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    Parent Post april 2015 Edition

    Garden News

    It's time to think about our school garden!  For those of you new to our center, we have a school garden that our children and their families plant and maintain throughout the summer.  We reap lots of good fruits and vegetables along the way!  In a few short weeks, you will once again find a  donation-request area at the front counter for seeds and plants for our school garden.

    And since the work is more fun when we do it together, we have a few gardening dates for you to place into your calendar:

    • Saturday, April 25th from 9:00-11:00 a.m. - Garden Prep Day (composting and mulching).  We will need only a few people for this morning.  Please let me know if you can help.
    • Saturday, May 30th from 9:00-10:30 a.m. - Garden Planting Day!  Please consider joining us as lots of hands will make the job go well!
    • Sunday, May 31st from 3:30-5:00 p.m. - Garden Planting Rain-date - only in the event that we are rained-out on Saturday.
    Once the garden is planted we have to maintain it!  Our Summer Garden Days are:
    • Mondays from 4:30-5:30 p.m.
    • Thursdays from 9:30-10:30 a.m.
    Our Summer Garden Days begin on Monday, June 8th.  Please consider popping in on a Monday or Thursday during the summer to lend a hand in the garden.  

    Fall Contracts/May Term Schedule/Exam Week Sign-up

    The form that includes the sign-up for care during exam week (May 11-15), May term (May 18 - June 5), and Fall of 2015 is posted on your child's locker.  Rates remain the same for May term and exam week, but will increase for staff and faculty in the fall.  Please refer to the rate sheet that's included when filling out the form.  Completed forms are due on Monday, April 27th.  

    Week of the Young Child Events

    Every year in April, Early Childhood professionals throughout the United States join together to celebrate our children and families during "The Week of the Young Child."  Many programs hold special events during this week-long celebration. Often these events become "tradition," and that is what happens here.  This year's events once again include our Spring Art Show, our Annual Music Show, and our Family Breakfast.  Our children's artwork will be on display in the lobby of the REC from Monday, April 13th through Wednesday, April 15th.  At 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 14th and then again on Wednesday, April 15th, we will host our Annual Music Show.  The show's musical line-up is the same both days.  It begins at 11:00 a.m. and is also in the lobby of the REC.  It's short and sweet...so don't be late!  On Thursday, April 16th, we will host a Family Breakfast at the center from 7:30-9:00 a.m.  We hope that you will be able to help us celebrate children and can fit a few of these events into your schedule.

    The Week of the Young Child often lends itself to advocacy issues - it provides perfect timing and opportunities to advocate in the political arena for children and families.  We hope to coordinate an advocacy project and will provide more information about that in the very near future.

    Annual Evaluation/Annual Meeting

    Below you will find the results of our Annual Family Program Evaluation.  Please take some time to read through them - they may prompt additional thoughts, ideas, or concerns that you may have.  We will discuss the results at our Annual Family Meeting on Friday, May 8th from noon until 1:00 p.m. and use them to help us prepare and plan for the future.   If you cannot join us for the meeting, but have a question or concern you would like me to share, please let me know prior to the meeting and I can make sure your voice gets heard.  

     

    1. The center staff maintains an environment that promotes my child's well-being.

    #

    Answer

    Response

    %

    1

    Strongly Agree

    41

    95%

    2

    Agree

    2

    5%

    3

    Neither Agree nor Disagree

    0

    0%

    4

    Disagree

    0

    0%

    5

    Strongly Disagree

    0

    0%

     

    Total

    43

    100%

     

    2.  I know and understand most of the Center's operating policies.

    #

    Answer

    Response

    %

    1

    Strongly Agree

    25

    58%

    2

    Agree

    18

    42%

    3

    Neither Agree nor Disagree

    0

    0%

    4

    Disagree

    0

    0%

    5

    Strongly Disagree

    0

    0%

     

    Total

    43

    100%

     

    3.  The center staff consistently follows program policies.

    #

    Answer

    Response

    %

    1

    Strongly Agree

    35

    81%

    2

    Agree

    7

    16%

    3

    Neither Agree nor Disagree

    1

    2%

    4

    Disagree

    0

    0%

    5

    Strongly Disagree

    0

    0%

     

    Total

    43

    100%

     

    4.  The center director keeps me informed of upcoming events and deadlines and of matters important to my child, to me, and to my family.

    #

    Answer

    Response

    %

    1

    Strongly Agree

    38

    88%

    2

    Agree

    5

    12%

    3

    Neither Agree nor Disagree

    0

    0%

    4

    Disagree

    0

    0%

    5

    Strongly Disagree

    0

    0%

     

    Total

    43

    100%

     

    5.  Teaching staff keep me informed concerning my child's growth and development.

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    Answer

    Response

    %

    1

    Strongly Agree

    29

    67%

    2

    Agree

    12

    28%

    3

    Neither Agree nor Disagree

    2

    5%

    4

    Disagree

    0

    0%

    5

    Strongly Disagree

    0

    0%

     

    Total

    43

    100%

      

    6.     My child likes his/her teacher. 

    #

    Answer

    Response

    %

    1

    Strongly Agree

    39

    91%

    2

    Agree

    4

    9%

    3

    Neither Agree nor Disagree

    0

    0%

    4

    Disagree

    0

    0%

    5

    Strongly Disagree

    0

    0%

     

    Total

    43

    100%

     

    7.  The center director listens and responds effectively to my concerns and ideas.

    #

    Answer

    Response

    %

    1

    Strongly Agree

    35

    81%

    2

    Agree

    7

    16%

    3

    Neither Agree nor Disagree

    1

    2%

    4

    Disagree

    0

    0%

    5

    Strongly Disagree

    0

    0%

     

    Total

    43

    100%

     

    8.  My child is interested in the activities and materials provided at the center.

    #

    Answer

    Response

    %

    1

    Strongly Agree

    37

    86%

    2

    Agree

    6

    14%

    3

    Neither Agree nor Disagree

    0

    0%

    4

    Disagree

    0

    0%

    5

    Strongly Disagree

    0

    0%

     

    Total

    43

    100%

     

    9.  My child's curiosity and desire to learn are supported and encouraged by the staff.

    #

    Answer

    Response

    %

    1

    Strongly Agree

    38

    88%

    2

    Agree

    5

    12%

    3

    Neither Agree nor Disagree

    0

    0%

    4

    Disagree

    0

    0%

    5

    Strongly Disagree

    0

    0%

     

    Total

    43

    100%

     

    10.  My child's curiosity and desire to learn are supported and encouraged by the program curriculum.

    #

    Answer

    Response

    %

    1

    Strongly Agree

    39

    91%

    2

    Agree

    4

    9%

    3

    Neither Agree nor Disagree

    0

    0%

    4

    Disagree

    0

    0%

    5

    Strongly Disagree

    0

    0%

     

    Total

    43

    100%

     

    11.  I have a good working partnership with my child's teacher.

    #

    Answer

    Response

    %

    1

    Strongly Agree

    31

    72%

    2

    Agree

    11

    26%

    3

    Neither Agree nor Disagree

    1

    2%

    4

    Disagree

    0

    0%

    5

    Strongly Disagree

    0

    0%

     

    Total

    43

    100%

     

    12.  The center is a welcoming place for my child.

    #

    Answer

    Response

    %

    1

    Strongly Agree

    41

    95%

    2

    Agree

    2

    5%

    3

    Neither Agree nor Disagree

    0

    0%

    4

    Disagree

    0

    0%

    5

    Strongly Disagree

    0

    0%

     

    Total

    43

    100%

     

    13.  Center staff members support me in my role as parent.

    #

    Answer

    Response

    %

    1

    Strongly Agree

    32

    74%

    2

    Agree

    8

    19%

    3

    Neither Agree nor Disagree

    3

    7%

    4

    Disagree

    0

    0%

    5

    Strongly Disagree

    0

    0%

     

    Total

    43

    100%

     

    14.  Center staff members are strong advocates for children and families.

    #

    Answer

    Response

    %

    1

    Strongly Agree

    31

    72%

    2

    Agree

    9

    21%

    3

    Neither Agree nor Disagree

    3

    7%

    4

    Disagree

    0

    0%

    5

    Strongly Disagree

    0

    0%

     

    Total

    43

    100%

     

    15.  In an effort to help us reflect on our program or practice, please add comments here for any item to which your response was "disagree" or "strongly disagree."

    Text Response

    WE LOVE YOU GUYS AND WILL MISS YOU DEARLY AFTER THIS SEMESTER IS DONE....SNIFFS!

     

    16.  Please add any additional comments you may have below. 

    Text Response

    Staff is great, friendly, kind. Thank you for you work.

    I absolutely LOVE the center and all of the staff! Both my child and I are so appreciative of all the staff does to support us both!

    I could not be more pleased with the care my child has received. I am very grateful for the outstanding care the Campus Child Center has provided for my family. It is a blessing to have a place that I know my child loves being at and I know he is well taken care of while there. Thank you for all that you do!

    Angela is an amazing teacher, and my child looks forward to seeing her!

    THANKS FOR BEING A PART OF OUR FAMILY.  WE WILL REMEMBER WHAT YOU ALL HAVE DONE FOR US THREE, FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS :)

    Thanks for all the extra work outside normal business hours!

    Wonderful job & keep it up!

    You all do a wonderful job!!

    Keep up the great work!  Thank you for providing such a wonderful place for my child to learn and grow in all areas of development!

    I have nothing but praise for the Campus Child Center.  The teachers are patient, caring, and disciplined, the student workers are eager and kind, and all of the children seem quite happy.  Well done.

    I would still like more daily and/or weekly feedback on how my son is doing: physically, emotionally, behaviorally, during the day. Most days there is nothing written in the notebook, which would be a fine resource if it was used more genuniely and wholeheartedly, rather than superficially.

    It's hard to find a childcare facility as amazing as this one.  Summer childcare has been disappointing thus far.

    Many of the special activities/field trips/events seem to be on Fridays when my child is not on campus.  It would be nice if some of things could be spread out throughout the week.

    Thank you!

    My child loves the center! We are very thankful for all activities/support at the center.

    I understand the toddler room hours are limited to 7:30 to 5:30, and for the most part, it's not a problem for us- but I have a few comments related to the practice.  It effectively limits the hours for an older child, when the younger one has limited hours.  7:30 makes it difficult to drop off 2 kids and make it to a 7:45 class on time.  The one time my husband had to drop off kids before his 7:45 lab, we called ahead and you were able to accommodate., which was great!  I don't think it's necessary to open the hours to match the rest of the center, but is it possible to give parents the option to match those hours if arranged ahead of time, especially if they have older siblings or teach early or late classes?  We love all the student staff that we meet at the beginning of the day and at the end of the day, but I know we miss quite a few that are only there in the middle of the day.  Is there someplace that we can see pictures and names of the student staff?  It's nice to know who's working with our kids.  It might also be nice to know which students work in which rooms most often.   We would appreciate more e-mail communication.  The daily sheets in toddler room are fine- because we glance at them and toss away.  But the sheets that ask us to do something - bring in shirts, participate in classroom activities, send some sort of themed food, send in pictures or special items - tend to get lost in the shuffle.  I probably read it at one time, then lost it, then can't remember the details of what and when!?!  If I can search e-mail, it might make life a little simpler.  Also- would be nice to get student teacher intro's via e-mail.  Usually I lose those sheets, and can't remember names or dates that they are student teaching- and we don't always see them for drop-off and pick-up hours.  So again, I usually saw something about it, but can't always remember later.

    My daughter loves to go school every day.

    We LOVE the Campus Child Center!!!! It is such a great feeling to know that my child is safe and being nurtured. I never feel uneasy dropping her off or asking questions. The staff is wonderful and we feel blessed to have the opportunity to be a part of this environment.