Preschool & Summer Camp:
223 14th Street
(Corner Brinkerhoff & 14th St.)
Palisades Park, NJ 07650
(201) 592-6695
Fax: (201) 302-9729

ABCs of Les Enfants


The mission of Les Enfants Preschool is to provide children with the highest quality of early education and child care.

We strive to be a center of educational excellence for all children and provide encouragement and support for the professional growth of all staff.

We value a warm, family-like environment by encouraging a loving, caring and respectful attitude toward our children, our families, and our staff.

We respect our children and we strive to be a positive and joyful part of their precious childhood.



We believe in a program which is based on individual and group needs, suited to a wide range of developmental patterns and individual differences which are implemented by:

Providing experiences within a child’s range of interests and competencies so that there are many opportunities for success that contribute to his or her sense of self-worth;

Establishing a climate that fosters feelings of security and a sense of independence so that an awareness of one’s values both as an individual and member of a group can be felt;

Providing guidance for the child as he or she learns to relate to others, so that warm human relationships can be developed.



The doors open at 7:00 am and close at 6:30 pm.  Children should arrive at the time the class begins.  It is not necessary to arrive early.  It is the parent/guardian’s responsibility to check your child in and out with a staff member.  Once the child is picked up and signed out by the staff member, the supervision of the child becomes the responsibility of the parent/guardian.  Therefore, parents/guardians and children must immediately vacate the building.  No one is allowed to remain in areas in or around the building (hallways, playground, foyer, etc.).  Les Enfants will not be held responsible for children not under the supervision of staff and this is a serious insurance liability for the Center.  There will be a late charge of $15.00 for every quarter hour, or part of, after 6:30 pm.  Three unexcused lateness in one school year may result in termination of enrollment.


Hand washing is very important at Les Enfants and we ask that all children wash their hands when they enter the classroom.  We also ask the parents to wash hands when spending an extended amount of time in the classroom.  This not only models a good habit but helps Les Enfants stay clean and healthy!



1.  A seasonal change of clothes including underwear and socks.  These should be brought to school and kept in a labeled plastic Ziploc bag and immediately upon use.

2.  One small labeled blanket if taking a nap:  Blankets must be taken home weekly for laundering.

3.  A plastic smock for messy art projects: Smocks should be left at school.

4.  Disposable diapers:  Please check that your child has an ample supply for at least one week.



  1. Breakfast must be brought from home and is served to the children arriving before 8:15 am.
  2. Morning, afternoon and evening snacks are provided daily.  Milk, water and 100% juice are also provided throughout the day.  Nutritious snack choices are offered daily and a sample list can be obtained in the office.
  3. Lunch may be purchased through our lunch program, or brought from home.  These lunches are nutritionally balanced and child friendly.  Refrigeration is provided for perishable food brought from home.  We encourage you to send in healthy lunches for your child which include fruits and vegetables, grains, protein and dairy.  We discourage sugary drinks and desserts.   Hot lunches must be brought in a thermos, ready to eat.  Food cannot be heated at school. 
  4. Please advise the staff if you want to have uneaten food saved and sent home at the end of the day. Any uneaten food which is not removed from the Center at the end of the day must and will be disposed of.
  5. Les Enfants will adhere to any religious and/or dietary restrictions your child may have.  Please notify the office in writing of such restrictions.



Les Enfants is a “Nut-Free” Facility due to the amount and severity of nut allergies in children.  Les Enfants will not serve food or snacks that contain nuts and children are not permitted to bring food or snacks that contain nuts. 



The following staff/child ratios are required by the State of New Jersey.  Les Enfants prides itself in keeping with a higher staff/child ratio whenever possible.

                                                                                   REQUIRED                              LES ENFANTS

                                AGE                                       STAFF/CHILD RATIO                STAFF/CHILD RATIO

                2 ½ up to 4 years                                           1:10                                      1:7 + floater

                4 – 5 years                                                     1:12                                      1:9 + floater



Surveillance cameras are located in each of the classrooms and building entrances.  Monitors are located in the office and we record on a 24-hour basis.  Parents are welcome to watch the monitors at any time during the day.



Les Enfants has an open-door policy which permits parents/guardians of children to visit their children at any time.  If these visits are disruptive to the class or upsetting in any way to any of the children the Director should be informed and accommodations may be made on a case by case basis.  Parents are also permitted to view their child in their classroom by way of monitors in the office at any time.  If a parent requests to view recorded classroom times this must be done in the presence of a Director by prior arrangement. Visitors other than a child’s parent must be authorized in writing by the parent or guardian to visit a child in our care and must produce photo identification.  These visitors may not be left alone with the child and are not permitted to leave with the child without written permission.



Closings in case of emergency or snow are at the discretion of the Directors.  Parents will be notified by our automated emergency notification service which can be activated in minutes.  In case of closing or delayed opening due to inclement weather, parents will be notified and a message will be left on the school voice mail by 6:30am.  Please do not venture out until you are certain of whether the school is open or if we are having a delayed opening.



In the event that a parent/guardian must be reached by Les Enfants, the following protocol will be followed:

The Center will call parent(s) in the following order unless otherwise specified:

  1. Cell phones                                                3. Home phones
  2. Work phones                                              4. Email

If parent is not reached, a voicemail message will be left. Emergency contacts will be called in case of an emergency.

NOTE: If you have a preferred method of contact, please note in the designated area on the child application form or notify the office to do so.


Keeping our families involved with the school is a priority at Les Enfants.  Tadpoles is a communication tool that is used in the classrooms to capture pictures and videos of special moments as well as send daily lesson plans and notes right to your email.  All information communicated is private and no personal information will be shared with any external parties.


We at Les Enfants both invite and encourage parents to be active participants in classroom activities, fundraisers, class trips, etc.  If you or someone in your family has a special trade, job, or hobby we would love for you to share it with us, so sign up today to join us in the fun!  For those of you who cannot join us as often as you would like, we also set aside an annual open house, back to school night and parent/teacher conferences.



The teaching staff will offer three parent/teacher conferences during the school year to discuss your child’s development and progress.  Parents may also schedule an appointment with the teacher and/or director at any time to address any questions or concerns.


We encourage all families to take advantage of the special informational and educational programs we have throughout the year.  You will be notified in advance so that you can clan to attend.  If you have any ideas about programs you might like us to offer, please speak to the director to share your thoughts.


Curriculum is the essential tool that maps a child’s development and guides the teacher’s planning. 

Les Enfants Pre K-4, Pre K-3 and Pre K-Prep programs are designed to introduce our preschoolers to the excitement and enjoyment of learning.  Our curriculum, The Creative Curriculum for Preschool, is a comprehensive, research-based curriculum designed for teachers to implement a developmentally appropriate, content-rich program for children with diverse backgrounds and skill levels.  The Creative Curriculum for Preschool encourages exploration and discovery as a way of learning, thus helping children develop confidence, creativity and lifelong critical thinking skills.  It supports children’s development and learning in relation to 38 objectives that include predictors of school success and that are aligned to NJ State Department of Education Preschool Teaching and Learning Standards.



As educators, we at Les Enfants recognize the importance of early developmental screening of young children.  It is our policy to conduct a screening of our students upon entering our preschool.  This is done once they are adjusted to the program and then re-screen approximately three to six months later, depending on the age of the child, for the purpose of monitoring.  The tool we use is the Ages and Stages Questionnaires (ASQ-3) and is a voluntary screening.  It is a short and fun process for the child.  Parents are included in the screening process and the screening requires written consent.  Once the ASQ-3 screening process has been complete and scored, a family conference will be conducted to share results. Further information will be received at our Back to School Night or soon after the child starts.



In alignment with The Creative Curriculum for Preschool, Les Enfants uses Child Assessment Portfolios to track children’s progress.  This Assessment keeps track of the 38 objectives within the curriculum and follows the child’s progress throughout their time at Les Enfants.  Written summaries based on these assessments are done at least two times per school year and are discussed with parents at individual parent/teacher conferences.  Transition Folders containing the Assessment Portfolio as well as an individualized Transition Form completed by the child’s teacher will be provided upon exiting Les Enfants.


Les Enfants’ primary language is English and all instruction is conducted in the English language.  We do, however, support the rich diversity of our community.  Many of our children are “English language learners”.  Research shows that teaching early literacy skills in the “home” or native language is more effective for English language achievement because children are more likely to transfer those skills to English.  Les Enfants therefore encourages families to both speak and work on literacy skills at home in their native language.

 English language learners also need classroom support which Les Enfants will offer in a variety of ways.  We will provide cultural support as we learn about and incorporate different cultures in our classrooms.  Consideration is given to social-emotional support to help children feel comfortable in the group.  When possible, teachers will provide opportunities for English language learners who speak the same language to be together.  Those opportunities will be balanced with times spent with English speaking children.  Environmental support includes things such as labeling classroom materials and learning areas in multiple languages and offering literacy materials pertaining to our children’s cultures.  We use oral language support when we combine nonverbal communication such as gesturing and even sign language combined with our speech.  We teach vocabulary intentionally using objects, pictures and association of English words with words in the children’s home language.  We value bilingualism for all children, teaching English-speaking children words and phrases in the other home languages of the children in the class.  We value the support of family partnerships and encourage you to share your ideas and resources with us. 


The children will play outdoors every day weather permitting.  Each child must be dressed appropriately for the weather.  During cold weather, children need warn coats, hats, scarves, mittens/gloves and boots in order to enjoy the outdoors.  In changeable weather, layers such as long-sleeved tops over short sleeved allow for adding or removing as needed.  In hot weather, children are more comfortable in cool, loose fitting clothing.  If the children do not go outside because of inclement weather, the children will have active play in our indoor gym.



Les Enfants is committed to providing a breastfeeding friendly environment for enrolled parents.  Breastfeeding mothers shall be provided a private and sanitary place (other than the bathroom) to breastfeed their babies or express milk.  The designated areas are Room #4 and the Staff Lounge.  These areas have electric outlets, comfortable chairs and are close to a water source.  The classrooms will not be a designated area for breastfeeding.  Please inform directors when you are in need of an area so that your comfort and privacy can be assured.



Upon enrollment, and yearly thereafter, all children must present the Universal Child Health Record Form, completed by the child’s pediatrician and signed by the parent.  Children must have all immunizations appropriate to their age as mandated by the health department.  They must be in good health and able to participate in normal activities at the Center. 

In the interest of insuring that we are working together to provide the best care for your child, families are required to also identify the names of all specialty health care professionals who are included in your child’s medical home.  Please obtain from the office a “Health Care Plan” form to be completed by you and your health professional.  We value your cooperation in establishing communication with these professionals and therefore require written consent to do so.  These consent forms may be obtained in the office.


Hearing, Dental and Vision Screenings will be made available onsite if participation requirements are met.  Clinics are also available for these screenings at discounted or free cost.  Please reference Les Enfants Local Resource List for Families on page 14 – 15 for contact information.


 Medication will ONLY be dispensed if:

a.)  Accompanied by a signed, written permission form from the parent with times medication should be administered.

b.)  Prescribed for your child by a physician

c.)  In the original container showing the child’s full name and dosage instructions along with medication dropper.

Non-prescription medicine WILL NOT be dispensed without a doctor’s authorization.


Guiding Principles and Procedures for Medication Administration:

1. Whenever possible, it is best that medication be given at home. Dosing of medication can frequently be done so that the child receives medication prior to going to child care, and again when returning home and/or at bedtime. The parent/guardian is encouraged to discuss this possibility with the child’s health care provider.

2. The first does of any medication should always be given at home and with sufficient time before the child returns to child care to observe the child’s response to the medication given. When a child is ill due to a communicable disease that requires medication as treatment, the health care provider may require that the child be on a particular medication for 24 hours before returning to child care. This is for the protection of the child who is ill as well as other children in child care.

3. Medication will only be given when ordered by the child’s health care provider and with written consent of the child’s parent/guardian.  All information on the Center’s Medication Permission Form must be completed before the medication can be given.  A Medication Permission Form is available from the Center.

4. “As needed” medications may be given only when the child’s health care provider completes a Medication Permission From that lists specific reasons and times when such medication can be given.

5. Medications given in the Center setting will be administered by the Center Director or a staff member designated by the Center Director and will have been informed of the child’s health needs related to the medication and will have had training in the safe administration of medication.

 6. Any prescription or over-the-counter medication brought to the Center must be specific to the child who is to receive the medication, in its original container, have child-resistant safety cap, and be labeled with the appropriate information as follows:

  • Prescription medication must have the original pharmacist label that includes the pharmacists phone number, the child’s full name, name of health care provider prescribing the medication, name and expiration date of the medication, the date it was prescribed or updated, and dosage, route, frequency, and any instructions for its administration and/or storage. It is suggested that the parent/guardian ask the pharmacist to provide the medication in the two containers, one for home and one for use in the Center
  • Over-the-counter (OTC) medication must have the child’s full name on the container, and the manufacturer’s original label with the dosage, route, frequency, and any special instructions for administrations and storage, and expiration date must be clearly visible.
  • Any OTC must have a completed Medication Permission Form from the health care provider prior to being given in the Center.

7. Examples of over-the-counter medications that may be given include: 

  • Antihistamines
  • Decongestants
  • Non-aspirin fever reducers/pain relievers
  • Cough suppressants
  • Topical ointments, such as diaper cream or sunscreen

 8. All medications will be stored:

  • Inaccessible to children
  • Separate from staff or household medications
  • Under proper temperature control
  • Medications requiring refrigeration will be stored in a refrigerator which is not located in a classroom

9. For the child who receives a particular medication on a long-term daily basis, the staff will advise the parent/guardian one week prior to the medication needing to be refilled so that needed doses of medication are not missed.

 10. Unused or expired medication will be returned to the parent/guardian when it is no longer needed or able to be used by the child.

11. Records of all medication given to the child are completed in ink and are signed by the staff designated to give the medication. These records are maintained in the Center.

12. Information exchange between the parent/guardian and child care provider about medication that a child is receiving should be shared when the child is brought to and pick-up from the Center. Parents/guardians should share with staff any problems, observations, or suggestions that they may have in giving medication to their child at home, and likewise with the staff from the Center to the parent/guardian.

13. Confidentiality related to medications and their administration will be safeguarded by the Center Director and staff. Parent/guardians may request to see/review their child’s medical records maintained at the Center at any time.

14. Parent/guardian will sign all necessary medication related forms that require their signature, and particularly in the case of the emergency contact form, will update the information as necessary to safeguard the health and safety of their child.

15. Parent/guardian will authorize the Director Designee to contact the pharmacist or health care provider for more information about medication the child is receiving, and will also authorize the health care provider to speak with the Director or Director’s designee in the event that a situation arises that requires immediate attention to the child’s health and safety particularly is the parent/guardian cannot be reached.


If a child exhibits any of the following symptoms, he/she may not attend the Center. If such symptoms occur at the Center, the child will be removed from the group and parents will be called to take the child home.  Such illnesses or symptoms of illness shall include, but not be limited to, any of the following:

 Severe pain or discomfort;

  • Acute diarrhea;
  • Acute vomiting;
  • Elevated oral temperature of 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit or over (Axillary temperature of 100.5 degrees Fahrenheit or over);
  • Lethargy that is more than expected tiredness;
  • Severe coughing;
  • Yellow eyes or jaundiced skin;
  • Red eyes with discharge;
  • Infected, untreated skin patches;
  • Difficult rapid breathing;
  • Skin rashes in conjunction with fever or behavior changes;
  • Weeping or bleeding skin lesions;
  • Mouth sores with drooling;
  • Stiff neck

Once the child is symptom-free, or has a health care provider’s note stating that the child no longer poses a serious health risk to himself/herself or to others, the child may return to the Center unless contraindicated by the local health department or Department of Health.

NOTE: If a child is absent for 3 or more days for any health issue, a note from a licensed physician is required.

The Center may also exclude a child whose illness prevents the child from participating comfortably in activities, or results in a greater need for care than the staff can provide without compromising the health and safety of other children at the Center.

Excludable Communicable Diseases:

A child or staff member who contracts an excludable communicable disease may not return to the Center without a health care provider’s note stating that the child or staff member has been diagnosed and presents no risk to himself, herself, or to others.

Note: If a child has chicken pox, a note from the parent stating that all sores have dried and crusted is required.

If a child is exposed to any excludable disease at the Center, parents will be notified in writing.

Communicable Disease Reporting Guidelines:

Some excludable communicable diseases must be reported to the health department by the Center. The Department of Health’s Reporting Requirements for Communicable Diseases and Work-Related Conditions Quick Reference Guide, a complete list of reportable excludable communicable diseases, can be found at:  


It is your responsibility to notify the Center any time your child will be absent for any reason.  If your child is sick, please inform the Center of the type of illness and secure a physician’s note for return if the illness is contagious or child has been absent three or more days.  Please see Health Policy for further explanation.  Since Center expenses continue and space is reserved whether a child is in attendance, no refund of money will be made for absence. 

Extended Care and Full Day families can receive up to four weeks of vacation credit based on length of attendance.  Credit will be given during the month of August ONLY. Vacation dates must be submitted to the office by June 1st in order to receive credit.  Vacation credit WILL NOT be given during the school year.  Half and Full Day students are not eligible for vacation credit. 


Tuition payments for Extended and Full Day Programs are based on a twelve-month tuition divided into equal installments for the calendar year.  Payments for Half Day and School Day Programs are based on a ten-month school year and take into consideration holidays, preschool vacation periods, and partial months.  Tuition payments are due on or before the first day of each month.  Payments received after the fifth business day of the month are subject to a weekly penalty of $20 per week.  If monthly payment is not made by the end of the month, the deposit will be applied to that month and the child will no longer be allowed to attend Les Enfants Preschool.  It is your responsibly to make monthly payments and will not receive a monthly bill.  Payments can be made by check, cash, money order and credit or debit cards except for American Express.  A fee of $20 will be charged for returned checks and declined credit cards.  You may also set up automatic payments with your credit/debit card or checking/savings account through the office.


Enrollment at Les Enfants if for a minimum of one school term, beginning upon enrollment and ending mid-June.  A non-refundable deposit, equal to one month’s tuition, will be held as security and credited to the month of June.  Withdrawal prior to the end of the school term may result in forfeiture of the deposit.    Les Enfants will accept a minimum of two full month’s notice in order for the deposit to be credited toward tuition with the exception of April and May’s tuition. All parents are required to sign an enrollment contract detailing the deposit policy.


It is Les Enfants’ company policy that employees do not take care of children enrolled in our program outside the Center at any time.  Employees are not permitted to take children to and from the Center for any reason.  Insurance does not cover our staff off the premises.  Furthermore, the job demands are high and we feel that professional stance is to avoid this conflict.  Violation of these policies may be cause for termination of the employee


 It is Les Enfants’ policy to not allow families to give out "goodie bags", gifts, books, candy, pencils, etc.  By allowing these, or any items, to be sent home, Les Enfants becomes responsible for what is inside.  Although most what is being given out is safe, we cannot risk being responsible for something we do not prepare.  Also, not all families chose to send home "goodie bags" or gifts and we feel this may cause children and their families undue stress and sadness if they feel they should have done the same.  Please understand that these decisions were reached by us at Les Enfants after much thoughtful consideration, discussion and experience.  We truly feel these policies are in the best interest of our children and hope you will feel the same.  This policy applies to any holiday, birthday, graduation, etc. 

Another note about birthdays concerns the treats served.  Children are sensitive to excessive sugar as we are sure you are aware!  Please send treats that are not excessively sweet, such as muffins or cupcakes with little or no frosting.  Or be creative!!!  Lastly, we need to address lengthy or excessive celebrations.  The proper place for families to gather and hire entertainers to be enjoyed is at a home/party place.  We feel an appropriate celebration at school should be simple and short so as not to disrupt the class routine, therefore parties will be a classroom celebration only and will be held at snack time. 


Most children do not have the physical ability to control their bladder and bowels before the age of about eighteen months.  Beginning toilet training early simply causes frustration for the caregiver and puts unnecessary pressure on a young toddler.  Our policy is as follows:

1.  No child shall ever be forced to go to the toilet if he/she shows signs of fear;

2.  We shall follow parents’ toilet training procedures to the best of our ability if they are in the best interest of the child;

3.  We will encourage a child to go on the toilet if they exhibit any of the signs indicating that they are getting ready;

4.  No child will ever be punished or harassed by a staff member if they are not ready to be toilet trained;

5.  We will use positive reinforcement or rewards for children who are in the process of toilet training, but under no circumstances will negative reinforcement be used;

6.  No child shall ever be embarrassed or have anger shown to them by a staff member if they should have an accident, whether they are in the toilet training process or are completely trained;

7.  Parents will be kept informed of their child’s progress. 


Although biting is a “normal” part of behavior, in that one out of ten toddlers and two year olds bite, it is a disturbing and potentially harmful behavior that parents and educators must discourage from the very first episode.  If your child is experiencing difficulty in this area or is involved in a situation with a child who is experiencing difficulty, the staff of Les Enfants will follow guidelines as set forth by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.  We are happy to speak with and discuss these guidelines with parents.  When a biting incident occurs, parents of all children involved will be notified.  We have found that it is in the best interest of the children not to reveal the identity of the child who is having the biting problem.  If the behavior continues after a reasonable amount of time, and effort has been exercised in preventing a child from biting, temporary withdrawal from the center may be necessary. Young children may bite for different reasons, and not all will respond to the same types of intervention.  The key is cooperation and understanding for adults and children alike.  Together, we can usually guide toward self-control and away from biting. 


Les Enfants Preschool does not have TVs or computers in their classrooms, however we will follow this policy:

  • Limit screen time to 30 minutes per week (TV, videos, DVDs)
  • Limit computer/tablet time to 15 minutes per day if used at all
  • Only offer academically appropriate media in conjunction with learning themes 
  • Never use media as a substitute for planned activities or passive viewing
  • Never use media during meal times or snack time
  • Work with parents to help them understand the importance of limiting media exposure for the physical and psychological health and well-being of their child.


Les Enfants Preschool uses the following means of media for marketing purposes:


Social media including but not limited to:  Facebook (Les Enfants Preschool and Summer Camp), Blogs

Online advertising including but not limited to: Google, Yelp, NJ Family, NJ Kids, Parentguide

Written media including but not limited to: brochures and posters. 

This social media policy applies to parents, staff and volunteers at Les Enfants Preschool. As part of our duty to safeguard children it is essential to maintain the privacy and security of all our families. We therefore require that:

  • · No photographs taken within the preschool setting or at preschool special events and outings with the children, are to be posted for public viewing, except those of your own child. Parents are advised that they do not have a right to photograph anyone else’s child or to upload photos of anyone else’s children. (This excludes those photographs taken by directors/staff for use on the Les Enfants Preschool website and in other advertising material).
  • · No public discussions are to be held or comments made on social media sites regarding the preschool children, staff or preschool business (except appropriate use for marketing fund raising events) or that could be construed to have any impact on the preschool’s reputation or that would offend any member of staff or parent associated with the preschool. · Staff are advised to manage their personal security settings to ensure that their information is only available to people they choose to share information with.
  • · Staff should not accept parents as friends since this is a breach of expected professional conduct unless they already know them in a personal capacity before their child starts at preschool. Staff should avoid personal communication, including on social networking sites, with the children and parents with whom they act in a professional capacity.
  • · In the event that staff name the preschool or workplace in any social media they do so in a way that is not detrimental to the preschool or its families.
  • · Staff observe confidentiality and refrain from discussing any issues relating to work.
  • · Staff should not share information they would not want children, parents or colleagues to view.
  • · Staff and parents should report any concerns or breaches to the preschool director.

Any member of staff, parent or volunteer found to be posting remarks or comments that breach confidentiality, bring the preschool into disrepute or that are deemed to be of a detrimental nature to the preschool or other employees, or posting/publishing photographs of the setting, children or staff may face disciplinary action. Any comment deemed to be inappropriate is to be reported to the director and any action taken will be at their discretion.

General guidelines for using social media:

  • · Personal security settings should be managed to ensure that information is only available to people you choose to share information with.
  • · Remember that no information sent over the web is totally secure and as such if you do not wish the information to be made public refrain from sending it through social media.
  • · Maintain professionalism, honesty and respect.
  • · Apply a “good judgement” test for every social media post you make.


  • Tadpoles is a communication tool that is used in the classrooms to capture pictures and videos of special moments as well as send daily lesson plans and notes right to your email.  All information communicated is private and no personal information will be shared with any external parties.
  • Les Enfants Preschool will use social media as a means of parent communication and for marketing purposes throughout the year. Les Enfants may post children’s and families’ photos on their website, online advertising, social media sites and written media for marketing purposes. Names will not be used in any form of advertising.
  • Families will sometimes take photos of their children at Les Enfants. Although photos of other children are prohibited, Les Enfants cannot guarantee that other children may not occasionally be included without our knowledge. Les Enfants can also not guarantee that photos of classroom events including multiple children may appear on other parents’ social networking sites.
  • If you have any concerns or wish to restrict permission for photos, etc. please see a Director and we will try our best to reasonably accommodate you.


 Each child may be released only to the child’s custodial parent(s) or person(s) authorized by the custodial parent(s), to take the child from the Center and to assume responsibility for the child in an emergency if the custodial parent(s) cannot be reached.  A child shall not be visited by or released to a non-custodial parent unless the custodial parent specifically authorizes the Center to allow such a visit or gives a release in writing.  This written authorization, including name, relation to child, and telephone number shall be maintained in the child’s file.  Identification will be required in order to verify identity.

 If a non-custodial parent has been denied accessor granted limited access, to a child by court order, the Center must be provided with documentation, maintain a copy on file, and comply with the terms of the court order.

 If the parent(s) or other person(s) authorized by the parent(s) fails to pick up a child at the time of the Center’s daily closing, the following procedure will be followed:

  1. The child will be supervised at all times by at least one Center staff member;
  2. Staff member(s) will make every effort to contact the custodial parent(s) and/or persons authorized by the custodial parent(s);
  3. In case the custodial parent(s) and/or other persons authorized by the custodial parent(s) fails to pick up their child one hour or more after closing time, and provided that the Center’s staff has been unable to make other arrangements for returning the child to his/her custodial parent(s) and the staff member(s) cannot continue to supervise the child at the Center, the staff member shall call the New Jersey 24 hour State Central Registry Hotline 1-877-NJ-ABUSE (1-877-652-2873) to seek assistance in caring for the child until his/her custodial parent(s) or other person(s) authorizes by the custodial parent(s) is Able to pick up the child.

 If the parent(s) or person(s) authorized by the parent(s), appear to be physically and/or emotionally impaired to the extent that, in the judgment of the director and/or staff member, the child would be placed at risk or harm if released to such an individual, the procedure shall be: 

  1. The child may not be released to such an impaired individual;
  2. Staff members will attempt to contact the child’s other parent or an alternate person(s) authorized by the parent; and
  3. If the Center is unable to make alternate arrangements, a staff member shall call the 24-hour State Central Registry Hotline 1-877-NJ-ABUSE (1-877-652-2873) to seek assistance in caring for the child

 No child shall be released from the program unsupervised.


Les Enfants Preschool uses positive discipline as a process of teaching children how to behave appropriately.  Positive discipline respects the rights of the individual child, the group, and the adult.  Methods of positive discipline shall be consistent with the age and developmental needs of the children, and lead to the ability to develop and maintain self-control. Positive discipline is different from punishment. Punishment tells children what they should not do; positive discipline tells children what they should do.  Punishment teaches fear; positive discipline teaches self-esteem. 

 We will use positive discipline by planning ahead: 

  • Anticipate and eliminate potential problems.
  • Have a few consistent, clear rules that are explained to children and understood by adults.
  • Have a well-planned daily schedule
  • Plan for ample elements of fun and humor.
  • Include some group decision-making
  • Provide time and space for each child to be alone.
  • Make it possible for each child to feel he/she has had some positive impact on the group.
  • Provide the structure and support children need to resolve their differences.
  • Share ownership and responsibility with the children. Talk about our room and our toys.

 We will use positive discipline by intervening when necessary:

  • Re-direct children to a new activity to change the focus of the child’s behavior.
  • Provide individualized attention to help the child deal with a particular situation
  • Remove a child for a few minutes from the area or activity so that he/she may gain self-control. 
  • Divert the child and remove from the area of conflict.
  • Provide alternative activities and acceptable ways to release feelings.
  • Point out natural or logical consequences of children’s behavior.
  • Offer a choice only if there are two acceptable options.
  • Criticize the behavior, not the child.  Do not say “bad boy/girl”; instead say “That is not allowed here.”

 We will use positive discipline by showing love and encouragement:

  • Catch the child being good. Respond to and reinforce positive behavior; acknowledge or raise to    let the child know you approve of what he/she is doing.
  • Provide positive reinforcement through natural rewards for good behavior.
  • Use encouragement rather than competition, comparison or criticism.
  • Overlook small annoyances and deliberately ignore provocations.
  • Give hugs and caring to every child every day.
  • Appreciate the child’s point of view.
  • Be loving — but don’t confuse loving with license.

 Positive discipline is NOT the following and Les Enfants does NOT allow:

  • Disciplining a child for failing to eat or sleep or for soiling themselves.
  • Hitting, shaking, or any other form of corporal punishment.
  • Using abusive language, ridicule, harsh, humiliating or frightening treatment or any other form of emotional punishment of children.
  • Engaging in or inflicting any form of child abuse and/or neglect.
  • Withholding food, emotional responses, stimulation, or opportunities for rest or sleep.
  • Requiring a child to remain silent or inactive for an inappropriately long period of time.

 Positive discipline takes time, patience, repetition and the willingness to change the way you deal with children.  But it’s worth it, because positive discipline works.


 Unfortunately, there are sometimes reasons we must expel a child from our program, either on a short term or permanent basis.  We want you to know we will do everything possible to work with the family of the child(ren) in order to prevent this policy from being enforced. Reasons for expulsion include but are not limited to the following:


                The child is at risk of causing serious injury to other children or himself/herself

                Parent threatens physical or intimidating actions toward staff members.

                Parent exhibits verbal abuse to staff in front of enrolled children


                Failure of parents to pay/habitual lateness in payments.

                Failure to complete required forms including the child’s immunization records.

                Habitual tardiness when picking up child.

                Verbal abuse to staff.    


                Failure of child to adjust after a reasonable amount of time.

                Uncontrollable tantrums/ angry outbursts.

                Ongoing physical or verbal abuse to staff or other children.

                Excessive biting


If after remedial actions above have not worked, the child’s parent/guardian will be advised verbally and in writing about the child’s or parent’s behavior warranting an expulsion.  An expulsion action in meant to be a period of time so that the parent/guardian may work on the child’s behavior or come to an agreement with the center. The parent/guardian will be informed regarding the length of expulsion period and the expected behavioral changes required in order for the child or parent to return to the center. The parent/guardian will be given a specific expulsion date that allows the parent sufficient time to seek alternate child care if possible (approximately one to two weeks’ notice depending on risk to other children’s welfare or safety). Failure of the child/parent to satisfy the terms of the plan may result in permanent expulsion from the center. 


Made a complaint to the Office of Licensing regarding a center’s alleged violations of the licensing requirements.

Reported abuse or neglect occurring at the center.

Questioned the center regarding policies and procedures.

Without giving the parent sufficient time to make other child care arrangements.


                Try to redirect child from negative behavior.

                Reassess classroom environment, appropriateness of activities, supervision.

                Always use positive methods and language while discipline children.

Praise appropriate behaviors.

Consistently apply consequence for rules.

Give the child verbal warnings.

Give the child time to regain control.

Document the child’s disruptive behavior and maintain confidentiality.

Give the parent/guardian written copies of the disruptive behavior that might lead to expulsion.

Schedule a conference including the director, classroom staff, and parent/guardian to discuss how to promote positive behaviors.

Give the parent literature of other resources regarding methods of improving behavior.

Recommend an evaluation by professional consultation on premises.

Recommend an evaluation by local school district study team.


Department of Children and Families

Office of Licensing



Under provisions of the Manual of Requirements for Child Care Centers (N.J.A.C. 3A:52), every licensed child care center in New Jersey must provide to parents of enrolled children written information on parent visitation rights, State licensing requirements, child abuse/neglect reporting requirements and other child care matters. The center must comply with this requirement by reproducing and distributing to parents and staff this written statement, prepared by the Office of Licensing, Child Care & Youth Residential Licensing, in the Department of Children and Families. In keeping with this requirement, the center must secure every parent and staff member’s signature attesting to his/her receipt of the information.

Our center is required by the State Child Care Center Licensing law to be licensed by the Office of Licensing (OOL), Child Care & Youth Residential Licensing, in the Department of Children and Families (DCF). A copy of our current license must be posted in a prominent location at our center. Look for it when you’re in the center.

To be licensed, our center must comply with the Manual of Requirements for Child Care Centers (the official licensing regulations). The regulations cover such areas as: physical environment/life-safety; staff qualifications, supervision, and staff/child ratios; program activities and equipment; health, food and nutrition; rest and sleep requirements; parent/community participation; administrative and record keeping requirements; and others.

Our center must have on the premises a copy of the Manual of Requirements for Child Care Centers and make it available to interested parents for review. If you would like to review our copy, just ask any staff member. Parents may view a copy of the Manual of Requirements on the DCF website at or obtain a copy by sending a check or money order for $5 made payable to the “Treasurer, State of New Jersey”, and mailing it to:  NJDCF, Office of Licensing, Publication Fees, PO Box 657, Trenton, New Jersey 08646-0657.

We encourage parents to discuss with us any questions or concerns about the policies and program of the center or the meaning, application or alleged violations of the Manual of Requirements for Child Care Centers. We will be happy to arrange a convenient opportunity for you to review and discuss these matters with us. If you suspect our center may be in violation of licensing requirements, you are entitled to report them to the Office of Licensing by calling toll-free 1-877-667-9845. Of course, we would appreciate your bringing these concerns to our attention, too.

Our center must have a policy concerning the release of children to parents or people authorized by parent(s) to be responsible for the child. Please discuss with us your plans for your child’s departure from the center.

Our center must have a policy about administering medicine and health care procedures and the management of communicable diseases. Please talk to us about these policies so we can work together to keep our children healthy.

Our center must have a policy concerning the expulsion of children from enrollment at the center. Please review this policy so we can work together to keep your child in our center.

Parents are entitled to review the center’s copy of the OOL’s Inspection/Violation Reports on the center, which are available soon after every State licensing inspection of our center. If there is a licensing complaint investigation, you are also entitled to review the OOL’s Complaint Investigation Summary Report, as well as any letters of enforcement or other actions taken against the center during the current licensing period. Let us know if you wish to review them and we will make them available for your review or you can view them online at:

Our center must cooperate with all DCF inspections/investigations. DCF staff may interview both staff members and children.

Our center must post its written statement of philosophy on child discipline in a prominent location and make a copy of it available to parents upon request. We encourage you to review it and to discuss with us any questions you may have about it.

Our center must post a listing or diagram of those rooms and areas approved by the OOL for the children’s use. Please talk to us if you have any questions about the center’s space.

Our center must offer parents of enrolled children ample opportunity to assist the center in complying with licensing requirements; and to participate in and observe the activities of the center. Parents wishing to participate in the activities or operations of the center should discuss their interest with the center director, who can advise them of what opportunities are available.

Parents of enrolled children may visit our center at any time without having to secure prior approval from the director or any staff member. Please feel free to do so when you can. We welcome visits from our parents.

Our center must inform parents in advance of every field trip, outing, or special event away from the center, and must obtain prior written consent from parents before taking a child on each such trip.

Our center is required to provide reasonable accommodations for children and/or parents with disabilities and to comply with the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD), P.L. 1945, c. 169 (N.J.S.A. 10:5-1 et seq.), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), P.L. 101-336 (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.). Anyone who believes the center is not in compliance with these laws may contact the Division on Civil Rights in the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety for information about filing an LAD claim at (609) 292-4605 (TTY users may dial 711 to reach the New Jersey Relay Operator and ask for (609) 292-7701), or may contact the United States Department of Justice for information about filing an ADA claim at (800) 514-0301 (voice) or (800) 514-0383 (TTY).

Our center is required, at least annually, to review the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), unsafe children's products list, ensure that items on the list are not at the center, and make the list accessible to staff and parents and/or provide parents with the CPCS website at https://  Internet access may be available at your local library.  For more information call the CPCS at (800) 638-2772.

Anyone who has reasonable cause to believe that an enrolled child has been or is being subjected to any form of hitting, corporal punishment, abusive language, ridicule, harsh, humiliating or frightening treatment, or any other kind of child abuse, neglect, or exploitation by any adult, whether working at the center or not, is required by State law to report the concern immediately to State Central Registry Hotline, toll free at (877) NJABUSE/ (877) 652-2873. Such reports may be made anonymously.

Parents may secure information about child abuse and neglect by contacting DCF, Office of Communications and Legislation at (609) 292-0422 or go to






Les Enfants Local Resource List for Families

 -Bergen County Office for Children: 201-336-7150,

 -Palisades Park Public Health Nurse:  Paula Murphy 201-585-4159

-Parent Advocacy Groups: SPANNJ- Statewide Parent Advocacy Network: 800-654-SPAN


Pediatric Dentist:

-Dr. Jamie Golub: 2185 Lemoine Avenue, Fort Lee, NJ 07024, 201-944-7696

-Dr. Michael Kasselian: 2500 Lemoine Avenue #2, Fort Lee, NJ 07024, 201-947-5437



-Dr. Elkassir: 487 Edsall Blvd., Fort Lee, NJ 07024, 201-224-4300

-Dr. Emy: 1275 15th Street #1L, Fort Lee, NJ 07024, 201-224-0200

-Tenafly Pediatrics: 301 Bridge Plaza North, Fort Lee, NJ 07024, 201-592-8787

-Pedimedica:  810 Abbott Blvd #101, Fort Lee, NJ 07024, 201-224-3200 


Pediatric Ophthalmologist:

Pediatric Eyecare-Northern: 401 S Van Brunt St # 200, Englewood, NJ 07631, 201-541-6806



Dr. Ziv Harish, MD: 200 Engle Street, Englewood, NJ 07631, 201-871-7475


Dental Hygiene Clinic:  Call for an appointment 973-447-7180. Open to the public @ Bergen Community College Monday- Friday 8:30am – 1:00pm at the Dental Hygiene Clinic Room HP 103. 


Comprehensive Hearing and Balance Services for Adults and Children:   Center for Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, 1515 Broad Street, Bloomfield, NJ 07003. 973-655-3934.


NJ Commission for the Blind Visually Impaired: Project BEST Statewide Fixed Eye Screening Sites:

Hudson County: 201-271-7474, 4th Monday of the month 10:30am to 1:30pm @Save Latin America 138-39 St. Union City, NJ 07087.

Passaic County: 973-881-4396, last Tuesday of odd# months 10:00am to 1:00pm.  West Milford Municipal Bldg., 1480 Union Valley Road, West Milford, NJ 07480

 Website for resources on referral process for special needs screening and early intervention: - Advocates for Children of New Jersey.  Click on Kidlaw Resource Center and/or Get Help. Publications from this site are also available at the Les Enfants Office.


Developmental & Behavioral Pediatric Services:

-Child Study Team (3 years and older): Project Child Find 800-322-8174

- Early Intervention (0-3 years old): 888-653-4463

-Pediatric Occupational Therapy Services: 1415 Queen Anne Road, Suite 100, Teaneck, NJ 07666,


-Teaneck Speech and Language Center: 107 W. Tryon Avenue, Teaneck, NJ 07666, 201-862-0333

-St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital: 703 Main Street, Paterson, NJ, 07503,


-Hackensack Medical Center: 30 Prospect Avenue, Hackensack, NJ, 07601, 201-996-5202


Child Study Teams:

-Palisades Park 201-947-2761

-Fort Lee 201-585-4652

-Cliffside Park 201-313-2320

-Edgewater 201-945-4106 x1209


Websites: (Link to Early Childhood Services and Resources)


Local Elementary Schools:

-Palisades Park Public Schools: 201-947-3560

-Fort Lee Public Schools: 201-585-4612

-Cliffside Park Public Schools: 201-313-2360

-Edgewater Public Schools: 201-224-2151

-Shaler Academy: 455 Shaler Boulevard, Ridgefield, NJ 07657, 201-313-2476

-Dwight Englewood: 315 E Palisade Ave, Englewood, NJ 07631, 201-569-9500

-Elizabeth Morrow: 435 Lydecker St, Englewood, NJ 07631, 201-568-5566

-Christ the Teacher: 359 Whiteman St, Fort Lee, NJ 07024, 201-944-0421

-Notre Dame:  312 First Street, Palisades Park, NJ 07650, 201-947-5262

-Academy of Our Lady of Mount Carmel: 10 County Road, Tenafly, NJ 07670, 201-567-6491



 ***A copy of “Parenting and Family Guide” for Programs in Bergen County is available in the office.  Resources include listings of Hot Line Numbers of Interest, Parenting Classes, Support Groups and Services for Adults, Youth and Families, Special Needs Programs and Support Groups, Single Parent or Divorce Related Programs and Support Groups and Employment/Educational Opportunity agencies.  Resources on Information on Preventable Health Care, Mental/Behavioral Health Issues, Nutrition and Obesity, Oral Health Practices, and Communicable Disease Prevention are available in the office.