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Dates to Remember

Jan 1st-2nd: New Year holiday. Center CLOSED

Jan 9th: Head Start & VPK return from Winter Break

Jan 15th: Martin Luther King Jr. day. Center CLOSED

Jan 24th: Parent Meeting


Parent Reminders

1. Fees are due every Monday ($10 late fees will be assessed on Tuesday)
2. parents need to call by 9:00am to inform us that their child will not be attending that day
3. If your child is absent for three days or more please call the center to inform us
4. Make sure your child has a change of clothes in their cubby in their classroom
5. Pick up time is 2:00 pm Monday thru Friday for Head Start (otherwise a late fee will be assessed)
6. Do your part and volunteer for In-Kind for Head Start
7. Make sure your child’s shot records and physicals are up to date
8. Please check your child in/out in the office and the classroom

Harlem Academy Child Care Center News



It's hard to raise a child! Use these tips to help you.

TALKING TO CHILDREN.jpgYour child will more likely come to you with his problems or private feelings if you make a point of listening to him or her. Children learn by example. They'll learn to listen if you listen to them.

Look your child in the eyes when you are talking. Bend or sit down. Become your child's size. Then your child won't feel so small and you will feel closer to each other.

Speak to your child in a clam and quiet voice. If he's done something wrong, take him aside and try to correct him with a calm, not tense or mad voice. This works better because your child will be less frightened or angry and listen to you better.

Praise builds a child's confidence and encourages more talking. Ignoring your children or using mean words hurts them and makes them think they aren't good enough.

Respect your child and use a polite tone of voice. Don't talk down to him. Respect that what he talks about is important to him. Show that you care about his interests.

Children are never too old to be told that you love them. Saying "I love you" is important. Write it in a note so your child has a reminder he/she can hold on to. 

Pay close attention when your child wants to talk to you. Don't read, watch TV, or make yourself busy with other tasks.

 parent meeting.jpgWednesday, January 24th We will have our parent meeting at 6:00pm. The topic of this meeting will be “Introduction to Abriendo Puertas Workshop”. Don't miss it!


Encourage young children to enjoy and learn about a variety of foods. All foods can fit into a healthy diet over time.

Most toddlers need to eat more often than older children. Give them high energy foods and quick and convenient snacks such as slices of fruit and raw vegetables, whole grain breads, crackers, and cereals, or chunks of cheese.

Serve vegetables as a first course on a colorful, child-oriented plate. Serve the meat or fish as the second course to be eaten after the vegetables are finished.

Make edible art. Use the plate as the background and have your child add applesauce for clouds, shredded lettuce for grass, celery sticks for a stem. Carrot rounds for flowers, orange slices for leaves, raisins for rocks, and any other edible ingredients for natural   scenes.

"Everything we do improves the lives of children"       

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There are plenty of good reasons to send your child to preschool. Not only does preschool prepare children for kindergarten, but it’s also an opportunity to help promote social and emotional development. The preschool classroom environment is structured to help children make new friends, learn how to play and build relationships with others. One way preschool teachers do this is by organizing small group activities.

Small group activities are fun and engaging learning activities that feature a small number of children, as opposed to an activity that features the whole class or free play. By separating the children into small groups featuring interesting materials, teachers are able to encourage social interaction and create an inclusive environment.

 Other benefits of small group activities include:

  • Helps developmental growth
  • Teaches cooperation
  • Encourages interaction
  • Builds observational skills

For more information, check out the article Why Preschool Small Group Activities are Important.


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