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Dates to Remember

Aug 10th: Head Start Back to School

Aug 18th: Parent Orientation. Room 1. 9-11am

Aug 31st: Classroom Mental Health Observation.

Parent Reminders

Bad Weather: Child Care of Southwest Florida follows the Hendry 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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Harlem Academy Child Care Center News


Thursday, August 10th: First day of class for Head Start 2017-2018 school year. We welcome all new students to our center, wishing you all a great school

Thank you for choosing our school for your Early Childhood Educational needs!


Summer's been great--swimming in the neighborhood pool, playing until dark, going to bed late at night, sleeping in every morning. Now, in a very short time, the routine has to change. What can you do now to make going back to school a pleasure, not a nightmare of nagging and yelling, delaying and dawdling?

Here are some tips for back to school:

• Start getting kids in bed early. Begin a week before school gets underway. You can't force them to sleep, but you can see they're snuggled in bed looking at books. Lay out the clothes for the next day and lunch too.

• Get yourself up and ready first. If you work outside the home, this step is crucial. All goes more smoothly those first days when you're available to guide your children each step of the way.    

Remember your goal: You want your children up and out the door on time, and to move securely through the school day so each can reach his/her academic potential.


Thursday, August 31st: One of the requirements for the Head Start Program, is the classroom mental health observation. Deborah Patterson from RCMA will be here observing the children's behavior. A follow up meeting with parents and teachers to discuss her findings will be schedule on a later date.
What is the Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (ECMHC)?
Early childhood mental health is the same as social and emotional well-being. It is a child’s developing capacity to express and regulate emotions, form trusting relationships, explore, and learn—all in the cultural context of family and community. The mental health of children and the adults that care for them is essential for school readiness.


You're a busy parent. You might have one maybe even two jobs, attending classes to further your education, or other responsibilities that require you to find child care. While daycare is what most parents are familiar with, a quality early learning center is the best option for parents and their children. For many children, an early learning center is their first experience in a purposefully structured setting with teachers and other groups of children. It's an opportunity for them to learn to share, follow instructions, interact with other children, and soak up the tools they'll need to succeed in the future.

Early learning centers are more than simply places that take care of your child while you're at work or school, they give children the tools to succeed in the future. Here are seven important reasons your child should attend an early learning center.

1. Early Child Care Promotes Emotional and Social DevelopmentPreschool_Play_Ground_Philippines_-_The_Learning_Connection_Preschool.jpg
2. Children Learn to Take Care of Themselves and Others
3. Early Learning Centers offer Structure and Fun
4. Promotes Cognitive and Language Skills
5. Promotes Math and Reading Skills
6. Encourage a Chid's Curiosity
7. Prepares Children for Future Schooling


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"Served as a light, refreshing warm weather snack, or as an accompaniment to brunch, these English muffin, strawberry and pineapple treats are delicious."



2 English muffins, split
1 (8 ounce) container pineapple yogurt
3/4 cup sliced fresh strawberries
3/4 cup drained crushed pineapple


Lightly toast the English muffin halves in a toaster. Spread each half with pineapple yogurt. Top each half with strawberries and pineapple. Serve while English muffins are still warm.

"Everything we do improves the lives of children.”  




Cheap ideas to try at home with your little ones!

tugging box.pngDIY tugging box 

Use any old box and poke holes in it. From the inside tie a knot on the ribbon or string and pull it through the box. Tie the other end and enjoy tugging at the strings.


Make a robot out of recyclable loose parts found around your house.



Practicing your fine motor skills with pipe cleaners and a colander.



Florida’s sales tax holiday for school supplies is August 4-6th this year. During that weekend, clothes, shoes and bags that cost $60 or less are tax-free, as well as school supplies that cost $15 ore less and computer that cost $750 or less.

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