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    Parent Post MARCH 2015 Edition

    Summer Survey

    The summer survey has been completed and based upon the census, Campus Child Center will close for the summer.  Our last day of care for the school year will be Friday, June 5th.  We will reopen for care on Monday, August 31st. 

    Advocacy Project

    During the “Week of the Young Child,” early childhood educators across the country celebrate children.  We do this in a variety of ways, including advocating for children and families.  This is where your help is needed.  The Wisconsin Early Childhood Association is sponsoring a display in our state capitol related to the care and education of young children.  Policy-makers make a multitude of decisions concerning our programs including decisions related to funding streams, laws and regulations, and future focus and direction.  It’s integral that they hear from us concerning the importance of early childhood settings and the people who work in them.

    We need your help in creating our display.  We have 5”x5” cards printed with the heading “In our early childhood setting, my child has trusting adults…”  We have collected a number of cards for our Advocacy Project and would certainly like to add a few more.  Please take some time to finish a card by adding:

    Your thoughts or your child’s thoughts on what it means to have a place other than home for your children to grow, learn, and develop (this part is essential!). 

    Perhaps some artwork by your child…or…

    A photo of your child and/or your family

    Or…anything else you deem fitting and appropriate

    We hope to gather a few more cards by the end of next week (March 13th) so that we can put our collage together and send it on its way to Madison.

    Thanks for your help with this project!

    Soup and Sandwich Supper

    We are hosting a "Soup and Sandwich Supper" from 5:00-6:00 p.m. on Monday, March 23rd.  It's your chance to enjoy the company of other parents and grab a bite to eat as you head out the door.  If you plan to attend, please put your family's name on the sign-up sheet on the counter.  We need to place a food order soon and want to make sure we get enough.  

    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.

    Tax Forms

    Information for tax purposes concerning the amount paid during 2014 for child care expenses is available in the office.

    Lip Balm, Hand Lotion, Etc.

    Please be aware that having lip balm, hand lotion, etc. in a child's backpack, pocket, or locker infringes on our state licensing regulations.  We are required to have written authorization from you to have those items in the center and to apply them to your child.  Those items are also labeled with your child's name and placed in a special location out of the reach of the children.  If your child is bringing lip balm or lotion to the center, please get it into our hands and sign the required paperwork.

    Medications

    The same is true for any prescriptive medications your child may be taking.  Please bring all of these directly to a teacher for proper authorization and proper storage.