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Positive Guidance

Learning proper behavior takes practice.  Like everything else, children need to be taught how to behave. Children learn by watching the behavior of their parents, teachers and peers, as well as by testing their own behaviors. Each behavioral episode is a chance to teach a child what is expected in that particular situation.  Every situation should be approached differently based on the child’s age, developmental stage and the behavior displayed.  Responsive relationships and positive discipline techniques create supportive environments where children can grow and thrive.

Classroom Discipline

Positive non-punitive methods of developing self-control are the only methods of classroom discipline that are accepted and used at KKCC.  Such methods include but are not limited to:


  • Setting simple, clear and consistent rules, limits, and expectations that are appropriate for the age of the child which reinforce positive behavior.

  • Providing children with choices in activities throughout the day.

  • Ignoring negative attention-seeking behavior whenever possible.

  • Making requests in positive and affirmative ways.

  • Offering alternatives and providing limited choices when children display undesirable behaviors to teach decision making.

  • Anticipating situations which may cause problems and making necessary modifications.

  • Redirecting undesirable behavior by using distractions or substitutions.

  • Allowing children to reflect on their behaviors and use their problem solving skills to rectify their mistakes.

  • When appropriate, developing classroom rules, limits and expectations with input from the children.

  • Continuously reinforcing and praising positive behavior.

  • Demonstrating appropriate ways to communicate and get attention.


The following practices are unacceptable and will NOT be used at the Center:

  • Spanking or ANY form of corporal punishment.

  • Shaking a child.

  • Cruel or humbling treatment of any kind.

  • Verbal abuse including using “shut up”.

  • Deprivation of a meal or other food as a punishment. 

  • Forcing a child to eat or drink.

  • Punishing a child for refusing to eat or drink.

  • Excluding a child from special events or activities.

  • Subjecting a child to child abuse, neglect, mental injury, or any injurious treatment.

  • Teasing children and or allowing children to be teased.



Behavior Concerns

To ensure that the classroom is conducive to learning, should the child’s behavior jeopardize the welfare, health and or safety of his/her classmates or teachers; the parent(s) will be notified by phone and asked to come to the Center within 30 minutes to personally discipline the child and/or remove the child from the Center. 


Examples of unacceptable behaviors are, but not limited to:

  • Biting, spitting, pushing, scratching, pinching, kicking, hitting

  • Throwing items, being aggressive towards teachers, and other students

  • Yelling, screaming, and or making extremely loud noises.

  • Running around and or leaving the classroom


Children sent home for disciplinary issues may NOT return for 24hrs.  When necessary, the Center Director and Teacher will meet with parents to discuss methods to curb behavior.  Should the behavior continue past 30 days, we will require that parents seek help and collaborate with Project Win or the Infants and Toddler's Program.  Should the parent(s) refuse to work with Project Win or the Infant's and Toddler's Program to remedy the problem, it will result in the termination of services.   Ninety (90) days after the parent(s) have partnered with Project Win or the Infants the Center Director shall re-evaluate.  Should the behavior continue KKCC reserves the right to terminate services.



Videotaping Behavior

Staff may request permission to video the child when his/her behavior is disruptive to the class.  The use of these videos will be restricted to the following purposes: 


  • To be heard and/or viewed by the child’s parent and the child's teacher.

  • To be used in consultation with professional colleagues (KKCC's Administration).

  • If requested by the parent, to be used for treatment and evaluation processes from the child's physician or therapist.


Videos will be used solely for the purposes described above and will be confidential to all others.  Should the parent desire, the videos will be destroyed after they are viewed.

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