We take the safety and care of the MAMA kids very seriously, and we know you do, too. Below is our childcare policy as well as other important safety information. We are not a licensed child care center. We are recognized and registered with the State of Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning and operate as an exempt organization.

We qualify for exemption because we operate for no more than 4 hours per day and less than 10 hours per week with parents on site.  If you have any questions about childcare, MAMA’s pending exempt status or related issues, please don’t hesitate to contact Managing Partners and Co-Founders Betsy Wallace or Melanie Jones at any time at mama.artcollective@gmail.com. This information is also available in hard copy on site in the MAMA Art Collective Handbook.

Child Care Policies

  • Maximum time allowed per day: 2.5 hours

  • Each parent and child are required to sign in before beginning their workday
  • For the well-being of the other children, please refrain from bringing a sick child into the childcare area.

  • Please label all of your child’s belongings with his/her name.

  • Disruptive or inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated. In these circumstances, parents will be notified immediately.

  • If a child is inconsolable for more than 15 minutes, parents will be notified and asked to return to the childcare area to assist child care provider.

  • Children will be released ONLY to the person who dropped them off.

  • Parents or legal guardians must stay on site.
  • Medications will not be administered by childcare provider.

  • If your child needs to be changed you will be notified by childcare provider. Childcare providers will not change diapers.

MAMA Art Collective Emergency Evacuation Plan

The objective of this plan is to reduce the possibility of harm to the children, facility and visitors to the center in the event of an emergency. Care must be taken to ensure that all occupants are aware of the following basic procedures:

  1. Become familiar with the location of all stairways and exits (Maps of evacuation routes are posted in each classroom).
  2. Become familiar with the location of the nearest building fire alarm manual pull stations and their operation.
  3. Participants should not attempt to secure or collect personal items during an evacuation.
  4. Upon direction/instruction of the alarm or Child Care Director or designee, immediately evacuate the building   The Director or emergency personnel will identify which safe haven/assembly area.  Take attendance and immediately proceed to the Safe Haven.  The decision to continue the workday will be made based on expected time out of the Center or the nature of the emergency. The Director will notify appropriate church personnel.   In case of emergencies that do not warrant evacuation outside of the building (natural disasters [tornadoes, for example], chemical spills, bombings, etc.), proceed to designated shelter-in place.
  5. Each classroom will post evacuations route maps indicating the following:
    • Primary and secondary routes
    • Locations of the assembly areas
    • Fire Alarm Manual Pull stations
    • Fire extinguishers
    • Fire detection and suppression devices, such as: smoke detectors, heat detectors, sprinkler heads, sprinkler control valve
  6. The Director will assign a staff member/Safety Coordinator to inspect the Center each morning to ensure the following:
  • All exit doors are unlocked and accessible
  • All exit lights are working properly
  • All corridors and doors leading to exits are clear
  • There are no items hanging from sprinkler heads or fire alarm devices
  • Fire alarm devices, extinguishers and sprinkler heads are not obstructed
  • All evacuation maps are in place and current

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