WELCOME TO THE POCATELLO ELC NEWS PAGE      

3/4:        Pocatello staff meeting, 5:30 p.m.

3/5-6:     No school for PCCS

3/8:        Daylight Savings Time begins

3/18:      ELC Family Fun Night, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

3/20:      Parents' Night Out

3/23-27: Spring break week (the ELC will be open)

3/30:      Fluoride Varnish Clinic in Bannock County

Drop-In Care for spring break:  Only those children on 9- or 12-month contracts are scheduled for care during spring break.  If you have an academic or semester-only contract and need care during the break, stop by the front desk to sign up for drop-in care.  The deadline to sign up is MONDAY, MARCH 16. 

Fluoride Varnish Clinic:  Will be held at the Health Department, 1901 Alvin Ricken Drive from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 2:00-4:30 p.m.  For children from first tooth eruption to approximately age 13.  No appointment is necessary.  Call April Guidinger at 478-6314 for more information.  Other clinincs are offered in surrounding counties; see schedule on our bulletin board near the front desk.

Infant/Toddler Developmental Screening:  The Idaho Infant/Toddler Program will hold a free screening clinic on Wednesday, March 4 from 9:00 a.m.-3:45 p.m. at the Human Development Center in Pocatello.  This is for children from birth to under 3 years of age by 3/4/15.  Vision, physical coordination, self-help, social skills, learning, hearing, and speech/language will be screened.  For an appointment, call Hollie Gneiting at 904-0861.

Summer Registration:  Summer registration is open.  On March 2, we will go to our waiting list, then take walk-ins to fill spaces for summer.  Fall registration for current enrollees will happen in April.

Staff positions available:  The ELC is currently in need of kitchen aides and substitute child care staff.  All staff must get a City of Pocatello child care license, and all staff 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.

Child care available for spring semester:  The ELC has some spaces available.  Call 282-2769 for more information.  

Healty Eating on a Budget:  If you'd like tips for making healthful, low-cost meals; finding the best deals; sample menus; and recipes, go to choosemyplate.gov/budget/index.html

Withdrawal from the ELC:  Remember 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.

Child Health Facts*:  Did you know that for the first time in over 100 years, our children's life expectancy is declining due to an increase in overweight?  That one in three American children born in 2000 will develop diabetes in their lifetime?  That risk factors for heart disease...have been shown to increase as Body Mass Index (BMI)-for-age increases?  That the risk for all this can be reduced for children by developing healthy eating habits and participating in regular physical activity?  Go to www.colormehealthy.com for all kinds of tips and recipes to help your children and yourself develop healthy habits.

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, and occassionally, other campus events.  It is staffed by ELC employees.  It usually starts at 6:30 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.

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 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, www.choosemyplate.gov, http://DayByDayID.org, families.naeyc.org

*Color Me Healthy Training Manual, developed in North Carolina by NC Cooperative Extension and the NC Division of Public Health  

                                                                                                Lead Providers for spring '15:

Age

Room #

Provider

Infants

2

Debra Hughes

Infants

3

Shauna Frayer

Toddlers

6

Chelcy Goodnight

Toddlers

7

Elizabeth Rodriguez

Toddlers

8

Luisa Santos

2-year-olds

9

Pat Rasmussen        

2-year-olds

10

Stacy Briner

2-year-olds

11

Brenda Myers

3/4-year-olds

20

Melissa Aguilar

3/4-year-olds

29

Misty Sheets

4-year-olds

27

JaNae Kunzler

4-year-olds

28

Shannon Koplin

Kindergarten

26

Wenda Kaler

1st-5th Grades

24

Wenda Kaler