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Dates to Remember

Sep 2nd: Labor Day. Center CLOSED

Sep 11th: Vision screening

Sep 12th: Bus & pedestrians safety

Sep 13th: Mental Health Class Observation

Sep 18th: Policy Council parent representative selection

Dalila A. - Sep 2
Alliet C. - Sep 6
Delilah A. - Sep 12
David P. - Sep 17
Manuel O. - Sep 22
Ahmire G. - Sep 22
Jabari S. - Sep 28
Ms. Hilda Ruiz - Sep 7
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Harlem Academy Child Care Center News



On Wednesday, September 11th the Hendry County Health Department will provide vision screenings at the center.

School Bus SafetyBUS SAFETY

On Thursday, September 12th we will be teaching the children about bus safety, pedestrian safety, the use of car seats and seat belts at 9:00am by the Hendry County School bus driver Phillis Hendry.

mental health

On Friday, September 13th we are having a Mental Health Class Observation at 9:00am by Debby Pattison.

Head start.jpgPOLICY COUNCIL

Wednesday, September 18th The Policy Council Officers are being voted: President, Vice-president, Secretary, And Treasurer (Head Start).

The Policy Council is responsible for the direction of the agency’s Head Start and Early Head Start programs.  This council shall be elected by the parents of children who are currently enrolled in the Head Start program of the Head Start agency, and shall be composed of parents of children who are currently enrolled in the Head Start program of the Head Start agency, and members at large of the community served by the Head Start agency, who may include parents of children who were formerly enrolled in the Head Start program of the agency.

The meeting will be held in room #1 at 5:00 pm.


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).

Sand and Water Tables (2)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 on the ground and barks, pretending to be the family dog).



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.

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