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Dates to Remember

May 30th: Last Day of Public School

May 30th: VPK Graduation at 9:30am

May 31st - Aug 9th: Summer Program

June 15th: Father's Day Celebration

June 29th: Mud Day


 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


VPK Graduation was scheduled for Wednesday May 30th, 2018 at 9:30 AM.  Thank you for joining us in our celebration of your children’s accomplishments during this school year.  

focusonfourFocus on Four, a continuation of VPK, to avoid the summer slide begins on June 4th and ends on July 27th.  Extensive research supports that the summer is a vulnerable time for children leaving pre-school and entering kindergarten. School readiness skills can slide downward over the summer.  In fact, this phenomenon has been given the name "Summer Slide".  We are asking parents to be engaged with their children during the summer, assisting them with weekly homework and other fun activities parents and children can do together to enhance the skills needed in Kindergarten.  Parents will be asked to volunteer in the classroom and to support weekly “homework.”  We look forward to offering Focus on Four during the summer, reinforcing on all of the skills they will need, to be successful in Kindergarten.

FATHER'S DAYgift to dad

Messina would like to extend a warm Father’s Day wish to all of our parents.  Children will be making surprise Father’s Day Gifts on June15th.


Nancy Mathis, Advertising Specialist, with LeeTran has scheduled June 7th and June 28th to speak to the VPK and School Age children about riding LeeTran.  In this hour long presentation Nancy will talk to the children about the bus, where the bus goes, rules, etc.  Her presentation is very “kid” friendly and Nancy will bring a photo of the bus and bus stop sign.  She will also provide to the children a LeeTran discount ID card which would allow them to ride the bus for half price until they graduate high school.  There is no charge to process the ID.  A letter will be sent home to the parents to initiate receiving an ID for their child.  For parents who ride the bus with their children already this is a great opportunity for your children to ride for half the fee.


Messina will be participating in this summers Organ Guy Wise, healthy living/ healthy eating program with Ana L. Bonstedt, Program Assistant, UF/IFAS Extension Family Nutrition Program.  Ana will be working with the VPK children throughout the summer.

You are in a unique role to help prevent childhood obesity. Children spend many hours in early care and education programs, as well as family child care. Help kids build good habits by ensuring your program is a healthy environment for children to learn.

Let’s Move! Child Care encourages you to meet these goals:Lets Move Childcare

  • Nurture Healthy Eaters
  • Provide Healthy Beverages
  • Get Kids Moving
  • Reduce Screen Time
  • Support Breastfeeding
Parents will be receiving information, activities and can attend family workshops. Please join us in bringing healthy living to all of our families.

2018 Summer Classes with VPK kids: The Organ Wise Guys

VPK BUMBLEBEE Classroom: 9:00 am to   9:30 am

07/19/18         An OrganWise Field Tripfamily nutrition program
07/26/18         Counting on you to play
08/02/18         Keeping your Pets Healthy
08/09/18         Cheering for Healthy Choices
08/16/18         Click on your Sir Rebrum
08/23/18         Fiber-ific Fashion
08/30/18         What’s on your Plate?

Hurricanes & Bad Weather

tornadoHurricane 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.


Our Community Gardens were developed to assist parents in providing fresh vegetables for their families.  We harvested all of the cabbage and have been able to share green beans with many of our families.  We have in the ground carrots, onions, cucumbers, green beans, tomatoes and peppers.  Please cruise the gardens and feel free to pick any ripe vegetables.  If you would like to contribute to the community gardens, please bring in one of the following: broccoli, cauliflower, eggplant, tomato, peppers, zucchini, squash or cucumber.  Children will be able to plant their vegetable and watch it grow.  If you would like to adopt a bed for your family, please see Tammy or Yolanda.  We need your help to be successful, plus the vegetables are free, fresh and delicious!!

"Everything we do improves the lives of children.”  

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