About Us

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  Our goal is for all children to feel positive about themselves, their teachers and their experiences. Our teachers use a positive approach while teaching, caring, educating and disciplining. The result for your child will be a balance of learning, love, security, independence, consideration for others and a feeling of self worth.

We welcome input and suggestions and encourage all of our families to be actively involved in their child's classroom and in center activities and events. Through the years, parents have often commented that International Children's Academy is like a big family - a place where people really care and try to help each other with the challenging job of raising happy, capable children. We hope we might have the opportunity to play a part in the lives of your child and family.  

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Our Mission

 International Children’s Academy has been providing high quality care and education for young children in Lee’s Summit since 1980. We are extremely proud of our reputation for providing warm, loving care for children while simultaneously offering a developmentally appropriate educational curriculum for every child. We feel that children learn, grow and develop best in a planned, yet flexible, environment that offers children a variety of choices.  

Additional Information

Creative Curriculum


Creative Curriculum uses exploration and discovery as a way of learning. The philosophy behind our curriculum is that young children learn best by “doing”. We offer a variety of opportunities for children to learn together in a safe, clean and enjoyable atmosphere!  


 

Open Door Policy

No appointment is needed to come tour our facility. Feel free to stop by at your convenience and we will be happy to show you around, answer questions and provide you with the information you need.


 

Security

​ICA uses an Access Control System. ACS are electronic security systems designed and installed to provide protection against unwanted visitors into a property and allow free movement and entry for authorized users where there is frequent personnel traffic.


 



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International Children's Academy

3801 NE Independence Ave. Lees Summit, MO 64064 (Temporary location)

P (816) 525-0729 F (816) 525-0678

Hours

Mon

6:00 am – 6:00 pm

Tue

6:00 am – 6:00 pm

Wed

6:00 am – 6:00 pm

Thu

6:00 am – 6:00 pm

Fri

6:00 am – 6:00 pm

Sat

Closed

Sun

Closed

Monday - Friday: 6:00am - 6:00pm

Saturday - Sunday: Closed

Family handbook

 

Purpose, Goals, and Philosophy    The purpose of International Children’s Academy is to provide quality care for children.

The philosophy of the Center is to help children develop positive self images.  High emphasis is placed on the emotional security of the children, and much personal attention is given to the children in order that they know they are loved and valued as individuals.  Since the children spend several hours a day at the Center, such security is especially important.  We believe that the children’s innate curiosity can lead them to discover new areas of cognitive ability, motor development, creative expression, and social awareness.  International Children’s Academy provides a rich variety of stimulating possibilities.  Such as  stimulating lesson plans, nature walks, books, art materials, puzzles, sensory tables, raw materials, other children for friends, and a loving staff to guide and assist the children toward their individual goals.  Through this philosophy we hope to work toward our goal of future accreditation through N.A.E.Y.C. and encourage the children:

To develop their own potential abilities
To learn to care for themselves, their bodily needs, and their environment.
To enjoy the company of peers and adults
To enjoy new learning experiences
To have good eating, and sleeping routines
To function in a daily routine with self-control, and independence

Creative Curriculum     International Children’s Academy incorporates The Creative Curriculum into our classrooms.

Why we chose Creative Curriculum:
Creative Curriculum shares with us a comprehensive approach to addressing the care and education of each child as an individual.Creative Curriculum helps children acquire social competence and the skills they need to succeed as learners.
Teachers Role in Creative Curriculum: 
The Creative Curriculum approach takes a look at the teacher and helps them observe children more purposefully. Through these observations, the teacher is able to create a lesson plan which can be administered to the individual or to the whole group. The Creative Curriculum approach enables teachers to integrate content learning and bring it into everyday experiences.

International Children’s Academy is committed to providing quality and excellence. We believe that your child through creative curriculum principles will be able to develop the necessary skills to become a lifelong learner.

Parent Involvement
We encourage parents to become involved with their child’s overall learning experience. 
We welcome parents as volunteers and can utilize volunteers in various ways:  Helping with class celebrations, being a guest speaker on a topic of study, helping to supervise special activities, donation of recycled goods, etc. 
Preschool Program
We have multiple preschool classrooms which range in age from 3 to 5 years.  All classes are designed to offer a stimulating learning environment in preparation for school.  Teachers plan activities that address the diverse needs of each group and aid children in the development of self-help skills, social skills, , gross and fine motor skills, language skills, and cognitive.  We also foster creativity and a desire to learn, and encourage the children to feel comfortable, accepted, and successful.  The older preschool classrooms place more emphasis on handwriting, pre-reading, and pre-math skills as the children approach the transition into kindergarten.
Preschool Supply List:   *Labeled changes of clothes     *Blanket & A crib sized sheet (28inX52in)          *A Family Photo
Bedding will be sent home to be laundered every Friday, and returned to International Children’s Academy with each child on the following Monday.      All personal belongings must be labeled.
Two Year old Program
The two year old classroom is designed to build upon the skills gained in the toddler years and continue the nurturing, exciting and educational opportunities for the children.  The teaching staff works hard to prepare the children for the transition into preschool.  The classroom will build off the toddler curriculum, but will focus even more heavily on self-help skills, including toilet training and dressing.  The curriculum will allow them to experience more activity choices and large group activities, becoming more structured as they approach preschool.  Emphasis will still be placed on fostering inquisitiveness.
Twos Supply List:                                                                                                                                     *Diapers & Wipes     *Blanket & crib sized sheet            *Extra change of clothes          *A Family Photo

Bedding will be sent home to be laundered every Friday, and returned to International Children’s Academy with each child on the following Monday.     All personal belongings must be labeled.
Toddler Program
The children are surrounded by toys and educational equipment suitable to their developmental needs.  There is a daily routine to help give them a sense of security.  Play centered activities are planned in varied areas of development: language, small and large motor, dramatic play, sensory, music, art, pre-literacy, pre-math, and discovery.  We provide a loving and friendly atmosphere for the children to discover new aspects about themselves and the world around them.  Because of the toddler’s age, close supervision and attention is paid to their hygiene.                                                                  A daily record of their progress is provided.
Toddler Supply List:
*Diapers & Wipes      *Formula or Breast milk (if applies)     *Jar foods (if applies)                                       *Change of clothes labeled       *Family Photo      
Any additional comforting items are welcomed.
All personal belongings must be labeled.
Infant Program
The infant room consists of one room with children 6 weeks to 12 months.  Children move to the toddler room when they are developmentally ready.  The children use toys and educational materials to enhance their physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development.
Close supervision and attention is paid to the infants’ hygiene and safety.  Diapers are checked and changed frequently.  A daily record is provided to parents detailing the child’s naps, feedings, diaper changes, and any other communications.
Parents are responsible for providing diapers, wipes, and formula/breast milk.  Mothers are welcome to breast feed their babies at the center.  Babies are held during bottle feeding unless the child is old enough and shows the desire to hold the bottle themselves. Each child has his/her own crib with laundry provided by the center.  We recognize the importance of developing a trust between the care-giver and the children as well as providing a stimulating curriculum.  Babies learn new skills so quickly.  Small motor, large motor, social, language, and individual developmental activities are conducted throughout the day.                                                                                                                                                                                          Infant Supply List:
*Diapers & Wipes      *Formula or Breast Milk   *Jar foods (if applies)    *Bottle/Binky ( if used)                 *Family photo     * Extra change of clothes
Once you feel your child is ready for table foods, talk to your child’s teacher and we can work with you on providing ICA menu items to your child.          Any additional comforting items are welcomed.     All personal belongings must be labeled.
Admission Procedures
International Children’s Academy shall abide by an Anti-Discrimination Policy, which will not deny registration or participation in regards to gender, race, religion, or handicap of any kind.
Following a tour of our facility, and description of our programs, each potential enrollee will participate in an interview with the owner/director.  Following this interview, an enrollment decision will be reached and agreed upon by both parties.
Illness
At International Children’s Academy, we strive to keep our classrooms illness free. Children who are ill need to stay home until they are fever, vomit or diarrhea free for 24 hours, and rid of all symptoms.  Parents should keep their children at home and notify the Center whenever the child has any of the following conditions:
Uncontrolled Diarrhea
Severe coughing
Difficult or rapid breathing
Yellowing of skin or eyes
Inflammation of the eye(s) with discharge until 24 hours after treatment has been initiated
Unusual spots of rashes
Sore throat or trouble swallowing
Infected skin patch
Fever above 99 degrees (under the arm)
Headache and/or stiff neck
Vomiting
Untreated head lice, scabies, or other infestation
Severe itching of the body or scalp
If a child displays any of the above symptoms at the Center, the child’s parent/guardian will be notified promptly.
Medication
If a child requires medication which must be given during the time the child is at the Center, an authorization form must be completed by the child’s parent before the medication can be administered.  In the case of prescription drugs, the bottle from the pharmacy must be labeled with the child’s first and last name, name of medication, dosage, dosage intervals, and name of physician.  Non-prescription drugs such as aspirin, cough syrup or decongestants shall be administered only if an authorized form has been completed.  The child’s first and last name must also be marked on non-prescription medication. All medications will be kept under lock and key.
Nutrition
Nutrition is very important to us at ICA. We do the best we can to serve fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain breads and offer a wide variety of foods that lead to healthier eating habits. Breakfast is not served at International Children’s Academy.  Breakfast items are allowed to be brought into the Center. Breakfast starts at 7:30. Milk tickets may be purchased for $0.25 a day.  Our Center provides a morning and afternoon snack, as well as a nutritious lunch served between 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. 
Discharge / Termination Policies
Each child must sign a tuition agreement upon enrollment.  The tuition agreement will state the number of days per week that the child will attend, and what classroom they will be in.  The payment amount based on this agreement must be paid each week regardless of attendance, unless vacation vouchers are used.  If a family decides to terminate enrollment with International Children’s Academy a two week noticed is required, as well as payment for the two weeks.  If International Children’s Academy feels that termination of a child’s enrollment is necessary they will be given a two week notice before the child can no longer attend.
Required Forms
The following forms must be completed in full at time of enrollment.  These forms will be kept on file at International Children’s Academy.
*Child Enrollment Agreement
*Child Release Authorization
*Emergency Medical Care Permission Form
*Immunization Records
*Tuition Payment Agreement
*Care and Diet Plan (Infant/Toddler)
*Photo Release
Additional forms may be required upon specific request.
Medication Authorization Form
Accident/Injury Reports
Visit Form
Schedule Change Form
Permission for child to leave facility
Parent Responsibilities
Additional items may be required for each classroom.  Please see your child’s program description or ask your child's teacher at enrollment.
Arrival/ Departure:    International Children’s Academy requires that for the child’s own protection the parent/guardian sign in the children at the appropriate area and sign them out at the end of the day. When you leave with your child please make a point of checking your child’s cubby, and Family information board.  
Opening:
The door to the Center will be unlocked at precisely 6:00 a.m.  Monday – Friday
Extra clothing: 
Extra clothing must be brought for each child .  This clothing needs to be labeled with the child’s first and last name.  Parents/Guardians need to put all possessions directly into their child’s cubby.  Children should be dressed informally and comfortable so they can participate in all activities.  Since we include outdoor playtime whenever possible, the children should have coats, mittens, hats, etc. during cold weather
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Toys:
Toys and other personal belongings should only be brought into the Center on sharing days specified by the individual classroom teacher.  We encourage sharing books, photos, and small safe toys, all of which should be labeled.
Missing Possessions: 
International Children’s Academy is not responsible for missing personal items.
Grievances: 
If at any time you are unhappy with the care your child is receiving, please discuss this with your child’s teacher or director in a professional manner.  We want you to feel free to come to us with your concerns.  Your input as parents helps to maintain and improve our high standards of child care.
Parties: 
Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend classroom celebrations.  If you wish to send treats please discuss with your child’s classroom teacher what items would be appropriate.  We have children in our Center that have severe food allergies, these allergies are posted in each room.
Current Events: 
Please check your child’s cubby, and their classroom bulletin boards for important information, and current events.
Home Changes: 
Parents/Guardians are asked to notify staff of any significant changes in the child’s home life, i.e. a death, new baby, father or mother away from home, a move to a new house, etc.  This will enable us to give the child any extra attention needed in these times of excitement or anxiety.
Confidentiality: 
Confidentiality is very important in our family oriented center.  Discussion of sensitive issues concerning other children, families and staff member with other families or staff should be approved.
Parking: 
Please keep a close eye on your child as well as other children during drop off and pick up times.  In addition our center has joined with the Lee’s Summit Police Department to keep our community safe and crime to a minimum.  They have asked us to take a few moments and always do the following to make sure our parking lot is safe:  
Make sure all items of value are out of sight. 
Do not leave your car keys in your vehicle. 
Always lock your car doors, and especially do not leave your vehicle running unattended.
Confidentiality
Personal financial, medical, family and child information will be held in confidence and not shared outside or in the center beyond those you have entrusted with the information as responsible for administrative and child caring functions. Staff is, however, professionally and legally obligated to report suspected child abuse and neglect, including identifying information and specifics of their concern. With parental consent on a form provided upon enrollment:  1) photographs of children may be used in public relations, website graphics, and other publications; and 2) pictures may be taken of center events such as birthdays, holiday activities and special celebrations.
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