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Dates to Remember

Sep 2nd: School CLOSED for Labor Day. Enjoy your long weekend

Sep 8th: International Literacy Day. Read a book with your child

Sep 11th: Picture Day. 7:30 am, purchase same day beginning at 3:30 pm

Sep 23rd: First Day of Fall



Mylah C. - Sep 13
Yadiore H. - Sep 15
Willow B. - Sep 26
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Children's Garden of LaBelle News



Parents are welcome to volunteer at the center, reading stories, cleaning, planting plants, or playing with the kids. If you are interested in volunteering at our center please see Ms. Amber.

Monday, September 2 we will be closed for the Labor Day holiday.  We hope you have a safe and enjoyable weekend.

As you may have noticed, there have been a few changes around the center. The interior has been painted, a new air conditioner unit put in and security cameras installed. We are excited about the new changes we have had and look forward to more things to come.

We thank you all for your patience and understanding as we continue to reorganize and redecorate.



If you have not already, please turn in all requested paperwork that was sent home at the beginning of August.  If you need new paperwork, please see Ms. Mayte in the front office.  It is important that we receive this updated paperwork as soon as possible.

It is important to sign your child in and out in the classroom and on the Procare Key pad each day.  If you are unsure of how to do this, please see Ms. Amber or Ms. Mayte in the office.

Your child’s comfort and safety are important to us.  Please be sure to dress your child appropriate for the weather and always put closed heel and toed shoes on your child every day.

boy_watching_the_rainBAD WEATHER

Child Care of Southwest Florida follows the Hendry 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.



Through play children learn cognitive skills that include problem solving, remembering, decision making, processing information and learning language. During play, children develop foundational understanding in math, science, social studies and physical and emotional concepts.  Below are different types of play that are important to understand how your child learns best.


Solitary play: A child plays alone (one child takes care of a doll by himself).
Parallel play: Children play side by side during an activity without interacting (two children stand next to each other at the water table but don’t talk or use materials together).
Cooperative play: Children plan, discuss and implement their play together (two or more children build a highway out of blocks).
Symbolic play: Children use one object to represent another object during play (a child holds a block up to her ear as a phone and starts talking).
Sociodramatic play: Children take on roles (a child crawls and barks, pretending to be the family dog).


Labelle 2016 (44) wood blocks


Instant Pot Applesauce

4 large Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and roughly chopped (or Golden Delicious apples )
4 large Honeycrisp apples, peeled, cored and roughly chopped
1 cup water
1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice (from about 1/2 a lemon)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


Peel and core apples.
Add water, lemon juice and cinnamon to instant pot and stir to combine. Add apples and toss to mix.
Secure lid and cook on manual (high pressure) for 8 minutes. Do a controlled quick release or allow the pressure to naturally release.
Mash the apple mixture a few times with a potato masher, if desired. (If you like a smoother texture you could pulse it in the blender.)
Transfer contents to a bowl and allow to cool completely. Stir in more cinnamon, if desired, to taste.
Enjoy warm or cold. Store in the fridge for up to 7-10 days. Makes about 5-6 cups applesauce.

"Everything we do improves the lives of children.”  

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