(a) The program conducted in the facility shall provide for supervision of the infants and toddlers at all times and an environment and experiences which are developmentally appropriate and which promote the infant or toddler's physical, emotional, intellectual, and social well-being and the growth and integrity of the family unit. (b) The director of the facility shall provide the department with a brief written description of the facility's program goals and activities, which shall include the following: (1) Provisions for the promotion of physical development, which shall include: (A) Varied, developmentally appropriate physical activities; and (B) Opportunities for the infants and toddlers to learn about the health, development, and care of their bodies including exercise, safety, nutrition, and hygiene, as appropriate to their age and development; (2) Provisions for the promotion of emotional development, which shall include: (A) Staff recognition of the special difficulties of infant and toddler separations and assistance to families, infants, and toddlers to make the transition from home to facility as gently as possible, such as a phased-in orientation process to allow infants and toddlers to experience limited amounts of time at the facility before becoming fully integrated; (B) Assignment of each infant or toddler to a primary caregiver who shall be responsible for care the majority of the time; (C) Prompt response by all caregivers to an infant or toddler's physical and emotional needs, i.e., feeding, diapering, holding, touching, and eye contact; (D) Recognition and care of each infant or toddler as an individual with opportunities for individual choices, self-expression, and some personal privacy; (E) Provision of constructive guidance and the setting of clearly defined limits which foster the infant or toddler's ability to be self-disciplined, as appropriate to their age and development; (F) Prohibition of use of: (i) physical punishment; and (ii) methods of influencing behavior which are frightening, humiliating, damaging, or injurious to the infant or toddler's health or self-esteem; and (G) Respect for each infant or toddler's cultural, ethnic, and family background, as well as the child's primary language or dialect; (3) Provisions for the promotion of intellectual development, which shall include: (A) Offering of frequent, but paced, personal, verbal, and physical interaction between caregiver and infant or toddler as part of the daily routine; (B) Availability of a variety of learning materials, which staff helps children to use; and (C) Hands-on experiences, including both familiar and new activities, to enable the infant or toddler to learn about themselves and the world; and (4) Provisions for the promotion of social development, which shall include: (A) Caregiver behavior and interactions which emphasize and foster attitudes of mutual respect between adults and children and between children; and (B) Guidance to infants and toddlers to enable them to develop and work out ways of getting along with each other, including an appreciation of cultural and ethnic diversity, as appropriate to the infant or toddler's level of understanding. (c) The program shall provide a balance of active and quiet activities and shall recognize the infants and toddlers' need for uninterrupted sleep. (d) In drop-in centers, every effort shall be made to place an infant or toddler, who uses the center frequently, with the same caregiver. (e) The program shall provide information on and access to parenting resources (i.e., bulletin boards, classes, resource libraries, handouts).
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