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    Upcoming Events in July 2014
Off to the BEACH!!
Whether you are planning a trip to the beach this summer or staying closer to home, here are some ideas to do with your children to celevreate the sun and sand!
Sand and Sun!

JULY/2014

  •   "Fish, Fish, Shark" is a take on "Duck, Duck, Goose" for the summer time. This can be played outside or inside, or can be played in the water with older children.
  •  Make sandcastles with your children, even in a sand table or at the park. If you are at the beach, you can make two sets of sand castles and have a "Capture the flag" game with your school ages.
  •  Pirate dig- Bury "treasure " in the sand or sandbox and have the children dig up their prizes!
  • Treasure hunt- make a treasure map for your backyard or the beach for your children. Include directions, pictures and symbols for your child to find the buried prizes!
  • Look for nautical sea life on the beach such as crabs, seashells, horseshoe crabs, and seagulls.

  •  Play outdoor games such as Paddle ball, bean bag toss, volleyball.

 

  • Sand writing- practice writing your child's name in the sand and watch the tide wash it away

 

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Water Fun Days!
JULY/2014

 

With the school year officially over, we will be starting our Water Fun Days. Starting July 7th the children will go outside weekly and play in the sprinklers, water tables, and water fun toys. The schedule for the classrooms are:

  • Monday: Summer Camp Ny
  • Monday : Kindercamp Hobson
  • Tuesday: Hobson Preschool
  • Wednesday: Dragonfly Room
  • Thursday: Butterfly Room

 

When it is your child's Water Fun Day, please bring in:

  • -Bathing suit
  • -Towel
  • -Bag
  • -Flip flops 

 

Thought of the Month...
Kids in the Kitchen
JULY/2014
Watermelon Pop Stars   
 
Cool off with this pretty little pop star.
Ingredients
  • Watermelon  
  • Popsicle Sticks 
  • Star-shaped cookie cutter
Directions
  1. Use a cookie cutter to cut juicy star shapes from 1-inch thick slices of seedless watermelon.
  2. Insert a popsicle stick into each star, then set the pops on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet.
  3. cover the stars with another sheet to foil and freeze for 1 hour or until firm.  

http://familyfun.go.com/recipes/watermelon-pop-stars-684372/

4th of July Facts  

  • Over an estimated 150 million hot dogs will be consumed today. That's roughly 1 dog for every two people in the U.S.
  • When the Unite States became a country, there were approximately 2.5 million people living in the country. Today the population is around 304 million.
  • The first fireworks recorded in America were set off by an Englishman, Captain John Smith, famous in the story of Pocahontas.
  • The APA estimates that more than 14,000 fireworks displays light up U.S. skies each 4th of July. Fireworks professionals plan for about 11 months for 1 month of booming business.

 

 

 

Summer Safety   

JULY/2014
  
As summer approaches, we start planning for trips to the beach, barbecues, camping trips and campfires, fireworks, and other fun outdoor activities.

While fun, these activities can also lead to serious burn injuries.  Here you will learn some ways to stay safe and prevent burns as you and your family enjoy the summer!

Using a BBQ grill can lead to serious fires and burns!  Follow these simple tips to help keep your family safe:
  • Keep matches and lighters out of reach of children
  • Have at least a 3-foot "no-zone" around the grill for children and pets
  • make sure coals are completely extinguished and cooled before disposing of them.
  • never use gasoline or kerosene to make the grill fire bigger, and never apply lighter fluid too hot or warm coals.
  • Always use the grill outdoors, away from structures (houses, garages, decks)
  • Keep a fire extinguisher nearby for emergency use
  • Use an insulated, fire retardant BBQ mitt and BBQ tools with long handles to prevent burns.

Each year, approximately 10,000 Americans get hurt or burned by fireworks!  Almost half of those injured are kids.

  • Keep children away from ALL fireworks.  Even those available legally at the grocery store, such as sparklers, can burn at 1800 degrees and cause serious burns.
  • The safest way to enjoy fireworks and to prevent fireworks-related injury is to attend displays given by trained professionals!

 

Spending time outdoors can be fun and exciting, but SAFETY should always be a part of your plan.  Here are some reminders of how to keep your children safe and prevent burn injuries while enjoying the sun, sand, park, or your own backyard!

SUN SAFETY:

    • Keep babies under the age of one our of direct sun-light to prevent skin damage and dehydration.  Keep babies in the shade, under a tree, umbrella or stroller canopy.
    • Dress your child in protective clothing: comfortable long pants, long sleeved shirt, and broad brimmed hats.
    • Sunscreen (SPF should be at least 15) may be applied to babies younger than 6 months to small areas of skin uncovered by clothing and hats or if shade is not available for babies older than 6 months, apply sunscreen to entire body, being careful around the eyes.
    • Apply the sunscreen 15 to 30 minutes before going out.  Keep in mind that no sunscreen are truly waterproof, and thus they need to be reapplied every 1.5 - 2 hours, especially if they baby goes in water.  Consult the instructions on the bottle.   
    • Be choosy when selecting sunglasses for children!  Do not let them use toy sunglasses as protection from the sun.  Be sure their glasses have sturdy plastic lenses that will protect their eyes form UV rays.
    • Don't allow infant or young children to play or sleep in the sun in a playpen, stroller, etc.
    • Sunscreen should be used (for children over 6 months) even on cloudy or overcast days!
    • Stay our of sun between 10am and 2pm, when sun is the strongest.

CAMPFIRES AND FIRE PITS:

    • Build campfires in a designated fire pit and never leave them unattended.
    • Supervise children at all times around the campfire or fire pit of at least five feet.
    •  Remember that extinguished coals and embers can remain hot enough to burn you, especially if buried, for many hours. 
Keystone Stars
JULY/2014

     

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QUALITY RATING SYSTEM

These standards measure three areas of child care that make a difference in the quality of care your child receives:

  • from the staff employed by the center,
  • in the environment your child attends every day, and in
  • the way the facility is operated.

As a facility moves from STAR 1 to STAR 4, the requirements in these areas increase. The information below gives examples of the requirements each facility must meet at each STAR level.

STAR LEVEL 1

  • A full DPW Child Care Certificate of Compliance or Registration for a year
  • A plan to increase early care and education professional development and training for the staff
  • Increased staff communication via team meetings
  • A completed self-assessment on quality items in the environment

STAR LEVEL 2

  • Director and staff must receive at least three to six hours more annual professional development and training than DPW regulations require.
  • One-third of the staff completed or are enrolled in credentials or degrees.
  • Learning materials such as books, blocks, puzzles, music, and art supplies are available for some of the day.
  • The facility has a budget and provides at least one benefit to staff.
  • Some involvement of parents in the program.
  • A plan to address needs found in a standardized self-assessment of the program.
   

 

STAR LEVEL 3

  • Even more professional development and training hours than STAR 2 requires.
  • Half of the staff completed or are enrolled in credentials or degrees.
  • Learning materials are available for a large part of the day.
  • Literacy activities, including reading to children, story telling, and encouraging written and verbal communication take place often during the day.
  • Increased parental involvement
  • Written policies and procedures
  • Implementation of a financial system, increased staff compensation, and benefits

STAR LEVEL 4

  • Even more professional development and training hours than STAR 3 requires.
  • Two-thirds of the staff completed or are enrolled in credentials or degrees.
  • Activities designed to encourage communication, both written and verbal, occur naturally in the day.
  • Parental and community resources are used effectively in the delivery of quality child care.
  • Business, organizational, and staff compensation practices are maximized.
  • A review of the facility by a nationally recognized environmental rating scale that indicates a high-quality score

PENNSYLVANIA PROMISE FOR CHILDREN

 

 

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In This Issue
July Donations

Thank you for your extreme generosity! The donations that are coming in are greatly appreciated. Remember to bring in your three July donations by Tuesday 7/1/2014.

 


  

JULY

National Ice Cream Month

 

Tuesday 7/1- Donations Due

 

Friday 7/4- 4th of July -  

            CENTER CLOSED   

 

Wednesday 7/9- Sand Art Day  

 

Sunday 7/20- National Ice Cream Day

 

Monday 7/21- Ice Cream Sundaes!

 

Wednesday 7/30- Pajama Day 

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The Danger of Letting Your Baby Sleep in a Car Seat...

Jessica D, Yahoo! Contributor Network Jan 16, 2013

Many new parents often find themselves driving around the neighborhood in circles with their infant strapped in the backseat in a desperate attempt to get them to calm down and go to sleep. And hey, it works, so why not? Though it's tempting to let your baby sleep away in his or her car seat, it is important to know that babies sleeping in the car seat are at a higher risk of hypoxia than those snoozing soundly in their crib or bassinet. Newborns are at the highest risk Car seats sit a baby in an upright position and this isn't always best, especially for newborn babies.

Newborn babies are still learning to control their respiratory system and propping them upright can compress a baby's chest and lungs making it even more difficult to catch a breath. According to pulmonary pediatrics researcher and chief at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, T. Bernard Kinane, M.D., keeping an infant in a car seat for 120 minutes can decrease their oxygen saturation level as much as 23.9 percent. This is significantly higher than a baby laying flat in a crib (6.5 percent reduction over 120 minutes). Similar results were shown with babies who even spent 60 minutes in the car seat.

Older babies aren't always safe either In December of 2006, KSL news reported that a fifteen-month old baby died while sleeping in her car seat. It is believed that she suffered from hypoxia because her head tilted forward while sleeping, cutting off her airway.

What should parents do who frequently make long car commutes with their babies? Parents who frequently take long road trips with their babies should pull over every hour or two and take their baby out of the car seat for a break. Though this may seem like an inconvenience to many, your baby's well-being may potentially be at stake. Letting your baby take a break from the car seat, even for 15 or 20 minutes, can reduce the incidence of hypoxia and even prevent death due to suffocation.  
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WARM WEATHER MEMO! 

 

Now that the weather is getting warmer, please keep the following dress guidelines in mind:

 

  • Clothing should cover body modestly
  • For safety reasons, flip flops are not permitted. Close toed shoes must be worn.
  • If wearing sandals, a back strap is strongly recommended.
  • Please check your child's spare clothing box, make changes if needed.
  • Remember sunscreen!
       
Song Time

  

I'm a Little Firework

(tune: I'm a little Teapot)

 

I'm a little firework
Up in the sky.
I dance and I shimmer
Way up, up high.

Sometimes I'm red.
Sometimes I'm blue.
But I always sparkle
Just for you.

I'm a little firework
Up in the sky.
I dance and I shimmer
Way up, up high

 

 

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Kurious Kids Children Centers
Reminders to Parents 
 
PAYTON'S PROMISE- Many of you have received information about our new initiative called Payton's Promise. If your child will not be at the center or will be arriving late, please call to inform your director. Please see your classroom teacher or director if you would like more information. We appreciate your cooperation and support.

EMAIL ADDRESSES- We have begun to distribute important information via email. Please make sure your most up to date email address is on file with the office. If you are not receiving emails, please let us know.

 

OUT SICK- Please be sure to call and notify the center if your child has been seen by a doctor and has been diagnosed with anything contagious. It is our responsibility to notify the parents of the children in your child's classroom in a timely manner.  Illness Policy

 

DONATIONS - We can always use donations of empty food boxes and dress up clothes for our dramatic play centers. And we are always looking for empty shoe boxes!

 

TUITION CHECKS - Remember, payment is due on the first day that your child attends the center for the week. We will start to assess late fees at $5 per day that payment is late. In the "memo" section of your check, please write the week that you are paying for along with your child's name (if the last names are different). If you are paying for particular days, please write that in the memo section as well. This is CRITICAL for book-keeping!

 

VACATION REQUESTS- If you are a full-time family and would like to use vacation days, please submit them in writing at least 2 weeks prior. Vacation days cannot be used for holidays or sick days.  

 

SUNSCREEN PERMISSION SLIPS - As the weather is getting warmer, the children will be going out more on a daily basis. Attached is the sunscreen permission slip which needs to be completed and turned in this allows us to apply sunscreen to your child. Please return this form along with sunscreen (that can be kept at school) to your child's teacher. Please make sure all bottles are labeled. If you have any questions please let us know. 


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