EC3 Newsletter - 1/22/16

Published: 2016-01-22

Public School Kindergarten Roundup Information – Coming Soon!

We are working on assembling a document containing dates and contact information for all the Kindergarten “roundup” activities at public schools in the area. For those of you who are new parents, Kindergarten roundup is an event (or series of events) organized by schools to provide parents with information and an opportunity to register children, and sometimes to provide teachers with a chance to meet the incoming children. Look for this document in the next few weeks.

New Faces at EC3!

EC3 has a few new friendly faces in the classrooms. Please welcome support-staffers Erika Bridge and Amy Dungey. And welcome back to Angelita Salazar! They have completed orientation and are now working in the classrooms. They come to us with great experience and we are excited to have them. Please feel free to introduce yourself and welcome them to our EC3 family. We are still looking for a few more talented people--please share our job postings with anyone you know who may be interested -

Expecting? Let us know!

EC3’s infant program is full through December of 2016! If you are expecting a little one (or know someone who is) and need care, please let us know as soon as possible so we can reserve a spot.

EC3 is Hiring Lead Teachers

EC3 is hiring! Do you know experienced teachers with early education credentials and a passion for children & families? Have them send us their resume, cover letter, and references to Details on qualifications and job descriptions can be found on our website:

EC3 Staff Get Time-Off for Community Participation

One aspect of being a quality child care center is having staff members who continuously strengthen their relationships with the community. To support this, EC3 offers eligible staff up to eight hours of paid time off annually to be used towards volunteer and community participation. This includes activities such as volunteering in schools, faith-based organizations and nonprofit community organizations. Beyond the obvious benefits to the community, supporting employee volunteerism strengthens team-building, improves employee morale and productivity, and increases employement longevity.

/Sign-out Procedures Reminder

Parents/guardians are required to sign each child in and out every day with the accurate time of drop-off or pick-up. Sign-in sheets are used to ensure all children are accounted for when they move from the classroom to the gym or playground, and they are required by the State of Michigan licensing agency. After a child is signed out at the end of the day, he or she is the responsibility of the parent, and is no longer in the care of EC3 staff members, even if he or she is still in the building. Please be sure that when you are signing your children in or out you are doing so on the correct line on the sheet, and accurately indicating the time of drop off or pick up.

Daddy Daughter and Mother Son Events at Play East Lansing

Play East Lansing is hosting two events for families in February. The Daddy Daughter dance will be on February 5th from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Little mermaids and their favorite date (dad, grandpa, uncle, step-dad, older brother, etc.) are invited to their Under the Sea Ball. You will be treated like royalty while dining on pizza and sweet treats; highlighting the event will be a visit from a very special Mermaid.
The Mother and Son date night takes place on Friday, February 19th from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Little guys and their favorite date (mom, grandma, aunt, step-mom, older sister, etc.) will enjoy an evening of dancing to totally awesome tunes, a wild and crazy interactive story by Ms. Karrie from Stories on the Move, a craft, tattoos and totally awesome food.

Weekend Family Fun

Rollers & Strollers: Lunch and Skate with Elsa – Edru Skate
Saturday, January 23rd from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Children 7 and younger can enjoy a Rollers and Strollers Skate with Princess Elsa! During these sessions parents are allowed on the skating surface with street shoes and may also push strollers. Push toys or ride-on toys may be brought in for use on the floor for those children that do not wish to skate. Please no toys with pedals. $8 includes skate rentals, hotdog, drink and snack!

Red Cedar Gymnastics Open House
Saturday, January 23rd from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Red Cedar Gymnastics welcomes the public to an open house! Children 1-17 years old can enjoy FREE open gym (with safety waiver signed by parent), and enrollment specials for classes, summer camps and sales in the Pro Shop! Come see what RCG is all about!

Sensory Showtime: Norm of the North – Celebration Cinema
Saturday, January 23rd at 10:30 a.m.
Lights up! Sound down! Enjoy the BIG SCREEN experience in an accepting environment! Lights will dim, but remain on, and volume will be lowered. Movies begin at show time with limited previews. Shown in 2D with open captioning. Cheering, calling out, or even strolling around the theatre is welcome!
Developed in partnership with Family Hope Foundation, Sensory Showtimes make movies extra welcoming to guests with special needs, including autism. So come relax, be yourself, and enjoy a movie at Celebration! Cinema!

Lansing Symphony Family Series: Harp Harmonies – Capital Area District Library, Downtown Branch
Sunday, January 24th at 3:00 p.m.
Have you ever seen a harp up close? It is one of the most beautiful yet complex instruments in the orchestra. Come learn about the harp and hear Principal Harpist, Brittany DeYoung, perform music that showcases the harp's unique abilities and styles.

Important Dates Coming Up

* Monday, 1/25: Tuition Grace Period Day
* Thursday, 1/28: Program Director Betsy Clinton’s Birthday

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