Discipline Policy

Praise and positive reinforcement are effective methods of behavior management of children. When children receive positive, nonviolent, and understanding interactions from adults and others, they develop good self-concepts, problem solving abilities, and self-discipline. Based on this belief, Macomb Learning Center uses a positive approach to discipline and practices the following discipline and behavior management techniques.


  • Communicate to children using positive statements
  • Communicate with children on their level
  • Talk with children in a calm, quiet manner
  • Explain unacceptable behavior to children
  • Give attention to children for positive behavior
  • Praise and encourage the children
  • Apply rules consistently
  • Model appropriate behavior
  • Provide alternatives and redirect children to acceptable activity
  • Give children opportunities to make choices and solve problems
  • Help children talk out problems and think of solutions
  • Listen to children and respect the children’s needs, desires, and feelings


  • Inflict corporal punishment in any manner upon a child
  • Use any strategy that hurts, shames, or belittles a child
  • Use any strategy that threatens, intimidates, or forces a child
  • Use food as a form of reward or punishment
  • Use or withhold physical activity as a punishment
  • Shame or punish a child if a bathroom accident occurs
  • Embarrass any child in front of others
  • Leave any child alone, unattended or without supervision

Conferences will be scheduled with parents if particular disciplinary problems occur. If a child’s behavior consistently endangers the safety of the children and teachers around him/her, then the Director has the right to terminate child care services for that particular child.