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Dates to Remember

Aug 4th: VPK Open House 5:00pm-6:00pm

Aug 10th: First Day of School

Aug 17th: YUM in VPK

 Parent Reminders

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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Joseph H. Messina Children's Center News




VPK is a 540 hour free educational program that is designed to build the foundation for children’s educational success.  The VPK program offers each child an opportunity to perform better in school and throughout life by offering a developmentally appropriate curriculum with a focus on early literacy skills, accountability and increased teacher credentials. Parents of VPK children should plan on attending the VPK Open House and Orientation on Friday, August 4th from 5:00-6:00PM.  You will receive your VPK orientation packet and have an opportunity to meet the teachers.


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

school.pngSummer'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.



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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.


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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