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Dates to Remember

Jul 4th: Independence Day. Center CLOSED

Jul 7th: K-9 Show


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

sparkle-393202-edited.jpgThe center will be CLOSED Tuesday, July 4 for observance of the Independence Day Holiday.  Have a great day with your family and friends celebrating at the beach, on a picnic, or watching fireworks!  Remember to be safe!

 Happy 4th of July!



July 6th: The after-school children will be going on a "Summer Fun Splash" field trip sponsored by the Hendry County Sheriff Department. They will be taking the children to a water park to have fun in the sun. Parents, please ask your teacher for more details.

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July 7th: We will be having a K-9 Show brought by the Hendry County Sheriff Department for the after schoolers. Children will learn about safety and how the K-9 unit helps the community in keeping us safe.



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For the month of July FSW will be recruiting for Head Start 2017-2018. (Children age 3-5 years old).


Five Surprising Facts About Early Childhood Education

Did you know?

Arts_and_Crafts_caterpillar.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.




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

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



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.


through the Lee County Library System

This year, from May 22 to August 9, the Lee County Library System hopes to inspire our community to “Build a Better World.” 
Find activities and events for you and your children.

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.

"Everything we do improves the lives of children.”  


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