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10/8-28:    ELC On-Line Scholastic Book Fair

10/27:       Flouride Varnish Clinic for Bannock County, 9:30-11:30 or 2:00-4:30, 1901 Alvin Ricken Drive

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

Earthquake Drill:  We practiced the DROP, COVER, HOLD ON (www.dropcoverholdon.org) method of responding to earthquakes and participaed in the Great Idaho Shakeout earthquake drill last week.  Goes like this:  DROP to the the ground (before the earthquake drops you!), take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops.  The main point is to not try to move, but to immediately protect yourself as best as possible where you are.  What not to do:  DO NOT get in a doorway.  They're no safer and don't protect you from flying or falling objects.  DO NOT run outside.  You're much safer to stay inside and get under a table.  DO NOT believe in the so-called "triangle of life;" source has been discredited by leading experts.

Scholastic Book Fair:  Our on-line book fair is still available through 10/28.  To access that, go to http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/asisuearlylearncenter1  The on-line fair offers more selections than we had at the Center, and your order is shipped to the Center at no charge.  

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.  The next one is 11/14.

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, two improvements we needed to make 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. Here is some information about juice consumption and screen time:

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 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.

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.

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:

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