The Director and Staff of LSELC have educational backgrounds and experiences that meet or exceed the Minnesota Department of Human Services licensing regulations. Each room is staffed with one full-time Lead Teacher and at least one full-time Teacher or Assistant Teacher. Teacher aides are also utilized to meet the proper teacher-child ratios. Additional volunteer staff members are used whenever possible to provide additional hands and hearts to care for your children. They are not counted in the teacher-child ratio. The ration of children to caregivers is in effect at all times and children are never left unsupervised.
First Aid & CPR
All staff members at the center are trained in first aid every three years and CPR every two years.
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Policy
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is defined as the sudden and unexplained death of an otherwise healthy infant less than one year of age. In 1999, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the National Institute of Child Heath and Human Development, revised their recommendations on how to put children less than twelve months of age to sleep. Their recommendations is for children of this age to sleep on their backs with no soft toys, bumper pads, or blankets in their crib.
To provide the best possible care for your child, LSELC recognizes the importance of placing children on their backs to sleep. While your child is enrolled here, they will be placed on their backs to sleep. The center will provide the HALO SleepSack wearable blanket which allows the baby to be cozy, warm, and safe while sleeping. LSELC will not accept any waivers unless for medical contraindications, which are outlined in the child's health care summary and signed by the health care provider. We also will not allow any soft material (stuffed animals, bumper pads, etc.) in your child's crib. If your child has a medical reason to not sleep on their back, a doctor's order stating the condition and recommendation must be placed in your child's file.
Shaken Baby Syndrome
Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) is a term used to describe a form of child abuse in young children under three years of age. SBS causes serious injuries that occur when the child is severely or violently shaken, impacting the head. This form of child abuse is preventable. Staff at LSELC work together as a team by assisting and supporting each other during difficult times.