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What are our staff credentials?

The Open Arms-Northbrook Director has a Master’s degree in Education, a Bachelor’s degree in Child Development and 23 years of experience as an Early Childhood Director and Administrator. All Lead Teachers at Open Arms-Northbrook have a Bachelor’s degree in either Early Childhood Education or Elementary Education. The Teacher’s Assistants have either an Associate's degree in Early Childhood Education and/or a CDA Credential and/or some experience working in an early childhood educational setting or have taken classes in early childhood education. Our staff is very loving, warm and nurturing. We try to emphasize small class sizes and have a low staff turnover rate.

When are we open?

Open Arms-Northbrook is open from 6:30am to 6:30pm Monday through Friday. We are a year round school and offer additional Summer Camp Programs for rising 1st Grade through 5th Grade.

When are we closed?

We are closed on New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, 2 Teacher Training Days in August, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and the Friday following Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and one other day in conjunction with Christmas. We close at 4:30 pm on Good Friday (Friday before Easter Sunday) and on New Year's Eve Day in observance of the upcoming holiday. (Normal weekly payment is due even during a holiday week.)

Are we licensed?

Open Arms-Northbrook is licensed through the State of Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. We must comply with their rules and regulations at all times. Because we offer an infant/toddler program, we also have a registered nurse that visits our facility one time per month to observe and give the staff instructions, tools and feedback in providing care to our infants/toddlers, as well as, all of the children at Open Arms.

Do we offer full-time and/or part-time care?

Open Arms-Northbrook offers both full-time and part-time care for Infants ages 6 weeks through age 6, and School-Age Summer Camp for children up to 12 years.

How do we secure our facility?

The entire facility at Open Arms remains locked at all times. When you enroll your child, you will receive a key fob to be used on the key pad located by the front door. That card will allow you access to our building during Open Arms operating hours.

How are meals provided at Open Arms?

Open Arms-Northbrook uses a catering service for meals and snacks. When your child is eating table food and is approximately age 15 months, your child may begin using our catering service and meal plans. (Food is included in the price of tuition once a child is old enough to go on the school meal plan.) We serve whole milk to children at least 12 months of age up to two years of age and skim milk only for children 2 years of age or older. Water is also available at all times and at each meal and snack. Before 12 months of age parents are required to bring formula or breast milk, cereal, baby food and snacks for their infant.

Can tours be scheduled?

To schedule a tour of Open Arms-Northbrook Christian Child Development Center please call us at (847) 498-3060 to set up a tour time and/or send an email to: info@openarmsnorthbrook.org. Times are flexible and may be arranged between the family and the school director.

What are our health and safety initiatives?

We take the health and safety of the children very seriously. We have a full-time custodian who cleans and disinfects the facility daily. The staff also take special care in sanitizing their classroom toys and equipment daily and/or as often as needed throughout the day. They also teach proper hand washing techniques to all children. All of our doors remain locked during school hours, and visitors must ring a doorbell and then be buzzed in by someone in our front office. Open Arms conducts monthly fire drills and semi-annual severe weather drills. Staff members also receive ongoing training in health and safety topics and all staff are CPR/First Aid certified.

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