Welcome!

We are delighted to welcome new families to the Early Learning Center at Fay School! 

We are sure you have questions about "what happens next?" and the information on this page will help to answer your questions. You can contact us directly with questions at elc@fayschool.org or 508-490-8260.

ELC News

List of 1 news stories.

  • Welcome to Emelene Bark

    Lauren Cilley, the Assistant Director of the Early Learning Center, will be taking a maternity leave this summer as her baby is expected in early August. For the duration of Lauren's leave, we are delighted to welcome Emelene Bark as her maternity leave replacement. Emelene grew up in Ontario, Canada before beginning her teaching career in the United States. She has worked at Green Acres School in Maryland and Tuxedo Park School in New York. Emelene also worked for many years at the National Child Research Center in Washington, D.C., creating and implementing developmentally appropriate curriculum for their early childhood programs. She is completing her Master of Education degree in curriculum and instruction at Lesley University, and she holds certificates in Orton-Gillingham, American Sign Language, and special education. She is looking forward to her new position at Fay as her husband teaches close by at Worcester Academy. 

Required Health Forms

The Massachusetts Department of Education requires that all schools have current health records for their students. As such, children will not be permitted to attend the ELC in September until all required health forms, including current immunization records, have been submitted. 

Fay has partnered with Magnus Health SMR (Student Medical Record) to provide a secure, web-based, management system for student medical information.

Please follow these steps to access your child's Magnus Health SMR account:
  1. Log into your MyELC account
  2. At the top of the screen, click on Resources
  3. Click on the MAGNUS HEALTH PORTAL tile
You will be connected to your child or children’s medical records account. A brief online tutorial about how to use the Magnus system is available.

Read more about accessing and using the Magnus Health Portal

Parents will receive regular email reminders as long as there are outstanding items in their Magnus Health SMR accounts.

If you have any questions about the medical information required, please contact the Health Office at 508.490.8228. If you have problems accessing the Magnus Health Portal, please email Fay’s Technology Department at magnus@fayschool.org

Please note that ELC families starting in September 2019 will receive an email about how to log in to their MyELC accounts at the end of June.

Frequently Asked Questions

List of 11 frequently asked questions.

  • What are the standard arrival and dismissal procedures? What happens if I will be late picking up my child?

    Arrival
    Please park in the lot adjacent to the Primary School/ELC Building and escort your child to the ELC classroom. Depending on the time of your arrival, you may enter through the Main Entrance or the Visitor Entrance. Upon arrival in the classroom, parents/guardians must sign the entry sheet and escort their child to their cubby to organize their coat and other belongings. 

    Dismissal
    Please park and enter the Primary School/ELC building to sign out and assist your child in gathering his or her belongings. Please do not wander through the building or playground, as the ELC shares its facilities with Fay's Primary School.

    Late Pick-up
    The ELC enrollment agreement allows parents to select the level of care for their child, including full-day or half-day care and morning and/or afternoon care. If you will be late picking up your child due to an emergency or unplanned occurrence, please notify the ELC as soon as possible with your expected time of arrival. A late fee will be charged.
     
  • How will I be notified if the Early Learning Center is closed due to weather conditions or other circumstances, delayed openings, or early dismissals?

    Parents will be notified by phone of school cancellations, delayed openings, and early dismissals due to inclement weather. When Fay School is closed because of inclement weather, the Early Learning Center is also closed. School cancellations are broadcast on WBZ TV Channel 4, WCVB TV Channel 5, WHDH TV Channel 7, and WFXT TV Channel 25. Messages regarding delayed openings and cancellations are also recorded on the School’s switchboard and posted on the School’s website.

    Parents should use their best judgment in deciding whether to keep their children at home or to pick them up early from school due to bad weather.

    Parents should be sure to verify the accuracy of their contact information on the School website and update information as needed to ensure the Early Learning Center’s ability to reach them when necessary.


  • What should my child wear to school?

    Children at the Early Learning Center participate in a range of experiences throughout the day that can often be messy or physical in nature. Your child should come to school dressed in clothing that will allow for changes in the weather and enable him or her to move freely on the playground and get dirty.

    Parents must provide a complete set of additional clothing (labeled with the child's name) that will be used if needed.
  • Who do I notify if my child will be absent or will need to be picked up early?

    Please notify the Early Learning Center by 9:00 a.m. if your child will not be attending that day or if you will need to pick up your child before the normal departure time. Parents must sign out their child in the classroom.

    Whenever possible, please notify your child's classroom teacher and the ELC Office in advance if you are planning days off in advance. 

    Please note that children are released from the ELC to a parent or authorized adult only. Please complete this form to provide the names of each adult, other than a parent, whom you authorize to transport your child from school.

  • How do I find out about my child's activities and progress?

    Parents are kept up to date on their child's experiences and progress in a number of ways:

    Daily Classroom Updates provide a brief summary of the daily activities will be sent to parents via Kaymbu.

    Weekly Individualized Notes
    are sent via Kaymbu and are used to share photos, videos, messages, and observations.  

    Email
    is used by teachers to provide occasional updates and answer questions from parents. Email is also the best way to schedule a meeting with a teacher to discuss something in person or over the phone.

    Parent-Teacher Conferences
    are scheduled at least twice a year. These conferences will provide time for more in-depth discussions between parents and teachers about each child's developmental progress.
  • What does the Early Learning Center provide for the children's rest time?

    The Early Learning Center provides each child with a sheet and rest mat during rest time. Children may also bring a small blanket and stuffed animal for their own use. Children should not bring items such as jewelry, toys, or candy.
  • How can I get involved as a new Early Learning Center parent?

    Parent involvement in our community enriches the experience for our families, our students, and our teachers. Some of the best ways to become involved include offering to read to a class, being a chaperone on a field trip, or helping to organize a special celebration.

    Please speak with your child's teacher for more information about opportunities to be a parent chaperone on field trips.
     
  • What food services are provided to children during a typical day at the Early Learning Center?

    Lunches and snacks are provided daily. Meals will typically consist of an entree, sandwiches, fruit, and fresh vegetables. Occasionally, dessert may also be offered. Snacks will include vegetables, fruit, crackers, cheese, and treats on special days.
  • What happens if my child becomes ill during the school day?

    A teacher, administrator, or the school nurse will attempt to contact parents regarding any illness or injury, regardless of severity. In the event of a serious emergency, an ambulance will be called, the child will be taken to the nearest hospital, and at least one parent will be notified immediately.

    If the Early Learning Center is unable to reach the parents/guardians, designated emergency contacts, or the child’s physician in circumstances that warrant immediate attention, the Fay School physician will be consulted to coordinate appropriate care.

    It is essential that parents keep emergency contact information up to date. The Early Learning Center must have current home, work, and cell phone numbers for parents/guardians, day care providers, or others (relatives, friends, or neighbors) who routinely assume temporary care of the student if the child’s parent(s) cannot be reached. Parents can add emergency contact information on their MyFay contact card after logging into the Fay School MyELC web site.
     
  • What days are the Early Learning Center closed?

    The Early Learning Center is closed on the following days in 2019-2020:

    August 26 -  August 30, 2019
    Labor Day. September 2, 2019
    Columbus Day. October 14, 2019
    Thanksgiving Day. November 28, 2019
    Thanksgiving Holiday (the Friday after Thanksgiving Day). November 29, 2019
    ELC closes at noon on Christmas Eve. December 24, 2019
    Christmas Day. December 25, 2018
    ELC closes at noon on New Year’s Eve. December 31, 2019
    New Year’s Day. January 1, 2019
    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. January 20, 2020
    Professional development day. Friday, February 14, 2020
    Presidents’ Day. February 17, 2020
    Patriots’ Day. April 20, 2020
    Memorial Day. May 25, 2020
    June 15 - June 19, 2020
    Independence Day. July 4, 2020
     
  • What are the hours of operation of the Early Learning Center?

    The Early Learning Center is open from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. each day, in the following segments:
     
    7:00 am - 9:00 am             Morning Care (additional fee)
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm             Program Day (half day ends at 1:00 p.m.)
    4:00 pm - 6:00 pm             Afternoon Care (additional fee)

Important Dates

List of 4 events.

  • July 18: Popsicle Playdate

    5:00 - 6:00 pm, ELC Playground
    Join us at the ELC playground on Thursday, July 18 for a "popsicle playdate" so you and your child can meet other new and returning ELC families. Click here to RSVP - we hope to see you there!
  • August 28: Parent Reception and Information Night

    6:00 - 7:30 pm, Primary School Commons
    Please join us for our back-to-school reception. We'll begin with a reception with light hors d'oeuvres from 6:00 - 6:30 pm in the Primary Commons. From 6:30 - 7:30 pm, there will be an information session with Director of the ELC Katie Knuppel. During this session, we'll introduce all of the ELC teachers, provide an overview of routines and expectations, and share some helpful parent resources. Please keep in mind that this is parent-only event and childcare will not be available.
  • August 30: Meet the Teachers!

    8:00 - 11:00 am, ELC Classrooms (drop-in)
    On this day, please feel free to bring your child by his or her classroom during our drop-in hours to visit the room, meet the teachers, and get ready for the official start of school the following week.
  • September 3: First Day of School! Early Closing at 3:00 pm

    Our regular school year begins on September 3. Please note that the Early Learning Center will close early on this day at 3:00 p.m., and afternoon care will not be available.

How to Contact Us

Early Learning Center Main Number: 508-490-8260
ELC Cell Phone: 781-971-3440
Fay School Main Number: 508-485-0100
Email: elc@fayschool.org

Katie Knuppel, Director of the Early Learning Center
kknuppel@fayschool.org

Lauren Cilley, Assistant Director of the Early Learning Center
lcilley@fayschool.org

Carla Gomez, Assistant to the Director of the Early Learning Center
cgomez@fayschool.org

The Early Learning Center at Fay School