation/school breaks?


Answer:

I close 4 weeks out of the year. Two weeks are taken towards the end of December. One week is taken the week of July 4th which is my vacation and 1 week for spring break end of March/first week of April. If this were to change I would give 30 days or more notice, except in a family emergency!


Question:

Do you take personal/sick days?


Answer:

My contract states that I can take 10 days per year paid. One day every two years is reserved for CPR renewal IF I cannot find a class on a Saturday. Once a year for a yearly medical exam in order to care for myself. The other days are taken only if absolutely necessary, if my children need to see the doctor, or I am ill.


Question:

Do you serve organic food?


Answer:

Yes! I serve A.M. & P.M. snacks and lunch. I serve organic milk with snacks and the lunch.



Question:

Do you offer weekend or after hours care?


Answer:

No.

Question:

What child care philosophies do you follow and or theorists?


Answer:

Reggio, highscope and Piaget, Magda Gerber. I believe that children learn through example. They also need the tools and positive direction to follow through with the learning process. I believe that an unbiased observation of what children need to move forward is a huge key in finding out what materials or approaches are needed to help.


Infants and toddlers evolve into positive, independent preschoolers. And it sets a firm positive foundation for children. I am always learning how to apply the above philosophies and theories to the children's needs in my group. Each child is different!


Question:

How many languages do you speak?


Answer:

Although I have lived in the Mission District for´┐Ż many years, taken Spanish language classes, and have been intimately exposed to the Hispanic and Spanish cultural most of my life since childhood I do not speak the language fluently. I do speak English fluently. I am always learning about and love the diversity of cultures and languages.


Question:

Do you take classes or go to seminars to keep up with your profession?


Answer:

When time and money allows! At times up to one class a semester online. I am a member of a child care network in San Francisco; receive e-mails from various organizations and agencies to keep up with my profession.


Question:

Are you available to talk or communicate after closing or on the weekends?


Answer:

No, I am not. Other then e-mailing out an application or catching up with my e-mails at my discretion. My time before and after child care hours is dedicated to my family! However, each child has a daily log that goes home with the parents/guardians everyday.


Question:

Do you offer any type of log or record of the children's day?


Answer:

Yes! Parents come in and fill out the top portion of the daily log with the date. The time their child last ate, woke, and was changed. Parents are asked to check off their child's disposition in the morning and any notes they may want to convey to me. I continue the process throughout the day till closing. Parents learn what their child ate, when, how much. What time their child was changed, why, and how often their child slept and the period of time he/she did. I also include notes at the end of the day.



I will also post reminders on the board in the entry way. Such as when diapers are needed and for whom, when we will be closed, etc. I also e-mail reminders.


Question:

How many children do you have of your own and what are their ages? Also, how long have you been working with children?


Answer:

I, we have four children, 4 daughters! Twins 30 years old, a 23 year old, and a 18 year old. I have been through much of what most parents go through and in many cases more! I have breast fed, been up night after night and so on. I have tons of experience in caring and spotting illnesses, experience with asthma (training as well), hands on with epilepsy, ADHD(ADD), food allergies, and behavioral issues, (Disclaimer I am not a physician)and how to get past it all and see the child for who he/she is and what their needs are to grow and develop Unfortunately, there may be a situation where a child needs more one on one personal care then I can give with a group size of 4 children. This is not the norm and usually happens in special circumstances. I try to work with each family on an individual basis but if a child needs cannot be met in my program I will sit down with the family and help to lead them in the right direction for their child. I have used family day care for one of our children. I have used center based care preschool and before and after school care over the years as well. I have many experiences both positive and negative. I have volunteered, taken courses/college and/or worked with children outside of my own for approximately 30 years. I have been operating Valdivia Family Day Care for nearly 17 years out of the 30 years. I feel that in most cases I know what parents want for their child and I do my very best to offer just that in my family day care.



Thank you for your interest in Valdivia Family Day Care!



Lucille Valdivia



Licensed number #384000643