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Dates to Remember

Jul 3rd: Children's 4th of July Celebration

Jul 4th: Independence Day. center CLOSED

Jul 3rd-7th: Parent Appreciation Week

 

Parent Reminders

All fees are due on Monday of each week.

 

BAD WEATHER

Child Care of Southwest Florida follows the Lee County School Board Bad Weather Closing Schedule.  Please tune into your local weather station.  If school is called off or closes early the center will follow suit.  Please be prepared for alternative care in the event of bad weather closures.

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P.A. Geraci Child Development Center News

 

EXITING NEWS

This past month, our center experienced many changes and improvements because we are dedicated to provide the best quality of early learning education in the area, preparing children for the first years of life, building a strong foundation for them to learn, grow, and succeed, as well as supporting the parents and our community.  Parents and children are very exited about these changes, and we are already seeing positive results. Here are few of the improvements:

  1. We hired and renovated our staff.
  2. Upgraded the security system at the center (Ring.com and chimes on entry doors).
  3. We have new supplies for the classrooms.
  4. Improved breakfast, lunch and snack menus.
  5. Repaired 2 classroom toilets.
  6. Repaired a classrooms AC unit.
  7. Replaced items in the kitchen as well as purchased new items.
  8. We will have themed weeks, that include all children.

OUR NEW STAFF

Hello,

Tara Devose.jpgMy name is Tara Devose. I am the new director at P.A. Geraci Child Development Center. Education is very important to me, thus my love for laying a solid foundation for children to grow and learn. I take pride in my work, and I work really hard to do the best I can daily in my life and the lives of others. If I can make one person smile, or make their day, I have accomplished my goal for the day. I look forward to working with each one of you. 

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My name Debra Jackson. I am the new Director Assistant. I was born in Columbus, Ga. My family moved to Fort Myers when I was young. I am married to a wonderful man, and I have a 15 yr. old son who is my miracle baby. I have been in Early Child Care for over 19 years because I love children and interacting with their families. I am looking forward to help you in every way possible.

THEME WEEKS

We are so exited to implement our Theme Weeks. Every week the children will engage in theme activities making their learning experience fun, stimulating their imagination, language, social, problem-solving and motor skills.  Students are encouraged to participate in the themed weeks by dressing up (appropriately), and having fun! All age groups are included. 

July 3-7: Red, White & Blue
July 10-14: Superheroes
July 17-20: A bug’s life
July 24-27: Disco Dayz

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NUTRITION CORNER

4th OF JULY CHEX MIX

CHEXMIX.jpgThe patriotic palette of this sweet and crunchy mix makes it a perfect choice for your Independence Day celebration.

 

Ingredients
1 bag (8.75 oz) Chex Mix™ Honey Nut snack mix
1/4 cup dried blueberries
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup roasted sunflower seeds
2 cups white chocolate chips
1/2 cup M&M's™ chocolate candies red and blue
 

Preparation

In a large bowl, combine the snack mix, blueberries, cranberries, and sunflower seeds.

Place the white chocolate chips into a medium, microwave-safe bowl. Melt in the microwave on High for 60-90 seconds then stir. Melt for an additional 30-60 seconds, if needed.

Drizzle the melted chocolate over the snack mix, and stir until well coated. Turn the mix out onto a large piece of wax paper, sprinkle with blue and red candies, then allow the white chocolate to stand at room temperature for about 1 hour to harden. To serve, break the mix up into large chunks.


SUMMER READING PROGRAM

through the Lee County Library System

This year, from May 22 to August 9, we hope to inspire our community to “Build a Better World.” 
Find activities and events for you and your children by going to this link: http://www.leegov.com/library/preschool-summer-reading

Some activity challenges include:

  • The floor is lava! Play this favorite game by strategically placing pillows, cushions, and other items on the ground. Leap from one side of the room to the other with your preschooler avoiding the lava floor.
  • Preschoolers are always on the go! But it doesn’t mean they’re not listening to you. Try reading out loud to your child while they play or explore.
  • Encourage your child to read aloud to a favorite stuffed animal or pet. It’s okay if your child is not yet a proficient reader. They can “read” the story by describing what’s happening in the pictures.
  • Think of an act of kindness you can do this week with your preschooler.

FREE SCHOOL SUPPLIES!

kid-packing-backpack-clipart-backpack3.jpgJuly 30th is the 18th Annual Big Backpack Event presented by Multicultural Centre. Click on the Flyers to get more information:
 
 

Five Surprising Facts About Early Childhood Education

Did you know?

DSC_8082.jpg1. Preschool can help combat crime, teen pregnancy, and high school dropout rates.

2. Early childhood education has a better return on investment than the stock market.

3. The U.S. lags behind almost every other country when it comes to preschool, including Mexico, Chile, and Russia.

4. Early childhood matters because experiences early in life can have a lasting impact on later learning, behavior, and health.

5. In the first five years of life, your child’s brain develops more and faster than at any other time in his life. Your child’s early experiences – the things she sees, hears, touches, smells and tastes – stimulate her brain, creating millions of connections. This is when the foundations for learning, health and behavior throughout life are made.



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