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Back to school 

Dates to Remember

Aug 7th: VPK Open House. 5:00pm-6:00pm

Aug 10th: First Day of School


 Parent Reminders

1. Please let the office staff know if you are not bringing your children in for the Summer.
2. Please bring in any shorts or pants your children have outgrown, as we would like extra clothing on campus for children who are soiled and have no extra clothes.
3. Please shut all gates securely for the safety of all the children.
4. Update your Emergency Information if any changes occur.
5. Bring in all Physical and Shot Records prior to expiration date.

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Joseph H. Messina Children's Center News



schoolVPK 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 Tuesday, August 7th from 5:00-6:00PM.  You will receive your VPK orientation packet and have an opportunity to meet the teachers.


Teachers Enrolled at Rasmussen to complete their AS Degree in Early Childhood Education.

Sharonda Williams and Vinnette Escayg have begun their college studies, to receive their AS Degree in Early Childhood Education. Early childhood educators play a critical role in their students’ lives; they lay the foundation for a lifetime love of learning. They also are expected to identify and instruct children with special needs, learning disabilities, or developmental delays. By obtaining their AS degree our teachers will be equipped to instruct our 21st century learners.  Congratulations to Vinnette and Sharonda for taken on this important journey.

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Feed themselvesshoe lace
Use the restroom and wash hands
Tie their shoes
Button and zipper clothing items
Show characteristics of good health and hygiene
Social-Emotional Development:
Regulate their own emotions and behaviors
Manage their feelings, understand limits and expectations
Establish and sustain positive relationships
Form relationships with adults and friendships with peers
Respond to emotional cues
Participate in group situations
Play together with others (4 or 5 students in a group)
Resolve social problems through negotiation and
Language and Reading:reading book
Recite or sing the alphabet
Identify most letters and recognize name
in print
Match some letters to sounds
Show motivation for reading and like listening to stories
Hold a book correctly and understand that it is read top to bottom and left to right
Increase knowledge through listening
Say their first and last name
Show an understanding of words and their meaning
Use language to express their needs
Understand questions and respond to them
Physical Skills (Gross-Motor):
walk on beamDemonstrate traveling skills: Gallop, skip, run smoothly and quickly
Demonstrate balancing skills: Hop, walk on a beam
Physical Skills (Fine-Motor):
Demonstrate fine-motor strength and coordination
Skills to be independent:
Use fingers and hands to accomplish precise hand movements
Cut on a line and use scissors with correct grip
String beads
Push precise keys on a keyboardstring beads
Build a structure with small objects such as Legos
Use writing and drawing tools with the correct grip


tax free
Florida will provide sales tax holiday for clothing and school supplies August 3–5, 2018, so make your lists now.  During this weekend, clothing, shoes, accessories and back-to-school supplies will be tax exempt for three days.  Plan to purchase clothing and items children may need for the school year during the tax free weekend.  Also, check advertisements for special sales and coupons that may be used during the weekend.


Here are some snack suggestions for August:

  • Honeydew melon and low-fat yogurt, sprinkled with granola
  • Celery sticks spread with almond butter
  • Halved grapes and baked pita chips
  • Grilled cheese and tomato sandwiches made with whole-grain bread

Rates Change on August 13th    
As of August 13th rates will increase by $1.00 per day for the pre-school children.  The After School rate will increase to $90.00 part time and $120.00 full time.  We will no longer have the $50.00 school age rate.  Yolanda will be asking parents to complete a new fee agreement.  So, mark your calendars!


Hurricane season begins June 1st, and we want to be prepared.  During the summer months if a hurricane is approaching, you need to listen to your radios for closings.  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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