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 Dates to Remember

Jan 1st: New Year's Day. Center Closed

Jan 1st-7th: Lee County Schools Closed. Messina Open

Jan 6th-7th: Center Open, No VPK

Jan 16th: Healthy Home Styles Parent Workshop “Time to Play”

Jan 20th: Center Closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day


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family nutrition program

January 16th, from 5:00pm-6:00pm

Join us for our January Healthy Home Styles Parent Workshop in our initiative to bring healthy foods and lifestyles to parents. The topic this month is “Time to Play.” Family togetherness is an important part of developing deep, positive relationships with each other. Participating in everyday simple activities together is an easy way to start spending more time with each other. Remember that any amount of time counts, be it one whole day during the week or 30 minutes every day.  Join us as we learn simple ways to play together.  Below are a few fun suggestions.

FSW 2017 (44) Pop Up PlayPLAY TOGETHER

  • Play board games, cards, and sports. Emphasize playing “for fun” and respond to mistakes or losing with “it’s just a game” — spending time together is what’s important.
  • Participate in child-led imaginative and role playing games. Act out stories in person or with toys.
  • Have regular activities such as going on a picnic, baking, or going to a ball game. Combine or alternate family members’ favorite activities.
  • Explore nature. Walk along beaches or rivers and collect shells or stones. Hike in local parks. Go on a backyard scavenger hunt.


Lets Move Calendar.jpgThe "Get Moving Today Activity Calendar" developed by Head Start Body Start provides fun ways to help preschoolers be active. Check out the January Calendar. There is an activity you can do at home with your child every day of the month!



When your child brings home any kind of artwork , instead of telling them things like, “That’s nice.”, “Good job”, or “How beautiful”, ask them to tell you about what they have created.   By doing this you are not passing judgment on their creations.  Instead you are encouraging them to use their language skills to describe their work.  Just get in the habit of responding, “Tell me about your painting/drawing/construction”  and your child will feel like their efforts and skills are  appreciated.
child art work



Burritos with Bean and Cheese


1 tbs olive oil
1 medium onion chopped
1 green pepper choped
16 ounces refried beans
5 tortillas burrito size
1 cup salsa mild
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese low fat
1/2 cup sour cream low fat (optional)


Preheat oven to 350°F. In large skillet, heat the olive oil on medium. Add onion & pepper, cook for 5 minutes until soft. Add refried beans to skillet, heat for a few minutes to soften. Stir with the veggies. Spray 13 x 9 baking dish with cooking spray. Lay each tortilla on flat surface, divide skillet mix evenly among tortillas. Spread mix about an inch from edge of each tortilla. Sprinkle each tortilla with some cheese & roll up. Place rolled tortillas seam side down in dish. Cover with foil and bake 10 mins. Remove from oven. Sprinkle with a bit more cheese & serve with sour cream & salsa on side.

"Everything we do improves the lives of children.”

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