The Child Development Academy at Marshall University | A Living, Learning Laboratory


All children spend one hour minimum outdoors each day, except in extreme conditions. Please dress your child accordingly. Outdoor play is healthy on many levels it provides open space to decrease the spread of infections, a variety of opportunities for gross motor development, and balance in the children's play and routine.

Children are provided with their own cot and sheet during daily naptime. Those who don't sleep are asked to rest until the others are asleep and then offered quiet activities. Licensing requires one hour of rest time.

Children are offered breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack. Staff eats with the children in a family style setting. Well-balanced meals satisfy the requirements of the Child and Adult Care Food Program. Menus avoid sugar and high amounts of fat and salt. New foods are introduced regularly and children are encouraged to taste.

Germs are spread through group setting most often by hand. Therefore, hand washing is a very important part of the daily routine. Children are taught proper hand washing techniques. Your reinforcement of hand washing at home will help your child develop a habit that will prevent frequent illnesses.

Children who are new to groups do get sick more frequently especially at first. They come in contact with germs that their bodies do not have strong defenses against. As children spend more time with group settings, they usually become more resistant to illnesses. Be sure to have a back up plan for when your child is ill.  

Children brush their teeth after lunch. This is an important part of self-care.  

All staff are trained in First-Aid and CPR.


Do not send your child if he/she has:

  • fever
  • enlarged glands
  • vomiting
  • lice or their nits
  • undiagnosed skin rash
  • sore or swollen joints
  • diarrhea
  • chills
  • inflamed eyes

The following guidelines are to be used in determining when a child may return to the center after an illness:

  • 24 hours AFTER a fever has disappeared; without medication take to reduce fever.
  • 24 hours AFTER the stool or urine has returned to normal color or consistency;
  • 24 hours AFTER vomiting has ceased;
  • proof of a negative throat culture or 24 hours after treatment has begun if the culture is positive;
  • 24 hours AFTER beginning a prescription medication of any kind;
  • Presentation of a doctor's statement that the child is free of parasitic infestation.
Before children become ill, be sure to plan for alternative arrangements for childcare on these days. Plan ahead for those occasions when your child becomes ill at school so that he/she can be taken to a quieter more comfortable setting as quickly as possible. A busy, noisy classroom is not pleasant for a child who feels ill.

Be sure to keep us abreast of all your current telephone numbers including work, home and cellular numbers. When your child is not feeling well it is important we be able to contact you or your designated person.

It is the center's expectation that parent(s) will carry insurance to include medical coverage for expenses incurred as a result of an accident or injury. These expenses are the responsibility of the parent(s).  



In the event the center has no electricity, heat, or water, a decision will be made regarding staying open. Every effort will be made to keep the center open while considering the safety of the children.

Plan for Dealing with Fire, Ingestion of Poisons, Serious Injuries, Illness

1. Fire - A fire drill is held twice a month. The plan in case of fire is to get out of the building and away from it quickly.
The emergency forms are carried out in order that children's families can be contacted to come for their children if necessary.

2. Chemical Leaks - If a threatening chemical or otherwise dangerous situation arises Child Development Academy at Marshall University is prepared for a lock-down shelter in place. All staff members are knowledgeable of the procedure and prepared to produce a safe nurturing environment until we are notified of the All Clear. This information will be available to you on your local TV or radio station. If shelter in place is in effect, persons including parents are not allowed to enter or leave the building. Opening doors may contaminate the center.

3. Threatening Persons Evacuation In the event the center needs to be evacuated, the children will be taken to a pre-arranged destination for safe harbor until an all-clear can be given.

4. Injuries Injuries more than a slight scratch or bump are reported to the parent immediately, if possible. In case of an injury that may require medical care, we can obtain quick consultation by phone from Cabell Huntington Hospital or University Pediatrics. If a child must be taken to the emergency room, a family member is expected to come and take the child. If it is impossible to get in touch with a family member and stitches or other medical help are needed, a staff member is to obtain the permission of the Director and then call 911 for an ambulance to transport the child and another adult to Cabell Huntington Hospital, 1340 Hal Greer Blvd. Best judgment is to be used for each individual case based upon first aid and CPR training.

EMERGENCY NUMBERS: St. Mary's Hospital – 526-1234; Emergency Room – 526-1111; Cabell Huntington Hospital – 526-2000; Emergency Room – 526-2200; Ambulance – 911; Poison Control 1-800-222-1222; RF Steiner's – 525-7773; Sixth Avenue Church of Christ – 523-6181

WEATHER EMERGENCIES: Tune into your local TV Station or Radio Station for announcements. (WOWK, WSAZ, WKEE, WTCR). The Academy will be closed for inclement weather only when Marshall University is closed.

Please note: This information is subject to change without notice. Please refer to official documentation for the most up-to-date and specific information available regarding health, safety and emergency situations.


Health Forms

All forms are available in Adobe PDF format.


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