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OUR SPRING NEWSLETTER - MARCH APRIL MAY 2016

Please make sure your child has appropriate clothing for the weather! We do go outside daily and they need to have shoes and coats to do so! They may also need to change out their winter spare clothing for spring spare clothing! As always – send your child in play clothes as they may get dirty during daily activities!

Our centers will be hosting and evening for new families to come in and see our centers. Feel free to invite new families on this night and you may be eligible for a coupon to be used towards your childcare tuition! This evening will also be a change for current families to have the opportunity to speak with teachers regarding concerns you have and the developmental progress of your child(ren). 

Carroll Open House - August 18th 4pm - 8pm
Lancaster Open House - August 17th 4pm - 8pm 

All are welcome to come!

Do you know our illness policy?

  • Children with a fever above 100 degrees must stay home until they have no fever for 24 hours WITHOUT MEDICATION!
  • Children who do not feel well enough to participate in classroom activities must stay home!
  • Parents may not administer medication prior to attending the center without approval of the administrator. If you feel your child needs medication to attend, call your administrator to discuss if they are well enough to attend the center.
  • We MUST send children home for concerning rashes, diarrhea and discolored discharge (possible from the nose/ears).
We regret to inform the families of the Carroll center of the departure of our preschool teacher. Kellie Link who has been teaching at the center for many years will be moving out west at the end of May 2016. She will be missed by staff and children! We wish her the best of luck in her move!

Infants and Toddler Themes:

 March Dr. Seuss

April 4th Blue Bird Blue Bird

11th Jack and the Beanstalk

18th Mary Mary Quite Contrary

25th Rain Rain Go Away

May 2nd Itsy Bitsy Spider

9th Goldilocks and the Three Bears

16th Jack and Jill

23rd Five Senses

30th Counting Books

Preschooler Themes:

March Dr. Seuss

April 4th Weather

11th Animal Classification

18th Birds

25th Metamorphosis

May 2nd Seeds & Plants

9th Earth’s Landforms

16th Bugs & Insects

23rd Bumble Bees

30th Assessment Week


SWLC recognizes the importance of regular health screenings for your child! The following is information and resources on screenings. If you have not had your child screened, we recommend you speech with your pediatric physician!

Health Screening For Children Health screening benefits the overall health of the child. It is through checkups and tests that physicians can identify potential health problems. Many childhood health problems can be corrected before they become a health problem that the child carries into adulthood. Through health screening, healthy eating and regular physical activity you can help your child learn healthy living habits which can last a lifetime.

Blood Pressure Your child should have blood pressure measurements regularly, starting at around 3 years of age. High blood pressure in children needs medical attention. It may be a sign of underlying disease. If not treated it may lead to serious illness. Lead Lead can harm your child, slowing physical and mental growth and damaging many parts of the body. The most common way children get lead poisoning is by being around old house (built before 1950) paint that is chipping or peeling. Some authorities recommend lead tests at 1 and 2 years of age. Vision and Hearing Your child's vision should be tested before starting school, at about 3 or 4 years of age. Your child may need vision tests as he or she grows. Some authorities recommend hearing testing beginning at 3 to 4 years of age. If at any age your child has any of the vision or hearing warning signs listed (eyes turning inward/outward, squinting, headaches, poor response to noise, slow language/speech development, or abnormal sounding speech), be sure to talk with your health care provider. Additional Tests Anemia (Blood) Test- Anemia is having less than the normal number of red blood cells or less hemoglobin than normal in the blood. Your child may need to be tested for anemia when he or she is still a baby (usually around the first birthday). Children may need this test as they get older. Cholesterol (Blood) Test- Children (2 years and older) may need this test especially if they have a parent with high cholesterol or a parent or grandparent with heart disease before age 55. If a family history is not available, testing may be needed if your child is obese or has high blood pressure. Tuberculosis (TB) Skin Test- Children may need this test if they have had close contact with a person who has TB, live in an area where TB is more common than average (such as a Native American reservation, a homeless shelter or an institution) or have recently moved from Asia, Africa, Central America, South America, the Caribbean, or the Pacific Islands. http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=10085&page=2

Healthy Development The early years of a child’s life are very important for his or her health and development. Healthy development means that children of all abilities are able to grow up where their social, emotional and educational needs are met. Having a safe and loving home and spending time with family―playing, singing, reading, and talking―are very important. Proper nutrition, exercise, and rest also can make a big difference. Health and Developmental Milestones Skills such as taking a first step, smiling for the first time, and waving "bye-bye" are called developmental milestones. Children reach milestones in how they play, learn, speak, behave, and move. Children develop at their own pace, so it's impossible to tell exactly when a child will learn a given skill. However, the developmental milestones give a general idea of the changes to expect as a child gets older. As a parent, you know your child best. If your child is not meeting the milestones for his or her age, or if you think there could be a problem with your child’s development, talk with your child’s doctor and share your concerns. Don’t wait. Monitoring and Screening A child’s growth and development are followed―or monitored―through a partnership between parents and health care professionals. At each well-child visit, the doctor looks for developmental delays or problems and talks with the parents about any concerns the parents might have. Monitoring healthy development means not only paying attention to symptoms related to a child’s condition, but also to the child’s physical, mental, social, and emotional well-being. http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/childdevelopment/index.html