WELCOME TO THE POCATELLO ELC NEWS PAGE      

4/13:          ELC Fall Registration Begins

4/27:          Fluoride Varnish Clinic for Bannock County, 9:30-11:30 or 2:00-4:00

4/28:          ELC Child Care Provider Appreciation Day

4/29:          Advisory Board, 4:00 p.m., Portneuf Room of PSUB.  Last meeting for 14/15.

Excellent Web Site for Parens and Children:  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 that highlights all kids of topics.  http://kidshealth.org

Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) New Proposed Meal Patterns:  The CACFP has been working to revise the meal patterns to better meet the new recommendations.  They are available for viewing and comment on the State web site:  http://www.sde.idaho.gov/site/cnp/cacfp/  Click on "New Proposed Science-Based CACFP Meal Pattern."  If approved, these patterns will probably go into effect next fall.

Regional Early Childhood Council Resource S.W.A.P.:  Go and swap any useful materials, devices, books, or items you no longer need that relate to your child's disability.  Types of resources include assistive devices, adapted equipment, weighted blankets, books on disabilities, door alarms/locks, and sensory toys.  There will be door prizes, screening information, and activities for kids as well as a chance to connect with other families, find community agencies, and discover services in addition to the resources swap.  Call Lana Gonzales at (208) 716-3673 for more information.

Fluoride Varnish Clinics:  Recommended ages served are from first tooth eruption to approximately age 13.  No appointment is necessary.  1901 Alvin Ricken Drive in Pocatello.  For other counties in SE Idaho, see the flyer on our bulletin board near the front desk.  Call 478-6314 for more information.

Food Drive:  Thank you for all your donations for Benny's Pantry!  The Pantry is located on the first floor of the PSUB near the Craft Shop and offers emergency assistance of nutritious food to the ISU community.  To learn more about it, go to http://www.isu.edu/pantry.  Items the Pantry could use at this time are breakfast foods, healthy snacks, whole grain foods, baking and cooking items, diapers and wipes, macaroni and cheese, soup and tuna.  They accept nonperishable foods only, and they do not have a freezer. 

Summer and Fall Registration:  Summer registration is open, and summer session at the ELC begins on May 11.  You may make changes to your summer schedule at no charge through May 15.  Fall registration for current enrollees started April 13.  After April 30, we will go to our waiting list to fill spaces for fall.

Staff positions available:  The ELC is currently in need of substitute child care staff and summer kitchen staff.  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.

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

Healthy 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.

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

Jazminn Caballero

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