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Dates to Remember

Oct 9th: Columbus Day

Oct 11th: Parent Meeting

Oct 31st: Fall Festival


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



We would like to thank everyone who supported us after the hurricane. Parents, teachers, neighbors, community leaders, etc. 

We also want to let you know that we are here for you and your family. We partner with the United Way and their 2-1-1 program that provides free information and referral to human/social service agencies within Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee Counties. 


parent meeting.jpgWednesday, October 11th We will have our parent meeting at 6:00pm. FDLERS will be here presenting the topic "Transitioning From Home To The Center". In addition, they will give information regarding their services. Don't miss it!



Tuesday, October 31st The Fall Festival will be held on October 31st with activities for the children and games for the parents. We will be providing snacks for all, door prizes and a “costume parade” will take place. 

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This past month our community experienced a natural disaster, that created stress and fear in all of us. As we know, young children are most fearful when they don't understand what is happening around them. As parents, it is important to provide guidance and understanding that help restore a sense of security and well-being.

So, what can we do to help children who have experience a disaster or any other tragic event? 

  • Limit TV time: Intense media coverage of disasters can frighten young children and disturb teenagers.
  • Listen: Find out your child’s concerns about the situation. Children often cannot give meaning to a dangerous situation. Begin a dialogue to help them gain a basic understanding that’s appropriate for their age.
  • Comfort: Let them know their safety is your top priority.
  • Be Aware: Changes in routine behaviors, such as sleeping pattern or eating habits, can indicate distress. Seek professional support if they persist.
  • Expect the unexpected: As children develop, their intellectual, physical and emotional capacities change.
  • pg-toddler-sick-soothers-tlc-full.jpgMake time: Help kids understand they are safe and secure by talking, playing and engaging in bonding family activities.
  • Keep calm and carry on: Your child will learn how to deal with these events from you and will model his or her behavior after yours.
  • Care: Make a point of showing sensitivity toward other families impacted by the disaster. This is an opportunity to teach your children that we all need to help each other.
  • Routine: Help your children return to normal activities including school, sports and play groups.
  • Volunteer: Helping others can give your child a sense of control, security and empathy.



With young children, power struggles often occur after giving a child a command, or when the child is tired, hungry or stressed. To lessen power struggles slow down your speech and give only one or two commands at a time. Tell your child what you want them to do instead of what not to do. Use pictures or your body to model the desired behavior or action to avoid power struggles. The brain is a pattern seeking-device. The more consistent you are the more effective it will become.


Children should always go out trick or treating accompanied by a responsible adult. If you have a group of kids going, the parents should choose two or three of them to go along and keep an eye on things.

Instruct your children not to eat any treats until they bring them home to be examined by you. This way you can check for any problem candy and get the pick of the best stuff!

Instruct your child to never go into the home of a stranger or get into their car. Explain why this is not a good idea and what to do if someone approaches them and tries to talk to them.

"Everything we do improves the lives of children.”  

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