9/28:          Fluoride Varnish Clinic for Bannock County, 2:00-4:00

9/30-10/2:  No school for District #25

10/2:          Parents' Night Out

10/7:          Pocatello site staff meeting, 5:30 p.m.

10/12-16:   Annual Scholastic Book Fair at the ELC

10/17:        Homecoming

10/19:        ELC Swipe Card System for Front Door Access Activated

Volunteers are Needed!:  ISU's Homecoming parade is the largest parade in Pocatello and takes 60-80 volunteers to make it happen successfully and safely.  If you are willing to help, please contact Heidi Oliver at olivheid@isu.edu or 282-3513.

Book Fair:  Our annual book fair will start at the ELC on Monday, October 12 and continue through Friday, October 16.  Our online fair will start on 10/11 and continue until 10/31.  To acces the online fair, just go to scholastic.com/fair and follow the instructions to find our fair.

Advisory Board:  The ELC Advisory Board exists to act as a recommending body to the Center and to the Director.  We usually meet monthly, September through April.  We currently need two new voting members:  a student parent currently utilizing the Center and a student-at-large (doesn't have to be a parent but can be).  If you are interested in being a member of the Board or want more information, please contact the Director by stopping by her office, calling (282-3274) or by email (willkerr@isu.edu).

Free Leadership Training:  NeighborWorks Pocatello and ISU are offering free leadership training at ISU on 10/3 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  Lunch is provided.  One attendee will win a Kindle HD.  If you'd like to reserve your spot or get more information, contact Lisa Smith or Shawna at 232-9468 or email Lisa at lsmith@nwpocatello.org

Student Parents:  Please turn in copies of your fall class schedule and fee receipt to Beccah at the front desk as soon as possible.

ICCP:  If you receive help with child care fees from the ICCP, don't forget that we need a new Monthly Dependent Care Charges (MDCC) form from you each semester and each time you change your schedule.

Immunizations:  If you'e not certain whether or not your child is up-to-date on her/his immunization requirements for child care, please stop by the front desk and ask.  We can look it up for you quickly.

Parents' Night Out:  This is no-cost child care provided by the Student Activities Board at the ELC for children of students.  ELC employees provide the care.  It is usually for those going to the movie and starts at 6:30 p.m.  To take advantage of this, student parents must sign up in the Involvement Center on the first level of the PSUB by the Wednesday before the event (9/30 this time).  Children 6 weeks through 10 years may attend.  There is a limit of 20 children.  Next one is Friday, 10/2.

Fluoride Varnish Clinics:  Fluoride varnish is recommended 3 or 4 times per year for children from the time of first tooth eruption through 12 or 13 years of age.  The clinics are free and are held by various health departments in SE Idaho each month (see the schedule on our bulletin board).  Appointments are not necessary but can be made if you'd like.  In Bannock County, they clinic is held at 1901 Alvin Ricken Drive (478-6314 for more information or to schedule an appointment).

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#

Updated Security at the ELC:  Both ELC sites 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 guest cards for the system.  The equipment has been installed.  We are now waiting for cards for those who don't have Bengal cards and putting information into the system.  We're preparing for a 10/19 launch date at the Pocatello site.  If you have any questions, please stop by the front desk and ask.  Notices will be going out on the 10/1 bills.

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:  The ELC is currently in need of part-time child care staff and bus drivers.  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