September 19:  Parents' Night Out, 7:00 p.m., ELC

September 20:  Child Safety Seat Inspection, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm, Police/City Hall Parking Lot

September 25 - December 4:  Parenting Class @ Family Services Alliance, 355 S. Arthur, Pocatello

September 25:  WIC clinic at Student Health, 9:00 am - noon

September 27:  Homecoming

Parents' Night Out is free child care provided for student parents by the Student Activities Board at the ELC during the movie showing at the Bengal Theater.  It is staffed by ELC employees.  It starts at 7:00 p.m.  You must sign up for this by 5:00 p.m. on the Wednesday before the event in the Involvement Center located on the bottom floor of the PSUB near the Transition Gallery.  This is limited to 20 children ages 10 and under.

Congratulations to Wenda Kaler, the Lead Provider for all of our school-age care programs, who just completed her Bachelor of Applied Science in Early Childhood Development with a minor in Early Childhood Special Education!

Fluoride Varnish Clinics:  These services are available to ALL children in the Southeastern Idaho Public Health service area.  Recommended ages served are from first tooth eruption to approximately age 13.  No appointment is necessary to receive flouride varnish.  For more information, call April Guidinger, 478-6314.

Parenting Class:  This will be held every Thursday from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. from 9/25-12/4/14.  It's for parents with children under 10 years of age.  Topics will include trauma's affect on children and adults; skills such as neutralizing arguments, delayed consequences, and settling limits; children and their brains; self-esteem and praise; and attachment.  Snacks, drinks and child care will be provided.  For more information or to reserve your spot, call 232-0742 (Nicole Kopp or Kim Sweet).

Let's Move! Child Care:  The ELC is participating in this program.  Based on our assessment, there were four improvements on which we needed to focus.  They were:  1) Provide parents of preschoolers screen time reduction and/or media literacy education two or more times per year, 2) Limit 100% fruit juice to 4-6 ounces per day per child and encourage parents to support this limit, 3) Make drinking water available inside and outside at all times, and 4) Eliminate fried or pre-fried meats and fish from our menu.  #3 was accomplished in June, and our menus were modified so that #2 and #4 were accomplished as of today, 9/2.  The information below regarding screen time guidelines was posted last month, and a handout is forthcoming.  Here is some information about juice consumption (handout forthcoming for this as well):

Children ages 1-6 should consume no more than 4-6 ounces of juice or nectar per day, and when they do have it, it should be 100% fruit juice.  This is because juice is high in sugar; has fewer nutrients than fresh fruit; and drinking too much may be associated with obesity, malnutrition, diarrhea and bloating.  Juice should not be served to children under age 1, served continuously throughout the day, or served from a bottle or sippy cut (increased risk of tooth decay).  Do serve 100% fruit juice from a cup, and it's ok to dilute it with water.  Water keeps kids hydrated best.

Screen time is defined by NACCRRA as "The number of minutes/hours that a child spends each day looking at a screen (television, movie, cell phone or handheld/personal computer)."  The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents strive for:

1) No screen time for children under the age of two,  2)  No more than than 30 minutes once a week for those two and older in early care and education settings, and 3) No more than two hours total of quality programming per twenty-four hour period for children two and older.

Ideas for Fostering Musical Development and Family Togetherness:  Look for "The Family Taxi:  A Great Place for Music!" on the Kindermusik site.  Go to mindsonmusic.kindermusik.com, then categories, then activities for kids and scroll down to this article.  The article includes "Ten Easy Ways to Make Your Family Taxi a More Musical Place that Inspires Learning and Creates Lifelong Memories."  Especially good for road trips...

Children and Play:  Here's a good article about the importance of play:  http://families.naeyc.org/learning-and-development/child-development/10-things-every-parent-should-know-about-play

WIC services available on campus:  WIC services are available at Student Health on the 4th Thursday of each month from 9:00 a.m. until noon.  Go to the second floor.  No appointment is necessary.

A Reminder:  It's never ok to leave children or pets in the car, even with the windows down.  On a 78 degree day, the temperature inside a parked vehicle can soar to 100-120 degrees in minutes.  Children's thermoregulatory systems are not as efficient as an adult's, and their body temperatures warm 3 to 5 times faster than an adult's.  A core body temperature of 107 degrees can be lethal.  Dogs can only cool themselves by panting or sweating through their paws, and if their body temperature gets to 107-108, they, too, may suffer irreparable organ damage and die.  Avoid these completely preventable tragedies and don't leave anyone in the car on a warm day, even for just a few minutes!

Withdrawal from the ELC:  Just a reminder that you must give 15 days' written notice of withdrawal from the ELC, so plan ahead.  You will be billed for your contracted schedule for those two weeks regardless of whether or not your child actually attends.

Did you know... If you receive assistance from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare in the form of Food Stamps, Medicaid, ICCP, or cash assistance, you can use "idalink" to view your case information.  You can go to idalink.idaho.gov and create an account where you can view the benefit services you are receiving, the amount of food stamps you are receiving, re-evaluation reminders, etc.
Some web sites that may be of interest to you: www.earlychildhoodwebinars.com, www.idahostars.org , www.idahoaeyc.org, www.childrenandnature.org, www.InfantToddler.idaho.gov, http://www.challengingbehavior.org, http://www.iwpr.org/initiatives/student-parent-success-initiative/student-parent-success-initiative, www.vanderbilt.edu/csefel , http://www.collaboration.me.uk/Idaho_Stars.php, www.choosemyplate.gov, http://DayByDayID.org, families.naeyc.org

                                                                                                  Lead Providers for fall '14:


Room #




Debra Hughes



Shauna Frayer



Chelcy Goodnight



Elizabeth Rodriguez



Luisa Santos



Pat Rasmussen        



Stacy Briner



Brenda Myers



Melissa Aguilar



Misty Sheets



JaNae Kunzler



Shannon Koplin



Wenda Kaler

1st-5th Grades


Wenda Kaler