Guardian Angel Settlement Association’s Childcare Center offers programs for children from birth to six years of age. Our dedicated, well-trained staff provides your child the best possible start in life, and the cost of care is based on your family’s ability to pay. The Center is licensed and accredited and is a partner of Head Start and Early Head Start.
Our new Childcare Center’s hours are from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. All children attending must be dropped off at the Center no later than 9:30 a.m. If your child will be dropped off later than 9:30 a.m., please call the Center at 314.231.3188.
We retain the right not to accept children who frequently arrive after 9:30 a.m.
Pick-up time is as important as drop-off time. Your child must be picked up by 5:30 p.m. If you do not pick your child up on time, you will be charged a late fee of $5 for every 15 minutes after 5:30 p.m. that your child remains at the Center, beginning at 5:35 p.m.
You must notify the Center when your child is going to be absent, and if ill, please describe the cause of the illness.
Cost of Care
Families pay a fee for childcare. The fee is set according to a sliding scale based on the family’s gross monthly income and its total number of dependents.
Many families are eligible for state subsidized childcare. To qualify, your income must meet the eligibility requirements, and you must need childcare because you are employed, in school or in training.
Fees are payable one week in advance, and we collect fees on Monday mornings. Families wishing to make alternate arrangements must discuss them in advance with the Childcare Director when enrolling their child.
No child will be admitted to the Center if payments are not up-to-date.
Full tuition is charged for all days including agency holidays and family vacations. One exception to this rule is if your child is absent for a full week due to illness. In such cases, the weekly tuition fee is reduced by half, and you may need to submit a doctor’s statement before your child is allowed to return to the Center.
All children need a little time to become oriented to a new environment. On the first day at the Center, we recommend that both parent and child visit for the morning. On the second day, the child may stay half or all day, depending on how well he or she is adjusting. On the third day, the child may stay all day.
Health Care Policies
All children are required to have a medical examination prior to admission to the Center and annually thereafter. The Center provided forms that should be completed by your doctor or clinic. Your child’s immunization record must be up-to-date prior to admission.
A staff member will conduct a daily health check of all children at the Center. The person dropping the child off must remain for this check. If any symptoms of illness are found, the child must be taken home. If your child becomes ill while at the Center, you will be notified immediately and be required to have someone care for your child when he or she is ill and cannot come to the Center.
If your child is absent due to a contagious disease, you must submit a doctor’s statement before the child is allowed to return. We typically offer vision and hearing screenings and immunization opportunities at the Center.
The Childcare Director will help you arrange treatment for other concerns. helping kids get the best possible start
Vacations and Holidays
We are open all year except for New Year’s Eve and Day; Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday; Good Friday; Memorial Day; Independence Day; Labor Day; Thanksgiving Day and the day after; Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We are also closed for two professional training days in August and the days between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
We occasionally take the children on fieldtrips to points of interest in St. Louis, giving children the opportunity to expand their awareness of the world at large. Trips sites might include a play, museums, pumpkin picking, and the zoo as well as city and county parks.
Your involvement has a great impact on your child’s progress. You are always welcome to visit the Center and join in your child’s classroom activities. Please plan to visit with your child’s teacher at least once a week. We are always available to answer your questions and to discuss your child’s progress. Parent-teacher conferences, meetings and other activities are scheduled throughout the year. We produce a flyer on parent activities and announce special events from time to time. Please feel free to make suggestions and recommendations about how parents can become more involved.