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Dates to Remember

Nov 2nd-3rd: Picture Day

Nov 5th: Daylight Savings

Nov 11th: Veterans Day

Nov 15th: Parent Meeting "Discussing Childhood Diseases"

Nov 20th-24th: Head Start & VPK Thanskgiving Break

Nov 23rd-24th: Center Closed in observance of Thanksgiving


Parent Reminders

1. Fees are due every Monday ($10 late fees will be assessed on Tuesday)
2. parents need to call by 9:00am to inform us that their child will not be attending that day
3. If your child is absent for three days or more please call the center to inform us
4. Make sure your child has a change of clothes in their cubby in their classroom
5. Pick up time is 2:00 pm Monday thru Friday for Head Start (otherwise a late fee will be assessed)
6. Do your part and volunteer for In-Kind for Head Start
7. Make sure your child’s shot records and physicals are up to date
8. Please check your child in/out in the office and the classroom

Harlem Academy Child Care Center News



Bring those cute smiles to school November 2nd and 3rd. It's Picture Day!

We will let you know the day your child's class will be photographed.

parent meeting.jpgWednesday, November 15th We will have our parent meeting at 6:00pm. The topic of this meeting will be "Discussing Childhood Diseases". Don't miss it!


Curiosity is tied to academic achievement, with research showing “unequivocally that when people are curious about something, they learn more, and better.” According to one study, children whose parents encouraged them to ask questions were more likely to succeed in science. Curiosity also drives creativity, or as writer Elizabeth Gilbert notes, creativity is the natural byproduct of a “curiosity-driven life.”

Curious George.pngHere’s one simple trick to raising curious kids: pay attention to their questions.

A one-year-old child’s first question is usually: “What’s that?”—or as my kids pronounced it, “Dat?” They want help naming their world—what they see, hear, taste, smell and feel. From there, the questioning steadily evolves.

But if we want to nurture their curiosity, perhaps the best response we can give is simply this: “Good question. Let’s find out.”

Here’s how that might look:

1. Let’s Explore-let children try things independently –use open ended toys.

2. Let’s look it up-but ask your child first “what do you think?” then look up the answer in a book or online.

3. Let’s ask an expert-think about your friends and family who may know the answer because of their hobbies, experiences or skills.




Daylight saving time is just around the corner and that means one thing: It’s time to change the clocks. Make sure you set your clock back by an hour.


  • Gingerbread Play Dough.png1/4 cup Molasses
  • 3/4 cup Cornstarch (corn flour)
  • 4 tsp Baking Soda
  • 2 tsp Water
  • 2 Tbls Vegetable oil
  • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Allspice
  • 2 Tbls + 2 tsp Flour

Mix the cornstarch, baking soda, cinnamon, and allspice. Then add the water, oil, and molasses. Add 2 tablespoons of flour. Then keep adding flour 1/2 teaspoon at a time, mixing well after each addition, until your dough is no longer sticky.



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2 cups carrots
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon brown sugar
salt & pepper
chopped chives or parsley



Cut carrots into ¼" pieces on an angle. Heat a pot to medium. Add ½ cup water, carrots, brown sugar, butter, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer, cover, and cook, 5-7 minutes. Remove cover, raise heat to medium-high, and stir often until carrot is tender and glazed, 6-8 minutes. Garnish with chives or parsley.

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