Frequently asked questions
What ages does Zusin Daycare enroll?
Children ages 3 months to 4 years old.
Do all locations enroll children ages 3 months to 4 years old?
Locations are separated by age. There are infant locations and toddler locations.
Is there an enrollment period?
Enrollment is year-round.
What are Zusin Daycare's hours of operation?
All locations are open from 8:00AM to 6:00PM.
Is early drop-off and late pick-up available?
Extended hours may be available upon request at an additional cost.
Is Zusin Daycare open during school holidays/vacations?
Zusin Daycare is open for most of the year, except for the following six U.S. holidays: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
Are part-time schedules available?
Full-time and part-time schedules are available. We require a minimum of 2 days (16 hours) per week.
Is there a registration fee?
There is no registration fee.
Is there a waiting list?
Waiting lists will vary by location. If interested in a specific location please let us know. There is a waiting list fee of $25.
How quickly can a spot become available?
It depends, a spot can become available within a few weeks to a couple of months.
How many children are enrolled at each location?
There is a maximum capacity of 12 children per location.
What educational activities are provided for toddlers?
Zusin Daycare uses the Mother Goose Curriculum; a research-based preschool curriculum that fosters a joy of learning through sensory-based experiences.
What activities are provided for infants?
All locations have a music class once a week. On the daily basis, there is story time as well as interactive play with the caregivers.
Is there a daily routine that children follow?
Yes, children follow a daily schedule which can be provided upon request. Younger children (infants) are slowly transitioned from their "current" schedule to the daycare's schedule.
Are there outdoor activities at Zusin Daycare?
All locations have a backyard that is child-safe and friendly. Children go to the backyard on a daily-basis, weather permitting. Children are never removed from the premises.
How many caregivers are present at each location?
The number of caregivers vary by location. Zusin Daycare ensures that the ratio of child to caregivers follows OCFS regulations.
What is the child to caregiver ratio?
For infants, the ratio is 2 children to 1 caregiver. For toddlers (2 years and older) the ratio is 6 children to 1 caregiver.
What is the Zusin Daycare's process for employee selection?
As per OCFS regulations, potential employees must pass a background check and be cleared and approved by OCFS to become a daycare assistant caregiver.
What trainings and qualifications do the caregivers possess?
Caregivers receive 15 hours of OCFS- approved trainings every year. In addition, all caregivers are First Aid and CPR certified.
What is the communication between caregivers and parents like?
Zusin Daycare promotes parent and caregiver interaction. Through Kinderlime, our electronic platform, the caregivers are able to communicate with parents throughout the day. Caregivers will give you updates on your child's day as well as send pictures of your child enjoying their time at daycare!
Does Zusin Daycare use an electronic platform for communication?
Zusin Daycare currently uses Procare Connect. Through the Procare app, parents are able to sign in/out their child, communicate with the caregivers, and access their invoices.
What is Zusin Daycare's sick policy?
Children are not allowed in a daycare with the temperature over 100.5. If a child is found ill in any way a parent will be notified and the child will need to be picked up by the parent. Children will not be allowed to return to daycare until they have been symptom-free for at least 24 hours. If your child has been diagnosed with COVID-19, Chicken Pox, Coxsackie’s, ear infection, flu, conjunctivitis (pink eye) etc. Caregivers must be informed of such cases and a note from a doctor must be submitted in order to return to daycare. A child's health and safety is our main priority.
Do the caregivers at Zusin Daycare administer medication?
No, as per OCFS regulations, our program is not allowed to administer medications.
Are all children enrolled at Zusin Daycare vaccinated?
As per OCFS regulations, all children must be vaccinated. Zusin Daycare will keep documentation of immunizations up-to-date for all children.
Are meals provided by Zusin Daycare?
Zusin Daycare provides breakfast, lunch, and snack. All meals are nutritious and organic. The menu can be provided upon request. For infants, parents must provide formula and/or breast milk.
My child has food allergies, can Zusin Daycare provide alternative meals?
Zusin Daycare will gladly provide alternative foods if needed (e.g., almond milk instead of regular dairy milk).
Do caregivers have experience working with children who have food allergies?
All caregivers are trained to work with children with food allergies. Their health and safety is our main priority. If your child has allergies, please let us know immediately.
Does Zusin Daycare offer a transitional period?
Yes. Most parents find it very beneficial to have their child attend 2-3 half days prior to starting their first full day.
What is Zusin Daycare's policy on visitation?
During Covid-19, regulations about open-door policy have changed. Now we are not allowing parents or visitors to enter daycare premises, to avoid cross-contamination.
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Zusin Daycare has an open-door policy and encourages parents to drop-in if they are available. However, we ask that courtesy is exhibited. Also, please keep in mind that caregivers must give the children their undivided attention.
Does Zusin Daycare accept vouchers?
At the moment, Zusin Daycare does not accept vouchers as payment.