Frequently Asked Questions
Universal Face Covering
Effective August 10, 2020, Governor Gretchen Whitmer initiated Executive Order 2020-164, that requires children ages 4-11, to wear a face covering upon entering and exiting a building, common spaces and hallways. In addition, children 12 years of age and older are also required to wear a face covering in classrooms.
Children, ages 4-11, do not need to wear a mask within their classroom cohort or outdoors when children are practicing physical distancing. Children should NOT wear a face covering: • If they are two years of age and younger. • If they cannot medically tolerate or independently remove a face covering. • During activities such as mealtime, sleeping, swimming and some high intensity activities. • Outdoors when children are practicing physical distancing.
RCS will not require children, ages 2-3, to wear a mask. If a parent/guardian chooses to have their child wear a mask, the child will be required to exhibit an understanding of how to wear the mask safely and how to remove it without assistance.
Yes. Staff will ensure hand hygiene and assist children, as necessary, to store masks and reduce the opportunity for cross contamination. They will also help children troubleshoot mask problems.
We continue to partner with our families and provide the love, care and support needed to overcome challenges.
The right fit is important. Face coverings should fit snuggly around the nose, mouth and chin, leaving minimal to no gaps. Children should be able to breathe easy.
Try to involve children in picking out their own face covering. Be careful with strap adjustments that could potentially be a choking hazard. Practice wearing face coverings at home and try to make it fun!
It would be very helpful if families could send an extra mask in case a mask becomes dirty, damaged or wet. RCS will have a supply of pediatric masks.
Other Frequently Asked Questions
The childcare facility opened on September 4, 2018.
The center is open Monday-Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
The children’s center is located at 3838 N. Rochester Road, north of Gunn, in Oakland Township. The district purchased and renovated an existing building that formerly housed a church/school. The center offers 36,000 square feet on 23 acres. New classroom configurations feature new furniture, flooring, ceilings, and more.
Childcare is offered from six weeks through age 5. Preschool is offered for ages 3-5.
Yes. Services are open to all members of the greater Rochester community and beyond. This includes residents of neighboring cities. RCS teachers and staff living outside the district are also welcome to utilize the childcare services for their children. RCS residency is not a requirement.
Registration can be done via phone or in person. Your paid registration fee secures your spot within the program at Caring Steps.
No discounts are available for RCS residents. Effective July 1, employees of the Rochester Community School District will receive a 5 percent discount off the monthly tuition for the RCS Caring Steps Children’s Center. The discount is applied to the oldest child’s account every 30 days and limited to 10 percent per family. The discount applies to all employees working within the Rochester Community School District who have a district identification badge.
Yes. Morning and afternoon snacks will be provided and are included in the monthly tuition.
Yes. Breakfast and lunch options are available for the entire month at an additional cost.
No. Partial day rates are not available. Of course, you may pick up your child at any time, but in order to plan for appropriate staffing levels, only full-day rates will be offered at this time.
New students may enroll at any time as space permits.
The RCS Caring Steps Children’s Center is designed as a year-round, 12-month program and does not break for the summer. A family may choose to dis-enroll their child from the program for the summer and then re-enroll the child again as space permits; however, they will need to pay the registration fee.
Parents with preschool children, ages 4-5, living within district boundaries are welcome to enroll their son or daughter in one of our outstanding Pre-K programs. Enrollment for current-year Pre-K programs ends December 31.
The center operates year-long programs. Summer will be celebrated by the students with in-house field trips, water days, and family-fun celebrations.
Summer-specific programs are offered through the RCS School Age Care (SAC) program. More information is available on the website at: http://www.rochester.k12.mi.us/pages/5072/school-age-care.
Yes. The center will be open during inclement weather.
The childcare facility will follow its own schedule, independent from the programs operating elsewhere in the district. The services run all year, and the building is only closed on weekends and major holidays.
The RCS Caring Steps Children’s Center educational philosophy is inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach and is supported by The Creative Curriculum.
Infants (6 weeks – 12 months): Nine children in each classroom with three caregivers
Toddlers (12 – 30 months): 12 children in each classroom with three caregivers
Young Preschool (30 months – 3 years): 14 children in each classroom with two caregivers
Preschool (3 – 4 years): 24 children in each classroom with three caregivers
Kindergarten Preparation (4-5 years): 30 children in each classroom with three caregivers
Please note, our current class sizes are ideal for our center and maximize our learning environment. Our exceptional child-to-caregiver ratios are voluntarily small and are better than the guidelines permissible by Michigan state law. In some circumstances, Caring Steps class sizes and staff members may vary, but we will always be in compliance with ratios mandated by state regulatory agencies.
The facility is fully secure. All visitors must enter through the main entrance using the visitor verification system. All exterior doors remain locked throughout the day.
At RCS Caring Steps Children’s Center, we welcome children with unique needs and will speak individually with prospective parents to ensure we can provide their son or daughter with the care they require before enrollment.
Since Special Education services are available for both children and adults, ages 0-26, living within the boundaries of Rochester Community Schools, the RCS Caring Steps Children’s Center will not duplicate services. Please contact the RCS Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) Department to learn more. Information is also available on our website at http://www.rochester.k12.mi.us/pages/412/special-education or call 248-726-3195.
Staffing will be contracted through Genesee Education Consultant Services Inc. Job postings and more information can be found on the GECS website at https://www.gecs-inc.org/
Yes. This is a nut-sensitive center. Nut products are not permitted in nut‐sensitive classrooms.
No. Transportation services are not provided to and/or from the childcare facility.
Yes. The children’s center includes a safe, new outdoor playground area where children will be supervised.
Although the children’s center offers childcare and preschool services to people living outside the RCS district boundaries, K-12 students MUST reside within school district boundaries, based on their home address.
Yes. The programs and services are fully licensed with the state of Michigan.
Yes. To schedule a tour, please call (248) 726-4800.
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