Information for Families

Transition 2019

This year, the last day in current classrooms will be Friday, June 28th. Hutch Kids will be closed Monday, July 1 – Friday, July 5 for Independence Day and to transition the classrooms for the new school year. The first day in new classrooms will be Monday, July 8th.

General Transition Information

Transitions dates for each child and/or classroom group may vary from year to year. There is typically a center-wide transition that occurs in July. Parents are notified about transitions as far in advance as possible, often as much as six months. Each year transitions are tailored to meet the needs of the children enrolled, as well as current staff. Thorough communication about transitions is distributed to parents.

Parents receive notification of their child’s placement a minimum of one month prior to the physical transition of classrooms. Notification will include the teacher’s names, the classroom name, and the names of the child’s classmates.

Since the age ranges of children enrolled in each classroom vary from year to year we do not refer to classrooms by the age of the children; instead, we use the following classroom names:

  • Tree Frogs, Ducklings, & Sea Turtles (Infants)
  • Dolphines & Sea Otters (Waddlers)
  • Starfish & Sea Horses (Toddlers)
  • Wildflowers & Sunshine Kids (Toddlers;/preschool)
  • Moons & Stars (Preschool)
  • Trailblazers and Explorers (Preschool)
  • Rainforest Kids (Preschool)

Parent Handbook

The purpose of the Parent Handbook is to provide general information about HKCC’s program, administrative procedures, operating guidelines and general health & safety policies.


Tuition Policy

Tuition for child care is paid on a monthly basis and will be prorated if the child begins child care in the middle of a month. Parents, who are Fred Hutch employees, will have their child care fees deducted from their paycheck, unless alternative arrangements are made with the Executive Director.

Tuition is based on the child’s age, classroom assignment. and child to teacher ratio. Typically tuition rates change July 1.  Tuition rates are updated from the Enrollment page.

Parents who do not receive a paycheck from Fred Hutch, receive an invoice for child care tuition. Fees are due on the last day of every month for the coming month. Late fees are assessed if payment has not been received by 5:00 PM on the fifth day of the month. Currently the late fee is $10.00. Should tuition not be paid by 5:00 PM on the tenth day, an additional $15 will be added. Hutch Kids Child Care reserves the right to deny care for late payment of tuition.

Monthly tuition rates are set each year by the HKCC Board of Directors and must be approved by Fred Hutch. Changes in rate structure, age groups, multiply child discounts, etc. are decisions of the HKCC Board of Directors.

Inclement Weather Policy

Hutch Kids Child Care will close during severe weather conditions on days when Fred Hutch is closed, and will remain open on days when Fred Hutch is open. In some cases, Hutch Kids Child Care will open one to two hours late on days when Fred Hutch is open.

To receive information about the closure status of Fred Hutch and/or whether Hutch Kids Child Care will open late, call the inclement weather hotline at FHCRC by dialing (888-667-2020). Please listen to the entire message as information regarding HKCC may be at the end.

Disciplinary Policy

The goal of discipline is to help the child gain self-control through learning appropriate behaviors. Rather than forcing the child to conform to adult standards, it is much more beneficial for the child to be guided and disciplined in a way that enables them to learn how to deal with other children effectively, without the need to use harsh words or physical means.

We use a variety of ways to re-direct inappropriate behavior and use positive discipline prior to acknowledging negative behaviors. Hutch Kids staff never punish children by the use of harsh words or withholding food, rest or toilet activities. Physical punishment such as hitting or spanking is never used, nor will we allow any adult to physically punish a child here in the center.

HK staff refrain from using “time out” as a form of disciple or behavior management, and instead offer conflict resolution skills for children, setting clear, simple rules for behavior, role modeling appropriate behavior, and talk with the children, not at them, to help children learn self discipline.

Parents play a large part in discipline and as our parents in caring for the child, we are in constant communication regarding behavior. Parents are notified when their child has been affected by an aggressive act of another child (i.e., biting, hitting, etc.). While we will not identify the aggressor, staff will work with the aggressive child and their parents to help the child learn socially acceptable behavior.

Emergency & Disaster Preparedness Policy & Procedures (PDF) is available here.

Forms are found here.