EC3 Newsletter – 8/14/15

Published: 2015-08-14

Mark Your Calendars – EC3 Closed on 9/4 and 9/7

EC3 will be closed on Friday, September 4th, for a teacher in-service day. We will also be closed on Monday, September 7th, in observance of Labor Day.

Fall Transitions – Importance of Home Form

If your child is transitioning to a new classroom in September, you should have received a yellow “Importance of Home” form in your child’s cubby. If you haven’t already done so, please complete and return this form to the office. These forms are an excellent introduction toyour child for his/her new teachers, and it is important that they have time to review them before transitions begin.

Read, Sing Together Every day! Toolkit

During the first few years of life, children’s brains develop at a rapid pace, influenced by the experiences they have at home, in their early care and education settings, and in their communities. Their experiences include the quantity and quality of words they are exposed to through talking, reading, and singing. Research has found that providing infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with rich early language experiences can have important benefits on their brain development and school readiness.

The U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Education (ED), in partnership with Too Small to Fail, are releasing “Talk, Read, Sing Together, Every Day!,” a suite of resources that can help enrich children’s early language experiences beginning from birth.

The suite of resources includes tip sheets for families, preschool teachers, and infant/toddler teachers and caregivers, as well as a fact sheet that highlights the evidence behind the benefits of being bilingual and embracing children’s home languages. All tip sheets can be downloaded for free at www.toosmall.org.

August is National Immunization Awareness Month

This National Immunization Awareness Month, Michigan parents are encouraged to get a head start on back-to-school planning by talking with a pediatrician today about recommended vaccines. Before beginning school in the fall, children entering a licensed childcare facility, kindergarten, 7th grade, or moving to a new school district, need to be up to date on their immunizations or obtain a waiver from their local health department.
Every year there are cases of vaccine-preventable diseases in Michigan. Nationally, there has been a recent increase in cases of measles, and the only way to reverse the trend is to build and maintain high vaccination rates in our communities.

Beginning January 2015, a new administrative rule went into effect requiring parents to talk with a health educator at their local health department before opting their children out of vaccinations. An appointment must be made with their local health department to receive a non-medical waiver; it is no longer available at schools or child care centers. The new rule ensures parents and guardians seeking a non-medical waiver have the opportunity to discuss their concerns and questions regarding immunizations prior to the waiver being signed.

For more information about vaccinations including immunization schedules, local health department locations, and resources regarding low-cost vaccination options for the uninsured or underinsured, visit www.michigan.gov/immunize. To check a listing of county and school immunizations rates, visit http://www.michigan.gov/mdch/0,4612,7-132-2942_4911_4914_68361---,00.html.

Weekend Family Fun

Michigan 4-H Children's Gardens at MSU - Evening in the Garden
Saturday, August 14th from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Bring your flashlights and friends to this garden event. Join us as we check out what happens in the garden when the sun goes down. We will play flashlight hide and seek, explore a bat cave, view night blooming plants and much more. Cost per child: $5. Parking: Free. http://bit.ly/1Mg91xi

St. Johns Mint Festival – Clinton County Fairground
Friday, August 14th through Sunday, August 16th
Each year the mint farming heritage is celebrated at the St. Johns Mint Festival. Arts and crafts, flea market, food concessions, parade, five sports tournaments, free entertainment, quilt show, car show and tons of activities for the kids. http://bit.ly/1lwkdWJ

Renegade Theatre Festival – Old Town Lansing
August 13th through August 15th
Saturday August 15th is all about the kids! Bring the little ones to renegade during the day to get them involved in all the theatre fun, and older youth will enjoy a special coffeehouse featuring teen performances in the afternoon. All activities take place at the Red Cedar Meeting House on Turner Street. Activities include a concert by Tim the Music Man, theatre performances, face painting, kids costume corner and more! http://bit.ly/1MYvNvg

Important Dates Coming Up

* Monday, 8/17: Tuition Invoices E-mailed
* Monday, 8/17: Toddler Teacher Ada Scott’s Birthday
* Thursday, 8/20: Support Staff Mercedes Steward’s Birthday
* Friday, 8/21: Tuition Due

Visit EC3 on the Web!

* EC3’s website: http://ec3kids.org/
* Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/EC3-Educational-Child-Care-Center/111696098858348
* Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/ec3kids/
* Twitter: https://twitter.com/EC3kids/
* EC3’s weekly menu: http://ec3kids.org/calendar/events


 

The staff at EC3 is incredible!! Since we came through for our first tour, they have done nothing but make us feel welcomed--like we are part of the family. They are so loving and knowledgeable, and they truly excel at what they do. We sincerely value their advice and concern toward the well-being of our children. Dropping them off each day is easier knowing how much they love EC3!!

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