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Dates to Remember

Oct 5th: Painting with Tots

Oct 9th: Columbus Day

Oct 16th-23rd: Parent Conferences

Oct 31st: Halloween


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.


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Joseph H. Messina Children's Center News



Messina 4 and 5 year old children in the Lion and Bumblebee classrooms will be celebrating Halloween Fun with the residents. Children have been invited over to go Trick or Treating with the residents. The residents and the children always enjoy their time together. The residents have an opportunity to socialize with the children and enjoy seeing the children fill their trick or treat bags and parade through in their costumes. We are fortunate to have a great partnership the Page Field Convalescent Center. Date to be announced.

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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.



The Lee County Trail Blazers will come on October 5th, from 6:30-8:00pm for Painting with Tots!
They will come up with fun and creative art projects to teach children under 5 years old.

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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.



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1 yellow cake mix
1 15 oz. can pumpkin - not pie mix
2 eggs



⅓ cup apple cider
⅓ cup milk
1½ cups confectioner's sugar
½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice


Mix the cake mix, pumpkin and eggs together. It will be thick. Spread the batter out in a greased 9 x 13 pan. Bake for about 35 minutes at 325 degrees if baking in a glass pan or 350 degrees in any other pan. Reduce the cider by half. Add milk, pumpkin pie spice and confectioner's sugar when cider is cool, If glaze is too thick add a little more cider and stir until the right consistency. Set aside until ready to use.


Messina 2011 (13) radish blogWe are asking parents to bring in a vegetable plant for their child to plant in the garden. Each classroom has a vegetable bed and are responsible for planting, nurturing and eating their vegetables. Classrooms will bag the surplus for parents to enjoy. We are always looking for gardening volunteers. So, if you have always thought you would love to garden this is the perfect opportunity. You can also claim a bed for your family. See Tammy or Yolanda if you would like a family garden bed.

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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.

      "Everything we do improves the lives of children.”  

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