The Wellness Center Child Care is a licensed service provided to NDSU students on a first-come, first-served basis. Parents must be participating in campus activities while their child is at the Child Care Service. Trained staff and student workers are on hand to properly care for children on a reservation or drop-off basis. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child or the Child Care Service, please do not hesitate to contact the Child Care Director. Our goal is to provide high quality child care that is affordable so students are able to complete their education at NDSU.
The Wellness Center Child Care is a licensed child care facility which serves children six weeks to five years old whose parent(s) or guardian(s) are NDSU students.
Reservations are based on a sliding fee; $3.40 per hour per child for income eligible students, $4.40 per hour for all other students by short-term contracts according to parent's class schedule. Payment obligation is based on the number of hours reserved, not on the actual hours of attendance.
The Wellness Center Child Care is operated as a service for NDSU students. With this in mind, reserved care for children is based on parents’ academic schedules. Short-term contract care begins the first full day of the semester and ends the last day of the semester before finals week. Finals week is drop-off only. Contracts must be renewed each semester. Once a contract is signed, payment is required whether or not the child attends. Reservations are made each semester giving priority to returning families first. A non-refundable $20 reservation fee is required at the time the reservation is made.
Drop-off care is available to NDSU students, faculty and staff on a first-come, first-served basis. Availability for drop-off care can be confirmed by calling as soon as the center opens at 7:15 a.m. or at least 2 hours previous to care. Drop-off fees are calculated in 15-minute increments. Drop off care is available to students. Fees are $5.40/hour for the first child. Fees will be collected when you pick up your child.
$5.40/hour for the first child; $4.40 per hour for additional children. Fees are calculated to the next 15 minutes. Fees will be collected when you pick up your child.
$3.40 per hour per child for income eligible students, $4.40 per hour per child for all others.
The first time a child uses drop-off care, the following forms are required: Child Information Sheet, Health Care Summary Form, Consent Form and an Infant Sleep Permission Form (if appropriate). These forms take approximately 15 minutes to complete and will provide staff with necessary information to care for your child. The more we know about your child and his/her needs the better care we can provide. A current copy of your child’s immunization records must also be submitted. Cass County Social Services requires us to verify custody of newly enrolled children, you will need to bring in a certified birth certificate for the child or his or her passport for us to view prior to enrollment. All forms will need to be updated on a yearly basis.
Parents must check-in their child at the registration desk on each visit. Parents must be participating in campus activities while their child is at the Wellness Center Child Care. Children are allowed to remain at the child care for a maximum of four hours for drop-off care.
When picking up your child remember your child will only be released to the person indicated on the check-in form. The Child Care staff is required to ask the person picking up the child for a picture I.D. before releasing the child.
USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program
The Wellness Center Child Care participates in the Child and Adult Food Care Program (CACFP), which is a federally funded program administered by the USDA. The program provides regulations, which promotes good nutrition and balanced meals for children.
A breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack is provided daily. Meals are served family style as a teacher sits and eats with the children, encouraging them to serve themselves and engage in meaningful conversation. Children are encouraged to try new foods, but not forced to eat or taste food. Special attention has been given to increase meals with whole grains, fiber, fresh fruits and vegetables while decreasing high fat content foods.
Diapers and Toilet Training
Parents are to supply enough disposable diapers and wipes for their child’s length of stay at the Child Care. Parents who do not provide diapers will be charged $1.00 for each diaper used and $0.25 for wipes. If your child requires use of a cream or powder, please bring that as well. Children being toilet trained should have an extra change of clothes with them. Should an accident occur the Child Care does not have extra clothes on hand for your child.
Children have the opportunity to participate in activities planned by the staff each day. This may include story time, art projects, movement and musical activities, games, gross and fine motor activities, dramatic play, baking, indoor and outdoor play.
The Child Care uses the Child Care Weather Watch to determine safe temperatures for outside play. It is extremely important for all children to play outside on a daily basis. If you do not want your child to play outside, you will need to obtain a written letter from your child’s health care provider. If you feel your child is too sick to go outside then they are probably too sick to be in child care.
If a child becomes sick during their stay, parents will be notified immediately by cell phone. Parents must pick up their children within 30 minutes of our initial call regardless of whether the call is answered. Children who are not picked up within the 30 minutes will be charged a fee of $20.00/hour. Fees will be calculated by 15-minute intervals.
No medications will be given by the Center. Children with conditions that require antibiotic will need to be on their medication 24 hours before returning to the center. Children that leave sick need to remain home for 24 hours after symptoms have subsided without the use of medication including Tylenol / Motrin.
Please complete the emergency information on the Child Information Sheet. This form will also provide signed permission to authorize emergency care for your child. In the unlikely event of an accident, our staff is certified in CPR and First Aid.
If these actions are not sufficient to care for your child, emergency care may be required. In the case of an emergency, every attempt will be made to contact parents immediately. Any accidents that occur at the Center will be documented on an Incident/Accident form that will be given to parents at the time of checkout.
For additional emergency information, please refer to the Parent Handbook.