8/24:  Fall semester/ELC 2016 contracts start

8/25:  Bannock County Fluoride Varnish Clinic, 9:30-11:30 or 2:00-4:00, 1901 Alvin Ricken Drive

9/3:    Infant/Toddler Developmental Screening, Human Development Center, 9:00-3:45

9/7:    Labor Day - ELC closed

Language and Literacy:  Here's a link to a thought-provoking video about talking with our children:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2dLPFaehV0&feature=em%E2%80%90share_video_user

Is Your Child Just Starting Preschool?  For some ideas about how to help your child (and yourself) make the adjustment, here's a link to a good article in "KidsHealth.org":  kidshealth.org/parent/positive/learning/adjust_to_preschool.html#

Infant/Toddler Screening:  This is a free service for children birth through age 2 provided by the Idaho Infant Toddler Program.   Call Hollie Gneiting at 904-0861 to make an appointment.  Children will be screened for vision, physical coordination, self-help, social skills, learning, hearing and speech/language.  Address is 421 Memorial Drive.

Updated Security at the ELC:  Both sites of the ELC will be going to a swipe-card system for entry into the Centers soon.  Those who have Bengal cards will use them to enter the ELC.  Parents and staff who don't have them will be issued cards for the system.  Most of the hardware has been installed; we're just waiting for a few more pieces of equipment.

KidsHealth.org is a great site for all kinds of information for parents, kids and teachers.  They also have a weekly e-newsletter for which you can sign up at  http://kidshealth.org

Fall Registration:  We still have some space available for fall, including in our younger infants room (for those born between 3/2/15 and about the middle of July).  Call Beccah at 282-2769 for more information.

Employment:  Jazminn Caballero has been hired as a Lead Provider and will work in room 7 this coming year.  The ELC is currently in need of part-time child care staff.  We also need a Kitchen Aide from 10:30-1:30, M-F.  All must get a City of Pocatello child care license, and all who work directly with children must be (or become) currently certified in pediatric first aid and CPR.  Call Donna at 282-4347 for more information, or come to our front desk and ask for an employment application.

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

Children and Play:  The ELC uses a develomentally appropriate, play-based curriculum for infants through preschool-age children.  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 the University Health Center on the 4th Thursday of each month from 9:00 a.m. until noon.  Go to the second floor.  No appointment is necessary.

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, http://DayByDayID.org, families.naeyc.org

                                                                                                Lead Providers for fall '15:


Room #

Lead Provider

Younger Infants


Pat Johnson

Older Infants 3 Pat Rasmussen



Elizabeth Rodriguez

Toddlers 7 Jazminn Caballero
Toddlers 8 Debra Hughes
2-year-olds 9 Luisa Santos
2-year-olds 10 Chelcy Goodnight
2-year-olds 11 Brenda Myers



Melissa Aguilar



Misty Sheets



JaNae Kunzler

4-year-olds 28 Shannon Koplin
SAP (K-5th) 24/26 Wenda Kaler