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Dates to Remember

Jul 4th: Independence Day. Center CLOSED

Jul 11th & 25th: Water Days



Jordynn T. - Jul 12
Tristan B. - Jul 12
Charlotte Y - Jul 26
Ms. Adriana - Jul 5

Children's Garden of LaBelle News


The Fourth of July is our country’s birthday and your child will be excited to celebrate Independence Day.  There are many activities for families with young children such as parades, firework displays, cook-outs and dinners with family and friends. Including your children in preparing for celebrations help them feel they have an important role in making the event special.  Let them help make decorations for the Fourth of July cookout or picnic, let them prepare a dessert or snack, encourage them to organize or create a game, etc.

4th-of-july-flag-with-fireworksIf you go to the Red, White & Tunes 4th of July Celebration at Barron Park to watch the fireworks display, don't forget to bring earplugs or noise-canceling head- phones your child can wear during the display.  Loud noises may frighten a young child.  To learn more about fireworks safety visit  Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!

water dayWATER DAYS

The children love Water Day! Mark your calendars for July 11th and July 25th (weather permitted).  Please remember to bring your child’s bathing suit and/or change of clothes & a beach towel. Remember to label ALL items.


children brainDID YOU KNOW?

The most active time for the brain to make the necessary connections for language is during the first five years of life.  It is during this time that adults need to be most active in talking and reading with children.  The more children hear a variety of words, the more they will understand and learn, and the more they understand and learn, the more likely  they will become good readers.

When adults share books with young children, they are looking at the pictures and  listening to the words that are being read to them.  During this time, their brains are making connections between what they are hearing and seeing.  When the story is connected with something the child is familiar with, the more likely she is to remember it, and the more often the same story is read, the stronger that brain connection will be.



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.


Make a plan: Actually talk about it and write it down. Think of the different scenarios you could face and decide now, when you are not panicked, what you will do.  A website that’s great at helping families do this is

Make a kit: Those websites have information on how much water, food and other supplies you should have on hand in case of a hurricane.  As we learned from previous storms in Florida it’s good to buy those things now; before a storm is announced and shelves go bare.  Include a list of important phone numbers and entertainment for the kids such as books, coloring pages and board games.

Talk with your kids: Be honest and age appropriate. Let the kids help make plans and gather supplies.  If they’ve been through a hurricane before and have some anxiety about it, ask them what worries them and listen.  Practice deep breathing and progressive muscle relaxation to build up their self-soothing skills. Talk about the importance of following directions before the storm arrives.



Breakfast Pizza

breakfast pizzaIngredients:

3 or 4 whole regular or wheat pita breads
1 cup Greek yogurt
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp honey
Sliced mixed fruit (apple, kiwi, strawberry, oranges and grapes)

In a bowl mix the yogurt, honey, and vanilla extract.  Place a pita bread, spread yogurt on it and arrange the fruits.  This recipe uses apple, kiwi, strawberry, oranges and grapes, but blackberries, bananas, mango and peaches tastes equally great!


Thank you to Family Health Centers for visiting us with the Dental Care Mobile!  We learned how to take care of our teeth and that the dentist is not scary!

Thank you to the book van for visiting our school for the preschoolers to choose fun books for the summer.

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