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Dates to Remember

July 4th: Independence Day. Center CLOSED


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.
Mesziah D. - Jul 7
Messiah R. - Jul 7
Si'Niya W. - Jul 15
Penelope R. - Jul 18
Hector H. - Jul 24

Harlem Academy Child Care Center News


Harlem Academy 2018 (11) Fun DaysWATER DAYS

Every Friday will be Water Day!  The pre-kindergarten and after-schoolers will be having water day every Friday throughout the summer (weather permitted). They will have a blast on the slip & slides or they will go to the city park to play and enjoy the water sprinklers. Parents please send a bathing suit and a towel with your child EVERY Friday.  Remember to label ALL items!

4th july cookoutINDEPENDENCE DAY

We will be teaching the children the importance and meaning of Independence Day and each classroom will be making flags for the 4th of July.  The center will be CLOSED July 4 in 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!  If you go to watch a 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!


children brainThe 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.


Red, White And Blueberry Shortcakes


1 can (16.3 Oz) Pillsbury™ Grands!™ Southern Homestyle refrigerated Buttermilk biscuits (8 biscuits)
2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
4 to 5 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 cup whipping cream
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
¼ teaspoon vanilla
1 pint (2 cups) fresh strawberries, sliced
1 pint (2 cups) fresh blueberries


Heat oven to 375°F. Separate dough into 8 biscuits. Dip top and side of each in melted butter, then in granulated sugar. On ungreased cookie sheet, place 2 inches apart. Bake 13 to 17 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 5 minutes.

In small bowl, beat whipping cream until soft peaks form. Gradually add powdered sugar and vanilla, beating until stiff peaks form.

To serve, split biscuits; place on 8 dessert plates. Layer each with strawberries, blueberries and whipped cream.


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