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Dates to Remember

Mar 2nd: Dr. Seuss's Birthday

Mar 11th: Daylight savings time begins

Mar 12th-16th: Spring Break (Head Start & VKP only)

Mar 17th: St. Patrick's Day

Mar 20th: First Day of Spring

Mar 21st: Parent Meeting. 6:00pm. Room 1

Mar 30th: Good Friday. Center CLOSED


Jayson Rivera - Mar 2 (R #2)
Austin Williams - Mar 3 (R #18)
Ayden McKenzie - Mar 5 (R #2) Skyasia Moody - Mar 13 (R #2)
Leigha Simpson - Mar 19 (R #7)
Mia Marines - Mar 20 (R #7)
Kayla Centeno - Mar 22 (R #5)
Marley McGuie - Mar 23 (R #2) Jimena Cortes - Mar 24 (R #7)
Tavaris Dixon - Mar 25 (R #8)
Kyleigh Belcher - Mar 29 (R #20A)
De’Jadah Gray - Mar 31 (R #7)
Javan Vasquez - Mar 31 (R #20B)
Mrs. Brown - Mar 9
Mr. Teape - Mar 31

Harlem Academy Child Care Center News



dr. seuss birthday.jpgFriday, March 2nd Happy Birthday to Dr. Seuss!

Join us as we celebrate Dr. Seuss’s Read Across America 2018!

This month each classroom will enjoy reading a Dr. Seuss book and participating in extension activities. Your children will experience the joys of wonder, possibility, exploration and discovery found in his books!  After reading the book, the children will make Dr. Seuss's hats.


The field trip to  the Brighton Reservation was a wonderful experience for the 3 and 4 year-olds on February 16th. The Indian reservation celebrated  "The Brighton Field Day Festival & Rodeo" to celebrate their 80th Anniversary.

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The children learned about American Indian arts & crafts and native foods. They visited the Seminole Culture Camp where a living Seminole Indian Village was on display. They observed native dance troupes, interacted with animals like alligators, snakes, and turtles.

Thank you Mr. Gerald Dixon for helping us out with carrying and getting the lunches.  When we returned to the center he unloaded the things off of the bus for us.  He was willing to help in any way possible.

Great job to the teachers at Harlem Academy Day Care Center for doing such a great job taking care of the children on the field trip to the Indian Reservation!  Keep being AWESOME!!


Congratulations to Malaysia McKenzie! She started walking at 11 months. No one can't stop you now!



Children Should Learn at Least 16 Gestures by 16 Months

Catching communication and language difficulties early can prevent potential problems later with behavior, learning, reading, and social   interaction. Research on brain development reminds us that “earlier IS better” when teaching young children. The most critical period for learning is during the first three years of a child’s life. Pathways in the brain develop as infants and young children learn from exploring and interacting with people and objects in their environment.

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At 10 Months: Reach, Raise arms
At 11 Months: Show, Wave
At 12 Months: Open hand, Point, Tap
At 13 Months: Clap, Blow a kiss
At 14 Months: Index finger point, “Shhh” gestures
At 15 Months: Head nod, Thumbs up, Hand up
At 16 Months: Other symbolic gestures such as “I dunno” or  “high 5”.
Gestures now bolster the learning of spoken words.


Irish Potato Soup

traditional-irish-potato-soup-8-2.jpg3 ribs of celery
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 medium onion
1 tbsp fresh parsley
4 large potatoes
3 cups chicken stock 
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 tsp Kosher salt
2 tbsp unsalted butter


Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the celery and onions and sauté for about 5-6 minutes until they are tender.

Add the potatoes, garlic powder, salt and pepper and chicken stock. If your chicken stock is reduced salt you may need a little more salt; if it is regular chicken stock, you might not need any salt. Season to your family’s taste. Bring to a boil and reduce the heat to low. Simmer for 20-25 minutes or until the potatoes are completely done. They should break apart easily.

Use may use an immersion blender, a food processor or blender, and blend until the potato mixture is smooth and creamy.

When the mixture is smooth and creamy add two cups of whole milk or 1-1/2 cup of milk and 1/2 cup of half and half. Taste and add additional salt and pepper if needed.


welcome to the team.jpgWe want to welcome Ms. La'Wonda  Kelly in the 1 year old classroom, and Ms. Jayanti Pokhrel  in room #9.

We are so exited to have you!

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Wednesday, March 21st We will have our parent meeting at 6:00pm in room #1.  The topic of this meeting will be “Gun Safety”.  The speaker will be Lynn Moore.  She will be covering the topics about gun safety, and the "Be SMART" campaign for our children.  She’ll also speak to staff, parents, etc. regarding this topic, and provide brochures.

Drinks and snacks will be served, we have raffle items for the participants, and child care will be provided.


"Everything we do improves the lives of children.”  

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