Little Brigham Aggies [LBA] (child care center)
Little Brigham Aggies (LBA), the Utah State University Brigham City early care and education center, is designed to provide high-quality, inclusive care and education program for children of Utah State University Brigham City students and staff. Our center is located at the Utah State University Brigham City Campus Milton P. Miller Building. Caring, devoted teachers are available to provide a safe and nurturing environment for children. Children from newborn to eight years of age may attend.
The Center's Coordinator is Janet Walquist. For more information about the Center, contact Janet at 435-919-1307 or visit her at the Center.
A parent of a child attending Little Brigham Aggies Center must be on campus at all times while the child is in the center. However, if a parent is required to attend an off-campus activity, the parent must complete the Proxy Designation Form[pdf] and submit it for approval before the date of the off-campus activity to the Little Brigham Aggies center coordinator located in the Milton P. Miller building.
- How do I enroll my child in Little Brigham Aggies childcare?
Children must be enrolled in order to attend. Enrollment packets are available at the Utah State University Brigham City Campus, Little Brigham Aggies ECEC located in the Milton P. Miller Building, Room 156. All forms must be complete, with all required signatures, before your child can attend the center. Additionally, all immunizations for your child must be current.
- How much does it cost for my child to attend Little Brigham Aggies?
The cost of care is very affordable at Little Brigham Aggies. The cost for Utah State University students is $3.00 per child per hour. The cost for BATC-Brigham City students is $3.50 per child per hour.
If you have questions regarding costs, please contact Janet Wahlquist, Center Coordinator, at 435-919-1307, or visit Little Brigham Aggies located in the Milton P. Miller Building, Room 156, which is located at 195 West 1100 South, Brigham City, Utah.
- What is your payment policy?
Payments can be made in the form of cash or check (payable to Utah State University) at the cashier's office located in Room 170 of the Milton P. Miller building of USU Brigham City Campus, during regular business hours (8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.).
Continuous participation in the Little Brigham Aggies Early Care and Education Program requires prepayment in full for the following month. The parent's monthly charge will be based upon their child(ren)'s attendance schedule contract at $3.00 per child per hour. Parents who have not prepaid their bill by the 25th of the previous month will be asked to make a payment on their account before further services are rendered. For example, parents will pay on or before August 25th for September's services. Parents are charged their monthly rate whether or not they use LBA's services.
If a parent withdraws their child from the Center without completing the withdrawal request form or for reasons other than extenuating circumstances; i.e., death of an immediate family member, extreme illness of an immediate family member, extreme financial hardship, job loss, the parent will continue to be billed for their child's slot.
Parents who have accounts that are 90 days past due may have their account sent to an outside collection agency. In the event it becomes necessary to solicit the services of an outside collection agency or an attorney to effect collection, parents agree to pay a collection fee, not to exceed 50% of the principle and interest owing, plus all court costs and reasonable attorney fees. The collection costs stated above are in addition to the principle and interest due on the account. Parents give the Controller of USU, or his/her designee, the power of attorney to apply all monies due to them from Utah State University and any other sources to any delinquent portion of their LBA account and collection costs until the account and collection costs are paid in full.
- When is Little Brigham Aggies open?
The Early Care and Education Center [ECEC] is open during selected daytime and evening hours, as determined by demand. Hours are subject to change on a semester basis. ECEC service is only provided for children of students of Utah State University - Brigham City or Bridgerland Applied Technology College - Brigham City, staff, faculty. while their parents are attending classes; the computer lab; an approved, required class activity off-campus; or study groups (on Utah State University Brigham City campus).
Little Brigham Aggies hours are subject to change according to demand. If you are interested in using ECEC services, please complete a written request at the Little Brigham Aggies ECEC located in Room 156 of the Milton P. Miller Building, or send an E-mail to Janet Wahlquist at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- What are my responsibilities as a parent while my child is in the center?
Parents are responsible for feeding and diapering their children. A pager is provided when you leave your child at the Early Care and Education Center. When there is a diapering need, or other situation which requires your presence, you will be paged.
- Parents are required to sign in when they bring their child to the center. At that time parents will receive a pager.
- Parents are responsible to keep the pager with them at all times while their child is attending the center.
- Parents are required to sign out when they pick up their child.
- Parents must remain on campus at all times when their child is in the center. However, a parent may leave campus for an approved, required class activity. If a parent is required to attend an off-campus activity, notification must be given to the Center Coordinator, Janet Wahlquist. Otherwise, leaving campus while your child is in the center will lead to the termination of your contract and your child may no longer attend Little Brigham Aggies.
- Does the LBA staff undergo background checks?
Yes. Our staff undergoes a state-regulated background investigation. In addition, our teachers have CPR and First Aid Certification, and all trainings related to state regulations.>
- Who can pick my child up from the Center?
Only parents, or persons with your written authorization, will be allowed to pick up your child from the center. In cases of extreme emergency, a parent may give verbal authorization to the center. The individual picking up your child will be required to provide proper identification.
- Are lunches or snacks provided for my child?
Snacks will be provided for children in attendance longer than 2 ½ hours at a time; however, parents should plan to feed their children at lunch and dinner mealtimes. For your convenience, a break room is available with a refrigerator and a microwave, as well as seating. The break room is located in Room 167 of the Milton P. Miller Building.
Little Brigham Aggies is a peanut-free environment. Please keep all peanut products, including peanut butter, outside of the Little Brigham Aggies Early Care and Education Center. Parents with infants please do not bring food for your infant which contains peanuts. This includes inside your bag.
- What supplies should I provide for my child?
Children should be dressed in comfortable clothing (we paint and do sand and water play). It is also highly recommended that parents provide an extra change of clothes in case of soiling. Comfort objects such as blankets and/or stuffed animals are welcome for the purpose of assisting children in transition to childcare. Other toys should be left at home. Please do not send toys or special objects from home. We can't ensure their safety. There will be occasions when we will have show and tell. Notification will be sent to you in advance of these special days. We encourage toys to stay home unless needed for the following:
- Comfort toy to make the transition easier.
- Show and Tell in your child's classroom.
- One soft sleeping toy (must be able to fit inside child's cubby).
- What activities will my child enjoy while at Little Brigham Aggies?
One of the main priorities of the activities is to provide positive, nurturing relationships to foster social/emotional development for all of the children. A broad range of developmentally appropriate activities for each age level are planned to enhance fine motor, gross motor, language, cognitive and social-emotional development. The environment is created to offer multiple opportunities through a large variety of experiences including block play, sand and water play, art, writing, emergent literacy, science, math, small group and large group activities. Curriculum plans are available at all times for parents to review. Each child's individuality and uniqueness is recognized and contributes to the development of the activities. Children's interests and choices guide and direct the activities. The staff experience on-going professional development to ensure best practice is conducted at all times.
Outdoor play is part of the early childhood curriculum. Please send the appropriate outdoor clothing with your child each day. During the winter your child needs a coat, hat, and gloves. We go outside every day unless it is raining or extremely cold. ALL CHILDREN WILL BE EXPECTED TO GO OUTSIDE. We adhere to the philosophy that children need fresh air and outdoor activity to maintain healthy bodies. Staying indoors can and does generate and regenerate illness. A physician's written excuse will be accepted if your child needs to remain indoors for a limited period of time.
- What is your guidance policy?
Our goal in guiding the children is for them to move towards controlling their own behavior. We avoid using techniques that will damage the children's good feeling about themselves or others.
We begin by arranging the environment to prevent discipline problems. This includes planning interesting activities, not asking children to be still for too long, and meeting their needs for food (snacks), rest, and active play. Positive guidance strategies are used to prevent most behavior problems. We want children to learn to be independent and responsible for their own choices. We coach children in addressing peers and teachers in an appropriate manner, without physical or verbal aggression and appropriately express their emotions.
When children do misbehave, we guide them in finding a better way to solve the problem. When misbehavior includes destroying or abusing materials, the child will be given the chance to use the materials again in an appropriate manner. If misbehavior continues, the materials may be put away until another day when the child will be given another opportunity to use it appropriately. When children disrupt group activities, they can choose to participate without interrupting or move away from the group. Small group activities are always optional.
If your child has had a difficult time, the staff will give you a verbal or written, Just to let you know, behavior report which summarizes your child's day. In the infant room, there are daily report sheets that will be used as another way to communicate both positive and challenging behaviors. We will then work together with the family to assure consistency at home and at school in working with the child.
- What are your methods of guidance?
Our methods of Guidance are:
- Encouraging children to solve problems through the use of words.
- Learning to acknowledge feelings and associate feelings with actions.
- Redirect children to focus on a different activity in a positive tone.
- Tell children what to do, rather than what not to do.
- Continual focus on building self-help skills in order to strengthen self-esteem and positive self-image.
- Positive reinforcement and acknowledging appropriate behavior that should be continued in the future.
- Assisting children in planning actions and language for similar situations in the future.
- Modeling kind, patient, and gentle actions, words and behavior.
- What if my child needs to take medications?
It is the responsibility of parents to administer any medications required by children in the care of Little Brigham Aggies. Childcare staff should be notified of medications children are currently taking in order to be alerted to any potential reactions. In order to ensure the safety of the children, medications should never be brought without notification to LBA staff.
- What happens if my child is sick?
For the welfare of all the children in the center, Little Brigham Aggies is required by the state to exclude a child from care if the following symptoms exist:
- The child has an oral or rectal temperature of 100 degrees F or greater.
- Diarrhea, which is defined as an increase in number of stools compared to the child's normal amount, with increased and /or decreased stool water.
- Vomiting with two or more episodes of vomiting in previous 24 hours.
- Mouth sores associated with the inability to control his/her saliva.
- Rash with fever or behavior change.
- Infected eyes with discharge, until 48 hours after treatment started by a physician. Please note with Conjunctivitis (pink eye) your child cannot attend Little Brigham Aggies until he/she has been on medication for 48 hours. This is highly contagious.
- Infestation (scabies, head lice, pinworm), until after first treatment with a medicated product.
- Impetigo, until 24 hours after antibiotic treatment has begun.
- Strep throat, until 24 hours after antibiotic started.
- Ringworm infection, until 24 hours after medication started.
- Chicken pox, until one week after the onset of rash, or until all lesions have dried and crusted.
If your child develops any of these symptoms while in attendance, you will be notified and asked to pick your child up immediately. If your child contracts a contagious illness soon after attending our center, please notify Janet Wahlquist, Center Coordinator, within 24 hours.
- Are there conditions for termination of Center services?
Yes, any one of the following conditions is grounds for termination of services:
- Leaving campus without picking up your child from the center, unless you are attending an approved, required class activity off-campus The Proxy Designation Form must be completed and approved before the required off-campus activity date by the Little Brigham Aggies Program Coordinator].
- Complete withdrawal from attendance at Utah State University Brigham City.
If you wish to withdraw your child(ren)'s enrollment during the semester you are required to complete the withdrawal request form. You can withdraw your child from the Center during the first three weeks of the semester without penalty. Withdrawing your child from the program after the first three weeks requires an extenuating circumstance; i.e., death in the immediate family, extreme illness in the immediate family, extreme financial hardship, job loss. You will continue to be billed for your child's slot if withdrawal from the program is not caused by an extenuating circumstance or you do not complete the withdrawal request form. By withdrawing your child(ren) from the Center, you are forfeiting your rights to the program for the semester. To void this request, all enrollment forms will need to be completed. At the parent's request, a child's records can be transferred to another school.
- Is there a grievance policy?
We encourage parents to express all concerns as soon as possible directly to Janet Wahlquist, Center Coordinator. If difficulties and differences are not appropriately addressed and resolved, parents should contact Jill Rasmussen, Director of Student Services.
- How do I get additional information about Little Brigham Aggies?
For more information, please contact Janet Wahlquist at 435-919-1307 or by e-mail at email@example.com. A program pamphlet is available at the Utah State University Brigham City Campus, Milton P. Miller Building, Room 156, located at 195 West 1100 South; Brigham City, Utah.
- Who is the Little Brigham Aggies Center Coordinator?
Janet Wahlquist received a Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education, and a Master of Arts degree from University of Phoenix in Early Childhood Education. She has worked with children and families in a variety of early childhood settings for many years including owning her own preschool.
A quote by Carol B. Hillman, early childhood educator, sums up Janet’s thoughts about children and learning: ”A positive learning climate in a school for young children is a composite of many things. It is an attitude that respects children.... It is a place where children receive guidance and encouragement from the responsible adults around them. It is an environment where children can experiment and try out new ideas without fear of failure. It is an atmosphere that builds children's self-confidence so they dare to take risks. It is an environment that nurtures a love of learning.”
Contact Janet Wahlquist at 435-919-1307, or firstname.lastname@example.org.